Just over a year ago, we photographed Mindaugas and Bianca’s engagement session at the Great Sand Dunes. We left them with well-wishes for the next year they would be spending apart. International long distance. Mindaugas in the United States, Bianca in South Africa. As a couple, Mindaugas and Bianca have already conquered so many obstacles to be together. And when their wedding day finally arrived, stormy skies and all, their joy couldn’t be contained. This was the day that marked the end of being apart. The beginning of together.
As we pulled up to Camp Hale in Red Cliff, Colorado, we immediately knew Mindaugas and Bianca had chosen the perfect venue for themselves. Because as you may recall from reading their love story, Mindaugas and Bianca are adventurers. They love to be active and explore. They’ve gone on road trips across the country to California, up to Washington, and through Glacier National Park in Montana. They even met on a Colorado camping trip.
So it was entirely fitting that their first look location would require trekking up dusty roads (and praying that we wouldn’t get stuck on the boulders). That their couple portraits would be backed by incredible blue mountain vistas. And that their ceremony would take place on a legit ISLAND!
Every detail was exquisitely planned. From Bianca’s eye for creating a gorgeous, organic tablescape to the pampas grass swaying in the breeze (swoon), each little thing added to the beauty and joy of their day. It was clear that the couple cared about making this a wonderful memory not just for themselves, but also for their friends and family who had traveled all the way from South South Africa, Lithuania, England, the Netherlands, and all around the US to be with Mindaugas and Bianca in the Rocky Mountains! Wow.
Mindaugas and Bianca, we are so honored that you chose us to capture your memory day. We’re even more grateful to know you just as the wonderful humans you are. We pray that these photographs will bring smiles to your faces for years to come and that your love will only grow stronger with each passing day.
Photographers: Shelby & Justin Gloudemans | Venue + Catering: @camphaleweddings | Hair + Makeup: MAXX Salon Suites | Gown: @rosa_clara from @delavidabridal | Bridesmaids Attire: @nicha.clothing | Groomsmen Attire: @theblacktux | Florist: Blue Iris Custom Floral (Sherry Van Kooten) | Coordination: @teneilhartleyevents | DJ: @diamondempireband | Jewelry: @shanecompany | Cake: @thedessertstand
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