We are over the moon excited to be featuring one of our favorite weddings at Brush Creek Ranch today! Hampton + Michael first met on a blind date that his friends set up for him, while they were both living in London. The two instantly hit it off and five years later, Michael proposed to her in a gondola filled to the brim with gorgeous flowers in Sun Valley. To this day Hampton + Michael wait to get on the same gondola chair that he proposed in whenever they’re in town!
Hampton + Michael had always dreamt of an intimate destination wedding where their loved ones from near and far would gather to celebrate and they both fell in love with Brush Creek Ranch in Wyoming for its glamorous western chic appeal. Over the course of the weekend, guests enjoyed a variety of fun activities such as horseback riding, archery, fishing, and more as well as a Western themed welcome party where they took turns riding the mechanical bull, an elegant candlelit rehearsal dinner in the wine cellar, and of course a beyond beautiful and memorable wedding day!
Bold colors danced through the bride + groom’s wedding day, with the ceremony + reception dripping in lilac and dusty blue florals with pops of pamplemousse and buttercup citrus tones and greenery created by The Perfect Petal. Florals kissed the aisle as Hampton walked towards Michael arm in arm with her father to the tune of “Conversations in the Dark” by John Legend, a true vision in her Ines Di Santo gown with a gorgeous cathedral length train and veil that fluttered behind her as she floated across the aisle.
After they said I do, the darling newlyweds led everyone to cocktail hour and then reception in the Cheyenne Club. Guests found their seats with custom shot glasses hand calligraphed by CCR Calligraphy, and so the party began! Warm wood tables were adorned with cream lace chargers, the sweetest vintage floral dinner plates, and a color burst garden of florals! All indulged in the delicious multi-course meal and the peaches and cream wildflower wedding cake!
Hampton + Michael got the party started with their first dance to “You Make My Dreams” by Hall & Oates. “My favorite part of the reception was when everyone started grabbing these purple wildflowers from the arrangements around the stage and there was a sea of purple-puffed flowers in the air and the entire room felt like magic thanks to my wedding planner, Spice, who had what felt like hundreds of these flowers for our guests to hold!”
As the reception neared the end, the bride + groom ran through a tunnel of sparklers and hopped into their vintage, electric blue Ford pick-up truck to make their way to their after party where they danced the night away! Be sure to take a peek at all the magic below from Hampton + Michael’s wedding at Brush Creek Ranch!
Hampton + Michael | Wedding at Brush Creek Ranch in Saratoga, WY from Aflātis Films.
Western Chic Welcome Party + Activities + Rehearsal Dinner
Wedding Planning | Calluna Events
Venue | Brush Creek Ranch
Florals | The Perfect Petal
Photography | Steve Stanton Photography
Videography | Aflatis Films
Rentals | Colorado Party Rentals
Stationary | Julie King Studio
Calligraphy | CCR Calligraphy
Hair + Makeup | Lucas Magnum
Ceremony Music | Taylor Pace Orchestra
Reception Music | DJ Nate of TH Entertainment
Bridal Gown | Ines Di Santo
Bridal Shoes | Amina Muaddi
After Party Gown | Eisen Stein
Featured On | Over the Moon
This week we’re focusing our venue love on the mountains! With views of endless mountain ranges, sweeping valleys, and rivers and lakes, it’s no wonder Colorado is quickly becoming a destination couples flock to! We’ve been so fortunate to plan some amazing weddings and events at these venues and can’t wait for more to come at these breathtaking destinations.
Many of our clients find that the mountains are the perfect destination and love bringing their guests to the beauty of the Rockies for their wedding weekend. We couldn’t agree more! While it feels impossible to narrow down our favorite destinations – please enjoy some of our favorites below!
Sonnenalp (Vail, CO)
Why We Love The Sonnenalp: The Sonnenalp is timelessly Vail! This luxury alpine hotel offers a beautiful partly glassed in dining room, that brings in beautiful light for a reception. Picture a ceremony right in front of Gore Creek, followed by dinner and dancing under the stars. It’s the perfect mix of alpine-modern! Ludwig’s glass enclosed terrace is a dream too and is where Meghan and Chris’ absolutely gorgeous reception took place. We are always so excited to be back at the Sonnenalp!
