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Colorado Castle Wedding During Summer

August 15, 2022

Cherokee Ranch and Castle Wedding in Colorado

I have a really fun wedding to share on the journal today. This is a special one because I actually had the pleasure of photographing Sophia’s big sister, Kristen’s wedding back in 2010. Sophia was one of Kristen’s bridesmaids back then while she was still so young and now I get to share her beautiful wedding day now that she’s all grown up and met the man of her dreams. Sophia was by Kristen’s side when she got married and now Kristen got to be by her little sister’s side on her wedding day. I truly cannot believe how fast time goes by. The family has expanded so much with all of the sisters in their family getting married and having children of their own. It was really great to get to see all of them and how much their families have grown.

Sophia and Bennett picked a truly one of a kind place to get married here in Colorado. The Cherokee Ranch and Castle is one of the few castle style wedding venues available here in this state and it has stunning views of the mountains that go on for miles. They were married in the huge courtyard of the castle with a cool turret on one side, the castle on the other, and beautiful mountain views off in the distance. There was definitely a fairytale vibe going on throughout the day. I particularly loved that we managed to find the time at sunset to take them over to the mountain view area and got the gorgeous sunset wedding photos. I’m in love with how gorgeous their photos turned out!  Check out some of my favorites below!

Bride gets make up done at The Look Salon in Cherry Creek Denver CO
Photo collage of a bride and her friends and family getting ready at The Look Salon in Cherry Creek Denver CO
Detail photo of a pretty cheese and meat snack in Colorado
Flower girl gets make up done at The Look Salon while two bridesmaids look on
Bride with her mom at The Look Salon in Cherry Creek in Colorado
Cherokee Ranch and Castle on a stormy summer afternoon
Wedding detail photos from a castle wedding in Colorado
Bridal detail photos with Tiffany Perfume and a pretty bouquet created by The Garden Path florist in Colorado
Pretty floral detail photos of bridal bouquet by The Garden Path Florist in Colorado
Detail photo of the wedding bands on the ringbearer pillow in Colorado
Bride and her sister get ready for her wedding day at historic Cherokee Ranch and Castle
Bride surrounded by her family and friends all wearing matching pink silk pjs at a historic Castle wedding in Colorado
Sweet B&W Photo collage of flower girl at a castle wedding
Wedding party gets ready inside a historic castle in Colorado
B&W Photo of Bride getting help with her dress from her mom at Castle Wedding in CO
Photo collage of a bride getting help from her family with her dress inside a historic castle
Bride gets help with her shoe from maid of honor inside historic castle wedding
Bride has a moment to herself to read a note from her groom at Cherokee Ranch and Castle in Colorado
Detail photo of a bride holding a note from her groom in a castle in Colorado
Bride gets help with her veil inside a historic castle in Colorado
Pretty bride portrait in a pale blue painted historic room at Cherokee Ranch and Castle
Groom portrait on his wedding day at Cherokee Ranch and Castle in Colorado
Castle Courtyard wedding ceremony on a stormy summer day
Photo collage of a courtyard castle wedding in Sedalia Colorado
Wedding guests hang out and wait before castle wedding ceremony in Colorado
The Newlywed Post printed wedding program at a summer wedding at a Colorado castle
Groom walks with his mom down the aisle at his castle wedding in Colorado
Ring bearer and flower girl at a castle wedding in Colorado
Groom looks at his bride as she walks down the aisle at their castle wedding in Colorado
Courtyard Wedding Ceremony on a stormy summer evening at Cherokee Ranch and Castle in Colorado
Bride looks into her groom's eyes during their wedding ceremony in Colorado
Groom smiles at his bride at their Colorado Castle wedding
Groom kisses his bride at the end of their wedding ceremony with mountain backdrop at Castle wedding in Colorado
Bride and groom walk down the aisle of their wedding in the courtyard of a castle
Bride and Groom sign their marriage license in the historic castle in Colorado
Family portrait in the courtyard at a Colorado Castle
Beautiful classic family wedding portrait at Cherokee Ranch and Castle
Bride and groom pose with the ring bearer and flower girl in the Castle Courtyard
Groom and groomsmen wearing blue suits at his castle wedding in Colorado
Beautiful bride with her bridesmaids all wearing champagne silk dresses at a castle wedding in Colorado
Large wedding party portrait at a castle wedding in Colorado
Candid moment of bride and groom walking with their wedding party in the Courtyard of Cherokee Ranch and Castle
Photo collage of a bride and groom in front of a castle turret at Cherokee Ranch and Castle in Colorado
Adorable wedding couple poses in the archway at Cherokee Ranch and Castle
Warm glowing light on bride and groom as the sun sets at their castle wedding in Colorado
Groom dips his bride in an archway at Cherokee Ranch and Castle in Sedalia CO
Bride and groom in a beautiful sunset setting with mountain backdrop at Cherokee Ranch and Castle
Groom holds his bride's hand and walks with her as the sun sets over the mountains in the backdrop at their Colorado wedding
Romantic photo of groom kissing his bride's cheek in front of a pretty sunset backdrop in Colorado
Gorgeous romantic wedding portrait with dramatic sunset sky in Colorado
Beautiful colorful sunset wedding portrait at Cherokee Ranch and Castle in Colorado
Simple white rose cocktail table decor at Cherokee Ranch and Castle
Clear Acrylic Wedding Welcome Sign at a Castle Wedding in Colorado
Pretty light blue and green wedding decor for a Colorado tent wedding at Cherokee Ranch and Castle
Cute photo of bride and groom looking into each other's eyes during their first dance at Cherokee Ranch and Castle
Bride and groom dance their first dance in a tent at a Castle in Colorado
Bride and her sister during toasts at Cherokee Ranch and Castle in Colorado
Wedding toasts and speeches at Cherokee Ranch and Castle
White wedding cake with a cute fondant dog peeking out underneath it
Pretty three tiered white wedding cake with twinkle light backdrop at Castle Wedding in Colorado
Bride and groom cut their wedding cake inside their tent wedding reception in Colorado
Bride and her dad laugh together during the father daughter dance at Castle Wedding in Colorado
Mom smiles at her son during the mother son dance at his Colorado wedding
Groom dancing with his mom with blue light tent backdrop in Colorado
Bride busts a dance move in a tent wedding reception in Colorado
Photo collage of wedding guests dancing inside a tented wedding reception
Wedding guests have a great time on the dance floor at a Colorado tent wedding
Family dancing at their sister's castle wedding in Colorado
Bride and groom dance together at their wedding reception at Cherokee Ranch and Castle in Colorado
Wedding couple dip kiss at their grand exit at a Castle Wedding in Colorado

Are you looking for a wedding photographer? I’d love to help. Feel free to take a look at the WEDDINGS page of my site and get in touch!

Coordinator: Jenn Cobb of JLC Weddings and Events
Venue: Cherokee Ranch & Castle Sedalia, CO
Videographer: Elizabeth Mae of Embr Films Aurora, CO
Florist: Karen Nevotny of The Garden Path Castle Rock, CO
Baker: Cakeheads Bakery Centennial, CO
DJ: Alan Aly of Sound Master Entertainment Castle Rock, CO
Wedding Dress Designer: Alexandra Grecco
Dress Shop: Anna Be Denver, CO
Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Generation Tux
Bridesmaids Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu

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