Scenic Fall Wild Basin Lodge Wedding // Allenspark, CO


October wedding at Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, CO.

I am still thinking about this magical day with the sweetest and most thoughtful couple literally ever. Which is why I am so thrilled to finally be blogging this gem!


First of all, can we talk about the magic of getting married in autumn just off the Peak to Peak Highway? This stretch of road regularly shows up on lists of the best scenic drives for leaf peepers - usually right at the top. Jess and Colin's October wedding at Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, Colorado had everyone surrounded by golden aspen leaves. And that's just the beginning of what made this day awesome.


Now, a quick bit of inspiration for the more introverted couples: Jess and Colin opted to do a first look and read private vows to one another before their ceremony. They also hired a professional officiant (shout out Jane Gorman!) to develop a highly personalized script for their public marriage ceremony. This allowed their guests to feel like they really knew the more intimate details of Jess and Colin's meet cute and courtship - without Jess and Colin having to cry through an emotional vow reading in front of an audience. Because sometimes it doesn't matter whether those people have known you for your entire life or if they are strangers - an audience is an audience. So, to recap: read private vows first, then have a ceremony where your officiant tells your story. You get the best of both worlds. Your family is satisfied that they're been let into your 'couple bubble' and you don't have to be vulnerable in front of anyone other than your spouse.


At Wild Basin Lodge, there is a short walk (about 5 minutes) to get from the lodge to the Meadow Peak ceremony site. Jess and Colin opted to construct a champagne wall so that guests could sip bubbles on the scenic walk to the ceremony. And it is truly scenic - a bridge over a river, a vast field, views of Rocky Mountain peaks. The wow factor is definitely there.


There were so many moments to love, from the whiskey-fueled portraits in the aspens to the tear-jerking toasts in the cozy fire lit lodge. Scroll down and see for yourself, and let me know what you think in the comments!


VENDORS

Venue | Wild Basin Lodge

Planner | Hawley and Heidi, Vining Events

Caterer | Wild Basin Lodge

Baker | Nothing Bundt Cakes

Florist | Lilac Alley

Photographer | Dylan Crossley Photo

Videographer | Dylan Crossley Photo

Officiant | Jane Gorman



Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, CO.

Wedding dress hangs at the Wild Basin Lodge

Close up of wedding ring, bridal bouquet and shoes

Bride and groom exchange vows in front of aspen trees at the Wild Basin Lodge

Bride and groom exchange vows at Wild Basin Lodge

Wedding party poses under aspen trees at Wild Basin Lodge

Wedding party poses under aspen trees at the Wild Basin Lodge

Bridal party in mint dresses pose at the Wild Basin Lodge

Bridal party bouquets at the Wild Basin Lodge

Parents of the bride pose at the Wild Basin Lodge

Groomsmen pose under the aspen trees at the Wild Basin Lodge


October wedding at Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, CO.

"Unplugged wedding" sign

October wedding at Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, CO.

Wedding florals at the Wild Basin Lodge

October wedding at Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, CO.

October wedding ceremony in front of yellow aspens at Wild Basin Lodge

October wedding at Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, CO.

October wedding at Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, CO.

Bride places ring on groom's finger

Bride and groom exchange vows at the Wild Basin Lodge

Bride and groom kiss with mountain view at the Wild Basin Lodge

Bride and groom kiss in October wedding at Wild Basin Lodge

October wedding at Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, CO.

Bride and groom walk down the aisle

Bride and groom walk down the aisle at the Wild Basin Lodge

Bride and groom celebrate pose wedding ceremony





Reception table decorations at the Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, CO

Reception table decorations at the Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, CO

Reception table decorations at the Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, CO

Reception table decorations at the Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, CO

Bride and groom sign marriage license at the Wild Basin Lodge

Family poses in front of the Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, CO




Reception table decorations at the Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, CO

Reception table decorations at the Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, CO

Reception table decorations at the Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, CO

Reception table decorations at the Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, CO

Reception table decorations at the Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, CO

red velvet wedding cake

Sunset over yellow aspens at the Wild Basin Lodge

Bride and groom enter the reception


Wedding reception guests dance at the Wild Basin Lodge

Wedding rings atop the wedding bouquet

Bride and groom walk through the aspens during October wedding ceremony

Bride on tip toes kisses groom

Reception table decorations at the Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, CO

Bride and groom take a sip from flask

Bride and groom celebrate in front of Wild Basin mountain view

October wedding ceremony at Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, CO

Bride and groom hold hands in aspen trees

October wedding ceremony at Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, CO

October wedding ceremony at Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, CO

Close up of bride's lace wedding dress and bridal bouquet in the aspen trees

Bride and groom kiss in aspen grove in Allenspark, CO

October wedding ceremony at Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, CO


October wedding ceremony at Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, CO

Bride and groom pose in aspen grove


Bride and groom kiss in aspen grove in Allenspark, CO


October wedding ceremony at Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, CO

October wedding ceremony at Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, CO

Close up of bridal bouquet

Bride and groom along the St. Vrain Creek in Allenspark, CO

Bride and groom along the St. Vrain Creek in Allenspark, CO

Bride and groom kiss along the St. Vrain Creek in Allenspark, CO

Bride and groom pose along the St. Vrain Creek in Allenspark, CO

Best man speech during the wedding reception at the Wild Basin Lodge

Bride and groom laugh during wedding reception at the Wild Basin Lodge

Bride and groom first dance at the Wild Basin Lodge

Bride and groom first dance at the Wild Basin Lodge

Bride and groom first dance at the Wild Basin Lodge

Bride and groom dance in aspen grove at the Wild Basin Lodge





Bride and groom first dance at the Wild Basin Lodge

Bride and groom first dance at the Wild Basin Lodge

Father daughter dance at the Wild Basin Lodge

Father daughter dance at the Wild Basin Lodge