Melanie & Alex / by Olivia Siegel

Alex and Melanie had their first date in Ouray, Colorado, so when it came time for this handsome couple from Crested Butte to tie the knot, it make perfect sense to choose this charming western town, nicknamed the "Switzerland of America." Nestled in a box canyon surrounded by mountains, sheer rock walls, the rushing Uncompahgre River, myriad waterfalls, and historic western buildings, Ouray made for a fun and adventurous destination. The reception was at the lovely Secret Garden Bed & Breakfast and guests enjoyed the Americana harmonies of Gunnison-based band, Free the Honey. Highlighting Colorado products was important to the couple, so the cocktails featured Montanya Distillers rum from Crested Butte, and the wine was from Canyon Wind Cellars in Palisade.

I can't tell you how much fun I had capturing this wedding. Mel's infectious energy and spirit, matched with Alex's strength and kindness, make this a couple you just want to be around.