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Rainy Wedding Day at Denver Botanic Gardens

June 24, 2021

Stormy Wedding Day at Historic Woodland Mosaic Solarium

I’m super excited to share these rainy wedding day photos on the journal this evening. You all may remember how rainy our spring was this year which definitely helped my garden look pretty awesome until the overnight heatwave came along to destroy the nice spring vibes. I was enjoying that brief rainy season we had here in Denver until it just would not stop at Stephanie & David’s Denver Botanic Gardens wedding. Usually it’ll rain here and there and then the sun busts through the clouds but not on this wedding day.  It felt like it rained the whole day. And it wasn’t that light nice sprinkle type of rain. It was full on super wet monsoon style rain. The poor wedding party was trying to stay dry under umbrellas until they could get inside the beautiful vintage green solarium in the Woodland Mosaic Garden where David and Stephanie would be exchanging their vows. I know what it’s like to have rain on your wedding day since it rain an absurd amount at my wedding reception.  But, I have to say, it does give a really romantic, cozy vibe so even though I was nervous about protecting my gear, I didn’t mind it so much.

Wedding Reception at Denver Botanic Gardens Orangery

Stephanie and David were supposed to host their reception at the solarium at the Woodlands Mosaic Garden, but due to the rain, their reception was moved over to the Orangery.  This was my first time getting to photograph a wedding there and I really love that space. It’s a long narrow greenhouse with huge glass garage doors that open up to a large concrete sidewalk patio area. It was a bit chilly on their wedding day so they opted to keep the doors closed, but I could see this area being a pretty awesome indoor/outdoor reception space on nicer days. After they had a chance to spend time with their friends and family, eat some lunch, listen to some toasts, and cut the cake, we used our last hour together to walk around the gardens creating some gorgeous garden wedding portraits for them. I was so happy that the rain had finally decided to take a break during this part of the day so we didn’t have to keep them under an umbrella the entire time. I absolutely love the photos we were able to create together!  Check out this collection of my favorites below!

