A ranch wedding in the Colorado Foothills

The sky was see sawing between sunshine and impending rain. The clouds were moving fast, faster than the heavy I 25 traffic that day. Inside the limousine, the bride and her bridesmaids were embracing the moments of being together, the moments before things got serious at the Spruce Mountain Ranch. The decor was set, the rings ready in their boxes and Melissa and Alex were ready for their first look. As Melissa walked toward Alex you could feel the excitement in her step. Alex couldn’t see her and was fighting the emotions that were bubbling up inside him. It wad a relief for both, to be together again, to be each other’s rocks as they have been for the many years they have known each other.

It was an honor for us to witness their first look and the sound of the  running water and the wind rustling the leaves, as those two saw each other again, brand new, for the first time again, will be engraved in our collective memory.

The rest as we say is history. The ceremony was beautiful, overlooking the hills, Melissa and Alex had a sand ceremony, broke the glass and kissed in front of their family and friends.

I loved the grandeur of their wedding venue . I loved how Harvey the Dog pulled the little ring bearer who screamed all the way down the aisle “slow down Harvey!!!”.  I loved how Melissa’s dad would not let her go. How Melissa and Alex had bundt cake and horses head. How they let us be a part of everything. How now I hug her parents before I left.

They say wedding is an industry, a huge machine where vendors lurk upon brides to make as much money as possible. My weddings are my babies. I love each one of my brides. I see them through the wedding preparation, I see the look in their eyes when they put on their dress. It is a privilege. Capturing Melissa and Alex’s wedding was a privilege.

 

 

 

A ranch Wedding in Colorado's Foothills
Spruce Mountain Range, the main area , Colorado room and ruby’s cottage
A ranch wedding in colorado's foothills
Melissa’s dress, ring, flowers and shoes
A ranch Wedding in Colorado's Foothills
Melissa and her Bridesmaids had matching robes, a beautiful way to thank the Bridesmaids while adding vibrant colors to her wedding
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Melissa is getting in her dress, assisted by her mom and her bridesmaids
A ranch wedding in Colorado's foohills
Alex got dressed in the Cigar Lounge, a room just above the reception area.
 A ranch wedding in Colorado's Foothills
Alex
A ranch Wedding in Colorado's Foothills
Melissa looked lovely in her Maggie Sotero Dress, she made her own bouquet as well as all the table pieces for this wedding.
A ranch wedding in Colorado's Foothills
The jars were hand decorated by the mother of the Bride
A Ranch wedding in Colorado's Foothills
Melissa and Alex’s Frist look, before the guests arrived
A ranch wedding in Colorado's foothills
Heloise was Melissa’s adorable flower girl. She was delighted to pose for me
A ranch Wedding in Colorado's Foothills
Alex and his groomsmen
A ranch Wedding in Colorado's Foothills
The bridesmaids posed for this beautiful and informative image. I love that the bride will keep this memory forever
A ranch Wedding in Colorado's Foothills
The groom and wedding party walking down the aisle at the beginning of the ceremony
A ranch wedding in Colorado's Foothills
The ceremony started with the Bride and her Father walking down the aisle. Melissa’s dad had a difficult time letting her go 🙂
A ranch wedding in Colorado's foothills
The ceremony
A ranch Wedding in Colorado's Foothills
Alex and Melissa pour the sand for the ceremony, they will keep the bottle as a memory of this beautiful day
a Ranch Wedding in Colorado's foothills
Alex this the dip for the wedding kiss. Nice move Alex!
A Ranch wedding in Colorado's Foothills
Melissa, Alex and their Wedding party
A ranch wedding in Colorado's Foothills
Melissa, Alex and Harvey in this first formal family picture
A ranch wedding in Colorado's foothills
I love veils, they give me so many opportunities for creative shots!
A ranch wedding in Colorado's Foothills
Our groom and bride in the breathtaking hills of Larkspur
A ranch Wedding in Colorado's Foothills
Receptions area and table decorations
A ranch Wedding in Colorado's Foothills
Everyone made a huge circle in the courtyard, where Melissa and Alex made their entrance and did their first dance
A ranch Wedding in Colorado's Foothills
First dance
A ranch Wedding in Colorado's foothills
Here is the bride’s sister giving an hilarious toast 🙂
A ranch Wedding in Colorado's Foothills
Melissa and Alex used their horses mask to cut the cake 🙂
A ranch Wedding in Colorado's Foothills
Melissa and her dad did their first dance at night fall
A ranch Wedding in Colorado's Foothills
The festivities started with the traditional Hora and went on with much dancing under the stars

 

Vendors :

Day of Coordinator : L’atelier Weddings  www.latelierweddings.com

Venue : Spruce Mountain Ranch www.sprucemountainranch.com

Salon : Antoine Du Chez Park Meadows  http://antoineduchez.com

Officiant : Mike Backer

Caterer : Buffalo Gals http://pbcatering.com

Bar : Peak Beverage http://www.peakbev.com

Videographer : Ethan Backer  www.ethanbacker.com

Band : Diamond Empire http://www.diamondempireband.com

Dresses : Amand’as Bridal http://amandasbridal.com

Cake  :Nothing Bundt Cake  http://www.nothingbundtcakes.com

 

Melissa and Alex’s video of their wedding highlights :

 

 

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Annabelle Denmark

Annabelle is a French born Fine Art and Wedding Photographer based in Denver, Colorado,