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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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Vail Ski Resort, Colorado Rocky Mountain Elopement Photo Story Award

Outdoor Ski Resort Mountain Wedding Ceremony Photo of The groom taking his new bride into his arms and kisses her for the first time

Vail, Colorado Mountain Wedding Ceremony Photo of The groom taking his new bride into his arms and kisses her for the first time

Andrew takes his new bride Meltem into his arms and kisses her for the first time as her husband.

Andrew and Meltem share a love for skiing, so eloping in the winter on Vail Ski Resort was an easy decision. The couple decided to elope, as all of Meltem's family lives in Turkey and was unable to travel due to COVID-19. I think the most remarkable memory I have as their photographer from this amazing day was how much Andrew's family surrounded Meltem with love. They truly thought of her as a daughter and have a bond that is rare. This was not only a wedding but also a day of family celebration. Their hearts just seemed to grow as the hours passed. 

Vail Mountain Wedding Image of The groom and bride at ease as they prepared for the day

Vail Mountain Wedding Image by a CO Wedding Photographer | The groom and bride were at ease as they prepared for the day

While some couples are clearly anxious before their wedding ceremony, Andrew and Meltem were at ease as they prepared for the day.

Colorado Wedding Photo from a Vail Resort of The bride taking a moment to play with the pup

Colorado Wedding Photographers for Vail Resorts | The bride takes a moment to play with the pup

The bride takes a moment to play with the pup before dressing in her wedding gown, as the groom waits around the corner and peers out the window to catch a glimpse of the ceremony preparations.

Vail Wedding Photo from a Rocky Mountain Event Making sure the bride has everything she needs as the final touches are applied to her wedding look

Vail Wedding Photographer of Rocky Mountain Events | Making sure the bride has everything she needs as the final touches are applied to her wedding look

A member of the wedding party looks on with care to ensure that Meltem has everything she needs as the final touches are applied to her wedding look.

Vail Resort Wedding Image in the CO majestic mountain range defining the background

Vail Resort Wedding Image from Colorado Mountains | majestic mountain range defining the background

With the majestic mountain range defining the background and offering the promise of a solid foundation, Andrew and Meltem spend a few moments alone together before their wedding ceremony begins. 

Colorado Mountain Wedding Photo from Vail showing the vines of the pergola appearing like an enchanted forest

Colorado Mountain Wedding Photographers of Vail | the vines of the pergola make them appear as if they are in an enchanted forest

As the vines of the pergola make them appear as if they are in an enchanted forest, Meltem looks up in the hopes of containing her emotions.

Vail, CO Wedding Photo showing The bride preparing to place the ring on the grooms finger

Vail, CO Wedding Photography | The bride prepares to place the ring on the grooms finger

Meltem prepares to place the ring on Andrew's finger as he focuses intently on his bride.

Mountain Resort Wedding Photo from Vail Colorado of The groom and his father sharing a tender moment together after the ceremony

Mountain Wedding Photography for Vail Colorado | The groom and his father share a tender moment together after the ceremony

Andrew and his father share a tender moment together after the ceremony, showcasing the bond that exists between them.

Vail CO Wedding Photo showing all the elements of a blissful and playful bride

Vail Wedding Photographer - CO Weddings | all the elements of a blissful and playful bride

Embodying all the elements of a blissful and playful bride, Meltem takes a moment to enjoy a few laughs with one of her younger wedding guests.