A Love that Words Cannot Describe

Wes and Jennifer’s Wedding

When I arrived at the hotel you could feel the excitement in the air. Everyone was getting ready for Wes and Jennifer’s big day.

Photo by Mark Mortensen Photography

Photo by Mark Mortensen Photography

Jennifer looked angelic in her wedding dress as she walked down the aisle to her soul mate, Wes.

Photo by Mark Mortensen Photography

Photo by Mark Mortensen Photography

Photo by Mark Mortensen Photography

Jennifer and Wes’s wedding was at The Red Rocks on a beautiful, clear sunny fall day.

Photo by Mark Mortensen Photography

Photo by Mark Mortensen Photography

Their ceremony site was at the Trading Post, where they were surrounded by breath taking red rock formations.

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Their ceremony was a traditional Christian ceremony.

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Both couples are hearing impaired.  Their ceremony was very moving as they expressed their love for each other using sign language.

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Photo by Mark Mortensen Photography

Their dog was a very cute flower girl.

Photo by Mark Mortensen Photography

Photo by Mark Mortensen Photography

The reception was held in the Red Rock Room at The Red Rocks. The large rock formation in the room was stunning with several candles flickering across it.

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When working with Jennifer and Wes they discussed how they wanted their decor to blend in with the natural beauty of Red Rock in the fall.  They chose the colors of chocolate and gold with an Aspen themed wedding.   Aspen leaf touches are throughout the decor.

Photo by Mark Mortensen Photography

 

Photo by Mark Mortensen Photography

Below are some of my favorite personal touches;

Dessert: The dessert was the big hit of the night. The guests could not stop talking about the delicious mini pies.  The mini pies were placed on a cupcake stand and were surrounded by Aspen leaves that I went out and picked that morning.

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Photo by Mark Mortensen Photography

Favors: Jennifer’s mom made homemade chocolate leaf lollipops.

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Guest Book: their guest book contained their engagement pictures and was placed on a Chocolate table runner with aspen leaves scattered around the table.

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Escort Cards: Aspen leaves hanging on a little tree.

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Card Holder: A friend made a card holder that looked like the bark of a aspen tree.

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Flowers: The flowers were gorgeous by Parker Blooms and contained fall colors with a lot of texture.

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Vendors:

Wedding Planner: Something Blue Colorado

Venue: Red Rocks http://www.redrocksonline.com/CONCERTSEVENTS/MeetingsandWeddings.aspx

Officiant: Josh Ratzlaff  www.coloradoweddingofficiant.webs.com

Photographer:  Mark Mortensen Photography http://www.markmortensen.com/

Florist: Parker Blooms http://www.parkerblooms.com/

Bakery: Indulge http://www.indulgebakery.com

Rentals: Something Blue Colorado

Hair and Makeup: Hair on Wheels http://www.haironwheels.net/

Accommodations: Hotel Residence Inn by Marriot in Golden, CO

Photo by Mark Mortensen Photography

I wish Jennifer and Wes a wonderful married life in their new home in Atlanta!

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A Vintage Winter Wedding

Sandy and Greg’s wedding was beautiful, and not just because the venue was beautiful but because you could tell by looking at them how much in love they are.

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Their wedding was held at the gorgeous Della Terra in Estes Park, CO.

Photo by Mahal Bella Photography

Photo by Mahal Bella Photography

It had snowed a couple days before, so when the sun came out on their wedding day it made everything sparkle.  Sandy and Greg were debating whether they wanted to still have the wedding outside or if we should move it in.  I am very happy they chose to have an outside winter wedding in the beautiful Colorado Mountains.

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Sandy and Greg chose to do a first look (couples pictures before the ceremony) since it would get too cold after the ceremony to do all of the pictures they wanted.

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Photo by Mahal Bella Photography

Photo by Mahal Bella Photography

We helped Sandy design a wedding with a vintage look while still keeping the Colorado feel in order to make sure that her guests flying in from Chicago could appreciate what Colorado has to offer.  Good thing most of the guests were used to the cold since the ceremony was outside!

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We helped them find some lovely shawls rented from “Splendor for Your Guests”.   They really helped to keep the guests warm.

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The colors that they ended up selecting were from the soft color pallet and included Carmel, Peach, and Ivory.

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We helped them include many unique and personal touches throughout the wedding.  Here are some of my favorites:

Sandy and Greg decided to do a Lock Box Ceremony

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Here is what the Officiant said:

“Both Greg and Sandy have chosen to take part in a Love Letter Ceremony to describe their feelings, their dreams for the future, and the reasons why they have chosen to marry one another here today. The letters have been sealed and neither has seen what the other has written. Along with a bottle of wine and two glasses, the letters will be locked into this special box designed specifically for this purpose.  Greg and Sandy will re-open and enjoy the contents of this box on the occasion of their 1st anniversary of marriage… sharing their letters with each other and then enjoying a little wine together.  Now.. there is only one other time that you are able to unlock and partake in the contents of this box. If at some point in the future, your relationship falters and hits a bit of a rough patch, this is what you do… Sit down as a couple and open the box! Uncork and share the bottle of wine first and then open the love letter that your partner has written for you and carefully read the contents…”

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Throwing Petals at the end of the Ceremony

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Photo by Mahal Bella Photography

Escort Cards: Vintage Keys

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Guestbook: Little cut out hearts where guests wrote their best wishes to the Bride and Groom. The Bride and Groom will then make a shadowbox out of the hearts.

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Favors: Carmel Apples

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Photo by Mahal Bella Photography

The flowers Boulder Blooms provided were fabulous for giving that rustic, vintage feeling, especially the vases, which were made from reclaimed barn wood.

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Dessert: Instead of the traditional Wedding Cake they went with yummy pies and even served it a la mode!

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I really loved working with both Sandy and Greg and enjoyed helping them to make their wedding dreams come true.

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Vendors:

Wedding Planner: Something Blue Colorado

Photographer: Mahal Bella Photography at www.mahalbellaphotography.com

Officiant:  Josh Ratzlaff at www.coloradoweddingofficiant.webs.com

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

Caterer: A Spice of Life at http://www.aspiceoflife.com/

DJ and Lighting: Top Hat Entertainment at http://www.tophatentertainmentdj.com/

Florist: Boulder Blooms at http://www.boulderblooms.com/

Bakery: Indulge Bakery at http://www.indulgebakery.com

Rentals: Vintage Rental Affairs at http://www.avintageaffairrentals.com/and Splendor for Your Guests at http://www.splendorforyourguests.com/weddings/

The bride having fun dancing the night away!

Photo by Mahal Bella Photography

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