Five days after we made it home from our New Year’s Day wedding in Houston, we were back on the road once again. This time, our destination was southern Colorado for Emily and Tyler’s super fun (and super cold) Bishop Castle engagement.
Billed as the world’s “largest one-man project,” the castle sits on two and a half acres of land nestled in the San Isabel National Forest, just southwest of Pueblo. The owner and builder, Jim Bishop, started construction on the castle in 1969. At first, it was meant to be a one-room stone cottage, but Jim didn’t stop there. He continued building upward for years to ultimately create what is now one of Colorado’s most unique attractions. And the coolest part is that the castle is free for all who want to visit.
Since Emily and Tyler are planning a Disney villain-themed wedding, we thought that Bishop Castle would be the perfect destination for their Alt Session. Even better, mother nature decided to drop four inches of snow on Colorado the day of the shoot, turning the already picturesque setting into a veritable winter wonderland.
Once we arrived, Moira and I started by scouting the castle on our own. She stayed on the lower levels while I climbed my way up to the very tip of the tallest turret, which was probably one of the top ten most frightening experiences of my life. Emily and Tyler arrived a couple hours before sunset and we took our time shooting with these two amazing people who were kind enough and patient enough to bear with us as the temperatures dropped into the low-teens. By the time we wrapped up at blue hour, we were all frozen to the bone, but during the four-hour drive home, I knew that that the experience was well-worth the physical pain endured.
Emily and Tyler, thank you so much for taking the time to drive halfway across the state in a snowstorm and brave the elements during your Bishop Castle engagement. We know it wasn’t easy and we really appreciate your willingness to go the extra mile. We can’t wait for your wedding in October!