Planning a City Wedding

As well all know, Colorado is most well-known for its majestic mountains. The Rocky Mountain region comprises more than half of the state’s total area, but probably more like ninety-nine percent of what people imagine when they think of the Centennial State. Believe it or not, city weddings in Colorado are a thing too!

There are a few good reasons to consider having a city wedding in Colorado, most of which have to do with travel for guests coming in from out of town. Weather in the high Rockies can be unpredictable throughout all four months of the year. In fact, we photographed a wedding in Breckenridge on the summer solstice a few years ago and it snowed. So, if you’re having a lot of guests who aren’t accustomed to driving in the mountains, having a wedding on the front range (e.g., Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, etc.) might be worth considering.

In addition to weather, the thin air at high elevations can be difficult to cope with if you’re not used to it. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t have a mountain wedding, but if you do, make sure to encourage your family and friends to drink water in abundance and alcohol in moderation. Altitude sickness is no joke!

We’ve been shooting city weddings in Colorado (and all over the United States) since we started J. La Plante Photo way back in 2008. While we’ve always shot the majority of our wedding in the mountains, city weddings offer a unique alternative and change of pace that allows us to flex creative muscles we don’t get to use too often. These days, we shoot two or three city weddings in Colorado per year and we always welcome the opportunity.

Below, you’ll find a selection of our favorite city weddings from over the years. Feel free to browse and, as always, reach out to us directly if you have any questions or would like to check availability for your wedding date!

nighttime winter wedding ceremony at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Winter Wedding in Denver

Two weekends into 2023 and we’re already two weddings into the new season, thanks to Morgan and Brad’s winter wedding in Denver. As far as wedding days go, these two planned one of the best: ✓ Good friends, ✓ Good food,✓ Good wine, and ✓ Stunning ambiance. For Morgan and Brad’s portrait sessions (that’s right,…
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beautiful sunset wedding photo in downtown Denver

Denver Athletic Club Wedding

If there’s one word to describe Bobbie Sue and Grant’s Denver Athletic Club Wedding, it would be: Character. As Bobbie Sue explained in her vows, a wedding she attended as a young girl put her on the path that led her to Grant. A man at this wedding was the life of the party and…
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bride and groom spraying champagne in downtown Denver

Denver Vow Renewal

Most weekends, Jesse and I get to hang out with our clients at the beginning of their journey together. But for Natalie and Jay’s Denver vow renewal, we had the chance to spend the day with a couple who are 20 years into their adventure (with many more to go). Now, if you’ve spent more…
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bride and groom on city street at nighttime in downtown Denver

Brown Palace Wedding

In the midst of a small lull in weddings, we are so excited to look back at Emily and Tyler’s Brown Palace wedding from last fall! This was our first time photographing in this illustrious building, but we hope it’s far from the last. We knew we liked Emily and Tyler from the moment we…
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Pinery Colorado Springs wedding venue

Pinery Colorado Springs Wedding

There are a lot of “typical” things you could do at your wedding. You could follow all the trends in wedding magazines and blogs. You could get married in the summer. You could wear a white dress. You could walk down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon in D. Or you could adopt Lindsey and Fernando’s…
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bride and groom in front of Colorado Springs city skyline

Garden of the Gods Wedding

Anya and Ben’s Garden of the Gods wedding was so epic, it couldn’t be contained to a single day or location. Instead, we joined the couple and their guests for three days of partying at the Garden of the Gods Resort and the Pinery, both with equally beautiful – but vastly different – views of Colorado Springs.
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nighttime wedding photo of bride and groom with the Denver skyline in the background

Wellshire Event Center Wedding

As with many celebrations this year, this Wellshire Event Center wedding was a long time in the making. In being by Cortney and Justin’s side as they first went through planning an entire wedding, then making the difficult choice to postpone it, and then picking up with the planning again, one thing was very clear…
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denver clock tower wedding photo

Denver Clock Tower Wedding

A lot of people right now are going on and on about knowing that a couple is good together by how much grace they’ve had while planning a pandemic wedding. That’s true, to an extent. But after watching Hanna and Dan’s Denver Clock Tower wedding, I’ve found a much better measure. I discovered this during…
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bride and groom with confetti

Bella Sera Wedding

Earlier this month, we had the pleasure of photographing Derae and Dillon’s Bella Sera wedding in Brighton, Colorado. But before we dive into the photos from the wedding, let’s take a few moments to rewind. A little over two years ago, Dillon was involved in a horrific accident when an explosion at the oil field…
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Nighttime Photo of Bride and Groom | Pinery at the Hill Wedding | Colorado Springs Wedding Photographer | J. La Plante Photo

Pinery at the Hill Wedding

If you think about it, the odds of finding your soulmate, out of the 7.5 billion+ people on this planet, are slim to none. In fact, someone did the math and it turns out that, “…you would find true love only in one lifetime out of 10,000.” I’m usually pretty scientifically minded, but Melissa and…
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Bride and Groom in sculpture | Ironworks Wedding | Denver Wedding Photographer | J. La Plante Photo

Ironworks Wedding

After most weddings, Jesse and I head home to drink whiskey and cull photos into the early morning hours. Not so after Christine and Dan’s wedding. Instead, we unpacked, hydrated, stretched, recharged batteries, and recharged ourselves. Because we had a big responsibility to bring our A-game to Frances and Bryce’s Ironworks wedding the very next…
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Bride and Groom First Look | St Vrain Wedding | Boulder Wedding Photographer | J. La Plante Photo

St. Vrain Wedding

When Shelby first reached out to me to talk about her St Vrain Wedding, she warned me that she and Brian were going to do things a bit differently. Their wedding wasn’t going to be “typical.” But Jesse and I long ago left behind the idea that there’s a right or wrong way to do…
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