Grand Junction Wedding Photographer
Photographing outdoor weddings in Grand Junction and Palisade
I have been photographing destination weddings in Grand Junction and Palisade's wine country since 2010. Weddings here enjoy a long, warm season from May to October. Wedding photos in western Colorado's wine country are naturally breathtaking; couples getting married here enjoy some of the most stunning and varied scenery anywhere in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
Dreaming of a winery wedding in the Colorado Mountains? Grand Junction and Palisade are worth considering for their warm evenings, early summer through late autumn. In my opinion, the best times of year to photograph weddings here are May through October. In May, the orchard blossoms abound at the foot of the Grand Mesa. Summer can be hot, but the evening light lingers well into the eight o'clock hour making outdoor weddings in summer magical. September is usually cooler than July & August, and in October, the trees throughout the valley turn their golden fall colors.
You will never fall short of things to do in the Grand Valley. No matter the time of year, there is much to entertain wedding guests and families during a wedding weekend. Biking through the Palisade wine country is a popular activity for wedding guests, and downtown Grand Junction offers a packed schedule of activities ranging from art, music, symphony concerts, shopping, dining, sports, and outdoor activities. Hiking at Colorado National Monument and mountain biking in Fruita provide endless entertainment options for guests during your wedding weekend. In winter, skiing at Powderhorn Resort is a great place for everyone from beginners to advanced skiers, and also great for children. You can learn more about the area's activities here: Downtown Grand Junction and Visit Grand Junction.
Grand Junction and Palisade's Best Wedding Venues
The Grand Valley has several outdoor wedding venues that bring the beauty of the landscape to your wedding ceremony and reception. Many of these venues take advantage of the stunning views of this one-of-a-kind high desert landscape.
Two Rivers Winery - A popular, all-inclusive chateau, this winery provides overnight accommodations for bride and groom, and wedding parties. Ceremonies are held outdoors with views of the Colorado National Monument, with dinner receptions indoors in their event space.
Colterris Winery/High Country Orchards - If a ceremony and dinner among the fruit trees or vineyards is your idea of the perfect wedding, look no further than this venue. A gazebo with a stunning overlook and view of Palisade’s Grand Valley below is a popular ceremony spot, and receptions are often held under a tent near the tasting room. The owners recently acquired Canyon Wind Cellars, another popular winery in Palisade.
Palisade River Ranch -This outdoor venue is located in the heart of Palisade with gorgeous sunset views of Mt. Garfield, and the orchards and vineyards just below. On-site accommodations make it a fun spot for wedding parties who like to party. The property boasts a pond, and plenty of natural scenery for stunning wedding ceremony, reception and bride & groom portraits.
Wine Country Inn - This winery hotel in the heart of Palisade can accommodate outdoor weddings by the pool with indoor or outdoor dinner receptions. Guests can stay on site and enjoy wine tasting tours throughout the weekend.
Grand Mesa - The Grand Mesa has many picturesque spots for outdoor mountain wedding ceremonies, spring through fall. Powderhorn Ski Resort, with its retro charm, has a large deck and expansive views of the aspen-lined ski runs that run down to it. Touching base with a boutique wedding planner like Stonewood Vintage, who has an extensive inventory of furniture rentals, can really pay off here and turn a plain space or old ski lodge into an inviting outdoor wedding venue.
Vista View - This new, modern barn big enough for 200 people is located in Rifle, just east of the Grand Valley. The property has tree and mountain views, and a pretty lake. A lovely venue for those wanting an out-in-the-mountains feel, but still fairly close to hotels and airports.
Planning Your Vineyard Wedding in Grand Junction and Palisade
TRAVELING TO Grand Junction
It’s easy to get here with the local airport in the heart of the city. Some wedding guests may enjoy Colorado’s scenery via its highways and mountain passes. In that case, guests can choose to fly into Denver International Airport (DEN) and drive I-70 directly to Grand Junction (about 3-1/2 hours/243 miles.)
Planning for Grand Junction Area Weather
Early summer to late summer are the most popular times of year for weddings in Grand Junction & Palisade because the weather is typically sunny and warm, but not yet hot. Monsoon season begins in mid to late Jul and usually lasts through August. Although the mountains have their share of rain, it usually lasts for a very short period of time before the sun comes out again. Some late summer weddings may begin a bit late due to light rain or heavy clouds, but this is common and usually nothing to worry about. We have a saying in the mountains: If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute!