When I think about the perfect mountain top wedding, I imagine gorgeous views, a beautifully rustic resort, and an outdoor-loving couple and that’s exactly what Jill and Nik’s wedding day was like. It was a moody spring day to celebrate their love, their mothers, and bring their family and friends together on the most special day of their lives. Every detail Jill and Nik had planned came together beautifully. I felt honored to be included in their wedding day, but the kindness from Jill and Nik and the simplicity of their love made the day that much more joyful to be a part of.
The morning was filled with excited bridesmaids and gorgeous details. They featured timeless jewelry and invitations, charms dedicated to Jill's mom for her bouquet, and her stunning shoes. Across the lodge, my second shooter Luke was with Nik and the guys. He got ready with the help of his best friends and dad, but was most anxious to get up the mountain and finally see Jill. Once we got through all the details and fun robe pictures, it was finally time for Jill’s first look with her dad. As he waited for her to come down the path, you could tell how excited he was to turn around and see how beautiful Jill looked. Once he saw her, he had the biggest smile on his face!
Right after, it was time to get Jill back into hiding before her first look with Nik. All morning Jill was feeling a bit nervous, rightfully so, and while offering water, snacks, and encouraging words was how most of us could help, I know the feeling wouldn’t go away until she was by Nik’s side. Once we got word the Nik was ready, waiting on the mountain to see his bride, we headed to the gondola.
The gondola had sweeping views of the valley and the resort while low-hanging clouds rolled over the hills. Once we got to the top, we got Nik into place for their first look. As she walked through the field to him she called out, “I’m coming for you!” and you could tell how excited she was for him to see her. Nik’s reaction almost had me in tears. He couldn’t contain his joy! After the long-anticipated moment of the day was over, I asked if they both felt better and it was a resounding, “LOADS” from both of them!
We spent time on top of the mountain taking incredible portraits of Jill and Nik while they giggled and couldn’t keep their eyes off each other. From the view, the misty weather and the happiness that these two radiated, it was the most magical first look you could imagine. We spent as much time up there as we could waiting until the rain was just too much to bear. Before we rode the gondola back down the mountain, we snuck in a few pictures where their ceremony was originally planned to be just for Jill and Nik.
Once their first look was over, we spent the remaining time before the ceremony taking wedding party and family formals and getting so excited as guests started arriving. The lodge was decorated with woodsy elements and romantic colored decor. Guests filed in as Jill and Nik anticipated finally tying the knot. Their ceremony was officiated by Jill’s brother, Justin, and it was beautiful. Their individually written vows reflected their personalities perfectly, as they promised to be by each other’s side through it all.
Following the ceremony, Jill and Nik shared their first dance as husband and wife as cameras flashed and cheering filled the room. Jill then danced with her dad and they sang along to the song the entire time, which was adorable, and there was not a dry eye in the room when Nik danced with his grandmother. From then on it was time to eat and celebrate the newlyweds! Dancing, singing and selfies commenced all night long. The room was filled with pure joy for Jill and Nik.
Nothing brings me more joy than being a part of so many incredible couples’ wedding days. Getting to spend the day surrounded by people who are filled with nothing but love for these individuals, and getting to witness and capture their love story firsthand is something I would never take for granted. Jill and Nik’s day emphasized all of that and their love will continue to grow as it has, for years to come.