Calluna Event’s Real Wedding | Blair + Matt | Photography by Nate ShepardCalluna Event’s Real Wedding | Blair + Matt | Photography by Nate ShepardCalluna Event’s Real Wedding | Meghan + Chris | Photography by Melanie and Tyler Photo
The 10th (Vail, CO)
Why We Love The 10th: This one of a kind venue is an iconic Vail wedding site. With high-quality service and views that *literally* take our breath away, this special destination is so close to our hearts. The restaurant looks over the Gore Range at Vail mid-mountain providing the most epic dance party backdrop you can imagine.
Calluna Event’s Real Wedding | Abbie + Eric | Photography by Nate ShepardCalluna Event’s Real Wedding | Abbie + Eric | Photography by Nate Shepard
Four Seasons Vail (Vail, CO)
Why We Love the Four Seasons Vail: Nestled in the heart of downtown Vail, you can still come home to the familiar and exceptional caliber of Four Seasons. Call this beautiful hotel a home base for your guests or enjoy one of the many versatile spaces for your weekend celebrations (including their newly renovated ballroom – hello!!). Last year we had the joy of planning Russ + Paula’s wedding reception at Four Seasons Vail with a ten piece orchestra you don’t want to miss out on!
Calluna Event’s Real Wedding | Paula + Russ | Photography by Alp & Isle
Larkspur (Vail, CO)
Why We Love Larkspur: “Our award-winning restaurant is situated in Vail at the base of Golden Peak and the views don’t get much better. In the winter and early spring, the snowy slopes of Vail Mountain are literally steps away from our patio. From late spring through fall, Larkspur’s lush, green event lawn is surrounded by Aspen groves and stunning views of the majestic Gore Range.” They have both indoor, outdoor patio, and outdoor lawn options, so it is perfect for a reception, ceremony, or both! We loved planning Zoe + Pete’s and so many other weddings here!
Calluna Event’s Real Wedding | Zoe + Pete | Photography by Tamara Gruner PhotographyCalluna Event’s Real Wedding | Zoe + Pete | Photography by Tamara Gruner Photography
Vail Wedding Deck + Arrabelle Square (Vail, CO)
Why We Love the Vail Wedding Deck and Arrabelle Square: We were over the moon planning Brooke + Christian’s romantic mountain wedding here (look at those views!), and love that the Wedding Deck has 360 degree views of the Vail Valley (!!!). Travel by gondola for the valley’s quintessentially mountain backdrop to say “I Do” for your ceremony and then head back down the mountain to Arrabelle Square. We love opting for the tent so you can dance the night away under the twinkle lights in the middle of the town square – central yet intimate.
Calluna Event’s Real Wedding | Brooke + Christian | Photography by Alp & IsleCalluna Event’s Real Wedding | Brooke + Christian | Photography by Alp & Isle
Camp Hale (Vail, CO)
Why We Love Camp Hale: Camp Hale is every bit of mountain magic – complete with a waterfront ceremony and a backdrop of 12,000 foot mountain peaks. It’s nestled in aspen and pine trees, and located just up the hill from Vail (about 30 minutes by car). We were so happy we could got to celebrate Abby + Kevin’s big day at this stunning spot. We can’t wait to be back later this summer!
Calluna Event’s Real Wedding | Abby + Kevin | Photography by Sarah PorterCalluna Event’s Real Wedding | Abby + Kevin | Photography by Sarah Porter
The Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch (Beaver Creek, CO)
Why We Love The Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch: The Ritz Carlton offers a wide range of venues that can cater to each couple! These venues offer a blend of rustic outdoor settings overlooked by mountains, elegant indoor ballrooms, and restaurant and lounge spaces to host smaller intimate affairs. Our favorite? A striking sailcloth tent at the base of the mountain that will quite literally take your (and your guests!) breath away.
