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WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS OPEN DURING COVID-19 - Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

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COVID wedding photography from an Estes Park, Colorado venue with Only a few chairs needed for the couple's parents

Estes Park, Colorado Elopement Photographer | Only a few chairs were needed for the couple's parents to witness their COVID-19 ceremony

Only a few chairs were needed for the couple's parents to witness their ceremony. The pendant lights of the cavernous room added a magical ambiance to the indoor celebration.

After his first date with Sara, Brian knew right away that he had found 'The One'. Along with her daughter Aubrianna, Sara dreamed of a winter wedding in Estes Park, with a fresh blanket of snow and twinkling flakes drifting all around them. And all their family and friends, traveling in to celebrate them of course. But the coronavirus swept in and stole their plans from the betrothed. At first, Sara and Brian were heartbroken. Their wedding, set for later in March, was now prohibited. But what could they do? They didn’t want to wait to start their lives together. So a rag-tag group of mountain wedding vendors pulled together to create an intimate wedding at Della Terra Mountain Chateau for the couple. The date was moved up. The guests were uninvited. It seemed that their dream wedding was falling apart before their eyes. But then it snowed – oh lord, did it snow. It snowed like falling in love: slowly at first, and then all at once. The entire town and Sara wore white, and the handsome prince Brian married who he calls his 'princess'.  They had cake for dinner and to flaunt their wealth, the couple had toilet rolls as centerpieces. I was a little worried that the heaviness of postponing their big wedding celebration would cast a dark shadow over this elopement in Estes – but there was nothing but smiles on their faces the whole time. And even though it wasn’t perfect.. it was *perfect.* 

Estes Park Wedding Photography capturing both parents escorting the bride down the indoor ceremony aisle

Estes Park, Colorado Elopement Photographer | parents both escorted the bride down the aisle to wed the man of her dreams

Sara's parents both escorted her down the aisle to wed the man of her dreams, Brian. Tragically, the bride's father Terry passed away just three months later, so it was extra special for them to share this moment together.

COVID-19 Estes Park Colorado Wedding Ceremony picture showing unity sand to symbolize the permanent joining of their lives

COVID Estes Park Wedding Ceremony Photos | unity sand to symbolize the permanent joining of their lives

Sara and Brian combined a unity sand to symbolize the permanent joining of their lives. I chose to shoot this as a silhouette to bring out the snowy winter wonderland just on the other side of the window.

CO Wedding image from Della Terra Mountain Chateau at Estes Park showing a symbolic necklace gift

Della Terra Mountain Chateau, Estes Park Elopement Images | a symbolic necklace to include daughter in their union

To share their commitment, Brian and Sara gave Aubrianna a symbolic necklace to include her in their union.

Coronavirus Weddings Photography from a CO Winter Wedding Ceremony with just nearest and dearest guests and family

Della Terra Mountain Chateau, Estes Park, Colorado COVID Elopement | A first kiss seals the deal in the celebration room of the mountain venue

A first kiss seals the deal in the celebration room of the mountain venue. Only their nearest and dearest guests and family were able to witness their ceremony.

Estes Park Wedding Detail Picture of Toilet paper rolls as last-minute centerpieces during COVID shortages

Estes Park Elopement Detail Photos | Toilet paper rolls were out of stock state wide, but they managed to scrape together several rolls as last-minute centerpieces

Toilet paper rolls were out of stock state wide, but they managed to scrape together several rolls as last-minute centerpieces. The few guests quabbled over who got to take them home.

A COVID wedding image from Estes Park at Della Terra Mountain Chateau - a couple portrait in the snow

Della Terra Mountain Chateau, Estes Park COVID wedding portrait | much fun they have together

Brian is a hoot, and you can't help but bust out laughing from your gut when you're around him. I'm loving how much fun they have together!

The beautiful chateau looked magical in the fresh snow as they frolicked around, always with grins on their faces.