If there is one thing I’ve learned in shooting hundreds of weddings, it’s that God has an excellent sense of comedic timing. Our lives often take totally unexpected paths that lead us exactly where we need to be. No where has that been more evident than at Alex and Josh’s Denver Botanic Gardens wedding.
Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms offers an unusual getting ready space for the groom and groomsmen. That’s a yurt. If you ever wondered what a yurt looks like, now you know. You’re welcome. Nate and I might really like this venue just because we get to say “yurt” over and over again. Well, that’s not the only reason. Keep scrolling.
If you think Josh looks familiar, it might be because you’ve seen him in Westword where he was featured as one of “Denver’s Ten Most Eligible Singles in 2018.” Ironically, between the time he was asked to be a part of the story and the date the story was released, he met Alex. By the time he was outed as extremely eligible, he in fact no longer was! Alex had stolen his heart utterly and there were more than a few ladies (AND reality tv shows!) who were disappointed to find out he was no longer on the market.
For the ladies today we visited the charming house that’s part of the “Agriculture Past and Present” exhibit. It’s got the PERFECT screened in porch for reading romantic letters from your spouse-to-be (especially if he had to email them to his parents to be printed out).
These constellation socks are the same ones Alex wore on her first date with Josh. Since they’ve obviously got good juju aplenty they were the perfect choice for her wedding day. Josh also put the cutest “I Do” decals on the bottom of her boots for her. You know, in case she forgot her line.
Why, yes, Alex is in fact totally, unbelievably stunning. Her bridesmaids’ reaction to seeing her in her dress makes it clear they think so too. Keep scrolling, the best is yet to come!
Seriously. I didn’t know heart shaped glasses could be this fun. What an amazing crew Alex had!
With a Denver Botanic Gardens wedding you have multiple ceremony sites to choose from. Alex and Josh chose the barn at Chatfield Farms and it couldn’t have been more perfect for them.
I absolutely loved their neutral green and white florals; they complimented the rustic wood arch of their altar perfectly.
Like most of us, Alex and Josh had loved ones who weren’t able to be present for their wedding day. They did a wonderful job of honoring those who are gone but never forgotten.
Probably the best moment of the day: when Josh first laid eyes on Alex and he simply COULD NOT KEEP IT IN. So, so good.
Cake AND donuts = the perfect reception. And some more examples of styling that perfectly complimented the botanic gardens.
Okay, I’m gonna be honest, folks. It was hot. Real hot. But Alex and Josh and their wedding guests weren’t even slowed down by it. They danced and corn-holed (not a word, I know) like it was their dang JOB. Professional partiers for hire, step right up.
We rounded out the day with photos of the bride and groom in, where else, but the lavender field. If you want beautiful scenery for your photos, is there any place better than a botanic gardens? We even could have gone into the butterfly greenhouse had we wanted to, though we opted not to today. 10 out of 10 would visit again.
How amazing is Alex’s custom denim jacket?! Mrs. Veenstra, you look so dang good.
There might have been a few unexpected turns on the road to Alex and Josh’s wedding day, but one thing that won’t surprise any of us is the way they last forever. Congratulations!!!
Photography and Videography: Folly Photography
Venue: Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms
Florals: Plum Sage Flowers
Bridesmaids’ Hair: Rachelle Reese: Hair & Makeup Artist
Donuts: The Donut Maker
Bride’s Dress: Dani West Bridal
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse