As a wedding photographer, I often have the honor of witnessing love stories that seem like the stars themselves have written them. Today, I’m here to share one such beautiful tale that spans states and years and finally culminates in the magical celebration of Gabby and Dan’s love.
Gabby and Dan’s paths first crossed under the warm sun at Florida State. At the time, they were just two young souls navigating the vastness of university life. Little did they know that the universe had grand plans for them. Their friendship sparked and grew, but the Sunshine State never quite provided the right circumstances for the fire they were destined to share.
Fast forward a few years, and the two found themselves navigating a different kind of terrain – the spectacular mountains of Colorado. It was as if the universe had pulled them together once more, and this time, the spark ignited into a flame.
They both felt that undeniable draw towards each other, a gravitational pull transcending states and years. In the grandeur of the Colorado mountains and the tranquillity of its crisp air, their friendship blossomed into a mature love they knew was a forever one.
Being chosen as their wedding photographer meant more than just capturing the essence of their love. It was about telling their extraordinary journey that led them from Florida State’s vibrant campus to the serene landscapes of Colorado.
Gabby and Dan’s wedding ceremony was held at a beautiful mountainside venue that perfectly embodied their love story’s theme: a journey of two souls led by love across states and years. I think their love story serves as a heartwarming reminder that sometimes, love doesn’t just lead us to a person – it can guide us to places we never thought we’d be, and in their case, to each other.
They married at the T-Lazy-7 Ranch, nestled in the heart of Aspen, Colorado, a place where love, nature, and laughter converge. The majestic peaks of the Maroon Bells served as the ceremony’s backdrop; the laughter and chatter of their loved ones filled the air, resonating with the serene beauty of the surroundings.
The act of writing letters to each other on the morning of the wedding is a poignant and personal moment that, as a photographer, I find it incredibly touching to capture. The raw emotion that unfolds as they read each other’s words, often filled with anticipation, love, and promise, is something that I hope they look back on for years to come.
During these quiet moments, the power of my role as a photographer truly hits home. To be granted access to such profound, intimate emotion is an honor I cherish. Whenever I photograph a couple reading their letters, I am reminded of why I love my job.
The Ranch, nestled at the base of the awe-inspiring Maroon Bells, is situated amidst a backdrop of spectacular, snow-capped peaks that appear to pierce the crystal-clear Colorado sky. With its maroon-colored sedimentary rocks that give the Bells their name, this iconic mountain range provides a dramatic and breathtaking backdrop that feels almost otherworldly.
Surrounding the T-Lazy-7 Ranch are beautiful, verdant meadows and thickets of Aspen trees. These Aspen groves, with their white bark and fluttering green leaves, added a touch of serenity and calm to the day. The rustling of leaves in the wind provided a soothing soundtrack to the day’s celebrations, and the dappled sunlight filtering through the trees created a sense of enchantment.
As a photographer, I can attest that the T-Lazy-7 Ranch in Aspen is a visual feast with its idyllic location and awe-inspiring scenery. The mountains, the Aspen groves, and the creek all contribute to a setting that is both tranquil and inspiring…..and it was made even more special by the addition of their fur baby Ruger to the ceremony.
Ruger, the best dog, was more than just a pet – he was family. His presence at the wedding was as essential as any human guest, if not more. Dressed for the occasion, Ruger trotted alongside Dan as he made his way to the altar, his tail wagging in rhythm with the excitement of the day.
As Gabby and Dan stood at the altar, exchanging their heartfelt vows, Ruger laid down nearby, seemingly unperturbed by the flurry of activity around him. It was as if he understood the significance of the moment, his calm demeanor reflecting the serenity and surety of their commitment to each other.
Music has always been a universal language of love, and for Gabby and Dan, it provided a unique rhythm and melody to their relationship. Their shared love of music extended beyond playlists and concerts, seeping into the profound vows they penned for each other. Their words mirrored lyrical expressions, painting a beautiful harmony that resonated with their unique love story.
When Dan, with an emotion-filled voice, said, “Your love is like water and sun to my soul,” it wasn’t just a vow; it was a melody, a rhythm that encapsulated his deep-rooted love for Gabby. His words portrayed his love for Gabby as essential and life-sustaining as water and sun, a testament to their relationship’s depth and vitality.
Similarly, Gabby’s vow, “I choose you to be my partner to love and dance with,” wasn’t merely a promise; it was a beautiful symphony. This affirmation reflected her choice to share the dance of life with Dan, to move together through its rhythms and beats. Her words were a promise of commitment and a celebration of their shared love for music.
When couples integrate elements of their journey into their wedding day, they infuse their celebrations with their unique flavor, creating a narrative that resonates with who they are as individuals and as a couple. It tells their story to their loved ones in a way that standard ceremonies may not achieve, and believe me, it makes a big difference in the photos.
To future couples planning their wedding, take a leaf out of Gabby and Dan’s book. Remember, your wedding is a celebration of your story. Infusing your day with aspects of your shared experiences can make it a beautiful celebration and a personal homage to your journey together.
The energy at Gabby and Dan’s reception was electric, the air buzzing with eclectic FUN. The party soared to new heights as Dan’s brother took the stage, his lively tunes on the flute adding a unique charm to the festivities. Dan joined the musical spree, jamming away on his guitar.
But the highlight of the evening was undoubtedly when Mom took over the dance floor, her contagious enthusiasm sparking a dance fest that lasted well into the night. She danced her FACE off…and it was amazing.
And let’s not forget the magic of that Hora! This communal participation is a significant aspect of the Hora and was a beautiful testament to the love and support surrounding Gabby and Dan on their special day. Their faces radiated joy as they were lifted high on chairs amidst the cheering crowd. It was purely awesome!
Gabby and Dan’s day was a true testament to who they are as individuals and as a couple, a celebration as unique and beautiful as their love story. Here’s to both of you – may the harmony of your love continue to resonate through all the days of your life together!