Shelly and Parker’s Arapahoe Basin Wedding

Shelly and Parker are two adventurous souls who weren’t sure they’d ever find the perfect  match for them. Until the day they met and realized that it was possible. In fact, Shelly knew within 4 days that Parker was what she needed in life. 

They spent countless days exploring the world together, living in camper vans, getting to know each other during COVId, and creating a deeply adventurous life that embraces who they are together while celebrating who they are as individuals. 

For their wedding day, they chose a location that capitalized on a favorite shared 

 activity (skiing), embraced nature, and allowed them to bring their crew together. 

They shared a first look among the meadow by the East Wall of the mountain at ABasin.

And while we were working around rain showers all day, we managed to do everything outside that they wanted to.

The wedding party took the lift up to the ceremony site and the exuberant hugs that Parker shared with his side perfectly showcased his excitement in marrying Shelly. 

They good friend Becky officiated the wedding and they incorporated speeches by individual friends. By the time they started their own vows, the wind was picking up. When it was time for the ring exchange, the rain drops had started and the rushed through their repeated phrases to get to  the kiss at the end. 

Half of cocktail hour was indoors before everyone was able to head back outside when the skies cleared and enjoy the crisp mountain air and sunshine. To help with the altitude Shelly and Parker had an oxygen bar on hand for their guests, so they could keep their energy levels up for the whole evening. 

After dinner we snuck out for amazing alpenglow portraits in the mountains, that included a rainbow that we could see the end. The. The rainbow became 2 and their friends serenaded them from the deck with “somewhere over the rainbow”. We stayed out as the skies turned yellow and pink before heading back inside for toasts. 

Shelly and Parker did a first dance under the market lights then shared parent dances. Parker’s dance with his mom turned into a  full fledged choreographed dance, complete with back up dancers. 

Then it was time for the entire party to hit the dance floor. The dancing was hard core for over an hour, and halfway through Parker took over the DJing and carried the crowd through the end of the night with his selection of EDM. The energy on the dance floor was electric, accented by glow sticks and head bangs.   

At the end of the night their friends formed a tunnel of glow sticks and sent them off down the chair lift.

Planning: Good Ol Fashioned Party
Venue: Arapahoe Basin
DJ: A Music Plus

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