I have dug deep and thought hard about what words and pictures to use to share Kelsey and Volker with you and I have come up short. There are not enough adjectives in the world to describe the pure, honest love that pours out of these two. I am humbled to have been asked to be a part of their lives and I am even more grateful to now call them very, very good friends.
A year and a half ago I received the most delightful email from Volker telling me of his love story with Kelsey and of their common obsession to mine with the Friends TV series, noting that it must be an “important sign” for us to both own the entire 10 seasons on DVD. (Find this and other odd facts about me on my website.) Volker also told me that photography was the biggest priority for their wedding. (K + V are wedding photographers too!) Kelsey grew up in Durango, Colorado. Volker is from Germany. They met in New Zealand while both studying for university and after an extended time of dating long distance, Kelsey moved to Germany and the rest is history. They couldn’t be more perfect for each other and they couldn’t have been more perfect clients for me too. After a year of Skyping and emailing we met up in Colorado in June for the week of the celebration. They took me rafting before the wedding rehearsal with Kelsey’s HUGE family and all of their friends from Germany. We bonded over our love for tacos and burritos and braved a massive hail storm on the day of the wedding that cleared up just in time for some of the prettiest dewy light and some of the hardest partying that I have ever seen. Seriously guys – if you want to have a fun wedding hire this family to crash the party. check domain availability You will not be disappointed. Congratulations K + V. You are the reason I photograph weddings.
Jennaye Derge for being a great assistant and for a couple of the party photos above
Christy at Sleeping Beauty Ranch in Durango, Colorado
Shampoo Salon for making the girls feel pretty
Ken at Durango DJ & Audio for keeping the party aliveAnd
The Wochele, Dignum, and May families for treating me like one of their own