Vintage Southern Flair

Melinda and Matt were married on a magical May afternoon in Estes Park. Beneath the mountain mist they committed their lives to one another, then spent the evening celebrating in a splendid reception that incorporated rustic mountain decor with a romantic vintage theme.


Melinda and Matt knew that a May wedding day in the Rockies might hold a variety of weather outcomes. As it worked out, there were light rain showers before and during their ceremony. We love when couples are willing to stay true to their dreams of an outdoor mountain wedding, despite a little precipitation! Guests and wedding party were provided blankets and umbrellas and everyone was cozy as they watched these lovebirds unite in marriage. In Melinda’s words, “the rain and mist added such a romantic element as we exchanged vows”. Their photographer captured some spectacular images of the pair embracing one another as tiny raindrops fell around them! We are simply in love with how their sweetheart photos turned out.


What could not be overlooked about Matt and Melinda’s wedding day were the sentimental, romantic elements of their vintage mountain theme.


  • Melinda wore her grandmother’s diamond bracelet and her great grandmother’s diamond earrings, a loving reminder of two very special women that she wished could be by her side.
  • Matt and Melinda selected unique rings. Melinda’s ring came from an antique shop in Estes Park, and Matt’s ring was made from yellow poplar – the Tennessee State tree. Matt studied forestry as an undergraduate and his ring served as a representation of both his passion and his home.
  • Melinda chose an elegant lace wedding dress in a signature vintage style, which was something she always envisioned for herself on her wedding day.
  • A long-time family friend officiated Matt and Melinda’s wedding, adding a special touch to their sentimental ceremony.
  • A bluegrass quartet provided the music for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception.
  • Several different family and friends rallied together to provide antlers to serve as centerpieces. Tables were also adorned with Spring florals in vintage bottles, and candles in vintage votives.
  • Guests enjoyed comfort foods including macaroni and cheese, chicken and waffles and friend green tomato sliders – a customized menu that paid tribute to Matt and Melinda’s hometowns of Knoxville, Tennessee and Waco, Texas.
  • After dinner, guests were treated to a delightful dessert bar featuring chantilly cake, flambéed donuts with coffee ice cream, s’mores, and a signature coffee cocktail.
  • Finally, to add a little fun to the party, a family friend created a set of woodland creature face masks for guests to use during the reception.


All of the details of this perfect wedding came together flawlessly, and the guests enjoyed every minute of the celebration.


Matt and Melinda,  we were so in awe of how well you executed the vision you had for your wedding day. You are delightful! Congratulations to you both!




Artessa Photography