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I’ve worked at many wedding venues in Colorado, from beautiful mountain backdrops to urban garden weddings to old mansions. However, if you’re looking to drive a short distance from Denver, these are my favorite wedding venues:

Villa Parker – This place features a spa like bridal suite. It’s the the biggest space that I’ve seen as far as bridal suites go. The venue is located in Parker, Colorado, south of Denver. There’s lots of chairs and mirrors for hair and makeup. There’s also a big connecting room where flower girls can hang out, or for multiple people can get dressed. They have a beautiful garden terrace that’s perfect for family photos or doing first looks. It’s also a great spot for outdoor ceremonies if the weather is cooperating. When it does rain, there’s a spacious indoor area that offers plenty of window light and villa style entry ways. The room doubles as a reception space with plenty of available seating for up to 200 guests. They welcome all unions for marriages and offer wheelchair access.

Website: Villa Parker

bride and groom doing first look at Villa Parker in Denverbride and groom share first dance at Villa Parker in Denver

Lionsgate Event Center – I’ve photographed a lot of weddings at this place. It’s one of my favorite wedding venues due to its style. It’s located in Lafayette, Colorado, north of Denver. If you’re looking for vintage style, this place has it.

The Chandelier Barn has 37 chandeliers along with lots of vintage chairs. It seats 110 people. It’s quite a site when you first step inside.

If you need a bigger space to accommodate your large party, then the Gatehouse has you covered. It seats up to 350 guests and has large stained glass windows. There’s a huge space for the dance floor, which is easy for me to add extra lighting.

The Dovehouse is another site at the venue. It’s an old mansion that’s been converted into a wedding space. There’s lots of rooms for getting ready that are filled with vintage decor. There’s a chicken coop outside so you might see chickens running around. I’ve heard the big one is named “Elvis.”

Website: Lions Gate

wedding ceremony above chandeliers at Lions Gate venue

wedding ceremony in front of big windows at Lions Gate venue

Hudson Gardens – I like this venue because it has a ton of outdoor space, 30 acres worth. There’s a lake with a bridge over it, which is a good sport for bridal portraits. I really like the fountain area. I did a first look there with the bride and groom, and it turned out great. This place gets busy during the late summer, early fall, so book early!

The Inn holds 250 guests and it looks like a lodge. It’s a big space that feels cozy and holds 225 guests.

The Garden Canopy features a beautiful garden filled with annual flowers. I did a wedding there in the spring, so there were lots of roses. Theres a giant canopy area for receptions that holds big parties, up to 225 guests. I have some of my best reception photos here. The white canopy is perfect for bouncing off – camera lights.

Website: Hudson Gardens

wedding party dances at Hudson Gardens venue