My alarm went off at 6AM–the sun had just started to crest on a warm Thursday in Colorado as I packed up my car and headed West to the Mountains. I took a back route to Aspen, hoping to find some great new locations along the way (I did—but that’s a story for another time). As I made it to Leadville, however, I could tell that we were going to be in for a whirlwind of weather—an angry storm from was rolling out West, straight for Aspen. As I made it closer and closer, the storm picked up and the rain went in and out between drizzling and torential. While I’m an avid fan of stormy weather, it takes a special couple to embrace the day for what it is and roll with the (proverbial) punches.
Now, most couples would be slightly timid about the weather—perhaps even disappointed that it hadn’t cooperated with their initial design and intent. But Christian and Sara were fully on board for whatever was about to happen. We hiked Mountains together, we (and their guests) trecked into the forest (and got rained on) for an incredibly intimate ceremony, we ate amazing food, we lost some valuables (long story) and overall their wedding was one of the most powerful, meaningful, and beautiful vow exchanges I’ve been able to witness.
It was a not-so-subtle reminder that with weddings so many things fall outside of your control, with the most obvious of this being the weather. But to be honest, if the weather had been “expected” we would never have been able to have this same experience and time together. Their wedding was wholly unique because of the unexpected. When it comes to weddings, it seems that the best images and moments seem to happen outside of a neat box determined by order or expectation. Instead, it’s when you embrace things for what they are that things seem to fall so effortlessly into place.