Nick and Surya. Basalt, Colorado.

It might be a faux-pas to say something like “favorite clients”, ESPECIALLY when they aren’t even your clients.

So I won’t say that.

I’m not sayin, just sayin.

But if I had “favorite clients”, it might look like the thank you card Surya sent her bridesmaids that started “Dear best bitches ever..”

And surely, if i were to have “favorite clients” they would sing Ingrid Michaelson’s “You and I” to their husband at the altar.

And it would sound like “Love Is a Big Deal”, the song Miya, Surya’s sister wrote for them, and sang for their first dance.

And it would dance like Nick and Surya danced their first dance.

And it would feel like the breeze of the breathtaking mountain they would get married on.

And my “favorite clients”, if I had some, would party like Nick and Surya partied, till all hours of the night, attempting to, but alas unable, to relish every moment of the most special day they have known because it was simply too much.

It would seem like a dream.

Which would prompt to my “favorite clients” to email something like this:

“oh man.

i can’t believe i haven’t written yet. but i just feel like nothing i can put into sentences, is enough.

it was an epic win for love. the whole day. it was one of those lovely moments when there are too many inspired and genuinely happy people for the world not to change just a little.

and having you and jonas there. so amazing and in-tune with your craft . . . and so happy doing it. i just can’t thank you enough. truly, there are not two other souls that could have been there and it been what it was.

random fact about me, from probably ages 7 to 9, i was petrified that i was dreaming. like my whole life was a dream and i was going to wake up and be a baby and have to do it all over. lighthearted for a little child. hahah.

but i’ve found myself these last few weeks feeling that again. that it couldn’t have been that perfect. that our friends didn’t encircle us that last song on the dance floor and sing along with us at the top of their lungs. that i will wake up that morning, once again. and it will be just fine. but just that, fine. not the magic that it was.

but we got the slideshow a couple days ago.

and it was real.

and i can’t thank you enough for being a part of that. we are forever grateful. and while we can’t do it all again, we could take you out for a drink and a bite next time you are in town. hope you’ll let us.


It seemed like everyone at this wedding was as happy that Nick and Surya were marrying each other as they were.  It was as if they all knew, having known them, that if they didn’t, the world would be worse off.

Surya summed it up perfectly…

“It was an epic WIN for love.”

Really, it was an epic win for me.  Thank you Jonas, my friend, for asking me to come along.  This was one to remember.

And thank you Nick and Surya for welcoming me into your world.  For being vulnerable enough to be yourselves and letting me in.  It was, and you are, beautiful.

If I had “favorite clients”, that’s what it would be like.

  • August 26, 2010 - 8:29 am

    Phill - Brings a tear to my eye. Beautiful.

  • August 26, 2010 - 8:30 am

    Ginny Corbett - I can’t find the words to describe how incredible this wedding was! Wow.

  • August 26, 2010 - 8:30 am

    fer juaristi - DFD, Dynamic Freaking Duo! amazing set!

  • August 26, 2010 - 8:34 am

    Cliff Marck - I can just feel the love oozing out of these Erik. The photography is so good it hurts.

  • August 26, 2010 - 8:47 am

    Kat Braman - reeediculous. i played a little game to see if I could tell which images were yours, and I was right for the most part. you and JP have a very complimentary style. I think it’s an EPIC win for weddings. Here’s to bride’s making their weddings exactly how they want them to be instead following someone else’s unimportant rules.

  • August 26, 2010 - 8:49 am

    Krista Photography - I can see why they might hypothetically be potentially maybe your favorites :) What a fun wedding! And your dance floor shots rock!

  • August 26, 2010 - 9:05 am

    Jonas Peterson - Killed it. Let’s team up always.

  • August 26, 2010 - 9:07 am

    Julian Moniz - Absolutely phenomenal good sir…Love the party shots…love the feeling…love the emotion and love the story….You and Jonas rocked it!

  • August 26, 2010 - 9:15 am

    Lara - I would start a Colorado wedding magazine just to feature this. LOVE!

  • August 26, 2010 - 9:17 am

    Jeremy Gilliam - Yeah, this is a pretty big deal. You and Jonas lit it up, and Nick and Surya are unparalleled.

  • August 26, 2010 - 9:21 am

    jennie gaskins - INSANE!!!!

  • August 26, 2010 - 10:02 am

    porter - Nice work, Erik. You see & feel the emotion of the day in the photos.

  • August 26, 2010 - 10:29 am

    otto - WOW!keep going over them boet…WOW!

  • August 26, 2010 - 11:17 am

    Kristi Wright - You are the man! These images blow me away.

  • August 26, 2010 - 11:55 am

    Ryan Ray - Erik, dude you killed this. WOW.

  • August 26, 2010 - 12:41 pm

    hugh - egads.

  • August 26, 2010 - 12:42 pm

    lydia {ever ours} - FREAKING EPIC WIN FOR SURE!! i keep getting goosebumples looking at these!! you are SO lucky to have captured all of this..and they are SO lucky that you were there to capture it all.

  • August 26, 2010 - 12:47 pm

    Shannon - Crazy. Beautiful. Magic. Awesome.


  • August 26, 2010 - 2:42 pm

    linda - EPIC win for LOVE indeed.

  • August 26, 2010 - 2:46 pm

    matt - wow. you and mr peterson freakin destroyed this one. game over.

