Cayton Photography Journal: Garden of the Gods Club and Resort

How To Get Natural Wedding Pictures

Here is a storytelling scene from Jill and Ben's wedding day at the Garden of the Gods Club. I photographed Ben getting ready with his Dad, his brother and his father-in-law. It's a nice illustration of a tried and true recipe for getting natural wedding pictures.relaxed-wedding-picture

• Hire A Wedding Photojournalist One of the tenets of photojournalism is truthful documentation. Photojournalists don't impose their vision on your wedding day. Rather, they start with you first and create an honest narrative where you and your families are the main characters of the story. To put it another way, the wedding photojournalist starts with the goal of faithfully representing you and your loved ones.

 

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• Give Your Photographer All Access Great photojournalism is all about capturing unrehearsed moments in a relaxed and natural way. Allow your photographer all access. This can only be done in collaboration with you! Let them see your interactions with your loved ones. Let your photographer be inside the room AND inside the relationship.

 

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• Act Natural If you found the right wedding photographer, then this is easy. A good photographer is a good person to be around. They are easy to talk to, friendly, outgoing and supportive. Act natural and your photographer will photograph you in a "state of grace."

 

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• Have Fun Don't be afraid to have fun in front of your wedding photographer. They want to see that side of you. Expression is a key to great wedding pictures and the more opportunities your photographer has to capture expressions, the better. — Sean

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Cayton Photography Journal: Garden of the Gods Club and Resort

Garden of the Gods Club Wedding : Ali & Joe

Ali and Joe were married at the Garden of the Gods Club in September. A ceremony in the afternoon by the reflection pool was followed by a cocktail hour at sunset and a dinner reception in the main dining room. Thank you Ali and Joe for inviting me to photograph your wedding day! - Seangarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picturegarden-of-the-gods-club-wedding-picture

Cayton Photography Journal: Garden of the Gods Club and Resort

Best Places to Get Married in Colorado Springs

Here's a list of the best places to get married in Colorado Springs. All of these locations host ceremonies and receptions. If you're looking for both church and reception hall, then I have suggested a church pairing for each of these Colorado Springs wedding locations. At the bottom of this post additional locations are listed that are also really wonderful. Click on the name of any location for more detailed wedding information. Thanks, and I hope you find this helpful! — Sean

Garden of the Gods Club wedding PhotographsGarden of the Gods Club

One of my absolute favorite wedding locations is the Garden of the Gods Club. Its spectacular beauty is an uninterrupted view of the Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak. In this wedding photograph, above,  Mamie and Nick walk together in front of a stunning landscape. This location is perfect for small to mid-size weddings and is centrally located. With a larger wedding (200+) ask about a tented event on the south lawn where this photograph was made. Hands down the best view in the city! Suggested church pairing: Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Broadmoor wedding photographsThe Broadmoor

There really isn't anything quite like The Broadmoor. It is a AAA Five Diamond and Five Star Resort with luxury accommodations and unbelievable service. Think first-class spa, a half-dozen of the best restaurants you will ever enjoy, three 18-hole championship golf courses and a handful of beautiful settings for a wedding in Colorado Springs. The Lakeside Terrace is one of my favorites ceremony locations. In this wedding photograph, above, Katie and Justin share a moment during their unity sand ceremony on the Lakeside Terrace. Flowers by Design Works. Suggested church pairing: First Christian Church

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center wedding photographsColorado Springs Fine Arts Center

The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center is located in the heart of Colorado Springs. It recently underwent a renovation and addition that allowed the Fine Arts Center to become the premier downtown wedding location in Colorado Springs. The museum is known for its architecture and its extensive art collection. It also offers live theater, art programs and it has a wonderful restaurant and bar. In this wedding photograph, above, Caitlin and Emilio enjoy their first dance in the new wing of the museum. A caterer is required. Suggested church pairing: Shove Chapel

Hillside Gardens wedding photographsHillside Gardens

The Hillside Gardens is characteristically Colorado! It is both a plant nursery and a wedding location. It offers a ceremony site with a view of Pikes Peak and an outdoor pavilion for caterered receptions. Larry, the owner, has a knack for collecting things and whenever I am there, there is always a new art piece in the garden. Hillside Gardens also sports the best old-truck-turned-into-bar that I know of and plenty of firepits for the evening. It's a great place for a party and for romance. In this wedding photograph, above, Emily and Billy steal a kiss during their Hillside Gardens reception. Suggested church pairing: Any local

Glen Eyrie Castle wedding photographsGlen Eyrie Castle

The Glen Eyrie Castle is a real discovery. It is an honest-to-goodness castle (now a retreat center) that sits in a secluded valley just a couple miles from downtown Colorado Springs. The castle was built by the founder of the city and is now enjoyed by anyone who would like to visit. The Glen has it all, incredible grounds, friendly service and a stunning sense of the history of Colorado Springs. The Glen Eyrie does not serve alcohol, but I've never attended a wedding there where everyone wasn't having fun. In the wedding photograph, above, Sigrid and Brock enjoy a moment together on the castle grounds prior to their reception. The Rolls Royce is courtesy of DDG Classics. Suggested church pairing: Air Force Academy Chapel

More of the best places to get married in Colorado Springs: Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs School, The Club at Flying HorseLa Foret, The PineryBriarhurst Manor, Phantom Canyon, The Cliff House, Spruce Mountain Guest Ranch, Cheyenne Mountain Country Club

 

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