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.

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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!

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