Ever wonder what your wedding would look like if it rained pretty much the whole day? Well, Amber and Jordan don’t have to wonder anymore. It rained… a lot. It even pushed their ceremony back an hour and 15 minutes because mother nature didn’t want to cooperate. What a jerk she can be. It didn’t ruin their day though and the reason is quite simple. Amber and Jordan were the perfect couple to just roll with it.
Every time it rains on a wedding day I say the same thing to the bride and groom… and no, it’s not the old cliche “it’s good luck to have rain on your wedding day!” I’m pretty sure no bride wants to hear those words ever again, so we should all stop saying it. What I do say is “no one comes to a wedding simply for the view and a good corn hole game. They come to celebrate the love you share together and that isn’t going to change because some water fell out of the sky.”
Yeah, the rain bumped back their ceremony and some guests had a chilly ride up on the chair lift (the only way to get up to Black Mountain Lodge as it is a mid mountain venue!)… so what!? They had an open bar, so the guests were fine with it! We even had 30-40 minutes of a break in the down pour so we got some killer portraits. Those portraits wouldn’t have been as awesome though if both Amber and Jordan were bumming because of the weather. They knew that if they accepted their day for what it is they would remember the beautiful wedding day they had together rather than the crappy weather during it and that’s exactly what they did.
One of my favorite moments of the whole day was during the ceremony. Amber and Jordan said some of the most heartfelt vows I have ever heard. As Jordan started off his vows by holding back tears. As he spoke a few words, it was evident that he needed to clear his throat to continue his vows… those attempts were unsuccessful. He turned to the crowd and asked if anyone had something to drink. About halfway down the aisle, a friend hoisted up a beer and Jordan obliged. One of my favorite ceremony moments ever!
As they danced to Chris Stapleton for their first dance, rain wasn’t a bother and the rest of the night ensued. They hired a band called “Old Number 5s” from Kansas City and they friggin rocked. If anyone is considering a band for their wedding, stop considering and hire a band. The energy from a live band is so incredible on a wedding day and I was so pumped to have Old Number 5s there for that killer energy. Dudes were even rocking bellbottoms. You can’t be in a band in 2019 and rock bellbottoms if you are cool AF.
I had never shot at Black Mountain Lodge and it might have jumped to my favorite venue on Colorado. Seriously amazing. The uniqueness of the mid mountain venue, the views, the food… all of it was amazing. I am so fortunate to shoot in the crazy beautiful places that I do. It makes it that much better having incredible clients like Amber and Jordan. Cheers to the newlyweds!