Monica & Albertine Denver
In light of India's SC judgement of scrapping Section 377, we wanted to celebrate by talking about the gorgeous wedding of Albertine and Monica! Two beautiful girls who took on different parts of their traditional Indian wedding in the US, binding their love forever.
Albertine says "Monica popped the question on the top of a big rock at Joshua Tree National Park. We went camping with our two buddies and I had no idea. We went for a hike, and Travis had to carry champagne in his backpack the whole way there and, because it had paper around it, was scared I would hear it. When she asked, I was so shocked I said, "wait no no!" and she was like "no?" and I said, "No, I mean yes! Of course." Then we drank champagne and had a great weekend camping."
Wanting to choose a venue that reflects their personalities, Albertine says,
"We love the outdoors, mountains, and cold weather, and had been to Colorado on a vacation a couple years ago, so we picked our top ten venues in Colorado. We couldn't take time off work, but Monica's parents went out to view the venues, and Copper Mountain was perfect because it had a breathtaking view at 11,000 feet at Solitude Station and all our guests could stay at the resort. When we finally saw the venue in person, we were stunned."
Finding a Pandit
Although the support of your friends and family is important, for a traditional Indian wedding, an officiator who is on your side is important. Upon recalling their search for a pundit, the brides say, "Our Pundit, the name for the officiant which means "teacher," was Chetan Chavan and we flew him out to Colorado from Washington DC. We had a hard time finding a Pundit that was comfortable marrying a gay couple, so we were lucky to find him and he ended up being amazing. He had a friendly and outgoing personality and kept the guests laughing during the ceremony and wore a huge smile throughout the wedding. He altered the traditional ceremony so that it was gender fluid and fit with us and our relationship personality. He was truly the best and made our ceremony great."
Photography | Hardy Klahold Photography
Videography | Sun Prairie Films
Venue | Copper Mountain
Wedding planner | Lauren Smith of Hourglass Productions
Venue coordinator | Louise Denny
Event design | Pink Monkey Solutions
Pundit (officiant) | Chetan Chavan
Florals | Poppy & Pine
Mandap | Enchanted Celebrations
Music | DJ Vik of Norvan Massey Entertainment
Hair | Breckenridge Hair Company
Henna | Hummingbird Henna