Chelsea + Ryan are some of the most fun-loving, spunky-spirited humans I have met, so photographing their two-year anniversary was a breeze at Chatfield State Park in Littleton, Colorado. We had an instant connection, and I was so happy to celebrate their strong love story, and to see these two and their session featured on Magnolia Rouge!
Chelsea + Ryan
“People questioned us when we decided to get married barely out of our teenage years. It didn’t matter that we had met when we were 12 and dated all through high school, there is just this common thought that says when you get married, some part of your independence dies just a little. But, as we celebrate our 2-year anniversary, we can look back and see how far from the truth that is. Together, our life has been the most incredible adventure. This past year, we decided to renovate a camper and travel the country for our work, seeing the U.S. and even the world. We’ve had the wildest experiences together – from getting stuck on the side of the road, to being stranded with one another in deserts, and snow, and rain, to exploring new places, and meeting new people.”
“The past two years haven’t been perfect, but they have been full of moments that have challenged us to trust more. The most beautiful piece of being married is how it has softened us and given us the chance to be wholly ourselves, becoming vulnerable and real with each other in the best sort of way. To trust one another wholeheartedly, in sunshine or storm, home or away, pain or joy, to root for one another, to know the flaws and love them too, to find a way to make one another’s day full of laughter – that is marriage. And I wouldn’t trade these past two years of adventure for anything.”
Chatfield State Park Anniversary
The day was overcast and breezy at Chatfield State Park, but these conditions, like the perfect rainy day, have slowly grown on me, and have now become one of my favorites for capturing those soft, beautiful, quiet moments. We explored the Chatfield State Park’s trails overlooking Pike’s Peak country, its meadows, and even ventured through its picturesque streams and ponds. During the session I could see how much they’d grown together, how much they’d learned about one another, and who they wanted to be as a couple. Anniversary sessions are so special because I hope to portray this different kind of love, a love of understanding, of ease and familiarity.
Photographing Chelsea + Ryan’s anniversary was like watching a dance. They seemed to anticipate each other’s movements, natural and mature, a kind of intimacy that only comes from walking through life with your best friend.
Photography | Winsome and Wright