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Littleton Garden Wedding in July at Denver Botanic Gardens

September 3, 2018

Beautiful Summer Littleton Garden Wedding at Chatfield Farms Denver Botanic Gardens

I have a great Littleton Garden Wedding featured on the journal this fine Labor Day weekend. Mary Lynn and Chris were married in late July at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms which is where I got married back in 2012. Mary Lynn found me through her sister, Kristi, whose wedding I photographed at the other Denver Botanic Gardens location in Cheesman Park a couple of years ago. It’s always such a pleasure for me to get to work with families again when another family wedding comes along. This time it was Chris and Mary Lynn’s turn to get married in front of their closest family and friends.

Colorado Afternoon Rain Storms Could Not Ruin This Perfect Wedding Day!

They had a really sweet intimate affair on a nice summer afternoon. It threatened to storm for most of the day with dark skies decorating their pictures, but we were very lucky that it held off not only through the outdoor ceremony in front of the gazebo in the Open Air Field, but also through their romantic photo time. I think it may have come down shortly while we were all inside the big rustic Green Farm Barn for dinner and speeches, but again acquiesced to our need to use the outdoor patio for dancing under the stars and the string lights later in the evening.

Romantic Photo Time on a Littleton Garden Wedding Day is Quality Time Spent Together!

It all went off without a hitch and I couldn’t have asked for a kinder couple to spend time photographing. I could be off-base, but to me Mary Lynn and Chris seemed a little more on the introverted or shy side and I could tell spending time taking photos and being the center of attention was maybe not the most fun thing in the world for them. (I can completely relate to this!)

But, they were such good sports and went along with all of my ideas and prompts and we ended up with such lovely photos of the two of them together because of their willingness to get a little vulnerable and spend the time creating them. It’s pretty awesome when a couple thinks of their romantic photo time together on their wedding day as simply quality time they get to spend hanging out and enjoying each other’s company before they get to entertaining their guests instead of simply as the “taking wedding pictures” part of the day. I can’t thank them enough for that! Congratulations to this happy couple!

Groom getting ready in yurt at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms

Guys get ready inside the yurt at Chatfield Farms in Colorado

B&W wedding photojournalism in the garden at Chatfield Farms

Groom preps on his Littleton garden wedding day during summer

Dapper Groom Portrait at Chatfield Farms

Bride walks up to Groom during first look at Littleton Garden Wedding

A happy and sweet first look moment at a Littleton garden wedding

Bride and groom laugh together on their Littleton Garden wedding day at Chatfield Farms

Classic wedding portrait at a Littleton garden Wedding at Chatfield Farms

Walking through the grass at Littleton garden wedding during July in Colorado

KC Groves the Bluegrass Girl at a Littleton Garden Wedding at Chatfield Farms

Butterfly close up at Littleton Garden Wedding at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms

Groom walks down the aisle at his Littleton Garden Wedding

Littleton Garden Wedding Walking Down the Aisle at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms

Bride walks down the aisle at Littleton Garden Wedding in CO

Gazebo Littleton Garden Wedding Ceremony Open Air Field Chatfield Farms

Exchanging Rings in the Gazebo at a Littleton Garden Wedding

First Kiss at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms Wedding Ceremony

Outdoor Summer Wedding at the Wood Gazebo at Littleton Garden Wedding

Bride and groom walk away after their Littleton Garden wedding ceremony

Wedding Party Portrait in the woods at Littleton Garden Wedding

Beautiful portrait of bride and groom on the path in the woods at their Littleton Garden Wedding

Kissing near the brick silo at Chatfield Farms

Wedding portrait on a stormy summer day at Chatfield Farms

Individual portraits of bride and groom in the garden at Chatfield Farms

Full length bridal portrait at her Littleton Garden Wedding

Bride and groom snuggle on their Littleton Garden wedding day in Colorado

Posing with the rustic red barn backdrop at Littleton Garden Wedding

Wedding day portrait in the sunflowers at Chatfield Farms

Groom kisses his bride with red barn and yellow sunflower backdrop at Chatfield Farms

Grand entrance to the wedding reception at Chatfield Farms

The Green Farm Barn which is rustic and red at Chatfield Farms

Rustic hand painted wood sign at Chatfield Farms

Close up detail photos of the daisies at Chatfield Farms

Pink roses and baby's breath table centerpieces at Chatfield Farms

Detail photos of the pink roses in the centerpieces at Chatfield Farms

A Hummingbird snacks on flower nectar at a wedding at Chatfield Farms

Rustic wedding centerpieces at Chatfield Farms

Table Centerpieces at Chatfield Farms

Three tiered white wedding cake with pink roses from Kelly Kakes

Detail photos of wedding rings with twinkle light backdrop

Wedding speech inside the Green Farm Barn at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms

Bridesmaid gives a toast and kisses husband at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms

Sisters hug on a wedding day at Chatfield Farms

Mother of the bride smiles during speeches at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms

Wedding day speech inside rustic barn at Chatfield Farms

B&W wedding photo under the twinkle lights at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms

Dancing on the patio at a Chatfield Farms wedding reception

Dancing on the patio at a Chatfield Farms wedding reception

Dancing on the patio under the stars at a Littleton Garden Wedding at Night

Family candid photo during reception in a barn at Chatfield Farms

Dancing on the patio at a Chatfield Farms wedding reception

Couple portrait with twinkle lights at Chatfield Farms

Dancing on the patio at a Chatfield Farms wedding reception

Dancing on the patio at a Chatfield Farms wedding reception

Dancing on the patio at a Chatfield Farms wedding reception

Dancing on the patio at a Chatfield Farms wedding reception

Dancing on the patio at a Chatfield Farms wedding reception

Sweet end of the night wedding portrait with twinkle light backdrop at Chatfield Farms

The Green Farm Barn at Littleton Garden Wedding Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield lit up at dusk

Venue: Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms
Dress Shop: The Altar Bridal
Cake: Kelly Kakes
Florist (Bouquet/Boutonniere/Corsages): Arapahoe Floral
Caterer: Biscuits & Berries
Music: The Bluegrass Girl

For more photos and to read about why Chatfield Farms at Denver Botanic Gardens is one of my favorite wedding venues ever, please head over HERE!

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