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August 19, 2010

shelly & daniel (estes park wedding photographer)

This is how it should be done. I had that thought at least three separate times while shooting Shelly & Daniel’s fabulous wedding in Estes Park.  For three days, I watched their love for each other, the kindness and playfulness they shared with their friends, and the way each of their separate families had already become one huge family, and I loved every moment.

Okay (deep breath).  This post is going to be HUGE.  Actually, I could probably devote an entire blog post to Shelly’s facial expressions :)  She is so animated and expressive, making her a blast to work with.  Excitement, contentment, and joy radiated out of Shelly & Daniel and everyone close to them.  I love shooting at Della Terra, and I strongly encourage you to take a look at them if you’re thinking about getting married!  It’s perfect for photographers – it’s like it was designed with photographers in mind.  I love it!  Congratulations you guys!  I am so so thrilled for you :)

Venue : Della Terra Mountain Chateau, Estes Park

Florist : Floral Design of Europe, Estes Park

Dress: Sottero & Midgley

Shoes : Liz Claiborne

DJ: 1s and 2s DJ Company

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Daniel’s mom’s reaction to seeing Shelly in her dress :

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Want a two story indoor waterfall with amazing backlighting?  Yeah, sure, Della Terra’s got that.

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Brigitte from Floral Design of Europe created these stunning arrangements :

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The image below feels like it summed up the wedding for me.  Shelly’s family genuinely loves Daniel’s family.  Daniel’s family adores Shelly’s family.  This is how it’s supposed to be (and this was an “outtake” shot in between family photos, which makes it twice as sweet.)

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A little drizzle wasn’t stopping anybody.

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I LOVE this shot on the left, below.  Shelly had no idea I was shooting them walking away, and that’s what made it perfect.

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Here’s part of what makes Shelly so cool.  “Yeah, sure!  I’d love to get in this great bathtub in my wedding dress and curl up like I’m sleeping inside an egg.  No, that’s not weird at all!”  Thanks for making me feel normal, Shel :)

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I challenge you to not smile while looking through the ceremony:

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Not only is Della Terra in a totally unbeatable location, but they shuttle you around everywhere in golf carts, like you’re really important.  These little guests were loving the star treatment :)

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Right about now, I have to give a huge shout-out to DJ Austin Quinty from 1s and 2s DJ Company.  I have seen my fair share of weddings, and I’ve definitely sat through my fair share of wedding DJs.  I really can’t recommend him highly enough.  He was laid-back, classy, and fun, and I’m pretty sure I didn’t hear “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” one time.  Thanks for being so cool, Austin.

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Phew!  That was a ton of images.  But – I think you’ll agree- totally worth it.  Stay tuned for Shelly & Daniel’s Day After/ Trash the Dress shoot in Rocky Mountain National Park :)  Congrats guys!  Hope you had fun in Hawaii!

. comments .

  • Tracy Moore Thompson

    Dude. Amazing.


  • Dana Kohls

    Don’t know them, but love them! Beautiful!


  • Joann

    Molly–this is so beautiful–I was waiting for this to be posted because Amanda’s wedding is going to be at the Della Terra–you did an outstanding job!! simply gorgeous!! AND, it was awesome seeing Shelly and her brother Brad….
    Big Hugs,
    B


  • Judy - Shelly's Mom

    Yeowww, these are great picts Molly! When I grow up, I want to be just like you!!!


  • Austin Quinty

    Hey Molly, great job with the pictures. And thanks for getting a candid shot of me…I sometimes have a hard time not looking at the camera or not trying to pose. Also, thanks for the kind words about my DJ skills/abilities. It’s great to get recognition from other wedding vendors, especially those whose work you also admire.

    One other request though, do have any other photos that I could use that show everyone getting down on the dance floor? Plus any pics that you have with dancing or with me in them would be awesome to have. I will certainly be sure to give credit to you for any and all pics that you provide me. Again, thanks for giving me props and I really do look forward to working with you on another wedding soon!

    Sincerely,
    Austin Quinty
    Owner/DJ
    1s And 2s DJ Company

    P.S.–I’m currently in 3rd place moving up to 2nd in the contest on Denver 7′s A-List for Best of Entertainment: Wedding Entertainment category!


  • Peggy Stachurski

    The pictures are absolutley beautiful.


  • admin

    Thanks, everyone! Austin – There are plenty more to come. I got some fun ones of the dance floor and a few more of you in action, too. Coming your way soon!


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