Groom with his groomsmen getting folding their pocket squares with instructions on table inside the Orangery at Denver Botanic Gardens
Detail photo of groom folding up his green pocket square inside the Orangery at Denver Botanic Gardens
Groomsman gets help from his girlfriend with his bowtie on a wedding day inside the Orangery at Denver Botanic Gardens
Detail photo of wedding florals with pink, white, blue, and orange colors at Denver Botanic Gardens
Bride gets some help from the flower girl with her lace bolero in the classroom of Marnie's Pavilion at Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens Green Solarium set up for wedding ceremony on a rainy werdding day
Detail photo of the unique vintage globe shaped chandeliers hanging inside the Woodland Mosaic Solarium at Denver Botanic Gardens
Exterior photo of the vintage greenhouse solarium at Denver Botanic Gardens
Photo collage of the beautiful Jade plant inside the Denver Botanic Gardens historic green solarium in the Woodland Mosaic Garden area on a rainy wedding day
View of the Denver Botanic Gardens green solarium set up for wedding ceremony from the outside looking in with doors open on one end
Wide angle view of the inside of the historic green solarium at Woodland Mosaic Garden set up for a wedding on a rainy day in Colorado
First Look at Denver Botanic Gardens on a really wet rainy day during spring
Cute ringbearer wearing a furry mask and holding lime green umbrella walks into Woodland Mosaic Solarium on a rainy wedding day in Colorado
Bride walks with her day with pouring rain coming down under an umbrella at Woodland Mosaic Garden
Wide angle photo of bride and groom saying their vows inside the Green Solarium at Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado
View of couple getting married inside the historic green solarium on a wet rainy wedding day in Denver
Couple says their vows inside Woodland Mosaic Solarium at Denver Botanic Gardens
Matron of honor looks out at guests while standing in front of a Jade plant inside the Green Solarium at her friend's rainy wedding day at Denver Botanic Gardens
Groom puts ring on his bride's finger inside the Woodland Mosaic Solarium at Denver Botanic Gardens
Couple gets married on a stormy rainy wedding day inside the Green solarium at Denver Botanic Gardens
First kiss wedding ceremony inside the Woodland Mosaic Solarium at Denver Botanic Gardens
Wedding portrait for a couple standing inside the green solarium in the Woodland Mosaic Garden on their rainy wedding day at Denver Botanic Gardens
Wedding party group photo inside the Woodland Mosaic Garden historic green solarium at Denver Botanic Gardens
Classic wedding portrait inside the historic green solarium with Jade plants in the backdrop at Denver Botanic Gardens
Groom with his groomsmen inside the Green vintage solarium at Denver Botanic Gardens
Bride with her maid and matron of honor inside the green solarium on a wet and rainy wedding day at Denver Botanic Gardens
Beautiful Wedding Day Portrait of Bride and Groom Smiling inside the Vintage Green Solarium at Denver Botanic Gardens
A super rainy and wet wedding day with rain coming down hard at the Woodland Mosaic Garden Solarium at Denver Botanic Gardens
Detail photo of a lime tree with raindrops on it outside of the Orangery at Denver Botanic Gardens
Wedding reception set up inside the Orangery at Denver Botanic Gardens
Wedding guests enjoy the cello music from Cellist Katharine Smith inside the Orangery at Denver Botanic Gardens
Candid photo of family hugging at a wedding inside the Orangery at Denver Botanic Gardens
Casual candid photo of groom with his dad inside the Orangery on his rainy wedding day at Denver Botanic Gardens
Friends pose for a candid snapshot at a wedding reception at the Orangery at Denver Botanic Gardens
Kids run and play games inside the Orangery at Denver Botanic Gardens
Candid moments guests hug bride inside the Orangery at Denver Botanic Gardens
Bride with friends inside the Orangery on her rainy wedding day at Denver Botanic Gardens
Photo collage of the bride's intricate embroidery all over her wedding dress at Denver Botanic Gardens
Best man hugs bride and groom inside the Orangery at their wedding reception at Denver Botanic Gardens
Candid photo of couple with family inside the Orangery at their Denver Botanic Gardens wedding reception
Sweet photo of two girls at a wedding sitting on a bench with an umbrella eating a cupcake at the Orangery wedding reception at Denver Botanic Gardens
Detail photo of florals decorating a cocktail table inside the Orangery at Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado
Sweet photo of ringbearer sitting on his uncle's shoulders at a wedding reception at The Orangery at Denver Botanic Gardens
Wedding toasts for an afternoon wedding reception in the Orangery at Denver Botanic Gardens
Couple listens to toasts inside the Orangery at Denver Botanic Gardens
Couple cut their cute cake at Denver Botanic Gardens Orangery
Bride and groom pose for portraits in the June's Plant Asia area of Denver Botanic Gardens next to Japanese style circle arch
Bride and groom laugh together in front of a pretty purple floral garden at Denver Botanic Gardens on a rainy day
Individual portraits of bride and groom on their spring wedding day at Denver Botanic Gardens
Beautiful Rainy Wedding Day Photo at Denver Botanic Gardens along the main walkway at entrance
Dramatic garden filled walkway with bride and groom hand in hand at Denver Botanic Gardens on a stormy wedding day
Bride and groom hold hands in front of the beautiful romantic gardens area of Denver Botanic Gardens
Pretty yellow drooping flowers on a tree in the backdrop for bride and groom portrait in the courtyard outside of the Richard Crawford Campbell House at Denver Botanic Gardens
Couple kiss on a wood footbridge in the Japanese Garden area of Denver Botanic Gardens
Beautiful springtime wedding photo with pretty yellow flowers hanging from tree in the backdrop
Lovely classic wedding day portrait of bride and groom on their rainy wedding day at Denver Botanic Gardens
Gorgeous wedding photo for a couple standing in front of circle gate at Denver Botanic Gardens with roses framing them
Saved my favorite for last!

Be sure to head to the Denver Botanic Gardens venue page to see more photos and find more information about weddings hosted at this stunning garden wedding venue.  And if you’d like to find out more information about wedding photography, please check out the WEDDINGS page of my site and get in touch.  I’d love to hear more about your wedding plans!

Wedding Venue: Denver Botanic Gardens Denver, CO
Coordinator: Carlie Monett
Officiant: Daniel Monett
Musician: Katharine Smith, Cello Player Denver, CO
Baker: Devils’ Food Bakery Denver, CO
Florist: Bride did them herself with the help of her friends!

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