Kris & Sallie | Piney River Ranch

November 28, 2018

Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado is one of my favorite venues. We photograph weddings there frequently. This private retreat set on the edge of Piney Lake is perfect for adventurous couples like Kris and Sallie.These two are literally the cutest humans I’ve ever met. They are adventurous and romantic.The way Kris loves Sallie is what people have been writing books about for centuries. He loves her with every fiber of her being. Their love is so deep and it definitely showed on their wedding day.

Kris and Sallie chose not to see each other before their ceremony. Instead, they had a first touch. Kris’ best friend played guitar, while they exchanged gifts and prayed together. The emotion was palpable. I couldn’t even hide my ugly crying. Sometimes, couples worry that having such an emotional moment together before a ceremony such as a first look or first touch will mean seeing each other as the bride walks down the aisle will hold less meaning. Kris and Sallie are proof that that’s not the case. Kris was incredibly emotional seeing Sallie and it was beautiful to witness their love so visibly.

I knew Kris and Sallie were adventurous from their hiking and climbing adventure session. The adventurousness continued on their wedding day. I encourage adventurous brides like Sallie to get dressed for their wedding day outdoors. Being out in nature where you spend most of your time, rooted in adventure, and not surrounded by a lot of people, creates a unique experience and beautiful photos. During their couple’s portraits, Sallie asked if she could drop her dress in the water. When couples are more willing to take more risk in getting photos, their wedding day photos showcase more about who they are as a couple.

A highlight of Kris and Sallie’s wedding day included Lucie, Kris and Sallie’s adorable Bernese Mountain dog. Lucie is a huge part of their life; she skis with them regularly and is by Kris’ side pretty much all the time. During their wedding, she was their flower girl! Sallie also got Kris a surprise groom’s cake during their wedding reception that was a mini version of Lucie, which was almost too cute to eat.

Another highlight and one of my favorite moments, was when Sallie tried to put Kris’ shirt back on after he had been progressively becoming more and more shirtless and he simply batted the shirt away.

Six days after their wedding, Kris went to India with Sallie’s blessing to train the rock climbing team for the Olympics. What an amazing couple to push each other to succeed and fulfill their dreams. The entire day, I remember thinking how lucky these two are, to have a love as deep as they do. The way their guests talked about them was incredible. It made me incredibly grateful that Garrett and I were able to be a part of their day.

The mountains of Gore Range are visible from piney River Ranch a beautiful wedding destination venue in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

With their matching flannel shirts, Sallie and her bridesmaid walk through the pine forest at Piney River Ranch in Vail Colorado to get ready for her wedding. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Sallie chose to get ready outdoors for her wedding at Piney River Ranch in Vail Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

At Piney River Ranch in Vail, Sallie was an adventurous bride who chose to get ready outdoors and put her wedding dress outside. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Sallie putting her wedding dress outside at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Sallie chose to get ready for her wedding at Piney River Ranch outdoors. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Sallie's bridesmaid surround her in prayer before her wedding at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Kris gets ready for his wedding at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado.Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Kris' best friend plays music while the groomsmen get ready before his Piney River Ranch wedding in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Kris' groomsmen help him adjust his yellow spotted bowtie before his wedding at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Kris gets ready at Piney River Ranch, a beautiful wedding venue in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Bride sees her father for the first time before her wedding at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Sallie sees her father before her wedding at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Sallie, the bride, and her father walk through the Vail pine forest outside Piney River Ranch. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

The groomsmen get ready at Piney River Ranch, in Vail. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Groomsmen photos outside Piney River Ranch in Vail in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Groomsmen photos outside Piney River Ranch in Vail in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Faux fake proposal groomsmen photos outside Piney River Ranch in Vail in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Faux fake proposal groomsmen photos outside Piney River Ranch in Vail in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Groomsmen photos outside Piney River Ranch in Vail in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Groomsmen throwing the groom during photos outside Piney River Ranch in Vail in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Groomsmen photos outside Piney River Ranch in Vail in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Groomsmen pray over the groom outside Piney River Ranch in Vail in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Groomsmen pray over the groom outside Piney River Ranch in Vail in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Bride and bridesmaid photos outside Piney River Ranch in Vail in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Bride and bridesmaid photos outside Piney River Ranch in Vail in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Bride and bridesmaid photos outside Piney River Ranch in Vail in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Bride and bridesmaid photos outside Piney River Ranch in Vail in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Groom waits for bride before their first touch before their wedding at Piney River Ranch in Vail Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Sallie, the bride, arrives for her first touch ceremony with Kris outside Piney River Ranch in Vail Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Bride and groom during their first touch ceremony instead of a first look at Piney River Ranch in Vail Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Bride and groom during their first touch ceremony instead of a first look at Piney River Ranch in Vail Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Bride and groom during their first touch ceremony instead of a first look at Piney River Ranch in Vail Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Bride and groom exchange gifts during their first touch ceremony instead of a first look at Piney River Ranch in Vail Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Bride and groom exchange gifts during their first touch ceremony instead of a first look at Piney River Ranch in Vail Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Bride and groom cry while reading letters to each other during their first touch ceremony instead of a first look at Piney River Ranch in Vail Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Bride and groom pray together during their first touch ceremony instead of a first look at Piney River Ranch in Vail Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Bride and groom exchange gifts during their first touch ceremony instead of a first look at Piney River Ranch in Vail Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Sallie, the bride, can be seen in the windows of the Piney River Ranch in Vail in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Upon seeing his bride for the first time, Kris the groom cried. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Luciem the bride and groom's beloved Bernese Mountain Dog, served as their ring bearer for their wedding at Piney River Ranch in Vail Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Emotions ran high at Sallie and Kris' wedding at Piney River Ranch. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

The Piney Lake is visible from the wedding ceremony site at Piney River Ranch in Vail Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

The Gore Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains are visible from the ceremony site at Piney River Ranch, a wedding venue in Vail. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Piney River Ranch Colorado Rocky Mountains Vail Colorado wedding site. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

The Gore Range can be seen from the wedding site of Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Bride and groom share their first kiss as a married couple at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Kris and Sallie, bride and groom, celebrate their wedding ceremony at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado.

