Real Wedding: Hannah + Matt - Hotel Boulderado | Boulder, Colorado

A gorgeous fall wedding day in the heart of Boulder!

Stunning bride and groom on the top of a mountain in Boulder Colorado

Hannah + Matt are my people. Case in point: their first dance song was Faithfully by Journey. (I highly recommend having that track on in the background as you scroll this post). The bride’s family and I go back...way back to the days of 90s-era soccer with her sisters, orange slices and all. Even as a kid, I knew Hannah’s family was special. They were always so full of love and I’m so glad I’ve stayed in touch with them over the years. When Hannah + Matt asked me to be their wedding photographer it was an honor…and a no-brainer!

So many people came out to celebrate Hannah + Matt’s love on a GORGEOUS fall day in the heart of Boulder, Colorado - it was a BIG, beautiful Colorado wedding, complete with a surprise snowstorm (oh, Colorado). The day started out in the presidential suites at the charming Hotel Boulderado where the bride, groom and bridal party got ready for the day. Hannah slipped into her stunning gown, Matt adjusted his cuff links and they were off to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church to make it official. 

After the ceremony, I snuck off with the bride and groom to snap some pictures of just the two of them. I love when a bride and groom are willing to sneak away after the ceremony to grab some pictures - it's such an intimate time to just be together as husband and wife before the rush of the reception. We captured some great shots at Chautauqua (where I sat in a cactus...anything for the shot!) then went up to Flagstaff mountain to grab some sunset photos at Lost Gulch Lookout. If you’re from the Boulder area, you know it took some mad wedding photographer skills to avoid the crowds (and stoners) that are notorious in this area, and I have to say, it was worth it - The photos of Hannah + Matt standing on top of the mountain are breathtaking.

After high-fiving another wedding couple on their way up for photos, I drove Hannah + Matt back down the mountain with my 80s playlist blasting (as I usually do), and ironically, their first dance song came on ( Faithfully by Journey…seriously just put that puppy on repeat and keep scrolling) and we sang it at the top of our lungs. I think it was a pretty good sign from the universe that their love and their marriage is pretty legit.

The reception was back at the Hotel Boulderado where Hannah + Matt were welcomed by a crowd of their adoring family and friends to eat, drink and dance the night away. And then we ate cheeseburgers and french fries in the snow. It was a great day. Cheers to you, Hannah + Matt. I wish you many, many amazing years ahead!

Beautiful wedding dress, jeweled wedding shoes and bridal portrait
Bride puts on makeup and groom getting dressed on wedding day
Bride looks in mirror in her wedding dress before the ceremony. Groom buttons his navy jacket on his way to meet his bride.
Bridesmaids smile at cute flower girl in flower crown walking down the aisle.
Ring bearers pull baby flower girl and ring bearer in wagon down aisle
Groom watches his stunning bride walk down the aisle
Bride and groom exchange vows in large cathedral in Boulder, Colorado
Smiling bride and groom celebrate walking down the aisle after their ceremony
Portrait of a large wedding party in pink and navy on a fall day
Portrait of a bride and groom on their fall wedding day in Boulder, Colorado
Bride and groom dancing in Chatauqua Park in Boulder, Colorado
Lost Gulch Lookout boulder sunset wedding photo
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Bride and groom walk across a street in Boulder Colorado holding hands
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Bridesmaids and best man make a wedding toast to the bride and groom at the Hotel Boulderado
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Best man makes funny wedding toast at a Hotel Boulderado wedding reception in Boulder, Colorado
Mother dances with her son during the wedding reception at the Hotel Boulderado
Fun father daughter dance during wedding reception at Hotel Boulderado in Boulder, Colorado
Bride and groom take their first dance at Hotel Boulderado in Boulder, Colorado
Happy bride and groom dance together at their fall wedding reception at the Hotel Boulderado
Wedding guests having fun at a wedding reception in Boulder, Colorado
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Wedding couple embraces in the snow after their wedding in Boulder, Colorado
Bride and groom kiss on their wedding night in Boulder Colorado while the snow falls.

It takes one heck of a team to pull off a wedding like this - shout out to all the awesome vendors that helped to make Hannah + Matt’s day so special!

Wedding Planner | A Perfect Moment Events, Samantha Rotter - Denver, Colorado

Venue | Hotel Boulderado and Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church - Boulder, Colorado

Flowers | Ellen Cara Boulder - Boulder, Colorado

DJ | Complete Weddings + Events, Marc McDonald - Denver, Colorado

Dress | Dora Grace Bridal - Fort Collins, Colorado

Makeup | Rebecka Beauty Makeup & Skin, Becky Tryggestad, Northern Colorado

Hair | Studio NineSevenO, Christie Lind, Windsor, Colorado

Bridesmaid Dresses | Blushing Bride, Windsor Colorado

Groom Apparel | Tom James Custom Suit, Denver, Colorado

Groomsmen Apparel | Men’s Warehouse, Denver, Colorado

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