Real Colorado Wedding: Ashley and Nathan | Butterfly Wedding at The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera

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The look of love, Elevate Photography

All photos by Elevate Photography

Bride: Ashley | Groom: Nathan
Date: July 30, 2016 | Location: The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera, Edwards

Back in the day, Elevate Photography was one of the first to take a chance on A Colorado Courtship Blog. I have always admired the various talents in this group of artists and their willingness to share incredible content. And it is again with great honor that I share one of the prettiest, most cheerful weddings on the planet. A butterfly wedding. A flower intensive wedding. A wedding where the bride sneaks looks at her groom that are so filled with adoration that I am forced to audibly “awww”. In my haste to publish lately (more on that later), I have not always been contacting the couples like I usually do. So I can only imagine the incredible access to flowers that this couple seems to have. Do they live on a flower farm? Is their wedding planner Crysta from “Ferngully”? (Am I showing my age there?) Did they save the life of their florist at some point and now she owes them in a major way? I kid, I kid! But for real they must have bogarted half the state’s supply of blooms on that weekend. Even the shepherd’s hooks that hold flower arrangements have foliage climbing up them. It’s simply incredible! If you could do a word cloud of my brain while reviewing this submission it would look like this:


I’m in love here and clearly giddy about it. But let’s hear from someone who actually does know legitimate background information on this insanely adorable couple:
Ashley and Nathan’s seven year relationship through high school and college culminated in one of the most epic weddings that I have had the honor to photograph. The idyllic setting in the mountains west of Vail at The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera was the perfect backdrop for their beautiful day. Ashley and Nathan both had plenty of smiles and laughs as they prepared with their family and friends. Ashley’s wedding dress was perfect and after her mom, sisters and bridesmaids helped her get it on and laced up. She looked absolutely stunning. Ashley’s first look with her dad and her mom and sisters looking on was a very touching moment that they’ll both treasure forever. Her first look with Nathan was no less special and there were plenty of happy tears.Their guests arrived to the mountain top location to an amazing display of colorful flowers with the surrounding mountains as their backdrop. The touching ceremony concluded with a butterfly release that left everyone with a smile on their face.The celebration continued with hor d’oeuvres and cocktails served on the lodge’s patio and pool deck. The floral explosion continued at the amazingly decorated tent reception. It was one of the most beautifully decorated receptions I have photographed over the years with sunflowers as the core design element. After dinner and a touching video of their love story, the guys got the place bouncing, literally, as they danced to every song with a ton of energy. After Ashley made a wardrobe change into something more comfortable, the girls joined everyone else on the dance floor for the party. Ashley & Nathan were obviously having a blast as they danced the night away.The whole day is one that everyone that attended is sure to never forget! – Photographer McCory James of Elevate Photography

Venue: The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera | Photographer: Elevate Photography | Event Planner: Soiree Studio | Floral Designer: Design Works | Hair and Makeup Artistry: Posh! Salon | DJ: Greatime DJ

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