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Kate & Ralf – Redstone Inn Wedding

I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph Kate & Ralf’s Redstone Inn Wedding. I was thrilled to be going back to the Redstone Inn, a place I had been in the past for Corina & Amos’ beautiful wedding. There is something about the Redstone Inn that attracts the most amazing couples to work with. My hunch is that it is due to the Redstone Inn’s rustic elegance; it lends itself to couples who have a down to earth spirit, who love the Colorado mountains and who want a place that brings all of their guests together not only for the wedding but for the entire weekend. That is exactly what Kate & Ralf were hoping for as they were planning their destination wedding, as Kate told me in their first email inquiry “We chose Redstone because we were looking for a quaint place for our guests to enjoy the mountains and get to know each other. If everyone there is with the wedding party, hopefully people will feel more comfortable saying “HI!” or “Guten Morgen!” knowing they are among friends =)”
Kate & Ralf’s wedding brought people together from all over the world. Many of them even made the trek to Colorado by train from California with Kate and Ralf. They certainly made everyone feel welcome and involved and the wedding day was full of abundant sunshine, laughter, smiles and lots of love.

The amazing staff at the Redstone Inn made the day run seamlessly. All of Kate & Ralf’s (very detailed) pre-wedding planning went off without a hitch. Kate’s borrowed veil from her Aunt went perfectly with her beautiful dress and the heirloom jewelry borrowed from her mother rounded out her wedding day attire. She was stunning from head to toe. Ralf was as dapper as ever in his suit from J. Crew. Their flowers by Field Florals were absolutely beautiful. Field Florals organically grows and harvests all of their flowers in Paonia, Colorado. Kate and Ralf not only had one wedding cake but 10 Germa Kuchen from Rosie’s Little Bavaria in Glenwood Springs!  And I loved how they cut their cakes directly after the ceremony so their guests could enjoy some sweets during cocktail hour and then go eat dinner- that’s the way I’d always eat if given the choice! While the guests were enjoying cocktail hour we stole away and went up to the top of McClure pass to a beautiful aspen grove. It was so nice to have a bit of time to create portraits with just Kate and Ralf. And to round out their wonderful day they had Dwight of Starkey Entertainment as their incredible DJ. He was truly amazing. The way he mixed old & new seamlessly had everyone out on their feet dancing the night away (even I was bopping around as I was taking photos)!

Thank you Kate and Ralf, I am so glad you found me, working with people like you makes my job so much fun!

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And even I got to try out a little something fun. I have been toying with the idea of going backwards and shooting a little film every now and then (mostly for personal work). Before diving in and getting a new camera I decided to pull out my little (toy) camera the Holga 120 and play around. I used Velvia 100 and cross processed it, and I am quite happy with the funky & fun look I got from it. (These are all straight out of camera, no adjustments)

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And I especially love this Holga image that I captured the morning of the wedding before the day got rolling.


And a big thanks to my second shooter Steve Glass for making the trip to Redstone with me, and thanks for allowing me (and pushing me) to take time to create some images “for myself” … always SO fun to work with you.



7 Comments Post a comment
  1. Rach, well done! To find such wonderful clients is an art you’ve done well. And delivering an amazing set of images any bride would love even a more special thing. Hats off for the stellar work. Super cool that you brought along the Holga fun!

    August 1, 2013
  2. Kate Gueldemeister #

    Rachel, Wonderful! Just wonderful! Thank you so much for these amazing wedding pictures! There are so many wonderful images! I am so happy you were there to capture our day and I’m so excited to share theses images with our family and friends. Also, the Holga images are sooooo much fun!!! I’m so happy you brought that camera along! Thank you so much for everything!

    August 2, 2013
  3. These images are beautiful! You did an amazing job capturing this couples beautiful mountain wedding. Stunning use of objects to outline your subjects! Well done, this is great work!

    October 24, 2013

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