Casual Wedding in the Vail Mountains | Sarah and Tim

bride and groom standing in canoe on lake at Piney River Ranch wedding by Vail wedding photographer Jennie Crate photographer

Casual  Summer Wedding in the Colorado Mountains

In July I joined Candice Benjamin for a Casual Piney River Ranch wedding.  From the start, Sarah and Tim focused on the experience of their guests. They smartly decided not to make a big fuss about the details. Rather they chose low key, elegant details.  I love the simplicity of Sarah’s light lace dress and sparkly sandals.  And for reception decor they decorated magnolia leafs for their place cards.

I also loved that the two prioritized time together outside at sunset.  Their sunset portraits even included the daredevil move of standing up in the canoe at the center of the lake!  I’ve photographed many couples in canoes at Piney River Ranch, but I’ve never seen someone stand up in the middle of the lake.  On top of their canoe shenanigans, Sarah and Tim really took advantage for some sunset time alone together.  We were even blessed with a gorgeous alpenglow, which makes their evening photos look so colorful.

Elegant Summer Wedding Reception

When they got back to their reception they immediately grabbed drinks and jumped into the rest of the fun evening they had planned with their guests.

They tore up the dance floor for several hours as the air outside cooled and the air in the pavilion rose with the dance energy.

Including a late night after party in the Piney River Ranch cabins.  I love that their guests had the opportunity to stay the night at the ranch and awake to the beautiful sunrise the next morning.  If you’ve never spent a night at Piney River Ranch, you should consider it.  Talk about fresh air and inspiring views!

Take a look at some of my favorite moments from their causal Piney River Ranch wedding.

bride getting ready in bridal suite in Colorado mountains wedding at Piney River Ranch wedding by Vail wedding photographer Jennie Crate photographer
mom and daughter on wedding day at Piney River Ranch wedding by Vail wedding photographer Jennie Crate photographer
groom getting ready in grooms room at Piney River Ranch wedding by Vail wedding photographer Jennie Crate photographer
dancing groomsmen in sunglasses photo at Piney River Ranch wedding by Vail wedding photographer Jennie Crate photographer
bride and groom cuddle in front of lake at Piney River Ranch Summer Wedding by Piney River Ranch wedding photographer Jennie Crate photographer
bride and groom walk hand in hand towards lake at Piney River Ranch Summer Wedding by Piney River Ranch wedding photographer Jennie Crate photographer
groomsmen in blue suits and bridesmaids in blush dresses photo at Piney River Ranch Summer Wedding by Piney River Ranch wedding photographer Jennie Crate photographer
father walks daughter down the aisle at intimate Colorado wedding at Piney River Ranch Summer Wedding by Rocky Mountain wedding photographer Jennie Crate photographer
father gives daughter away at Piney River Ranch Summer Wedding by Rocky Mountain wedding photographer Jennie Crate photographer
bridesmaids in blush pink dresses at Piney River Ranch Summer Wedding by Rocky Mountain wedding photographer Jennie Crate photographer
colorado alpine lake wedding at Piney River Ranch Summer Wedding by Piney River Ranch wedding photographer Jennie Crate photographer
happy couple after ceremony at Piney River Ranch Summer Wedding by Rocky Mountain wedding photographer Jennie Crate photographer
bride and groom standing in canoe at Piney River Ranch Summer Wedding by Piney River Ranch wedding photographer Jennie Crate photographer
sunset by the lake at Piney River Ranch Summer Wedding by Piney River Ranch wedding photographer Jennie Crate photographer
sunset photo on the pier at Piney River Ranch at Piney River Ranch Summer Wedding by Rocky Mountain wedding photographer Jennie Crate photographer
sunset photos in the aspens at Piney River Ranch Summer Wedding by Piney River Ranch wedding photographer Jennie Crate photographer
groom and bride sipping cocktails by lake at Piney River Ranch Summer Wedding by Avon wedding photographer Jennie Crate photographer
romantic sunset photos with alpenglow at Piney River Ranch Summer Wedding by Piney River Ranch wedding photographer Jennie Crate photographer
sparkly sandles and white flowers for mountain wedding at Piney River Ranch Summer Wedding by Avon wedding photographer Jennie Crate photographer
bride heading to buffet through tunnel of plates at Piney River Ranch Summer Wedding by Beaver Creek wedding photographer Jennie Crate photographer
groom fist pumps during toasts at intimate Piney River Ranch Summer Wedding by Beaver Creek wedding photographer Jennie Crate photographer
first dance in pavilion at Piney River Ranch Summer Wedding by Beaver Creek wedding photographer Jennie Crate photographer
bride wipes away tears during emotional toasts at Piney River Ranch Summer Wedding by Beaver Creek wedding photographer Jennie Crate photographer
father of bride dancing at at Piney River Ranch Summer Wedding by Beaver Creek wedding photographer Jennie Crate photographer
emotional toasts at colorado mountain wedding by mountain wedding photographer Jennie Crate photographer
bride dancing at at Piney River Ranch Summer Wedding by Beaver Creek wedding photographer Jennie Crate photographer
guests dancing during wedding reception at Piney River Ranch Summer Wedding by Beaver Creek wedding photographer Jennie Crate photographer
thriller dance at Piney River Ranch Summer Wedding by Vail wedding photographer Jennie Crate photographer
guests dancing after dark at Piney River Ranch Summer Wedding by Vail wedding photographer Jennie Crate photographer
guests dancing during wedding reception at Piney River Ranch Summer Wedding by Vail wedding photographer Jennie Crate photographer
bride, father, and sister at Piney River Ranch Summer Wedding by Vail wedding photographer Jennie Crate photographer
high energy dancing photo at at Piney River Ranch Summer Wedding by Vail wedding photographer Jennie Crate photographer
at Piney River Ranch Summer Wedding by Vail wedding photographer Jennie Crate Photographer

Considering a wedding at Piney River Ranch? Check out my insights on the venue and let’s connect!

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5 Comments

  1. Lovely images AS ALWAYS! Are you a spokeswoman for Piney River Ranch yet?! Seriously, everyone should hire you for their wedding photography.

  2. Wow, such a beautiful wedding at Piney River Ranch! I love when couples prioritize photos and want that gorgeous golden hour light. Well done! 

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