Caitlyn + Greg | Colorado Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding

Soul mate /ˈsōl ˌmāt/ noun; a person who is perfectly suited to another in temperament

That's the boring desk job, Merriam-Webster version of romance. A better explanation, however, can be found if you dig just a little bit deeper. A soul mate is a person with whom you have an immediate connection the moment you meet – a connection so strong that you are drawn to them in a way you have never experienced before. As this connection develops over time, you experience a love so deep, strong and complex, that you begin to doubt that you have ever truly loved anyone prior. Your soulmate understands and connects with you in every way and on every level, which brings a sense of peace, calmness, and happiness when you are around them. You can probably all remember the exact moment you met your soulmate. At college, at work, at a gas station, a bar, or a bus stop. Such a chance encounter, as fate would have it, that would change the course of your entire life. Caitlyn and Greg had just that, which leads us to this chapter of their love story. 

i remember texting caitlyn one summer afternoon, not too long after her and Greg got engaged, asking her what she had in mind for her wedding. she responded that she didn't know, but was open to ideas. so, being THEIR photographer, i took it upon myself to plant the destination wedding idea in her head. "greg really isn't a beach person," i remember her saying when i suggested jamaica, punta cana, and florida. AFTER ALL, EVERYONE IMMEDIATELY THINKS SOMEWHERE WARM WHEN THE WORD 'DESTINATION' COMES UP. "WHAT ABOUT COLORADO?" MY HUSBAND YELLED FROM THE kitchen. LIGHT BULB. "THAT'S PERFECT!" I SAID, FRANTICALLY TEXTING CAITLYN THE IDEA. TO BE HONEST, I NEVER THOUGHT THAT THEY WOULD ACTUALLY GO FORWARD WITH IT – IT'S A LONG DRIVE FROM ILLINOIS (12 HOURS TO BE EXACT), SHE WAS PREGNANT WITH HER SECOND BABY AT THE TIME, AND MOST COUPLES CHOOSE TO STAY LOCAL FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY. OH, HOW WRONG I WAS! WE PLANNED THIS WEDDING IN eIGHT SHORT MONTHS, THEY MARRIED JUST TWO MONTHS AFTER HER SECOND BABY ARRIVED, AND NEARLY ALL OF THEIR FAMILY, HER BABIES, AS WELL AS MANY FRIENDS MADE THE TRIP ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO BE THERE. I WAS SO THRILLED ON THEIR WEDDING DAY, AMONGST THE SNOWFALL, THE MOUNTAINS, AND THE PEOPLE, SEEING EVERYTHING THAT WE WORKED SO HARD ON FOR THE PAST EIGHT MONTHS COME TOGETHER SO PERFECTLY. It's bittersweet writing this post because it means that this adventure has officially ended. we're done with the planning, the texting, the emailing, and the calling. the baking, the sewing, the dying, and the printing. the PACKING, the styling, the googling, and the editing. the sightseeing, the hiking, the lack of oxygen, and, most importantly, the driving.

THE MORAL OF THIS STORY IS THAT THESE ARE MY PEOPLE. I LOVE THIS FAMILY SO MUCH AND I'M ABSOLUTELY OVER THE MOON THAT THEY HAVE THE HAPPINESS THAT THEY ARE SO DESERVING OF. CONGRATULATIONS ON MAKING IT OFFICIAL! I WISH YOU A LIFETIME OF LOVE. WELCOME TO THE FAMILY, GREG!

So, without further ado, you'd better settle in for the long haul. This one is going to be good.

 

From the Bride:

 

"Greg and I looked at a few venues around the area we lived and while they were all pretty, it wasn't what I had longed for in a wedding. I wanted something simple and beautiful, yet unique in regards to its scenery and topography. I first looked into tropical destinations, but they didn't seem to fit our lifestyle or personalities. It just didn't feel right – there was no spark. It wasn't until my brother suggested Colorado that Greg and I agreed within minutes that that would be where we would get married.

We had never been to Colorado, and the thought of getting married in the Rocky Mountains was exhilarating. After some searching, we stumbled upon Black Canyon Inn in Estes Park, which kept me daydreaming about our wedding for the next 7 months. It was absolutely gorgeous – the beautiful log cabins, the perfect little city of Estes Park, and the amazing view from the hillside pavilion where we would be saying our 'I Do's'.

After we chose our destination, it was time to find the perfect dress. I wanted something slim with lace and sleeves. I tried on 4 dresses and the 5th being the last, Oleg Cassini, was the perfect match for our wedding day. It was such a wonderful experience from start to finish and I can't recommend a destination wedding enough."

 

 

Ceremony Venue: Black Canyon Inn | Estes Park, Colorado

Afterparty Venue: The Wheel Bar | Estes Park, Colorado

Wedding Dress: Oleg Cassini

Styled Dress: Buy Dress | Customized + Dyed by Andrea Godfrey

Rehearsal Dress: WHITE Vera Wang

Tuxedos: Men's Wearhouse | Joseph Abboud in 'Navy'

Pearl Necklace: Bride's Great-Grandmother Clara | "Something Old"

Invitation Set: Designed by Andrea Godfrey | printed at Peoria Color

Invitation Envelopes: The Paper Source

Wedding Cake: Felicia Mangieri

Cake Topper: The Duo Studio | Customized

Ribbon: Nettle Textiles | Hand-dyed silk ribbon in 'Blush'

Bouquet Greenery: Right Choice USA

Bouquet Design: Andrea Godfrey

Bouquet Flowers: Michaels | Peoria, IL

Wedding Flats: Princess Pumps | Etsy

Bridesmaid Dresses: Renz Rags | Rose Gold Sequin in Multiple Styles | Etsy

Hair + Makeup: Bella Capelli | Christie Glorioso Nagl, Hair | Adrianne Welch, Hair | Melissa Glorioso, Makeup

Flowergirl Dress: Sophia's Style | Etsy