Jessica & Henry | Church Of The Risen Christ Wedding | Denver, Colorado
Dynamic was the word I’d use to describe Jessica & Henry’s wedding day. Quiet moments of intense reverence followed by gut-busting open-your-mouth laughter. Our bride & groom grew up in Englewood/Highlands Ranch but careers took this two financial world titans to Chicago so this was a destination wedding of sorts. Jessica is VERY tight with her bridesmaids. In fact, they were all there when we first met to discuss wedding photography. And at the engagement session? Bingo, there again. More like an engagement session party, lol.
Church Of The Risen Christ on South Monaco in Aurora is very unique structure, rumored to be inspired by a church in France. Designed in 1969 by James Sudler, it’s compelling triangle shape and wrap-around light create some compelling photo locations. My ultra wide angle lens got a work out trying to take it all in. The acoustics are outstanding and even unamplified orators are heard throughout the sanctuary area. This was Jessica’s parish growing up and the staff was delighted to host a wedding of a girl who had grown up there. The Mass / Ceremony had many personal touches, including references to Henry’s father who passed before his time.
Post ceremony we stopped the limo at a nearby park for for group photos then it was off to the Copper Club for the reception. The Copper Club on Mississippi, has great potential for a reception venue but the vast dark areas in the former stage area make for some odd photography challenges. Unless your DJ brings lights, much of the dancing is in the dark … including the ceremonial first dance and father & daughter dance. The catering stuff ran out of food, so the DJ, Videographer, and I flipped a coin to see who would dash to McDonalds. I lost (“now, where did I put my car keys?”). My salad and fries were good and with re-charged batteries we had great fun for speeches and dancing.
Jessica’s bridesmaid posse made sure everyone spent amble time on the dance floor, and Jessica’s bouquet toss off the balcony was one I’ll never forget. That thing was picking up SPEED as the flew towards the up stretched hands.