Rowe and Hartje exchange wedding vows September 18 in Estes Park ceremony

Rhea Kay Rowe and Luke F. Hartje exchanged wedding vows September 18, 2017, at the Forever Garden at Mary’s Lake Lodge in Estes Park, Colo.

The bride is the daughter of Abe and Jill Rowe of Brandon. She is the granddaughter of John and Margaret McAleese of Brandon, and Lawrence and the late Carolyn Rowe of Clinton. The bridegroom is the son of Kevin and Deena Hartje of Colorado Springs. He is the grandson of the late Jean Skaro and the late Fred Skaro of Grand Forks, N.D., and Thelma and the late Keith Hartje of St. Thomas, N.D.

Bridesmaids were Lily Jackson (maid of honor) of Charlottesville, Va.; Christina Holy McRae of Jackson; Maggie Olander of Dallas; and Maggie Hartje of Sacramento. Groomsmen were Nick Gregoire (best man) of Loveland, Co.; Kaleb Hartje of Minneapolis; Kevin Lindsey and Dylan Lindsey, both of Santa Maria, Calif. Ushers were Matt Scholfield and Trip Rowe. Ring bearer was Knox Hartje, nephew of the bridegroom. He carried the rings on a pillow handmade by the bride. The bride’s bouquet was wrapped in her Godmother’s antique handkerchief fastened with her antique blue brooch. During the ceremony, readings were done by the bridegroom’s father and the bride’s godfather, Dr. Jim Rish.


Following the wedding ceremony the bride’s parents hosted a reception at the lodge. Music was provided by Stage One Events of Fort Collins, Colo.

On Sunday afternoon, bridesmaids and friends met at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park for cocktails. Groomsmen and friends met at Estes Park Golf Course during this time for a golf scramble game. That evening the bridegroom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at The Big Horn restaurant in downtown Estes Park. An engagement party for the couple was given earlier in the summer at the home of Pamela Archer and Bear Plunkett of Denver.

After a wedding trip to London, the couple is at home in Fort Collins. Both are students at Colorado State University in the biochemistry PhD program.



St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently held the lower school’s closing chapel, during which rising fifth-graders received certificates signifying successful completion of the fourth grade.