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It’s official. They are married. I flew into Denver, Colorado and headed over to the Castle Cliff Estate in Sedalia to photograph Jay and Jaime’s wedding event.  I loved it. I’m in my best mood when I’m in Colorado, and I’m always happy to return every year to photograph weddings.

I met Jaime in 2010 when I photographed a wedding at a venue where she currently works as the wedding coordinator.  I was moved that she called me to be her photographer.  I had never photographed at the Castle Cliff Estate property, and I didn’t realize how great it was until I showed up.  I also found out that Eric Decker from the Denver Broncos recently married there.  Definitely a beautiful property with many acres.  Not only was it a classy venue, but I had the most down to earth couple.  Since Jaime knows as a wedding coordinator how weddings typically function, she was the perfect bride.  They were all kind to us, good families, with good values.

Every year I’m here, I drive up to Estes Park to get my piece of the mountains, hike, photograph the landscapes, or just sit in silence and enjoy the mountains. When I drove up to Estes Park and entered the Rocky Mountains this time, I saw snow and fog hovering up high.  The mountains looked so majestic and awesome.  I started tearing up because it was so beautiful and massive, and I’m so small.  I kept saying, “wow’ over and over.  It just reminds me of how big God is, how all-powerful and all-knowing He is towards us undeserving humans, yet He loves us.

What an amazing place to get married.
Beautiful wedding couple.  Beautiful location.  Beautiful day.

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  • molly - Stunning! It is so inspiring to see two people so in love and their families come together to create such a beautiful event! Well done Charleton! You chronicled this day brilliantly!!!November 19, 2013 – 2:18 pmReplyCancel

  • Charleton Churchill - Thank you Molly and Calin! Kind comments.November 22, 2013 – 5:25 pmReplyCancel

Yesterday Nathan and Leah married! They exchanged vows and danced passionately at the Knot’s premiere wedding venue, the Fossil Trace Golf Course. We all expected sunny blue skies on the golf course, since Friday was all full of it. However, as Colorado weather would have it, rained moved in quickly, and put everybody inside for the ceremony, which didn’t stop anyone from a joyous celebration. It most definitely made it more exciting for me to photograph in the rain. I love a challenge, but I also wanted to embrace and capture the beauty of the stormy weather around this mountain surrounding golf course. I had photographed Tim and Sarah’s 2009 California Bay area wedding (Sarah and Leah are sisters), and it was more than welcoming to receive a phone call once again to photograph the last of three sister’s from a wonderful family,…and in Colorado (my favorite state). While here, I had John Denver’s Classics (Rocky Mountain High, Take Me Home, Back Home Again, to name a few) on continuous repeat, and I never tired of them as I traveled miles throughout the state to hike and photograph locations I have never traveled. And now I’m leaving on a jet plane home on Southwest, and don’t know when I’ll be back again. Here are a few images in the meantime that worked on during this flight. Congratulations to Nathan and Leah once again!

Photographer: Charleton Churchill Photography

Wedding Reception & Venue: Fossil Trace Golf Club

Wedding and Facility Coordinator: Jamie Strong

Hair: Spalon, Inc.

Floral: Amy’s Event Flowers

Fossil Trace Golf Course wedding photography with bride and groom on grass

wedding shoes from the Marriot Hotel at Denver Marriot West wedding preparation images

Wedding Dress hanging at the Fossil Trace Golf Course near the reception room

Bride getting ready at the Fossil Trace bride room

Bride at the Denver Marriot West Hotel in the chair getting ready

bridesmaids out front of Fossil Trace Golf Club on rainy day wedding

bridesmaids and bride at Denver Golf Course in Fossil Trace at weddings

bridesmaids laughing and close friends at Fossil Trace Wedding

Groom at Denver Marriot West Hotel

groomsmen at Fossil Trace Wedding at Golf Course

groomsmen and groom at golf club of Fossil Trace wedding event on rainy weather

Groomsmen and groom at the Knot

wedding party or bridal party out front of the Fossil Trace wedding events in May celebration

bridal party out front of golf club of Fossil Trace Wedding ceremony and reception location

bride walking down the aisle with father and mother entrance of Fossil Trace venue golf club

bride and groom in the Fossil trace wedding ceremony room facility

bride and groom walking downtown Denver in front of the Union Station laughing

Bride and Groom strolling downtown of Denver with an umbrella for bride and groom photographs next to Union Station

bride and groom walking together laughing in downtown Denver Colorado with love for posing photographs

Bride and groom pictures out front of the Union station with a wide lens and canon camera

bride and groom posing out front of the Fossil Trace after the wedding ceremony

groom and bride after the wedding ceremony and before the reception of fossil Trace golf club venue

fashionable bride posing out front of the Union Station in Denver Colorado with groom in background by door

groom and bride inside of the Union Station in downtown Denver

bride and groom on the grass of the fossil trace golf course of a rainy day in the distance after the wedding ceremony event

Bride on shoulder of Groom as they walk out into the fossil

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  • Cathy (Leah's Mom!) - I posted my comments when I shared your blog for my friends to see, but Charleton — you are amazing. They are unbelievable.
    Thank you so much for giving up your weekend to serve our family in such a way.May 16, 2011 – 12:15 amReplyCancel

  • Jan Sass - Wow!! Just W-O-W!!! These photos are FANTASTIC!! And in hindsight wasn’t it just perfect that Mother Nature washed down the pavement and gave it that dramatic, Hollywood look!!

    These are photos that truly captured this wonderful event for Leah and Nathan!!May 16, 2011 – 8:27 amReplyCancel

  • Colleen (Leah's aunt) - These are gorgeous! They should be in Bride’s magazine or something! I love the landscape with the stormy clouds and them kissing! And the close ups are beautiful!! Great Job Carlton!! (of course having gorgeous subjects makes your job easier!)May 16, 2011 – 8:40 amReplyCancel

  • Charleton - Thank you for the awesomeness comments! Cathy, you’re amazing! Great job raising your daughters! Jan Sass, love your last name and your comments more. Colleen, love your enthusiasm!May 16, 2011 – 11:06 amReplyCancel

  • Sally Blaze - WOW!!!! I only know the mom of the bride but the photos are amazing! Spectacular setting, gorgeous bride, handsome groom, and the rain made it all shine! And the smiles on everyone’s faces make you smile in return. You’ve captured memories they will have forever. Congratulations to everyone.May 16, 2011 – 6:15 pmReplyCancel

  • Jaime Strong (wedding planner) - Carlton, these pictures are absolutely gorgeous!!!! You are an amazing photographer! Please come back to Colorado and shoot more weddings. We would LOVE to have you back.May 26, 2011 – 2:05 pmReplyCancel