As I sit here I don’t even know how to begin talking about Brent & Lea’s wedding, because I felt like we were in a different world at the elegant and stunning Della Terra Mountain Chateau in Estes Park. Not only did Wade & I photograph the wedding, but we were also fortunate to stay there too. When we arrived there were warm cookies and the sweetest welcome gift from Lea & Brent…bubble bath and bath salts! Plus, the owners could not have been more accommodating and helpful during our stay. A special thanks to Pam!
More often than not, by the time I photograph my client’s weddings I feel like an old friend, Lea is actually a very dear friend, dating back to our days in governor school and college, but you can read more about that here. Lea’s sister, Carrie, is also my sister in law and not only made Lea’s gown, but hers as well! She creates the most beautiful, awe inspiring creations, and if your in need of a custom gown for your wedding day, just drop me a line and I’ll put you in touch with her! So being there as the photographer, and friend was an added bonus, seeing as most of the guests in attendance were originally from Pittsburgh, we felt right at home. It was a small intimate affair with the most superb swing band, flowers, people, affectionate bride and groom and yes, ice cream cakes! Who doesn’t LOVE icecream cake?
I know most brides smile a lot, but seriously, every time Lea looked at Brent she lit up and a huge grin covered her beautiful face…that is if they weren’t busy kissing Ok, I better post these images or else I could go on and on about how ridiculously adorable these two are together! View their slideshow here!
One of my most favorite gown shots ever…the rooms here were incredible!
Lea looked breathtaking!
Brent & Lea chose to do a first look, which I highly recommend for my clients, as we're able to capture some beautiful images!
like this one that Wade took...he's such a rockstar! I'm so lucky he puts up with me
this was my view...
then there was the lovely ceremony...
here is Brent's mom...
There were some tender moments in the ceremony, but there were also some funny ones too! I wasn't sure if Brent's ring was going to go on.
Minutes after being announced as Mr. & Mrs. Ertz!
I love this image that Wade took!!
Then the party freshened up back in the room before we headed out for some more images in the Rocky Mt National Park.
It was very cold in the park, so we headed back a little early to catch the happy hour.
Lea, being polish danced with her dad to the Polka...she was rather surprised when her dad took off on the dance floor!
Congrats Lea & Brent!! I’m so thrilled that you guys are living so close to us…no doubt there will be more parties, hiking and girl time together now that your living here Lea and not in Montana!