Behind the scenes with Sarah Roshan, Colorado Photographer
Sarah Roshan has my vote for one of the most caring mountain wedding vendors I know. In 2012, when floods devastated Colorado and threatened to ruin weddings, she didn't just stand by and watch, she started Save My Colorado Wedding, a Facebook channel set up to relocate brides who's weddings were affected due to closed venues and stranded vendors. She found substitute vendors, alternate venues and aided in the logistics of dozens of displaced weddings. Many of the brides were not even her clients. She's just like that: big-hearted, romantic, and committed to making sure everyone has an amazing wedding.
MSB: Tell us a bit about yourself
I am a colorado native who grew up spending my summers at my cabin in southwestern Colorado. Hiking and fishing were everyday occurrence and time spend with my Grandfather exploring the Colorado mountains made me live, breathe, and love the mountains. Being in the mountains has a sense of nostalgia, and is the place I feel the most like me, where I feel calm and the most carefree. I have a background in theatre (my 1st degree is in music and theatre, my second in photography) which taught me to love unconditionally the differences in our world and get lost and intrigued by other people's stories. It has always been about the magic for me. The amazement that everyone in the entire world has a different story to tell. I am passionate about making others feel loved, feel like they are enough, and helping others see the good in our world and in the people around them. I believe that our “imperfections” are what make us unique and beautiful. I live in Colorado with my husband (9 years married), my son (almost 4), and Bailey (my hiker dog, 11 years).
MSB: Does your business have a tagline?
Romantic Mountain Weddings for Carefree Couples
MSB: Do you have a favorite quote?
Pretty much anything by Brene Brown but this one struck me today –
“To love someone fiercely, to believe in something with your whole heart, to celebrate a fleeting moment in time, to fully engage in a life that doesn’t come with guarantees – these are risks that involve vulnerability and often pain. But, I’m learning that recognizing and leaning into the discomfort of vulnerability teaches us how to live with joy, gratitude and grace.”– Brene Brown
MSB: What's your favorite thing to do in the mountains?
Fish and Hike. I grew up at my cabin fishing with my grandfather who has since passed away. Maybe it's the nostalgia of it or maybe it's the calm, but I can sit for hours and fish. I believe the most spectacular places in the world are only available by foot. I could hike all day too. Bonus if I can do both at the same time. :)
MSB: What are 3 things you can't leave home without?
I like to keep it simple: My sunglasses and My phone (unless I have no service in the mountains), and my coach purse (we all have our guilty pleasures).
MSB: What's your guilty pleasure?
I always buy a present for me when I go shopping for gifts.
MSB: What's your best accessory?
Probably my sunglasses. They are a dual headband/outside accessory :)
MSB: What's your best shortcut?
The only shortcuts I know are to my favorite Jeep trails ;)
MSB: What's your best mistake?
Oh man…that's tough. My husband and I had stopped trying to get pregnant when my son (now 3) decided it was time to show up , I wouldn't really call it a mistake, but unplanned and definitely one of the best things ever to happen to me. :)
MSB: What's your favorite wedding trend this season?
Not having just two colors for your wedding. Picking out textures and inspiration for your wedding instead of colors. Sure you want to stay within certain pallets, but I love the extra texture and freedom it allows when designing your event. Same kind of idea – Mix and match bridesmaid dresses are awesome. Picking a pallet and picking out dresses that go within that pallet or picking a color and letting bridesmaids pick the dress that best fits their body.
MSB: OK, be honest… is there a wedding trend you'd like to see disappear forever?
I would really love to see mountain couples have a different take on what rustic is and get rid of the burlap and lace and mason jars. I think you can do rustic without those things and they are a little overdone at this point. Beautiful still and if that is 100% you then go for it, but still, a little overdone. :)
MSB: What's your best advice for destination brides planning a mountain wedding?
Hire a planner that has experience in the mountains. Even if it is a day of planner you will be glad you have some one advocating for you that has experience in the mountains and knows what could happen. I would also highly suggest padding your timeline. Inevitably it takes longer to get guests up a mountain, there is a 30 minute rain delay, etc. I would suggest adding a little extra time here and there in case there are delays. I tell my couples It is better to be early on your wedding day than be late and be stressed.
Sarah Roshan is a distinguished member of the Mountainside Guide, an exclusive vendor directory featuring the best and most reliable mountain wedding vendors in North America. Mountainside Guide members are screened and vetted for quality of work, reliability, and professionalism, both among their peers and on review web sites.
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