Della Terra Chateau Wedding : Jessi+Zach


When you’re in elementary school, you never imagine your future husband is sitting a few rows behind you. In fact, you beg the universe for that not to be the case because, really, who looks good in velcro shoes and years of orthodontics? When Jessi and Zach first met, they sat in grade school together, but remained friends of friends. Zach was shy, Jessi was his outgoing counterpart, but they each enjoyed their opposite ends of the social spectrum.

In high school, Jessi moved with her family to Reno, Nevada, started a new high school, then enrolled in a local college. It was there, years later, when a friend invited her to hang out. A group of people were going and Zach would be there…you remember Zach, right? From elementary school? And she did. When their paths crossed again, they fell into an easy friendship and love blossomed.

When the time came for Jessi to leave Nevada to attend art school in Colorado, Zach promised to wait for her. A few months into their long distance relationship, he not only waited, Zach packed his bags and moved to Denver to remain by Jessi’s side, vowing to never be separated again.

Jessi and Zach, working with you has been nothing short of a dream. From the moment we met on the mountain (amid hugs and fast chatter), I knew we were destined to be friends. Your families welcomed us with open arms and not only documented love, we felt love reverberate through the walls of the Chateau. Thank you for being you. Much Love and Appreciation… j*

The wedding day was nothing short of spectacular. It poured incessantly the day before, but the sky broke and clouds littered the Estes Park, Colorado sky. The wedding ceremony and reception took place at Della Terra Mountain Chateau, which is adjacent to the Estes Park national forest, so the view was–naturally–breathtaking.

Jessi splurged on a pair of Jimmy Choo crystal encrusted heels…a weekend trip to Las Vegas proved to be a fashion success. They paired perfectly with her gorgeous bouquet by Twigs and Posies

Jessi’s best friend, Chelsea Garcia is a talented makeup artist in Denver, so she doubled her duties as the maid of honor and consummate beautifier…

Jessi and Zach opted to see each other before the ceremony, so Jessi made her way to the forest to see her husband-to-be…

…Zach’s reaction to his bride is priceless…

I’ve decided every inch of Colorado is gorgeous and I could shoot there forever and never get tired of it…

The best thing about Zach and Jessie is that they surround themselves with amazing people…fun, vibrant, and kind people…loved them!

I should probably mention that it rained on the wedding day and just before this photo was taken, rain drops fell. Jessi turned to me and insisted I keep shooting through the rain…man, I love brides who’ll do anything for a photo…

It rained for 30 minutes and just as they were about to move the ceremony indoors at Della Terra, the rain stopped and they married in a forest, which is exactly what they dreamed of…

Officially Mr. + Mrs.!

The walk back from the ceremony location to Della Terra Mountain Chateau was delightful with such a stunning backdrop…

After a joyous cocktail hour, they started the wedding reception with a special first dance…

…the remainder of the wedding was spent celebrating a perfect day for two people who deserve nothing less…

Happy Monday!

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  1. Rebecca Nash

    July 29th, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Another gorgeous wedding J*

    You always capture moments in such a beautiful way!

  2. Denise

    July 29th, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Glad you made it out to our backyard! Della Terra is a special location. Hope you made it to Rocky Mountain National Park to get in a quick hike too!

  3. Norma Skinner

    July 29th, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Beautifully romantic narration as ever, Jasmine.

  4. Ryan Greenleaf

    July 29th, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    I remember talking with Jessi about you photographing her wedding and how excited she was!! Amazing job Jasmine + JD! Killed it. And what a gorgeous venue!

  5. Nena

    July 29th, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    What a gorgeous wedding with so much natural beauty. Great photos Jstar! =-)

  6. Tyrell Banks

    July 29th, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Gorgeous venue + gorgeous couple! You did a spectacular job Jasmine + JD

  7. crystal lynn

    July 29th, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    what a darling couple, and beautiful backdrop. Gorgeous wedding, Jasmine!

  8. Ashley Durham Photography

    July 29th, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Gorgeous! I was just shooting this weekend up in Estes Park, I am officially in love with that area!

  9. shanna

    July 29th, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    LOVE it!! What a breathtakingly beautiful location!!!

  10. Shalese

    July 30th, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    OH MY those backgrounds made my heart flutter!!

  11. Ann

    July 30th, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Absolutely stuffing! Love the bubble shot.

  12. Ashley Rogers

    July 31st, 2013 at 4:13 am

    ::sigh:: loveliness…

  13. Martin Price

    July 31st, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Gorgeous set of images, love the one of them walking through the bubbles.

  14. Fellow Photographer in Halifax!

    July 31st, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    My God, I love the look on her face during her first dance. Just awesome.

  15. Leon Bailey - Lasting Blueprint Productions

    August 2nd, 2013 at 4:08 am

    Love the image of the two walking and the mountain in the background. Great work once again Jasmine! πŸ™‚

  16. Rich Howman

    August 5th, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Great work – I love it! …but did she wear her Jimmy Choo’s in the fields? πŸ™‚

  17. Katie Jackson

    August 6th, 2013 at 12:16 am

    I love the one of them walking down with bubbles all around! I love the setting and location! You did an amazing job capturing it! I’m so happy it stopped raining so they could have their ceremony where they had always dreamed of.

  18. Fotografo Santiago

    August 7th, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Love your work! It’s always so inspiring to look through your work, and this is amazing!

  19. Vanessa Jergensen

    August 17th, 2013 at 4:30 am

    So beautiful! I love Della Terra! You captured it so well.

    Love it when you say you could shoot in Colorado forever…it is stunning, indeed. I always see your work out on the west coast and lust after the dreamy light and beaches…but I sometimes forget to enjoy the mountains out my back door.

    You captured it so well, as always!

  20. Helen Batt

    September 6th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    As a wedding photographer, I really understand the work that has gone into this! Incredible pictures with a truly lovely bouquet!

  21. Michele with one L

    October 13th, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    I was so excited to see you made it to Colorado to shoot a wedding! πŸ™‚ I found this post when I was looking for photos before I shot at this venue last month, and I continue to be inspired by your work. Gorgeous images, as always!!