Red Baron Dog for engagement sessionIf yo
u live in Colorado and have a pet pooch, chances are your dog comes with you almost everywhere. From hikes and camping trips to the patio at your favorite pet-friendly cocktail bar, spending time with your pup is part of your daily routine. So why should your wedding be any different? I love my pups too and if you can’t imagine your big day without your furry companion by your side, here are five ways to include your dog in your wedding.

Engagement Photos

There’s excitement in the air, and your pup can feel it! So bring your dog along as you take engagement photos. This is a great way to capture the moment with the third member of your family, and probably one of the first chances you’ve had to get a professional photo taken of your pet. As a bonus, you can turn your engagement photos into Save the Dates, and make sure all your guests know how much your dog means
to you.Dog engagement session

Wedding-Day Portraits

Did you find a pet-friendly wedding venue? Lucky you! Bring your dog along and include him or her in anything from your first look to your bridal portraits to group shots with the wedding party. If your dog doesn’t love to be the center of attention, hire a local dog-sitter to stop by before the ceremony and whisk your dog away for an evening of fun. If they’re a sucker for the spotlight, bring them along to…

Dog ring bearer

The Ceremony

If you’ve got a dog who is great on a leash and doesn’t mind having to lie down and be quiet for 30 or 45 minutes (with a few treats, of course), consider having them fill the role of ring bearer. Have your florist make a flower collar to match your flower crown, then send your dog down the aisle with your maid of honor or best man. If your dog isn’t the best at staying still, keep a dog-sitter on-hand to bring your rambunctious pet to a nearby park for some fetch while you say “I do.”Incorporate for into wedding

Specialty Cocktails

If your venue isn’t pet-friendly, or your dog’s not one for crowds, consider including your pooch by naming your specialty cocktail in their honor. Whether it’s a Greyhound or a Salty Dog (or those barrel-aged Manhattans you and your fiancé love), your guests will get a kick out of ordering the Rover.

The Photo Booth

No, we’re not recommending that you park your pup in the photo booth all night. Instead, have a life-sized photo mounted on cardboard, then stick it amongst the props. Chances are, you’ll end up with some pretty great shots of Grandma with her arm around your golden retriever, feather boa and all.

Dog and Bride

2015 was amazing, better than I had imagined it could be both personally and with our amazing clients. As I look back on a year I only feel lucky. The amazing people I have the honor of photographing make my world. The couples themselves and their families invite me into their lives for such a small period in their lives but they have a huge impact on me. They show me the way they love each other. I cannot tell you how many times their vows make me tear up behind my lens. They show me how to love others in the example of how they treat their family and friends, and most of all they show me love and graciousness. Sending me small gifts and showing up to my newly adopted son’s welcome party. My clients aren’t only clients not to me and I am certainly not just a wedding photographer to them. I make lifelong friends in these amazing people. I love them and photograph each wedding like they are my own family and I cannot be more thankful for the lives I get to touch and capture everyday. So as I move on to 2016, my wish is this. That all my clients know what kind of an impact you have on my life. You inspire me daily to love more, to live fully, and most of all graciously. For all those who entrusted us with your very precious images this year and will trust us in the future we are forever grateful and it is truly an honor to work with you and your families.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

XO,

Sarah & the rest of my team

Breckenridge Wedding PhotographerDenver Wedding Photographer

Sunset at Devil

I love these people so much I don’t even know where to start. Lovers of beer, all things Colorado, being laid back, their two pups, hiking, backpacking, adventure. John’s passion and romance for Brooke is inspiring and tear jerking.. It’s taken me a year to blog these images because quite frankly these people were beyond amazing and anything I could say about them would never be enough awesomeness to describe them. Combined with my favorite time of year and Devil’s Thumb Ranch (one of the most gorgeous venues on the face of the planet) and an amazing team of wedding professionals, Brooke and John’s wedding will forever go down as one of my favorites. Their whole family really adopted me into their lives and I was even mentioned in the Father of the Bride’s toast. To say capturing their day was an honor would be the understatement of the year. I love these people. All of them. They are forever my friends now and I am so excited to share this stunning wedding with you all.

