Chelsea + Jason
Tennessee Pass Cookhouse in Leadville, Colorado
I really can’t seem to find the words to describe this day. For one, Tennessee Pass Cookhouse is absolutely incredible. In the winter, you can ski or snowshoe into the cookhouse yurt to enjoy an amazing meal under some of the best stars in Colorado. In the summer, the forest around the cookhouse is filled with wild flowers. To get to the cookhouse, you hike along a mile long road/trail. Imagine evergreens and aspens surrounding you as you walk deeper and deeper into the forest only to find a yurt, perched on the edge of an open meadow with Mount Massive looming at the edge of the meadow. There are three sleep yurts not far from the cookhouse that are perfect for both summer or winter escapes and adventures.
Chelsea and Jason live and work in Salt Lake City but Leadville, Colorado and some of the surrounding mountain towns are incredibly special to their hearts. Tennessee Pass Cookhouse, an area legend, has been in Chelsea’s life since she was a little girl. So…when the two were brainstorming where to get married, the cookhouse was an obvious choice. They didn’t want anything pretentious or too formal so the couple opted out of a wedding party (my new favorite!) and had their uncle perform the ceremony. Chelsea and Jason invited only their closest family and friends making the whole wedding about 45 people. They played lawn games and drank beer amongst the trees and then had one of the most authentic and intimate wedding ceremonies I’ve ever witnessed.
I wish Chelsea and Jason lived here. I want to hang out with them regularly. They are kind and genuine; they love the outdoors and absolutely cherish the people around them; they are authentic and a breath of fresh air.
After delivering Chelsea and Jason’s photos to them, Chelsea wrote me back a email with these kind words that I can’t help but share…because words like this are why I love what I do!
Wow! There are no words. Thank you for capturing our day with such raw beauty. The laughs. The teary eyes. The essence of our ‘fly by the seat of our pants’ lifestyle. I love your artistry and will cherish these forever. Thank you, thank you!”
And here’s these photos to music….because why not?
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Beth Johnston (previously Grimes) specializes in documenting the real, unposed, beautifully raw moments at intimate mountain weddings and elopements across Colorado and the Western Mountain Region including Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Oregon, New Mexico, Utah, and Washington State.