May 17, 2017

Sunrise Amphitheater Wedding | Brittany and Matt

Flagstaff Mountain Sunrise Amphitheater Weddings

On their wedding day, we met this lovely couple at a rental home at the foot of Lee Hill in Boulder. They planned to get ready at the same location, meet for the first look and do some portraits at a couple different locations if possible. As it turned out, it wasn’t possible.

Best laid plans for a Boulder Mountain Wedding

As often happens with weddings, plans go out the window when life intervenes. In this case, the schedule was planned but the reality of the flow of the wedding day made it impossible to do all the things on the schedule. But Brittany and Matt took things in stride. Matt owns the Farm and Smoke food truck so he’s no stranger to the chaos that can happen at an event like a wedding. And Brittany wasn’t even phased that events planned for her wedding day weren’t happening. It didn’t matter. Their day turned out amazing.

Eric spent time making photos of the guys and I had the envious job of documenting the ladies getting ready. So much jewelry and makeup! But when Brittany and her bridesmaids were ready – stunning. The smile on Brittany’s father’s face told the story of his pride. And when Matt saw his bride for the first time, his face lit up with an equally amazing smile. A couple of lucky gentlemen.

Brittany and Matt's Boulder Wedding at Sunrise Amphitheater and Rayback Collective.

After the first looks, the guys and ladies split up. I traveled up Flagstaff to meet the bride at Sunrise Amphitheater and Eric went to the Rayback Collective, Boulder’s new food truck park and beer garden where Matt and the groomsmen gathered to meet guests. They would make the trip up the mountain in three bright orange buses for the Sunrise Amphitheater Wedding.

Sunrise Amphitheater Wedding

Brittany and her bridesmaids got to the ceremony location early so they could decorate. I made some photos of them and kept in contact with Eric to see when the guests, groom and groomsmen would arrive. Eric suggested I find a spot to shoot the orange buses climbing Flagstaff so I climbed below the amphitheater’s stage to get a better look at the serpentine road below. I found a spot on the road that I was sure the buses would be visible and awaited their arrival. Sure enough the bright orange bus came through a gap in the trees and I pressed the shutter.

After the buses arrival, guests filed into their seats and the Sunrise Amphitheater Wedding began. Such a great place for a wedding if you want a spectacular view like this. The view was amazing but the warmth of the ceremony was beyond what we were prepared for. Friends spoke and sang music and the couple took communion as birds flew high above the ceremony.

Following the ceremony, the magic continued. We made some portraits in the forest nearby and brief shower and beautiful light made an appearance.

Food Truck reception at the Rayback Collective

We made our way back to the Rayback Collective where guests awaited the couple’s arrival. A quick dress bustle outside the establishment and they were ready to be announced. They started in immediately on their first dance, dances with parents and then onto greet the guests. Matt rolled up his sleeves to make sure the food came out on time from his Farm and Smoke food truck, which was catering the event. At one point, the truck’s generator went out. Matt didn’t seem phased as he handed the gas can to a couple of guests for a refill. Good thing there was a gas station right across the street from the Rayback. Guests helped shuttle the food to the buffet table inside the Rayback and everyone started in with gusto. The food was amazing.

The night progressed with a slideshow, cake cutting and more dancing. The whole day had a sort of improvised magic to it, the way any well planned event can. Despite a few hiccups, what unfolded before us was the beauty of a wedding day unique to Brittany and Matt. It was truly their day and we were honored to witness this Sunrise Amphitheater Wedding.

Chris Stark
Wedding Photojournalist at Stark Bellamy Photography
Chris Stark is an award-winning photojournalist and former news photographer who honed his craft at several Colorado newspapers. Documentary wedding photography translates perfectly into Chris' fly-on-the-wall style. Chris lives in Longmont, Colorado with his wife and daughter and spends his free time on the bike or hiking with his family.