CELEBRATE Weddings, Reunions & Special Events

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

Buena Vista Wedding Expo –
February 23, 2019 

Click here for details!  Held at the Surf Hotel

Whether it’s your fiftieth time returning to this valley or your first visit, Mount Princeton stands in all its magnificence waiting to welcome you home to host your beautiful day.

With a name that means beautiful view, it is no mystery why Buena Vista is fast becoming one of the most desirable places to have your high-country wedding or renew your vows. Twelve towering “Fourteeners” and countless other peaks, creeks, and crags draw people from all over the world to this hidden mountain gem.  Photo by Autumn Twilight Photography.


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

Outdoor Venue Links
Town of Buena Vista  (Reserve the Five Parks) Boulder Garden, Columbine Park, Forest Square Park, McPhelemy Park Town Lake, River Park, and South Main Town Square.  www.BuenaVistaCo.gov 719.395.8643
100 Elk Outdoor Center https://100elk.org/events/ 888.543.4849
The Barn at Sunset Ranch www.thebarnatsunsetranch.com 719.688.8787
Historical Turner Farm & Apple Orchard  www.BuenaVistaHeritage.org  719.395-8458
Monarch Mountain www.SkiMonarch.com 719.530.5130
Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort  www.MtPrinceton.com  719.395.2447
Ski Cooper www.skicooper.com 800.707.6114
Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center www.RMOC.com 719.395.3335

Indoor & Outdoor Venues

Indoor & Outdoor Links
100 Elk Outdoor Center 
https://100elk.org/events/https://100elk.org/events/event/weddings/ 888.543.4849
Bighorn Lodge 
www.BighornLodge.org  419.512.0416
Collegiate Peaks Golf Course 
www.CollegiatePeaksGolf.com  719.395.8189
Creekside Chalets 
www.CreeksideChalets.com  719.539.6953
Creekside Gathering Place 
www.OLAM1.org/Mc3-Vision-2.htm  719.221.6124
Monarch Mountain 
www.SkiMonarch.com  719.530.5000
Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort 
www.MtPrinceton.com  719.395.2447
Rainbow Lake Resort 
www.RainbowLakeResort.com  719.395.2509
Surf Hotel at South Main
www.Surfhotel.com  719.966.7048
The Barn at Sunset Ranch 
www.TheBarnAtSunsetRanch.com  719.688.8787
The Cardinal’s Nest 
www.Vrbo.com/1007957  800.539.0133
www.watershedbv.com 719.581.2009
VFW Post 1166  719.395.2929

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

Indoor Venues

American Legion Hall  719.395.8024 
100 Elk Outdoor Center 
https://100elk.org/events/ 888.543.4849
The Barn at Sunset Ranch 
www.thebarnatsunsetranch.com 719.688.8787
Buena Vista Heritage Museum 
www.BuenaVistaHeritage.org  719.395.8458
Community Center 
www.BuenaVistaCo.gov  719.395.8643
Casa del Rio Clubhouse 
www.CasaDelRioPark.com  719.395.3465
Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort 
www.MtPrinceton.com  719.395.2447
The Loft Orpheum Theater 
www.TheLoftTheater.com  719.445.9278
Ski Cooper 
www.skicooper.com 800.707.6114
Surf Hotel at South Main
www.Surfhotel.com  719.966.7048
www.watershedbv.com 719.581.2009

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
The Asian Palate  www.TheAsianPalate.com  719.395.6679
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

Buffy’s Flowers & Gifts www.BuffysFlowers.com  719.395.8170 
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
Mt. Princeton Printing  www.MtPPM.com  303.250.6045
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


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

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