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WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS OPEN DURING COVID-19 - Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

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The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado Elopement Photo Story Award

Broadmoor Hotel Wedding Ceremony Venue image from an Outdoor civil garden ceremony

Broadmoor of Colorado Springs - Weddings Photographer | Elopement officiant, Rev. Steve Koeppen, performed the ceremony on the lawn next to the lake

Scott and Dorothea's wedding ceremony with the wedding officiant, Rev. Steve Koeppen.

Dorothea and Scott’s Broadmoor 2020 wedding on September 25th, wasn’t what they had originally planned. The COVID-19 pandemic forced them to cancel their scheduled wedding plans at the Cherokee Ranch & Castle south of Denver, for about 120 guests.

Their new plan moved the wedding ceremony and reception location to The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. Geri and I were their photographers, witnesses, and only guests. Wedding officiant, Rev. Steve Koeppen, performed the ceremony on the lawn next to the lake, while Katie Hogan, Catering Sales Manager for The Broadmoor, took care of all the wedding details such as scheduling Dorothea’s hairstyling and makeup at The Broadmoor Salon and securing a dinner reservation at the Italian restaurant, Ristorante Del Lago in the hotel. Geri and I were invited to share a six-course dinner with wine pairings and a wedding cake. It was, without a doubt, the best meal I’ve ever relished at a wedding.

Three years ago I photographed Scott’s daughter, Alison’s wedding after Denver Post staff photographer Helen Richardson, referred Alison and Scott to me. Geri and Scott worked together at The Denver Post, where he is the Sports Editor and Geri was the marketing director. Geri would attend editorial meetings to discuss story ideas and projects the marketing department would then promote.

Dorothea and Scott were introduced by mutual friends two years ago in spite of the fact that they have very different backgrounds. Scott, as you might expect, is all about sports, while Dorothea is all about the arts, especially theater and opera. Luckily for both of them, Denver has plenty to offer in the world of sports and the performing arts!

Colorado COVID wedding day photography of The groom having his boutonniere pinned on

Wedding Photographer at the Broadmoor Hotel and Resort | The bride reacts to seeing the grooms boutonniere

Dorothea reacts to seeing Scott's boutonniere being pinned on.

Colorado Wedding Photography of a little COVID mask romance on their way to their outdoor elopement ceremony

Broadmoor Hotel of Colorado Springs, CO Wedding Picture Session | A kiss before leaving their wedding suite

Dorothea and Scott kiss before leaving their wedding suite on their way to their wedding ceremony.

Colorado COVID wedding reception Venue image of The bride and groom walking through the lobby at The Broadmoor Hotel

Colorado Springs Broadmoor Hotel Wedding Picture | on their way to their wedding ceremony through the lobby

Dorothea and Scott walk through the lobby at The Broadmoor Hotel on their way to their wedding ceremony.

Colorado wedding photography showing Some COVID fun riding in an elevator on the way to their ceremony

Broadmoor Wedding Venue Photography at Colorado Springs | The bride laughs at how the grooms COVID-19 mask covered his face

Dorothea laughs at how Scott's COVID-19 mask covered his face while riding in an elevator on the way to their ceremony.

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony photo from Colorado of The ring exchange during their outside civil ceremony

Broadmoor Wedding Photographer of Colorado Springs | wedding ring is placed on her finger

Scott places Dorothea's wedding ring on her finger during their wedding ceremony.

Colorado Outdoor wedding reception venue image of The bride and groom in route to their dinner

 The Broadmoor Wedding Venue of Colorado Springs | The newlyweds walk away from their wedding ceremony

The newlyweds walk away from their wedding ceremony in route to their reception dinner.