Sydney and Ed | Winter Della Terra Chateaux Wedding
Savannah Chandler Photography | Estes Park Wedding Photographer
Sydney and Ed’s Winter Wedding at Della Terra Mountain Chateaux
Sydney and Ed invited their family and friends to join them at the prestigious Della Terra Mountain Chateaux for their winter wedding celebration. Della Terra is nestled in the Rocky Mountains, sharing a border with the infamous Rocky Mountain National Park. Settled on the canyon wall, views of McGregor Mountain can be seen from the wedding deck and much of the property. The roads leading to Della Terra are very well maintained year-round, making it an amazing winter location.
Many of Sydney and Ed’s wedding details were meticulously thought out. The maroon velvet the bridesmaids donned matched their wedding invitations perfectly (which also happened to match the bottom side of Sydney’s Christian Louboutin pumps). A deep jewel tone pallet fits amazingly into Colorado’s winter settings.
Sydney and her gals got ready in the Della Terra salon – which included a lot of singing along to musicals while eating chicken nuggets. Who could ask for a better setting while getting ready for their wedding?!
Down the hall in the Theater, the Gentlemen and Best Person played video games (it was an intense match up) and celebrated the upcoming day with some champagne.
Ed’s details were just as thought out at the ladies – the suit coats were custom designed and notes of maroon were incorporated to match Sydney and her bridal party.
In the few hours leading to the ceremony, there was much debate about the weather and if it would be too windy to host an outdoor celebration. The forecast was calling for up to 65MPH gusts (which is strong indeed), however, it seemed to be breezy yet rather mild.
Sydney and Ed decided to move forward with saying their vows under the pergola outside beneath McGregor – which I think was the right decision. The venue provided blankets, seat covers, and some heaters to help fight off the chill.
The guests were bundled up in their winter coats, hats, and gloves to keep warm, but the bride and groom, determined to make their winter wedding vision a reality, braved the cold in their wedding attire. Sydney, being the badass bride she is, met her groom donning not even a shawl.
Sydney and Ed exchanged their vows in front of their loved ones, the crisp winter air adding a touch of magic to the occasion. The bride and groom shared a tender moment – and a few laughs – as they exchanged rings.
Once the bride and groom sealed their vows with a kiss, the wedding guests all moved inside the chateaux to continue the celebration. The warmth of the indoor setting was a welcome relief from the cold outside. The chateaux was beautifully decorated beautifully by Lace and Lilies – with large floral centerpieces and candles, creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere.
The reception began with a cocktail hour where guests were treated to hot coffee, or the naturally warming effects of an alcoholic beverage, along with a selection of hors d’oeuvres. The guests mingled and chatted on the upper floor, taking in the stunning views of the mountains and winter wonderland outside.
Rocky Mountain National Park
The beautiful landscapes of Rocky Mountain National Park are an amazing place for couple’s portraits, and the close proximity to Della Terra makes traveling there for photos incredibly accessible. However, the weather in the mountains can be unpredictable, particularly in the winter months. Prior to the ceremony, the skies were cloudy and the mountain views the Park is best known for were blocked by low-lying clouds.
After checking the cameras (multiple times) and seeing that the skies had cleared and the mountains were visible, we decided to seize the opportunity and head to Sheep Lakes for a few cold minutes of portraits. With the frigid temperatures, we only spent a few precious minutes in the field before retreating back to the warmth of the car. I knew that those “big booming mountain” photos were important to Sydney – and I’m so glad that the crazy Colorado skies cooperated, even if it was just for a moment.
Sydney and Ed made their grand entrance into the reception hall, and the guests erupted into applause and cheers. The newlyweds took to the dance floor for their first dance with dinner and toasts that followed.
We all know that I love a good party. And a good party was had by all in attendance.
As the night progressed and the music started to pump, it seems that everyone was getting into the groove. Dancing is always a great way to get the party started, and the guests at this wedding reception were no exception.
This wasn’t just any ordinary dance party … the night started off strong with a front flip and lots of hair whipping.
Thought the night started to draw to a close, the party raged until the last beat and Ed was hoisted into the air (I believe multiple attempts were made at doing this, but the grooms people finally won out right before the grand exit).
With everyone in high spirits and the dance floor packed, the last song played and Sydney and Ed were sent on their way via. Human Tunnel.
Congratulations again, Sydney and Ed! I had so much fun celebrating with you and your loved ones. I hope that everyone thawed out and is enjoying the start of Spring.