How To Plan A Wedding That Won’t Break The Bank

You don’t have to go into debt to pay for your wedding. Over the years, I have worked with a lot of couples who had stylish, contemporary weddings and at a bargain. Here are three tips for an inexpensive, but absolutely fabulous wedding day. Invite Fewer Guests: A small guest list means fewer people to entertain. A smaller guest list is an intimate experience and is often more memorable than a "big party." Get Married In Colorado Springs For Free: Colorado Springs offers visitors and residents alike some of the most scenic open spaces in the country. Often they are way more scenic than a traditional wedding venue. The best part? They’re free. Schedule Your Wedding For A Weekday: A wedding on a weekday dramatically lowers the cost of products and services like flowers, DJ’s, caterers and photographers. Bonus: If you limit the wedding and reception to 4-hours or less, you save even more. To get your creative juices flowing here are three weddings with couples who thought a little differently about their wedding day, saved a bundle and pulled it off magnificently.colorado-springs-wedding-photographerChelsea and Ryan’s wedding ceremony was held at the Garden of the Gods. The Garden of the Gods is the crown jewel of free wedding locations in Colorado Springs. There are a number of unique and out-of-the-way spots for a small wedding ceremony. Chelsea and Ryan were married in front of the Siamese Twins rock formation. It was a short hike in their favorite sneakers to get to the ceremony. Afterwards Chelsea's grandfather hosted a barbecue for the happy couple in his backyard. colorado-springs-wedding-photographercolorado-springs-wedding-photographerSome of the best pictures come about because of unique, off-the-beaten-path wedding locations. North Cheyenne Cañon is one such place. This park is 15 minutes from downtown Colorado Springs and has some amazing Rocky Mountain scenery. Helen and Kendall were married there on a Wednesday morning at a little pullout along Gold Camp Rd. The ceremony lasted just a few minutes. The picnic afterwards with their children and close friends was magical. The backdrop was simply amazing.colorado-springs-wedding-photographercolorado-springs-wedding-photographercolorado-springs-wedding-photographerAnother fantastic spot for a wedding is Monument Valley Park. This thoroughfare runs along Fountain Creek and features several different open spaces. The best way to see them all is by bicycle. Start at the America The Beautiful park ride up to Criterium Bicycles to get an idea. It’s a great bike ride and there are dozens possibilities. Amy and Kyle were married in the Heritage Gardens across from the historic Van Briggle Pottery Building. Bird seed is allowed there. A wonderful reception at a nearby community center featured Bristol Beer, Front Range Barbecue and the local blue grass band Grass It Up. I hope this post inspires you to create the wedding of your dreams without breaking the bank.  — Seancolorado-springs-wedding-photographer

Air Force Academy Wedding : Madison & Anthony

Madison and Anthony were married at the Air Force Academy Chapel over the holidays. A reception at the Glen Eyrie Castle immediately followed the wedding. Madison and Anthony were cadets at the Air Force Academy when they met. Thank you both for inviting me to photograph your winter wedding. It was truly wonderful! — Seanglen-eyrie-castle-wedding-pictureglen-eyrie-castle-wedding-pictureglen-eyrie-castle-wedding-pictureglen-eyrie-castle-wedding-pictureglen-eyrie-castle-wedding-pictureglen-eyrie-castle-wedding-pictureglen-eyrie-castle-wedding-pictureglen-eyrie-castle-wedding-pictureglen-eyrie-castle-wedding-pictureglen-eyrie-castle-wedding-pictureglen-eyrie-castle-wedding-pictureAir-Force-Academy-wedding-pictureAir-Force-Academy-wedding-pictureAir-Force-Academy-wedding-pictureAir-Force-Academy-wedding-pictureAir-Force-Academy-wedding-pictureAir-Force-Academy-wedding-pictureAir-Force-Academy-wedding-pictureAir-Force-Academy-wedding-pictureAir-Force-Academy-wedding-pictureAir-Force-Academy-wedding-pictureAir-Force-Academy-wedding-pictureAir-Force-Academy-wedding-pictureAir-Force-Academy-wedding-pictureglen-eyrie-castle-wedding-pictureglen-eyrie-castle-wedding-pictureglen-eyrie-castle-wedding-pictureglen-eyrie-castle-wedding-pictureglen-eyrie-castle-wedding-pictureglen-eyrie-castle-wedding-pictureglen-eyrie-castle-wedding-pictureglen-eyrie-castle-wedding-pictureglen-eyrie-castle-wedding-pictureglen-eyrie-castle-wedding-pictureglen-eyrie-castle-wedding-pictureAir-Force-Academy-wedding-pictureglen-eyrie-castle-wedding-pictureglen-eyrie-castle-wedding-picture

Cheyenne Cañon Engagement : Caroline & Ben

I photographed Caroline and Ben's engagement in North Cheyenne Cañon the day after a fresh snow fall. Afterwards, we stopped by The Broadmoor to catch the holiday lights. Caroline and Ben are high school sweethearts. They are planning a September wedding at The Broadmoor's Cheyenne Lodge. Thank you Caroline and Ben for a magical afternoon. I can't wait for your wedding day! — Sean

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