I met Seth when he was a 15 year-old high school kid. He's my husband's younger brother and he's such a great guy. Although the Mortenson's come from New York, many of the kids have made it out to Colorado. A few years ago, I met Lauren at a photoshoot and we connected on Facebook shortly after that. I like to think I had a little something to do with Seth and Lauren meeting. Somehow they realized through social media that they went to the same high school and were both living in Colorado. They connected and the rest, they say, is history. They'll be getting married back in New York in the spring. I loved getting to spend some time photographing them for their engagement pictures during our recent camping trip in Steamboat Springs. They're a beautiful couple and I'm so grateful I get to call them family. - Abby
Sometimes we make choices in life based on experiences or circumstances that are formed around us. Things that we have no control over, things we have zero say in ... and they shape us. They make us who we are, teach us what we stand for, and the experiences that we want to duplicate or steer clear from. It's good. Our foundations are rich with texture and with grateful spirits we strive to become the best version of ourselves.
Letina is one of the hardest working, most loving, encouraging woman that I've met. I was introduced to her so - so long ago and she just stuck in my brain, throughout all of my adventures. Her independence, her transparency, her honesty and her enthusiasm for being present and making life what you want to see of it was remarkable and left a lasting impression on me. Most woman I knew were independent but felt incomplete without a man, Letina was confident and sure footed without the need for a man to fill the gap.. This mindset felt really unique to me but good. I moved away from Colorado and time spent connecting was far and few between, FB likes and such, but when I learned that she was engaged I was in awe and so thrilled. So curious about WHO he could've been. What he must be like?
I was sure of one thing, Letina would never settle for less than the one who complimented her fully - He had to make her soul joyful, to create a longing to spend as much time with him as she could. Nothing less than the man who made her feel a completeness that she didn't know was lacking would do the trick. My meeting Tony and spending the majority of the day with these two during their wedding, made my day and answered all of my questions. Sure enough, Tony pulls a peaceful joy that is most sincere and pure from Letina. You can see that there is a soothing and an awe from the both of them for one another. They are tender hearted toward each other, they are full of laughter and graciousness. Kisses, smiles, vows, happiness. This day centered around the Leix's was an absolute treasure. It flew by and on my insides I felt their peacefulness and I felt thankful for a reminder that love is always worth trying.. It's worth waiting for .. and it's worth choosing to partake in.
Thank you, Sweet friends, for having us capture your beautiful Telluride wedding day. STUNNING.
With love, karen
Photography Studio: Élan Photographie Studio
Photographer: Karen Mitchell
Second Shooter: Rachel Long
Venue: Peaks Resort and Spa