The thundering echo of horses hooves galloping across a stretch of Wyoming wilderness beats in time to the racing rhythm of a bride and groom’s heartbeats as couples tie the knot at Paradise Ranch, a 180-acre heaven on earth nestled in the Big Horn Mountains.
Open to guests June through September, the century-old retreat offers the opportunity for unions as unique as each couple making a lifetime commitment. Weddings can be held inside the Sam Elliot Pope Memorial Chapel, a cozy log cabin house of worship which stands like a portal to the past complete with wooden pews and picture windows which frame views of nature’s palette as vibrant as any stained glass, while an eagle flying overhead and the deer that call the ranch home can be silent witnesses to weddings held outdoors.
Newlyweds can cuddle in front of a fireplace in one of 18 log cabins, each of which is decorated with western flair and comes equipped with a full bath, shower, kitchen and a front porch– perfect for stargazing.
An array of activities are available for couples and up to 70 wedding guests attending the destination I do, including horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking, swimming in an outdoor heated pool and unwinding in an enclosed whirlpool spa.
Rates are based on a one-week stay.
For more information:
• visit www.paradiseranch.com