They say if you live in Louisiana and you want snow… well, you have to travel to the mountains of Colorado. Actually I just made that up, but in this case; it applies. Ashley and Brad eloped to Breckenridge Colorado counting on two things; an exchange of vows that would forever bind them as one… and lots of snow. And so it was, that on February 2nd, 2015, Colorado delivered the perfect storm.
As Ashley walked out to the wedding deck of The Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge, she beamed a bright smile to her Brad. There was no processional music, no guests holding up their iPhones, and no flower petals sprinkled on the deck. I remember the light sound of Ashley’s boots as she stepped onto the deck. I remember hearing the wind blowing across the valley, sending a cloud of snow high into the air, and yet totally calm where we stood. I remember the sun was partially blocked by the wind-whipped snow and even from what must have been miles away, we managed to enjoy some light sprinkles of snow all around us. For the next 20 minutes or so, each of us basked in what had to be one of life’s rare and perfect moments.
Our wedding officiant was Julie Wright-Kile of Rocky Mountain Dream Weddings. Julie took the time to get to know Ashley and Brad. She spoke in soft, reassuring tones, detailing many key moments in their lives leading up to this day – delivering the message as if they had been best friends for years.
Then it was just the three of us and we made the most of our time together, capturing many fun memories. When, at last our time together was drawing to a close, it was hugs all around. Finally, Brad told me, “we’ll remember you for the rest of our lives”. The perfect end to the perfect storm.