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click to enlarge Sylke and Mark embrace at parking lot #9 in the Garden of the Gods Park on their wedding day. - SEAN CAYTON
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  • Sylke and Mark embrace at parking lot #9 in the Garden of the Gods Park on their wedding day.
Two holes filled with cement and a yellow tarp covered it all in parking lot #9 at the Garden of the Gods. I stumbled on it by accident.

I had no idea what it was or what it was going to be. But I knew it wasn’t going to be good.

The next day on Facebook I learned what it was; an 8’ x 12’ blue metal frame installed the day I was there, sitting smack in the middle of one of the most iconic overlooks in Colorado Springs.

The idea behind the blue frame apparently came from marketing team with the Olympic City USA Taskforce. It was meant to help promote tourism. Ok, sure. Tourism is great and we always want more of it, but at what expense?
click to enlarge Ali and Christopher with clouds at the Garden of the Gods Park. - SEAN CAYTON
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  • Ali and Christopher with clouds at the Garden of the Gods Park.
I wasn’t the only one who had strong feelings about the now infamous frame. A lot of Colorado Springs residents, including not a small number of photographers, were just as upset.

Then, as quickly as the blue frame appeared, it disappeared, and the view of Pikes Peak was restored to its original condition.

The picture to be made here is what I consider to be one of the classic wedding pictures in Colorado Springs. 
click to enlarge Madelaine and David kiss share a kiss on the rocks at parking lot #9 at the Garden of the Gods. - SEAN CAYTON
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  • Madelaine and David kiss share a kiss on the rocks at parking lot #9 at the Garden of the Gods.

The view of Pikes Peak and surrounding mountains is 180-degrees. It's interrupted only by the rock formations in the park.

Taking a picture from this overlook is pretty easy. All it takes is a camera and fortunately, a camera comes with its own frame built in.

Sean Cayton is a wedding photojournalist of 19 years and operates a successful, award-winning wedding photography studio in Colorado Springs. He's also an award-winning photojournalist. Sean is happily married to the love of his life (also his business partner) and is father to three beautiful children. When he’s not working, Sean can be found outside flying kites with his kids, hitting golf balls or casting a fly rod to hungry trout.


Sean Cayton is a wedding photojournalist of 19 years and operates a successful, award-winning wedding photography studio in Colorado Springs. He's also an award-winning photojournalist. Sean is happily married to the love of his life (also his business partner) and is father to three beautiful children. When he’s not working, Sean can be found outside flying kites with his kids, hitting golf balls or casting a fly rod to hungry trout.

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