A mountain wedding in Estes Park

Lauren and Katie’s mountain wedding at the Della Terra Mountain Chateau, Estes Park, Colorado

Lauren and Katie got married on a sunny day at the beautiful Della Terra Mountain Chateau in Estes Park, Colorado. Located near the entrance of the Rocky Mountain National Park, this gorgeous wedding venue looks like a fairy tale with it’s gorgeous stone buildings and manicured grounds, all of it surrounded by majestic mountain and evergreen trees.

The wedding

Lauren and Katie had a traditional Jewish wedding. Every single detail of this event was carefully planned to incorporate the natural beauty of the mountains and the brides’ interest. Lauren and Katie’s invitation, for example, turn into wildflowers when you plant them (they have seeds embedded inside them). The mother of the bride created custom printed chocolate bars, playing on Lauren’s last name (Hershey). The brides’ dresses matched beautifully along with simple and gorgeous hairdos and flowers.

The power of the feminine

What makes this wedding truly unforgettable is the rabbi’s speech during the ceremony, where she talked about the power of the feminine. We could feel  this power all around us. It was the unstoppable power of two individuals who love and care about each other, two people who balance each other completely.  We also felt it in the love that each family brought to this wedding, it was felt during the dances and the toasts.

This wedding was truly a wonderful starting point to a loving and happy marriage, and I felt grateful and honored to be a part of it.

Lauren, Katie, thank you for this amazing day. I can’t wait to share the rest of those images with you!

Wedding venue: Della Terra, Estes Park, Colorado
Wedding venue: Della Terra, Estes Park, Colorado
Bridal make up
Lauren getting ready with the help of Jessica Padilla
Bridal dress in Della Terra's Moon Suite
Katie is getting into her dress
Off beat bridal glamour portrait in Della terra, Estes Park, Colorado
Katie in the tub
Portrait of the bride
Portrait of Lauren
candid moment bride and mom
Moment between Lauren and her mom
Bride's first look
Katie walking toward Lauren for the first look
Brides first look
The brides’ first look
The wedding party on the bridge of the Della terra
The wedding party on the bridge
bride's men jumping with blue suspenders
ready set jump!
offbeat bridal party pictures
The Bridal party
Offbeat portrait of Lauren and Katie kissing behind their comic book
Lauren and Katie behind their favorite comic book
Brides having fun, Sunflower bouquets
Lauren and Katie
brides kissing in the meadow, Della Terra, Estes Park
brides kissing in the meadow
brides walking toward ceremony site Della Terra
The brides walking towards the ceremony site
Jewish Lesbian Wedding Ceremony
The ceremony
Jewish Lesbian Wedding Ceremony Estes Park, CO
The ceremony and view
Jewish Lesbian Wedding Ceremony Estes Park, CO
The brides with the Rabbi
Jewish Lesbian Wedding Ceremony Estes Park, CO
the kiss
wedding ceremony exit, golf cart, just married
Just married
Bride kisses grandfather on cheek
Lauren and her grandfather
The wedding cake and little dolls of the brides
The Cake !
wedding invitation
The wedding invitation
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The Horah
Bride's bother toast
The toast

Venue : Della Terra Mountain Chateau http://www.dellaterramountainchateau.com

Event planning SeaAnna & Krista Curate Denver https://www.curateeventsanddesign.com

Catering : Jubilation Catering  http://www.jubilationscatering.com

Cake : Piece Love and Chocolate https://pieceloveandchocolate.com

DJ : Jay Kasick https://srodj.com

Videography : David Myers http://www.niceshotfilms.com

Flowers : Brigitte Ohler Floral design of Europe http://www.fdofeurope.com

Hair :Jolene, Bella Capelli Hair Studio http://www.bellacapellihairstudio.com

Make up : Jessica Padilla No guts no glamour http://nogutsnoglamour.com

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Engagement session in the Mountains

Engagement Session in Boulder, CO

Cecilia and Tom’s engagement session took place at the Lost Gulch Lookout in Boulder, Colorado, on  a beautiful winter afternoon. It is usually difficult to pick a day for a winter session because the weather is so unpredictable, however that day in the Rocky Mountains was extraordinarily warm and beautiful. Consequently we spent the session taking in the breathtaking scenery and enjoying the sun. My couple loves the outdoors, and moved to Colorado to be closer to nature.