  • August 26, 2010 - 3:04 pm

    Nick Grover - Erik, this is unbelievable! I still don’t understand how we ended up with you and Jonas at our wedding. I couldn’t say a thank you any better than my awesome wife, but F*ing thank you forever man!

    We owe you a big time SF dinner next time you are in town, like fried chicken to start and burritos to finish kind of big time!

    Love ya man!

  • August 26, 2010 - 4:14 pm

    Marta Potoczek - Eric you rock man! Brilliant stuff!

  • August 26, 2010 - 4:26 pm

    Hugo - Amazing!

  • August 26, 2010 - 4:29 pm

    Jason Huang - unreal!

  • August 26, 2010 - 4:33 pm

    Michael Wachniak - *sniff* Erik, you…….. comPLETE me. *sniff*

  • August 26, 2010 - 4:36 pm

    ayesha - pretty freaking untoppable… except for you or jonas. i laughed out loud and teared up, too… truly epic. it’s said so often and sounds so trite, but i really, really mean it – i felt like i was there. you and jonas are my personal rockstars.

  • August 26, 2010 - 4:43 pm

    Marco Correa - Amazing to see both of you working together! Cheers dudes!

  • August 26, 2010 - 5:25 pm

    Adam Houseman - Incredible images Erik. I have already looked at them 3 times today. Back now for a 4th visit. Sweet!

  • August 26, 2010 - 9:01 pm

    annie - and that is what love is all about. such a great job documenting an amazing day, beautiful couple and epic love story.

  • August 27, 2010 - 12:54 am

    Shaun Menary - Dream Team.

  • August 27, 2010 - 3:59 am

    flow - WOW! amazing how your styles matches to jonas’. as the married couple you both are a dream team, too ;)

    cheers from germany

  • August 27, 2010 - 4:58 am

    LisaK - You and Jonas are a photography match made in heaven! Its almost ridiculous just how amazing all these shots are.

  • August 27, 2010 - 1:18 pm

    Stefano Choi - This set is for real…Seriously amazing what you produce with every set.

  • August 27, 2010 - 5:07 pm

    Alisa Greig - i DIE these are so amazing!!

  • August 27, 2010 - 5:07 pm

    Alisa Greig - i DIE! these are so amazing and fun and how every wedding should be photographed!!

  • August 28, 2010 - 1:17 am

    John Benavente - JONAS + POSER – can it get any better?

  • August 28, 2010 - 1:24 am

    Payal - unbelievable!! speechless…you, the couple, the location, the everything is S-uuuppeerrr amazing! can’t wait for our turn!

  • August 28, 2010 - 2:02 am

    Andreas Holm - Fantastic!

  • August 28, 2010 - 11:09 am

    Amber Hughes - Seriously Erik? This wedding is incredible… so many amazing emotions and moments I don’t think I could possibly single out just one to praise above the rest. Beautiful work!

  • August 28, 2010 - 5:57 pm

    Bart P - MASTERPIECE!!!!!!

  • August 29, 2010 - 5:20 pm

    Jacob Clausen - Anyone who does not want this is at a serious loss. Just when you think it can’t get any better. Dallas… wake up. Poser is the real thing. Humble genius!!! Jonas, thank you for giving Erik this venue to shine. You are da’ man! I weep once again.

  • August 30, 2010 - 9:28 am

    Julian Beattie - Damn, what a perspective! Like Jonas’ wasn’t enough of a mind-fuck, you had to be on par with the awesome! Great stuff, Poser.

  • August 30, 2010 - 11:25 am

    O E I L - LUCKY BRIDE AND GROOM. This is the flippin master team right here. OMFG. i love you guys

  • August 30, 2010 - 10:07 pm

    jamie - so sick i even left some twitter love. this is too good. way to go man.

  • August 31, 2010 - 12:27 pm

    carrie - that can’t be real, can it? that was ridiculous! there were so many images i loved. i can’t decide on favorites. if i had to, no, i can’t. really really really good. bravo.

  • September 1, 2010 - 1:08 pm

    Paul Krol - these are seriously good. Great atmosphere!!

  • December 16, 2010 - 7:32 pm

    Matthew Mead - Simply amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • March 29, 2011 - 11:37 pm

    Rafa - Two great photographers, one awesome wedding!

  • March 30, 2011 - 9:15 pm

    Katrina - so awesome. looks like it was a lot of fun!

  • May 20, 2011 - 12:48 pm

    Lauren {Absolutely Fabulous Weddings} - Seriously… there are very few times in life when I don’t have words for something. I’m a talker and everyone that knows me knows that, but this…. THIS! THISSSSS! Only letters will do…


  • June 19, 2012 - 6:20 am

    vencanice - Gorgeous bride, her short wedding dress is so nice. Thanks for the nice post.

  • October 11, 2012 - 6:01 pm

    Denis Cherim - Beautiful shots. love it.

  • September 26, 2013 - 6:17 pm

    Samantha - Where was the wedding. I am looking for venues in Basalt/Aspen/Snowmass. Private residences or venues themselves. This place looks spectacular.


  • September 30, 2013 - 8:56 am

    poser - It was at the groom’s parents’ house, sorry :)

  • May 13, 2014 - 10:27 am

    Wedding Photographer Scotland - Photos full of energy! Great job!

  • May 18, 2014 - 4:34 am

    Louis Blythe - Officially Epic!

    So good!

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