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!

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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Bride and Groom Portrait | Washington DC Wedding | Destination Wedding Photographer | J. La Plante Photo

Washington DC Wedding

Christa and Jeremy’s Washington, DC, wedding day started serenely. While the rental house bustled with general wedding chaos, Christa sat calmly in a room upstairs as her friend and bridesmaid, Cheyenne, set about doing her hair and makeup. Alternating sips of coffee and mimosa, Christa did her best to answer questions without disturbing Cheyenne’s artistry….
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Bride and Groom Portrait | Downtown Denver Wedding | Denver Wedding Photographer | J. La Plante Photo

Grand Hyatt Denver Wedding

I love going into a wedding already knowing that the couple is game for just about anything. This was exactly the case for Tova and Aaron’s Grand Hyatt Denver wedding, because not every couple will hike up the Great Sand Dunes in formal wear for the sole purpose of capturing epic Alt Session photos! It’s…
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Sunrise Wedding Photo | Rhode Island Wedding | Destination Wedding Photographer | J. La Plante Photo

Rhode Island Wedding

To say that Cynthia and Tim are driven would be a massive understatement. She’s a grad student at Harvard and he’s a celebrated lawyer in Rhode Island. And while this would be more than enough responsibility for most people, they decided to also take on the challenge of planning a spectacular Rhode Island wedding! Though…
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Outdoor Wedding Ceremony | Denver Botanic Gardens Wedding | Denver Wedding Photographer | J. La Plante Photo

Denver Botanic Gardens Wedding

August 18th was hands down the most popular wedding date of this entire year. Jesse and I had inquiries for the date coming in up to a month ago. And even though it seems we could have filled this date with any number of couples, we’re so thrilled that P&S booked us almost two years…
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JW Marriott Cherry Creek Wedding | Denver wedding photographer | J La Plante Photo

Cherry Creek Wedding

After spending much of the previous week in the mountains, we were looking forward to mixing it up a bit with Patricia and Kevin’s Cherry Creek wedding at the JW Marriott. Don’t get me wrong, I love the mountains. But Denver is a city with unending nooks and crannies perfect for wedding photography and we…
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Seattle Wedding | Destination wedding photographer | J La Plante Photo

Seattle Wedding

We’re back! We had a lovely two-week pause from photographing weddings, which we used to wrap up post-production on past weddings and do a whole lotta prep work for upcoming weddings (okay, and maybe we fit a brewery or two in there). And then, precisely a day after delivering the final gallery from our first…
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History Colorado Wedding | Denver wedding photographer | J La Plante Photo

History Colorado Wedding

Rashni and GEHS’s History Colorado wedding this weekend celebrated not only the joining of two families in marriage, but also the joining of two countries:  the United States and Canada, our neighbor to the North. And what better day to do it than Canada Day? The couple exchanged vows at Washington Park‘s Mount Vernon Garden…
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New Orleans Wedding | Destination wedding photographer | J La Plante Photo

New Orleans Destination Wedding

Laissez les bon temps rouler! Jesse and I hopped a plane last weekend to go to the Big Easy for Carrie & Cody’s New Orleans destination wedding. The weather was gorgeous and the venue, Race & Religious, was steeped in Louisiana history. New Orleans is definitely one of our favorite cities in the world. The…
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Chatfield Botanic Gardens wedding | Denver Wedding photographer | J La Plante Photo

Chatfield Gardens Wedding

It’s been a season of firsts for us – from a nighttime portrait with the Denver skyline in the background to a pre-wedding snowboarding shoot at Beaver Creek. And while we’ve had plenty of adorable dogs and children as ring bearers, last weekend was the first time we had a mini-pig trot the rings down…
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University of Denver Wedding | Denver wedding photographer | J La Plante Photo

University of Denver Wedding

There’s a lot you can say about Colorado, but you certainly can’t say the weather here is boring. We saw clouds, a little bit of sun popping out, light drizzle, torrential downpour, snow flurries, and even graupel at Alliy and Phil’s University of Denver wedding on Saturday. But I was most impressed by the couple’s attitudes through the entire day. They…
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