For couples who wish to embrace nature at their nuptials, a scenic setting is a must. Located just one hour from Grand Junction, Colorado, Gateway Canyons (built by John Hendricks, the founder of The Discovery Channel) offers a portal to a Southwestern paradise for pairs as they take their first steps on the road of life as husband and wife.
Couples can mellow out before the start of married life with transcendental treatments at the newly opened spa, while the stylists at the new hair salon can create “I do” day ‘dos for the bride and her attendants and assist with a pampering mani- or pedicure.
For a grandiose gathering of up to 300 family and friends, the Mission Bell Amphitheater offers dramatic canyon views and the mirrored surfaces of reflective ponds for walks down the aisle in the summer or autumn seasons.
An equally endearing locale to pledge your love, the splashes of a nearby babbling brook will seem to applaud the intimate weddings held at Cottonwood Terrace. Equestrian enthusiasts can also enjoy the western ambiance found at The Stables at Gateway Canyons, where the horses are happy to pose for photos.
For an elegant indoor/outdoor event, the Palisade Event Center features accommodates for weddings and receptions throughout the year for up to 120 people.
Gateway Canyons offers 54 rooms for wedding guests at two venues– the Dolores River Inn and the deluxe Kiva Lodge, both of which offer easy access to an outdoor pool and hot tub. Family and friends can mull over the menus at the Kiva Cafe, the Paradox-To-Go deli and coffee bar or, for more formal fare, the Paradox Grille.
For more information:
- visit www.gatewaycanyons.com
Photos courtesy Gateway Canyons