Ally, Mike, and Me
Twin Lakes, Colorado
July 30, 2007
Our second anniversary!

I propped the camera on a rock for this self-portrait, and the timer went off just as Ally shook herself off on us. πŸ™‚

Last week was our second anniversary, and Mike and I decided to spend it in beautiful Aspen. We took Ally with us, and even took her up the gondola to the top of Aspen Mountain! Aspen is one of my favorite towns, and it was a perfect way for us to celebrate two very happy years together. Wow, the time has gone by quickly! Mike and I have so much fun together. I can’t wait to see what adventures we’ll have together over the years!

If you want to see photos of our wonderful wedding two years ago, you can find many pictures (and video!) HERE.


Waiting for the gondola


Ally wasn’t so sure about this gondola thing!


When we got to the top of the mountain, there were hula hoops scattered all around.


The view was spectacular!


After hanging out at the top of the mountain for a while, we decided to hike all the way back down.


We came across these really nice guys on our hike… he poured his water into his hand and shared it with Ally!


Ally found shade!


A paraglider, drifting quietly over us


Ally watching the paraglider

This hike was the day after we photographed Matt and Amy’s wedding. We didn’t want to keep all their files in an unattended hotel room, so we brought copies of the photos on external hard drives, and I carried them with me all day!

We didn’t think to pack a backpack, so I hiked with my new Shootsac camera bag. It’s surprisingly comfortable on a hike, and our harddrives and water bottles fit perfectly in it.


It was fun to sit on the abandoned ski lifts.


After three hours of descent, we made it back to Aspen!


Aspen is awesome–it’s one of the most dog-friendly towns I know. This is the area outside a restaurant.


The next day we took a leisurely drive back home, enjoying the sights along the way.


Then we took Ally for a swim at Twin Lakes. She loved it, even though the water was COLD.


She found some yummy things to chew on.


Ally had never swum before! She’d splashed in water many times, but here are first attempts at dog paddling.

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Ahhh, I love these! I love that you bring Ally all over the place with you guys. That’s just so awesome. My fiance and I bring our Doberman, Jade, everywhere with us, too, and hiking is one of our favorite things to do! Isn’t it great having a dog to do fun stuff with? I just love it. πŸ™‚

Ahhh, I love these! I love that you bring Ally all over the place with you guys. That’s just so awesome. My fiance and I bring our Doberman, Jade, everywhere with us, too, and hiking is one of our favorite things to do! Isn’t it great having a dog to do fun stuff with? I just love it. πŸ™‚

Oh cool! I love Jessica Claire’s blog… she’s one of my absolute favorites!

Happy Anniversary guys!

(I was going to ask if that was a shootsac I’d spotted!)

Haha, I love that you brought their pictures with you on the hike.

Vaguely related silly story: We just got married two weeks ago (got back from our honeymoon at 2 am last night/this morning), and our photographer had a Shootsac. I’m a dork and I read Jessica Claire’s blog, so I asked our photog if it was a Shootsac and then had to explain how I knew what it was. (This was a much better story in my head…)

Happy 2nd Anniversary, Charlotte and Mike!

It seems that Ally had the most fun during your trip to Aspen. I think she enjoyed hiking down the mountain with her Mommy and Daddy.

You may not know this, but Aspen came very close to hosting part of a Winter Olympics. In 1969, Denver was chosen to host the 1976 Winter Olympics. Had the Games been held as scheduled there, only the figure skating, speed skating and hockey would have been in Denver. The skiing (both downhill and cross-country), ski jumping, bobsled and luge would have been in Aspen.

But Colorado voters turned down state funding to build venues for bobsled, luge, ski jumping, and speed skating. The organizers subsequently failed to get private funding to build those needed venues (today, were Colorado to try again for a Winter Olympics, they’d probably get millions in corporate donors and TV rights money to build the needed facilities to complement what already exists).

As a result, Denver relinquished the Games in early 1973. Innsbruck, which had hosted the 1964 Winter Games and had all the facilities needed already in-place, agreed to take them on. Innsbruck also agreed to honor a TV deal ABC had made with the Denver organizers for U.S. broadcasting rights.

