Michelle and Nick’s Brookside Gardens wedding in Berthoud, Colorado, was beautiful not just because of all the family and friends and time and details that went into this big celebration of love. No, to this Colorado wedding photographer, Nick and Michelle’s wedding day was magical because I felt like I was celebrating two of my friends getting married.
When I first sat down with Michelle at Starbucks over a year ago, she came with this idea to have four mini engagement sessions in each season of the year to celebrate her and Nick’s season of engagement. So, over the past year, I have not only met them once for an engagement session, but I have had the blessing to hang out with these two awesome humans four times (see their summer engagement session). And boy, when you hang out with these two more than once you have to become friends with them. They just have a way of making life fun, taking each day as it comes and laughing alongside each other as they chase their dreams.
Nick and Michelle met in a bar, and although it could sound cliche to some, it gave them the space to talk and get to know each other first. And when they left the bar, they couldn’t quite yet say goodbye and continued talking for hours in the car. One year and five months later, Nick to put a ring on Michelle’s finger in the middle of their living room and ask her to be his wife.
They wedding was filled with so many precious details and memories. The rustic, shabby-chic touches came from their parent’s retail shop out of state. They included photos from all the seasons of their relationship and had their favorite dessert, ice cream, at their reception (I definitely helped myself to some strawberry ice cream!). The flowers that Brookiside Gardens grows, overflowed into the aisle that Michelle and her dad walked down and the creek played its soft water noise in the background.
I don’t think I have ever been a part of a day with so many happy tears. One of my favorite moments was when Michelle and Nick read their vows from each other separately before the ceremony. There was just something about the quiet, personal moment that made their love for each other so much more real. My other favorite moment of happy tears was when Michelle’s dad saw her for the first time. There was not a dry eye in the room as Michelle’s dad marveled at how beautiful his baby girl was.
When Michelle held onto her dad’s arm as they walked down the flower-lined aisle was the first time Nick saw his beautiful bride. Catching a glimpse of a tear being wiped from his eye, I know that Nick couldn’t help but fall in love all over again with Michelle in that moment.
Happy tears continued into the reception as their family and friends spoke words of love and appreciation over them. And the biggest surprise of the night was the slideshow of lifelong images that Michelle’s dad put together as a gift (that one made all the happy tears flow).
The night ended with a tradition that was passed down from Nick’s grandparents. When Nick’s grandma and grandpa got married, Nick’s grandpa wheeled his new wife in a wheel barrel out of their reception and down the main street of their town. So to carry that tradition on, the night ended with a laugh (and some nerves for how this was actually going to work out) and Nick whisking Michelle away in a wheel barrel to their new life as husband and wife.
Thank you, Michelle and Nick, for not only allowing me to capture your day, but for growing into friends and a couple I so admire for your love and spunk for life. I can’t tell you enough how much it meant to be your photographer. Enjoy newlywed bliss!
The amazing vendor team that made Nick + Michelle’s Brookside Gardens wedding wedding possible:
Captured by We, The Light Photography // Venue: Brookside Gardens // Coordination: Elegant Events by Linda // Florals: Best Day Floral Design // Catering: Carter’s Creative Catering // DJ: Amore DJ Entertainment // HMU Artist: Makeup By Kaytee // Bridal Shop: David’s Bridal