Carrie + Jon :: Shove Chapel Wedding Colorado Springs

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Carrie + Jon | Shove Chapel Wedding | Colorado Springs, Colorado

World travelers in a hurry to see it all. In fact, their Honeymoon is a four-month trek around the globe so give them your well wishes now as they’ll be unplugged for a bit! Carrie found me through through a dear High School friend from her days in Eastern Colorado and it was a pleasure to document her day as her family met Jon’s from The Springs area. Finishing out their Colorado College days seemed appropriate with one final fling at the famed Shove Chapel.

Completed in 1931 at a cost of over $300,000 (over 4m in 21st Century money), Shove Chapel stands as one of finest examples of Romanesque architecture in the state.  Inspired by Winchester Cathedral and dedicated during The Great Depression, many questioned the completion of such a grand structure during such dark economic times. The project was indeed a spiritual and economic boost to the area due to its grand scale and employment of only Colorado Springs workers to complete.

The 40,000 pound organ was a proud achievement of the Welte-Tripp Organ Company (now known as Kimball) boasting that this was the “finest organ ever built by our organization.” More than 3,000 pipes were used ranging in size from half-inch to a 16-foot pipe made of California sugar pine and weighing over 300 pounds! Over the years, many organist and technicians have renovated the control surfaces and mechanics to keep up with the times, resulting in a instrument that plays faster, has increased tonality, and almost limitless presets due to digital technology. Only the pipes and name tag are original.

Photographing Inside Shove

Like many large cathedrals, documenting an event inside Shove Chapel can be a challenge. Lighting is sparse and and very dynamic. A subject can walk from a bright area to almost darkness in one stride. The key is the right amount of wireless flash (when appropriate, not during ceremony) and a split-second memory of dark vs. light exposure settings. Some cautious shooting and a bit of burning and dodging on the final images results some wonderful drama!

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