The very best weddings aren’t always the weddings filled with glitz and sophistication (although we love those too). They’re the simple, honest, joy-filled weddings that remind you how wonderful it is to be in love. A wedding where the whole atmosphere is electric with fun and the smile on the bride’s face illuminates the whole day. Well, this is one of THOSE weddings. A sweet DIY backyard-style affair on a private estate in Colorado, where not only can you feel the love, but you can feel the absolute joy! Thanks to Heather Gray Photography we have all the happy pics to prove it.
From the photographer: Lyndia and Leo were married August 20 at a private estate in Telluride, Colorado. It was beautiful, intimate and completely perfect. Lyndia grew up running around on the property and through the trees lining it with her best friends who lived there, it was like a second home for her so it made sense that she would want her wedding there.
The morning of the wedding it began to sprinkle a bit, I won’t lie, I was worried. I arrived at the location and there were clouds billowing along the canyon. As the ceremony was about to begin it started to pour. Her planner and good friend asked her what they should do and Lyndia said with a smile on her face, “then we’ll get wet.” Through sprinkles and rain drops the wedding went on. The guests used their umbrellas and I did my best to keep my camera out of the rain.
Lyndia and Leo were all smiles, I don’t think they even noticed the weather, they just stared into each other’s eyes. As they began their vows the rain cleared a bit as if planned. They wrote their own vows which I am a huge fan of if you feel comfortable doing that. It was sweet, tender and beautifully honest. You could feel their connection a mile away and as they kissed for the first time as bride and groom the sun came out from behind the clouds. It was like a movie.
The reception was amazing. The brides father brought fresh Alaskan salmon that he caught with his friends in his home state. All of the food was prepared with love by the bride and groom’s family. For dinner we sat at long family styled tables under a white tent lined with tissue paper flowers, candles and wild flower center pieces. The cutlery and plates were a mix of vintage and new from friends and family, it was darling. We drank sangria and ale from mason jars. The whole reception felt like you were at someone’s home for dinner. Other favorite moments were the bride and groom jumping on a trampoline and Leo pushing Lyndia on the tire-swing.
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Photographer: Heather Gray Photography / Submitted via Two Bright Lights