Featured Wedding Venue – South Broadway Christian Church

South Broadway Christian Church

South Broadway Christian Church

I’m going to break the rules a bit here and instead of highlighting a venue I’ve worked in this time I’m looking at a venue I’d love to work in.

South Broadway Christian Church, located on the corner of Lincoln and Ellsworth that location will seem familiar to those who have been to my studio. The church is in fact my landlord and my studio is in a building that was added on in the 1950’s (on the far side from where all these pictures are taken). So while I get to see this great building every day, I’ve yet to actually cover a wedding there.

Built in 1891 by architects Miller and Janisch. The property is on the Colorado Register for Historic Places as well as is a Denver Local Landmark. It is an example of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture with Gothic details.

The archways and rough exterior stone made it’s way into many a high school senior session from 2008. The texture and color is simply stunning and photographs beautifully.

South Broadway Christian Church

Building Exterior

The bridal portico is one of the most striking exterior features in my opinion. The options for stunning images of the bride, bride and groom, and bridal party, taken in this walkway with the south facing curved openings is just limitless.

South Broadway Christian Church - exterior and portico

South Broadway Christian Church - exterior and portico

Not to be outdone the details of the main sanctuary in the church are magnificently restored. The new risers lead to the pipe organ.

South Broadway Christian Church Interior

South Broadway Christian Church Interior

So what about the details.
I’m told that the cost of this venue for 2009 is in the neighborhood of $1200, which is on par with most of the old stone churches downtown. Here’s a few extra things the folks at South Broadway do for you however.
This is a package price and includes things many others charge extra for:

  • The Paster for the ceremony
  • The sound operator
  • The organist
  • The church wedding director to help you organize the part of your day at the church and make sure everything flows as it should.
  • Free Parking.  This is a huge bonus for a downtown church and means your wedding party and guests don’t have to take a shuttle bus from blocks away, or pay $10 parking lots, or scrounge up metered parking.   Two large and free lots.
As an added bonus if you select this venue and hire Mark Hayes Photography as your wedding photographer there’s a few add on bonuses you’ll receive from me.
  • My studio can be used by part of the wedding party for getting ready and waiting.  Big couches, mirrors, etc.
  • Since I have all my supplies on site and don’t have to pack a hundred pound case to take with me I’ll take 10% of the daily fee (which equals $200) right off the top of your photography costs.
Since I’d love to add shots of this venue, with a bride and groom in it, to my portfolio here’s a special offer.
The first couple that books both the church and me as photographer will receive a 25% discount off the daily session fee – thats $500 right off the top of your photography charges.   In addition I’ll ad 10 bonus pages to any album ordered.
South Broadway Christian Church - interior

South Broadway Christian Church - interior

So if the big church wedding is something you’ve always dreamed of, here’s you chance. Just give the church secretary, Chris, a call at 303.722.4679 and see what they can do for you.

  • WOW! GORGEOUS church and what a terrific idea to do for a post. I was pondering what in the world I was going to do in the slow period these next couple of months. This is a terrific idea to keep posts coming. Of course, it wouldn’t mean a thing without truly beautiful photos and that is what you have here 🙂

  • WOW! What an amazing location to shoot in. Just gorgeous!

  • oh my goodness what a BEAUTIFUL church!!

  • Mark, thanks for the great comment you left me. Very sweet!

    This church is GORGEOUS!

    If you ever need a second shooter, I’d love it.

  • Love the curves and the organ pipes at the alter! A beautiful place for a wedding.

  • that is one really cool church

  • Rachel Spicer

    I’m having my wedding at South Broadway on November 21, 2009. I haven’t found a photographer yet, and I’m interested in getting more details about the special you’re running (assuming you’re still available that day).

  • MARK – What beautiful photos of the interior of this place of worship & historic church building!
    This past Monday, I attended the memorial service of my little brother there.
    I had not been inside the building since the early 1980’s and was very pleased and impressed with the meticulous care that the congregation has shown for this Denver landmark.
    The recent renovation of “Ms Kimball”, the magnificent pipe organ, produced very meaningful and beautiful music for the memeorial service.
    You may wish to contact the Pastor, to work out arrangements for some of you interior photos to be placed on the church website: http://www.SouthBroadway.org.
    THANK YOU for providing a lasting memory of my little brother’s memorial