Stroll through a garden of Chihuly glass reeds at this Denver wedding

January 28 2015 | mswolfgang  
Photos by: Urban Safari Photography, Ltd.
Blue Chihuly glass spikes
Photos by Urban Safari Photography

Chad and Renza completely lucked out with the timing of their wedding at the Denver Botanic Gardens last July — the gardens were filled with installations of blown glass from artist Dale Chihuly! I'm an enormous fan of Chihuly glass, so I was super excited to see what a wedding would look like amid his bold and colorful art.

The couple chose to keep their wedding small and intimate with just a few family and friends. A string quartet added to the cozily elegant atmosphere. Renza walked herself down the aisle (er, lush, fantasy garden maze, that is), wearing her mom's jewelry. The ceremony took place in front of a Chihuly piece called "Float Boat," a small canoe filled with glass orbs and surrounded by floating glass balls. After a stroll through a garden of super-tall, blue and red Chihuly glass reeds, the couple held a private reception with just a few guests.

Father of the bride corsage

Groom walking to ceremony with officiant

String quartet at Denver Botanical Garden

Bride walking herself to ceremony

Bride greets father

Family watching the ceremony

Bride, groom, and officiant

Ceremony I

Exchanging the rings

First kiss

Tiered strapless dress with belt

Signing the marriage license

Wedding shoes peek

Blue Chihuly glass in a lake

Portrait with Chihuly red glass

Purple Chihuly glass

Grove of red Chihuly glass spikes

Final look


Dress: Little White Dress Bridal Shop • Dress designer: Anne Barge • Hair: Love Hair Color & Design • Menswear: Nordstrom • Officiant: David Brooks • Photographer: Urban Safari Photography • Rings: John Atencio • Shoes: Badgley Mischka • String quartet: Front Range Strings • Venue: Denver Botanic Gardens

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  1. Ooh! Ooh! If you love Chihuly glass sculptures, come to the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis! We have a whole bunch of Chihuly pieces that the gardens have permanently installed, including a 30-foot (maybe bigger) blue chandelier that hangs from ceiling in the entry building! The rest of the works are sprinkled throughout the rest of the garden, and include multi-colored floating "onions" in the reflecting pools, and reed/viney things in the Climatron (where they keep all of their rainforest plants), among others. The entry fee to the garden isn't too bad either (like $5 I think? I'm not sure; I have a membership, so it's free for me).

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