Real Colorado Wedding: Courtney and Scott | Della Terra Wedding

By Season Hurd |

Bride: Courtney Horlbeck, 29 – Registered Nurse

Groom: Scott McColley, 34 – Account Manager

Location: Della Terra Mountain Chateau, Estes Park

Date: November 25, 2013

Something special happens when a traditional, feminine wedding meets Jeff and Jewels Photography. Their edgy style always shines through in unexpected ways. I have seen many a Della Terra Wedding but this one – their first at the chateau – feels very different to me. Their fresh eyes had a special take on the unique light of the hotel room and the beauty of the location in general. Kinda made me fall in love with it all over again. It certainly doesn’t hurt that we have a beautiful couple, an incredible gown, an angelic flower girl, and some of the best cookies a Coloradan can find. And of course Scott sent Courtney Starbucks with “My Bride I love you” written on it. That’s a keeper in my book! Congratulations and wishes for a lifetime of happiness Courtney and Scott!

Their Story:

We got engaged on December 7th, 2012 in Orlando, Florida. Scott had to be in Orlando for work that week. We thought it would be fun for me to fly out on that Friday and stay for the weekend. When I arrived in Orlando, I thought Scott was going to meet me at the airport and we would rent a car and drive back to the hotel. When I landed, I called him and he said that he wasn’t going to be able to make it to the airport and that I was going to have to rent a car and get to the hotel by myself. At first, I was upset. But then I thought that he was lying to me and was going to surprise me in the airport terminal. As I got off the plane, I kept trying to find him as I walked to baggage claim. I still did not see him and thought he might jump out and surprise me while I was waiting for my bag. Once I got my suitcase, Scott was still nowhere to be found. I called him once again and he said that he was still at the hotel and would not be able to come and meet me. As I walked down to the car rental area, I thought for sure he would be there waiting for me. He was not. I managed to rent a car and make it to the hotel. When I arrived at the hotel, I called Scott to let him know I was there and asked if he would come down and park the car with me as it was dark and there were no close parking spots. He said no, so I immediately hung up the phone. I eventually made it to the room and Scott opened the door. He was dressed in a gray suit. I asked him if he was still dressed up for work. He said no and I didn’t think anything more of it. He then pointed to a brand new iPad that was on the couch. This was our Christmas gift to each other and I had been waiting for it to be delivered to the house for weeks. As it turns out, it was delivered and he just hid it from me and brought it to Orlando. He asked me to open it, so I did. Then he said, “well turn it on.” When I did, a picture of the most beautiful ring popped up on the screen. I looked over at him and he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I immediately started crying and said yes. He also video tapped the whole thing with two different cameras from two different viewpoints. We then went out to dinner to celebrate and called both of our families to share the exciting news.

The Details:

  • The wedding was officiated by their friend, Ryan Zachos.
  • Scott’s sister gave Courtney her grandmother’s handkerchief to tie around the bouquet.
  • She also got a flower pin from her grandmother.
  • The couple and their groomsmen made the table numbers.
  • Courtney’s cousin made all of the ribbon wands for the couple’s exit.
  • Escort cards were in the form of Mary’s Mountain Cookies – a Colorado favorite. (Side note: I LOVE their brownies in unspeakable ways. Aww…Freshman 15.)

The Best Part:

I loved every part of my wedding day. I loved seeing how everything came together and how flawlessly the entire day went. The weather was absolutely perfect and we felt so surrounded by love from family and friends. The ceremony was my favorite part, though. We were married by a friend who wrote the entire ceremony and made it so personal for us. His words truly touched our hearts and will be something we will remember forever.

Venue: Della Terra Mountain Chateau | Photographer: Jeff and Jewels Photography | Event Planner: Jamie Garcia via Della Terra | Bridal Gown: Watters (Style Adelaide) via Boulder Bridal | Hairpiece: Nadine Hooper (owner of Boulder Bridal) | Earrings: Macy’s | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jasmine Bridal via Boulder Bridal | Hair and Makeup: Fixx Hair Studio | Groom(smen) Attire: Jos. A. Bank and Macy’s | Rings: Kay Jewelers | Cake: Colorado Rose Cake Company | Caterer: Greenspoint Catering | Floral Design: Bloooms Flower Market | DJ: Standing Room Only | Invitations: Minted | Officiate: Ryan Zachos (friend) | Escort Card Cookies: Mary’s Mountain Cookies (A Colorado Company that rocks!)

  Bride with Starbucks and Della Terra Mountain Chateau Della Terra Movie Room for grooms Romantic Pink wedding at Della Terra Mountain Chateau White wedding shoes with ruffles Watters ruffled wedding gown at Della Tella Mountain Chateau Wedding First look at Della Terra Wedding photography by Jeff and Jewels Photography Della Terra wedding bridge Pink bridesmaids dresses and grey groomsmen Pink rose boutonniere tied with wire by Blooms Flower Market All rose pink bouquet by Blooms Flower Market Della Terra Mountain Chateau exterior facade Della Terra Wedding indoor ceremony Della Terra Wedding ceremony indoors Bride and groom thumbs up Photo Album wedding guestbook Della Terra wedding reception Cookie wedding favors by Mary's Mountain Cookies Ruffled wedding cake with pink roses and baby's breath by Colorado Rose Cake Company Ruffled wedding cake with pink roses and baby's breath by Colorado Rose Cake Company at Della Terra Wedding dancing with glow sticks Lining up shots Della Terra Wedding night time portraits outdoors Della Terra Mountain Chateau at night

2 Comments on Real Colorado Wedding: Courtney and Scott | Della Terra Wedding

  1. Carol L. Edrington
    February 19, 2014 at 10:02 am (4 years ago)

    WOW! It was a fabulous wedding and deserves to get honorable mention!

  2. JoAnn
    February 20, 2014 at 9:42 pm (4 years ago)

    WOW, what beautiful pictures of a special couple. Everything about this site is the best.
    The entire time before, during and after the wedding were something I know that Scott’s dad and I will never forget. It was a wonderful time for our entire family to be able to share such a special time with Scott and Courtney and everyone. I know that both Scott and Courtney put alot of thought into what they wanted and how they wanted things and I know that they were happy with how things went.
    Love you both and I not only see your love and happiness for each other through your eyes but it radiates around you both.


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