Rocky Mountain weddings are always amazing. Who could imagine a more perfect backdrop to one of the most sacred things we can do as people? And we had the honor of documenting Jessica + Andrew’s Winter Park wedding film last August. Here’s a look behind the scenes.
Surprise Italian Proposal
When you ask Jessica and Andrew how they met, they say they met the good, old-fashioned way—on a dating app. They had only been dating for a little over a year when Andrew completely surprised Jessica by asked her to marry him.
The two were on a romantic trip to Italy. Andrew had tried to do his homework, researching all the best places in Rome to propose. But each place they visited just didn’t feel right—too many tourists, lots of vendors hawking fake sunglasses, way too hot.
So finally, on their last night in Rome, they were walking around after dinner and Andrew saw the lights in the Roman Forum. Andrew led Jessica in that direction and overlooking Trajan’s Column, launched into, in Andrew’s words, “the most romantic words ever spoken.” Totally unsuspecting, Jessica was getting tired and Andrew could tell. So he cut his speech short, dropped to one knee, and pulled out a ring. Caught completely off guard, Jessica’s first response was, “Where did you get this?”
Stunning Winter Park Wedding Wedding Film
Jessica had always visited Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Colorado growing up and she knew she wanted to get married there. So, one of the most special parts of their wedding was sharing the Winter Park/Tabernash area with their out-of-town friends and family. They also leaned into the “Colorado” theme, serving trout and steak for dinner at the reception. Not all things were “Colorado” though. Andrew’s family from the south threw an amazing rehearsal dinner that was very southern-themed when it came to the menu and décor.
Some of the most memorable things about their wedding were their vows, and of course, the dancing! Andrew wanted them to write their own vows and Jessica acquiesced even though she claims she isn’t much of a public speaker. The result was heartfelt and touching, with some humor in there too.
And as for the dance floor, Jessica says she danced so hard she was sore the next day! She and her bridesmaids even did an impromptu dance to a Celine Dion song—Jessica’s icon. One last thing we had to mention about the wedding was how their dog made himself a part of the ceremony! He was there with the couple as they were getting ready. And when Jessica began walking down the aisle, the pooch bolted out the door of their getting ready suite. So, Jessica’s maid-of-honor and another bridesmaid ended up snatching him and walking him down the aisle. Poor guy didn’t want to miss out on all the fun!
First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage…
After all the festivities, Jessica and Andrew celebrated with a honeymoon in Greece. And now they’re expecting a baby boy to join their family this summer! Jessica and Andrew, it was an honor to celebrate with you. And congratulations on your growing family!
Wedding Planner: Nicole Cruse, Grace & Gather Events
Venue/Cake: Devil’s Thumb Ranch
Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige
Photographer: Carrie King
Hair: Noelle Benjamin
Make-Up: Olivia Lovely
Band: Radio Band
Stationary: Pier 9 Design
Florist: Plum Sage Flowers