Sofia and Joseph went from saying “yes” to forever to saying “I do” at Wild Basin Lodge in just six months! With the help of an experienced wedding planner, it is entirely possible to plan your Colorado wedding on a time crunch. All you need is open communication and a bit of trust!
Planning a Colorado Wedding in Under a Year
When Sofia and her mother contacted us, they presented us with the challenge of planning a wedding in six months—and we were more than up for the challenge! Joseph had just popped the question, and Sofia had a precise date in mind for becoming Mrs. Walker. We wasted no time getting to work, and it wasn’t long before we found the perfect reception venue: Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, Colorado! Besides embodying the couple’s rustic mountain aesthetic, it had the exact date open that the bride requested.
In addition, the venue was nearby a Catholic church, Our Lady of the Mountains, in Estes Park. The couple is committed to their faith and decided to be married in a traditional mass. Finding a location not far from a church was essential, so we were thrilled to discover that Wild Basin Lodge and Our Lady of the Mountains were a mere 14 miles apart! On the day of, Blue River Transportation ensured guests were shuttled swiftly and smoothly from one location to another.
Once our team had located both venues, all that remained was to assemble an all-star team of local Colorado vendors. Ali and Garrett Photography captured the day beautifully in their signature authentic style. We were blown away by the portraits they took of the happy couple despite rainy conditions! And we were delighted to collaborate again with Statice Floral. Lori and her team specialize in handpicked, organic arrangements, and the bouquet they created for Sofia was exceptional. With creamy roses, snapdragons, and stems of greenery, it coordinated perfectly with the day’s white and green palette.
Reception at Wild Basin Lodge
The 8,000-square-foot reception space at Wild Basin Lodge was ideal for accommodating Sofia and Joseph’s long guest list. The couple decided to take advantage of the venue’s in-house catering and bar services and couldn’t have been happier with their choice! The all-vegetarian menu was light yet satisfying, showcasing local ingredients.
It’s no secret that weddings can be wasteful, and sustainability was a chief concern for this couple. So, instead of creating disposable centerpieces, we sourced potted plants and herbs to add an organic touch to each table. At the end of the night, we encouraged guests to take them home and replant them! For couples on a budget, doubling up on centerpiece decor and guest favors is also a great way to save money.
But by far, the highlight of the evening was the entertainment by Brandon Jones Band. Sofia and Joseph saw them perform at Grizzly Rose in Denver on one of their first dates, and they quickly became the couple’s favorite country band. They drove all night from a music festival in South Dakota to perform at the couple’s wedding reception!
Wild Basin Lodge was the perfect setting for this rustic affair, and we had so much fun taking on the challenge of planning everything in under a year. Are you planning a Colorado wedding in 2023? We have some openings remaining, but you’ll need to act fast! Connect with us today to start planning your distinctive event.
Planning and Design: Sapphire Celebrations
Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of The Mountains Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Wild Basin Lodge
Photography: Ali and Garrett
Floral Design: Statice Floral
Catering and Bar: Wild Basin Lodge
Cake: Kelly Leigh Cakes
Entertainment: Brandon Jones Band
Coffee Cart: Craft Coffee Cart
HAMU: Kim J Beauty
Bridal Fashion: The Bridal Collection
Transportation: Blue River Transportation & Events
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Sapphire Celebrations combines the energy, perspective and creativity of two generations when planning weddings and events throughout Colorado. Founded by a mother and daughter team, Sapphire Celebrations reflects their Colorado heritage. With family roots dating back to 1907 and covering the northeastern plains and Rocky Mountain vistas, there is no team better qualified to plan your Colorado wedding or special event.
Pamela and Angie are proud of the high level of service for which Sapphire Celebrations has come to be known. Two principal wedding designers and four event concierges take pride in exceeding the expectations of couples who entrust us with their wedding day.