Story by Maddison Hamilton | Photos by Thistle and Pine Photo
Nick and I met on Bumble in 2017—a typical millennial way of meeting people, but neither of us imagined that it would amount to anything more… Boy, were we wrong! Fast forward three years, and in the midst of the pandemic, Nick proposed in our home with our two Australian cattle dogs by his side on June 3, 2020. It wasn’t his original plan, but with the world we were living in at the time, that plan was quickly dismissed. We both knew we wanted to get married in the fall, and when we had found The Landing at Estes Park for our venue, things just started to fall into place. We were set to get married on October 9, 2021.
I know all brides say that their wedding day was the best day of their lives, but I have to say this day was true Colorado Mountain Magic! I woke up to lightly sprinkling rain as the sun was rising, and there were two rainbows directly above The Landing. The rain came and went all through the day, and the sun made brief appearances. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t worried that we would be getting married in the rain, and all our loved ones would be cold and wet. At 3:45, our guests started arriving, and the rain wasn’t letting up but actually turning to snow. Our amazing event coordinators, Ivory Events, gave out umbrellas, and everyone huddled together for warmth. I was asked if I wanted to postpone, to wait out the weather, and I told them no—if this was how the weather would be, then that’s what would be married in… snow.
So, the ceremony started, and our flower girl and ring bearer (our two blue heelers) came down the aisle. Nick and his dad, our officiant, started to walk down, and the sun started to peek its head out. Then the magic happened. My dad and I stepped out to the deck of The Landing, and all clouds in the sky parted. The sun started to beam down so brightly it warmed everything up within seconds, and more rainbows appeared behind Nick and his dad at the altar. My father looked at me when this happened and said it was my mom’s spirit doing all this for us. She had lost her battle to cancer five years ago, and I know she was watching all of this unfold in spirit. The sun stayed out just long enough for us to say our vows and be pronounced husband and wife, then hid again behind the clouds as soon as everyone left for cocktail hour.
We experienced such a magical day that it is so hard to put into words, but the pictures by Mandie Roberts (Thistle and Pine) and flowers by Plume and Furrow show the Colorado fall in Estes Park perfectly and just how amazing that day was.
Photography: Thistle and Pine
Venue: The Landing at Estes Park
Catering: Sugar and Pine Catering
Planning + Coordination: Ivory Events
Flowers: Plume and Furrow
Nick’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Maddison’s Attire: Little White Dress
Alterations: Donna Beth Creations
MUAH: Graykin Hair and Makeup
Rings: Rustic and Main
Music: Trading Post Productions
Bartending: Party Liquor
Seating Chart: Handsome Love