Lyons Wedding Photography: Peaceful Valley Ranch, Snowy Styled Shoot

Growing up I rarely played in the snow. Mostly because I hate being cold and it wasn’t worth putting on ten layers of clothing to go outside for five minutes before deciding I was cold, only to come in and have to take them all off again.

Thanks to specialized outdoor clothing and Colorado sunshine, I have learned to love it. Now instead of feeling dread, I get really excited when I hear a snow storm is on the way, and I start planning my outdoor fun.

Colorado is by far one of the most beautiful places to visit in the winter, with the bright blue open skies, blankets of fresh, white snow and evergreens galore, it is an amazing place. On top of all of that, the sunshine is like a giant space heater, warming your insides even on the coldest of days. I think that’s what I love best. Did I mention I hate being cold?

Colorado Wedding floral Design by Love Letters Floral Design
Beautiful head crown and bouquet by Love Letters Floral Design.

So with the beautiful backdrops and abundant sunshine, it kind of confuses me that we don’t see more winter weddings here in Colorado. We have couples coming in from around the world to get married in our beautiful mountains all summer, but come winter, most of our weddings are indoors and I feel like couples, especially couples that love snow sports, are really missing out.

Peaceful Valley Ranch in Lyons, Colorado
Peaceful Valley Ranch in the Winter.

And that right there was my inspiration behind this snow shoot.  I choose Peaceful Valley Ranch because of their location and beauty. Located in a cute little valley right outside of Lyons, Colorado, the location is very convenient and the views from their mountain top overlook are absolutely breath taking. They offer a few different ceremony locations, some which require a minimal amount of snowshoeing, and they have an indoor reception location with big windows that let in tons of natural light. They have a rustic feel, with log cabins and a mix of both aspens and pines. They’re also very accommodating and happy to help in any way they can.

For this shoot, we had an amazing team of vendors that I can’t say enough good things about.  A very special thanks to Veronica from Mile High Celebrations for dropping everything for me last minute and putting the team together. I couldn’t have done this shoot without her. I love that she found a way to incorporate pinecones into just about everything including hedgehogs!

Okay, a few more photos.

Wedding Bouquet by Love Letters Floral Design at Peaceful Valley Ranch
Bouquet by Love Letters Floral Design.

Hedgehog wedding favors

Baby Hedgehog Wedding Favors

Peaceful Valley Ranch Tablescape by Mile High Celebrations

Wedding Design by Wedding Planners Mile High Celebrations

Cupcake Ring shot with Cupcakes from Sinful Cupcakes

Cabin at Peaceful Valley Ranch in Lyons, Colorado
Couple’s Portraits at Peaceful Valley Ranch

Flowers by Love Letter Floral Design

Peaceful Valley Ranch Ceremony Site
The ceremony site at Peaceful Valley Ranch



Photographer: Rayna McGinnis

Wedding Venue: Peaceful Valley Ranch, Lyons

Wedding Planner: Veronica Davis, Mile High Celebrations

Floral Design: Holly Kerr, Love Letters Floral Design

Hair and Make Up: Brittany Slaughter, Alchemy Artistry

Cupcakes: Sinful Cupcakes

Wedding Dress: The Bridal Collection

Tux Rental: Denver Tux

Linens and Rentals: Allwell Rents

Paper: WordLetterPress

Models/Couple: Morgan and Adam