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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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/

 

 

Jill and Ross : Part two (The wedding)

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.

A Mountain Wedding in Estes Park
Overlook is a beautiful and casual venue located just a few minutes from Estes Park
 A casual mountain wedding in Estes Park
The venue
A Mountain Wedding in Estes Park
The Dress and Ring
A mountain wedding in Estes Park
Our Bride is getting ready in her cabin
A mountain wedding in Estes Park
Jill received the help from her sister and her mom to get ready for her day
A mountain Wedding in Estes Park
Dad’s first look
A mountain Wedding in Estes Park
Ross getting ready in the main cabin
A mountain wedding in Estes Park
Ross and Jill had a first look
A casual Mountain Wedding in Estes Park
Ross
A mountain wedding in Estes Park
A candid portrait of the bride
A mountain wedding in Estes Park
Bridal Portait
A mountain wedding in Estes Park
The rings were tied in a ribbon to be passed around the guest during the ceremony
A casual mountain wedding in Estes Park
The groom and bride’s family walked with them to the ceremony site
A casual mountain wedding in Estes Park
Love under a giant sky
A casual mountain wedding in Estes Park
The ceremony
A casual mountain wedding in Estes Park
The couple’s first Kiss as husband and wife!
A casual mountain wedding in Estes Park
Love this one!!! totally in the spirit of the wedding
A Casual Mountain Wedding in Estes Park
Ross did not want groomsmen, so everyone became a groomsman
A casual Mountain Wedding in Estes Park
Lots of hugs, laughter and love came through during this wedding’s group pictures
A casual Mountain Wedding in Estes Park
The bridesmaids
A casual Mountain Wedding in Estes Park
Jill and Ross and the mountain behind
A casual Mountain Wedding in Estes Park
Jill and Ross, walking as husband and bride
A casual Mountain Wedding in Estes Park
Golden hour portrait of this beautiful couple
A casual Mountain Wedding in Estes Park
We took the last bit of sun and captured some more images of Ross and jill
A casual mountain wedding in Estes Park
The Bride in golden hour
A casual Wedding in Estes Park
View from the reception
A casual Wedding in Estes Park
Sarah is tying a beautiful red apron around Jill’s waist, to spare her dress from splashes of bbq sauce
A casual mountain Wedding in Estes Park
Jill and and Ross had a sweetheart table…not for long!
A mountain wedding in Estes Park
Jill and Ross’s first dance was epic!
A mountain wedding in Estes Park
Jill and Ross and their parent dance. It is always a big deal, no matter what people say
A Mountain Wedding in Estes Park
The wedding reception turned into a dance floor
A mountain wedding in Estes Park
Jill and Ross posed for a light painting session

 

Vendors :

Photographer : Annabelle Denmark Photography 

Venue : The Overlook Ranch 

Catering : Smokin’ Dave’s

View of wedding highlights:

 

Katie + David : The Wedding

Katie and David’s Wedding!

After months of preparation, Katie and David got married at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park!

David and Katie met in college and have been together for 8 years. Their love for each other is incredible and showed in each image Kyla (Fearless Photography), Brian (my dear husband) and I  captured.  We all were incredibly lucky to witness this amazing wedding!

If you wish to read more about Katie and David, check the blog entry  here

Katie’s dress was hand made by her step mother Donna, it was an amazing dress for a gorgeous bride:)

Enough writing, it is picture time!!

 

The Bridal cottage !

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It was an amazing wedding.  I am glad that I was there for Katie and David and witness their vows. I can’t wait to see what path their lives take! I am sure it is going to be fascinating 🙂

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