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Don’t get me wrong, the Rocky Mountains offer some truly amazing engagement photo locations. But odds are, you’ve likely seen a photo shoot or two in the same handful of spots over the years—especially if you’re a native. Maybe you even took your senior portraits or photos with your family at all the spots coming through in your Google search! And while those locations are well-known for good reason, there are plenty of hidden gems right here in the city that give you a uniquely Colorado backdrop without a drive—and without matching your wedding venue.

Before you get too overwhelmed with wedding day details, get all dressed up and celebrate your union at one of these engagement photo locations (that aren’t Garden of the Gods).

Colorado College

Even if you’re not a student or alum, this downtown campus has tons of gorgeous engagement photo locations to choose from. Use the old Victorian-style buildings or the perfect view of Pike’s Peak! There’s flowers and perfectly green grass in the spring/summer, and stunning foliage in the fall. And since it’s a state institution, the grounds are always beautifully kept!

Manitou Springs/Old Colorado City

If you’re planning an outdoor wedding ceremony, Manitou Springs and Old Colorado City offer charming spots that show a different side of Colorado Springs. Spend your session playing at the Penny Arcade, or simply highlight the historic buildings and brick alleyways. Choose one town, or hit both! They’re not that far apart. 

The Broadmoor

If you’re looking for elegance and glamor, there’s really no place quite like The Broadmoor. With a lake angainst the stunning hotel itself, this entire property is a hotbed of engagement photo locations. If you’re considering a winter or holiday shoot, definitely move this one to the top of your list! The property’s trees are always dazzlingly lit, and the lobby areas are decorated to the nines.

The Air Force Academy

Military or not, the Air Force Academy is an amazing spot to consider for Colorado Springs engagement photos. Snap some shots by the pond, or against the regal architecture of the chapel. Then head to the aspen trees, or any of the grounds’ grassy fields. Did I mention the mountain range backdrop?

Glen Eyrie Castle/Event Center

What better place to celebrate your happily ever after than at a real life castle? Tucked away right here in the city, Glen Eyrie can help you paint a fairy tale love story. Pose near the castle, river (with cobblestone bridge), and carriage house outdoors, or the Great Hall, music/tea room and Queen’s Parlor inside. Who doesn’t love a good princess story, right?

Need some more reasons to schedule a shoot? Check out my journal all about engagement photos here

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Thinking of popping the question? Odds are “best Colorado wedding jewelers” is in your search history. And why not? It all starts with a ring! Before the vows, before the cake, before the photo sessions and save-the-dates, there’s a question, a moment—and a ring. Photographing proposals is one of my favorite assignments, and you can be sure I’ll capture lots of detailed shots of that brand-new bling! It’s an important purchase, and one you should do your research on! So with that, here are five of the best Colorado wedding jewelers, straight from a Colorado wedding photographer! 

The Little Jewel (Boulder)

Ever been to the Pearl Street Mall? This little gem has been a staple since 1979, formerly known as the Gold and Silver Exchange. They’re family owned and operated, and offer a variety of pieces like custom or designer engagement rings and wedding bands for both partners. 

Their vibe: Eclectic/Unique

Their prices: The Little Jewel buys their pieces directly from designers, which saves you from any middle-man upcharges to keep prices affordable.

Luisa Graff Jewelers (Colorado Springs)

If you’re looking for timeless and stunning rings, Luisa Graff has you covered. They specialize in wedding and engagement pieces, including the Intrigue—an exclusive Luisa Graff precision-cut diamond.

Their vibe: Elegant/Classic

Their prices: While they’re a bit more on the pricey side (selling their own diamonds and all), they do offer flexible financing, making these knock-out pieces totally doable.

Brilliant Earth (Denver)

Even though the flagship store is in San Francisco, Brilliant Earth opened its Cherry Creek showroom in the summer of 2017. In addition to offering a wide variety of services and styles, they also commit to an ethical approach, including responsible sourcing, social impact and climate action initiatives.

Their vibe: Classic/Vintage-Inspired

Their prices: While some lab-grown diamonds can be a marketing ploy, and are generally over-priced, Brilliant Earth’s selection of ethically-sourced diamonds are fairly priced for their style and value.

John Atencio (Fort Collins)

John Atencio brings a unique perspective to jewelry design, creating show-stopping rings that serve as statements of personal expression. They’re known for distinctly dramatic diamond cuts and setting designs that break the mold of overly-symmetrical rings. Each piece is undeniably identifiable as John Atencio craftsmanship.

Their vibe: Avant-Garde

Their prices: Fair. You get what you pay for, right? These are bold, artistic and hand-drawn designs! You’ll get a one-of-a-kind ring, so keep an eye out for sales… they offer them from time to time!

Johannes Hunter Jewelers (Colorado Springs)

Colorado Springs’ premiere jeweler since 1988, Johannes Hunter is known for their exceptional customer service. Family owned and operated, they specialize in wedding and engagement rings that shine with style and sophistication.

Their vibe: Modern/Classic

Their prices: Johannes Hunter has a huge wedding collection, from timeless and classic to modern and alternative styles. As such, they have a ring for every taste, and every budget!

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