Black Canyon Inn | Estes Park, Colorado Wedding
I'm back and showing you the last wedding I shot, which was at Black Canyon Inn, in Estes Park Colorado. It's been nearly two years since I photographed a wedding and not for lack of inquiries. Covid hit my business hard in 2020 and I took some time off to school my two younger boys and just be a mom. Tomorrow is my first wedding since July of 2020 and I am excited to jump in where I left off. Since tomorrow is wedding day, I wanted to walk you guys through what it was like to shoot at the beautiful, scenic Black Canyon Inn in Estes Park, Colorado.
Black Canyon Inn is filled with on-site suites that you can rent out. These are upscale vacation rentals that house everything you need. Each unit is completely different and can be found on their booking site. The wedding party and I stayed in suites located on the property. This is so convenient for me as a photographer because all the photographs are being taken in one location and you are not driving to and from, burning time you could be using to photograph the wedding. We used the suite that the bridal party had rented for the getting-ready photos. The groom had also rented a suite for the guys, and that is where they got ready. If you are planning a wedding, particularly a destination wedding where your guest and wedding vendors will be traveling from out of state, having the option to book rooms on-site is most optimal and convenient.
The great thing about this wedding was its access to the grounds. Because the wedding party had booked suites, wedding, and reception all within Black Canyon Inn, we were able to use the grounds for wedding party, bridal, first-look, and the bride and groom photos. As a vendor who was traveling from out of state, this was a huge advantage. It meant that I wouldn't be spending time location scouting all over Estes Park because everything I needed was within the grounds (which are STUNNING).
For this wedding, the couple opted to use the outdoor covered pavilion for the wedding ceremony. This wedding was in July, so having a covered space that protected everyone from the heat and sun was crucial. The way the pavilion is built sets you up for the most incredible backdrop for ceremony pictures.
The reception was held in "The Homestead". At the time of this wedding, "The Boulders" was still under construction. This was a smaller, intimate wedding so the homestead worked perfectly.
I absolutely loved this venue. I have nothing negative to say about it. The venue was beautiful and the staff and wedding planners at the venue went above and beyond making it a stress-free experience for a destination or local wedding.