Eureka Lodge Wedding | Rachel and Dave

It’s been my dream to photograph a Eureka Lodge Wedding in the San Juan mountains ever since I first saw them in 2013.  Heather and I entertain plans to retire in the San Juan mountains someday but we haven’t done much visiting because it takes so long to get down there.  Someday we’re going to go down for a week and do a ton of exploring.

So, you can imagine my excitement when Chris Loring Photography asked me to come along with her to 2nd shoot a wedding in Silverton, CO.

I made the long drive down to Ouray in August by myself (rocking out to Glee) and joined Chris and her family for a fun weekend in the San Juan’s punctuated by the Eureka Lodge Wedding of Rachel and Dave.

I’d never heard of Eureka Lodge before this wedding, but its a beautiful hidden gem, nestled on a mountainside next to a river.  I love how out of the way the venue is, how intimate it feels, and how it really fosters an environment to bring together family and friends in celebration.

From their website:

“Originally a part of a large mining complex, known as the Martin Mining Complex, that included over 100 mine claims, this lodge sits on 40 acres surrounded by Forest Service or BLM land. Located approximately 8 miles from Silverton, it is best described as a perfect weekend retreat. There is no telephone or cell service, no cable or satellite TV.”

While the weather the entire weekend was drizzly and misty, it created a very magical feel to the venue in the mountains.  Plus Rachel and Dave were determined to get married outdoors, no matter what, so we pulled out the umbrellas and made it work.

Congratulations you two!
Eureka Lodge Wedding views by Silverthorn Wedding Photographer Jennie Craterainy wedding day at Eureka Lodge Wedding by Silverthorn Wedding Photographer Jennie Crategroom's dad putting on tie at Eureka Lodge Wedding by Silverthorne Wedding Photographer Jennie Crategroomsmen walking with umbrellas at Eureka Lodge Wedding by Dillon Wedding Photographer Jennie Cratedress in window and river at Eureka Lodge Wedding by Rocky Mountain Wedding Photographer Jennie CrateJust look at this magical getting ready tent in the midst of the forest!
bride getting ready in evergreen forest at Eureka Lodge Wedding by Silverthorne Wedding Photographer Jennie Cratediamon engagement ring on Colorado map at Eureka Lodge Wedding by Eureka Wedding Photographer Jennie Crategroomsmen in bowtie and suspenders at Eureka Lodge Wedding by Frisco Wedding Photographer Jennie CrateThankfully the rain dissipated for the duration of the ceremony.  And thanks to the handiwork of the groomsmen, the guests had dry chairs for the event.
groomsmen at Eureka Lodge Wedding by Wildernest Wedding Photographer Jennie Crateroom cheers in custom flasks at Eureka Lodge Wedding by Silverthorne Wedding Photographer Jennie CrateThe bridge leading to the ceremony site crossed a deep and rocky gorge–the perfect entrance for the wedding party.bride walks over bridge to ceremony at Eureka Lodge Wedding by Silverthorne Wedding Photographer Jennie CrateColorado mountain wedding at Eureka Lodge Wedding by Dillon Wedding Photographer Jennie Cratebridesmaids in evergreen forest at Eureka Lodge Wedding by Frisco Wedding Photographer Jennie Cratebride crying during wedding vows at Eureka Lodge Wedding by Silverthorne Wedding Photographer Jennie CrateColorado mountain wedding at Eureka Lodge Wedding by Dillon Wedding Photographer Jennie Cratebride and groom walk back up aisle at Eureka Lodge Wedding by Silverthorne Wedding Photographer Jennie Crategroup photo at Ouray at Eureka Lodge Wedding by Wildernest Wedding Photographer Jennie Cratebride and groom walking on mountain at Eureka Lodge Wedding by Dillon Wedding Photographer Jennie Cratebride in lace dress in evergreen forest at Eureka Lodge Wedding by Aspen Wedding Photographer Jennie Cratebride and groom overlooking silverton river at Eureka Lodge Wedding by Silverthorne Wedding Photographer Jennie Crategroom with purple shoes at Eureka Lodge Wedding by Loveland Wedding Photographer Jennie CrateBride and groom overlooking lodge at Eureka Lodge Wedding by Silverthorne Wedding Photographer Jennie Cratebride and groom on mountain bridge at Eureka Lodge Wedding by Colorado Wedding Photographer Jennie Cratebride and groom walking down road holding hands at Eureka Lodge Wedding by Wildernest Wedding Photographer Jennie Crateold truck at Eureka Lodge Wedding by Dillon Wedding Photographer Jennie CrateThough the rain was picking up by reception time, Rachel and Dave wanted to have their first dance under the market lights.  Thankfully no one minded getting a little bit wet.  I just love the ready emotion that these two displayed during their dance.  So beautiful.First dance at Eureka Lodge Wedding by Boulder Wedding Photographer Jennie Cratefirst dance under the market lights at Eureka Lodge Wedding by Frisco Wedding Photographer Jennie Crateemotional first dance at Eureka Lodge Wedding by Cooper Mountain Wedding Photographer Jennie Cratetears during first dance at Eureka Lodge Wedding by Silverthorne Wedding Photographer Jennie Cratebride and groom dance in circle of friends at Eureka Lodge Wedding by Dillon Wedding Photographer Jennie Cratefather of the bride dance in evergreen forest at Eureka Lodge Wedding by Breckenridge Wedding Photographer Jennie Cratetoasts at Eureka Lodge Wedding by Silverthorne Wedding Photographer Jennie Cratemountain wedding cake at Eureka Lodge Wedding by Dillon Wedding Photographer Jennie CrateAfter dinner outdoors, guest retreated inside the lodge to dance the night away.dancing at Eureka Lodge Wedding by Frisco Wedding Photographer Jennie CrateOpen dance at Eureka Lodge Wedding by Colorado Wedding Photographer Jennie Cratebouquet toss at Eureka Lodge Wedding by Aspen Wedding Photographer Jennie CrateGuests dancing at Eureka Lodge Wedding by Rocky Mountain Wedding Photographer Jennie CrateFinally, at the end of the night, Rachel and Dave exited amidst a shower of lavender.  The perfect end to a magical day.Eureka Lodge Lavender exit at Eureka Lodge Wedding by Silverthorne Wedding Photographer Jennie Crate

Everything about this Eureka Lodge Wedding makes my heart melt.

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I am an Ouray and Silverthorne Wedding Photographer and I specialize in intimate weddings for devoted and courageous people.  Dreaming of a wedding in the San Juan Mountains? Lets chat! I love Telluride too!

13 Comments

  1. Wow! What a beautiful location. The photos you took are just gorgeous and tell the story of the day very well, great job!

  2. These are absolutely beautiful! That view is breathtaking and you did such an amazing job with the colors of the day! Gorgeous Jennie! 

  3. Ahh I love that part of Colorado! These are gorgeous jennie. You captured so many beautiful details and emotions! 

  4. What a gorgeous Eureka Lodge Wedding jennie! I adore the San Juans too!!  We got engaged in Ouray! ;)  Love the Black and white dancing shot!

  5. What a knock-out venue! I always think of Eureka in California but this baby is in Colorado. I am going to have to check this out for my wedding planning clients.  

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