Great Sand Dunes National Park Wedding | Featured!

I thought this day would never come!

Back in April, I collaborated with Michelle from Brindle + Oak to create a kick-ass styled shoot in a location that I had been dreaming about since I saw them from a distance two years ago:

Great Sand Dunes National Park.

Great Sand Dunes National Park wedding photo

How cool are they?? And to find these gigantic sand dunes right in the middle of a landlocked state is incredible.  As soon as I saw them I just knew I had to shoot there. So I started the dreaming and the planning and came up with two shoot ideas.  You can see my creative shoot in a historical costume on another post, but today I’m so excited to see our Great Sand Dunes National Park Wedding Shoot published over on Burnett’s Boards!  Make sure you click over to check out the feature, then find your way back here to see more awesomeness from this shoot!

bride and groom in Colorado sand dunes wedding photoGreat Sand Dunes National Park is somewhat isolated in the Southwestern part of Colorado, so we knew that we could create an intimate shoot that capitalized on the amazing, sweeping views of the dunes.  Together Michelle and I dreamed up a relaxed and organic shoot concept. We wanted colors that would pop against the neutrals of the sand so we took our color inspiration from the purple prickly pear cactus. Our paper artist, Meagan from Whimsy Design Studio, incorporated on-trend geometric patterns into the invitation set and we utilized the color and weight of gemstones on our escort cards to counter the wind.

We knew that it would be windy at the shoot, so we looked for ways that we could use the wind to our advantage. We chose a lightweight dress with a lot of movement from Emma and Grace Bridal Studio (designer Truvelle) and used heavy vases and geodes to anchor the tablescape. By placing the table directly on the sand and using pillows for seats, we played up the relaxed scene of the off the beaten path location (which required 4-wheel drive to get to).

As the sun set we added a burgundy blanket to the styling to emphasize intimacy and connection between our couple and took advantage of the soft light to capitalize on the scenery of the dunes.

Full vendor list below the pretty pictures!

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Photos above are a mixture of digital and medium format film.  Medium format film shots were taken with the Pentax645N on Fuji 400H and developed at Indie Film Lab
Planner – Brindle + Oak @brindleandoak
Photographer – Green Blossom Photography @greenblossompics
Second Shooter – Deziree Dufresne @dezireephotog
Dress – Emma and Grace @emmaandgracebridal
Bracelets and Headpiece – Vagabond Jewelry @katieb_andtherue
Necklace – Mapleton Drive @mapletondrive
Rings – Kristin Coffin Jewelry @kristincoffinjewelry
Hair/Makeup – April Franklin @apriljoy08
Models – Kylie and Adam Chilton – @kjtaylor473
Macaroons – Footers Catering – Executive Pastry Chef John Roccaforte @footerscatering
Table Décor (plates, flatware, vases, rug, blue pillows) – House of Yonder @yonder_house
Pillows – Designworks  @designworksevents
Florals – Olive and Poppy – @theoliveandpoppy
Napkins – Pear Tree Rentals @peartreerentals
Paper Goods – Whimsy Design Studio @whimsydesignstudio​
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