I believe 100% that Colorado is the best state in the country in which to photograph weddings. You have so many options: the Rocky Mountains, Denver’s urban city center, plus a plethora of other small towns + locations in all directions. As a Denver wedding photographer, I have had the pleasure of photographing weddings in a ton of rad wedding venues. Below are my top 10 Denver wedding venues (in no particular order) that I absolutely love to shoot at! Feel free to check out their websites in case you are in the market for booking a Denver wedding soon.
My Top 10 Denver Wedding Venues
This venue is perfect for a couple who’s looking for a location that’s glam inside with a little bit of an urban edge on the outside. Located just across from Sports Authority Field, Mile High Station offers two floors and copious amounts of space with a clean industrial feel. Couples can choose to hold their ceremony on the main floor with a cocktail hour upstairs immediately afterwards, or you can do what Kerry + Kevin did: align your ceremony seating in your dinner tables! I loved how innovative this couple was with their arrangements, as they didn’t want to waste any time moving from the ceremony to dinner.
The surrounding areas are what really sell Mile High Station for me. Just a few feet away you have a grungy but really cool viaduct, a view of the Denver skyline, and (my personal favorite place to shoot in Denver) four or five different colored walls, ranging from sea foam green to rich fuchsia. I love that I can take the bridal party or the couple to these spots for dramatic yet vibrant photos.
Situated in the up-and-coming RiNo Art District just north of downtown Denver, Blanc is a photographer’s dream: white-washed brick walls, an industrial feel with organic touches and plenty of natural light. Blanc boasts a multitude of options for your wedding day, as the site itself has indoor + outdoor options, plus a rad little industrial barn that’s perfect for staging your dessert table or bar.
So far, I’ve yet to shoot a real wedding at Blanc (any takers?!) but have shot there often when working for Veil Trends, a locally-owned bridal accessories business. Everything — even the bathrooms — is just downright cool. This venue is perfect for any couple who is looking for a refreshingly uncluttered venue that they can transform for their special day.
Ask any photographer and they’ll tell you that they love hotel weddings. Why? Because of the ease that is created by having everything in one spot! One of my favorite downtown Denver hotels for weddings is the Hyatt Regency at the Colorado Convention Center, which is situated in the heart of downtown near the famous Big Blue Bear.
At the Hyatt, the ceremony spot is unbeatable for city views. Nestled amongst Denver’s high-rises, the fourth-floor terrace provides sweeping vistas of the city, including the iconic Daniels + Fisher Tower and that funky-looking pencil art installation. As an added bonus, the mountains are just to the west — the sunset possibilities for this venue are endless! Annie + Drew chose this spot for all of these reasons and more, and I especially love how their ceremony + bridal party photos turned out!
One of Denver’s newer venues, the Studios at Overland Crossing has it all. Like many of the venues listed in this blog post, it provides for a clean feel on the inside while rich with urban + industrial character on the outside. Clare + Drew opted to have their Denver wedding here, and their organic décor choices blended seamlessly with the venue.
The Studios at Overland Crossing is located near Broadway + Evans, which is a nice respite from having to deal with crazy downtown parking. The site has two separate locations inside: a larger ballroom-esque space for receptions and a smaller spot for the ceremony + cocktail hour. If the couple are lucky, you can also hop up onto their roof for some stunning night portraits. Who wouldn’t want to do that?!
One of the most iconic hotels in downtown Denver, The Oxford Hotel is located just next to Denver’s hottest scene, Union Station. The hotel itself is on the National Register of Historic Places and has so much character throughout its walls. The Oxford’s famous bar, The Cruise Room, gives homage to the 1920s + even operated as a speakeasy during prohibition. And, they make really delicious martinis (I know from personal experience).
For weddings, this hotel offers a ton of options for couples. The site has multiple different ceremony settings, with different spaces available for cocktail hour. The rooms are also outstanding; both of my brides who were married here (Kim and Caitlin) got ready in the ultra-swanky presidential suite. Additionally, with McCormick’s onsite for catering + an option to get ready at the spa just a few doors down, everything is conveniently accessible for an awesome city couple.
If you are looking to get married in the city but don’t necessarily want an urban aesthetic to your wedding, the Denver Botanic Gardens is the spot for you. Situated on 23 lush acres in the Cheesman Park neighborhood, this is definitely a guests’ choice for Denver wedding venues. I’ve attended a wedding here and as a guest, it is so cool to be able to wander around the gardens during cocktail hour or before the ceremony.
