Ashley + Nate | Boulder Wedding Photos | Hotel Boulderado Colorado

February 1, 2021

Here it is (finally), my last wedding of 2019. A much simpler time for weddings…pre-covid craziness!! I had so much fun capturing these Boulder wedding photos for Ashley and Nate. This was the first time I did a wedding at the Hotel Boulderado, and it’s a really great spot for a classy, vintage-inspired wedding. Ashley and Nate’s wedding was in December, so the hotel was beautifully decorated for the holidays! The giant Christmas tree was a picture-perfect backdrop for their indoor ceremony. Besides photos around the hotel, we also spent a lot of time over on the University of Colorado campus. They are CU alum (as am I), so it was so special to share their first look and their romantic couple’s portraits there.

I have known Ashley’s mom, Sally, for many years now. We use to work together at Mile High Banks in Longmont. We have kept in touch on Facebook, and now I have had the pleasure of capturing both of her daughters’ beautiful weddings 🙂 Ashley’s sister, Allison, got married over 4 years ago at Lionsgate Event Center.

Check those photos out HERE!

Some of my favorite memories from this winter wedding celebration were all of the Christmas decorations all over the Boulderado. I loved incorporating them into the details photos, and as mentioned already, the tree was a very impressive ceremony backdrop 🙂 I also really loved how the snow had such perfect timing, and gave stunning winter wonderland vibes during our campus portrait time. Especially the photo with the ladies holding umbrellas…swoon, so pretty! Ashley and Nate’s sweet ceremony included some fun audience participation too, that was another highlight of the day. Lastly, the lively dance floor was such a hoot to photograph! There was hair whipping around left and right, kids and adults alike sliding on the dance floor, and even a printout of an absent guest’s face on a stick, floating around and dancing with the guests lol! Such a fun and memorable day.

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The guys decided to walk over to CU. Which isn’t really far, but when trying to stay on a detailed timeline, the ladies and I were a little worried! It ended up working out just fine, thankfully 🙂
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Ashley did a quick first look with her bridesmaids, and then we were off to our beautiful Boulder campus!
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This is one of my favorites of their wintery Boulder wedding photos. Funny thing is, it was the last bride and groom portrait of the day. I just love backlighting into an umbrella, to really show off the snowflakes!snowy nighttime winter wedding portraits at the Hotel Boulderado by Boulder photographer Plum Pretty Photography couple lighting unity candle funny wedding toastscouple's first dance at Hotel Boulderado Colorado winter wedding couple cutting their cake at Boulder Colorado winter wedding reception

Thank you so much Ashley and Nate, for trusting me with your precious memories! I hope you love and treasure these images always 🙂 Ashley, all the best with your new venture in the wedding industry yourself. I hope you find as much joy as a wedding planner/coordinator, as I do as a photographer. How fun would it be to work a wedding together someday? Fingers crossed!





Ashley & Nate’s dream team:

Primary photographer: Plum Pretty Photography
Assistant photographer: Kristina Rice
Ceremony and reception venues: Hotel Boulderado
Florist: Boulder Blooms
Bakery: Lucky’s Bakehouse and Creamery 
DJ: A Music Plus
Hair stylist: Blo Blow Dry Bar
Officiant: Pastor Paul Judson


  1. Sally Johnson says:

    Melissa, we are honored and blessed to have you as our photographer! Your work is exquisite! You capture every beautiful moment with such detail.

    Thank you! ❤️

  2. Allison Schriver says:

    This day was so perfect and you captured the day perfectly ❤ thank you so much for the beautiful memories that last a lifetime!

  3. Ashley Miller says:

    I will truly cherish these photos forever ❤
    As a bride it is hard to be there for every detaolnof the evening (or even remember them if you were!), so looking at the beautiful photos lets me re-live all the incredible moments of our wedding day and see how much fun all of our guests had! Thank you for capturing the love and excitement of our wedding day 😊

  4. Michaela says:

    Loved this day and love these pictures ❤️ I tried picking a favorite but I just can’t!

  5. Sheryl Hanson says:

    Beautiful pictures bring back precious memories. These will be treasured by us as Grandparents forever. Thank you for sharing them with us.

  6. Nathan Miller says:

    Again, thank you so much for capturing these memories! It is so special to go through the photos and see all the smiling faces!

  7. Stephanie says:

    We enjoyed being a part of Ashley and Nate’s special day, so beautiful.

  8. Liz Johnson says:

    I adore all of these photos! Seeing them all together again really captures how fun both of these families are and how much love they all have for each other. Beautiful work.

  9. Cayleb says:

    It was such an honor to get to watch two of my best friends get married, and seeing the pictures honestly just brings me right back to that again.

  10. Bridget Singletary says:

    What a beautiful reminder of such a special day. These photos represent the joy so well ❤️