I'm a fine art wedding and portrait photographer — creating a space that welcomes creativity and inspiration. Based in Colorado, my work has taken me across the globe.

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A Colorado Mountain Wedding at Vail Resort | Sarah + Jason

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Sarah and Jason’s wedding was a beautiful blend of tradition and personal touches that reflected them as a couple. Held on a perfect summer day at Vail Resorts’ The 10th, their mountain wedding ceremony marked the venue’s opening day. The wedding seamlessly combined a traditional Jewish ceremony with their love for the mountains, skiing, and bluegrass music. Even their precious dog Piper joined in on the day, highlighting just how important she is to their lives.

A Perfect Mountain Wedding Venue: Vail Resorts’ The 10th

Vail Resorts’ The 10th was a perfect mountain wedding destination for Sarah and Jason. Nestled at the top of the ski resort, it offered guests an exciting commute via Gondola and stunning views of Vail’s famous Gore Range. The scenic beauty and unique features made it a no-brainer for Sarah and Jason. Their initial vision was to blend their love for the mountains with a warm, welcoming celebration. Planning a mountain wedding came with challenges, like coordinating logistics and watching for unpredictable weather. Fortunately, the day went off without a hitch, and the wild weather held off until the dancing began. After a long engagement, everyone was thrilled to finally celebrate with them.

A Mountain Backdrop and Personal Touches

The ceremony had a totally insane mountain backdrop. The setup was elegant with a beautiful floral arch with pastels, and special moments like the couple’s heartfelt vows and the involvement of their pup made it unforgettable. Sarah and Jason, both Vail locals, added personal touches that made the day uniquely theirs.

The reception was equally beautiful, with hanging greenery and pops of color from the little wildflower centerpieces. The decor was a blend of rustic and chic. Having known this group of friends for a while, I felt like part of the family. I had documented other weddings in their circle over the years, making this one feel especially personal. Sarah and I shared wine dates discussing wedding plans, and I was thrilled when she asked me to capture their day. Custom cocktail napkins, beautiful invitations, and other thoughtful details stood out in the best way. The dining experience was exceptional, and everyone was so excited to be in their presence.

Colorado Mountain Wedding Photographer | Whitney Rae Photography

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Vendors

Colorado Wedding Venue | Vail Resort

Florist | Little Shop of Floral

Linens & Rentals | Nüage Designs

Live Music | Great Family Artists

Stationery | Wild Sage Paper Co.

MUA | Carrie Stockert

Hair | Sweet Cheeks Vail

Call it authentic, candid or genuine. Whatever the adjective, I want to create a wedding celebration that resembles you, from the big celebrations and the in-between moments to the images I deliver that help you relive the day for years to come. When it comes to your wedding day, the moments you want to remember aren't always perfect, staged or scripted, they are uncut, raw and true to you.

AN HONEST WEDDING EXPERIENCE

I believe in

Dorothea Lange

“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still”

Words I Live by

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I'm WHITNEY.

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Hello! I feel beyond honored that you've made your way here! In order to give you the best representation of who you'll be spending your wedding day (one of the best days you'll live) with, here's a brief run down!

First and foremost, I'm a mountain gal through and through. I was born and raised in Vail, Colorado and unless it's another mountain town, my husband and I will always call this home. It's the tightly knit community, the fresh air (but really, it hits different here), the scenery and most importantly for us, the recreation + lifestyle. This is something that will always come through in my work, and what I believe sets me just a little bit apart - I am, and will forever be, inspired by the poetry of love in landscapes. 

I have a deep desire to be on the move, to see everything before I don't have the opportunity to, and are therefore happiest when traveling and exploring new places (which I feel so lucky is a part of my work!) 
























 




Spending quality time hiking/biking/skiing/camping with my husband and our two border collies, clocking in some R&R at home or catching up with a friend over a glass of wine/craft beer are things that always sit at the top of the priority list.

If you're in to it- I'm a Libra, A Manifesting Generator (6-2) and an Enneagram 7 Wing 6/8. In short, I'm a people person, an optimist, and for lack of better terms- like to get shit done and make things happen. I'm a feeler, with a strong sense of empathy and sense of what people are experiencing, both when it comes to myself and others. I'm a bit of a goof, a tiny little thing packed with some sass, and ultimately just want to live a fun and adventurous life that's packed with new experiences and people. 

..I guess that's why I do what I do. I feel so grateful to be on this journey of having my own business where I have freedom to curate the life I want to live, where I get to connect with truly so many amazing humans, travel to some really beautiful places, and document that as a whole, as creatively and beautifully as I can for you.

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