Renza + Chad chose this gorgeous locale for their intimate wedding, and they were fortunate enough to have chosen a date that would align with the installation of Dale Chihuly’s famous glassworks. It was so neat to be able to photograph them with his art in the background, as it provided interesting color pops throughout the photos. Even though his exhibition has since moved on, the venue itself is still full of magical opportunities for wedding photos.
Downtown Denver’s premier luxury hotel is a must-see for any couple searching for a city-centered wedding. The pool deck and that staircase are enough to convince me to book this space for a wedding! As it was built only a few years ago, the hotel offers stunning rooms for guests and the perfect location in the heart of downtown. Add to that a top-notch staff + the most hospitable amenities and you have one of the best options for your wedding.
Above all else (including that view from the pool deck — wow!), the staff and service is what really makes the Four Seasons unique. Guests are treated like royalty, and in such an extravagant locale as this, you really do walk away feeling as though you were a king or queen for the night. While this venue is on my wedding bucket list, I have photographed my beautiful bride Ashley here for her pre-wedding bridal portraits and done a glam styled shoot here as well.
Not every wedding will have upwards of 100 guests, so it’s important to have a more intimate option when thinking about your ceremony + reception venue. The Wash Park Studio is the perfect choice for those planning a more personal wedding. I love this venue for providing just that: a cherished coziness that guests aren’t soon to forget.
The interior of the Wash Park Studio (which, by name, also doubles as a studio option for photographers and other industry creatives during the week) features classic brick walls + plenty of windows for natural light. A cascading facade of crystal beadwork was set up for Augusto + Fabricio’s fabulous wedding below, and soft green uplighting accented the strands by adding a burst of color, which always photographs well.
I never tire of photographing at this venue, whether it’s for a wedding, senior portraits or mini-sessions. The amphitheater, located on top a vast hill to the east edge of the park (which once used to be Denver’s first cemetery — ee!), provides the best spot for photos in this park full of trees + open spaces for activities.
My most recent Cheesman Park wedding here was with Lane + Lois, who decided to elope just after the announcement of the landmark Supreme Court decision supporting marriage equality for all. We secured a small corner of the amphitheater for the ceremony and hung around for a bit afterwards to capture some portraits in the gleaming afternoon light.
Rounding out my list of my favorite Denver wedding venues is the Grant-Humphreys Mansion in Capitol Hill. It’s a beauty of a venue, flush with neoclassical historic accents. It was built in 1902 for the third governor of the state of Colorado, James Benton Grant.
The Grant-Humphreys Mansion is not only a personal favorite of mine for weddings but I also love to shoot boudoir here during the week. The venue is truly a mansion in the sense of the word, with more bedrooms than I can count, plus a basement, sun room, kitchen, and cute little secret stairwells hidden throughout the house. This site is exactly what a vintage couple is looking for, as the interior is decorated with old-fashioned settees + furniture alike.
Bonus! Artwork Network
This list would not be complete without a mention of one of the rad art galleries in the Santa Fe Art District. Artwork Network is my top choice for venues in that area, as it has one of the coolest spots for a ceremony: right inside the gallery! The cascading wall of white Christmas lights makes for an ethereal backdrop in front of the couple + their bridal party, and the art that takes residence on the walls of the venue is the perfect way to entertain guests during cocktail hour.
The neighboring alleyways and funky décor of the area provide for remarkable photo opportunities. Chris + Buochay took advantage of the spunky character of the locale and did a ton of cool bridal party photos outside, just around the venue itself. Their outside-of-the-box style meshed incredibly well with this venue; how many grooms do you know who can pull off fuchsia pants, velvet loafers + no socks? Not many, my friends.
Top 10 Denver Wedding Venues | Honorable Mentions
While all of the venues above have a true Denver zip code, there are still plenty of awesome wedding venues just outside city limits for couples who don’t want to be in the hustle + bustle of the Mile High City. Here are my favorite venues that are still within an hour of Denver, but not deep into the mountains for those who don’t want to deal with nutty I-70 traffic:
Lionsgate Center; Lafayette, CO | Villa Parker; Parker, CO | Hudson Gardens; Littleton, CO | Highlands Ranch Mansion; Highlands Ranch, CO | Chatfield Botanic Gardens; Littleton, CO | The Manor House; Littleton, CO | The Inverness Hotel; Englewood, CO
*Note: The list only includes venues where I have shot in the past, which is a requirement to make this list.