Cayton Photography Journal: Denver Botanic Gardens

Planning Tips For The Modern Bride

We're working with a wedding client now who has a modern sensibility but a limited budget. I immediately thought of Liz and Andy's morning wedding at the Denver Botanic Gardens. A lunch reception at the Boettcher Mansion followed the ceremony. Below are some wedding planning tips, inspired by Liz and Andy's wedding, for the bride and groom who desires a wedding good enough for the wedding magazines but inexpensive enough to afford the honeymoon. Marry In The Offseason Or On A Weekday Ok, Liz and Andy didn't marry on a weekday. Nevertheless, it's still true that weekends in the high season are more expensive. Consider something out of the box then. Holidays are the best times to marry, since relatives are often willing to travel and decorations at the local church or hotel can substitute nicely for your wedding:) In the summer, there's no better time to marry than on a weekday. Think of it this way, if you marry on a Monday then your five-year anniversary will be on a Saturday! 

Limit Your Guest List To Family Only More than anything your wedding is a wedding of two families. No need for a wedding party or friends here. I learned A LOT from Liz and Andy in this respect. Their wedding day was for family only and this was a special guest list indeed. A family-only wedding is not just about saving money, but also about creating something unforgettable; a one-of-a-kind experience for you and for those who are closest to you. Pro Tip: Have your friends over for a BBQ later to celebrate your nuptials.

Schedule A Morning Ceremony And Lunch Reception You, like everyone else, look your best and feel the freshest in the morning. Plus, your Uncle won't drink all of the scotch, everyone gets home safely and the two of you can actually enjoy an evening together:) You also make every wedding professional you hired over-the-moon happy because they get home at a decent hour. 

Think Hors d'oeuvres And Skip The Lunch Liz and Andy picked a very fine caterer, Bisquits and Berries. They delivered a small buffet of light, but delicious hors d'oeuvres. Gateaux Pastries provided Petit Fours instead of cake which made things even sweeter. 

Hire Your Photographer By The Hour  Liz and Andy came to me late and asked me to work by the hour. Because I photographed their wedding on an hourly basis the fee was reduced. 

Wedding Locations And Public Spaces Are The Same Liz and Andy purchased a membership at the Denver Botanic Gardens and received a reduced rental fee. Because they were also marrying in the morning and late in the season the fee was even less. The Boettcher Mansion, where their wedding reception was held, is a public space managed by Jefferson County. 

If you plan your wedding with these tips in mind, you CAN have the wedding of your dreams, good enough for the wedding magazines but inexpensive enough to afford your honeymoon! Click here to see Liz and Andy's wedding in Brides Colorado Magazine.

I hope you find this helpful! — Sean


Cayton Photography Journal: Denver Botanic Gardens

Meghan & Michael’s Wonderful Note

I just received a wonderful note from Meghan and Michael who were married in the fall at the Denver Botanic Gardens. It reads: "Dear Cathy (and Sean!). I wanted to say thank you so very much for all of the wonderful photos you took at the wedding, the rehearsal and the engagement session. You both captured some amazing moments and I'm so thankful to have such a perfect record of the day... I can't say it enough - thank you, thank you thank you for being such fun to work with (even though I hate having my photo taken:) and for giving us such wonderful photos. Thank You!!" — Meghan and Michaeldenver-botanic-gardens-wedding

Cayton Photography Journal: Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver Botanic Gardens Wedding : Meghan & Michael

Colorado Springs Wedding Photographers - Cayton Photography is a husband and wife wedding and event photojournalism team based in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

 Colorado Springs Wedding Photographers - Cayton Photography is a husband and wife wedding and event photojournalism team based in Colorado Springs, Colorado.Meghan and Michael were married Friday, September 25 at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Their ceremony was held in the All-American Selection Garden and aftewards I photographed Meghan and Michael in other areas of the garden. Meghan and Michael traveled by limo to their reception at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. I love quite moment with the two of them in the limo. One of Meghan and Michael passions are legos and their centerpieces were lego dioramas complete with dinosaurs and archeologists. They also share a love for Karaoke. After dinner they opened up the mic for their guests. Hearing the performances by some of their guests was as much fun as taking the pictures. It made me wish I had a video camera in my bag. Thank you Meghan and Michael for inviting me to photograph your wedding! — Cathy

  Colorado Springs Wedding Photographers - Cayton Photography is a husband and wife wedding and event photojournalism team based in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


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