Real Colorado Wedding: Amy and Ernest | Military Wedding at Della Terra

By Season Hurd | | Comment


Bride: Amy Blythe, 25 – Landscape Designer | Groom: Ernest, 28 – US Marine Corps
Date: October 10, 2014 | Location: Hyde Chapel (Ceremony) and Della Terra (Reception) in Estes Park


I defy you to read Amy and Ernie’s love story and not shed a tear. If you do, you’re hard as stone I tells ya! I admit that I typically choose my weddings to publish based on the album and all but ignore any background given to me by the photographer. There is so much story told through the images and that is where my eye goes. Before I know it, I’m accepting the submission and I still don’t know the couple’s first names. Such is the power of the photograph! In this case, I was immediately taken with the handsome, uniformed groom and the eternally giggling bride. They are just so stinkin’ happy! And then I get back the couple’s questionnaire from Amy and my heart goes on a roller coaster ride. Their military wedding at Della Terra is rooted in a very touching and sorrowful story, yet they are nothing but joyful at every turn in these photos. I see a lot of serious couples. This is not one of them. Perhaps it is they who have felt loss and seen heartache that truly understand how precious each day is and can live in a lighthearted manner. So you can imagine how happy they are on such an extra special occasion as their wedding day!

Their Love Story:

It’s extremely rare that some people are lucky enough, or should I say blessed enough, to have an Angel play matchmaker in their meeting one another. However, in our love story, this is exactly what happened, making it an extremely special and heart wrenching love story.

Ernie is currently a Staff Sergeant in the US Marine Corps, and we met through our friends via webcam while he was on a deployment in Japan. Larry Harris, one of Ernie’s best friends, who was also in the Marine Corps, was dating my friend in Colorado. Larry encouraged my friend to introduce me to his friend, who he claimed was “just my type”. After some phone number exchanges, the matchmaking kicked off with great success, and I knew from the first time we spoke I could marry this funny, charming man one day.

We communicated over the months before meeting in person when he returned from deployment, and we starting dating long distance in 2009.

After we’d been dating for a little over a year, Ernie and Larry were deployed to the Helmand Province of Afghanistan in support of operation Enduring Freedom. On the dreadful day of July 1, 2010 Larry exemplified what it takes to truly be someone’s Angel when he saved a wounded marine, only to have struck an improvised explosive device in the heroic process. Larry’s injuries proved to be fatal, but he saved the life of his junior marine.

We are extremely honored to have known someone as brave and heroic as Larry, and feel so blessed that he brought the two of us together. We feel he brought us together for a reason before being sent to heaven, and now he is our Angel that watches over us in all that we do.  – Amy and Ernie’s Questionnaire

The Proposal:

I moved to California to live with Ernie in August of 2012 and he surprised me with an engagement the following December. I came home to California from a trip to Colorado and he had a huge flower bouquet waiting for me with a card attached. I thought, “How sweet he must have really missed me!” I proceeded to read the card and at the end of it, it stated, “Will you spend the rest of your life with me and marry me?” What I hadn’t noticed while I was reading the card, was him getting down on one knee. So when I looked up from reading the card, I saw him with ring in hand and I couldn’t help but scream with emotion! He did a great job picking out the BEAUTIFUL engagement ring without any hints from me! – Amy

The Details:

  • The couple had pizza for their wedding meal.
  • Amy and her mother arranged the bouquets.
  • Custom table number luminaries from Etsy had dates on them that signified important milestones in their relationship.
  • A memory table commemorated their late friend, Larry, and others from their families.
  • Ernie’s cousins wore mini versions of the Marine Corps Dress Blues.
  • They toasted with champagne flutes hand painted to look like the bride and groom’s attire.
  • The couple’s first dance was to “Stealing Cinderella” by Chuck Wicks.
  • Something Old: Great Grandmother’s broach on her bouquet | Something New: Shoes | Something Borrowed: Sister’s Corset | Something Blue: The “I Do” lettering on the bottom of her shoes


Venue: YMCA of the Rockies Hyde Chapel (Ceremony) and Della Terra Mountain Chateaux (Reception) | Photographer: Katie Keighin Photography | Event Planner: At Your Service Event Management | Bridal Gown: Maggie Sottero (Marianne) via Amanda’s Bridal | Hair and Makeup: Inspiring Beauty | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal | Groom’s Attire: Marine Corps Dress Blues | Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse and uniforms | Rings: Neil Lane | Cake: Das Meyer | Caterer: Nicolo’s Pizza | Floral Design: Enchanted Florist | Officiant: Greg Bunton | Photo Booth: The Picture Booth


