Photographer’s Comments: “I recently photographed one of my most favorite weddings ever in Twin Lakes, Colorado at The Wolf Den and it was a gorgeous wedding!
“Les and Laura are from Lubbock, Texas but they have a love for the mountains. They didn’t have to think twice when choosing a location for their big day. They contacted me last spring to book; I was fortunate enough to meet them a few weeks later on a quick trip to Texas, during which we shot their engagement session. They are an absolute delight to be around. I feel as though I’ve known them forever- such a warmhearted couple!
“They kept their wedding day pretty private and intimate- only including about 25 guests. Laura had a few things that were most important to her: photography, florals, venue and food. Beyond that she was happy to let family and friends lend their talents (i.e., cake, officiant) and she kept the rest of the day simple but elegant.
“Her wedding flowers came straight from a local and sustained farm- and the quality was very apparent! They were STUNNING!
“She wore a dazzling dress by BHLDN and Les had a dapper suit from JoS. A Banks.
“Hands down, one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing!”
Bridal Q & A
Q1: Tell us about your wedding!
“We adore the mountains. Being from flat West Texas, we vacation in Colorado every chance we get. We knew we wanted a simple wedding with the stunning mountain views as the focal point. We didn’t have specific colors, but navy blue and peach seemed to shine through in much of the decor.”
Q2: Let’s talk wedding decor
“We did a lot of the decorations ourselves. After pouring over Pinterest for months on end, we had a pretty good idea of what we wanted. We purchased things for the decor slowly over the time leading up to the wedding, and everything came together beautifully. The groom’s cousin made our cake, and I drew a tree for guests to sign as a unique spin on the usual guestbook.”
Q3: What were the florals like in your wedding?
“The flowers were nothing short of stunning. Huge dahlias, snapdragons, frosty green eucalyptus and sea holly were draped everywhere. We used some large blooms in the terrariums for dinner table centerpieces. We also had tiny arrangements for each guest in little tin containers with name cards. There was a bouquet of daisies (my late mother’s favorite flower) on the memory table to honor those who couldn’t be there with us. The arrangements were breathtaking!”
Q4: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)?
“Music is very important to us. We spent almost a year creating the perfect playlists. We made sure that our personality showed through in all the details, from the cocktails to the blankets to keep guests warm.”
Q5: Let’s talk fashion
“I was inspired by browsing online. I knew I wanted something romantic, ivory, and unique. I couldn’t be more pleased with my dress. I felt like a forest princess! The peach-colored shawl was perfect to warm up my shoulders when the sun went down. Les designed his own suit stitch-by-stitch, right down to the lining. He had our wedding date embroidered on the inside of the jacket. It was a really cool experience!”
Q6: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
“We met through mutual friends at a party about eight years ago. The proposal still blows me away. He surprised me with a trip to Seattle. When we got there, another surprise was waiting: my best friends! Then, he surprised me with a three-day pass to see our favorite band, The Dave Matthews Band, at The Gorge. The first night, Dave Matthew played our song, and Les proposed. I had no idea. I still can’t believe he pulled that off. I am VERY hard to surprise!”
Q7: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
“We were really looking forward to having all of the people we cherish most in one space, sharing stunning views and great music. It will always be one of the best days of our lives!”
Q8: Do you have any advice to share with other couples planning their day?
“Create a timeline, as the date sneaks up on you! Ask for help when you need it, but don’t be afraid to stand your ground when it comes to the details that are important to you.”