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WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS OPEN DURING COVID-19 - Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

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Piney River Ranch, Vail, Gore Range, Colorado Elopement Photo Story Award

Wedding image from an outdoor adventure Wedding of the couple Heading back to the reception to close out the night

Piney River Ranch, Vail Wedding Venue Photography | Heading back to the reception to close out the night

Heading back to the reception to close out the night.

With the pandemic forcing lots of wedding changes, Melissa and Josh opted for an intimate wedding with their blended family and friends at their favorite vacation spot, Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado.  It takes a long, bumpy ride up a dusty mountain road, but the view of Piney Lake in front of the Gore Range is well worth the trip.  

After getting ready on-site, Melissa and Josh joined their small wedding group on a deck overlooking this spectacular view.  The ceremony was short and sweet followed by a casually elegant dinner in the open-air dining space Piney River Ranch offers.  Afterward, they took a stroll for some portraits followed by heading out onto the lake for a peaceful paddle in a canoe.  They headed back for some dances and cake and then closed out the night shortly after the sun went down.  

Gore Range, Piney River Wedding Photo of laughing during their ceremony

Gore Range, Piney River Wedding Photographer | laughing during their ceremony

Melissa laughing during their ceremony, with the bridesmaids along her side.

Piney River Ranch Wedding photo from Vail Colorado during A funny moment during the speeches

Piney River Ranch Wedding Pics - Vail Colorado | A funny moment during the speeches

A funny moment during the speeches where the best man handcuffed the newlyweds together.

Piney River Ranch of Vail, Colorado Wedding photo showing A look down the single reception table

Piney River Ranch of Vail, Colorado Wedding Pics | A look down the single reception table

A look down the single reception table with the bride and groom's closest family and friends.

Piney River Ranch Vail, CO Wedding Photo of a canoe ride after dinner during sunset

Piney River Ranch - Vail, CO Wedding Photography | a short canoe ride after dinner during sunset

Melissa and Josh took a short canoe ride after dinner during sunset on Piney Lake in front of a picturesque mountainscape.

Vail Wedding Image from Piney River Ranch, CO of A small group of young bridesmaids catching a bouquet

Vail Wedding Images from Piney River Ranch, CO | A small group of young bridesmaids

A small group of young bridesmaids made for a competitive bouquet toss!

Rustic Vail Wedding image of a Colorado couple in front of the freshly extinguished campfire

Rustic Vail Wedding Photos - Colorado Images | in front of the freshly extinguished campfire

A kiss at the end of the wedding in front of the freshly extinguished campfire.