Telluride Winter Elopement

Telluride Winter Elopement, Gotta love it! Have I told you lately that I love my job?!!

A Telluride winter elopement is one of the most romantic things a couple can do, in my opinion! A majestic, snowy setting with the one that you love.  It doesn’t get much better than that- eh?


A Telluride winter elopement allows you the time to travel to different locations, to have your photographs taken with no timeline!

I love capturing the little moments in between the moments.  This gorgeous couple didn’t even know I was photographing them at the time.


Telluride winter elopements allow you the time to have fun and be your self!  Without a large guest list you can make your day about the things that truly matter. However the two of you define this.



From the first phone conversation I had with John, I knew my photography style would be a wonderful fit for him and his wife to be.  John and Derleen have been dreaming about getting married in Telluride for a couple of years and thought that winter would be perfect!  They actually wanted to be married in a blizzard!  And a blizzard is what they got 🙂

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Catching snowflakes on her tongue! Love this!

They braved the cold weather!  With their hand full of guests, we took a couple of photographs in the sideways snow and then headed down to Allred’s Restaurant where we were able to finish their portraits inside where it was warm!  They had an amazing intimate meal and I headed home.  Their day was exactly what they wanted and it was an honor to be a part of it!

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If you’d like more information about elopement pricing or to see more of my Telluride winter elopement work or perhaps another time of year, please contact me at

I’ve lived in the Telluride area for over 15 years and have been a Telluride wedding photographer since 2008.  Started my wedding photography business in 2006 and have never looked back.  I love what I do!!!  Thank you for taking the time to stop by!

If you’re getting married in another beautiful location, drop me a line, it would truly be an honor to be a part of your day!  I travel nationally and internationally!

Top 3 Tips for the best Engagement Photographs

Awe, Engagement Photographs!  Having just photographed a beautiful engagement photography session in Telluride, Colorado a few days ago, I had this thought on my drive home.  How can I help my friends and others get the best wedding and engagement photographs?

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First, Make sure that you connect with your photographer.  As corny as this sounds connection is so important!  When looking for a photographer, be sure to have contact with them. Email, phone calls and an in person consultation come highly recommended.  Make sure that your personalities mesh well and ask what to expect from your engagement session.  Utilize this engagement session as a test run for your wedding.  The more trust you build, the better the end result.  Plus, it’s very important for your photographer to see what makes the two of you tick as a couple.  Are you silly, romantic, fun-loving, energetic, introvert…the list goes on and on.  You want your photographer to capture YOU and however YOU define your relationship!

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Second, spontaneity in a photograph is your friend!  Trust that your photographer will choose a beautiful back ground, make sure the lighting is perfect etc, when they’re ready to start photographing, play to the unexpected of your beloved.  Whisper something playful, beautiful or crazy in their ear, the emotion it evokes is “real”.

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Kiss when YOU want to kiss!  When this comes from you, again, it’s real and more natural then when your photographer asks for it. Be playful with your kisses!

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Running brings out the inner child in EVERYONE.

Give a twirl, have a dance.

Third.  The most common question that I get asked is what to wear in your engagement photographs?  Honestly, as long as you stay away from loud prints, large company logos, thick stripes and just wear clothes that are comfortable!  If you don’t where khaki’s in real life then don’t where them to your engagement session.  Don’t feel the need to be matchy matchy, just let your individual personalities shine!

For more information on an engagement photographs and/or Wedding photography please contact Real Life Photographs at



Gorrono Ranch Telluride Wedding

Gorrono Ranch Wedding in Telluride, Colorado!
gorrono_telluride_wedding (34)gorrono_telluride_wedding (49)On June 28, 2015, Nicole and Robert were married in an absolutely gorgeous wedding at Gorrono Ranch, in Telluride, CO.  In preparation, Nicole got ready at Telluride Mountain Lodge. She had her hair done by Jen Achter, from XY Salon, and her makeup applied by Erin Cain. Her beautiful bouquet from New Leaf Design was waiting for her to carry down the aisle. Their beautiful day was planned by Meehan and Telluride Unveiled and went off without a hitch!  Along side the wonderful staff of TSG at Gorrono Ranch provided an unforgettable time, meeting the needs of everyone while providing a 5 star meal in the most gorgeous setting!

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New Leaf Floral Design

New Leaf Floral Design

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Amazing Hair done by Jen Achter, from XY Salon

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Makeup applied by the fabulous Erin Cain.

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She looked flawless as we went to meet Robert at the fishing pier in Mountain Village. As we pulled up, raindrops started falling. We offered Nicole an umbrella, but she respectfully declined it as she walked to see her future husband for the first time. gorrono_telluride_wedding (8) gorrono_telluride_wedding (9)gorrono_telluride_wedding (18)

It was easy to shoot stunning photographs of this gorgeous couple. Although Robert and Nicole live in San Diego, they both feel a special bond with the mountains. Something we bonded over the first time we met a year earlier.  It was simple to be at ease in this magical environment. These two are a prime example of true love and it makes my job easy to capture the essence of this special bond. Having photographed their engagement a year before, I could see how much their love had grown–what a gift to witness!! Their excitement and anticipation for their wedding day was evident, but the love between them was palpable.  I LOVE MY JOB!!!

