Joey & Stephanie’s Christmas Wedding at Bear Creek Mountain



February 2, 2021

“I could stay awake just to hear you breathing, watch you smile while you are sleeping, while you’re far away and dreaming. I could spend my life in this sweet surrender. I could stay lost in this moment forever. Every moment spent with you is a moment I treasure. Don’t want to close my eyes. I don’t want to fall asleep. ‘Cause I’d miss you, babe, and I don’t want to miss a thing…”


Stephanie and Joey were our final wedding of 2020, and it was such a great way to end the year NO ONE saw coming! We’ve actually known them for a few years now as Stephanie was maid-of-honor in her cousin Alyssa’s wedding that we photographed a few years back.

Stephanie and Joey are both on the ski patrol, so it was fitting that their wedding took place at Bear Creek Mountain Resort! The weather was cold and cloudy that day, but the hazy skies allowed us to take advantage of all the neat photo locations the resort had to offer!

How they met: “Joey & Stephanie met in the summer of their Junior year of High School. They connected over a bonfire sharing excitement about going into senior year, taking college classes, and the upcoming ski season. Things appeared to fall right into place since that warm July evening. Stephanie and Joey have been together ever since, skiing, learning, enjoying the outdoors, and always reconnecting with some smore’s over a fire.”

How he proposed: “On a cool Christmas morning of 2018, after all presents were opened and cinnamon buns had been eaten, something very special happened for Stephanie and Joey. Just as Stephanie went to clean up wrapping paper and alike, she turned around to find Joey on one knee in front of the Christmas tree. In his Christmas pajamas, he held out a ring sharing beautiful words of their relationship together and the future he envisioned for the two. With tears in their eyes and love in their hearts, Stephanie said “yes” with a hug of warmth and love.”

What Joey loves most about Stephanie: “Steph is a strong, brave, and caring women. What I love most about her is our conversations. She is a great person to be around and she has definitely made me a better person.”

What Stephanie loves most about Joey: “Joey has the biggest, strongest, and most gracious heart. He consistently shows me unconditional kindness, patience, and love, even when I cannot give it to myself.”

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