As previously mentioned, I’ve been waiting for a few years for the proposal to happen. And in that time, I’ve given thought to our wedding – not in great detail, but I’d think of things here and there. One of the ideas that popped into my head was to get married in the summertime at a big ski house up in the mountains. I thought a weekend getaway with family and friends would work out wonderfully. Not to mention that those ski houses rent for extreme discounts in the summer (or, most of them do).
As usual, my GREAT idea wasn’t such a great one after all… Turns out that many of the houses actually don’t allow weddings. As one agent told me, too many of the owners had bad past experiences with weddings and had since nixed the idea. The few that I found that would allow large events and weddings just weren’t going to accommodate everyone we needed to accommodate.
So, I was back at square one. In searching for venues that had an outdoor ceremony site with a rustic, mountainous setting, I found that they came with exorbitant prices tags, too. I knew weddings were expensive. I didn’t know just how expensive. I had gotten pretty frustrated, trying to find the right location, especially with so many possibly coming in from out of town, with the right setting and the right price.
I asked my co-workers if they knew of any local areas that weren’t listed on all of the wedding websites (since I’d already exhausted all of those…twice). I got lucky. A co-worker told me about a local historic apple orchard that also does events. After showing me all of the pictures on their Facebook page, I was in love. It was perfect!! Even better that he knows the owner – and, here’s the kicker, her name is Sharon, too! He texted the owner and found out that cost for getting married on a Friday was half the price of anywhere else I’ve looked and she already had many of the tables and chairs we’d need. She also didn’t have nearly the requirements that other sites did, so we could really make our wedding what we pictured.
We went out that weekend to tour the farm – I tell ya, the views are amazing!! Longs Peak sets the backdrop, and the farm is set with old cottonwood trees, historic buildings, and fun animals. There is even a lake at the back of the orchard!! Zach loved it, too
🙂 I wrote the deposit check on the spot!!! And all my stress disappeared!!! Well, that is until we had to tackle the guest list……..