Couple takes stunning wedding photos with 416 Fire in background

LA PLATA COUNTY, Colo. — A couple married in Colorado will have a wedding album more unique than most.

Michael and Sara Kramer took their wedding photos with the 416 Fire burning in the background. One photo shared on Instagram shows the fire’s massive smoke plume rising from the mountains behind the kissing couple.

The couple had to change venues due to the rapidly moving wildfire.

“We are in absolute awe of our friends, family, photographer and vendors who made this incredible wedding come to life. The 416 Fire forced us to change venues last minute and it was a little hectic,” they said in an Instagram post.

The Kramers expressed their gratitude to crews working on the fire.

“Thank you to the firefighters working hard to keep the Durango community safe,” the post read. “What an unbelievable weekend.”

I want to give a huge thank you to the fire fighters on the ground trying to contain this thing! Sara and Michael were supposed to be married at Cascade Village but had to change venues to a family home on CR 250 at the last minute. I know the crews out there are working extremely hard to protect this valley and the homes in it, including the one we were at last night. From all of us at Alexi Hubbell Photography and the entire Carver, Kramer, and McLaughlin families, thank you for your service! Please spread the word that Durango and Silverton depend on tourist dollars in the summertime to survive. Those downtowns are not threatened by the fire and need your business! Monetary donations are being accepted by the Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado for their Community Emergency Relief Fund. Checks can be mailed to the Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado; P.O. Box 1673; Durango, CO 81302.By PayPal or credit card at the foundation’s website. Please see the @durango_herald for more information on how you can support firefighters and evacuees. #416fire. Hair and makeup: @hairfusiondgo Gown:@justinalexander @thebridalcollection

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We are in absolute awe of our friends, family, photographer, and vendors who made this incredible wedding come to life. The 416 fire forced us to change venues last minute and it was a little hectic. Thank you to the firefighters working hard to keep the Durango community safe, we are so grateful. What an unbelievable weekend. Please consider donating to the community! Monetary donations are being accepted by the Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado for their Community Emergency Relief Fund. Checks can be mailed to the Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado; P.O. Box 1673; Durango, CO 81302.By PayPal or credit card at the foundation’s website. Please see the @durango_herald for more information on how you can support firefighters and evacuees. Durango and Silverton are incredible places to visit and are still open for business! Our guests came from around the country for our wedding and had fun rafting the Animas River, hiking, enjoying delicious food from the many restaurants in town, biking to breweries, exploring down town shops, and staying in some unique historic hotels. Support these communities in need! @alexihubbellphotography #durango #416fire #durangowedding #silverton Gown: @justinalexander @thebridalcollection Suit: @theblacktu Haid and Makeup: @hairfusiondgo

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The photos were taken by Alexi Hubbell Photography.

The fire, burning north of Durango, has burned more than 22,100 acres. Find live updates here.

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