Solo Flute Wedding Elopement Ceremony Music in Estes Park

Around Christmas time, I played solo flute for an intimate elopement wedding at Della Terra Chateau in Estes Park, Colorado. The bride and groom chose to celebrate each other in a private destination ceremony, and I felt so privileged to be a part of their special day. Even though there were no guests, the couple chose to celebrate with a traditional wedding ceremony.

The bride’s dream was to have a magical outdoor ceremony in a snowy mountain setting. Despite the frosty day, there wasn’t any snow on the ground, but there was a chance of snow, and we were all hoping for the best. A few flakes of snow ended up falling during and after the ceremony, and the mountain peaks in the background also had some white, completing a romantic winter backdrop. Since the temperature was well below freezing, and cold enough for ice to form inside my flute, I had to play my flute inside and let my sound float out the windows and doors. The couple was married outside on the patio and they were still able to hear my music clearly. The bride wore a beautiful wedding gown, crown, and a furry white shawl, just like an enchanted snow princess.

The couple selected a set of familiar contemporary songs from my current repertoire, and they customized the set list with additional song requests. I really enjoyed learning the new songs and adapting the vocal parts and instrumental interludes for solo flute.

Because of the frosty weather, the bride and groom decided to have their after-ceremony celebration indoors. The inside of the chateau was dripping with Christmas elegance, and we stayed toasty warm in front of one of several cheerfully crackling fires. I played “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran for the couple’s first dance as a married couple. The simplicity of the dance with just the two of them serenaded by my flute was very sweet and romantic. I continued to play while they cut and ate their cake, toasted with champagne, and while they opened their gifts to each other. Being focused completely on each other was such a lovely way for them to spend their first few hours as a married couple.

Sample from the Prelude and Postlude Music: Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran), Got to Believe in Magic (David Pomeranz), Love is All That Matters (David Pomeranz), Valentine (Jim Brickman), Your Love (Jim Brickman), Destiny (Jim Brickman), The Gift (Jim Brickman), Beautiful in White (Westlife), Love Was Made For Us (Cleo)

Processional:
A Thousand Years (Christina Perri)

Recessional:
From This Moment (Shania Twain)

First Dance:
Perfect (Ed Sheeran)

Wedding Ceremony Vendors:
Venue: Della Terra Mountain Chateau
Musician: Flute and Strings by Christen Stephens – Solo Flute
Photographer: Crystaline Photography and Video

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My “Best of 2014” Colorado Wedding Vendors

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Another wonderful year has gone by and I want to take a moment to recognize and thank my top vendor picks of 2014. This year’s top vendors are Gemini Event Planning, Steve Tinetti Photography, and Della Terra Mountain Chateau. Congratulations for doing such a wonderful job! You are all amazing and it was such a pleasure to work with you this year!

Gemini Event Planning
Colorado Wedding and Event Planner

What I Loved:
– Meg Stepanek is warm and friendly and easy to work with
– Meg responds clearly and promptly to all communication
– Meg and her team seem to be everywhere at once on the wedding day, and it runs like clockwork
– Meg is extremely organized, but she is also very flexible and stays positive when the unexpected happens
– Meg and her experienced team are amazing at designing weddings that fit the bride’s personality and dream, from country Western to posh elegance and everything in between
– The following pictures speak for Meg’s style and creativity

Colorado wedding ceremony planned by Gemini Event Planning

Colorado wedding ceremony planned by Gemini Event Planning
Colorado wedding ceremony planned by Gemini Event Planning
Colorado wedding ceremony planned by Gemini Event Planning

Colorado wedding ceremony planned by Gemini Event Planning

Colorado wedding ceremony planned by Gemini Event Planning Colorado wedding ceremony planned by Gemini Event Planning

Colorado wedding ceremony planned by Gemini Event Planning

Steve Tinetti Photography
Colorado Wedding Photographer

What I Loved:
– Steve Tinetti is wonderfully creative and isn’t afraid to experiment to get that perfect shot
– Steve is a great person and easy to work with
– Steve is very responsive to communications
– Steve worked on the day of the wedding with organized efficiency and yet stayed unobtrusively in the background as he captured his perfect shots
– Simply put, Steve’s pictures are amazing! Check them out below.

Steve Tinetti, Colorado Wedding Photographer

Steve Tinetti, Colorado Wedding Photographer Steve Tinetti, Colorado Wedding Photographer

Steve Tinetti, Colorado Wedding Photographer
Steve Tinetti, Colorado Wedding Photographer

Steve Tinetti, Colorado Wedding Photographer Steve Tinetti, Colorado Wedding Photographer
Steve Tinetti, Colorado Wedding Photographer Steve Tinetti, Colorado Wedding Photographer

Steve Tinetti, Colorado Wedding Photographer

Steve Tinetti, Colorado Wedding Photographer Steve Tinetti, Colorado Wedding Photographer

Della Terra Mountain Chateau
Colorado Wedding Venue and Luxury Boutique Inn

What I Loved:
– Location, location, location – Della Terra is located conveniently in Estes Park in an amazing mountain setting
– The lodge and grounds are stunning
– Multiple wedding ceremony locations are available across the property
– The Lodge provides luxurious and comfortable accommodations in a setting full of natural beauty and wildlife
– The staff is helpful and accommodating

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Della Terra Chateau, Estes Park


Solo Flute – Wedding Ceremony Music at Della Terra Mountain Chateau in Estes Park

Outdoor autumn wedding ceremonies can be tricky in the Colorado mountains because the weather can be anything from warm and sunny to freezing cold and snowing. This bride hoped for the best with her early October wedding ceremony, but was also ready to brave the worst. It was clear to see why she wanted an outdoor wedding ceremony at Della Terra Chateau in Estes Park. The chateau is beautifully situated in the mountains and gives the feel of majestic isolation that is pure Colorado. The grounds feature garden areas and small ponds and bridges that blend well into the wild Colorado landscape. Wildlife abounded and I saw several elk, wild turkeys, and many birds and chipmunks. Inside, the chateau was built to reflect the classic European charm of years gone by.

I had no idea what to expect from the weather as I drove up the fog-shrouded mountains. The forecast was calling for thunderstorms and even snow later in the evening. When I arrived at Della Terra, it was cold and cloudy and I set up under a small musician pavilion to protect my flute from the drizzling rain.

The bride chose solo flute music for her wedding ceremony, and I played elegant music on my flute as the handful of guests began arriving. As the guests arrived, the cold rain began to fall in earnest and umbrellas were quickly supplied to the guests and they wrapped themselves in the warm blankets that had been provided. I chose cheerful spring-like music to give the atmosphere a feeling of warmth, and one of the guests later told me that my music was the perfect balm for the cold, dark weather. The processional began, and just as the bride reached the front, the sun came out and the rain abated just long enough for a beautiful ceremony to take place.

Selected Wedding Prelude Music:
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach), Danza Pastorale (Vivaldi), Spring (Vivaldi), Hornpipe (Purcell), The Swan (Saint Seans), Minuetto (Mozart)

Wedding Ceremony Music:
Wedding Party ~ Trumpet Voluntary
Bride ~ Trumpet Tune
Recessional ~ Bourree from Handel’s Water Music
Postlude ~ Hornpipe from Handel’s Water Music and Chopin’s Waltz, Op. 69 No. 2

Christen Stephens Live at Della Terra Chateau in Estes Park, CO

Hornpipe by Purcell
Minuet by Mozart

Wedding Vendors
Wedding Venue: Della Terra Mountain Chateau
Officient: Reverend Simone Shepherd
Musicians: www.ChristenStephens.comSolo Flute

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The view behind the ceremony site