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Before I sent Joe an email asking if he had a photographer for his wedding, I said to myself, “This will probably be the craziest wedding ever.” And believe me, it was.
Ann and Joe are an amazing couple with a pretty amazing outdoor skillset – and we used just about every one of them in the week of climbing and camping leading up to their wedding in South Dakota. A week of death-defying adventure was planned out, as a pre-wedding party for the crew. First was a fifteen hour, through-the-dark-night rock-climbing epic in Boulder, CO, which is not too unusual for a Joe Baker led climb. Second was camping and climbing out in Vedauwoo, WY, with stellar campfire images and giant boulder formations, and the third episode had us climbing through the foggy Needles in the Custer State Park, SD.
Did I mention their wedding was on a mountain-top lake? Check out the Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park in South Dakota… Breath-taking beauty with lots of great backgrounds, bright clean light, and lots of rock formations for the wedding party to climb up on. The wedding ceremony and reception was rightly Ann and Joe – a lakeside ceremony, break-dancing gorilla, Destroy Nate Allen DJing/performing, and a presentation of an antique WWII rifle to Joe from his groomsmen. Joe and Ann’s wedding was a photographer’s dream – so many opportunities for capturing this wild bunch doing what they do best out in the wild.
Abram Eric Landes
A.E. Landes Photography