Sprague Lake Wedding Photography – in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado
Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado is an amazing setting out in picture-perfect nature. What’s great is that it’s also a popular site to have a small intimate wedding. To call it a wedding venue would be missing the mark, since it really wouldn’t accommodate the number of people you may consider for a more standard wedding venue– of course, unless your guests were scattered throughout the trees that line Sprague Lake like the many forest creatures we saw. Since there’s not much room to allow for many guests, that’s why it’s a popular location in Colorado for elopement weddings. That’s just what we were there for in April for Courtney and Mitchell’s elopement wedding. The very nice couple came up from Texas to marry each other– just the two of them. While coordinating with the couple, as we were leading up to their special day, I kept thinking to myself that it was a bit unusual for them to choose the month of April at such a high elevation in the Rocky Mountains. Of course, it’s not uncommon for some adventurous couples to plan their weddings specifically for a Winter feel and maybe even hope that it does indeed snow. And although I wondered a little, I just assumed that might have been the case with Courtney and Mitchell. They drove up from the heat and record wildfires that were consuming Texas at the time and entered this very different, very cold high-country world. Just before their ceremony, the skies were overcast, yet had a gentle calm about them. As the ceremony proceeded I watched as I photographed and it became more and more difficult for me to make out detail in the mountains in the background. It became clear that some heavier weather was moving down off the Continental Divide, which had begun as our backdrop and quickly became lost behind the curtain of clouds and cold. By the time I set up my portable studio light for some more dramatic portraits of the couple, it was full-on snowing. It certainly added to the drama of the scene and the excitement of the day, even if it was a little less comfortable for everyone. At that point in my conversation with Courtney and Mitchell, I came to realize that my suspicions were true– they never even considered this kind of weather would be a possibility when making their plans for an April wedding. I can certainly understand, especially for folks living in Texas. It really is amazing how going up in elevation into the mountains of Colorado is like travelling months of time, in just minutes. As Colorado wedding photographers, we understand this and can anticipate these extremes. For example– later that day, back at much lower altitude in Denver, it was quite comfortable and nothing like we had experienced for their wedding. Even if Courtney and Mitchell weren’t expecting it, I think it just adds to the excitement of their day and they can look back on their wedding photos for years to come and think about how truly unique and special it was!
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