A sunrise Garden of the Gods wedding

This Garden of the Gods wedding took place at sunrise. The only people there to witness it were couple’s immediate family, two friends, and a few deer. It was unforgettable.

Garden of the Gods is arguably one of the most unique and scenic locations in the Colorado Front Range. The contrast of the towering red rock formations, with the green plant life, and blue mountain peaks in the distance. It’s unlike any location many visitors have ever seen before! That’s why it’s on so many must-see lists for people visiting the state, and a highly desirable wedding location too!

I’ll never forget pulling up to High Point, the chosen wedding ceremony site on this Spring morning. The moon was huge, hovering just above the mountains to the West. Meanwhile, the sun began to paint a colorful sky to the East. It was a sign. Today was going to be a good day.

The couple shared their first look out on the red rocks before gathering with their closest people. They were to have an intimate wedding ceremony, with their childhood best friend marrying them. The most beautiful part? As they exchanged vows and rings, the first rays of sunlight came up over the horizon and shone on them.

Bride walking out on the red rocks with bouquet at Garden of the Gods
Bride and her best friend before a first look at Garden of the Gods
Couple looking off into the distance at their Garden of the Gods wedding
High Point wedding ceremony at Garden of the Gods
Couple getting married at sunrise
Wedding ceremony at High Point in Garden of the Gods
Garden of the Gods wedding ceremony at sunrise
First kiss during wedding at Garden of the Gods
Couple shares a hug at High Point wedding ceremony at sunrise
Bride's mother bustling her dress in the sunlight
Couple walking down the red rocks with a brilliant blue sky in the background
Couple on the red rocks with a brilliant blue sky

Weddings at Garden of the Gods

First and foremost, it is entirely free to have a Garden of the Gods wedding! There is no entrance fee and no wedding permit required. Can you believe that? Scenery like this, and it doesn’t cost a thing.

That being said, it is a popular destination in Colorado. Because of the easy accessibility and amazing views, Garden of the Gods can get very crowded. If you’re hoping for total seclusion, this may not be the wedding ceremony site for you. If you’re willing to give it a shot, I highly recommend a sunrise ceremony. Then you can head out for couples portraits afterwards. It’s a little easier to find seclusion and avoid people when it’s just the two of you.

Couple walking through the paths of Garden of the Gods on their wedding day
View of couple walking down the path in Garden of the Gods on their wedding day
Bride and groom in front of towering red rocks
Couple embracing in front of a massive rock wall
Couple snuggling up and taking in the view at Garden of the Gods on their wedding day
Bride and groom pointing out deer on their wedding day in Colorado
Couple holding hands on their wedding day

Best photo locations in Garden of the Gods

Some of the most scenic and best photo locations in Garden of the Gods include Three Graces Plaza, High Point, and Balanced Rock. Due to the beauty of these locations, they can get quite crowded, especially between mid-morning through the evening.

I recommend finding a photographer who is familiar with the park! That way you’ll have a guide to show you their secret locations. Ya know, someone like me!

After the family ceremony, this couple spent some time walking through the park and exploring just the two of them. We found this beautiful spot where they sat and read private vows to each other. We had this area completely to ourselves!

One thing I love about micro weddings is that it doesn’t have to be performative. Even if you’re having a ceremony with people, you can always exchange vows or letters in private. Use this opportunity to create a special moment with just you and your partner! A time where there’s no pressure and you can speak freely to one another. These were some of my personal favorite moments on our wedding day.

Couple sitting on rock ledge overlooking Garden of the Gods
Bride's hand on her vow book during her Colorado wedding
Groom looking lovingly at his bride during vow readings
Couple holding their vow books on the red rocks
Bride and groom exploring Garden of the Gods on their wedding day
A beautiful keyhole with vibrant red light at Garden of the Gods
Couple walking through a keyhole in the rocks
Bride and groom walking down a dirt road
Couple walking off into the distance, down a dirt road on their wedding day
View through Jeep window at Colorado wedding in Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods wedding photographer

Dreaming up your own micro wedding or elopement at Garden of the Gods? I’m never not inspired by the scenery and deep red of the rocks here. I have a good feeling that you’re going to love it too. Fill out the inquiry form below and see if we’re a good fit!

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