Bride and groom celebrate their wedding ceremony at Piney River Ranch in Vail in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Flower girl at the Piney River Ranch. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Wedding party celebration shot at the Piney Lake at Piney River Ranch in Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Bride and groom leave in a canoe on Piney Lake in Piney River Ranch in Vail Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

The Rocky Mountains are visible from Piney Lake at Piney River Ranch. Bride and groom photos in a wooden canoe in Vail Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Bride and groom in a canoe at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Bride and groom photos in a canoe after their wedding ceremony at Piney River Ranch. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Bride's dress blows on the dock of the Piney Lake at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Bride and groom walk through the tall grass surrounded by their wedding party at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Bride and groom walk with their Bernese Mountain dog Lucie following their wedding ceremony at Piney River Ranch. The Rocky Mountains are visible behind them. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Bride and groom portraits at Piney River Ranch with the mountains of the Gore Range in Vail Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Bride and groom stand in the water with their Bernese Mountain Dog of Piney Lake at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Bride and groom water portraits at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colroado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Kris and Sallie chose to take their bride and groom portraits in the water of Piney Lake at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Kris and Sallie walk through Piney Lake for their bride and groom portraits after their wedding at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Kris the groom watches his bride Sallie walk through the pine forest outside Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Kris and Sallie say hi to their flower dog, their Bernese Mountain Dog Lucie after their wedding ceremony at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Bride and groom silhouette portrait at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Mountain chic wedding details for adventurous Colorado couple at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado.Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Mountain chic wedding details for adventurous Colorado couple at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Mountain chic wedding details for adventurous Colorado couple at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Mountain chic wedding details for adventurous Colorado couple at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Bride and groom hold hands under the table during an intimate moment at their wedding reception at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Bride and groom celebrate matching Patriot jersey gifts for their wedding at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

The best man and maid of honor had a dance off to see who would deliver their toasts first at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

The maid of honor and best man played rock paper scissors to see who would give their toast first at Kris and Sallie's wedding in Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado.Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Bride and groom during toasts at their wedding in Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

The maid of honor delivers a toast during Kris and Sallie's wedding at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

The best man delivers a toast at Kris and Sallie's wedding at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Father daughter dance at Piney River Ranch in Vail Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

The groom looks on during the father daughter dance at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Mother son dance at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Bride and groom's first dance during their wedding reception at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Bride and groom's first dance at their wedding reception in Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Kris and Sallie celebrate their first dance as bride and groom during their wedding at Piney River Ranch in Vail in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Silhouette of bride and groom during their first dance as a married couple in Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado.Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Kris and Sallie get ready to cut the cake at their wedding reception at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Kris and Sallie get ready to cut the cake at their wedding reception at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

The groom smashes the cake onto his bride's face during their wedding reception at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

The bride smears cake on the groom during their wedding reception at Piney River Ranch in Vail in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

After smashing cake in each other's faces, the bride and groom share a kiss after cutting the cake at their wedding reception at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Kris and Sallie celebrate after cutting the cake at their wedding reception at Piney River Ranch in Vail Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Bride and groom celebrate cutting their cake and smashing it into each other's faces at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

The bride surprised the groom with a special groom's cake of his Bernese Mountain Dog Lucie wearing a football jersey of his favorite team, the New England Patriots, during their wedding reception at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Guests dance during Kris and Sallie's wedding reception at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

The groom dances with guests at their wedding reception at Piney River Ranch in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

The groom dances with guests at their wedding reception at Vail's Piney River Ranch. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Kris and Sallie celebrate their wedding reception at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Guests dance at Kris and Sallie's wedding at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

The groom got progressively more shirtless as the night went on during the wedding reception at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

The groom surprises the bride by taking his shirt off during their wedding reception at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

The groom surprised the bride by returning to their wedding reception at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado shirtless. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

The bride and groom dance during their reception at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

The groom surprised the bride by returning shirtless to his wedding reception at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Sallie tries to cover up Kris during their wedding reception at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

The groom dances shirtless at his wedding reception at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Guests dance at Sallie and Kris's wedding at Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

Bride and groom sunset portrait at Gore Range in Piney River Ranch in the White River National Forest outside Vail, Colorado. Photo by Ali and Garrett, Romantic, Adventurous, Nostalgic Wedding Photographers.

 

Venue: Piney River Ranch
Dress: d’Anelli Bridal Essence of Australia
Hair and Makeup: Amy DaCosta
Rentals: Allwell Rents
Florals: Ladybird Poppy

  1. matt ritscher

    December 3rd, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    OMG, Piney River is such a great place to shoot in Colorado! I love it. Great job on the edits!

  2. Laëtitia Donaghy

    December 3rd, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    A beautiful, well documented day. You did such a great job! And dogs should always be at weddings, am I right?!

  3. Maddie Mae

    December 3rd, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    This mountain wedding took my breath away. I am in love with these photos! You are incredible.

  4. Tracy Englund

    December 3rd, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    What a gorgeous Colorado wedding.. I”m so jealous!

  5. Hannah

    December 3rd, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Such a gorgeous Colorado mountain wedding!

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