Romantic Botanic Gardens Wedding // Denver, CO


Groom kisses bride's shoulder at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Welcome to Marina and Cody's July wedding at the Denver Botanic Gardens!


The day begin early in the morning with a ceremony at a Greek orthodox church. Cody's family has Greek roots and Marina's family immigrated from Serbia, so this was very important for their families. In a thoughtful and emotional move, Marina opted to wear her mother's original wedding gown for this ceremony. The couple was crowned and pronounced married, and they exited the church into a shower of money.


Several hours later we reconnected at the Clayton Members Club Hotel in Cherry Creek where Marina's hair and make-up was underway. Her wedding party worked together to steam any wrinkles out of her second gown and cathedral-length embroidered veil. Marina and Cody had a first look in the hotel lobby, seeing each other in their new formal wedding outfits before heading into a limo to the botanic gardens. Despite a light rain, we found locations to do the wedding party photos as well as all of the photos of Marina and Cody before the ceremony even started!


The floral arch and the string trio playing the prelude to the ceremony at the Romantic Gardens added a seriously romantic element to the afternoon. Guests were greeted with ice water and lemonade (it was a hot, humid day!) and asked to take their seats. After their second ceremony, officiated by a friend this time, the two were pronounced again! Wedding guests were invited to cocktail hour outdoors before being invited to a family-style dinner in Mitchell Hall. A series of toasts - a mix of heartfelt toasts and raucous roasts, my favorite - and a live band set the tone for a rowdy night on the dance floor. Exactly what Cody and Marina wanted!


Congratulations again to the newlyweds :)


VENDORS

Wedding Planner | Lindsey of COLLECTIVE/by Sachs

Florist | Flowers Forever Design

Hair & Make-Up | Beauty on Location

Venue | Denver Botanic Gardens

Caterer | Catering by Design

Bar | Mondo Vino

Cake | Whole Foods

Live Music | Syndicate Band

Transportation | Sunset Limos


Priest places crowns on bride and groom's heads during wedding ceremony

Bride and groom stand at the altar holding candles in Orthodox Church

Priest performs wedding ceremony at Orthodox Church

Priest performs wedding ceremony at Orthodox Church

Bride and groom share their first kiss at the altar

Bride and groom walk out of the church smiling and holding hands as their guests clap

Bride and groom laugh as they exit the church, surrounded by their guests

Bride and groom pose in dark green canopy at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Bride and groom smile and pose in dark green canopy at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Groom kisses bride on the cheek as she smiles at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Black and white image of bride and groom kissing at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Bride and groom smile at each other in front of desert plants at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Bride and groom smile at each other in front of lily pad pond at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Bride and groom nuzzle in front of lily pad pond at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Bride and groom stare into each other's eyes at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Bride and groom embrace each other behind yellow flowers at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Bride whispers into groom's ear as he laughs

Bride and groom hold hands behind tall, green grasses at the Denver Botanic Gardens


Bride and her father walk down the aisle together at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Groom tears up as he watches bride walk down the aisle toward him at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Bride and her father walk down the aisle toward the altar at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Bride and her father hug as he gives her away at the altar at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Bride and groom share first kiss at a flower altar at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Newly married bride and groom walk down the aisle in front of cheering guests at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Bride and groom laugh as they walk down the aisle together at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Bride and groom pose with their families at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Close up shot of wedding rings in a white flower at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Close up view of the bride and groom's wedding rings


Bride and groom walk onto the dance floor in front of cheering guests at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Bride and groom kiss in front of their wedding cake at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Bride and groom share their first dance during the reception at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Bride and groom share their first dance on the dance floor at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Bride and groom share their first dance at the Denver Botanic Gardens