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Garden of the Gods Wedding Ceremony at Jaycee Plaza

September 24, 2022

Stormy Summer Wedding at Jaycee Plaza at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs

I am so pleased to finally get to share the photos from this sweet couple’s beautiful wedding day at Garden of the Gods. It started off a teensy bit stormy, but the rain never got too bad at their outdoor wedding in Colorado Springs. Courtney and Jared had a medium sized wedding with their family and friends coming all the way from Texas to celebrate with a weekend of fun activities in the great outdoors of Colorado. They capped off their weekend of fun by getting married at Garden of the Gods with a lovely dinner afterward held at the Craftwood Inn which is a super cute, fairytale looking kind of place in Manitou Springs. They said “I do” near Jaycee Plaza and we spent some time capturing a bunch of group photos with all of their family and friends who made their way to Colorado to enjoy the weekend with them. After we captured the group photos, we drove around Garden of the Gods photographing them in all of the beautiful places. I could have photographed them for hours, but we had to get them back to their party to join cocktail hour with their guests and get dinner started. It was an absolutely beautiful day and I really love all of the photos we were able to create together that day. Below I’ve picked out a small selection of some of my personal favorites that I think help show the story of their wedding day. 

Courtney and Jared, THANK YOU so much for your patience with seeing your photos. I hope you love them. Congratulations on getting married!

Groom walks with his parents down the aisle with red rock backdrop at Garden of the Gods wedding ceremony
Mother of the bride walks down the aisle at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs CO
Bride walks down the aisle with pretty red rock scenery in the backdrop as her groom waits for her at Jaycee Plaza at Garden of the Gods
Bride walks with her dad down the aisle with gorgeous red rock backdrop at Garden of the Gods
Pretty scenery for an outdoor wedding at Garden of the Gods wedidng ceremony at Jaycee Plaza
Bride and groom look at each other at their Garden of the Gods wedding ceremony during a stormy summer day
Outdoor wedding ceremony with white rock backdrop at Jaycee Plaza at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs
Gorgeous outdoor summer wedding ceremony at Jaycee Plaza at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs
Garden of the Gods wedding ceremony on a stormy summer day at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs
Bride and groom laugh during their outdoor wedding ceremony at Garden of the Gods at Jaycee Plaza
Ring exchange at a Garden of the Gods wedding at Jaycee Plaza in Colorado Springs Colorado
Bride and groom kiss at their wedding ceremony at Garden of the Gods
Family portraits at Garden of the Gods at a summer wedding at Jaycee Plaza in Colorado Springs CO
Family pictures at Jaycee Plaza Wedding at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs CO
Family photos at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs at a summer wedding
Groom portrait with pretty Red Rock Backdrop at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs
Bridal Portrait at Jaycee Plaza at her Summer Wedding at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs
Bride and groom pose for a portrait with a white rock backdrop after their summer wedding ceremony at Jaycee Plaza in Garden of the Gods
Bride and groom walk hand in hand on the main sidewalk at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs
Portrait of Mom and Dad on their daughter's wedding day at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs
Gorgeous wedding portrait at High Point on a Summer wedding day at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs
Beautiful wedding scenery at Garden of the Gods at High Point
Bride and groom look out at the mountain scenery after their outdoor wedding ceremony at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs
Bride and groom portrait at Mesa Overlook at Garden of the Gods
Gorgeous Summer Wedding Photo at Mesa Overlook at Garden of the Gods
Exterior photo of Craftwood Inn in Manitou Springs CO
Grandparents enjoy some patio time during cocktail hour at Craftwood Inn in Manitou Springs CO
wedding guests enjoy cocktail hour on the patio at Craftwood Inn in Manitou Springs
Scenery from the interior of Craftwood Inn Wedding venue at a summer wedding in Manitou Springs
Interior Photo of the Dining Room Area of Craftwood Inn Wedding Venue in Manitou Springs CO
wedding prayer before dinner at Craftwood Inn in Manitou Springs
Scenes from an indoor wedding reception at Craftwood Inn in Manitou Springs CO
Father of the bride gives a speech at her wedding at the Craftwood Inn in Colorado Springs CO
Bride and groom laugh during the speeches at their Craftwood Inn Wedding Reception
Bride and groom load up their plates with delicious food at Craftwood Inn on their wedding day
Romantic portrait of Bride and groom gazing into each other's eyes with a mountain backdrop at Craftwood Inn Patio During Summer
Beautiful sunset wedding portrait on the patio at Craftwood Inn in Manitou Springs CO
Fairytale wedding at Craftwood Inn in Manitou Springs
Bride and groom hold hands in front of the sandstone gate at Craftwood Inn in Manitou Springs CO
Detail photos of the decor at a summer wedding at Craftwood Inn in Manitou Springs
Beautiful wedding cake at Craftwood Inn in Manitou Springs
Bride and groom cut their cake at the Craftwood Inn at their summer wedding day in Manitou Springs
Bride and groom first dance inside Craftwood Inn in Colorado Springs
Romantic photo of the bride and groom dancing their first dance at Craftwood Inn in Colorado Springs
Parent dances at Craftwood Inn in Manitou Springs CO
Wedding guests have fun dancing at Craftwood Inn in Manitou Springs
Bride's parents dance at her wedding at the Craftwood Inn in Manitou Springs CO
Stunning summer wedding portrait at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, CO

Ceremony & Reception Musicians: Gus Meza
Ceremony Venue: Jaycee Plaza at Garden of the Gods Colorado Springs, CO
Reception Venue: Craftwood Inn Manitou Springs
Cake: Sugar Plum Cake Shop Colorado Springs, CO
Florist: Dawn’s Creations Colorado Springs, CO

Are you looking for a Garden of the Gods wedding photographer?  I have information about Garden of the Gods weddings HERE and information about wedding photography HERE. Check out the links and get in touch. I’d love to help! 

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  1. Erin says:

    Beautiful wedding captured perfectly!

  2. Amy Foust says:

    April- thank you so much for all of your work on these photos….it was a crazy busy weekend but it was so lovely and such a fun wedding….we ❤️ Colorado!!! You did an incredible job and I am recommending you all over Facebook 😂!!