Malarie + Russell
near Telluride, Colorado
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.”
As I drove up to Alta Lakes the day before Malarie and Russell’s wedding…I felt myself gasp in excitement. The lakes sitting at over 11,000 feet in elevation sit just below tree line. At this elevation in the mountains, the world is truly magical. Colors have a different richness and the lighter, fresher air seems to dance around you. You can hear deer and possibly elk roaming around in the bushes and your heart skips a beat when you get that glimpse of them as they trot up the mountainside.
That night, I slept in my tent underneath the moon and stars beside the lake. Malarie and Russell were just up the trail getting ready for their celebration the next day. I met up with them briefly and you could see the excitement in their eyes. No stress. No worries. Just anticipation for their friends and family to share this moment on the mountainside.
The wedding day itself I just can’t explain. Malarie and Russell are both photographers and had a collection of vintage cameras, polaroids, and even an old 8mm video camera for their guests to use to document the day. Good friends and neighbors in Telluride provided the goods and services for the wedding including DJ-ing, officiating, the cake and the flowers. The Butcher and Baker, whose owners are good friends of the couple, catered the meal and man it was delicious! There were ax throwing competitions, canoeing, and sunset hikes up the mountain. A few people even went for an accidental swim. This one was one for the books- no doubt about it.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart Malarie and Russell! I’ll see you both soon I’m sure.
The Next Day…
Catering + Cake- The Butcher & The Baker
Flowers- China Rose Telluride
Jewelry- Telluride Gallery of Fine Art