Calluna Event’s Real Wedding | Shelby + Arthur | Photography by Jill HouserCalluna Event’s Real Wedding | Shelby + Arthur | Photography by Jill Houser
Saddleridge (Beaver Creek, CO)
Why We Love Saddleridge: While offering all of the beautiful scenery of Beaver Creek, Saddleridge also offers that authentic Colorado experience, with their vaulted ceilings, western artifacts and mountain views that go on and on! Rich with historical knick knacks, this venue is not your classic ballroom – and we love that. Don’t sleep on Saddleridge!
Photography by Jason & Gina
Beano’s Cabin (Beaver Creek, CO)
Why We Love Beano’s Cabin: Beano’s Cabin in Beaver Creek is a Calluna tried and true favorite. The cabin is nestled on the mountain with a beautiful interior and equally stunning views of the mountain. Beaver Creek is the perfect destination with plenty of delicious restaurants, scenic hikes and adventurous activities! One of our all-time favorite weddings was at Beano’s – check it out!
Calluna Event’s Real Wedding | Ali + Dan | Photography by Ashley Sawtelle Calluna Event’s Real Wedding | Ali + Dan | Photography by Ashley Sawtelle Calluna Event’s Real Wedding | Ali + Dan | Photography by Ashley Sawtelle
Zach’s Cabin (Bachelor Gulch, CO)
Why We Love Zach’s Cabin: “Perched on the mountainside high above Bachelor Gulch with the uninterrupted views of the magnificent Gore Range, Zach’s is the epitome of fine dining at its peak. Guests are whisked away for a starlit sleigh ride, pulled by a Beaver Creek Snow Cat. Famous for its artful assemblage of fresh Rocky Mountain fare featuring the finest regional and seasonal ingredients paired with excellent vintages for the perfect dinner experience.” Need way say more!?!? We were thrilled to have planned Mackenzie + Tom’s winter wedding here!
Calluna Event’s Real Wedding | Mackenzie + Tom | Photography by James & SchulzeCalluna Event’s Real Wedding | Mackenzie + Tom | Photography by James & Schulze
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek (Beaver Creek, CO)
Why We Love The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek: A new-to-us venue for the 2021 season, we’ve been quick to fall in love with this hotel at the base of the mountain. We love the versatility of the event spaces (Crooked Hearth for a more intimate feel or rehearsal dinner!) and their ceremony views are something to write home about – whatever the season. We had so much fun planning Jenny + Mason’s wedding here last year, where they skied into their ceremony! It was epic!
Calluna Event’s Real Wedding | Jenny + Mason | Photography by Ashley TiedgenCalluna Event’s Real Wedding | Jenny + Mason | Photography by Ashley TiedgenCalluna Event’s Real Wedding | Jenny + Mason | Photography by Ashley Tiedgen
The Little Nell (Aspen, CO)
Why We Love The Little Nell: The Little Nell is the epitome of luxury and getting married here would be an unforgettable experience. Looking for epic views? Check. World class service? Check. A phenomenal party like no other? Check, check check. “The experience waiting for you as you step off Aspen’s Silver Queen Gondola may be reason enough to exchange vows. Floating three miles above the town of Aspen but just steps from The Little Nell, our Wedding Deck is a venue unlike anything else in Colorado. At an elevation of 11,212 feet, with sweeping views of the Elk Mountain Range, it doesn’t get much more romantic.” We loved this top of mountain moment last year at Shelby + Ben’s wedding!
Calluna Event’s Real Wedding | Shelby + Ben | Photography by Caroline Ro Calluna Event’s Real Wedding | Shelby + Ben | Photography by Caroline RoCalluna Event’s Real Wedding | Shelby + Ben | Photography by Caroline Ro
Hotel Jerome (Aspen, CO)
Why We Love Hotel Jerome: “Located in the heart of Aspen with a unique blend of contemporary luxury and historic heritage, deluxe Aspen Resort accommodations, superb amenities, genuine hospitality and dedicated service for an elevated experience in the Rocky Mountains. With stunning views of Aspen Mountain and affording convenient access to downtown, the Hotel Jerome featuring Aspen’s only above-ground ballroom is the ideal event venue for an effortlessly elegant wedding or special event.” We can’t wait to be here next year for Nicole + David’s wedding!
