A Mountain Wedding

I still remember clearly when it all started. I was still in school and my brother was living in Denver but commuting to Boulder daily for work. He would make the rounds calling family members back in the Midwest to catch up during his commute. I’d get a call from him every few weeks and we’d chat about how my schooling was going (I was still at Indiana University back then), his skiing adventures, his new friends in Colorado, and updates on family gossip. One evening, when we were getting ready to say our goodbyes after a short phone chat, he paused and then goes ‘so…there’s this girl and I’m thinking about taking her on a picnic in the mountains. I want to ask her to go to this ski prom thing we have and I couldn’t think of anything else…’ he trailed off, obviously treading lightly with the conversation and not sure where to take it next. I was speechless and in shock; after 20 years of being his sister, he had never confided in me about any girl in his life. Us Germens tend to keep to ourselves with the majority of our emotions and chat in two word sentences; opening up about emotional topics usually takes weeks of passive aggressive prying. After regaining myself and realizing that he was asking for confirmation that this was a good idea, I quickly jumped in and told him how perfect that would be to take her on a mountain picnic to their favorite skiing spot. He said ‘okay, cool’ and that was that. The next time we chatted, I asked how it went and he said ‘really well’ (see? Two word answers are what I usually get out of him) and I responded with ‘You really like this girl, don’t you?’ and he goes ‘Yeah, I think I really do’. And that is when I knew this one was going to be different.

Fast forward five years and we are on my way back from their gorgeous mountain wedding. Yup, that’s right – I am still in shock that my only sibling is finally married and that he is at that point in his life. In the past month, he has bought a house in Denver, bought a mountain condo, and got married to the love of his life (while I’m still over here trying to figure out how to live paycheck to paycheck). Needless to say, I’m beyond excited for him and can’t wait to see everything continue to unfold with his new life.

Anyhow, we headed to Colorado a week early so we could do some exploring with my family. We went camping in Rocky Mountain National Park, ate our weight in donuts in Denver, and wondered the state for five days leading up to the wedding. I was a bridesmaid in the actual wedding so I didn’t get a chance to take photos on the day but here are a few snapshots of the rest of the trip:

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  • Tieghan
    August 4, 2015

    Awe such a sweet store. Congrats to your brother!
    Also, gorgeous photos. I wish I would have known you where so close me last week!!

    • Shellywest
      August 14, 2015

      Awww we will have to meet up next time around! It was a whirlwind of a trip with all my family in the same city for a few days but next time we adventure there on vacation, I will be hitting you up!

  • Sarah // The Sugar Hit
    August 5, 2015

    Mate – amazing as always. Can I live here please?

  • Valentina Goltara (@sweet_kabocha)
    August 5, 2015

    This place seems awesome! Congrats to your brother ^_^

  • Stacy
    August 5, 2015

    Did I spot some Beau Jo’s pizza? My favorite thing to eat in Colorado!

    • Shellywest
      August 14, 2015

      Yesss!! I’m so glad you said that because I couldn’t remember the name of the place! So much honey and amazing bread and PIZZA!

  • Jessie Snyder | Faring Well
    August 5, 2015

    So sweet about you and your bro’s relationship. Sometimes is only takes a few words ;). You captured CO in the summer beautifully, its a rare place to be! Glad you had such a great time and got to explore those Rockies!

  • Cady |
    August 6, 2015

    I firmly believe CO is the most beautiful state in this country. Love these photos and your sweet story!

    • Shellywest
      Cady |
      August 14, 2015

      Might have to agree with you on that!

  • Diana
    August 6, 2015

    Beautiful shots!

  • danube66
    August 12, 2015

    Great story (especially from someone who comes from a family of two word sentences 😉 and gorgeous photos. Thanks for sharing!

    • Shellywest
      August 14, 2015

      Glad I’m not the only one with a reserved family!

  • shin
    August 13, 2015

    oh i got tears in my eyes when i read about that story your brother opened up to you and talked about his true love…
    congrats to your family! 😀
    and those mountain shots are simply amazing & breath taking….

    • Shellywest
      August 14, 2015

      Awwww Thanks, Shin! Hope I didn’t make you tear up too much! <3

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