XO,

Sarah

Devils Thumb Ranch Cabin Wedding Dress PhotoGetting Ready at DevilWedding Dress on Pine Tree at DevilGetting ready at Devils thumb ranch cabinfinal getting ready details Southern Charm Weddings Plum and greenCeremony Site at DevilWaiting for his bride in TabernashGive away the excited brideCeremony at Devils thumb ranchCrying bridesmaidsExcited bride and groomDevilCeremony Site at Devils thumb for weddings1st time as husband and wife walking down the isleSouthern Charm weddings in colorado purple and white bouquet mountainsPurple bridesmaids dresses at devilGroomsmen at DevilPurple Bridesmaids at DevilAspens turning at DevilFall Wedding at DevilFall aspen leaves in Winter ParkFall wedding in Colorado at Devils thumb in tabernashSoft aspen leaves in Tabernash at DevilPurple and white decor at the Broad Axe Barn at DevilDevilSimple lace cake by the Makery Cake Company in ColoradoEngrave the inside of your rings with your wedding bandSunset at DevilStunning Sunset wedding photos in colorado at Devils thumbSunset over Devil1st Dance in the broad axe barnFirst Dance in the Broad Axe BarnFather daughter dance in the broad axe barnMother son dance in tabernashFather of the bride plays air guitar with the band at the weddingCigars in the mountains with the groomsmenDancing in the broad axe barnStar photo at Devil

Venue: Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash

Second Photographer: Chris Scott

Event Design and Planning: Danielle Odil

Floral Design: Southern Charm Weddings and Events

 

 

Savannah Chandler - September 18, 2015 - 4:12 AM

Beautiful, as always! Those sunset shots are killer.

Melissa Mullins - September 18, 2015 - 4:13 AM

These are all gorgeous! Love the carefree vibes.

Chris Erin Loring - September 18, 2015 - 4:31 AM

So so gorgeous! The colors in the sunset photo are so perfect. . .

Sarah Hoffarth - September 18, 2015 - 5:20 AM

So stunning. The fall colors are amazing and that sunset! Love the silhouette!

Ginny 'Nelson' Haupert - September 18, 2015 - 3:10 PM

wow wow wow. So romantic! Great work!

Erica Thompson Swantek - September 18, 2015 - 3:25 PM

This is seriously gorgeous! Those golden aspen trees and the silhouettes, oh my!

Keziah Kelsey - September 18, 2015 - 3:26 PM

very pretty, i love the shots with the birch trees the most!

Jamie Kraus - September 18, 2015 - 3:42 PM

Wow, what an increadible spot for a wedding! Beautiful photos.

Pamela Tabb - September 18, 2015 - 5:33 PM

WOW, so beautiful as always! Love the fall colors and that cigar shot!!!

Melissa Olson Downham - September 18, 2015 - 7:02 PM

Gorgeous as always!

Sarah Morgan Boccolucci - September 18, 2015 - 7:07 PM

Stunning!!!!!

Flor Blake - September 24, 2015 - 9:48 PM

Oh these are soooo beautiful. I love the shot where she’s looking straight at the camera when walking down the aisle. So much emotion.

Colorado the perfect place for a wedding that’s full of romance, whether you are up in the Rockies or on the Front Range, mountain vistas, aspen groves, luxe log cabins and fields of wildflowers abound. I have traveled so many places and experienced the service and amazing views these venues have to offer. I love working with couples who choose their location as part of their story. It is a part of who they are and where they want to celebrate their marriage to the love of their life. Here are 13 of my favorite romantic mountain wedding venues in Colorado, ideal for any couple looking to start their love story in the mountains – listed in no particular order. 

Devil’s Thumb RanchTabernash

Devil’s Thumb Ranch is the epitome of a Colorado getaway. Rustling pines, cozy leather armchairs, roaring fireplaces, sprawling meadows full of wildflowers — it’s just the place for a wedding retreat. Whether you’re planning a ceremony beneath the aspens or a black tie bash, the ranch has something for everyone. Add in amazing service, views of the Continental Divide, a reconstructed Civil War-era barn, and an award-winning chef, rustic cabins and rooms for youand you’ve got the recipe for a celebration that will transport you to another place and time.

www.devilsthumbranch.com

Devil

Devils Thumb Ranch – Photos by Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Beano’s CabinBeaver Creek

Nestled in the White River National Forest, at the base of Larkspur Bowl, is this perfectly appointed cabin, recognized for its spectacular cuisine and incredible wine list. A wraparound deck and open lawn invite you and your guests to dance all night under the stars, or cozy up to the stone hearth as you gaze upon the snow-capped peaks of Grouse Mountain. Beano’s is just the place for a couple in search of a luxurious log cabin wedding.

