Cottonwood Pass Engagement session // Buena Vista Wedding Photographer // Kelsey & Cody

Sometimes you just need to get a little further away from the main trails, and that's when you find the real magic. Nate and I live in Buena Vista and if you don't already know where that is, its a small, understated mountain town near the Collegiate Peaks of the Sawatch Range in Colorado. When planning Kelsey & Cody's engagement shoot, we were debating between shooting where they were staying in Breckenridge and somewhere closer to us. I've been wanting to shoot at Cottonwood Pass near Buena Vista basically since we moved here, but I didn't want to push it too hard because it's a bit of a drive from where Kelsey & Cody were and it requires trekking through a very muddy unmaintained trail to get to the spot we wanted to go. I texted Kelsey a photo of the location and she said they were totally down. Kelsey hiked up her dress and the two of them made it through the mud and high elevation no problem.

Kelsey emailed me a while back and told me about Cody's intricately planned, romantic proposal. He drove her all around town with a blindfold on so she wouldn't know where they were going, got her out of the car & walked her down to the beach, took off the blindfold and she realized they were at her parent's lake house cabin. There were candles and a lit up arch, and he proposed by giving her a ring and a brass doorknob, which if you don't know is a reference to Tom Sawyer. These two are adventurous souls & their love is marked by that.  

We can't wait for their Colorado wedding next summer.


This session was also featured online by Rocky Mountain Bride. See their feature here.

Cedar & Pines is a wedding photography duo made up of Nate and Megan Kantor, a married couple based in the mountains of Colorado. They believe in honest wedding photography, capturing the small candid moments to the epic landscape views. They love capturing intimate weddings and adventure elopements from the mountains of Colorado to destination weddings in California, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Wyoming, Washington and the ends of the earth.