Last year, we posted a list of the top 10 best wedding venues in Colorado. But then we realized that trying to narrow Colorado’s embarrassment of wedding venue riches down to only 10 was an exercise in futility. We probably could have just as easily written a post on the top 100 wedding venues in Colorado.
As a result, we figured it was high time to do a follow-up post with 10 more of our favorite venues we’ve had the pleasure of photographing in during the course of our 12 years shooting weddings in Colorado. And if I had to guess, this won’t be the last time we do this.
Without further ado, here is our list of the top 10 best wedding venues in Colorado (part two)!
1) SPRUCE MOUNTAIN RANCH
Situated in the foothills between Larkspur and Palmer Lake, Spruce Mountain Ranch is a sprawling complex of rustic wedding venue goodness. The main ceremony site has beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains and the reception area is absolutely massive. If you have an extensive guest list and you’re going for a rustic look for your wedding, look no further than Spruce Mountain.
2) IRONWORKS DENVER
Ironworks is a brand new venue owned by the good people of Mile High Station, which is directly next door. Both venues are housed in old ironworks buildings with a sort of urban sheik vibe, just southeast of the Broncos stadium. If a high percentage of your guests are coming in from out of town and you don’t want them to have to drive into the mountains, Ironworks (or Mile High Station) is a solid option.
3) SANCTUARY GOLF COURSE
When I first heard the origin story of Sanctuary Golf Course, I was absolutely blown away. The owner constructed the course primarily for himself and his wife, who is physically disabled. Despite being extremely hilly (it’s laid out on a series of terraces) the course 100% ADA friendly with a plethora of paved catwalks guiding players from tee to tee. Further contributing to the mystique, you can’t golf here. It’s not open to the public and it’s not a club. It’s invitation only. And while I’m secretly hoping for that invitation one day, I’ll be happy to settle for having had the pleasure of shooting a wedding there.
4) ASPEN MEADOWS RESORT
In a world of increasingly homogenous architecture, Aspen Meadows Resort is a striking outlier. The hotel was inspired by the Bauhaus movement of the early 20th century in Germany, and it shows. Any time we venture to Aspen, we try to stay at Aspen Meadows Resort, whether we’re shooting there or not. And the best part is that it’s surprisingly affordable considering the location.
5) BLACK CANYON INN
The Black Canyon Inn offers beautiful mountain views from the ceremony site, featuring the prominent “Twin Owl” peaks. Also, the on-site Twin Owls Steakhouse offers an array of wild game dishes and is some of the best wedding food we’ve had in our 12 years shooting weddings.
6) CROOKED WILLOW FARMS
Just up the road from Spruce Mountain Ranch, Crooked Willow Farms is another solid option for couples looking for a rustic Colorado Ranch vibe for their wedding. It’s a working horse ranch and there are (inexplicably) two camels that reside onsite. We still haven’t been able to entice them over to the fence for photos, but we’ll make it happen one day!
7) CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN RESORT
There are so many different location options for your wedding ceremony at Cheyenne Mountain Resort, it’s mind-boggling. We’ve photographed several weddings here and I don’t think we’ve shot the same location twice. There’s the beach, the patio, the other patio, the golf course… I could go on. Also, this place is massive. So massive, in fact, the hotel provides a shuttle to transport the couple and the photographers around the grounds to take photos. And there’s always a new and unique photo to be captured.
8) THE MANOR HOUSE
The Manor House is a little taste of the East Coast in Colorado. Regal white pillars adorn the entry way of this historic venue which dates back to the early 20th century (1914, to be exact). My favorite thing about the Manor House is that it offers vistas of both the Rocky Mountains and the Denver skyline simultaneously. There aren’t a ton of venues in Colorado that have that claim to fame.
9) THE SHUPE HOMESTEAD
The Shupe Homestead is both quaint and also majestic, offering amazing views of Longs Peak and Mount Meeker in Rocky Mountain National Park. This venue was built for sunset photos. Also, the owner, Darla, is an absolute hero. She was kind enough to allow us to fire off confetti cannons for a nighttime photo knowing full-well that her staff would have to clean it up the next day. Oh, and there are horses!
10) THE DAO HOUSE
Situated just about five miles south of Estes Park, the Dao House is a series of log cabins and event spaces offering retreats, artist residencies, snow-shoeing excursions and, of course, weddings. The primary wedding site is a 15-minute walk through the aspen forest surrounding the venue and gives the feeling of complete isolation. It’s incredibly peaceful, which isn’t a word typically associated with weddings. Also, it’s just a couple-minute drive from Lily Lake, which offers awe-inspiring vistas of the stars on a dark summer night.
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