Carrie+Derek | Married

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Gina’s Take
Wow, it just hit me that the 2011 wedding season is over! I know that revelation may seem delayed to some of you…well, probably all of you… but it is totally just sinking in for me. Just when I’m feeling like I’ve hit my stride, that year’s gone. It’s over before I know it. One of these years, I’m going to get our Christmas presents bought before the last-minute! Or get around to scrapbooking the thousands of pictures I have waiting. Or keep a running routine all year-long. Or be completely caught up on laundry, dishes, and work all at the same time! Blah, blah blah. The list goes on and on and I didn’t achieve everything I expected of myself this year. Now, I could get all legalistic on myself for not being perfect, and definitely have gone that route in the past. However, this year instead of resolving to try try try harder, I’m resolving to let go. Our lives are rich, full, imperfect, and slightly chaotic. This year I’m cool with that.

Jason’s Take
Estes Park is an unbelievable hidden gem in Colorado. When I was a kid, my grandparents took my sister and me to Estes Park every year. We had a blast buying touristy toys and eating salt water taffy. As an adult, I easily skip the toys, the touristy areas, and the taffy (although I usually have to stop with Gina for taffy)… and instead, I marvel at the beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park. Having grown up in Colorado, I often take this magnificent state for granted. I admire the sharp edges of the mountains that explode out of the ground with awe and wonder. The magnitude of the scenery punches me in the chest every time we drive over the pass into Estes.

Carrie and Derek selected a stellar location for their wedding in Estes Park. This adorably affectionate and lighthearted couple enjoyed their gorgeous October wedding with friends and family at the Della Terra Mountain Chateau. Nestled in the forest on the side of a rather steep slope, this outdoor wedding venue supplied a perfect rustic, elegant experience.

Thank you to all of the fantastic wedding vendors that orchestrated this amazing afternoon: Brynn and Amber with Save the Date Events, Jenny from Plum Sage Flowers, Samantha with Lady Charm Artistry, Herbie (the Love Judge), Raising Cain (Band), Pink Posy Design (Candy Buffet), Dbar Deserts (Cakes).

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