Freedom of Love

Refreshingly original and bursting with natural charm, down-to-earth couple Tom and Jake’s stylish celebration took place among the trees, surrounded by their closest loved ones and sharing the freedom of love. Julie Afflerbaugh Photography captured the Estes Park wedding where Tom and Jake were so excited to celebrate their love, they could hardly keep their feet on the ground!


Tom and Jake were married in the beautiful setting of Rocky Mountain National Park and were inspired by the local setting of aspen trees and wildlife.  Their gorgeous mountain wedding included luxurious groom style, picturesque views, energetic dancing by all, and absolutely precious moments shared by the grooms.


The Grooms’ Favorite Details:

  • Their chuppah was constructed by the grooms and was made from from beetle kill pine. 
  • Tom and Jake’s ring bearers carried rings on the end of fishing poles as there are now “two less fish in the sea.”  
  • For the ceremony, the couple performed an aspen tree planting unity, and the trees were later planted in front of their Denver home.  The ceremony ended with the jubilant jewish tradition of breaking of the glass
  • To celebrate their same-sex wedding, the couple opted for LED tealights on the waterfall wall in rainbow colors. 
  • Each table name was a different ski mountain with birch holders for the table tags. Their seat assignments were printed by the couple to look like lift tickets. 
  • Instead of party favors, the grooms used wooden chips and selected 3 charities where people would vote for a particular charity using their chips. Based on the number of chips in each box, Tom and Jake contributed accordingly to each charity.
  • Flowers were done by Boulder Blooms who captured the theme of the Rocky Mountain freedom with multiple small arrangements on each table. 
  • Tom and Jakes’ band Funkiphino customized songs especially for their event and captivated the love-filled audience. 

Thank you to Tom and Jake for sharing your wonderful wedding!

Julie Afflerbaugh Photography