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Colorado Springs Wedding Photographers | Hillside Gardens Wedding

I can't wait to tell you all about Hillside Gardens & Event Center, a hidden gem that Ali and Mike chose as the perfect backdrop for their big day. I've shot plenty of weddings at Hillside Gardens and every time, I'm in awe by how different every wedding can be here.

Let's start from the beginning. Ali and Mike met on a crisp November day in 2014 while playing Ultimate Frisbee. Little did they know that this chance encounter would turn into a friendship, which eventually unfolded into something more in July 2018. For their first date, they embarked on an adventure together, backpacking for a whole weekend. Talk about a memorable start to their love story!

Fast forward to a breathtaking moment on a hike at Palmer Park. Surrounded by close friends and nature, Mike proposed to Ali. I can’t imagine the surprise and excitement Ali must’ve felt in that moment.

Now, let's talk about some of my favorite memories that took place on Ali and Mike's wedding day at Hillside Gardens & Event Center. First, can we appreciate their hilarious hashtag? They combined their names to create #ForeverFartley, a witty and playful nod to their fun bond. It's little details like these that make weddings so incredibly special.

Ali and her bridesmaids definitely knew how to make a statement. They wore custom Hawaiian shirts adorned with Mike's face, bringing a touch of fun and lightheartedness before the ceremony. And let's not forget about their dog, Gromit. He wasn't just a guest at the wedding; he was an important part of the ceremony, even signing as a witness on their marriage license.

As Ali and Mike walked down the aisle as a newly married couple, their guests showered them with lavender. Its sweet scent filled the air and it made for one of my favorite pictures of the day.

One more element that made Ali and Mike's day unique was the fact that they handmade their own wedding rings. What a creative way to add a personal touch and I bet it made for a fun date night!

Another favorite candid was when Ali and Mike took a break from dancing to enjoy a slice of cake in the gardens with their family and friends. It was a reminder to savor the little moments that make a wedding day so special.

As the night drew to a close, Ali and Mike shared a private last dance before the formal send-off. The air was filled with the glow of sparklers and the twinkle of glow sticks. It was the perfect ending to a fun night.

Hillside Gardens & Event Center provided Ali and Mike with the ideal setting to bring their dream wedding to life. Hillside Gardens is one of the best wedding venues in Colorado Springs. First off, the views are breathtaking. You're surrounded by four acres of luscious gardens, blooming flowers, and towering trees that make you feel like you're in a fairytale. The owners, Ashlee and Donovan, as well as on-site wedding coordinator Erika are amazing too. They go above and beyond to make sure your day is perfect. And the best part? They have multiple locations on site, so you can have your ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception all in one picturesque place. Whether you want an intimate gathering or a grand celebration, Hillside Gardens Weddings can accommodate your need . Trust me, this venue will make your wedding day even more magical than you could have ever imagined.

Many thanks to the amazing vendor team who brought this Hillside Gardens Wedding to life! If you are planning a wedding at Hillside Gardens & Event Center and are looking for a Colorado wedding photographer, get in touch!

Wedding Coordinator WED with Erika

Hair & Make Up Carly Day Makeup

Photo Booth Aperture Booth

Second Photographer Clara Brady

Hillside Gardens Wedding Photographers Maria B. Photography


Sep 01, 2023

The visuals on your blog are stunning! The photos and graphics really bring the wedding ideas to life.

I adore the natural and candid style of these photos. They feel so genuine and heartfelt. The artistic and creative approach the photographer took really sets these pictures apart. It's like a work of art, makes one feel as if they are part of the beautiful celebration.


Sergio Blair
Sergio Blair
Aug 30, 2023

I am loving this Hillside gardens wedding, based on your photos I felt as though I was there. The wedding had so much personality, the custom Hawaiian shirts, the involving of their dog, the private dance at the end and the exit with the sparklers. A time was had, I am sure that was a day the groom and bride wont ever forget and you captured their special day with such fine style.


Aug 28, 2023

Reading about Ali and Mike's unforgettable day at Hillside Gardens & Event Center was truly an immersive experience, and much of that credit goes to the photographer's unmatched skill. The way the photographer has masterfully used imagery to walk us through Ali and Mike's love story is nothing short of artistic brilliance. From capturing the playful essence with custom Hawaiian shirts to the intimate moments shared in the gardens, each photo felt like a window into their souls. The vivid details, such as the lavender showering and the glow of sparklers, were all brought to life, making us feel as if we were right there, witnessing their love unfold. Hillside Gardens Weddings undoubtedly provides a fairytale backdrop, but it's the…


Akua Sefakor
Akua Sefakor
Aug 22, 2023

Your description of the events is so vivid, it's as though I were witnessing it myself. What a fun and interesting couple. I'm glad they had a wonderful venue and an amazing photographer to capture the love, friendship and fun in their bond❤


Aug 21, 2023

.Absolutely mesmerizing! These shots are an absolute treat for the eyes. The venue serves as an ethereal backdrop to this stunning wedding. The couple looks radiant!

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