Cozy Mountain Wedding
Northern California Offbeat Unconventional Wedding and Portrait Photographer Kate Donaldson captures a handmade Colorado Wedding
Northern California Offbeat Unconventional Wedding and Portrait Photographer Kate Donaldson captures a handmade Colorado Wedding
Northern California Wedding Photographer Kate Donaldson Photography photographs a bride and groom just after their wedding.
Black and white wedding portrait of a bride and groom following their outdoor wedding ceremony by Northern California wedding and portrait photographer Kate Donaldson Photography.
Wedding detail photograph from a cozy mountain wedding in Colorado of turquoise earrings and a diamond necklace gifted to the bride by her father on her 16th birthday.
Bride getting dressed for her Colorado mountain wedding by Arcata wedding and portrait photographer Kate Donaldson Photography
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Color wedding portrait of a wedding party in the Colorado Mountains by Northern California Offbeat Wedding and Portrait photographer Kate Donaldson
Celebratory Groom following an intimate Colorado mountain wedding by Northern California wedding and portrait photographer Kate Donaldson Photography
Northern California Offbeat Unconventional Wedding and Portrait Photographer Kate Donaldson captures a handmade Colorado Wedding
Wedding rings at a Colorado mountain wedding with the help of a bridesmaid; by Arcata wedding and portrait photographer Kate Donaldson Photography
Bride gets her makeup done at a Colorado mountain wedding with the help of a bridesmaid; by Arcata wedding and portrait photographer Kate Donaldson Photography
Northern California Offbeat Unconventional Wedding and Portrait Photographer Kate Donaldson captures a handmade Colorado Wedding
Officiant makes a wish or a thousand by Northern California wedding photographer Kate Donaldson

This cozy handmade mountain wedding at Chair Mountain Ranch in Marble, Colorado was gorgeous, low key and definitely wins the record for shortest ceremony run time - barely 5 minutes! Jacque and Matt ditched formality and put the emphasis on celebrating their commitment with friends and family. Adventure points to Jacque for climbing into a tippy canoe in her amazing Lilly Pulitzer dress! And did I mention there was a trampoline for the littles?

WE ARE FOR EACH OTHER:

I didn't always love weddings. I never dreamt of the day I would wear a puffy white dress (but I totally did because Labyrinth dream sequence/oddly dark yet go to slow dance November Rain) and cry buckets of pristine (glycerine) tears on account of an anointed gentleman choosing to designate me chattel. Nope - Was. Not. Into. Weddings. Did write an essay about Barbie becoming president by way of tight pants tho. But I was 15. So probably best to just let it go.

THEN LAUGH, LEANING BACK IN MY ARMS...

So what changed? In the midst of planning my own wedding, I realized that I've never seen a photo of my grandparents wedding. I'm not sure one exists? The grandparents I spent every third weekend with as a kid. I don't know what they wore to their wedding. How they looked at each other on that day. And they were married for over 60 years. That is something to celebrate! And nary a photo to be found!

I know that time escapes us. Always has, always will. Your wedding day is just one day. But it's definitely more than that. It's a reminder - a celebration of meaning. Think of all the days you won't photograph. Think of all of the pictures that don't make it to the wall. Think of the good days. Think of the bad days. Your wedding photos aren't actually about one day. It's all of the days that you share with (I hope) your favorite person. And of the hundreds of photos you will undoubtedly sift through, there will probably be one that is just "you." It's not perfect. You didn't see it in a magazine or save it to Pinterest. It's just you. How can you walk by that picture on the wall and not smile?