I've done some photos in the Vail area before, but I had never ridden the summer gondola and photographed at the "Eagle's Nest" before. It is stunning. I now understand why it is such a hot spot for weddings and elopements! The overlook pad and accompanying bench seating where Vail generally has folk's wedding ceremonies is spectacular and offers exceptional views of the surrounding mountains and national forest land.
Directly next to the pad is a great meadow for group photos and couples photography with a more rustic, wilderness look which made getting all of the photos I wanted a simpler task than usual. They also provided golf carts to ensure that Nicole wouldn't have to walk back and forth from the gondola since the overlook is about a 1/4 mile away.
I will say that it is a bit of a gamble having a mid-summer wedding up there due to the likelihood of monsoonal thunderstorms! It was a bit of a close call for our party and the gondola shut down for about half an hour, but it honestly worked out perfectly because it gave us extra time up top to take photos before the next group had the overlook reserved.
The cloud cover from the nearby monsoonal thunderheads made for fantastic lighting!
As you can imagine, Vail also has a LOT of lodging so accommodations were conveniently close to the bottom of the gondola.
Danny and Nicole booked a horse drawn carriage to guide them back to the reception and the carriage was much more beautiful than I had anticipated.
The wedding was beautiful, the bride and groom were gorgeous, the weather was fantastic, and I couldn't have asked for a better day of photography. Thanks you two.
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