Crystal and Thomas wanted to make their Sapphire Point wedding as meaningful as possible. That meant only a handful of their closest friends and family were present when they stated their vows and they could have fun together and celebrate all night long. I have to admit, their intimate wedding was a highlight for my 2018 for this Breckenridge wedding photographer.
Now, I have to give you a little backstory on the serendipity of their wedding. When I was first starting to shoot weddings and was trying anything and everything to get more clients, I thought it would be a fun idea to create a styled shoot of my dream intimate wedding. So, I collaborated with JM Events to design a whimsical forest themed styled wedding.
I want you to envision a thick forest of tall pine trees. No cell service. Just you and the mountains. And in that forest is a crystal chandelier hanging over a long wooden table. Lanterns and candles light up the faces of your close friends and family around you. Watercolor painted birds adorn the plates in front of you and you get this magical sense of being lost in the forest. That was the styled shoot that we created.
Now, over a year later, I show up at the AirBnB that Crystal and Thomas rented to host their small reception. Crystal, glowing with excitement for the day ahead, showed me around the space pointing out the details she so meticulously planned for their Neverland themed reception. We then walked out on the back deck and in the distance next to a tall forest of pine trees was a long wooden table set up for dinner.
As I started photographing all the fun details, I couldn’t help but think this is EXACTLY what I had envisioned and put together for my styled shoot. The flowing greenery down the table. The mystical setting in the middle of the forest. The candles and lanterns that light up the table. EXACTLY. And I couldn’t help but think that Crystal and Thomas were 100% meant to come into my life and give me the opportunity to be their photographer.
Crystal and Thomas are two people, who from following along on their journeys on Facebook and having met them previously for their engagement session, you know they are going to do big things as a couple. The amount of support and encouragement these two give each other is like nothing I’ve ever seen. They both are chasing dreams to build their own business (Crystal in photography, Thomas in D.J.ing) and I have no doubt they will be successful.
On a summer Colorado day in Breckenridge, these two people put on a dress and a tux, preparing to commit their life to each other. The excitement from their friends chattered through the air, trying to serve these two in every way possible. Crystal stepped into her bohemian, lace dress and tears fell down her smiling face as her mom buttoned her up and gave her a big hug.
I have witnessed countless moments of watching a bride walk down the aisle towards her soon-to-be husband. With all eyes on Crystal walking between her two brothers along the dirt path to the Sapphire Point Overlook, I turned my camera back towards Thomas. And my eyes started watering because Thomas’ expression was one of utter gratitude that HE was the man who got to call Crystal his wife. Tears fell to the dirt. Lots of tears.
Their intimate wedding ceremony was short and sweet with personal vows that Thomas and Crystal wrote to each other (more tears fell to the dirt) and a tree planting ceremony. After they had their first kiss as husband and wife and cheered with their friends and family, Thomas and Crystal played their first dance song right then and there on the overlook at Sapphire Point (and more tears trickled to the dirt).
After we finished up photos with family and friends Thomas, Crystal and I adventured around Sapphire Point to capture all the beauty that this Texas couple fell in love with when they first visited Colorado together. Breckenridge and Sapphire Point was a place they had visited time and time again and as soon as they were engaged, Crystal and Thomas knew EXACTLY where they wanted to say their “I do”s. The coolest thing about getting married at Sapphire Point is that you can come back and visit it time and time again – which Thomas and Crystal have faithfully done already.
Back at their Breckenridge AirBnB, family and friends gathered around the long wooden table outside beneath the stars and the forest. With candlelight glowing on their faces, toasts were given and memories were shared. And my heart was full because this amazing couple had a place setting just for me, with the name tag “Larissa” where I could sit and gather alongside them. Then they moved the couches out of the way in the living room of their AirBnB and danced the night away – soaking in all the memories from the best day of their life.
Crystal and Thomas, you two mean to me so much more than you would ever know. Thank you for trusting me to document your wedding day. Thank you for making me feel like a friend. And thank you for choosing to love each other!
The amazing wedding vendor team that made Crystal and Thomas’ Sapphire Point intimate wedding in Breckenridge, Colorado possible:
Captured by | We The Light Photography
Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal
Wedding Cake | Azucar Bakery
Catering: All Events Catering
Rentals: Colorado Tents & Events
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Meet Larissa. Larissa is an adventure wedding and elopement photographer based out of Colorado. She’d take and adventure in the mountains over shopping any day and prefers and date night snuggling on the couch over dinner and a movie. Larissa’s obsessed with: morning snuggles with her rescue pup, Hazel, hot chocolate, a good book and yoga pants. She believes in making you forget a camera’s even there, that your story is the actual thing she wants to capture on camera and that real, raw moments are more important than perfectly curated poses. Book your Colorado intimate wedding photographer today!