www.beavercreek.com

Keystone RanchKeystone

A restored 1930s ranch homestead, now known more for its fine dining than its Wild West past, Keystone Ranch can welcome you and your guests year-round. In the summer, exchange vows overlooking the Keystone Ranch Golf Course and Swan Mountain. In the winter, continue the homestead’s romantic tradition as you gather in front of the floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, a wedding present from the original owner to his daughter.

www.keystoneresort.com

Keystone Ranch Wedding Venue

Keystone Ranch – Photos by Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

TenMile StationBreckenridge

Tucked away in the National Forest, TenMile Station captures the romantic past of the Old West, as well as the breathtaking natural beauty of Breckenridge Mountain. This venue provides the charm of downtown Breckenridge, as well as the seclusion of its location, on top of Peak 9. A rustic vibe combines with incredible service to usher you into married life without a care in the world.

www.breckenridge.com

Ten Mile Station Breckenridge Wedding Venue

Ten Mile Station – Photos by Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

SevensBreckenridge

If your tastes run more mountain-contemporary, look no further than Sevens. Floor-to-ceiling windows (and an expansive deck ideal for ceremonies and cocktails) offer dramatic views of the Ten Mile Range and the Continental Divide, while the venue’s more modern design is perfect for a formal affair.

www.breckenridge.com

Sevens Lodge Breckenridge Wedding Venue

Sevens Breckenridge Wedding Venue – Photos by Brooke – Partner photographer for Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographers

Allie’s CabinBeaver Creek

For a more intimate experience, head to Allie’s Cabin, tucked into an aspen grove at the base of Beaver Creek. Eclectic 19th century furnishings and a locally inspired menu will transport you back to the era when the cabin’s namesake, Allie Townsend, lived. Sip cocktails on the deck in the summer, or watch winter snow fall from around the fireplace after a sleigh ride to dinner.

www.beavercreek.com

Spruce Mountain RanchLarkspur

Spruce Mountain Ranch is all about rustic elegance, from a manicured lawn with a cottonwood tree perfectly situated to shade your ceremony to a lakefront terrace ready for dancing under the stars. Nearby, an elegant lodge was designed with weddings in mind, allowing guests to experience a true Colorado celebration both indoors and out. With two event spaces and tons of acreage to spread out, there is something for everyone here.

www.sprucemountainguestranch.com

Spruce Mountain Guest Ranch Larkspur Colorado Wedding Venue

Spruce Mountain Guest Ranch – Photos by Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

The Little NellAspen

This boutique hotel is the perfect setting for an intimate wedding that doesn’t sacrifice on splendor. Whether you stay in town and celebrate at one of hotel’s restaurants or salons, or board the gondola to say “I do” at 11,000 feet on the Aspen Wedding Deck followed by dinner and dancing in the Sundeck or the Aspen Mountain Club, The Little Nell aims to create celebrations that touch the soul. Start your wedding off with jaw-dropping views, then end the night nestled into one of The Little Nell’s suites, a “mountain retreat” take on the honeymoon suite.

www.thelittlenell.com

St. Regis AspenAspen

Aspen has a reputation for luxury, and the St. Regis is no exception. This contemporary venue seamlessly combines a mountain atmosphere with unbeatable service and amenities. From the courtyard that resembles a fairytale with stunning views of Aspen Mountain to a ballroom just waiting to be transformed for your celebration, the St. Regis will create a bespoke event that surrounds you and your guests in romance and love.

www.stregisaspen.com

St. Regis Aspen Wedding Venue

St. Regis Aspen – Photos by Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Mt. Princeton Hot SpringsNathrop

If your goal is to be completely relaxed as you walk down the aisle, Mt. Princeton Hot Springs may be the venue for you. Pools fed by natural hot springs reach temperatures from 95 to 105 degrees fahrenheit, the perfect way to unwind as your wedding weekend begins. The Pavilion, with walls of windows on three sides, has gorgeous mountain views and opens up to a manicured lawn, where you can enjoy a ceremony and cocktails al fresco as the sun sets.

www.mtprinceton.com

Strawberry Creek Ranch 9NGranby

With 300 acres situated just below the Continental Divide, Strawberry Creek Ranch provides a perfectly rustic location for Colorado weddings. Spend the morning getting ready in the bride’s cabin and groom’s quarters, then welcome guests for dinner and dancing in a century-old barn, and dance under the stars. Watch the sun set over the Rabbit Ears Range.

www.strawberrycreekranch9n.com

Strawberry Creek Ranch 9N Wedding venue in Granby Colorado

Strawberry Creek Ranch – Photos by Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Dunton Hot SpringsDolores

