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Mountain Destination Weddings

A few months ago, Alex and I attended our friends Daniel and Veronica de la Vega's wedding in Aspen, Colorado (you can see a tour of their Miami Beach apartment here). It was, by far, one of the most incredible weddings I've ever attended, and Aspen, Colorado, the city, was largely in part to blame for this. My reasons why: First off, we were on vacation and able to enjoy the entire weekend, no reservations; Second, Colorado's natural scenery provided a beautiful event decor backdrop (minimizing the need for extensive decorating); Thirdly, we had a million things to do during our free time - outdoor activities (although an option, not one we necessarily pursued), shopping, and great restaurants; Fourth, there were elk frolicking (do elk frolic?) across the ceremony locale (and it was even on cue with the vows); and I could go on and on forever, but for now and lastly, it was a fabulous 50 degrees on the wedding day. And for an outside wedding, 50 degrees is pretty close to perfect wedding weather.  

It was then that I realized how really amazing and how truly underestimated mountain destination weddings really were. So as the second chapter to my destination wedding trilogy (Part 1), I present to you a list of a few fabulous mountain destination wedding locations and reception sites in the U.S. I hope this helpful list inspires you to take a leap and make one of these scenic cities the backdrop for your big day. 

Colorado, United States

Aspen, Colorado - Owl Creek Ranches, The Little Nell. And see here for much more. 

Vail, Colorado - Arrabelle, the 10th Restaurant at Vail Mountain

Snowmass, Colorado - Viceroy, Snowmass, Elk Camp, Snowmass Ski Resort

Wyoming, United States

Jackson Hole, Wyoming - Couloir Restaurant (feature wedding here), Snake River Ranch

California, United States

Big Sur, California - Point 16, Big Sur, Wind and Sea Estate, Post Ranch Inn

Napa Valley, California - Kuleto Estate, Farmstead at Long Meadown Ranch, Auberge du Soleil, Meadowood

Sonoma, California - Viansa WinerySt. Francis Winery and Vineyard, Nicholson Ranch, Gundlach Bundschu

Lake Tahoe, California - Squaw Creek, The Chateau Incline Village, Edgewood, Tahoe

Utah, United States

Park City - High Star Ranch, Washington School House Hotel, Canyons Resort

  • Melanie Fernandez
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