If you’re planning on getting married in Colorado, you’re probably looking for a beautiful experience in the outdoors with epic mountain views. From rolling hills to stunning peaks, few places in the country are as majestic as those Colorado wedding venues with mountain views!
You have no shortage of Colorado mountain wedding venues to choose from… but with so many excellent options, how do you pick?
As a wedding photographer based in Telluride, Colorado, I can say for sure that if you’re looking for a luxurious wedding venue with breathtaking mountain views, Telluride is the place to be.
Here are my personal favorite Telluride wedding venues for couples looking for those gorgeous mountain views!
At the top of the list is undoubtedly Telluride Ski Resort, the ultimate mountain setting for couples seeking an unforgettable destination experience.
The best part? Telluride Ski Resort is actually several mountainside wedding venues in one! Located on the resort are the following five ceremony and reception sites.
Ride the gondola to 10,551 feet above sea level, where Allred’s awaits. As Telluride’s most coveted dining experience, Allred’s is sure to impress even the choosiest foodies and connoisseurs on your guest list.
Even more impressive than the contemporary American food is the picture outside the restaurant’s massive windows. You and your guests will enjoy expansive views of the 13,000-foot peaks that frame Telluride to the north as well as the twinkling lights and rooftops of the historic town of Telluride 1,800 feet below.
The restaurant itself is not to be overlooked, either. With stone fireplaces, wood beams, and an arched foyer and hallways, Allred’s feels like an old European wine cellar. Choose from a private dining room for up to 30 guests, or buy out the facility to accommodate up to 130 people.
But what about before the reception? Ride the gondola partway to the San Sophia Overlook, perched right on the ski run near the top of Lift 7, where you’ll enjoy one of the most striking ceremony sites in all of Colorado.
Follow the short nature path from the gondola station to the natural grass amphitheater, where up to 250 guests can watch you exchange vows atop the wooden deck on the ridge.
Overlooking the town of Telluride and surrounded by magnificent San Juan mountain peaks and towering spruce trees, the San Sophia Overlook provides a truly spectacular backdrop for your Colorado mountain wedding.
Interested in getting married at San Sophia? Check out my San Sophia Overlook Venue Guide, where I share my insider tips on:
After your “I dos,” celebrate your new marriage with a fun cocktail hour and reception at Gorrono Ranch. Perched on the side of a mountain with beautiful views of Mt. Wilson (commonly known as “the Coors Mountain”), this circa-1800s, Western-style ski lodge features multi-level decks that were just made for mingling.
Inside the main lodge, two large dining rooms with crackling stone fireplaces accommodate up to 200 guests. Enjoy virtually any cuisine you’re craving, from a rustic barbecue to a multi-course menu, before hitting the dance floor (or the s’mores pit!).
Gorrono Ranch also makes a lovely ceremony site or even a late-night lounging spot inside the two small, historic cabins (complete with scotch and bourbon tastings). The versatility of this Telluride wedding venue makes it ideal for whatever style and activities you’re looking for.
Interested in getting married at Gorrono Ranch? Check out my Gorrono Ranch Wedding Venue Guide, where I share my insider tips on:
Is your style slightly more contemporary? Kick back in the Tomboy Tavern, where elegant meets eclectic.
This slope-side patio and bar feature a fully remodeled interior boasting wood-plank floors, leather sofas, cozy fireplaces, and a dazzling zinc bar. Sip signature drinks during a cocktail hour for up to 120 people, or enjoy a delicious meal during a reception for up to 75 guests.
With a relaxed vibe, crowd-pleasing food, and serene mountain setting, Tomboy Tavern is the perfect place to toast your love alongside all your loved ones.
For couples seeking smaller Colorado mountain wedding venues, look no further than Alpino Vino. This European-style chalet can hold up to 24 guests, making it ideal for intimate celebrations.
To get to Alpino Vino, ride a snowcoach through pine forests on the winding See Forever ski run. Exchange vows on the secluded deck as the sun sets behind you over Mt. Wilson, and enjoy a prosecco toast before sitting down for an exquisite dinner. The sommelier team will carefully select the finest wines to pair with your northern Italian meal.
Seated atop the Telluride Ski Resort at 12,200 feet, Alpino Vino is one of the most remarkable Colorado mountain wedding venues available. On clear nights, you may even see the stars light up the pristine white snow beneath the deck.