Celebrate your wedding surrounded by the romance of Colorado’s history. A restored ghost town with European flair, Dunton Hot Springs combines hand-restored cabins and horseback rides with holistic spa treatments and a local, organic menu. Gather everyone you love at the Saloon for cocktails, then dance the night away in the Dance Hall, surrounded by 14,000 foot peaks. From the aspen groves and bubbling creek to the hot springs and the open-air chapel, you’ll have this remote mountain town all to yourselves.

www.duntonhotsprings.com

Timber RidgeKeystone

It all starts with a breathtaking gondola ride, transporting you from the quaint River Run Village to a mountain lodge at the top of North Peak. A sprawling deck is the perfect place for a ceremony, with the Gore and Ten Mile Ranges in the background, while the lodge’s cathedral ceilings and roaring fireplace provide a cozy setting for a reception that feels cozy, even with up to 350 guests in attendance. There’s nothing more intimate than being the only ones for miles as you celebrate the beginning of forever together.

www.keystoneresort.com

Keystone Timber Ridge Mountain Colorado Wedding Venue

Keystone Timber Ridge – Photos by Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

These are only a small fraction of my favorites. I would love to chat with you about your wedding at any of the locations or anywhere the romantic Colorado mountains take you!

XO,

Sarah

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Meghan Roberson - August 20, 2015 - 7:30 PM

What a great idea for a blog post, and with beautiful images to boot! Totally pin worthy!

Elizabeth Stamm Weitz - August 20, 2015 - 8:06 PM

Ohhhh love all of these venues! Gorgeous images! <3

Becca Buecher - August 20, 2015 - 8:55 PM

Great photos of some really amazing places! I agree, definitely pin worthy!

Jennie Crate - August 20, 2015 - 9:27 PM

Beautiful highlights of some beautiful amazing places–makes me love our state even more!

Erica Thompson Swantek - August 21, 2015 - 3:48 AM

I really wish blogging had been around when I was married! This is a great post with excellent venues ideas!

Tina Joiner - August 21, 2015 - 4:47 AM

What a great idea! Wonderful reviews of amazing venues!

Julia Morgan - August 21, 2015 - 12:15 PM

What a great post Sarah! So many amazing Colorado venues, with such gorgeous images! Thanks for sharing this :)

Julie Livermore - August 21, 2015 - 4:52 PM

So amazing venues, all the images are gorgeous!

Rayna - August 21, 2015 - 9:50 PM

All great choices! Colorado just has so many awesome venues!

Brooke - August 22, 2015 - 2:47 AM

These venues are all beautiful, and your photos show them off perfectly!

Colorado Fall engagement sessionAs I see photos of the first day of school fill my Facebook feed I can’t help but get excited for fall. The only thing I don’t like about fall is it means fishing and hiking in warm weather is coming to an end. I love the cooler weather, gorgeous Colorado leaves, boots, hot chocolate. It is my absolute favorite time of year to go to my cabin or just be outside. This all got me thinking about Shannon and Cole’s engagement session from last year! With their wedding coming up this weekend I thought I would share their engagement session before their wedding! I am so looking forward to sharing their day with them on Saturday at Grand Lake Lodge! Happy almost wedding you two and happy almost fall! Save the date fall engagementFall engagement session with dog in coloradoEngagement session on creek in the fallColorado engagement session in the fallKissing on a creek in the fall
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Jamie Kraus - August 20, 2015 - 6:28 PM

Dogs in engagement photos are the best! Congrats on your wedding Shannon and Cole!

Melissa - August 20, 2015 - 7:19 PM

So adorable! Love the cute pup.

Meghan Roberson - August 20, 2015 - 7:32 PM

Their kiss in the stream makes me swoon – Love! And a puppy to finish it off!

Elizabeth Stamm Weitz - August 20, 2015 - 8:07 PM

ahhh what a gorgeous location! Beautiful work…and I love their sweet fur baby! <3

Becca Buecher - August 20, 2015 - 8:58 PM

These are amazing photos! My favorites are the first and last one of that adorable dog! Beautiful couple, congrats to them!!

Jennie Crate - August 20, 2015 - 9:28 PM

Beautiful colors, beautiful captures, beautiful photos :)

Erica Thompson Swantek - August 21, 2015 - 3:49 AM

Ah fall! These are gorgeous engagement shots!

Tina Joiner - August 21, 2015 - 4:48 AM

Aww…these a beautiful! I love her dress and boots. Lovely photos! <3

Rayna - August 21, 2015 - 9:51 PM

Beautiful session! It has me excited for this fall!