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Destination Colorado

Most of Colorado sits at an elevation of 7,000 feet or higher; here you can almost touch the beauty of the west's "big sky."

There is so much to see and do in this state, whether your preference is tracking down history, exploring ghost towns or the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde, or experiencing spine-tingling adventure...paragliding from the top of Aspen mountain, jumping off the word's highest suspension bridge, or braving class IV and V whitewater rapids.

Home to the Anasazi, Arapahoe, Cheyenne and Comanche tribes, Colorado has a rich Native American history and culture. If sunshine is a must on your wedding day, not to worry: Colorado boasts 300 days of sun a year! But it also has some of the country's best skiing...in the elevations Colorado gets fresh snow every month except August!

Weddings in Colorado

By Lisa Light

Looking for a dramatic backdrop for your wedding? A destination with majestic, natural beauty and lots to do? A destination where the warm summer months are “low season” and can be a steal of a deal? A recent trip to Colorado confirmed what I already knew (but had forgotten): this state has it all!

A Colorado destination? Absolutely.


My only question would be: which one? I found many gorgeous possibilities.

Denver is a bustling city, of course, and a convenient airline destination from anywhere in the country. If you want a destination close to the city I would personally recommend Red Rocks Park, which is west of Denver in the foothills of Morrison, Colorado. It has the convenience of the city with the awe-inspiring natural beauty that the state is so well-known for. It is an outdoor amphitheater flanked by giant red rock columns and surrounded by vast valley and mountain views. A wedding on Red Rock’s stage would certainly be dramatic, with huge rock formations standing as silent witnesses. You could also choose a more private, grassy area with magnificent views, or the Chapel at Red Rocks, a beautiful non-denominational chapel just north of the amphitheater. Photographers love Red Rocks Park…imagine your wedding party at the center of where the endless Western blue sky meets incredible red rock formations.

For a completely different atmosphere, just 15 miles west of Denver in beautiful Bear Creek Valley is Dunafon Castle. The seventeen-acre site has beautiful sweeping lawns among trout ponds, numerous ceremony sites (including a small island in a pond behind the castle), and rooftop patios with stunning views where you can dine after the ceremony.

 

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Winter in Vail

Winter in Colorado

Our trip to Vail, Colorado was fruitful to say the least skiing, snowmobiling, dogsledding, fine dining, and, of course, wedding research.

Skiing in Vail is simply outrageous! I have skied all over the northeastern U.S. and in the Alps, but I have to say, we had three perfect ski days in Vail. The mountain is HUGE with several back bowls that dished up surreal experiences, and the mountain sun ensured the perfect body temperature allowing us to ski right through the day nonstop. Skiing through the fresh Vail snow was like skiing through powdered sugar… sweet!

We switched up the winter fun with a day of snowmobiling at the Piney River Ranch. They picked us up at our hotel, The Lodge at Vail, and took us up a harrowingly narrow mountain road that overlooked Vail Village. They suited us up with gear and snowmobiles with leopard spotted seats much to the amusement of my youngest daughter who is a big cat enthusiast. We snowmobiled 10 miles or so into breathtaking backcountry where we stopped on a giant, frozen lake to “play” or “practice” our driving skills i.e. blow off steam by speeding around a giant track at record-breaking speeds. Then we continued about another five miles to the Piney River Ranch lodge, which is situated all by its lonesome on a tremendous lake with a stunning view of the mountains as a backdrop.

You guessed it. You can be married at Piney River Ranch, and it would be amazing if you did. A wedding at Piney River Ranch would definitely be memorable for everyone and certainly would not be your run-of-the-mill wedding. Ceremonies most often take place on a large deck on the shore of the lake with the mountain view as a backdrop. They have two log pavilions for the reception and six log cabins situated on the lake for up to 30 guests. The rest of your guests would have the choice of camping in tents or teepees or staying in more luxurious accommodations 10 miles away in Vail. The dirt road to Piney River Ranch is 10 miles long. Now that is what I call private!

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    Weather in most western states is usually ideal in the spring, summer, and fall, with the possible exception of mid-summer months in desert climes.

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