After photographing their engagement session for sunrise at Dream Lake, I got to know Matt as well. He was so courteous, and even helped Shana climb the side of a waterfall while barefoot when I found a spot that had nice light.
On September 17, 2016 – Shana and Matt were wed in Breckenridge at the Mountain Thunder Lodge. The afternoon was lovely and the leaves were just hitting peak in Summit County. Shortly after we arrived, we headed into the aspens for a joining of hands and a special prayer. Matt had written a prayer for his bride that he wanted to read before they were officially wed. His words were so sweet and genuine, we all were in tears listening to him.
Their intimate wedding consisted of 35 family members and friends who flew from all over the country to celebrate in the mountains with them. Shana and her family are from the South, Georgia to be exact. As someone who’s attended many weddings, I’ll never forget the feeling I had when Shana walked out of those doors looking like a Southern Princess with that sweet smile on her face to Ray Charles’ “Georgia on my Mind”. I believe that all 35 people in attendance had tears streaming down their cheeks as Shana walked down the aisle to meet her beloved.
After exchanging vows that they wrote to one another, both with a little humor and a lot of love, we headed towards the beautiful aspens once more for some portraits of the two of them. Matt and Shana are so naturally beautiful together – they made our job quite easy.
To end the evening, there were many lovely toasts, dances, and singing. Ahh, the singing. Shana lost a bet a few years back, and thought that their wedding would be the perfect time to pay up her bet debt. She karaoke’d Sir Mix A Lot’s “Baby Got Back” in the middle of the dance floor. This perfectly sums up Shana and Matt to me – a couple who are so smitten and in love they show everyone what love can be, yet they aren’t afraid to let loose and belt out some 90s tunes on the dance floor.
Thank you again, for inviting me to be present for your beautiful wedding. I know that they two of you have great things ahead and I can’t wait to see what the future brings.
Venue: Mountain Thunder Lodge
Florist: Woodland Breckenridge
Cake: Whole Foods
Officiant: Adam Wilson
Hair & Makeup: Sandy Bridgewater, Majestic Mountain Beauty