Kyle and Colleen
Francis Peak, Davis County. September, 2021.
Photography by Kenna Bug Photo
Kyle and Colleen were together for ten years when they finally decided to tie the knot. Although their love for one another was cemented long before, it was Kyle’s recent diagnosis with a rare form of ALS that prompted them to hold an intimate outdoor ceremony. In just three weeks the pair gathered their dearest friends and family at the base a canyon in Davis County. To get to the wedding, the entire wedding group biked three hours to the top of Francis Peak.
A RACE FOR LOVE
Colleen and Kyle are avid mountain bikers, and they wanted to celebrate their story in every authentic way possible. As a testament to the power couple, every wedding guest joined in for a few hours of heart-racing fun. The unique pre-ceremony event was intimate and special, although it presented a peculiar challenge to their wedding photographer Kenna Smith. “The videographer and I had to drive past the biking group multiple times and stop on the side of the winding canyon road to get the bike shots,” she says. “I do not know how Colleen looked so stunning after riding a bike with a helmet up steep slopes for three hours, she was glowing!”
The impromptu outdoor ceremony was perfect for Kyle and Colleen, who hold a special place in their heart for the summit. To highlight the organic elegance of the setting, Smith focused on the soft palette of blues and blush found in the sky and florals. “I was more focused on the moments rather than the ‘perfect shot’ for this wedding,” she explains. The simplicity of the ceremony allowed all eyes to be on Kyle and Colleen as they vowed to stand by one another through life’s many challenges. Everyone present was touched by the couple, including Smith who recalls “I had no idea what to expect showing up to this wedding, but it ended up being one of the most incredible experiences I have ever participated in.”