Della Terra Mountain Chateau is one of Estes Park’s most popular wedding venues and arguably one of the most gorgeous. It’s located on Fall River Road near the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, and has been hosting weddings and providing unique romantic get-aways to couples for over a decade. The architecture and design of the building is truly breathtaking which makes it easy to get amazing photographs. I’ve been a part of so many amazing events here and because I’m one of the preferred photographers at the venue, I have vast experience capturing wedding photos at Della Terra.
Colorado on its own is a beautiful state to get married in, but there’s definitely something special about Estes Park. Combine that with the uniqueness of Della Terra and you’ve chosen a wedding venue that you cannot find anywhere else in the country. The coordinators at this venue are friendly, professional and extremely experienced and can say from first hand knowledge that you will be in good hands. Every wedding we’ve ever been a part of has gone without a hitch, and if something does happen you can stay calm knowing that the coordinators have your back. One of the many awesome things about the venue is it has all the amenities you need on-site. The recently constructed salon is now the official getting-ready location for the brides and bridesmaids and includes two massive vanity mirrors, two bathrooms and a lounge. It’s conveniently located near the private theater, which is where the groom and groomsmen typically get prepared.
Ceremonies at the Della Terra can take place at the outdoor pergola with stunning views of the mountains, or inside the reception hall if the weather is too cold or uncooperative. It’s because of these options the venue can host gorgeous weddings year-round and in any weather. When capturing the ceremony, we like to be as unobtrusive as possible in order to allow everyone enjoy the moment and forget that we’re even there. One way we stay discreet is by using telephoto lenses to stay at a reasonable distance, capture candid moments and get creative. The ceremony site has amphitheater seating meaning every guest get’s a phenomenal view. When the ceremony starts, typically the bride will come out from under the gazebo in the distance which builds the suspense and provides a stunning moment, especially for the groom when he sees his soon-to-be wife for the first time. Upon the conclusion of the ceremony, 0ne of our favorite Della Terra traditions is a flower toss on the bridge leading back to the reception area.
After the ceremony is when cocktail hour beings and it’s during this time is when we’ll capture our family and bridal-party photos. We always recommend to our couples to put together a posed family portrait list to make this process go much quicker and as relaxed as possible. After the family photos are concluded this is a great opportunity for us to walk around the property with the new couple and capture some romantic shots between the two of them. As photographers, this is one of our favorite parts of the day because it allows us to get creative and capture some intimate photos of the newly-weds. It’s also an amazing time for them as well to finally spend a moment alone with each other and revel in their new marriage.
Once cocktail hour and photos are done, everyone will head into the reception hall. The room is large enough to accommodate a decent-sized party and has an upper level as well for additional guests. This is where the rest of the evening’s festivities will take place including the first dances, cake cutting, toasts, bouquet/garter toss and any other fun reception activities. At some point during the evening, we like to pull our couples out for 10 minutes to take some additional night-time photos, which our clients absolutely love! This is something we insist upon, because the venue lit up at night is an amazing view and we love to capture couples with it.
If you’re thinking of hosting your wedding at this elegant venue, visit the Della Terra website to learn more and get in contact with their staff and get info about their wedding collections. When you’re ready to book your photographer, send us a message and we’ll talk about how we can capture your special moments and help contribute to your amazing experience.
My name is Sean, and I’m an Estes Park Wedding Photographer that regularly captures weddings at Della Terra. If you need a wedding photographer to capture your special memories, I would be honored to be a part of your big day. As full-time professional photographer, my number one priority is taking stunning photos of you and your family to help preserve the moments of your wedding adventures for years to come. In addition to capturing weddings at Della Terra, I travel all throughout the state and around the world so regardless of where your event is, I’d love to be a part of it. Please feel free to visit our portfolio, and learn a little about our style.