Hannah & Ryan | June 6, 2011 | Estes Park, Colorado

From the bride:
As Denverites, we grew up at the mountains’ feet, so it meant a lot to us to get married in the mountains.  Our day was really perfect and went off without any hitches!  We wanted the legacy of our grandparents to be included.  I remembered Ryan’s late grandmother by wearing her peridot pendant and remembered my grandmother by having green cymbidiums in my bouquet. Ryan and I basically wrote our own ceremony and we wove in a lot of different influences from our backgrounds which portrayed what we wanted our  marriage to look like.  We finished our vows with a sand ceremony, but with a slight twist.  Instead of layering sand, we used an hourglass sand ceremony that my father purchased for us as our first gift.  The hourglass is now on our mantel in our home. My favorite detail was the hourglass sand ceremony – it was a really beautiful symbol of our lives coming together – that we accepted each other and our respective families, that we can blend our lives together without losing the “grains of detail” that make us unique from each other and help us compliment each other. Our first dance was to Jason Mraz’s “Lucky”.. Ryan and I pulled off an American rumba.  Our dance instructor met with us privately only three times before the wedding and taught us enough patterns that we could do our first dance without just swaying in place.  It came together beautifully and was a really fun moment.We had perfect weather, wonderful vendors to work with that took excellent care of us, a fun photographer, delicious food…  It was so much fun, that both Ryan and I were a little depressed the next day when it was all over.  We really had our dream wedding.

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Photographer: Alive Studios Photography //  Venue: Della Terra Mountain Chateau  // Wedding Gown: Carrie by Maggie Sottero  //  Caterer: Front Range Catering Company  //  Cake: Colorado Rose Cake Company  //  DJ: Amore DJ Entertainment  //  Makeup: The Jen Murphy

Honeymoon Location: Belize