CO Wedding Photographer: Denver Botanical Gardens & Tivoli

Ashley & Paige’s Fun Modern Wedding at Denver Botanic Gardens

sunset pictures in front of the Tivoli in downtown Denver

sunset pictures in front of the Tivoli in downtown Denver

I knew after photographing Ashley & Paige’s engagement session that these two would be laid back and a lot of fun to work with.  You can check out their engagement pictures around downtown Denver here.  And their wedding day was certainly just that.  These two ladies got married at Denver Botanical Gardens last summer.  We set up a first sight with the brides in the Tropical Conservatory, which was such a beautiful romantic moment it almost brought me to tears.  The first sight allowed us to get a lot of their family and wedding party pictures out of the way, which is always a nice bonus on the wedding day.  Then when it was time to walk down the aisle, they each walked up to the ceremony site with their fathers, coming from different sides of the garden.  They pronounced their love in front of their family and closest friends in the “All American Selections Garden” and then afterwards we walked around the botanical gardens for more pictures.

We then all headed to the historic Tivoli building on the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver.   We did more pictures with the wedding party around this historic landmark which was originally home to the Tivoli Brewing Company.  And then it was time for the party to begin!  Ashley & Paige rented out the Turnhalle in the Tivoli, a unique urban venue with brick walls, a wrap-around balcony, and great views of the Denver city skyline.  They decorated the venue with their wedding colors of navy blue, mint green, and grey, and added modern DIY touches such as painted vases and table cards named after different parts of Denver.  After they did their first dance they each danced with their father and then they swapped and danced with each other’s dads, which was a great personal touch.  The brides and all their guests certainly enjoyed a fun-filled party.  Their friends and family got down on the dance floor, enjoyed the fun photo booth, playing corn hole, and choosing treats from the all green candy bar.  And for their bouquet toss Ashley & Paige each tossed their bouquet of flowers to male and female single guests.  It was fun non-traditional twist to the bouquet toss and gave people two chances to catch the bouquet.  When it was time for the party to end the guests gathered outside for a fun sparkler send-off and the brides were whisked away in a bike buggy.

It was an honor to witness and be able to document the strong endearing love Ashley & Paige share.  And I’m so proud of not only our state of Colorado, but the nation, for finally legalizing gay and lesbian marriages.  All men and women should share the same rights that a legal marriage allows, from getting to file taxes together to being allowed to visit their spouse in severe hospital situations.  Hopefully the rest of the world will soon follow.  Love conquers all.

Officiate Robert Hartman
Caterer Relish Catering
DJ A Music Plus Entertainment
Musician A Lyric Ensemble
Flowers Amore Fiori Flowers
Cake The Makery Cake Company
Bride’s Dress Something New Boutique & Amanda’s Bridal
Bridesmaid’s Dresses ARIA by Tak Hau
Men’s Suits Men’s Warehouse
Hair  Elegance By Design & Studio Salon
Makeup Sonya Sharp Splitt
Wedding Venue Denver Botanical Gardens & Turnhalle in the Tivoli
two brides wedding dresses at Denver Botanic Gardens

two brides wedding dresses at Denver Botanic Gardens

first sight in the Tropical Conservatory

first sight in the Tropical Conservatory

two brides emotional first sight

emotional first sight

 

two brides first sight in Denver Botanical Gardens

a romantic moment at the Denver Botanic Gardens

 

two brides bouquets at Denver Botanic Gardens

matching but different bouquets

gay wedding at Denver Botanical Gardens

lots of emotion and lots of love

lesbian wedding at Denver Botanical Gardens

sealed with a kiss

lesbian gay wedding marriage license

in love and legally married

bride wedding pictures around the gardens

bride portraits around the gardens

bride wedding pictures around the gardens

walking hand in hand around the gardens

fun wedding pictures in front of the historic Tivoli landmark building

fun pictures in front of the historic Tivoli landmark building

fun, bold, and modern wedding details

fun, bold, and modern wedding details

wedding detail pictures at the Turnhalle at Tivoli on downtown Auraria Campus by Denver wedding photographer Nicole Nichols Photography

bold and modern DIY table decor

2 brides have a first dance at their wedding

enjoying a first dance

unique father daughter dance

unique father daughter dance

unique father daughter dance with two brides at the Turnhalle on downtown Auraria Campus

unique father daughter dance – switching dads

wedding toast with two brides

a funny toast by Paige’s brother

 

fun reception candid dancing pictures at the Turnhalle on Auraria Campus in downtown Denver by local photographer Nicole Nichols Photography

fun reception candid dancing pictures at the Turnhalle

simple modern wedding cake and candy bar

simple modern wedding cake and candy bar

 

two engagement rings and two wedding rings

two engagement rings and two wedding rings

Silhouette of 2 brides kissing at sunset

a sunset kiss

end of night sparkler send-off pictures at the Tivoli in downtown Denver by local photographer Nicole Nichols Photography

end of night sparkler send-off pictures

 

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Jennie - Love the first look and the first dance photos! Beautiful!April 8, 2016 – 10:36 am

Amanda Tipton - Beautiful! Those father-daughter dance pics are SO sweet!April 2, 2016 – 8:32 am

Erica Swantek - Such a beautiful wedding. These brides look stunning!March 31, 2016 – 10:20 pm

Ash Meier, Colorado Wedding Photographer - I love the overlook down to the garden, and the two dresses hung up. Super cute!March 31, 2016 – 4:12 pm

Melissa - This is such a beautiful Denver wedding! That first look spot at tee botanic gardens is amazing. I love the ring shot and dress shots too.March 31, 2016 – 3:37 pm

Katie Green - Man these are all gorgeous! I think my favorites are the ring shots and the dance shots. Amazing!March 31, 2016 – 2:23 pm

Carrie Edwards - You captured their special moment perfectly. Wonderful job.March 31, 2016 – 2:13 pm

Ashley Kidder - They picked two seriously awesome venues for their wedding! They look like they had a great time and I bet they loved their images!March 31, 2016 – 2:01 pm

Cara - Such beautiful moments captured. Loving each and every one of these!March 31, 2016 – 1:33 pm

Shannon - Your work is stunning as always! I love the shot of the rings, it is very unique and artistic.March 31, 2016 – 1:16 pm

Monet - Such a beautiful day. These women looked gorgeous and you captured all the big and small details so well.March 31, 2016 – 12:00 pm

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