Gallery Spotlight: Heather and Carl’s Wedding at The Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll probably be noticing a theme after this wedding: rain!?! Every bloody weekend!!! When I was a kid, I remember daily afternoon rain-showers like clockwork in Colorado, but once the El Nino hit in the late 90’s, the clockwork rain stopped. Almost 10 years passed without daily showers for any extended period of time, but now… it’s not raining every day, but it seemed to rain every weekend… at least in August.
The day after Tessa and Doug’s rainy wedding, we drove 275 miles to the tiny little mountain town of Allenspark. Unfortunately, I think the same rainy storm-front that had dampened Tessa and Doug’s wedding had pretty much kept pace overnight, and now was a guest of honor at Heather and Carl’s wedding!
This storm almost did the wedding in, and if it hadn’t been for the excellent meteorological skills of the coordinator of The Wild Basin Lodge, the outdoor ceremony would have been called and we would have been forced to hold it on the porch. However, after carefully consulting the live feed of the local Doppler for about 30 minutes, she emerged to state confidently, “… it’ll pass in 15 minutes.”
I had my doubts because a steady, medium-heavy rain had been falling unchanged for about 20 minutes. So all the guests, the couple, and Char and I, stayed dry inside the lodge, and the guests passed the time merrily sipping cocktails and chatting. It was actually a great opportunity for Heather and Carl to walk around and talk to everybody, and lo and behold… 15 minutes later it stopped raining and the setting sun broke through the clouds and I realized that we were going to get a gift from God, at least, in terms of opportunity for photos!
Looking back at these photos, I can’t believe how close we came to missing this wonderful dusk ceremony. I mean, a wedding is a wedding, no matter what the setting, but c’mon! It was stunning out. Brides all over the world would kill for a sunset ceremony in a natural, awe inspiring place like that.
I don’t know how they did it, but Heather and Carl showed no sign of worry or stress as they waited out the storm. Maybe it was luck, or maybe it was the power of positive thought, or sheer will of the bride, but they really lucked out and got a one-in-a-million ceremony.
Thank you, Heather and Carl, for allowing us the honor of capturing your beautiful day! Now you have visual proof to show your future children that, in fact: the best things do come to those who wait!