This couple chose to be married at the idyllic Maroon Bells Amphitheater in Aspen, CO. What a stunning location for a wedding! If you are looking for a unique destination wedding location, I highly recommend it.

I have photographed some small weddings in my time and these intimate affairs are usually some of my favorite weddings of the season. Partially because I had a small wedding and partially because I love it when I am able to spend time to really get to know the couple and all of their guests by their first name.

Location aside, from the moment I met these two at a bar in Denver, I knew I wanted to photograph their wedding. They just had a love for each other that was contagious. The way he looked at her and the way she talked about him. It was adorable. I know, it sounds super cheesy, but it is true. Immediately I could feel their warmth, and I knew I wanted to not only be their wedding photographer, but I knew in the end we’d be friends.

Then the wedding came and it was even more dreamy than I could have ever imagined. The party of 11 welcomed me into their celebration as if I had been part of the family for years, which made documenting the wedding and telling their story a complete joy. A few days after I delivered their wedding photos, I received an email from the bride saying:

Just brilliant Casie – thank you so much. We watched the video and went through these pics just now. We laughed, we cried, we kissed. Just brilliant. Thank you so, so, so much from the depths of our souls for capturing the moments just like we’d hoped!

When I receive feedback like that, I am reminded why I choose to spend a handful of weekends a year away from my family photographing weddings. It fills me up to meet new people and get to know them well enough that in the end, I have new friends who feel like family.

Mother using a knitting needle to put on all the button loops of her daughter's wedding dress

a set of pearls beside a note from the bride's grandfather stating if he should die the pearls are for his granddaughter on her wedding day

mother putting pearls on her daughter's neck as she gets ready for her wedding

shot from the back seats of the amphitheater at the Maroon Bells overlooking the guests and looking at the bride and groom and Maroon Bells

a bride wiping a tear from her face as she weds her best best friend before her family at the Maroon Bells Amphitheater

close ups of bride and groom during their wedding ceremony at the Maroon Bells

groom tucking the officiant's pocket square into his pocket after wiping a tear from his bride's eyes during a Maroon Bells Wedding

summer wedding ceremony at the Maroon Bells, close-up shots of the bride and groom

bride and groom leaving their intimate wedding ceremony at the amphitheater at the Maroon Bells

BW wedding couple portrait on trail in front of the Maroon Bells as they kiss

bride and groom kissing with the Maroon Bells behind them and shooting into the sky with sunflare behind them

 

groom hugging dad while bride hugs sister in law at their maroon Bells wedding

woman serenading the wedding couple at their Maroon Bells Wedding