Photography courtesy of Hotel Jerome
The St. Regis Aspen (Aspen, CO)
Why We Love The St. Regis Aspen: Located at the base of Aspen mountain, The St. Regis will provide your guests with the ultimate “Aspen” experience. A St. Regis wedding means luxury, comfort and unforgettable memories. Just steps away from the slopes and the amazing bars and restaurants of Aspen, the location of the St. Regis could not be more ideal. Page + Scott’s big day was on for the storybooks and we couldn’t imagine a better destination to celebrate them.
Calluna Event’s Real Wedding | Page + Scott| Photography by Kate Holstein Photography
T Lazy 7 (Aspen, CO)
Why We Love T Lazy 7: “T-Lazy-7 Ranch is home to three of Aspen’s premier event venues. You can customize your own a twinkle-lit tented reception in the stunning T-Lazy-7 Meadow, or pair a Meadow ceremony with the elegant T-Lazy-7 Event Lodge for the reception dinner and dancing. If you’re looking for a more authentic hoe-down experience, cozy around the campfire at our covered outdoor facility known as the Chuckwagon Grounds. T-Lazy-7 Ranch is a spectacular setting for any event and is surrounded by National Forest and Wilderness for stunning photo backdrops.” We love this place and are beyond thrilled to celebrate our very own lead planner Lindsay + Ken’s wedding here in September!
Aspen Meadows (Aspen, CO)
Why We Love the Aspen Meadows: Say I do in front of gorgeous snow-capped mountains! “The Aspen Meadows Resort offers an unsurpassed level of elegance and sophistication. Everything from the stunning mountain view and warm, relaxing atmosphere to our personalized service creates the perfect backdrop for your special day!” Our lovely Lauren + Eren had their ceremony here then their reception at Aspen Art Museum in April and it was absolutely stunning!
Calluna Event’s Real Wedding | Lauren + Eren | Photography by Nate Shepard
Aspen Art Museum (Aspen, CO)
Why We Love the Aspen Art Museum: “The iconic Shigeru Ban–designed Aspen Art Museum’s Level 3 presents a dynamic and adaptable entertainment space for an array of gatherings (including weddings!) Set atop the internationally acclaimed contemporary art museum and adjacent to the museum’s Roof Deck Sculpture Garden, the AAM’s Level 3 offers unparalleled panoramic views of Aspen’s surrounding Ajax, Red Mountain, and Independence Pass landscapes.” Just take a peek at Audrey + Neil’s wedding and you’ll get why it’s such a dream destination!
Calluna Event’s Real Wedding | Audrey + Neil | Photography by Villani
Dunton Hot Springs (Dunton, CO)
Why We Love Dunton Hot Springs: Right outside of Telluride, nestled in the San Juan Mountains this up to date ghost town is a Calluna favorite. This intimate property includes hand built log cabins and luxury glamping. Dunton offers a variety of activities around the property and we can guarantee this will be an experience your guests will never forget. Be sure to check out Holly + Matt’s summertime wedding at Dunton Hot Springs and Meshach + Warren’s winter wedding here!
Calluna Event’s Real Wedding | Holly + Matt | Photography by Cara MiaCalluna Event’s Real Wedding | Holly + Matt | Photography by Cara MiaCalluna Event’s Real Wedding | Holly + Matt | Photography by Cara Mia Calluna Event’s Real Wedding | Meshach + Warren | Photography by James & Schulze
Flying Diamond Ranch (Steamboat Springs, CO)
Why We Love Flying Diamond Ranch: This ranch right outside of Steamboat Springs is truly magical. The views are spectacular and the land is vast. Perfect for any nature lover, Flying Diamond is a beautiful blank canvas. “Picturesque aspen groves and open fields framed by forests and mountains with sweeping, majestic views of the Steamboat Ski Area create a stunning space to host magical and very private Colorado weddings, parties, and events.” We are still in awe Brenna + Jeff’s wedding and are so excited for Kendall + Chris’ wedding here this summer!
