There’s nothing quite like the quintessential ranch wedding, and Colorado is chock-full of wide open spaces for saying your “I Dos.” For the bride who wants that Lauren Bush-Lauren vibe, the Front Range delivers a number of rustic-chic venue options.
The Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch
Set against the big Wyoming sky, this 13,000-acre property is country couture at its best. From the perfectly restored Barn Dance Hall to the Zen-like Rock Garden and luxury Sperry tents, The Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch gives discerning cowgirls a place to kick up their boots (or their Blahniks) in grand style. Available for complete buyouts accommodating 180 guests, this over-the-top locale is ideal for the bride and groom seeking a destination wedding outside of the normal “sun and sand” scene. Spa treatments, horseback riding and fly fishing all appoint a perfect Rocky Mountain wedding agenda, as does five-star dining and outdoor cookouts atop the ranch’s hilltop Falcon Peak. The Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, Ring: 303.568.9952, www.brushcreekranch.com.
C Lazy U Ranch
For the couple looking for low-key luxury, C Lazy U is THE venue. Perfect for a smaller to-do of 50-80 guests, the Granby getaway is brimming with Colorado charm. Guests can indulge in spa services, river rafting, canoeing, fishing and of course, horseback riding in a serene setting that is anything but ordinary. Expect western hospitality at every turn, and a refreshingly flexible and versatile staff willing to make your big day uniquely personal. C Lazy U Ranch, Ring: 970.887.3344, www.clazyu.com.
Devil’s Thumb Ranch
As one of the nation’s best-known ranch locale’s, Devil’s Thumb doesn’t disappoint. With a backdrop that includes sweeping meadows, meandering creeks and stunning views of the continental divide, this Tabernash haven delivers the wow-factor, and then some. An ideal venue for both intimate affairs and more grandiose gatherings, Devil’s Thumb Ranch boasts a wide variety of options. We love the 2,900 square foot indoor reception room, The Broad Axe Barn, for its hand-hewn beams recovered from a Civil War-era Indiana barn. Guests will feel the charm as they retire to their private log cabins, well appointed with antiques and heated floors. While there, make cross-country skiing a to-do, and be sure to take in a treatment or two at the world-renowned spa. Devil’s Thumb Ranch, Ring 970.726.7002, www.devilsthumbranch.com.