CARMEN & KATE
RIST CANYON INN
When we first met Carmen and Kate for drinks at Horse and Dragon, we connected immediately over small business talk as Carmen owns an online farmers market called Modern Epicurean. Carmen and Kate both attended school at CSU in Fort Collins. They noticed each other in class but always sat across the room from one another. One day after school, they met at a bike rack by chance as their bikes were locked up next to each other. They planned to meet up to discuss their class project but ended up talking for hours about everything other than their project. They could tell there was a connection but it took another few years for their paths to cross again and they’ve been inseparable ever since. Carmen later proposed to Kate by the lake in the park behind the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and shortly after, Kate double proposed to Carmen at City Park!
The Rist Canyon Inn in Laporte was a very fitting venue for their summer wedding. Massive cottonwoods surround the scenic property, which is centered around a restored farmhouse built in 1896 and a gorgeous event hall that incorporates materials sourced from an original barn that used to stand on the grounds.
Carmen and Kate arrived to the Inn on their wedding day with blue skies overhead and clear views of the foothills nearby. Carmen’s sister flew in from Italy while family and friends traveled from near and far to celebrate the day with them. They spent the morning with their bridal party, sharing laughs as they prepared for the day, but Carmen's sisters couldn’t hold back tears as they helped her into her gown.
Their first look was filled with lots of emotion, and afterward they sat together, gently rocking on a swing on the farmhouse porch, excited for the day that lay ahead of them. During their ceremony, there wasn’t a dry eye in the audience as these two shared their personal vows with each other in front of their closest friends and family under the hot August sun.
We were able to soak up some golden light for portraits before they wrapped up the night with fun festivities, heated dance moves and yard games. During toasts, family members spoke from their hearts to share something that everyone could already feel, that the bond between Carmen and Kate is truly something special.
Here are a few of our favorites from their day. Enjoy!