CELEBRATE Weddings, Reunions & Special Events

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

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.


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. 

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

Wedding or Elopement Officiants

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.

Luminous Ceremonies
Heather Barron



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

Indoor and Outdoor Venues

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
Liars’ Lodge B&B  www.LiarsLodge.com  719.395.3444
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 Chateau at South Main  www.SurfChateau.com  719.966.7048
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
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.

Outdoor Venues

The Buena Vista area has 83% public lands (440,000 acres) creating endless possibilities for your wedding location!  If you choose a public land location contact the office below to inquire if your event will need a permit. Salida Ranger District US Forest Service USDA  https://www.recreation.gov  719.539.3591

Town of Buena Vista  (Reserve the Five Parks Below)
www.BuenaVistaCo.gov 719.395.8643
Boulder Garden, Columbine Park, Forest Square Park, McPhelemy Park Town Lake, River Park, and South Main Town Square
Historical Turner Farm & Apple Archard  www.BuenaVistaHeritage.org  719.395-8458
Monarch Mountain www.SkiMonarch.com 719.530.5130
Ski Cooper www.skicooper.com 800.707.6114
Surf Chateau at South Main  www.SurfChateau.com  719.966.7048
Surf Hotel at South Main www.Surfhotel.com  719.966.7048
Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center
www.RMOC.com 719.395.3335
The Beach  www.TheBeachBV.com  719.395.4714
The Meadows  www.SouthMainCo.com  719.395.4714

Indoor Venues

American Legion Hall  719.395.8024 
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
The Loft Theater  www.TheLoftTheater.com  719.445.9278
Ski Cooperwww.skicooper.com 800.707.6114
Surf Chateau at South Main
  www.SurfChateau.com  719.966.7048
Surf Hotel at South Main www.Surfhotel.com  719.966.7048

For a full listing of our churches, some of which, are historical treasures such as Grace Church, click on this link. 

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

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

Brady’s West Garden & Floral Spa  www.BradysWest.com  719.539.6400
Buffy’s Flowers & Gifts www.BuffysFlowers.com  719.395.8170 
Merrifield’s Garden Hut  719.395.9296

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

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


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