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Maroon Bells Destination Camping Wedding

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Chris and Anna were married August 2, 2014 at the Maroon Bells Amphitheater near Aspen, Colorado, followed by a luncheon reception at the East Maroon Picnic Portal, catered by Caribou Club.

Their amazing destination mountain wedding was unique in so many ways! First off, all guests were invited to camp out at the Silver Queen Campground, including Geri and I. It was an honor to be selected to document the wedding of a couple who had hiked the Pacific Crest Trail and published their own book, Pacific Crest Trail –¬† A Journey in Photographs. They hiked the entire 2,660-miles from Mexico to Canada, over five months.

These extraordinary backpackers then visited Glacier National Park in Montana, where Chris proposed to Anna while camping and hiking.

It wasn’t too much of a surprise when they asked their families and friends to join them for three days of camping, to celebrate their wedding in one of the most picturesque valleys in the mountains of Colorado.

Chris and Anna are the ultimate Do-It-Yourselfers. They bought everything they needed for the celebration/camping experience on Craigslist, or at various second-hand stores in Fort Collins where they live, including two, large white canopies that were used at both the group campsite and for the reception luncheon.

The Smuggler Mountain Boys, a local bluegrass band, entertained the group of 20 people singing and dancing around the campfire as the sun set and the night stars appeared.

Chris and Anna wrote about their wedding experience on their blog, Wandering the Wild.

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Photo by Geri Meireis

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