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Wedding at Denver CO Grand Hyatt Pinnacle Club

June 27, 2011

Saturday I got to photograph Scott & Tessa’s wedding reception at the Grand Hyatt’s Pinnacle Club which is located on the 38th floor and has the best views of Denver from all directions.  You might remember them from their engagement session last year which included their adorable puppy Tank who I’m guessing is probably huge now:)  http://www.apriloharephotography.com/?p=1322

We actually started out the day at Flaunt Salon which is located at 22nd and Larimer.  That place has the most awesome decor.  I was loving all of the exposed brick and zebra striped chairs:)  Then I went and bugged the guys with my camera for a few minutes back at the Grand Hyatt.  Eventually we all made our way down south, first for a little detour at Tessa’s parent’s house to put the dress on and then on to St. Thomas More Catholic Church where the actual ceremony took place.  I caught a couple of cute photos of Tessa rehearsing her vows before we left her parent’s place and I’m happy to report that she held it together quite well during the ceremony with only a slight quiver in her voice (which was adorable and had me choking up a bit).

The original plan was to get dropped off at Riverfront Park, but it was a pretty hot day and the bridal party needed a place to cool off for a bit before starting with pictures so we made a fun scene and stopped in at the REI next to the Platte River.  We ended up doing almost all of the formal pictures right outside there next to the Platte Valley Trolley who were kind enough to let us do a couple fun shots on the Trolley before it continued on it’s way.  http://www.denvertrolley.org/

Eventually it was time for us to head back over to the Grand Hyatt where guests, drinks, dancing, toasting, and dinner awaited.   It was a spectacular night and a big highlight was the first dance that Tessa and Scott had choreographed.  They looked spectacular out there on the dance floor. 

Tessa & Scott,

Everyone else on your wedding day has said this much more eloquently than I, but you two are so obviously made for each other and I wish you nothing but the best.  Have a very relaxing holiday out in Hawaii.  You definitely deserve it after your wild wedding day;)


Dress Designer: James Clifford http://jamescliffordcollection.com/

Dress Shop: D’Annelli Bridal http://www.coloradobridal.com/

Tessa’s Shoes: Benjamin Adams “Gaga”

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Vera Wang http://www.verawang.com/

Jewelry: Swarovski http://www.swarovski.com/Web_US/en/index

Hair: Flaunt Salon http://www.flauntsalondenver.com/

Make up:  Trish McEvoy from Neiman Marcus

Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse http://www.menswearhouse.com/

Ceremony Location: St. Thomas More Catholic Church http://www.stthomasmore.org/

Officiant: Father Rick

Reception Location: Grand Hyatt Pinnacle Club http://www.hyatt.com/gallery/pinnacle/

Caterer: Grand Hyatt

Cake: Grand Hyatt

Event Planner: Euphoric Events Euphoric_Events@yahoo.com

DJ: http://www.showtekevents.com/

Floral: Plum Sage http://www.plumsageflowers.com/

Stationary: Cheers Personalized http://cheerspersonalized.net/

Videographer: Lupher Arts http://www.lupherarts.com/

Ballroom Drapery: Pink Monkey http://www.pinkmonkeysolutions.com/

Had to start off with Tessa’s amazing shoes from Benjamin Adams. This style is called “Gaga.”

Tessa getting made up at Flaunt Salon

How pretty is this hair comb?
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I know, I know. Another shot of the shoes? But they’re just so pretty!
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Spent a few min. with the guys in their hotel room
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Tessa put her dress on at her parent’s home
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Waiting before the ceremony…
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Tessa rehearing her vows
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Detail from that gorgeous dress
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Last min touches at the church
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Tessa’s niece helps out too:)
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Always one of my favorite moments at a wedding day.
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That’s Tessa’s Mom. They look so much alike!
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Ring exchange
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Got some formals taken near REI
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Aren’t those dresses cute?
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The guys…
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Lookin’ good Scott!

Matching shot of Tessa;)
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Thank you Platte Valley Trolley:)
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Borrowed a cart from the REI;)
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Got this quick shot of the gorgeous bouquet from Plum Sage while we were there
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Before heading up to the cocktail hour, we got a few photos with the extended family. This is a family classic.
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Loved the clean white decor
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The Hyatt did a fantastic job with the cake as well
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Their rings
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They look perfect together don’t they?
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They did a lovely job on their dance:)
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There were many lovely toasts
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A couple of views from the Pinnacle Club
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Mom getting in the the dancing action as well
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Tessa & her Dad
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Dance time!
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More dancing
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Nighttime view from above
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We made sure to fit in a few more with the sun setting
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Last one!
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  1. mollie says:

    looks like a lovely day and they were lucky to have you capture it!

  2. Laura Fisher says:

    Love those shoes!!! And the skirt on that dress is awesome.

  3. Evelyn says:

    Those shoes are to die for!! Great images here – I know they’ll love them!

  4. Alicia says:

    Your conversions are perfect and I love your clean processing. Beautiful work!

  5. lisa says:

    Gorgeous! You’re images are fantastic… and I just have to say, I love that cake!

  6. Holly says:

    WOW!!! What a stunning bride and wedding. So many beautiful details that you captured perfectly!!

  7. CJ Wilkes says:

    Everything about her wardrobe was PERFECT – Beautiful wedding – and excellent work here!

  8. Amanda says:

    It looks like such a fantastic wedding and you did an amazing job!