Cecilia and Tom got married in Camp Hale, a 30 minutes drive from Vail. In order to get to this beautifully secluded valley you must drive through twisty roads lined with massive clusters of Aspen trees. The mountains looked painted from green to dark yellow, It was the most beautiful mountain road I have seen in this state.
Our couple wanted a wedding that mixed the rustic feel of the cabins, the mountains and trees with the delicate touch of dark blue and light pink and the result was glorious in spite of everything that happened that day!
Soon after we arrived it started raining and then snowing. The temperature dropped, the clouds lingered and everything was cold and wet. Cecilia’s flowers had frozen overnight and the bouquets were rearranged with what could be salvaged and aspen leaves. The ceremony site was outside and the venue wasn’t sure about celebrating the wedding there because the path to it was slippery and the benches wet with snow. Finally the speaker stopped working so Cecilia didn’t get her song to walk down the aisle.
Any one of those event would have rattled a groom and a bride who wanted their perfect day, but not Cecilia and Tom! Those two were excited about the snow, they marveled over the newly made bouquets, let go of the speaker situation and stood outside, in the middle of a frozen land, surrounded by very cold and happy guests, and professed their love to one another with the kind of intensity that warmed everyone.
The guest cheered on and everyone amazed by the beauty of the place, wrapped in clouds with the yellow aspens poking their ways through the fog.
And so here are the three things I learned from that day :
Let go of the details and enjoy the unexpected
Remember why you are there and focus on all the love that surrounds you
No matter what happens, I will stand by you and help make this wedding the most kick ass wedding you will ever have!
Many congratulations to this fantastic, resilient and loving couple. You guys rock!
How to create an intimate and offbeat wedding in the mountains:
First you choose the venue: A small venue surrounded by trees with a river running through it and ducks swimming in the little pond. The ceremony site is secluded and allows for a tight circle to form around you, as you say your vows.
Second you settle on a theme: Lorraine wanted EVERY color of the rainbow for her wedding and so it was. From her dress to the napkins, from her wedding circle to the candle holders, everything was colorful. The rainbow theme was daring and unique and this couple pulled it off beautifully. The tables were covered with memories, photographs, lovely messages and handmade soaps that enhanced the intimacy of the place.
Third you make this wedding truly your: Aaron wore his father’s wedding shirt and Lo wore a necklace from the 1850s. The family and friends present have been in their lives forever. This wedding was a mix of traditions and modernism that embraced love, respect to everyone’s uniqueness, and kindness.
Finally: Add good food, good music, tons of laughter and silliness (once you meet Lo you never forget her laugh), plenty of dancing, and (how could I forget) Aaron’s beer! And there you have it: a perfect, intimate, offbeat, fun filled wedding! Congratulations to our lovely couple!
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.
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!
Venue : Della Terra Mountain Chateau http://www.dellaterramountainchateau.com
Event planning SeaAnna & Krista Curate Denver https://www.curateeventsanddesign.com
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!
Venue : Mary’s Lake Lodge http://maryslakelodge.com/
Cake :Colorado Rose Cake http://www.coloradorosecakeco.com/
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!
Venue and catering : The Westin Hotel http://www.westindenverboulder.com
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!
Venue : Bingham Hill http://www.thepreserveatbinghamhill.com/index-2.html
Jill, Ross and the rest of their family arrived at Overlook Ranch a few days before the wedding. This beautiful venue is also a retreat where nature lovers go on hikes and take a break from their busy lives. The little cabins surround the main house, little dirt paths speckled with pine cones connect each of them .
On that day, inside one of the cottages, Jill, her sister, her mom and her closest friends were getting ready. The mood was quiet, meditational even. There was wholesome food on the table,wild flowers ready to be placed in the bridesmaid’s hair. There was sunshine sipping through the windows and Jill was doing her make up. I grabbed Jill’s dress and headed outside, looking for the perfect place for the first shot of the day.
I have known Jill and her family for a few years and it was with my heart full that I witnessed my lovely bride get into her dress. I saw her hug her dad, her mom, and finally meet Ross in the woods outside the cabin. Everyone cried at that wedding, except for Jill. She laughed the joyous laughter of a child on a Christmas day. She danced and hugged and ate and danced some more. She was life itself, celebrating the beauty this very special day.
Jill and Ross’s wedding was a great big embrace of all the family and friends present. It was also in communion with the breathtaking views of the mountains surrounding them. It was a mix of traditions and shamanic rituals, of Jill and Ross walking in with their entire family, and leaving, dancing up the aisle as husband and wife.
I am grateful to have be present. I am grateful for this family.
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.