Cecilia and Tom will get married on September 23rd, 2017 at Camp Hale near Vale and  I can’t wait to photograph their wedding!

Until then please enjoy their pictures!

To receive more information about my engagements and weddings, please click here.

Mountain Engagement photos, Lost Gulch, Boulder
The park near the Lost gulch Overlook
Mountain Engagement photos, Lost Gulch, Boulder
Engagement Session at the Park near the Lost Gulch Lookout in Boulder, CO
Engagement Photos at the Park near the Lost Gulch Lookout in Boulder, CO
Engagement Session at the Park near the Lost Gulch Lookout in Boulder, CO

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Carrie and Eric’s Wedding in Estes Park

Carrie and Eric’s wedding was an amazingly well planned event, in part due to Carrie’s beautiful sense of style and her very sharp and detail oriented mind. From the decorations to the bridesmaids shoes, this wedding was a delight to the eye.

It was a pleasure to photograph this beautiful event, hand crafted with all the love and attention that Carrie brings into everything she touches.

Congratulations to my lovely couple! Can’t wait to show you the rest of the pictures!

the bridal dress with all the fine details of a well orchestrated wedding
the bridal dress with all the fine details of a well orchestrated wedding
the bridal pearls : something old...
the bridal pearls : something old…
the wedding bands on lace
the wedding bands on lace
bridal bouquet
bridal bouquet
the flower girls
the flower girls
St Mary's Lake Lodge
St Mary’s Lake Lodge
The Boutonniere
The Boutonniere
The first look
The first look
The first look
The first look
The bridesmaids shoes
The bridesmaids shoes
The ceremony
The ceremony
The ceremony
The ceremony
The ceremony
The ceremony
The ceremony
The ceremony
The marriage license
The marriage license
The wedding cake
The wedding cake
The reception
The reception
Carrie
Carrie
Eric
Eric
The first dance
The first dance

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The garter
The garter
The bouquet toss
The bouquet toss
Congratulations Carrie and Eric!
Congratulations Carrie and Eric!

Venue : Mary’s Lake Lodge http://maryslakelodge.com/

Cake  :Colorado Rose Cake http://www.coloradorosecakeco.com/

Officiant : Rev Brigette Weier

Flowers :  Kim and Company www.kimandcompany.org

DJ : Grant Marsik

Hair and Make up : The hair Ninja Studio https://www.facebook.com/NinjaofHair/

Ties : The Knotty Tie Co https://www.knottytie.com/

 

 

Megan and Brian wedding at the Westin!

Megan and Brian got married on a sunny afternoon in Westminster, Colorado. For this beautiful wedding, Megan chose purple and burned orange for her colors and everything from the dresses to the table centerpieces looked absolutely stunning. The highlight of the wedding was with the first dance, a breathtaking performance by the groom and bride followed by a medley of flash mob dancing that left everyone cheering!

Congratulations to my beautiful, fierce, charismatic Megan and my oh so funny groom, Brian, who by the way can dance like none’s business!

I can’t wait to share your wedding pictures with you!

