1. Rock Stars
Unspeakably stunning, Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
is one of the state’s most popular places for dramatic declarations of love. Exchange vows on the Upper or Lower Terrace anchored on both sides by soaring geological formations.
2. Mountain View
For more breathtaking vistas à la Mother Nature, check out the wedding deck atop Vail Mountain
. Surrounded by 11,000-foot peaks, it’s a top pick of wedding planner Julie Gambrell of Classic Creations Weddings & Special Events
in Highlands Ranch.
3. Ranch Rites
Tiaras trump cowboy hats at Cherokee Ranch & Castle
in Sedalia. At this Scottish-style castle, fairy-tale brides can choose to marry at the Memorial Garden with its carved stone arch or on the veranda with views of Pikes Peak.
4. Garden Charm
Step into an impressionist painting and down the aisle at Monet’s Place at The Hudson Gardens & Event Center
in Littleton, where you can marry amid water lilies and blooms (and gorgeous koi fish too).
5. Special Exhibit
If you prefer bold, cutting-edge contemporary art, head to Denver’s Space Gallery
where couples can host intimate ceremonies surrounded by the latest mixed-media masterpieces.
6. Inn StyleElk Mountain Resort
in Montrose: It’s a little bit rustic but completely luxurious. Host a simple, yet elegant ceremony in the Swiss-inspired chapel.
7. Estate Grandeur
If the phrase “the bigger the better” could describe your theme then look no further than Lionscrest Manor in Lyons, a top pick of Heather Allen of Table Six Productions
in Denver. At this 50-acre Victorian estate, exchange vows beneath a dramatic French door archway leading into an opulent two-story Ballroom.
8. Chapel of Love
Traditional brides looking for a unique setting can marry at Beaver Creek Chapel
, a charming interfaith chapel that sits next to a bubbling creek. Carolyn Moorman of Artisan Events in Edwards likes its elegant stone façade and Old World feel.
9. Through the Grapevine
No need to travel to Napa to wed in wine country. Couples can marry at Two Rivers Winery
in Grand Junction, a state-of-the-art winery featuring an outdoor pavilion that overlooks the Bookcliff Mountain Range on one side and the Colorado National Monument on the other.
10. City Sites
Feel like you’re on top of the world—well, on top of Denver—at The Pinnacle Club
. Say “I do” on the 38th floor of the Grand Hyatt Denver before one of the best views of downtown and the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
-- Christa Vagnozzi
Photo: Betsey Holley