Rockledge Country Inn wedding in Manitou Springs
Jessica and David
Rockledge Country Inn and Craftwood Inn
Manitou Springs, Colorado
March 1, 2008

Jessica and Dave got married last weekend on an absolutely perfect pre-spring day. I was worried about their outdoor ceremony taking place during a Colorado winter, but they had a beautifully sunny, 75-degree day for their wedding. It couldn’t have been lovelier. They got married at Rockledge Country Inn in Manitou, in front of a mountain backdrop and a view of snowy Pikes Peak. Afterward they celebrated at Craftwood Inn, two doors down from Rockledge.

You might remember Jessica and David from their engagement portraits and guestbook album. I’ve had so much fun with them! Thanks, Jessica and Dave, and congratulations!

Rockledge Country Inn wedding in Manitou Springs
Here’s a view from the hill above Rockledge Inn. Mike and I live there in the Manitou foothills. Isn’t it beautiful?

Rockledge Country Inn wedding in Manitou Springs
Rockledge has incredible guest suites, including this one for the bride.

Rockledge Country Inn wedding in Manitou Springs
Jessica was feeling good!

Rockledge Country Inn wedding in Manitou Springs
Meanwhile, the guys were getting ready across the hall.

Rockledge Country Inn wedding in Manitou Springs
This bottle was empty by the time they left for the ceremony.

Rockledge Country Inn wedding in Manitou Springs

Rockledge Country Inn wedding in Manitou Springs
It was a wonderful moment when Jessica saw her mother before the ceremony.

Rockledge Country Inn wedding in Manitou Springs
Mike took this cool photo of all the cameras pointed at Jessica while her friend put on her veil.

Rockledge Country Inn wedding in Manitou Springs
This was my view of that moment, with Jessica’s mother looking on in the background.

Rockledge Country Inn wedding in Manitou Springs
It was an emotional moment when her father came in the room and saw Jessica in her gown.

Rockledge Country Inn wedding in Manitou Springs
Jessica’s dad waited with her while the guests arrived downstairs.

Rockledge Country Inn wedding in Manitou Springs
David waited downstairs.

Rockledge Country Inn wedding in Manitou Springs
David held onto his vows just before the ceremony started.

Rockledge Country Inn wedding in Manitou Springs

Rockledge Country Inn wedding in Manitou Springs

Rockledge Country Inn wedding in Manitou Springs
David greeted his bride with a thumbs-up.

Rockledge Country Inn wedding in Manitou Springs
Jessica and David’s parents and step-parents sat together in the front row.

Rockledge Country Inn wedding in Manitou Springs
Saying her vows

Rockledge Country Inn wedding in Manitou Springs
This photo by Mike is one of my favorites. Jessica wiped away a happy tear as the officiant raised up her ring.

Rockledge Country Inn wedding in Manitou Springs

Rockledge Country Inn wedding in Manitou Springs

Rockledge Country Inn wedding in Manitou Springs
Immediately after the ceremony

Rockledge Country Inn wedding in Manitou Springs
The first moments after the ceremony are some of my favorite parts of a wedding day.

Rockledge Country Inn wedding in Manitou Springs

Rockledge Country Inn wedding in Manitou Springs

Rockledge Country Inn wedding in Manitou Springs
The late afternoon light was beautiful.

Onaledge wedding in Manitou Springs
Jessica, David, Mike, and I wandered next door to the Onaledge bed and breakfast to explore its terraced garden.

Onaledge wedding in Manitou Springs

Onaledge wedding in Manitou Springs

Onaledge wedding in Manitou Springs
It’s great to work with Mike at weddings, because while I was shooting this traditional photo…

Onaledge wedding in Manitou Springs
… Mike saw it from this angle.

Onaledge wedding in Manitou Springs
What a gorgeous couple!

Onaledge wedding in Manitou Springs

Onaledge wedding in Manitou Springs

Craftwood Inn wedding in Manitou Springs
I love how Mike framed her face with the lights in this one.

Craftwood Inn wedding in Manitou Springs
Their reception took place at Manitou’s Craftwood Inn.

Craftwood Inn wedding in Manitou Springs

Craftwood Inn wedding in Manitou Springs
Their guestbook album of engagement portraits was a big hit.

Craftwood Inn wedding in Manitou Springs

Craftwood Inn wedding in Manitou Springs

Craftwood Inn wedding in Manitou Springs

Craftwood Inn wedding in Manitou Springs

Craftwood Inn wedding in Manitou Springs

Craftwood Inn wedding in Manitou Springs
Look at Jessica’s reaction after smashing cake in his face…. YEEEESSSS!

Craftwood Inn wedding in Manitou Springs
First dance

Craftwood Inn wedding in Manitou Springs
Dancing with her dad

Craftwood Inn wedding in Manitou Springs

Craftwood Inn wedding in Manitou Springs
A nice moment between Dave’s sister and father

Craftwood Inn wedding in Manitou Springs

Craftwood Inn wedding in Manitou Springs
This one makes me laugh!

