Tying the Knot in Beaver Creek

Post on January 11, 2016 by marlarutherford

Categories - Beaver Creek, Colorado, event, family, photographer, photography, Portraits, Uncategorized, Wedding

Marla was absolutely wonderful, I cannot say enough positive things about her and her work. From our initial meeting, to the engagement session all the way to the wedding she was an absolute pleasure to work with. I told my husband from the 1st time we saw her work that she is would make us look amazing and she did just that. Her technique, use of lights, ability to capture that perfect moment, and just overall professionalism was stellar! I am beyond pleased with our pictures and feel so blessed that we have these to look back on for a lifetime. If you are looking for someone to capture those special moments, make you feel and look beautiful and give you the greatest gift beautifully captured memories of your wedding Marla with CakeKnife Photography is you girl. Choosing to go with Marla was the best decision we made. Trust me, when the day is over and you can’t remember all of the details or even piece the day together Marla’s pictures will remind you just how magical the day was. You will be thankful and proud that years from now you can look back on these photos and relive that special day over and over again! – Aubrey O’Quin


Aubrey and Nick. Such a cute couple and one of my favorites clients. They met on a blind date and a few years later they were calling me to shoot their wedding. They had heard about me through a friend. Easy going and loved by many they are the kind of couple you like as a photographer. They knew what they wanted and were well prepared. Aubrey could be a wedding planner herself! As time went on she put together a detailed schedule, sent over Pinterest photo ideas, and asked the questions that brides should wonder about.

Their courting took place on the slopes of various ski resorts, so when it was time to get hitched they fell in love with Beaver Creek. They loved the quaint chapel and the location of the Beaver Creek lodge. After shooting there I had to agree it was a great set up and I decided to put the lodge as one of my preferred vendors on my website.

When photographing mountain weddings there are a couple things that make it more challenging as photographer. One is the altitude. When you’re running around with equipment and lights you can feel it! It doesn’t matter how fit you are. The other is that the ceremony and reception venues can be spread out. Many times you have to take the chair lift from Point A to B, but the setting is worth it. More importantly, those little mountain resort touches really add some flare to the photos. For example, we hung a “Just Married” sign on the back of one of the chair lifts which turned out to be one of my favorite images. We also had so many options for photography. The chapel, reception and the top of the mountain were different visually yet still made the story cohesive. Variety was abundant and Aubrey and Nick were down for anything.

For my blog I always ask my brides after the wedding if they have any advice for future brides. Her reply: “Once the rehearsal starts just relax and enjoy the moment. Everyone is going to tell you to not stress, but you will. Just try to enjoy the time cause it goes fast and you will likely not remember any of the day till you see the pictures. So make sure you get a great photographer like CakeKnife so you can relive the best day of your life!” I’m glad we accomplished just that for this beautiful couple.

Seeing something you liked in the photos? Check out the amazing vendors that helped pull off this wedding at the end of the blog.


Behind the scenes shot. When shooting the formal portraits we use portable strobe lights. Especially when shooting inside a low lit chapel.

Behind the Scenes. Formal family portraits in the chapel. We always use at least two lights when shooting in dimly lit churches.


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Final wedding album. 15 x 10. Soft felt matte pages. 40 spread. Acrylic cover.

Final wedding album. 15 x 10. Soft felt matte pages. 40 spread. Acrylic cover.



Getting Ready & Reception Venue – Beaver Creek Lodge

Ceremony Venue – Beaver Creek Chapel 

Event Planner – Lori Harding at Beaver Creek Lodge

Cake – Cornerstone Chocolates & Confections

Catering – Revolution Dining 

Music – DJ True North

Flowers – Vintage Magnolia

Makeup – Jen Goodrich Jamberry Nails 

Hair Stylist – Elizabeth Jansen

Dress – Demetrios Bridal Fashion 

Suit – Vera Wang

Bride’s Ring – Shane Company

Groom’s Ring – Ben Bridge Jeweler 

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