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After the pier, we took the gondola up to San Sophia Station on the Telluride Ski Resort. We were able to capture beautiful photographs of these two with Telluride below them. gorrono_telluride_wedding (57)

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What a gorgeous back drop for their ceremony at Gorrono Ranch in Telluride, CO

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San Sophia Overlook, Telluride Colorado

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San Sophia Overlook, Telluride Colorado

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The ceremony was officiated by Martinique Davis Prohaska, of Wellspring Ceremonies. Marti as we call her, does such an incredible job officiating, providing everyone with the back story of Nicole and Robert’s love and relationship.  She presided over the beautiful vows which brought the bride, groom and other onlookers to tears, and also filled the group with love and laughter.

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gorrono_telluride_wedding (27)It was a heartfelt ceremony for this lovely couple, who’s love has grown along with the garden they planted together at home.   Their families and friends came from far and wide to witness Robert and Nicole walk down the aisle of Gorrono Ranch, with Wilson Peak in the background, and profess their love to each other. Their parents beamed with pride watching their children say I do. 

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gorrono_telluride_wedding (54)As the couple kissed, the crowd was overjoyed, and the party began. 
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Gorrono Ranch Telluride Wedding

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Their scrumptious cake was created with love by Jean Louis at Telluride Specialty Cakes!

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What an incredible staff at Gorrono Ranch! 5 star service! Love love love this venue!


This beautiful photo wall was a creative touch by the fabulous Meehan of Telluride Unveiled

This beautiful photo wall was a creative touch by the fabulous Meehan of Telluride Unveiled

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Robert and Nicole told me I received major bonus points if I was able to capture Marmots frolicking at any point throughout the day!! How did I do???!!!! {Insert giggles here!}gorrono_telluride_wedding (37)

The 5 Star meal I was raving about!! Pan seared trout and filet mignon served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus! YUMMY!!!

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Makes your mouth water doesn’t it???

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What an honor to witness and capture such JOY + LOVE!

gorrono_telluride_wedding (47) First dance song was “Fade into you” by Mazzy Starrgorrono_telluride_wedding (44) gorrono_telluride_wedding (45) Everyone danced the night away with music from Aiko Aiko Sound but the sound system came all the way from San Diego, CA–Robert’s pride and joy — Beautiful Sound!  What a perfect compliment to the Beautiful people!gorrono_telluride_wedding (46)

Thank you for allowing me to capture such a loved filled day, it is such an honor and a gift to be a part of such a blessed event!  I know we will be life long friends! I adore you to pieces!

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And a HUGE thank you to this amazing creative team! Peace and Gratitude!

Planner – Meehan Fee of Telluride Unveiled –

Venue – Gorrono Ranch –

Florist – New Leaf Design –

Hair – YX Salon – Jen and Shayla –

Makeup – Erin Cain –

Officiant – Martinique Davis Prohaska – Wellspring Ceremonies –

Cake- Jean-Louis Capelli –

DJ – Aiko Aiko Sound – Dean –

Lodging – Telluride Mountain Lodge –

Transportation- Telluride Express

Photography – Real Life Photographs –

For more information on Telluride wedding photography services or photography services world wide, please contact Kaycee at or visit


Robert and Nicole requested a photo with me!!! AWE!!! Adore you two!

Robert and Nicole requested a photo with me!!! AWE!!! Adore you two!

San Sophia Telluride Wedding


Carey and Joe were married on June 26, at San Sophia in Telluride. Carey got ready at The Hotel Madeline, before taking the Gondola to meet her soon to be husband, Joe, and their wonderful families and friends. She was an absolutely stunning bride.Telluride_Wedding_Photos-2 Telluride_Wedding_Photos-5 Telluride_Wedding_Photos-3

Carey’s father met her on the path from the gondola, and he walked her to her mother who was waiting for her on the steps of San Sophia, overlooking Telluride. They walked Carey, the last of their daughters to marry, down the aisle where her handsome groom stood waiting.  The look on Joe’s face was filled with such love and admiration as he looked up to see his beautiful bride walking down the aisle.
Telluride_Wedding_Photos-6The flowers from The Garden Store matched the white of Carey’s dress, and the blue accents matched Joe’s tie and the bluebird sky which made the perfect backdrop for their ceremony. The officiant was Telluride’s mayor, Stu Fraser. His gift of a key to the Town of Telluride will forever remind them of their gorgeous wedding day. Telluride_Wedding_Photos-7 Telluride_Wedding_Photos-8 Telluride_Wedding_Photos-9 After the ceremony, Carey and Joe shared their first dance, with the town of Telluride below them and a beautiful moon over the mountaintops. They danced to Elvis crooning “I can’t help falling in love with you”.  It was an exceptional day for this exceptional couple. Their love and beauty was seen and felt by everybody who was fortunate enough to join them in Telluride that day. Telluride_Wedding_Photos-10Thank you for this amazing honor of being able to capture this gorgeous moment in time for you! I hope you had a blast on your honeymoon! Peace and Gratitude–Kaycee


Vendors that made it possible for this blessed San Sophia Telluride Wedding-

Wedding Planner – Telluride Unveiled-

Florist – The Garden Store –

Venue – Telluride Ski and Golf – San Sophia Overlook and Allred’s-

Cake – Cake Creation by Susan

Lodging – Hotel Madeline –

Officiant – Stu Fraser

Photography – Real Life Photographs –

Having a wedding at San Sophia Telluride or somewhere else in Telluride, Colorado?  For more information on Telluride wedding photography please contact Kaycee at