Interested in getting married at Alpino Vino?Check out my Alpino Vino wedding blog post, where I share insider tips and photos from a real Alpino Vino wedding.
When it comes to Colorado weddings, few locations are more convenient than Denver. But the easy accessibility isn’t the only appeal of Denver wedding venues — they’re also downright gorgeous.
Here are my favorite Denver wedding venues with those dazzling mountain views you’re looking for.
Only 30 minutes outside of Denver, Evergreen Lake House is one of the most premier Colorado mountain wedding venues — and for good reason. Overlooking Evergreen Lake, this site is surrounded by mountains, meaning you get sublime views from all 360 degrees, all year round.
Get married on the wide deck extending over the lake, with views of Bear Mountain as your backdrop. If the weather won’t cooperate, simply move inside to the Octagon Room, where seven of its eight sides feature floor-to-ceiling windows (so you never have to sacrifice the view!).
Enjoy an elegant, log-cabin ambiance in the Great Room for your reception. A large stone fireplace, pine ceiling and walls, and elevated outdoor patio welcome up to 200 guests.
Another idyllic wedding venue only 30 minutes from Denver (and Colorado Springs) is The Venue At Crooked Willow Farms. Mixing the grandeur of the mountains with the charm of the country, this bucolic setting is a breathtaking canvas for your Colorado wedding.
At this 90-acre property located in the exclusive Plum Creek Valley, you can choose from multiple indoor and outdoor spaces for your ceremony and reception:
Lola’s Loft: Climb the circular stairs up the turret to this rustic barn loft, where pillar candles, original red oak floors, and wagon-wheel chandeliers await. Open the double doors to reveal a spacious covered deck, where you and up to 100 seated guests can enjoy a cocktail (and, of course, mountain views).
Drive from Denver toward Vail to Piney River Ranch, where the mountain scenery will astonish you and your guests. Nestled in the White River National Forest, this 40-acre ranch sits on the edge of Piney Lake and at the foot of the Gore Range, surrounded by thousands of acres of backcountry wilderness.
Say “I do” on the ceremony deck, perched on the edge of the crystal-clear lake, with the Rockies as your backdrop. Next, choose between an open-air reception or a cozy indoor celebration amid the two spacious log pavilions, which can seat up to 200 guests. Enjoy “ranch-style” dining, followed by s’mores around the fire.
When it’s time to retire, Piney River Ranch offers six guest cabins, three glamping tents, and even a yurt for a unique mountain experience. Altogether, this ranch is one of the best Colorado wedding venues you can find.
If you’re searching for Colorado Springs wedding venues, you have many options — but my favorite ones all center around the Garden of the Gods. This magical park, a registered National Natural Landmark, offers dazzling red-rock views for Colorado mountain weddings of all kinds.
There are a few options for venues in this popular Colorado Springs wedding location. You can have your celebration inside the park itself or outside at an adjacent resort.
Inside the park is the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, which allows you to hold your ceremony at a variety of different areas:
There are no charge and no permit required to get married at any of these locations, but you may need to obtain a commercial use permit for your Colorado Springs wedding photography. Be sure to check out that and other restrictions outlined by the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center before choosing this option.
A free ceremony sounds great, but if you want something more reliable and refined, consider the Garden of the Gods Resort and Club. This exceptional venue offers sweeping panoramas of the Garden of the Gods and the Rocky Mountains.
Choose between several wedding venues at this private resort:
Aside from incredible views, the Garden of the Gods Resort and Club offers fantastic food, a dedicated planning manager, STRATA Med Body Fit bridal pampering services, and many other amenities to make your Colorado Springs wedding as memorable as possible.
Whatever your personal preference, these Colorado mountain wedding venues all offer something for everyone (and every couple). While each venue offers unique benefits, what they all share in common is a mountain view that will truly take your breath away — and that your guests will never forget!
Remember: If you want an amazing wedding experience, you’ll want to work with a wedding experience expert. I, Lisa Marie Wright, have been serving couples in Telluride, Colorado, for many years and am a preferred vendor at all of the best Telluride mountain wedding venues.
Contact me to see about photographing your Colorado mountain wedding!