While New Belgium Brewery may be a crown jewel for Fort Collins, the wedding of Cheyne & Chad was a gem of a party in the exclusive upstairs lounge. Anyone who peered in the huge stainless vats in the center of the room saw organic beer ingredients churning, while awesome Americana sounds of a Denver band, The Reals, heated up the dance floor. Everything about the wedding was unique… Including my first attempt at creating a slide show of the mountain ceremony in time to play at the reception. I did this on my laptop while riding down the Big Thompson Canyon in the back of grandma’s car, brakes jabbing all the while. And for a unique exit, the couple rode off into the night on two of Chad’s own cruiser bikes. Cheers to Chad, Cheyne and little Cormik! And thanks for turning me onto a band I didn’t know. Hearing new music rocks my world.
After the typical morning flurry of everyone getting ready, the cars caravanned from Fort Collins up to Estes Park for the Lily Lake wedding. Typical May weather in the Rockies, the clouds were fast moving creating moments of cool shade.
“Tom, pick a spot just over on the rise towards the end of the path.” Ok, I just stand over here and wait for everyone to join me. Then, for a little drama, Cheyene entered the processional with her day accompanied by mandolin.
And now, my favorite interactive ceremony ritual. A standard household ribbon is made into a giant circle with all the guests holding a portion. The ring bearer slips the rings through one side of the ribbon end, then the rings are passed, hand to hand, guest to guest, until they make their way to bride & groom. The Ribbon Ring Blessing.
I’ll work on the reception slideshow in the back of Grandma’s car while we had back to Fort Collins where a reception at the New Belgium Brewery awaits.
There’s brew churning in there – it was an interesting pair of weddings that weekend as the day before I was shooting at a functional nursery. Different is good.
Chad even brewed a special batch of beer just for Wedding day! Rather than the weight and time of a full meal, Cheyene opted for finger foods and finger desserts. Grab a plate and go for it. And now, young Cormick will introduce The Reals!
Cruiser bikes are the signature of New Belgium’s presence in Fort Collins, so it’s fitting the exit would be on two wheels. There go Cheyene & Chad – off on life’s next chapter!
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