With paths blanketed in pine needles and towering purple mountains constantly peeking over shoulders, the Rocky Mountains of Colorado make for a wedding location that requires very little effort. The natural surroundings provide a beauty that infects in an instant. And when a couple loves to ski and experience the great outdoors, it is only fitting to marry in such a setting. For Abby and Andrew, their September wedding was set amongst their loves in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado at Della Terra Mountain Chateau. The wedding venue provided a laid back yet elegant stage for also easy going Abby and Andrew to marry and celebrate with loved ones.
Abby and Andrew chose to have their ceremony and reception at Della Terra Mountain Chateau. The boutique inn and wedding venue perches right on the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park, just above Estes Park. In fact, the Fall River Entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park is just a stone’s throw away from Della Terra. The location remains naturally gifted, surrounded by a sea of pines, granite cliffs and untouched nature.
The couple chose Della Terra Mountain Chateau for their wedding venue as the site can accommodate a ceremony outdoors in a beautiful Colorado setting. With a reception site on location as well, the couple didn’t have to worry about hiring out shuttles for their guests to reach the party. The couple and their guests could cut to the chase and get on with the celebration post ceremony due to Della Terra’s ceremony and reception proximity.
Abby and Andrew officially tied the knot at Della Terra’s ceremony location, known as the Devotion Place. The outdoor ceremony area wedges in between towering pine trees and mountain backdrops. Guests could appreciate take-your-breath away views in all directions from the ceremony location. It also allowed the bride and groom to even have a few wedding crashers in the form of wild turkeys and a family of big horn sheep. Della Terra’s Devotion Place invited the couple to marry on a raised alcove, right on top of a terraced hillside. While the couple was the main attraction for the ceremony location, guests could appreciate such natural beauty as they watched their loved one’s say I do. Abby and Andrew made their ceremony even more personal by having their brother-in-law do the officiating and by keeping the ceremony décor more minimalistic. The couple let the natural surroundings do the decorating.
Once the ceremony concluded, guests could easily head to Della Terra’s indoor reception site, the appropriately named Celebration Place. Under lofty ceilings and complete with large arched windows, the space allowed the couple to toast, dine and dance all in one location while still appreciating the high altitude views and the soft Colorado lighting. Abby and Andrew had ample space to show off their dance moves to friends and family, especially for the ever-romantic first dance
The Celebration Place at Della Terra can host up to 200 guests. The space features a raised platform, dance floor, full service bar, DJ area with lighting and sound systems, live band space and a gourmet kitchen for the couple’s selected caterer.
Style and Décor
Abby and Andrew’s Colorado mountain wedding avoided what many couples tend to do. While many weddings end up standing out like a sore thumb in certain settings, Abby and Andrew were very respectful with their style and décor for the mountain setting. Their wedding attire effortlessly blended into the surrounding mountains. The bride adorned an antique-looking lace gown. The bridesmaids wore a deep purple, a hue that flowed with the rich purples present in Rocky Mountain National Park. The groom and groomsmen kept their look classic as well with full crisp suits.
The flowers also made Abby and Andrew’s wedding look right in place at Della Terra and in the Colorado High Country. The bride’s bouquet featured some greenery with snowy white blooms while the bridesmaids carried bouquets with greenery and pops of yellow sunflowers. These Colorado wildflower-like floral arrangements transitioned into the reception space where tables were adorned with similar arrangements, some in eclectic glassware and bottles. Abby and Andrew had a decidedly romantic, organic, rustic and elegant style to their wedding day. The couple executed this look by giving out homemade raspberry jam to guests, using artichokes as place holders and adding plenty of lace and burlap details.
Unique Touches and Amenities
Abby and Andrew’s big day had an overwhelming sense of family. From the brother-in-law making the ceremony official to the sister of the bride acting as the wedding planner, the pair had a great support system built right into their special day. Along with the familial assistance, the couple also appreciated Della Terra’s attention to detail. Couples who wed at Della Terra Mountain Chateau aren’t one of a few that day. The venue only hosts one wedding at a time so that couples receive an exclusive and intimate experience. For this reason, Della Terra’s staff could stay on top of everything for Abby and Andrew on their wedding day.
Della Terra also offers couples the ability to book the onsite accommodations at the inn. The venue boasts 14 luxury suites complete with see-thru fireplaces and private balconies with hot tubs. Della Terra also has mountain cabins scattered about the property for guests looking for a bit more independence and privacy.
At Della Terra Mountain Chateau, wedding photographers have a backdrop that affords stunning photographs. Rachel Olsen Photography handled the camera to capture the natural beauty of Abby and Andrew’s Colorado wedding. Rachel played on the great Colorado lighting shining down on Abby and Andrew. She snapped intimate moments with the couple wandering hand in hand through fields framed by pine trees and mountains on Della Terra’s acreage. It was also abundantly clear through Abby and Andrew’s wedding photography the intense love and emotion present throughout the wedding day.
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We would like to extend a special thanks to Rachel Olsen Photography for providing us with her stunning shots of Abby and Andrew’s wedding and her insights into their special day.