September Wedding

Hailee & Mark's Donovan Pavilion Wedding in Vail, CO

Hailee & Mark's Donovan Pavilion Wedding in Vail, CO | Colorado Wedding Photography | Autumn Wedding Inspiration | Apollo Fields Wedding Photographers

I am such a sucker for fun and adventurous couples + autumn weddings + mountains! The Jackson’s had it all going on. I actually got to meet Hailee for the first time the morning of Julie and Marty’s wedding since her mom, Pennie, was a wedding guest and had my name passed along. We didn’t have a lot of time since it was a busy day, but we were able to sit down with some coffee and chat about their wedding plans and I knew immediately that we would be a great fit!

We had such a blast shooting Hailee and Mark’s amazing wedding at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail! It’s such an awesome venue right in the mountains with the epic gold aspens and a beautiful river running through the back. The great room has massive windows that make for awesome views everywhere. There were so many personalized touches, including Pennie’s handmade signs. We loved them so much that she actually surprised us by sending us our own sign for our wedding straight to the farm!! Such an amazing, heartfelt, and touching gift (and yes, we have it hanging in our hallway now, it’s one of our favorite gifts).

The wedding was sentimental and upbeat, and we could tell that Hailee and Mark had so much love for their friends and family. There were so many beautiful part of the wedding coupled with so much celebration, another one of our favorite parts of the day was when everyone was dancing and all of a sudden, Mark scooped up Hailee and flipped her on the dance floor. With NO warning and I totally managed to capture it on my camera— it was one of those OMG-did-that-just-happen moments!! I jokingly told them, “the next time you do that give me a heads up” and Mark’s eye got super wide and he goes, “I had no idea we were going to do that!” Too funny.

Enjoy Mark & Hailee’s photos from their beautiful Donovan Pavilion Wedding:

Colorado Wedding Photography: Heather Huie for Apollo Fields

Vail Wedding Venue: Donovan Pavilion


The Jackson’s

17 September 2018

Tiptoeing atop the round stones of Gore Creek
With a white and red bouquet in hand,
Mark and Hailee
Settled into each other’s arms.
A gentle September breeze
Swept over their feet in the creek’s cool draft,
Swirling by Donovan Pavilion and beyond down Vail pass.
Balancing upon a boulder,
They found their bodies and souls most sturdy in concert,
Finding safety amidst exploration
Embracing adventure with clasped hands.

The white lace from Hailee’s delicate dress
Ran up her arms like pristine strands of natural ivy,
Gently wrapping them in comfort and class.
A single crimson rose
Splashed a message of love upon the lapel of Mark’s tuxedo,
Appearing in Hailee’s eyes like a vibrant and silent secret.
A marriage at 8,022 feet
Set their hearts to new heights,
But this union has been six years in the making.

From Italian in Grand Junction
To Indian in the Pacific Northwest,
They can stomach almost anything.
Their “Courage to Grow”
Lasted through seminars and endless breadsticks,
Engraving memories upon time like names on the back of a watch.
Hawaii, the Bahamas, and New Zealand,
”Ducking” life upon the seats of mangled mountain bikes.

Life isn’t a “Love Song”,
It is finding a home in the unknown.
It is Courtney’s laugh
Jarred’s jokes.
It is flipping on the dance floor
Building a house like an altar.
By including your partner,
You nurture your relationship
Share a home in the unknown.

Destiny & Christopher's Beaver Run Resort Wedding in Breckenridge, CO

Destiny & Chris's Autumn Mountain Wedding | Breckenridge, Colorado | Wedding Photography | Apollo Fields Photojournalism 

September in Colorado can mean 70 degrees in sunny or it can mean sideways blizzards. This day was the latter, but fortunately we were able to squeeze in first look before things got too bad. Breckenridge, CO is well equipped for snow since it is a popular ski town so luckily the roads were in great condition and the only part of the day that was interrupted was the last-minute decision to move the wedding ceremony indoors.

Luckily, we were still able to snag the epic golden aspen trees before the cold temps nipped all of their color! This is one of the other tricky variables about autumn weddings in the rockies— those gold trees are so iconic and truly breathtaking, but sometimes all it takes is one super cold day with strong winds and some snow to bite them all off of the trees. And just like that, the color is over. It’s sort of fitting for Colorado, which is such a mother-nature oriented state, and serves as a subtle reminder that out in the woods, very few things are really in our control.

Being able to roll with the punches is such a gift, and Destiny was the epitome of this! Some brides would be totally thrown by something like this coming up on their big day, but she was just so excited to be marrying Chris and celebrating with their friends and family that she just smiled the whole day. She is such a sweetheart so I loved working with her! This wedding was a long time coming, after 8 years of dating, it was easy to see how this couple is very calculated and caring, which I think will prove to be great traits in their years to come. I loved working with these guys and was so happy to capture their amazing mountain wedding!

Breckenridge Wedding Photographer:  Erny Photo CO | Apollo Photo

Venue:  Beaver Run Resort