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Deanna & Nicholas // Western Colorado Destination Wedding

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Thursday, May 14, 2015
By Daniel Colvin
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Goodness gracious, have I been excited to share this wedding.  You may have picked up on it by now if you've read any of my other posts, but gosh do I love documenting life.  It's the vanishing moments, the slow stories, the beauty of people and the world that surrounds them that keep me coming back to capture tiny pieces of an infinite subject.  

I've been blessed to work with consistently awesome couples over the past 8 years, but these two stepped it up a notch - Deanna and Nicholas' wedding (and shoot, even they themselves) spoiled me something fierce.  Nicholas is the kind of guy that makes anyone feel always welcomed, like you've been great friends for years by the time you first meet.  Deanna is that wonderful balance between selflessly kind and a little rebellious - she's a talented wedding photographer (no pressure Daniel), and quite possibly the most encouraging person I've ever shot with, but I can also warn that she'll shark you at the local pool hall if you're not careful (trust me, she has countless amazing stories of this).  

When they told me their wedding was in Colorado, I went pretty berzerk (internally of course).  I'm a mountain and wilderness nut, and it's been a big itch of mine to combine my love of landscape photography and wedding photography into one story.  Because their wedding was to be in a little town called Carbondale just northwest of Aspen, most of their guests made the scenic drive from Denver through the mountains, rivers, and farms of central Colorado.  Well, that 4 hour drive became 12 hours for me, as I stopped countless times to capture bits and pieces of this long 'wilderness warm up' to the wedding.  It snowed a fair bit on the way over, especially around the icy roads of the 12,000ft Independence Pass, so it felt like I came upon a secret oasis of color and warmth in Carbondale.  

The wedding itself was breathtaking, not only because of the stunning scenery, but because the purpose behind the wedding was real to them.  Having the wedding in a gorgeous location was icing on the cake, but clearly not the cake itself.  It was an intimate (but oh, quite lively) celebration of the two of them and their families, and it would have been just as beautiful if it was in an old building or a simple church.

All in all, I have had an absolute pleasure getting to know these two and am blessed to call them friends.  

So at long last, here is a series I put together to show some pieces of the story:
 

 

 

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A thousand congratulations you two :)   And happy birthday Deanna!


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Vashti C. - You know I love your photography because I IG stalk you, you're welcome : ). It looks like you took out a small little paint brush and painted each little leaf in your landscapes, her bridal are to die for and their engagements seemed like they would bust into an Argentine tango at any moment. You are an amazing photographer and you live life to the fullest in general. I only wish I had enough sense when I got married to get a photographer half as good as you.
Deanna Beesley - Wow Daniel! Thank you so much for making our wedding memories super special! So much creativity here! Your ninja skills are awesome... Hoping I can absorb your powers from these photos!!!