Wednesday, March 30, 2016
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
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
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
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
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
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 Horse, La Foret, The Pinery, Briarhurst Manor, Phantom Canyon, The Cliff House, Spruce Mountain Guest Ranch, Cheyenne Mountain Country Club
Wednesday, March 02, 2016
Claire and Max are getting married this summer and on Valentine’s day I photographed their engagement. Long story short, Claire and Max met during an interview for the Colorado Springs Independent. Claire was reporting on a local theater production and Max was an actor in the play. The rest is history. Well, not really. We still had to tell their love story visually and together we picked locations and clothes that would do just that.
Choose the right location to tell your story
One of the first things that I learned about Claire is that she attended theColorado Springs School. The campus has beautiful grounds and some dramatic architecture that we could use as a backdrop. Max also teaches drama at the school and since he’s a professional director and actor, the school made for a great location to tell their story. Always try to choose a location that tells the story of your courtship. If you enjoy doing something together like hiking, for instance, that may hint at the right location for your engagement photographs.
Choose outfits that work together
Claire loves fashion. Whenever I bumped into her at the Independent she was always dressed to impress. Before the engagement sitting, Claire texted me photos of several outfit choices and together we found two different outfits that she would wear. Then we worked on Max’s clothes. We needed something that would complement her choices. It wasn’t hard. Both Claire and Max love a little more vintage look and so a sweater and bow tie went great with Claire’s checkered gray dress. And, of course, Max’s favorite blue velvet sports coat went great with Claire’s red cocktail dress. Getting the clothes right is important. Work with your photographer beforehand to find something that works for both of you. Claire’s outfits would never have worked as well as they did if Max hadn’t worn something that looked great with them.
Be yourself in front of the camera
When I asked Claire how she would describe the two of them she said, “We’re goofy together.” So I found a couple of fun, goofy engagement pictures online and I sent them by text before the engagement. She loved them and we used that as a starting point for the shoot. Making some silly pictures is a great way to get relaxed and to be yourself in front a camera. After a couple pictures and some good laughs, Claire and Max were more relaxed. The result? More genuine and flattering pictures of them enjoying this time together. If you’re nervous about being photographed, start out by being “goofy.” You’d be surprised how that makes everything a bit more fun, relaxed and flattering.
Pick the right time of day
You can’t go wrong with a theater and stage lighting, which is where we began the shoot. But I also wanted to make sure we got to take advantage of the late afternoon light on the campus. It was a beautiful winter’s day and the sunset turned out to be gorgeous. If you don’t have a theater, like we did, or a photographer who photographs with off-camera lighting, picking the right time of day is critical. Late afternoon and early morning are the best times of day to take pleasing portraits. — Sean