Rain clouds rolled out on the snow covered peaks of the Crested Butte valley. Wind whirled over the peaceful lake. Lush greenery and wildflowers blanketed the entire valley. Swooshing swallows sang along to the acoustic guitar. Alexe stood at the altar; his tear-filled eyes reflected the mountain tops and Laura. Together they were about to embark on their greatest adventure yet.
Their longtime friend, adventure buddy, and “official third wheel” Jason began the ceremony with a heartfelt story of how Laura’s love for Alexe is constantly exciting and pushing him to live a life of adventure. Surrounded by a close group of friends and family in their favorite place on earth, Laura and Alexe made their promises to one another: promises to continue a life filled with excitement. Promises of commitment and love. And most importantly, promises to always help the other seek out wonder.
Amongst the powerful peaks, one was reminded of the test of time. These giants, many of which Laura and Alexe have climbed together, were a reflection of the worthwhile challenge of growth and commitment these two were embarking upon.
Laura and Alexe, what spoke more loudly than the beauty of the landscape on your wedding day was your wildly romantic, ride-or-die love for one another. You two are the type of people whose smiles can be seen in your eyes. Every time you glanced at one another, everyone’s hearts melted. I feel so incredibly lucky to have met you and to have photographed your epic love story. Your kind souls and adventurous spirits will carry you to the top of every mountain. I’m excited for all of the amazing adventures that await your marriage, starting with your Mount Kilimanjaro honeymoon climb. You two are seriously are some of the most badass adventurers I know. I hope you keep each other wild.
The Creative Team
Event Design & Planning: Laura & Alexe Mericle
Ceremony Venue: Peanut Lake at Crested Butte Land Trust
Reception Venue: Sunflower Cafe
Dress: Catherine Dean from Anthropologie Beverly Hills