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I have been so excited to see the Grand Conservatory complete at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens! It has been years in the making and it is truly something for which the the people of Cheyenne should be proud. Just think….a tropical forest in the middle of a windy Wyoming town. Birds of paradise, palm trees, and sunlight abound. It is an experience if you haven’t yet been in there. Come about February and March of next year, when the snow is still flying and the wind is howling and I’m about to lose my mind….this will be where you will find me!

It is certainly an oasis. When I heard the Conservatory would also serve as a new wedding venue in town, I couldn’t be more excited. Cheyenne desperately needs more wedding and reception venues. This one isn’t just any wedding venue, though. It has a few different options for both ceremonies and receptions to make your event truly unique.

A couple quick facts about the layout and logistics of having a wedding there. Because this is a public space, any wedding at the Conservatory will be scheduled after the regular business hours at 6pm. The Grand Conservatory itself can be used as a ceremony venue, along with the patio upstairs overlooking the lake, or the Orangerie at the front of the building (where you’ll see the high-top tables set up in the photos). One thing I’ve learned about the venue is that it will cater to smaller gatherings. It is sounding like the max number of guests it can accommodate is around 80. My hope is that they will finish the patios out front and allow for reception tents out there so that brides can eventually have larger guest lists. The Orangerie is a perfect place for a cocktail hour, and I think the patio upstairs is probably the best place for a ceremony. It definitely has lots of options for photos, which of course makes my heart very happy.

This shoot was a big collaboration between several folks. First of all, the lovely and amazing bride and groom, David and Elisabeth were married last summer and were gracious enough to get back into their wedding attire and spend an entire afternoon with us. Thank you, thank you, thank you! You both are incredible. We so appreciate your help.

Secondly, Liz Putnam of Liz Putnam Photography, listened patiently to my crazy plans, tried to reign me in a bit, and showed up to help me put this together and shoot it with me. Friend, thank you. I can’t thank you enough. I’m not sure what I’d do without your impeccable eye and voice of reason.

A huge thank you to Heather Schutz of Rue Cler Floral & Events, who made the amazing bouquet, and Dan D Party Corner, for help with the place settings. Thanks also to Tina Worthman and Amelia Bales, both of Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, who were incredibly gracious with their time and allowed us to come into the gardens to do this styled shoot.

For more info about booking the Grand Conservatory, go to the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens Website here: http://www.botanic.org or get in touch with Amelia Bales at amelia@botanic.org.

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