Laura and Patrick had a cold, rainy, wedding back in October. The weather is usually unpredictable in Colorado, and especially during the fall season. Unfortunately, mother nature decided not to cooperate with us that day as it wanted to be windy, and cold, with a bit of drizzle as well. As a photographer, I’m always prepared for rain by having a camera that’s weather sealed. It’s a nice feature, and a must for wedding photographers who are always shooting outside. We headed over to City Park after everyone was dressed and I kept my eye on the sky to prepare for rain. I made the decision to not stray far from our parking spot and it turned out to be a good choice. Our driver picked us up and took us to our next destination, just before the rain kicked in. On a side note, our driver seemed to not know his way around town very well. He had me pull up directions on my phone to our destinations, with me guiding him the whole way. Isn’t that what professional driver’s are hired for? It was a little bit frustrating, as I went from being a photographer, to a navigator. Regardless, I remained professional and went on with the day as I was happy to spend it bar hopping around the city and capturing the fun moments between Laura and Patrick.
Our next stop was Woods Boss Brewery, located in the RINO district. The brewery looks like a typical, Colorado brewery, with brick covered walls, and a big open space for patrons, lined with wood, carved tables and cozy, leather chairs. The wood tables were a nice touch, and matched their brand identity very well. It definitely has a cozy feeling inside the place. Jordan and Chad (owners) were kind enough to let us take photos in the back, where the beer was brewed. I didn’t try any of the beers, as I stayed focused on taking photos, but I will definitely be back to try a few another day. Next, we went downtown to Union Station and I got some photos of Laura and Patrick walking around with the classic, neon colors of the station sign, behind them. It was getting pretty cold, and we were getting short on time so we decided to move onto the ceremony site.
The ceremony and reception was held at Wash Park Studio, located near Washington Park. The venue was very small, but worked well enough to hold about 75 people. The guests were separated by a curtain to one side, and on the other, was the ceremony area. (later transformed into the dinner and reception area.) The ceremony was only lit by some floor candles and a few dim lights behind another curtain, where the couple would stand for the ceremony. I had to be very careful where I stood, as I didn’t want to tip over any candles and burn the whole building down. Since it was so dark, it was a challenge to photograph. I used my flash for most of the ceremony, to properly light the couple’s faces which took away from the candle effect. However, I used the available light to capture the true mood of the ceremony, (without flash) which resulted in silhouetting the couple. The reception was pretty laid back, as there wasn’t a DJ, but there was plenty of good music, along with some dancing by the guests to make for some fun dance photos. As I’m still fairly new to Denver, I’m enjoying the variety of weddings that I’m getting out here.
Venue: Wash Park Studio