Bride and Groom hold hands in dramatic light at their Windsong Estate Wedding in this photo by Stark Bellamy Photography
June 14, 2016

Windsong Estate Wedding Fireworks | Brittany and Nick in Fort Collins Colorado


When Brittany and Nick mentioned wedding fireworks for their Windsong Estate Wedding, we were stoked. While there were plenty of sparks between these two, we knew that fireworks exploding in the sky just a couple days ahead of Independence Day would provide the perfect metaphor to tell their story.

A Windsong Estate Wedding and a Perfect Plan

bride smiles as she decends staircase at Windsong Estate Wedding Fireworks in photo by Stark Bellamy Photography

Their Windsong Estate Wedding near Fort Collins was planned to perfection. The couple planned for an outside wedding with a reception to follow immediately inside. The elegant sophistication of the venue offered a surprising contrast to the surrounding farmlands east of Fort Collins. Amongst this setting on the big day, I kept glancing westward as a storm cell developed. The clouds didn’t escape the notice of Nick or his father, affectionately known as Nick the Gray, as they got ready for the wedding and awaited the arrival of the guests.

Colorado Has other Plans

Father of the groom checks the weather at Windsong Estate Wedding in a photo by Stark Bellamy Photography

The skies unleashed what seemed like a signature Colorado downpour but as the minutes passed, the storm refused to move on. Nick and Nick the Gray talked and prayed and consulted all the weather apps but the decision to move the wedding inside fell squarely on the shoulders of Nick the Younger. With some last-minute deliberation and some more prayer, he decided the wedding would become an inside affair.

father and son deliberate weather delay at Windsong Estate Wedding Fireworks in photo by Stark Bellamy Photography

Jackie and the staff at Windsong Estate Event Center snapped into action to move the event inside, guests were seated and the wedding happened as it was meant to – just out of the elements. All seemed according to plan but the couple wondered if the fireworks would still happen. The guy in charge of the fireworks assured them they would happen whenever they wanted them.

black and white of groom hugging father of the bride during this Windsong Estate Wedding in a photo by Stark Bellamy Photography

Calling an Audible on Wedding Fireworks

The original plan was for the fireworks to launch as the couple left. Nick called an audible and decided to have them fired off during the reception so everyone could enjoy them and not just those that stayed to the very end. This kind of off-script decision is something Eric and I have become accustomed to. As photojournalists we had to react to the world that happened in front of us. We’ve carried this instinct over to the wedding world.
window reflection and couple kiss at receptioncouple in dramatic light first dance

When Nick made the announcement for the guests to gather outside, Eric and I looked at each other knowing we had a matter of moments to get into place. Eric grabbed a strobe that was mounted on a light stand. I followed the bride and groom, making photos as they exited the venue and walked amongst their guest looking skyward toward the east. The display lit up the sky and wowed the crowd.

post wedding firework show kiss at this Windsong Estate Wedding photo by Stark Bellamy Photography

I Love It When A Plan Comes Together

Brittany and Nick knew that a wedding – especially one with fireworks – would involve a lot of planning, but they also knew that even the best planning can be thrown off by Colorado weather. They thought ahead when deciding on a venue like Windsong Estate Events Center that offers an outside and inside option for such an occasion. They also knew that hiring a photographer that can handle anything thrown their way was in their best interest in the event that things changed.

By staying a step ahead of the elements and keeping an eye on changing events, Stark Bellamy Photography will ensure that your wedding photography is handled so you can enjoy your special day. If you have questions about planning your wedding day, please drop us a line.

Reception Recessional Flowers thrown after this Windsong Estate Wedding in a photo by Stark Bellamy Photography

Chris Stark
Wedding Photojournalist at Stark Bellamy Photography
Chris Stark is an award-winning photojournalist and former news photographer who honed his craft at several Colorado newspapers. Documentary wedding photography translates perfectly into Chris' fly-on-the-wall style. Chris lives in Longmont, Colorado with his wife and daughter and spends his free time on the bike or hiking with his family.