Mandy & Matt’s Rustic Garretson Wedding

Ever been to a wedding where you hadn’t actually met the bride or groom before?? Probably not–but I did! Ok, so Mandy and Matt FaceTimed me before the wedding several times, but since they live in Denver we didn’t actually get to meet face-to-face until the rehearsal the day before!

Lucky for me, Mandy and Matt are about as awesome as they come–totally trusting in my ability as an artist to capture their day and going with the flow. And to top it off, everything throughout the day had special significance and meaning. Even Mandy’s wedding dress was special–it was her mom’s wedding dress, reworked.

wedding dress hanging up against a blue house

And this incredible old Bible Mandy’s mom gave me to use for some ring photos? It’s belonged to three generations of Mandy’s family!

wedding rings inside the Bible

After getting glammed up and dressed, it was time to go. Except for one small problem… The car we were supposed to take to meet Matt at the Palisades had a flat tire!

bride getting her eye makeup done by a bridesmaid bride misting her face with finishing spray bride smoothing out her gown bride waiting in a car with a flat tire

We were saved by the maid of honor’s boyfriend giving us a ride, but Mandy was a ball of nervous energy after the delay. When she finally came face-to-face with her adorable (and excited!) groom, I could see all of her anxiety melt away!

bride getting excited to see her groom for the first time on their wedding day bride tapping her groom on the shoulder before their first look on their wedding day bride laughing and smiling upon seeing her groom for the first time on her wedding day excited groom seeing his bride for the first time on their wedding day

He was so smitten by her beauty that he couldn’t resist getting a little…cheeky!


Their first look was in a beautiful, secluded part of the Palisades in Garretson, so we were able to get some beautiful photos of just the two of them amidst a lovely backdrop. Look closely in the upper right, and you can see a monarch butterfly photobombing them!

bride and groom standing in a field together

After that, it was on to the main part of the park for bridal party pictures. They had such a fun group of bridesmaids and groomsmen–we got lots of great and funny pictures.

bride and groom kissing while being cheered on by their bridal party bridal party walking across a bridge and laughing

Matt had bought his groomsmen these epic sunglasses, so we had to have them wear them for a few pictures, including this “Blue Steel” pose a la Zoolander.

groom and groomsmen wearing funny sunglasses and posing for the camera

From there we headed to the farmstead where the reception was going to be held to take more bridal party pictures, then back to the church in Garretson for some family photos before the wedding started. The ceremony itself was beautiful, simple, and emotional. You can tell these two are madly in love!

bride walking down the aisle with her father groom smiling as he receives his bride

After the ceremony, Mandy and Matt were whisked away on a ride in an antique fire truck–yes, a real antique fire truck! It was pretty awesome hearing the old-timey siren howling all through town.

an antique fire truck in front of a church bride and groom riding around in an antique fire truck
Then it was time for the reception, held in a lovely tent on the farm where Mandy’s mom had grown up. The decorations were adorable–handmade and perfectly rustic.

a rustic wood Mr. and Mrs. sign mason jars and baby Mr. and Mrs. mason jar glasses sitting at a wedding head table

The highlight of the evening was this lovely peach-pink sunset that graced the sky. As soon as we saw it, we grabbed Mandy and Matt and hauled them out into the field to take advantage of the beautiful evening light.

groom kissing his bride bride and from about to kiss in front of the sunset bride and groom standing in front of a sunset with a rainbow lens flare around them

What a great day with great people! Thank you, Mandy and Matt, for letting us be a part of your special day!




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