CELEBRATE Weddings, Reunions & Special Events

Begin Your Legacy of Love With a Majestic Mountain Wedding in the Heart of the Rockies

For the best and most experienced wedding experts in the Valley contact the Heart of the Rockies Wedding Association.


Tap into our amazing network of creative, experienced wedding experts (links below), including our local Heart of the Rockies Wedding Association. www.HeartOfTheRockiesWedding.com 719.203.1994

Winding like a glimmering ribbon, the Arkansas River is the pulse of this breathtaking landscape.  It invites you and your loved ones to slow down and relax, or dive in for some adventurous fun. Enjoy breathtaking mountain beauty and small town community, while making memories to last a lifetime.  

If you are looking for an elopement, an intimate ceremony, or an all-inclusive resort for a large wedding, our local professionals can help you find the perfect location for your beautiful day, and then connect you with premier wedding specialists to make your day just as you’ve dreamed.  See detailed information and links below!

Photo by The Surf Hotel

Photo by Autumn Twilight Photography

A Ceremony As Unique As These Mountains

By Heather Barron, Officiant, Celebrant and Owner of Luminous Ceremonies

Just as your love is like no other, you can have a wedding ceremony that is completely unique to you as a couple, that is as stunning as the beautiful landscape surrounding your wedding venue. You deserve a wedding officiant who captures the heart of your love story, and who will make your time at your altar everything you’ve dreamed of.

What matters most is that the ceremony feels true to who you are, and that each element highlights what is meaningful to you as you begin this new chapter in your life.  Photo by Autumn Twilight.

Outdoor Venues

The Buena Vista area has 83% public lands (440,000 acres) creating endless possibilities for your wedding location!  
If you choose to host an event on public lands a permit may be required. Special Uses–Applying for a Permit

Any questions please contact: Recreation Special Uses Administrator of the Salida Ranger District, San Isabel National Forest.
719.539.3591 or email tskaja@fs.fed.us

Indoor & Outdoor Venues

Indoor & Outdoor Links
100 Elk Outdoor Center 

Bighorn Lodge 

Collegiate Peaks Golf Course 

Creekside Chalets 

Creekside Gathering Place 

Monarch Mountain 

Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort 

Rainbow Lake Resort 

Surf Hotel at South Main

The Barn at Sunset Ranch 

VFW Post 1166 

For a full listing of lodging & rentals in our area (B & B’s and Cabins & Home Rentals) click here for our directory.

Catering for Your Culinary Needs

A Variations Catering www.VariationsCatering.com 719.221.2935

Branding Iron Bar & Grill  Rustic2561@hotmail.com  719.395.6472

Brown Dog Coffee Company  www.BrownDogCoffee.com 719.395.2634

City Market www.CityMarket.com  719.395.2431

Cowboys Dash Barbecue, LLC  www.CowboysDashBBQ.com  719.581.2276

Creekside Gathering Place  www.CreeksideGatheringPlace  719.221.6124

Kalamatapit Catering  Kalamatapit.com  970.485.2874

Wesley & Rose http://surfhotel.com/wesley-rose/ 719.966.7048

Please note most restaurants in town offer rehearsal meals and special small events.  Please see our directory for a full list of establishments. 

Service & Supplies

Merrifield’s Garden Hut  719.395.9296
Rancho Verde Flowers www.ranchoverdeflowers.com 719.221.0728

D.J.D.J. Event Productions https://www.djdjcolorado.com  719.221.0701 
Enchanted Strings Music  719.395.6704
Teresa Roorda, Pianist  719.966.2470

Aspen Leaf Print & Copy  719.395.8044
Ridgeline Signs www.ridgelinesigns.co/ 719.395.1982

Services & Rentals
Buena Vista Tool & Equipment  719.395.6041
Buena Vista True Value  www.TrueValue.com  719.395.8067
High Country Party Rental  www.HCPartyRental.com  719.966.2590
Settings Event Rentals  www.SettingsEventRental.com  719.539.2434   

Gifts Wedding Albums & Registers
The View Cafe at the Best Western 719.395.3100

For other services such as hair and makeup and the most up-to- date listing of our businesses who can assist you on your special day please go to the directory on this website.

Arkansas Valley Digital Imaging


Autumn Twilight Photography


Catherine Eichel


Luminessence Photography


Marriage Requirements in Colorado

Chaffee County Clerk  www.ChaffeeCountyClerk.org  719.539.4004
Justice of the Peace – County Court 719.539.6031

  • Couples (both eighteen years old or older)
  • Both parties must apply together
  • Each party must have identification either in the form of a driver’s license and/or birth certificate with acceptable photo ID (passport, state ID card, etc)
  • Both parties must know their social security number
  • If either party has been widowed or divorced, they must know the date and place
  • Fee is $20
  • The license is good for 30 days and there is no waiting period
  • No blood test is required
  • The license is good anywhere in the state of Colorado

Officiant:  A Luminous Ceremony includes the following . . .
• A personalized ceremony in line with your beliefs;
• Your love story in your words;
• Full control of the wording, rituals and tone of your ceremony – no cookie cutter scripts or unwanted surprises;
• Rituals and elements that illustrate what matters to you as a couple;
• An experience that makes your loved ones feel like more than spectators in an audience;
• The stunning mountain scenery tied into the wording and
elements of your ceremony (for ex: the unity ceremony);
• An officiant with a decade of experience, committed to supporting you leading up to and on your big day – with high class, drama-free customer care, professionalism and humor;
• A keepsake copy of your ceremony to look back on over the years;
• Legalizing and mailing of your marriage license.
What matters most is that the ceremony feels true to who you are, and that each element highlights what is meaningful to you as you begin this new chapter as spouses.

Luminous Ceremonies
Heather Barron



Officiant:  Sacred Flame of Avalon Ministries was founded by Rev. Deborah McComb to serve the community and teach spiritual concepts for personal growth. It is non-denominational and welcomes all who wish to learn about the seemingly mystical concepts behind the workings of our Universe that can be employed for use in our every day lives in order to live fully and joyously.
Services include:
House Clearings & Blessings
Weddings/Renewal of Vows
Rights of Passage: Celebrations of Birth/Angelic Blessings, Celebrations of Life & Funerals (human and animal)
Grief Counseling
Hospital/Hospice Visits
End of Life Comfort
Spiritual Counseling

Sacred Flame of Avalon Ministries
Rev. Deborah McComb