Ellie and Kjell’s Aspen wedding was held at the T-Lazy-7 Ranch just outside of town. Kjell is an accomplished photographer himself and felt strongly about having an Aspen wedding photojournalist document the day. I had not been to the T-Lazy-7 Ranch before, but it’s a great venue. The ceremony was in a large open meadow looking up a valley toward Pyramid Peak, not far from the Maroon Bells. The reception was a short from an open rustic pavilion with a roaring campfire. It set the tone for a very laid-back reception, conditioning the environment for people to kick back and have fun.
Aside from the physical trappings, there was something rather touching about this wedding: Ellie and Kjell have been friends since elementary school. There are high school sweethearts, but we’re talking about a documentary filmmaker and a doctor who have known each other since they were six.
A few months after the wedding, they were kind enough to come to the opening of my show at the Blue Sky Gallery in Portland on a rather cold and rainy night. The worlds of my documentary work and weddings tend to be distinct, so it was great to share another side of what I do.