St. Joseph Fort Collins Wedding | Rita & Kurt

Just moments before Mass was to begin, we hastily arranged for Rita to come up behind Kurt and meet for their first look.

It was a warm summer day in Fort Collins, Colorado, just outside St. Joseph Catholic Church, where we would be celebrating Rita and Kurt’s nuptial wedding Mass in front of a few dozen friends — spaced apart in pews and wearing masks because of the coronavirus.

But this was a moment we often cherish, because it’s a chance for a couple to see each other for the first time and share a quiet moment.

As soon as Kurt turned around, tears began welling in his eyes. Rita flashed a radiant smile in a gorgeous wedding dress (she works, incidentally, at a bridal shop). They opted to walk with each other down the aisle.

They met later in life, waiting for God to introduce each of them to the right person before committing to a lifetime. Like many couples during the pandemic, they had planned and hoped for a much larger gathering, but they were grateful and felt blessed to be celebrating at all. This ended up being St. Joseph Catholic Church’s first wedding of the summer.

Afterward, the couple met with and took photos together with their guests, and we stole away with them for about 10 minutes to grab a few photos of the couple in front of the church’s gorgeous stone masonry. Often, we don’t need much time to create beautiful, intimate moments — but with the right location and the right light, the moment looks serene.

Thanks to both of you for such a wonderful wedding day, and blessings and congratulation!

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Daniel Petty

Daniel Petty

Dan has photographed weddings and done work for editorial and commercial clients, including The Denver Post, Running Times, The Associated Press and others.

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