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Jen & Jasonâ€™s wedding, photo courtesy of Vail Cascade Resort
By J u l i e B i e l e n b e r g
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Colorado has always been a much sought-
of Kremmling has hosted a number of summer weddings
after destination for weddings. Many venues with opulent
throughout the years. With multiple cabins for guests, a three-
accommodations and iconic views dot the state. Hop off the
floor social hall, wandering llamas and some of the best darn
beaten path to one of these luxury settings for your wedding.
home-cooked food the high country has to offer, Latigo is
Peruse these ideas and venues for creative Colorado nuptials.
certainly off the beaten path and one heck of a destination.
summer wedding. “It’s an intimate destination wedding—close
Smith Fork Ranch in Crawford also makes for a stellar Dude ranches provide the perfect backdrop for
family and friends of the bride and groom can stay in cozy
summertime weddings. With scenic views of majestic
cabins on our historic ranch. We have luxurious authentic
mountains and trees, you can have yourself one spectacular
western accommodations for up to 28 people, and, guests can
summer wedding. Dude ranches have so many family-friendly
enjoy full use of ranch amenities, the lodge, dining areas and
activities to offer in the summer, including river rafting, fly
grounds for summer fun,” says Margot Harter, reservations
fishing, mountain biking, hiking, nature walks, hay rides,
and ranch experience manager.
country dancing, cookouts, spa treatments and more. And, yes, s’mores are readily available for an evening treat! The best time to book a summer dude ranch wedding
MOUNTAIN MAGIC Posh resorts at the base of the mountain or boutique
is Memorial Day through Labor Day to ensure moderate
hotels in Aspen book quickly. Investigate a date in April, May
temperatures. And it’s likely you’ll still see some snow-capped
or June–Colorado’s shoulder season–for a wider variety of
peaks for a beautiful photo backdrop. Latigo Ranch outside
options. Don’t forget to book special treats for your wedding
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“It’s an intimate destination wedding—
close family and friends of the bride and groom can stay
in cozy cabins on our historic ranch...”
-Margot Harter, reservations and ranch experience manager at Smith Fork Ranch
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Photo courtesy of Steamboat Sheraton
weekend such as organic cooking classes, group yoga, guided
Ponder these ideas for inspiration: “Steamboat Springs
hiking tours, town history tours and jewelry- or pottery-
is an amazing slope-side mountain destination. Wedding
parties can even visit Strawberry Park Hot Springs or golf at
At the base of Colorado’s famous ski slopes are the Park
Rollingstone Ranch, which is also owned by the Steamboat
Hyatt Beaver Creek, Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, Sheraton
Sheraton,” explains Kristal Eckley, director of sales at the
Steamboat Springs, The Peaks Resort & Spa in Telluride, St.
Regis Aspen and WestWall Lodge in Crested Butte. In resort
“Why not marry in the spring and choose from a
towns, brides and grooms will find plenty of options for hair
plethora of free activities to entertain your guests, such as the
and makeup, gathering spaces, caterers, florists and other
Spring Back to Vail, Taste of Vail and Vail Music Festivals,” states
high-demand services. Plus, the backdrop of a ski resort at
Kristen Texler, public relations & communications manager
your wedding, even during the summer, is breathtaking. Book
of Vail Cascade Resort and Spa. “Take advantage of the longer
during the right time and guests can access the mountain
days in spring and get married on our heated deck. Treat your
via chairlifts and gondolas for a special treat. You can even get
guests to a crisp night of stargazing without any noise or light
married at the top of most of these resorts’ mountains.
pollution! You can even host your intimate gathering around
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The Broadmoor One of the most iconic places in Colorado to get married in Colorado, The Broadmoor hosts 75-100 weddings a year. However, few people realize that their incredible holiday light display is up through March, making a picture-perfect backdrop for any nuptial. Book in January or February and take advantage of the lighter guest traffic. “We can do some great custom cooking classes—we have a great grilling/cooking class demo with dinner— wine pairing dinners with our sommeliers, yoga classes, golf, spa, tennis, fly fishing and art classes; the list goes on for pages,” says Lindsey Wildman Suggs, catering manager of The Broadmoor.
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our huge fireplace with two-story picturesque windows as the backdrop.â€?
ORIGINAL, MEMORABLE AND NATURE-INSPIRED Have you always had a passion for relaxing and soaking in a hot tub? Take it to the next level and book your big day at Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort in Nathrop. They do more than 60 weddings a year! With a new spa, dozens of hot spring pools, luxury cabins and lodge rooms, guests will have endless fun pool-hopping and soaking in the incredible views of Mount Princeton.
Other Venues to Consider Crooked Willow Farms, The Venue Larkspur, crookedwillowevents.com Denver Botanic Gardens Denver, botanicgardens.org Four Seasons Hotel Denver Denver, fourseasons.com/denver Four Seasons Resort Vail Vail, fourseasons.com/vail Rembrandt Yard Event Center Boulder, rembrandtyard.com Della Terra Mountain Chateau Estes Park, dellaterramountainchateau.com Glen Eyrie Colorado Springs, gleneyrie.org Lionscrest Manor Lyons, lionscrestmanor.com Tapestry House LaPorte, tapestryhouse.com Gateway Canyons Gateway, gatewaycanyons.com Hyatt Regency Denver Denver, denverregency.hyatt.com The Ritz-Carlton Denver Denver, ritzcarlton.com/denver Seasons Bliss Broomfield, seasonsbliss.com Silverthorn Pavillions Silverthorn, silverthorne.org St. Julien Hotel Boulder, stjulien.com Telluride Ski Resort Telluride, tellurideskiresort.com
Photo courtesy of The Broadmoor
Villa Parker Parker, villaparker.com
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The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa Vail Valley, westinriverfrontbeavercreek.com Blackstone Country Club Aurora, canongatecolorado.com Black Bear Golf Club Parker, canongatecolorado.com
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