Private Steamboat Mountain Wedding: Monica & Adam

Of all the wedding day contingency plans I’ve witnessed since early 2020, Monica and Adam’s was the most elegantly executed. With a mutual love for the great outdoors the pair said, “I do” amongst the snow-filled Rocky Mountains during a intimate Steamboat, Colorado micro wedding. The setting was perfect for the soulmates to join their rustic romance in holy matrimony on the grounds of their family’s vast private estate. They promised each other eternity surrounded by the most scenic mountain peaks that Colorado has to offer. 

They first met in the halls of their freshman dorm at Brown University in 2011. Adam would create elaborate situations to spend more time with Monica in the hopes to charm her. His plan worked and in the fall of their sophomore year on Adam’s birthday the two began dating. Keeping with Monica’s request of making important dates in their lives easy to remember, Adam proposed on the Fourth of July in 2019. Over the course of their nine years together, trips throughout their long-distance relationship between California and Indiana made them very experienced travelers. Monica and Adam steal away into the mountains of Steamboat every chance they get to spend time together be it skiing, hiking, biking, or floating down the Yampa River. I’ve been told these two have always been athletic growing up so it was heartwarming to witness their mutual and true passions collide years later as betrothed adults during their magical Steamboat, Colorado wedding.

In 2021, the couple celebrated another holiday together except this time they became husband and wife on New Years Eve weekend. Monica and Adam had originally planned their wedding pre-covid at a traditional Colorado wedding venue. However, once the pandemic hit they had to make some serious adjustments. All in all their romantic winter wedding was overflowing with sentimental details from beginning to end as they wove their appreciation for mother nature throughout their outdoor Rocky Mountain wedding. Adam’s parents recently purchased land sitting atop a hill that faces Deer Mountain and is surrounded by the most scenic peaks including Rocky Peak, Copper Ridge, Deer Mountain and Elk Mountain. It may not have been what they originally planned but their Colorado elopement turned out to be the most scenic, most elegant and most beautiful view you could ever imagine. Especially when the sun set behind the snow capped peaks and everyone was gathered around the bonfire sharing memories of the newlywed couple. One of my favorite moments was watching the newlyweds ride off into their happily ever after on a horse drawn carriage.The greatest part about these two is the love I witnessed between all their family members. The sistership between Nicole and Monica made me teary eyed multiple times throughout the day. Moreso, the love between Adam and his family members and the way they extended their love and kindness towards me…I’ll never forget it. Congratulations again Monica and Adam, thank you for choosing me to document your milestone in love a decade in the making. As a Colorado wedding photographer who has photographed some amazing venues and locations in the area I can honestly say your Steamboat Colorado micro wedding was unique and unforgettable.

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