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Real Colorado Wedding: Stacy and Eric | Contemporary Cobalt Blue Wedding

By Season Hurd | | Comment

Bride: Stacy – Pharmaceutical Sales Rep.
Groom: Eric – Firefighter
Date: May 15, 2015
Location: Cielo at Castle Pines, Castle Rock

Mrs. Right meets Mr. February. Now that’s a take on a classic. ;) Today’s cobalt blue wedding at Cielo at Castle Pines is a contemporary fairy tale visually with a gown worthy of a princess (a little sparkle on the the top of her head as well) and flowers that look like they were created in the minds of Disney Imagineers. Tie dye dendrobium orchids and other touches of the tropics give a nod to Stacy’s Hawaiian heritage. They also help pay homage to an important guest whose absence was very much felt that day – Stacy’s Father. A clean, contemporary wedding with pops of bold color and carefully placed bling!

Their Story:

Eric and I met through mutual friends at Sledge Fitness.  This was 2 years before Eric decided to finally ask me out on what was the most amazing first date!  Our first date was so unforgettable walking the Trail of Christmas Lights, writing in the snow, and…”kissing on every bridge.” These moments will always hold a special place in our hearts. But “kissing on the bridge” has been the most significant in our relationship!  There’s not one bridge that we have crossed that we don’t get to re-live that kiss and special first date for the rest of our lives.  I thought things couldn’t get any better…..until Eric proposed!!!  Our Engagement… “Simply Beautiful, Surprising, Thoughtful, Romantic and filled with LOVE!!”  It was the evening of December 7, 2014 in Central Park of New York City.  What I thought was going to be just a first time experience for both of us to go ice skating in the middle of Central Park, drinking hot cocoa, and just enjoying each other on our last night in New York.  After having so much fun ice skating, even though I couldn’t feel my toes from it being so cold, we started walking to dinner and of course came across the most beautiful bridge that we couldn’t leave without kissing at the top!  Well, this was all a part of Eric’s plan. As we walked up the bridge that sat on a pond, with all the beautiful city lights and the ice rink in the background, was the biggest surprise yet and one that melts my heart!  A Hawaiian musician playing the ukulele and singing “Over the Rainbow,” which was a song played at my father’s and Eric’s grandfather’s funerals….a very special song to both of us.  Eric stopped me at the top of the bridge, told me he wanted tonight to be so special, how much he loved me, wanted to have my dad be apart of this special moment, and that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me!  He got down on one knee and proposed….  Of course I said yes!!!   A night I will never forget and brings tears to my eyes every time I tell the story!  So blessed to spend the rest of our lives together!! – Stacy

The Details:

  • Eric was “Mr. February” in the 2011 Colorado Firefighter Calendar. This fact could not go un-celebrated at the wedding and became fodder for the Best Man’s speech.
  • The thing that draws your eye over and over again in this wedding’s decor and accessories is the use of the fantastical looking blue and purple tie dye dendrobium orchids. They were a nod to the islands and Stacy’s father.
  • The couple also had leis and white orchids sent from Hawaii to honor her Hawaiian father who, sadly, passed 2 years prior to the wedding.
  • Stacy’s father’s picture was also in a locket attached to her bouquet so that he could walk her down the aisle.
  • Something Old: Shoes | Something New: Gown | Something Borrowed: Her mother’s gold cross was pinned to the inside of her gown | Something Blue: Ribbon on her garter.

The Best Part:

Seeing each other for the first time as I walked down the aisle and feeling a sense of calmness the moment our eyes met!  – Stacy

The Soundtrack:

  • Processional: “Look at Me – Carrie Underwood
  • First Dance: “If I Didn’t Have You” – Thompson Square

If you want to see more of this couple, check out their engagement session on the photographer’s site.


Venue: Cielo at Castle Pines | Photographer: Infinite Pixels by Angel Photography | Bride’s Dress: Katherine Elizabeth (Style Johanna) via The Bridal Collection | Groom(smen) Attire: Black by Vera Wang via Men’s Wearhouse | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Nordstrom | Hair and Makeup: Peacock Vanity by Shume | Rings: A. Jaffe via Ben Bridge Jeweler | Cake: Das Meyer Pastry Chalet | Caterer: Three Tomatoes Catering | Florist: A Florae
Rentals: Event Rents | DJ/Lighting: Elite Entertainment


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