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Interview with Melanie about her wedding at Sunlight Mountain Ski Resort

Andy and Melanie were married on September 17, 2011 at Sunlight Mountain Ski Resort.  They’re a really really fun couple who were both in the army – Andy was stationed in Iraq and Mel was at Ft Benning GA.  They met because Andy became friends with Mel’s father and brother and then were at a Christmas party together at her parents home.  They’re both extreme runners who love nothing more than doing the hardest, highest, farthest races like the Warrior Dash where you have to jump over fire, crawl thru mud, and scale a wall, so of course, they had to wear some running shoes for their wedding images.


Me:  So Mel, what was the theme of your wedding and who made the decorations?

Mel:  We’re both big time campers, so we chose camping as our theme and I made all the decorations for the table tops, the invitations, and the favors.  It was so much fun and the guests enjoyed it very much.


Me:  What was your favorite moment during the wedding that you will always remember?

Mel:  It had been raining all morning, and right before the ceremony, it stopped and the sun came out – it was so beautiful.  Then it started raining again shortly afterwards and a couple more times throughout the day, but it stopped long enough to get some wonderful photographs.

Me:  Where did you get your dress, the shoes, and the bridesmaid’s dress

Mel:  The bridesmaid and flower girl are my daughters and we got their dresses at Sears.  My dress came from and we got our shoes from Famous Footwear (nothing fancy here – it’s a camping theme remember?).    My jewelry belonged to my grandmother who got it in Okinawa Japan when she was a schoolteacher there.  We also had a “camp director”, who was my best friend Kathy Yost.

Me:  How about your hair and makeup?

Mel:  My hair was done at Sanctuary Spa in Glenwood Springs CO by Amanda.  I did my own makeup.

Me:  And your flowers?

Mel:  Those were made by Flowers by Staci also in Glenwood Springs.  I loved my flowers – they were exactly the right colors.

Me:  Tell me about your cake and the food served.

Mel:  The cake was made by Melissa Miller at Killer Cakes in Glenwood Springs.  Since it was a camping theme, the cake had crumbled cookies in it to look like dirt, gummy worms, had two bears on top, and was placed on top of a piece of tree.  The rest of the food was catered by Sunlight.

Mel:  Also, for two days before the wedding, we invited guests to set up their campsites, and then do some whitewater rafting or a four wheel/jeep tour and then we had a backyard campfire at our home.  This is Colorado after all – these are the things we love to do!

Me:  This was a really fun wedding and I was honored to be their photographer.   Mel and Andy are an amazing couple and are obviously very much in love.

Let me know what you think.  Thanks for looking and enjoy!





About karenskellyphoto

Hello there! I'm a Certified Professional Photographer serving the entire Western Slope of Colorado, including Durango CO, Cortez CO, Silverton CO, Ouray CO, Telluride CO, Pagosa Springs CO, and Farmington NM. I love photographing the emotions during a family session or wedding; the love, hugs, kisses, tears, and laughs. Please view my website at, and read the "About" page for more information. Thanks for looking. Karen

3 responses »

  1. I love the sleeping bag utensil holder! What a cute idea! How did you make them? How did you get the tent design, names and date on the material? Absolutely love!

    • Hi Debbi. I am the person who photographed this wedding. Sadly, the bride was killed in a car accident a couple of years ago. I don’t know where she got her designs. Wish I could help. You could try googling camping wedding supplies or something like that.

      • That is heart-wrenching to hear about the beautiful bride. What a tragedy. I appreciate you taking the time to reply.

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