There is something really magical about being in the mountains just before sunrise, it’s one of my favorite things. The stars are still out while you’re driving the winding mountain roads. You step out of the car and you can see your breath in the cold air. The pine trees begin to silhouette against the sky as it gets lighter to the east and you can just barely begin to familiarize yourself with the beauty that surrounds you. I love it because you never really know what you’re going to get once the light breaks. Will it turn into a clear morning with lots of sunshine? Moody clouds and low hanging fog? Filtered sun through the forest? It’s always a surprise, and it was a beautiful surprise on Caleb and Kayla’s wedding day just outside of Breckenridge!
We met while it was still dark out and began our hike up to their ceremony location. I loved the glow of flashlights on the ground as we quietly made our way up through the woods and into an alpine clearing above timberline. Hiking adds a wonderful element to your wedding day because it gets you further into nature and further away from the distractions of the world. The longer you hike, the better the views too!
Caleb and Kayla’s closest friends and family (and their 3 sweet pups!) joined them for the trek up the mountain. We were all amazed at the views, the incredible cloud formation and the freeeezing cold temps! Like I said, you never know what you’re going to get with a sunrise wedding! In Kayla and Caleb’s case, it was a magical combination of fog, rolling clouds, misty sun, happy dogs chasing chipmunks, laughter and celebration. It was a joy for me to join them.
A few favorites…