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Denver Botanic Gardens Engagement Photos during Spring

May 13, 2011

I’m thrilled to share these Denver Botanic Gardens engagement photos with the world today.  Does anyone remember any days where it rained this hard for 2 whole days in a row?  Yeah, me either.  I thought we were in the desert here?  Don’t get me wrong.  I actually adore the rain because we really get so little of it.  If I didn’t make my living as an on-location photographer I’d probably do little rain dances in my living room every week or so in hopes that it would bring on some more of these kinds of storms.  I even sometimes play a little ipod mix called “Sleepytime” at night when I can’t sleep.  It features fake ocean waves and loud crashing thunderstorms and rainstorms which is not nearly as good as the real thing because part of the reason rain is so awesome is because of the way it smells.   There’s not a whole lot better in this world than cuddling up under a blankie with a good book and a rainstorm going on outside.  Yeah yeah yeah…that’s what everyone says is their favorite thing about the rain right?  Well, that’s because it’s amazing;)

Heather & Daniel are lucky because they live in Seattle so I imagine that they always get to cuddle up under blankies while reading good books and their rainstorms are real and not some artificially created “Sounds of Nature” cd they found at the dollar store.  However, they somehow managed to bring their Seattle weather with them to Denver on the one day we were supposed to fit in their engagement session.  Haha, do you like how I blamed them even though it had already been raining for 2 days when they arrived?   A light sprinkle we can definitely deal with, but the downpour we’ve had just wouldn’t do for an outdoor photo session.  So we made some last minute calls to see what places in the Denver Metro area could save us and the Conservatory at the Denver Botanic Gardens totally came through!  Technically you are supposed to request photo sessions there at least 5 days in advance, but we are lucky that they are so nice over there and they managed to fit us in that day.  The funny thing is, by the time we got there the rain decided to take a rest and we were left almost completely alone in the outdoor gardens with hardly any people around at all.  Score!

Seriously, life is funny.  I will admit, I was a little stressed trying to figure out what we’d do for our session as a reschedule wasn’t possible this time.  And in the end, we had beautiful light, gorgeous green gardens, and ended up with some of my favorite engagement session photos ever.  Denver Botanic Gardens engagement photos are my favorite now!

Heather and Daniel,

It was so much fun to hang out with you guys and your sis yesterday.  Thank you so much for being so laid back about the location changes and just rolling with it.  I think you will really like your pics:)

-April

It’s kinda like a keyhole!
Denver CO Japanese Garden Engagement Photography

The gardens really look awesome after all of that rain. There was just so many areas to use. I could have photographed for hours!
Kissing engaged couple in the Denver Botanic Gardens

I LOVE this one:)
Creative Colorado Engagement Photography

This area reminds me of some of the gardens I saw while in England.
Gorgeous dramatic Denver CO Engagement Photography

How romantic:)
Romantic and unique Denver Botanic Gardens Engagement Photos

They look so happy here!
Fun and playful Colorado Engagement Photography

One last one of the lovely couple!
Lovely Engagement Photos at Denver Botanic Gardens

Please check out the Engagement Photography Gallery for examples of my favorite engagement pictures throughout the years!

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  1. Danielle says:

    beautiful!! You can’t even tell that it was soggy out!
    Is it just me or does Heather look a lot like the beautiful blonde girl form scrubs?? 🙂

  2. April says:

    Omg, Danielle I was totally thinking that when I was processing these! But I always seem to think that people look like other people. (I remember faces pretty easily-wish I was better at names though! lol) I think that actresses name is Sarah Chalke. Remember when she was on Roseanne?

  3. Leanne says:

    LOVE that first image! Everything about it is PERFECT!

  4. Corine Tran says:

    wow gorgeous couple and location! Love the variety and lighting!

  5. Yana says:

    These are so fun! The first one is my favorite, it is beautiful.

  6. Lisa Little says:

    Gorgeous couple and perfect location for an engagement session! Love all the variety!

  7. Amy G. says:

    Beautiful couple and lovely location. These are great!

  8. Aimee Buxton says:

    Love this location. So lush and green and Springy! They are a gorgeous couple. Lovely photos.

  9. Elle says:

    Super cute couple and I love all of the variety! They will love these!!

  10. Lila says:

    WOW April! These are awesome! You always have such creative compositions – these are just fabulous!!

  11. tina stinson says:

    great session, they look so happy! Great session!

  12. Amanda says:

    What an AWESOME session! I just love the unique location and posing. Great job on these…they must be SO happy.

  13. Lina says:

    Beautiful location, and such a fun couple. Great captures!