Here are a few of my favorite spots that have the best of the Rocky Mountain scenery blended with pampering luxury. These venues provide not only the gorgeous mountain wedding photography opportunities but also an excellent client experience.
1. The Little Nell, Aspen, CO
The Little Nell has the best of both worlds. Amazing Rocky Mountain backdrops and the luxury of a five star hotel. The wedding deck is a stunning place for a ceremony, and riding the gondola back down on a clear night is a magical experience. The end of September and beginning of October are a great time to be in Aspen. It’s not too crowded, generally much less expensive, and the changing Aspen trees are stunning.
2. Della Terra, Estes Park, CO
Located just outside Rocky Mountain National Park, the site is gorgeous. This boutique hotel has a beautiful ceremony venue as well as European charm. Don’t be surprised if you run into a herd of mountain goats! The staff of Della Terra is just amazing and go above and beyond.
3. The Sanctuary, Sedalia, CO
This country club has awesome views of the rolling sagebrush landscape between Denver and Colorado Springs. Unbelievable for sunset photography of the bride and groom. It also has a great separate dining and outdoor reception space with views of the mountains.
4. Ritz Carleton Bachelor Gulch, Beaver Creek Colorado
I’ve shot weddings here since they opened and it just keeps getting better. There are some secret nearby spots with amazing views of the valley. The lovely stone Beaver Creek Chapel is a nice venue for a more religious ceremony.
5. Devils Thumb Ranch, Tabernash, CO
Just outside Winter Park, Devil’s Thumb Ranch is an excellent wedding venue. There are rustic cabins and hotel rooms to stay in and a wedding ceremony site with views of the horses and mountains. The enormous deck outside is not only great for cocktails but getting a group photo of all your guests from above. Walking together down into the open meadows allows for spectacular, intimate images.