Maybe someday, Colorado will get the Winter Games. And hopefully, you’ll be the lead photoraphers of the organizing committee, taking the “official” photos of the Games.

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charlotte and mike, happy anniversary!

looks like you had a great time! and ally too!

Happy 2nd!!

Hey you two!
Happy Anniversary! Hope you enjoyed your trip and had a great time celebrating/working! It looks like your puppy had a wonderful time! We look forward to seeing you soon and will be in touch…
Jessica B. and Dave L.

Happy Anniversary, y’all! πŸ™‚

Hello,
I found your blog through the real life wedding community. My name is Alisha and I’m an aspiring photographer. I absolutely love all your work (that I’ve looked through so far), and my love for Colorado makes your photographs even more appealing.

Just wanted to leave you a quick comment and let you know that I added you as my friend, and look forward to seeing more of your work.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

WOW, love these pictures! GORGEOUS as always! Can’t wait to see you here in DC!

Seconding everyone one the one of you hugging Ally. “Please, NO more!” πŸ˜€

Looks like a lovely trip. Happy belated anniversary, too!

^forgot to log in before posting my previous comment hehe
anyways, Happy Anniversary again πŸ™‚

Happy Anniversary to you and Charlotte and Mike!
Wishing more years of joyful married life! πŸ™‚
Wish I will also have a marriage like yours which is full of fun πŸ™‚

how beautiful! and the pics of alley in the water are way cute!

Happy Anniversary!

I wonder how many people have wanted to move to Colorado after seeing photos of your happiness and other happy couples there.

Happy anniversary! Aspen is such a pretty area. I’ll love to visit the US one day.

Ally is gorgeous!

wow!
such a beautiful place!!!

happy anniversary!

Happy Anniversary!!
Looks like you had a great time in Aspen. The pictures are great and the view is breathtaking.

Happy Anniversary, Charlotte and Mike

Wow, two years already! Happy Anniversary to you both.

The last time I was in Colorado was over 15 years ago now, and your photos remind me that I need to get back there someday soon. Thanks for sharing those beautiful photos.

Happy 2nd Anniversary, Mike and Charlotte! πŸ™‚

You got some lovely photos. It sounds like it was the perfect Anniversary getaway.

Your photos are proof that Colorado is one of the best places to live on this entire planet.

Happy belated anniversary!

it’s so cool that they have dog parking for the pups.
aspen is beautiful!

Happy Anniversary!

The photo of you and Ally in the gondola cracked me up. She looks so scared, poor thing. Looks like she had a blast otherwise, though!

I want to see mountains that large one day. The east coast just doesn’t have anything that compares. The views in your photos are gorgeous!

“This hike was the day after we photographed Matt and Amy’s wedding. We didn’t want to keep all their files in an unattended hotel room, so we brought copies of the photos on external hard drives, and I carried them with me all day!”

WOW THATS SOME DEDICATION.

Happy Anniversary!

Awwww Great Pics! And…. Happy Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary Charlotte and Mike!

What a beautiful place to spend it too!

super nice doggie! I have 4 myself πŸ™‚

So beautiful and peaceful place. We do not have mountines in our country, but I was visiting some, and that was so beautiful. I wish you to be happy together, you are very beautiful couple. :)))))))

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Happy anniversary! I love that there were random hula hoops on top of the mountain.

Congratulations! πŸ™‚ Such a pretty place; I need to visit Aspen someday!

Happy Anniversary! It seems like only yesterday you two were getting married

happy anniversary!

you look so pretty!

Ooh I love the one of Ally in the gondola with her eyes pointed towards the skies as if saying, “Oh lord, don’t let this thing fall!

Happy anniversary to you both. πŸ™‚

I love the one of you and Ally! She’s all, ‘I’m not talking to you right now, mom, no photos please!”

And I’m glad to know that my dogs isn’t the only one that likes to chop on random wood. But I’d appreciate it if Pumpkin wouldn’t chew on our rocking chairs!

Charlotte Geary

CHARLOTTE GEARY

Lifestyle, event, and portrait photographer with a vibrant, joyful style and 17 years of professional experience.

Located in Reston, Virginia near Washington, D.C. and available for travel.

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