Kara and Drew found the most amazing spot for their ceremony. It’s not an official spot at all, just a little spot near one of the main roads through Gold Hill. They made an aisle out of stones, had some chairs for guests who would prefer to sit, and enjoyed an incredible view.
It’s a little early to expect snow on the mountains, but as luck would have it, it rained for two days prior to the wedding and it snowed in the mountains, so the vista included snow-capped mountains! By the afternoon the snow had all melted, so their 11am wedding couldn’t have been timed more perfectly. Everything about the weather cooperated beautifully–even turning partly cloudy in the afternoon so we could get a bit better light for a few bridal party shots we wanted to try!
Kara and her dad coming down the aisle. I love it when brides are so excited!
More cute excited-ness! When Will saw this picture he said “happy prin!” (Prin=princess in the Turchin home.)
Kara and Drew played rock-paper-scissors as a surprise to everyone to see who would say their vows first. Check out Ty’s face (Ty is their friend and served as the officiant and a groomsmen)!
Had to capture how blue the sky was!
And with a kiss, it’s official!
Did I mention that underneath her Vera Wang gown, Kara wore cowboy boots?! Hello, hotness!
Drew looked pretty good, too. (even though he didn’t have a Vera Wang dress or cowboy boots.) ;)
Kara and Drew had several different cake flavors–including this intriguing Coca Cola cake. I wanted to taste it. It sounded amazing. But I was a little worried about how little it was. What if everyone else wanted to try it, too? I discussed with Nic my dilemma: how badly I wanted to be professional versus how badly I wanted a piece of that cake. I wanted him to get a read on the crowd–see how many people were out-of-towners. The more out-of-towners present, the less horrible the fall-out to our business would be if I elbowed them out of the way and rushed the cake screaming “IT’S MINE!!!” As luck would have it, no one was injured and no one compromised their dignity or professionalism. There were enough pieces. I got one. And it was heaven. Best cake flavor ever. (I’m really into the wedding cake. It’s pretty much my favorite part of my job.) We need more behind the scenes shots of me greedily devouring a piece of cake and trying to will myself not to go back for more. I love cake. I can’t help it.
The following two images are so cute that if you’re a girl and your ovaries don’t ache just seeing these, I’d visit a doctor and make sure your ovaries are still there.
In this one, the kiddos are spying on the cakes and deciding which one they will go for (it was unanimous: chocolate [kids are so dumb!]).
I *LOVE* the three little heads watching Kara and Drew like hawks! CAKE TIME!!!! (Thanks Nicolas–another brilliant “only from a dad” photo!)
A giant thanks to the bridal party for sticking with us for this shot. It was a partly cloudy day, and we wanted overcast light for this shot. We waited until it looked like we’d have a good 5-10 minutes of cloud-cover, arranged the bridal party, and then BOOM, the clouds shifted and we had full on sun. So we had the bridal party remember their spots, go back to the reception, and come back when the lighting conditions were better. We’re so glad they were willing to run around to get it right!
Kara and Drew, it was such an honor to photograph your wedding day! We think you guys are awesome and wish you an amazing life together!
Behind the scenes…this is me with a camera instead of a face, standing in the middle of a field. That is pretty much me in a nutshell. ;) (I would like it noted that I wasn’t actually trying to bounce my flash off the atmosphere…it wasn’t turned on, it was just physically on my camera from the getting ready shots.)
I was sort of a slacker photographer and didn’t take any behind the scenes shots of Nic that day. BUT Kara and Drew’s flickr stream has some whoppers of us together! Check out my total all time favorite behind the scenes shot . I like Nic’s “my wife chooses the dumbest spots to stand” grimace! And this one as we decided how to work with the light and background. :) Or this one of me hiding in some bushes.
And remember the storyboard Kara was going to use for her guestbook? It turned out so well!