Craftwood Inn wedding in Manitou Springs
Jessica and Dave getting funky to “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”

Craftwood Inn wedding in Manitou Springs

Craftwood Inn wedding in Manitou Springs

Craftwood Inn wedding in Manitou Springs

Craftwood Inn wedding in Manitou Springs

Ceremony venue: Rockledge Country Inn
Reception venue: Craftwood Inn
DJ: Greg from Blue Moon Entertainment
Photographers: Charlotte and Mike from Charlotte Geary Photography

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As Amanda & Eric’s October wedding approaches, I continue to be so glad that they found you to capture their day. Everytime I hear a song about dads & daughters, I just lose it (in the car, at home, wherever). You did it to me this time. The photos of Jessica & her dad are precious – so tender. Your photos are really from the heart. Fondly, Susan Wessel (Amanda’s mom)

Your work continues to amaze me. I love how you capture the moments. You and your husband are a great team! The picture of the wedding dress in the bride’s suite is beautiful.

Amazing!

It is so cool to see my former student, and long time friend going through all of the best stages of life. The photos are wonderful and you look both comfortable and happy. What a great combination. Keep in touch. Erika Smith

Jessica and David, what a Beautiful Day. Thank you for sending the pictures to me. I was able to see your wonderful wedding. Margie Copen

I’ve been reading your blog for a long time now, and though I KNOW you hear it all the time I wanted to say that I think your photography is beautiful. I watch a lot of wedding photography blogs and I find your’s to be much more personal, you’re amazing a capturing those simply beautiful memorable moments.

I’d love to have you do my wedding (which isn’t for a few years due to the stage of life my fiance and I are out) but I dont live in the Colorado area… *sigh*

I’ve been reading your blog for a long time now, and though I KNOW you hear it all the time I wanted to say that I think your photography is beautiful. I watch a lot of wedding photography blogs and I find your’s to be much more personal, you’re amazing a capturing those simply beautiful memorable moments.

I’d love to have you do my wedding (which isn’t for a few years due to the stage of life my fiance and I are out) but I dont live in the Colorado area… *sigh*

We are doing the wedding and reception at Rockledge. We are actually renting out the whole thing for the weekend so that our families can meet.

How exciting! Are you getting married at Rockledge or Craftwood? You’re going to love either one. 🙂

i love to see the different angles of the same moment from you and mike!
what a wonderful couple, what a wonderful team!

Breathtaking!

Char & Mike,
You two are absolutely amazing and I cannot say how much fun we had working with you!! As everyone can see a picture is worth a thousand words and you have expressed so many with this beautiful work! We had a wonderful time and will be in touch! Again, THANK YOU for all you have done in sharing with us an amazing day!
Jess & Dave

Amazing photos as always but thats my venue! July 4, 20009 we are getting married at that same site. I totally squeed.

You and Mike got some amazing shots, nice job.
Jessica is a gorgeous bride.

Fabulous as always. I think my favorites are the one of the groom giving the “Thumbs Up” and the one Mike got of everyone photographing the bride (including you) 🙂

for some reason this one really spoke to me.
out of all the wedding photos you’ve taken, this couple in particular had a special place in my heart.

🙂 thank you for sharing

you have one of the best BEST jobs in the world and you are extremely blessed. keep capturing precious moments!

Gorgeous, as always.

In regards to that bottle of Patrón Platinum, I’ve only got three words: I want some 😛

Fabulous as always. I think my favorites are the one of the groom giving the “Thumbs Up” and the one Mike got of everyone photographing the bride (including you) 🙂

Amazing photos as always. My 2 favorite I believe are the 2 after the ceremony. They look so happy, carefree, in love and relieved that they are finally husband and wife. Makes you really believe in love.

amazing, just amazing. 🙂

*sigh*

Words fail me when it comes to your level of talent.

Charlotte, you take the most amazing photos I have ever seen in my entire life. These are stunning!

The first moments after the ceremony are some of my favorite parts of a wedding day. >> Me too. Actually when I got married, this was the time I *felt* the best too. I still remember exactly how I felt.

Also, just let me say, Colorado is absolutely GORGEOUS.

And their cake was really fun with the stars on top.

Lastly, amazing photos again. I feel so repetitive saying that all the time, but it’s so true. You and your husband truly have a gift.

I do so love your photos. I’ve been engaged for like a year and half now and we don’t have the date set yet (oops? lol) but man when we do…I’m soooo wanting you for our photographer! Your photos are simply gorgeous. As cheesy as it sounds you really do capture the moment, both of you.

plus i think it’s cute to have a couple photographing another couple. just makes sense. 😀

I love the pictures of Jessica turned away but looking back at the camera. You guys are so awesome!

i’m glad there are new wedding photos from you.

I’m sure you hear it all the time but you really are incredibly talented. Your photos are absolutely beautiful!

L-O-V-E LOVE! that second to last one!

i’m glad there are new wedding photos from you.

I’m sure you hear it all the time but you really are incredibly talented. Your photos are absolutely beautiful!

L-O-V-E LOVE! that second to last one!

Gosh – I just love, love, LOVE your photography!

I’m not even engaged yet, but I already have my wedding photographers chosen! hahaha.

I have absolutely no words for how incredible these are. You’ve outdone yourself, and I wouldn’t have thought that was possible. Amazing!

omg. these are the most amazingly beautiful wedding photo’s I’ve ever seen. They look straight out of a book. just beautiful. really great work.

omg. these are the most amazingly beautiful wedding photo’s I’ve ever seen. They look straight out of a book. just beautiful. really great work.

Charlotte Geary

CHARLOTTE GEARY

Lifestyle, event, and portrait photographer with a vibrant, joyful style and 17 years of professional experience.

Located in Reston, Virginia near Washington, D.C. and available for travel.

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