Calluna Event’s Real Wedding | Brenna + Jeff | Photography by Laura Murray
Devil’s Thumb Ranch (Tabernash, CO)
Why We Love Devil’s Thumb Ranch: The Calluna team adores Devil’s Thumb and consider it one of our most popular wedding venue destinations of the state. The combination of sprawling ranch views for days, onsite guest lodging for a weekend adventure experience, plenty of leisure activities year round and the most beautiful beautiful barn perfect for wedding festivities is the most incredible combination to bring your celebration to life. We’ve planned countless events throughout the seasons in this special place and can’t wait for all the fun to come!
Calluna Event’s Real Wedding | Rachel + Connor | Photography by Ashley SawtelleCalluna Event’s Real Wedding | Rachel + Connor | Photography by Ashley Sawtelle
Brush Creek Ranch (Saratoga, Wyoming)
Why We Love Brush Creek Ranch: Our love for this pocket of heaven on earth runs deep. “Time seems to stand still at Brush Creek Ranch, a collection of all-inclusive guest ranches in Wyoming. It’s a place where beautiful sunsets and starlit night skies instill wonder. Immerse yourself with the true spirit of the authentic American West…” Brush Creek Ranch offers the best of both worlds – luxury mixed with the authentic American Western experience – in a way you’ve never seen before. Hampton + Michael, Ashley + Peter, Brie + Ben, as well as O+R are some of our favorite weddings we’ve done at Brush Creek Ranch! We’ll be back at the ranch in just a few weeks for Robin + Marco’s wedding too!
Calluna Event’s Real Wedding | Hampton + Michael | Photography by Steve Stanton Calluna Event’s Real Wedding | Hampton + Michael | Photography by Steve StantonCalluna Event’s Real Wedding | Ashley + Peter | Photography by Carrie KingCalluna Event’s Real Wedding | Brie + Ben | Photography by James x Schulze
Surf Hotel (Buena Vista, CO)
Why We Love Surf Hotel: “Beyond breathtaking views, stylish guest rooms and the vibrant community just steps from our door, the Surf Hotel’s amenities and services provide a number of unique options for your special celebration. From a charming ground floor restaurant to a spectacular outdoor courtyard and onsite ballroom, our spaces were designed to adapt to a wide range of events. No matter the style or format of your wedding, our hospitality begins in the planning process, as we help you curate your unique vision for a day (or several days) of mountain town elegance.” We loved planning Taylor + Phil’s romantic micro-wedding here last year!
Calluna Event’s Real Wedding | Taylor + Phil | Photography by Meredith DiamondCalluna Event’s Real Wedding | Taylor + Phil | Photography by Meredith Diamond
Juniper Mountain House (Evergreen, CO)
Why We Love Juniper Mountain House: “Juniper Mountain House offers a variety of unique gathering spaces. With 10 acres of dynamic indoor and outdoor spaces, we aim to create truly memorable experiences for you and your group of up to 60 people. As a small boutique hotel, we only offer two to three wedding slots per month, which means your day will truly be one of a kind.”
Photography courtesy of Juniper Mountain House
Wyman Hotel (Silverton, CO)
Why We Love The Wyman Hotel: We had the pleasure and privilege to be hosted by The Wyman Hotel, a relatively new boutique hotel in the southwestern town of Silverton, Colorado. The makers behind The Wyman describe it as “a 1902 landmark building which has been reimagined with the comforts and amenities of an urban boutique hotel and is a welcoming, thoughtfully appointed space, perfect for artists, creatives, and adventurers.” We couldn’t come up with a better description if we tried. Each detail was perfectly in place, making our stay feel both comfortable and inspired. For our clients looking for an outside the box, western chic experience – this is the spot for you. Read more from our visit here!
Photography by Candace Cross Photography