Summer Garden Wedding in Estes Park with Taylor Swift Vibes


June 28, 2024

Hey there! I have to tell you about the most enchanting wedding I had the pleasure of photographing recently – Lauren and Matt’s unforgettable day at The Boulders in Estes Park. As an Estes Park Wedding Photographer and Videographer, I get to capture a lot of beautiful moments, but this one was truly something special.

So, picture this: a glorious summer day in the mountains, with friends and family flying in from Kentucky for a Colorado Destination Wedding. Lauren and Matt, who had recently moved to Colorado, were excited to share their new home with their loved ones. The excitement in the air was palpable as guests arrived, greeted by the breathtaking scenery and the promise of a day filled with love and celebration.

Lauren, with her impeccable taste and eye for detail, had planned a floral garden wedding that was nothing short of magical. We started the morning with some creative flat lays – imagine a hand-painted bottle of champagne with the venue’s picturesque backdrop wrapping around the glass, and the groom’s cufflinks engraved with their favorite song lyrics. Each item told a story, setting the stage for a day filled with personal touches and heartfelt moments.

Before the whirlwind of the ceremony, Lauren shared a quiet moment with her parents, gifting them handkerchiefs embroidered with her childhood handwriting. It was such a touching gesture, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. Then came the private first look between Lauren and Matt among the aspen trees. They exchanged their vows in this intimate setting, surrounded by nature’s beauty – a moment just for them before the festivities began.

Guests were welcomed with glasses of champagne as they arrived for the ceremony. The bride’s friend officiated, weaving humor and heartfelt words that had everyone laughing one moment and tearing up the next. One of the standout details was the personalized newspaper for guests, filled with Lauren and Matt’s love story, wedding timeline, and a fun crossword puzzle. It was such a unique and engaging touch that everyone loved.

The reception was a dream, with a custom seating chart featuring the lyrics “and at every table I’ll save you a seat” from Taylor Swift’s song Lover – a perfect nod to Lauren’s favorite artist. The tables were adorned with stunning florals and elegant menus, and the sweetheart table had a greenery wall with the couple’s last name illuminated in neon. It was all so picturesque!

Lauren’s background as a wedding planner for Christina Burton Events shone through in every detail, but she wisely handed over the reins to her friend Christy on the day. Christy executed everything flawlessly, allowing Lauren and Matt to fully enjoy their special day.

The photo booth was a hit, with guests lining up to take fun photos and immediately receiving prints to take home. During the cocktail hour, signature drinks were served alongside custom napkins featuring a drawing of their pup, Piper, with the quote “I Do Too.” How cute is that?

And let’s talk about the cake – Olivia Rose Cakeart outdid herself with a tiered masterpiece in soft pastels, decorated with tiny flowers. The accompanying cupcakes in flavors like strawberry lemonade were a huge hit.

As the night went on, the dance floor stayed packed, especially during the Taylor Swift songs. This group of Swifties knew how to party! The DJ from Exclusive Events DJ even let Lauren take over the booth for a bit, and the crowd went wild. It was such a fun and unexpected moment.

The evening wrapped up with a sweet private last dance for Lauren and Matt, followed by a magical bubble exit. Guests lined up, cheering and blowing bubbles as the newlyweds made their grand exit. It was the perfect end to a perfect day.

Being their Estes Park Wedding Photographer and Videographer was an absolute joy. Lauren and Matt’s wedding was filled with love, laughter, and so many personal touches that made it uniquely theirs. I can’t wait to share the photos and videos with you – this is one wedding you’ll want to see!

VENUE | The Boulders at Black Canyon Inn

PHOTOGRAPHER | Britni Girard Photography

VIDEOGRAPHER | Britni Girard Photography

PLANNER |  Christina Burton Events

CATERER | The Boulders at Black Canyon Inn

FLORIST | Christina Burton Events

HAIR | Antonia Albrandt

MAKEUP | Nicole Toledo Makeup Artistry

DJ | Exclusive Events DJ

DRESS | Something New Boutique by Essense Designs


SUITS | The Black Tux

BEVERAGES | The Boulders at Black Canyon Inn

STATIONARY | Blanche Paperie

CAKE | Olivia Rose Cakeart

TRANSPORTATION | Estes Park Trolleys


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