YMCA of the Rockies Wedding | Sarah & Kyle

When we first met Sarah and Kyle, they had both recently moved to Colorado from Texas, where they worked in the oil and gas industry.

One of the reasons they moved to the state was the beautiful mountains. We photographed a winter Chautauqua Park and Lost Gulch Overlook engagement session in Boulder with them, ending with a radiant sunset overlooking the Rocky Mountains.

Fast forward to April, and we ventured up to the YMCA of the Rockies — an outpost in Estes Park, Colorado, nestled in the foothills near Rocky Mountain National Park. Snow still blanketed the grasses and peaks surrounding the area. After getting ready in their separate cabins, Sarah and Kyle met for a first look — and the moments were truly special.

After, we ventured up in our truck to the upper parts of the property so we could photograph them with some peaks. The road to the best location was still snowbound and closed — we would have had to walk about a mile in, and in a suit and wedding dress, this wasn’t ideal.

We settled for a gravely pull-off area that provided a mountainous backdrop. Next, we headed to the main church in the campus for the wedding and then followed with a reception in the on-site events center, where tables were filled wooded and earthy-toned decorations. After toasts and dinner, the bride and groom danced to a special country song on the dance floor. Then, their guests came on, and the party was on. The evening ended when guests processed out of the room, leaving only Sarah and Kyle dancing alone on the floor. We had never seen anything like it, and it was a fitting way to cap a joyful but busy day. Meanwhile, guests went outside to line the walkway with glow sticks (no sparklers because of fire bans), and they cheered as Sarah and Kyle processed out to their waiting car.

Special thanks to Ryan and Ashley, whose wedding we photographed in mid-March 2020 at Our Lady of Lourdes in Denver, just as the pandemic was locking everyone down. They recommended us to Sarah and Kyle, and we couldn’t be more grateful.

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Daniel Petty

Daniel Petty

Dan has photographed weddings and done work for editorial and commercial clients, including The Denver Post, Running Times, The Associated Press and others.
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