Mountaintop Bohemian-Style Nuptials, Photographed by Cassandra Zetta [RF Wedding of the Week]

History was made on June 26 when the U.S. Supreme Court passed a ruling that declared marriage equality for all, in all 50 states. Shortly after the news broke, I received an email from Cassandra Zetta, a Cincinnati-based photographer who specializes in same-sex weddings.

“After marrying my wife in 2012, I recognized a need in the photography industry for understanding the lives and experiences of the LGBTQ+ community,” she wrote. “I have spent nearly the past two years devoting my heart and soul to providing a safe place for these couples to love openly, and without worry.”

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All photos © Cassandra Zetta

Lacey and Tiffany Elopement by Cassandra Zetta - 1Such was the case with the union of couple Lacey and Tiffany, who invited Zetta to stay with them and their closest friends and family in their mountain lodge in Silverthorne, Colorado, for a romantic, bohemian-style weekend wedding in early June.

“With the fog rolling in over the mountains, the smell of breakfast and the crisp air hitting our skin, we calmed our spirits and opened our hearts through yoga,” Zetta describes the day on her blog. “It was the perfect beginning to such a magical day.”

Lacey and Tiffany Elopement by Cassandra Zetta - 9“The afternoon was filled with preparations, including bouquet creating, cake baking and decorating. Hair, makeup, and getting into the lovely, handmade-by-Lacey-herself wedding gowns, followed,” Zetta says. “As Lacey handmade both her and Tiffany’s dresses, an incredible amount of love, care and energy was infused into two of the most important aspects of their celebration. I’ve always been an admirer of originality, and these dresses are certainly unique.”

Lacey and Tiffany Elopement by Cassandra Zetta - 14Zetta says, as with many wedding days, the prep portion of the day lasted longer than expected. “It was a struggle to adhere to the previously set timeline. However, because the elopement was intimate with just 11 guests, we resolved this challenge by delaying the ceremony 30 minutes to accommodate them.”

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In Cassandra Zetta’s Gear Bag
Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Lenses: 35mm f/1.4 L, 50mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.8

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Jacqueline Tobin

Jacqueline Tobin

Jacqueline Tobin is the Editor-in-Chief of Rangefinder magazine and the author of Wedding Photography Unveiled: Inspiration and Insight From 20 Top Photographers (Amphoto Books, 2009); and The Luminous Portrait (Amphoto Books, 2012). The second-generation native New Yorker cherishes her Sunday mornings hunkered down with The New York Times, fresh bagels and a great cup of coffee.

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4 Comments

  1. No shock there had to be a 30 minute delay : harnessing all the beauty these 2 ladies possess for such an awesome occasion must take incredible work. Congrats to the couple!

  2. So very happy for both of you. Thank you so much for sharing the photos are beautiful. I loved the Bohemian theme. Congrats to the lovely couple.

    Hugs ladies Yvette & Juergen ❤️

  3. A beautiful wedding and so timely. I’m really proud of Cassandra, my friend, for her dedication to serving the LGBTQ community. She’s so full of passion for what she does that it makes my heart sing. x

  4. My wife and I were honored to have Cassandra photographer our wedding day! Everything about it was magical. She captured every moment perfectly, and I know many more couples will be in awe of the work she does. Thank you, Rangefinder for showcasing her amazing talent and heart to capture LOVE in such a beautiful way! YAY, Cassandra Zetta!