The Wedding dress
The Wedding dress
Bridesmaids Getting Ready
Bridesmaids Getting Ready
Megan and her bridesmaids by the hot tub
Megan and her bridesmaids by the hot tub
The Groom
The Groom
The groom and his groomsmen in the Lobby
The groom and his groomsmen in the Lobby
The Bride
The Bride
The bride before her first look
The bride before her first look
First look
First look
Megan and Brian
Megan and Brian
The bridal Bouquet
The bridal Bouquet
The Bride
The Bride
The Veil
The Veil
Megan and her mom
Megan and her mom
First look of Megan and her dad
First look of Megan and her dad
Megan and the groomsmen
Megan and the groomsmen
Brian and the bridesmaids
Brian and the bridesmaids
The wedding party
The wedding party
The walk down the aisle
The walk down the aisle
The kiss
The kiss
The Wedding Cake
The Wedding Cake
Bustling of the dress
Bustling of the dress
Sunset by the lake
Sunset by the lake
The first dance
The first dance
Flash mob!
Flash mob!

Venue and catering : The Westin Hotel http://www.westindenverboulder.com

Wedding planning : Lauren Williamson http://www.gardnereffect.com

Florist : Kimball Floral Kimball Floral

Cake : Azucar http://www.azucarbakery.com

Linens :  Linen hero Linen Hero Wedding & Special Event Chair Covers & Table Linen …

Videography : Will Jones

DJ : ABC music

Make up  :http://www.makeupbysana.com

Hair : Salon Foushee  Salon Foushee & Spa – Hair Salon and Spa Denver, Littleton

 

Julia and Isaac : An intimate wedding at Bingham Hills

Julia and Isaac wanted their wedding to be bare footed, laid back, in a family friendly space.  It was an intimate wedding where children played on the little sandy beach on the lakefront, where adults ate on the patio, under strings of light, before heading the gazebo and dance the night away. Congratulations to this beautiful couple for a truly splendid day!

Rings on a Carabiner, hanging from a maple tree
Rings on a Carabiner, hanging from a maple tree
Bingham Hills Event Center
Bingham Hills Event Center
The ceremony site by the main building
The ceremony site by the main building
The Bride
The Bride
Bridal barefoot shoes
Bridal barefoot shoes
The Groom
The Groom
The First Look
The First Look
The ceremony
The ceremony
The ceremony
The ceremony
The Groom and Bride by the apple tree
The Groom and Bride by the apple tree
The groom and bride walking into the sunset
The groom and bride walking into the sunset
Wedding Cake
Wedding Cake
The groom and bride <3
The groom and bride

 

Venue : Bingham Hill http://www.thepreserveatbinghamhill.com/index-2.html

Dress : David’s Bridal http://www.davidsbridal.com

Flowers : Palmer Flowers http://www.palmerflowers.com

Cake : Whole Foods https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/service/custom-cakes-special-events

Maya and Jordan’s Mountain Wedding in Evergreen

Jordan and Maya are mountain climbers, Kombucha drinkers, mushroom lovers (that would be Maya) who have recently moved to Colorado. Their laid back and happy personality made for a splendid wedding.

Brian and I felt honored to be part of their special day!

The Red Barn at Meadows at Marshdale
The Red Barn at Meadows at Marshdale
Maya's beautiful wedding dress hanging from a pine tree
Maya’s beautiful wedding dress hanging from a pine tree
Maya
Maya
Jordan
Jordan
The Bridal Flowers
The Bridal Flowers
The First Look
The First Look
Maya and Jordan
Maya and Jordan
Maya
Maya
Bedeken
Bedeken
Bedeken
Bedeken
The Wedding Ceremony at Meadows at Marshdale
The Wedding Ceremony at Meadows at Marshdale
The Wedding Ceremony at Meadows at Marshdale
The Wedding Ceremony at Meadows at Marshdale
Party at the Red Barn : The Hora
Party at the Red Barn : The Hora
PixelStick image of Maya and Jordan
PixelStick image of Maya and Jordan

Here is the list of all the wonderful vendors who made Maya’s day special:

Venue : http://www.meadowsatmarshdale.com/the-red-barn/weddings.html

Catering : http://www.laviecatering.com

Flowers : http://lovelettersfloral.com

Make up : Rachel Stern-Pasarel

Hair : Hilary Matthis

Dress : http://www.bhldn.com

 

Westvleteren, Disney, Mers Les Bains and back home

The last two weeks have been packed with a short trip to Disney, awesome sights, amazing churches and cliffs and more oceans.

