Colorful Colorado Fall Wedding: Nick + Venessa in La Plata Canyon

In late September, Nick and Venessa had a perfect fall wedding. The autumn leaves were turning, the sun was out all day, the mountain views were breathtaking as always, and love was everywhere.

No matter how long I live in Colorado, I know that the sight of changing Aspen leaves, shadowed by 12,000 foot peaks, will never cease to wow me. The love between two people and their families never ceases to wow me either.

Nick and Venessa have it all. They have large, loving families, a beautiful hometown to have an amazing wedding in and, of course, true love. Any Colorado resident is lucky to call this beautiful state home. And for these newlyweds, camping and being in the great outdoors inspired the two to get married at the base of La Plata Canyon. The day Nick proposed, it was in that very canyon.

But no matter how beautiful the scenery or how gorgeous the bride was (and she sure was!) , the most beautiful part was the feelings that were part of the day; the feeling of love falling down all around as if falling with the Aspen leaves in the breeze. Because, as Helen Keller once said, "The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart."

May you both have all the best things in life come your way and may you always feel the love, no matter how near or far you are from one another. Hopefully not too far.


The groom's outfit would not have been complete with out the awesome teal socks.

The groom's Best Man and brother pinned on the boutonniere.

Venessa wore traditional turquoise jewelry and moccasin boots.

The Bride and Groom both received watches from one another. Apparently, Venessa is always late and Nick is very punctual. Just the cutest!

A first touch was a great alternative to a first look before the ceremony.

The bride's brother walks her down the aisle, through a teary crowd.

As the ceremony kicked off, the officiant, one of Nick's best mates and former roommates, cracks a joke to get things going with a smile.

These two were so excited to be married they had a first AND a second kiss.

We just loved how the Aspen leaves covered the forest floor.

A radiant bride is one of my favorite sights.

Speaking of favorite sights, Venessa is always Nick's favorite.

We moved to the reception site in downtown Durango and mixed in some colorful urban shots .

Each guest left with a succulent plant as their wedding favor.

The Yellow Carrot amazed everyone with their creative and delicious dishes all evening, as usual.

The neatest salad bar we ever did see.

Nick and Venessa know just how to make each other laugh.

The bountiful bouquet, created by April's Garden was complete with fine flowers, leaves, succulents.

The bride and groom decided not to have traditional bridesmaids or groomsmen but they were surrounded by many friends that knew how to color coordinate.

We had a gorgeous but brief sunset during dinner, giving me just enough time to snap this shot.

Nick and Venessa teased the crowd and refused to get messy with the cake, even though the guests were screaming and hollering for it. Instead, they opted for romantic kisses.

Many thanks to the vendors that made this day possible:

Hair: Jenni Peterson at Hair Fusion

Makeup: Holly Whatcott at Hair Fusion 

Flowers: April's Garden

DJ: Mr. Soul Entertainment

Dress and seamstress: Alfred Angelo

Wedding Invitation Design: Alexi Hubbell Photography

Catering, Cake and Design: The Yellow Carrot

Reception Venue: The Smiley Building

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