Sarah + Andrew
This wedding, submitted to Rocky Mountain Bride by Main Street Flower Market, is warm and loving. Andrew + Sarah’s Estes Park jewel tone wedding is perfect for those looking for inspiration for a fall wedding in Rocky Mountain National Park. Our favorite part of this wedding is that the bride requested to take photos of the bridal party sliding down a giant rainbow carnival slide!
Andrew stole Sarah’s heart by baking her some chocolate chip cookies. They met when they were living in Durham, NC. She was finishing up nursing school. He owned a Food Truck that specialized in cookies. Oh and if cookies weren’t enough, perhaps their pups may have fell in love first – Hazel & Hudson, Chocolate & Yellow Lab. How much more poetic can we get?
Andrew swept into Sarah’s life, and it felt like orbits all lined up. Everything was in place, and all of the sudden there one less thing to worry about. Sarah found her protector. She found her adventurer. Her soul mate. Her Andrew. During one particular adventure, this time to Ireland, Andrew proposed to Sarah at the Cliff’s of Moher. The two moved across the country (twice) before they landed back in Sarah’s home state, Colorado. Right away they began planning their dream wedding day.
They reserved space at the Upper Beaver Meadows Trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park for the ceremony – idyllic open field space with a beautiful view of Longs Peak. The wedding weekend was laidback and relaxed. Family and friends stayed together in the Estes Park Condos complex, where a the wedding rehearsal and backyard barbecue was held. Guests made the most out of the outdoors that weekend with lots of hiking and fishing.
The morning of, the bride and her bridesmaids all got ready in one of the condos before making the drive up to ceremony. The ceremony was sweet and intimate. A total of 37 people were there, including the wedding party. A few guests sat on benches that were brought in, while others gathered around. During the ceremony, guests were asked to participate by building stone Cairns – trail markers that symbolized that all the family and friends there that day, were there to support and join in leading Sarah and Andrew through their life’s trail that laid ahead.
A few Jewish ceremonies were also included as an homage to Sarah’s upbringing – including the breaking of the glass. After the ceremony, the wedding party held a tailgate style cocktail party at the trailhead while photos were taken. After all, all you need for a cocktail party is a folding table, drink coolers, and chips.
During the drive back down, Sarah requested a spontaneous photoshoot at Estes Park’s iconic amusement park and rainbow slide. The wedding party did a quick ride down the slide, still wearing gowns and suits! Kid you not, this was not planned, but was easily one of the top highlights of the whole night.
Once all the photos were done, the wedding party met up with the rest of the guests at The Barrel, Estes Park for tacos and dancing late into the night.
– Parker Flower Shop, Main Street Flower Market