Della Terra Mountain Chateau, Sara Hasstedt

We want to take time to not only highlight a lovely wedding at Della Terra Mountain Chateau, but tell an amazing wedding day story that not even floodwaters could stop!

Della Terra Mountain Chateau, Sara Hasstedt

Della Terra Mountain Chateau, Sara Hasstedt

Kelly + Aaron were excited to book their destination wedding in Estes Park, CO where they planned on beautiful weather with stunning mountain scapes to be the backdrop for their big day. Upon getting into town a few days prior to their wedding, they were saddened that the weather was actually quite gloomy and rainy. Over the course of the next few days, the weather in Estes Park turned into flash flood warnings with the river rising higher and higher.

Della Terra Mountain Chateau, Sara Hasstedt

Della Terra Mountain Chateau, Sara Hasstedt

Quickly these warnings started flooding downtown, in which the main highways from Denver were closed. Apparently, the mountains above Estes Park had received over eight inches of rain in three hours which then set in motion the need to start calling family and friends that were heading that way. After losing cell and internet service, Kelly and Aaron had to relocate to Murphy’s Resort, which thankfully they still had internet service so that they could figure out and be in communication with their vendors, family and friends.

Della Terra Mountain Chateau, Sara Hasstedt

Della Terra Mountain Chateau, Sara Hasstedt

The next forty-eight hours brought question if the wedding was still going to be able to happen as guests would not be able to get into the city due to the flooding and mudslides. That week/weekend many weddings in Estes Park were cancelled. Thanks to the helpful staff at Della Terra Mountain Chateau and Murphy’s Resort, guests were able to make it after passing by National Guard checkpoints and showing Kelly and Aaron's wedding invitation. What would typically take guests two hours to Della Terra from Denver airport actually took a little over 7 hours.

Della Terra Mountain Chateau, Sara Hasstedt

Della Terra Mountain Chateau, Sara Hasstedt

To make matters even more frustrating, Kelly’s wedding dress was at a dry cleaners in Longmont, CO. which was also hit hard by the floods and had been evacuated. This is where the story and the kindness of humanity and the amazing tools of Facebook and Twitter came to the rescue. After posting via social media, two friends of mine responded right away saying that they wanted to help. These gals stepped in to help ensure Kelly had her beautiful wedding dress to wear on her special day.

Della Terra Mountain Chateau, Sara Hasstedt

As much as the weather was not cooperating, with the help of the vendors, wonderful Estes Park community and Della Terra Mountain Chateau, forty-five of the seventy guests were able to make it. "It is said that rain on a wedding day is good luck, so I guess we will have enough luck to last a lifetime."

To read more detail on Kelly and Aaron wedding, please go to Snippet & Ink

Your Turn...

Did it rain on your wedding day and if so, what work-arounds did you and your vendors do to ensure it was just as great?!