Gold glitter, sparkling rings, a white dress, black tux, and an amazing sunset over the mountains. Yep, this New Years Eve was one of the best ever! When we showed up to the room where Amanda and her bridesmaids were getting ready, Amanda was the calmest, most beautiful bride. Sipping her mimosa while her hair was curled, wearing a custom monogrammed flannel. Her and her friends laughed as they got ready, and told us about the bet regarding who would cry first between Amanda and Stephen. All bets were on Stephen. Once hair and makeup was done we all headed to the church, where Amanda put on the final touches - her dress and veil. Surrounded by her bridemaids and mother, Amanda turned around to the mirror where she saw herself as a bride for the first time, and the happy tears immideately started rolling down her cheeks. She had officialy lost the bet, but I don't think she minded one bit.
Once the ceremony begun, all eyes turned to Amanda as she glided down the aisle on her daddy's arm, and the look on Stephen's face said it all. It was a stunning ceremony, and when Amanda & Stephen took their seats the light from the window was beaming in and landing directly on Amanda, lighting her up brighter than anyone else in the room. After the ceremony ended and these two were prounouced husband & wife, we had a gap of time before needing to arrive to the reception, so the bridal party took off for the best place nearby - the brewery next door! Bridger Brewing is our very favorite brewery, so we weren't complianing. Plus, this was our second wedding of the year where we'd ended up at a brewery with the full bridal party, confirming to us that YES - these were our people! Where are our craft beer lovers at?!!
As sunset approached, we headed to the based of the mountains for portraits. We had braved the snow for Amanda & Stephen's engagement session last March, so we knew these two didn't mind the cold. But I don't think anyone was prepared for the cold spell that set in at the end of December and stuck around through New Years. Thankfully, the -25* had passed, and the temps had raised to 10*, but we stil have to give this bridal party, and especially Amanda & Stephen a major shout out for braving the cold, stomping through snow, and having a great time getting some outdoor portraits at sunset! Amanda was outside in 10* weather, in a strapless dress, for nearly 45 minutes, and she was such a trooper! I showed her one image on the back of my camera to affirm that the cold was worth it, and she agreed through her excited screaming.
At the reception stories were shared of why these two are the perfect match. Friends talked about how Amanda was a one of a kind friend, how she made them laugh, and was always there for them. We heard of Stephen's heart, and how he wasn't afraid to wear it on his sleeve, or let it be known how fiercely he cared about his friends and family. We watched Amanda & Stephen dance, and laugh, and cry. Stephen and one of his groomsmen had a dance-off of epic proportions, joined by their amazing DJ. It was a day so full of heart and love, and we're so glad we got to end 2016 celebrating with these two!
V E N D O R S :
Hair & Make-Up: Beauty & the Belief
Bride's Dress & Tuxes: After 5 & Weddings
Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie
Limo: Classic Limo
Ceremony: Reserrection University Catholic Parish
Reception: Best Western Gran Tree Inn
Cake: Sweet Pea Bakery