Holy Ghost Church Denver Wedding | Mary & Charlie

Mary and Charlie first reached out to us in the middle of the pandemic.

Earlier in our wedding careers, we had photographed Charlie and his father, a widower who was remarrying to a lovely woman. We photographed them at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Denver. Some years later, Charlie and Mary reached out about photographing their wedding — also at Holy Ghost.

We had a great engagement session with both earlier in 2021 at Roxborough State Park, and we looked forward to their wedding this fall. Both are lovely, sweet and caring people, and we enjoyed spending time documenting their day.

After getting ready in their separate places, we journey to Holy Ghost for the wedding Mass. The building for Holy Ghost was purchased in 1924 and dedicated that same year, though its construction wasn’t completed until the 1940s, when Helen Bonfils, the daughter of the late Denver Post publisher Frederick Bonfils, pledged that it would be done in memory of her parents, according to the church’s website. It was formally dedicated in 1943. The church reminds you of being inside those of Europe, and it’s no surprise: Its building was inspired by both Spanish and Italian Renaissance architecture.

After Mass, we ventured to Belmar Park in Lakewood, not far from the wedding reception at Baldoria on the Water for photos with the bridal party and Mary and Charlie. The sun was bright, and the weather was warm for a late October day. We then returned to Baldoria on the Water, where the reception took place, and photographed toasts, dancing while guests enjoyed a buffet Italian dinner.

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Daniel Petty

Daniel Petty

Dan has photographed weddings and done work for editorial and commercial clients, including The Denver Post, Running Times, The Associated Press and others.
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