The Meadows at Marshdale | Evergreen Wedding Photography | Denver Wedding Photographer
For Michelle and Tyler their wedding day was a perfect summer afternoon in the clear air of the Evergreen foothills with family, friends and a Chinese wedding tradition.
The Meadows and Marshdale was an ideal summer location. The Evergreen oasis combines elegance and charm, setting the stage for Michelle and Tylers unforgettable wedding day. The Meadows Mountainside Arbor was the site for the ceremony. Surrounded by evergreen and aspen trees a natural stone outcropping is the foundation of the enchanting outdoor ceremony site.
It was a warm brilliant September Saturday. The wedding ceremony began with Michelle and her father Ben making their way down the long outdoor walkway to the wedding site. It made for a spectacular wedding ceremony site with the surrounding scenery making a great setting for a beautiful Colorado wedding.
After the ceremony everyone followed the short winding path that leads to the picturesque Red Barn for guests to continue celebrating an unforgettable Colorado wedding while family and the bridal party posed for pictures.
Below are some wedding photographs that I took of Michelle and Tyler on grounds of the Meadows at Marshdale.
The reception began in the courtyard making the wedding reception seem like an intimate outdoor cocktail party, filled with only the closest family and friends.
As Michelle and Tylers family and friends gathered in the courtyard in front of the Red Barn it was time for the special guests to make their appearance. First, the Chinese drum ensemble followed by the 3 dancing lions. The music followed the moves of the lion: the drum follows the lion; the cymbals and the gong follow the playing of the drum. The lion dance is believed to bring good fortune to all who honor the lion, by dancing the lion chases away any evil spirits which may bring bad luck through-out the year. The dramatic climax of the Lion Dance is the Choi Cheng or Picking the Green. The green here refers to vegetable leaves usually a head of lettuce, which is then tied to a piece of string and hung up high. The lettuce was on a string hanging from a nearby tree. Everyone watched while the lion seemed to consume the lettuce. Then, the lion explodes back to the couple and spit out the lettuce leaves on Michelle and Tyler! This is a symbolic act of blessing that there will be an abundance of everything good in the coming year for the newlyweds and their family.
It was the perfect highlight to a perfect Colorado mountain wedding day.
As a Denver wedding photographer, it was a lot of fun to photograph my first wedding at the Meadows at Marshdale.