We first went to Westvleteren, a Trappist brewery in Belgium and is one of the 6 lefts in the world. You can only by the beer at the brewery, it is considered one  of the best in the world….it is simply delicious <3

Next we went to Disney and enjoyed rides and princesses and sent Brian back to America. The girls an I drove back home, making a quick stop to the Chateau de Chantilly, a truly amazing place and horse back riding capital of Europe.

We then headed to Mers les Bains, a seaside town with magnificent houses, a living museum of the Art deco era. I will have more pictures in my next blog 🙂

The girls are now well traveled and are picking up on the culture, food and language. They love their grand parents (especially pay on his bike and many with her cats) and they love their cousins.

We have many images to share, here is a select few!

Westvleteren, A unique trappist Brewery in Belgium
Westvleteren, A unique trappist Brewery in Belgium
Church near Westvetleren
Church near Westvetleren
Le Chateau d'Aisne, near my native village
Le Chateau d’Aisne, near my native village
My dad and his new bike that he loves very much
My dad and his new bike that he loves very much
Le Tronquoy, one of my favorite places every, locates walking distance from the family home
Le Tronquoy, one of my favorite places ever, located walking distance from the family home
Topaz of "Grumpy cat" posing for me
Topaz of “Grumpy cat” posing for me
Falco, who went on an hunger strike when we invaded his house
Falco, who went on an hunger strike when we invaded his house
Disneyland Paris
Disneyland Paris
Disneyland Paris
Disneyland Paris
Disneyland Paris
Disneyland Paris
Disneyland Paris
Disneyland Paris

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On our way back to Les Hauts de France : Chateau de Chantilly, a huge domain and the horse capital city of Europe
On our way back to Les Hauts de France : Chateau de Chantilly, a huge domain and the horse capital city of Europe
On our way back to Les Hauts de France : Chateau de Chantilly, a huge domain and the horse capital city of Europe
On our way back to Les Hauts de France : Chateau de Chantilly, a huge domain and the horse capital city of Europe
On our way back to Les Hauts de France : Chateau de Chantilly, a huge domain and the horse capital city of Europe
On our way back to Les Hauts de France : Chateau de Chantilly, a huge domain and the horse capital city of Europe
On our way back to Les Hauts de France : Chateau de Chantilly, a huge domain and the horse capital city of Europe
On our way back to Les Hauts de France : Chateau de Chantilly, a huge domain and the horse capital city of Europe
On our way back to Les Hauts de France : Chateau de Chantilly, a huge domain and the horse capital city of Europe
On our way back to Les Hauts de France : Chateau de Chantilly, a huge domain and the horse capital city of Europe
Back home before heading to Mers Les Bain
Back home before heading to Mers Les Bain
Mers les Bains
Mers les Bains
Mers les Bains
Mers les Bains
Mers les Bains the Market
Mers les Bains the Market

 

Next blog will be up soon and then…Paris…the city of love, food and fashion <3

Omaha Beach and the family home

After a 5 hours drive we made it to the North of France, the “Ch’ti” region, now called Les Hauts de France, where I was born. On the way we stopped at Omaha beach. It was beautiful and serene, a stopping point for many tourists on their way to the Mont Saint Michel and the South.

After Omaha Beach,  the Pont de Normandie, a few pictures of us in Saint Quentin, my family, my village. A quick peak of the building where I went to elementary school, the building where I used to do summer camp and the Temple where Brian and I got married (it was a fake marriage, we were already married in Texas). A few pictures of my village, the church, and finally my sisters and nieces.

