Colorado temperatures vary greatly from season to season (and even day to day!!) Here are some weather related tips for your Colorado wedding.
Summer is one of my favorite times to photograph in Colorado because the weather is so predictable. Temperatures are relatively mild (especially comparing it to Texas, my home state!)
Spring can be colder than you might think! Especially if you're wanting to go into the mountains. And there might not be as many flowers and fauna since it takes longer for the winter ice to melt.
Fall has the most gorgeous colors, but it comes and goes quickly! Fall is my favorite season in Colorado. The orange and yellow leaves are absolutely magical. But Fall can come and go quickly. Sometimes those gorgeous leaves only last a week. But if you plan it right (and with a little luck) your wedding would be stunning.
Winter can be freezing or mild. Winter in Colorado is always a toss up. It can be frigid or mild. Always plan for it being cold. (Layers, proper transportation, etc.)
When would I plan a Colorado wedding? Go with Summer or Fall! If you're wanting those gorgeous fall colors, aim for late September. Luckily though, Colorado is beautiful all year round– you really can't go wrong!
some of my favorite
As a Colorado wedding photographer, I've been to a lot of Colorado weddings and venues! Colorado has a wide variety of different wedding venues, from hotel ballrooms to grand outdoor barns to industrial warehouses to mountain lodges. Whatever your vision is, Colorado will likely have something you'll love! (Unless you want to get married by the ocean... you'll have no luck in that department).
the little nell
The Little Nell is a gorgeous resort in Aspen with a stunning wooden deck perched on top of a mountain and surrounded by mountains.
garden of the gods
Garden of the Gods Resort and Club in Colorado Springs is one the most gorgeous and unique venues. It is surrounded by the stunning red rocks of Colorado Springs
piney river ranch
Piney river ranch is nestled in the White River National Forest and offers sweeping views of the mountains on their wooden terrace.
great divide brewing co
The Great Divide Brewing Company is an industrial space with sweeping views of downtown Denver and the Rocky Mountains. I told you Colorado had something for everyone!
The St. Julien Hotel in Boulder was named one of Conde Nast's best hotels and it's clear why! The luxury hotel boasts gorgeous views of the Flatirons and fantastic indoor/outdoor space.
Lunch Rock is an affordable wedding venue that offers beautiful views of the Rockies. It has an outdoor ceremony site and intimate industrial indoor reception space.
cielo at castle pines
The Cielo at Castle Pines is a gorgeous venue located just 30 minutes outside of Denver. It has a massive open reception space, with sliding glass doors leading to the outdoor ceremony site.
spruce mountain ranch
This sprawling mountain ranch is quintessential rustic Colorado, from the leather touches to sweeping mountain views, if you're wanting classic Colorado, this is the place for you.
the oaks at plum creek
The Oaks at Plum Creek is situated on a beautiful golf course. The interior space looks like a luxury resort and it boasts one of my favorite getting ready suites of all time.
getting around in Colorado
Denver International Airport is the 4th busiest airport in the US, meaning finding flights in and out is super easy. And because Colorado is so centrally located, it'll be a breeze for your guests to come from all over. The airport is located 25 miles from downtown Denver. Depending on traffic it can take 30 minutes to over an hour. There is a train, the Denver Airport Train (Or A Line) that will take you right to the airport. From Union Station it will take 37 minutes and they run every 15 minutes.
The main highways in Colorado are I25 which runs North to South and goes through Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Denver and Fort Collins. And I70 which runs East to West and connects Denver to the main mountain towns such as Idaho Springs, Vail and Avon. I70 is notorious for being prone to traffic and bad accidents. I once witnessed an accident so bad that traffic was fully stopped for 6 hours. If you're taking I70 make sure to give yourself lots of wiggle room. Here is an awesome article by the Know Outdoors about navigating I70 traffic.
If you're staying in a larger town or city such as Denver, Boulder or Colorado Springs popular ride sharing apps such as Lyft and Uber are prevalent. There is also an AMTRAK line that goes throughout the state and each city has their own public transit. Depending on the area that you and your guests are staying, walking and biking can definitely be an option! Denver has lots of parks and sidewalks throughout their neighborhoods that make it safe and easy.
While there are lots of cities in Colorado, if you're having a Colorado wedding, you'll probably at least fly into Denver. Denver has lots of different neighborhoods that all have their own personality. If you are stopping in Denver or having your Colorado wedding in or around Denver, here are some of my favorite places to stay!
The Highland area is my favorite place in Denver and where I would stay during all my vacations. It is located just a 5 minute drive or 30 minute walk from downtown and has tons of shops, bars and restaurants. I love that it feels like a cozy neighborhood, but still super walkable.
Cherry creek is an upscale neighborhood with hundreds of shops and bars. The area overlooks the creek and is about a 10 minute drive to downtown Denver. If you're looking for something upscale and with lots to do, Cherry Creek might be your spot!
If you want to be close to all the action, LoDo (or Lower Downtown) might be the place for you! There is beautiful Victorian architecture and lots of delicious restaurants for you to try out!
Since Denver is such a massive city, there's tons of things to do! From museums to restaurants to bars, you'll definitely find something fun! Here are some of my favorite things to do as a Colorado wedding photographer!
Restaurants: Tavernetta (fine Italian dining), Denver Biscuit Company (delicious biscuits, not just for breakfast!), Linger (worldwide fusion), Bar Dough (neighborhood Italian), Uncle (ramen- order to go to skip the wait!), Sweet Cow & Little Man (ice cream), Sassafras (brunch), Work n Class (Latin American)
Bars: William and Graham (incredible speakeasy type bar, a must visit), Seven Grande (whiskey bar, over 700 types!) Hidden Idol (tiki drinks with amazing island style comfort food), Death & Co (An NYC bar, with gorgeous outdoor terrace) Altitude Brewery (breweries in Denver are endless, but I like this one. Lots of options and seating, low maintenance and boards games).
Parks: Confluence Park (connects the Highland with Downtown, has a river and bridges), Sloans Lake (the biggest city lake, you can rent jetskis!), Cheesman (large park built on a graveyard so probably haunted), Washington (massive park with volleyball courts)
Shopping: Larimer Square (a small block in between 15th and 14th, super cute at Christmas), 16th Street Mall (a massive block of shopping with everything from bookstores to restaurants. There's a free shuttle that runs the length of the mall), Cherry creek (16 blocks of shopping and restaurants)
Hiking: Lair O Bear (An easy 1.6 mile hike running alongside a river), Clear Creek (1.8 miles along a gorgeous river, watch for the kayakers!) Flat Irons (1.9 to 3.3 miles depending on the route, such a gorgeous view of Boulder)
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