And apparently in all this we still managed to find a farm, I am finding that I love taking pictures of all those adorable farm animals <3

Omaha beach
Omaha beach
Omaha beach
Omaha beach
Omaha beach
Omaha beach
Omaha beach
Omaha beach
Omaha beach
Omaha beach
Omaha beach : The cemetery
Omaha beach : The cemetery
Pont de Normandie
Pont de Normandie
La famille
La famille
The fields of the North of France
Driving through the fields of the North of France at sunset
Driving through The fields of the North of France at sunset
Driving through The fields of the North of France at sunset
Breakfast and baby birds
Breakfast and baby birds
Eglise d'Audencourt
Eglise
Veal
Veal
My little Village
My little Village
Where i went to school, to summer camp, Where I got married
Where i went to school, to summer camp, Where I got married
My sisters and Nieces
My sisters and Nieces

 

 

Last days in Cherbourg

Just a few words and many pictures to summarize our last day in Cherbourg : the ocean, the farm, the kids, it is with heavy hearts that we said good by to my brother and his wife, my nephew and my niece and moved on to new adventures on our way to the North…To be continued.

 Donkey at the Lighthouse
Donkey at the Lighthouse
tiny harbour
tiny harbour
Sarah by the Lighthouse
Sarah by the Lighthouse
Les Cousins
Les Cousins
Le  Moulin
Le Moulin
Le Port
Le Port
Simon
Simon
Souvenirs
Souvenirs
Les Lapins
Les Lapins
Jean Qui rit Jean qui pleure
Jean Qui rit Jean qui pleure
Sarah en Tahitienne
Sarah en Tahitienne

Ocean, Ocean, Ocean

When I was a little girl I used to go camping with my family for 3 weeks every summer in Normandy. Since then I have travelled and discovered many beautiful places but I have never forgotten about this camping place and “La Vallee du Lude in particular”. I have talked about it to Brian, I have talked have about coming back and finding this wonderful place again. La Vallee du Lude is a small path in the tiny town of Carolles that opens up, between two lush valleys, to a pebbled beach. This place was always a source of endless games with my two brothers (my sisters were too little to play with us).  This place was my Narnia, my escape to magical kingdoms, my base for unbridled playful creation.

Luckily my brother now lives two hours away from it.

Imagine my excitement when, yesterday morning, Brian, the girls and I drove to Granville and then Carolles and then la Vallee du Lude. Imagine how I felt walking down this same valley where I have spent countless hours as a kid, playing in the pebbles. And imagine my joy when my kids did the exact same thing, tottering around the rocks, collecting sea snails, exclaiming over the beauty of the place.

The last few days have been full of the ocean, the waves, the sand and the pebbles. It has been full of my family and talks about the future, near and far. Finally it has been full of my girls bonding with this family. Because in spite of everything, my girls are half French and I am trying so hard to wake their Frenchness inside <3

During this part of the trip we also visited “La citee de la Mer” in Cherbourg, L’Abbaye des moines Trappistes, Le nez de Jobourg, the coast, a biscuiterie, a cheese restaurant, the beach,  Granville, the beach,  the beach <3

 

Cite de la Mer a Cherbourg
Cite de la Mer a Cherbourg
Aquarium de Cherbourg
Aquarium de Cherbourg
Nez de Jobourg
Nez de Jobourg
Nez de Jobourg
Nez de Jobourg
Nez de Jobourg
Nez de Jobourg
Nez de Jobourg
Nez de Jobourg
Picnic a Cherbourg
Picnic a Cherbourg
Trappist monastery in Bricquebec
Trappist monastery in Bricquebec
Bricquebec
Bricquebec
Confitures
Confitures
Granvilles
Granvilles
Maison de The Granville
Maison de The Granville
Le Chat Noir
Le Chat Noir
Carolles et la Vallee du Lude
Carolles et la Vallee du Lude
Carolles et la Vallee du Lude
Carolles et la Vallee du Lude
Carolles et la Vallee du Lude
Carolles et la Vallee du Lude
Carolles et la Vallee du Lude
Carolles et la Vallee du Lude