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First Wedding of 2019!

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We’d like to take a moment to highlight our first wedding of 2019. Sarah Noel and Garrett Kintzele of Anchorage, Alaska celebrated their wedding on January 19th, 2019. The two said their vows at the charming St. Malo’s Chapel on the Rock, 2.5 miles from the Lodge. Sarah jokes that Garrett struggling, out of nerves, to get her wedding ring on was one of the most memorable moments of the day.

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The bride wanted to achieve a personal touch by incorporating music throughout their wedding weekend. “We are both musicians, so tying everything together with amazing playlists and musicians was a must. From the getting ready playlist in the morning, to our former college band director playing the organ for our ceremony, to bringing in a top-quality swing band, we wanted our guests to find the joy in music we both have.” The couple and their guests danced the night away with Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles.

Swing Dance Dip

Sarah and Garrett chose to have an Old Fashioned with Breckenridge Distillery Bourbon as their specialty drink. She says that Breckenridge Bourbon is a staple in their liquor cabinet at home and was the go-to when the couple was in college at the Colorado School of Mines.

And talk about personalized décor… Sarah and Garrett featured dinner tables named after famous Lord of the Rings locals and had a seating diagram map to match. “[Those] touches came from our love of fantasy, and knowing that many of our guests have that same secret love. We thought it would be a fun way to bring everyone together with a subtle nod to our nerdiness.”

From start to finish their wedding was intimate, memorable, and outright fun. Sarah notes, “the staff at the Wild Basin Lodge made everything relaxed and helped to make a friendly atmosphere. Everyone was wonderful to work with and it felt like they were all invested in making the event happen, not because it was just their job, but because they were invested in us.”

We are honored to have been a part of their celebration and their lives. We hope that all our couples feel this way because we truly are devoted to making your day amazing, not because it’s a business model, but because you deserve it.

Sarah & Garrett’s Vendors

Dress (Pure Magnolia) and Caplet: Bateau Bridal Boutique

Bridesmaids’ Attire: Dessy

Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Bow Ties: The Tie Bar

Baker: T & Cakes

Florist- Rocky Mountain Wildflowers

Hair & Makeup- Bella Capelli

Music- Joe Smith & The Spicy Pickles

Officiant- Father Ronald Cattany

Photographer- Heather Mason Photography

Wild Basin Lodge Wedding Expo 2019

Alone at the River Site

Wild Basin Lodge Wedding Expo 2019

Saturday, March 23, 2019


Guests Register Here

Vendors Register Here

It’s all about you and your wedding! Please join us for an afternoon devoted to helping you find vendors and have a fabulous time doing it. Florists, bakers, photographers, transportation companies, and more will be onsite ready to answer your questions. Indulge in free samples from our five-star menu. Don’t let the stress of planning get to you, we’ll have complimentary beer, wine, and champagne to help you unwind. We will also be offering group tours of our beautiful wedding venue all afternoon. Give us a call if you’d like to schedule a private tour before or after the Expo, or anytime, we’d love to have you up! And who doesn’t like giveaways?! Many of our vendors will be offering discounts and prizes. The Wild Basin Lodge’s Grand Prize? A free wedding at the Wild Basin Lodge!

This event is FREE, with no fees of any kind, including being entered into our Grand Prize Giveaway. Please Register Here so we know to expect you and any friends and family along for the ride.

Vendors, Register Here to be a part of this exciting event. Space is filling up quickly, so reserve your booth today!

Succulent Cake and Cupcakes
Roses, hydrangeas, astilbes

Winter Activities Around Estes Park

What to do when going to a winter wedding in the Estes Park area

Seemingly, there are fewer things to do around Estes Park than on the other side of the divide. The ski areas may have downhill skiing, but there are a variety of things to do around here as well. Here is a list of winter activities available to help you plan what to do while you are in the area.


Cross Country Skiing

Whether you are a seasoned enthusiast or an excited beginner, there is plenty of opportunity for you around here. Rocky Mountain National Park is just steps away whether you are in Estes Park itself or in the surrounding towns. The farther from Estes you are there is national forest to explore; around here, there is never a shortage of wilderness.

Trail Ridge Road offers a great area for beginners to explore, and there are easy trails deeper in the park as well, such as the Sprague Lake to Glacier Basin Campground Loop. More experienced backcountry skiers will enjoy beautiful trails in the park, but be prepared before you head out as these trails are less traveled.

If you need to rent cross country skis or gear, the Estes Park Mountain Shop has everything you need.


Who doesn’t love careening down a snow-covered slope at high speed? Okay, maybe not everyone, but if you do there is sledding in Estes Park at the old ski hill. Estes Park Mountain Shop offers daily sled rentals, and you can pick up any additional warm clothes  you may need as well.


Go for a hike in the snow. It is a different experience than in the summer. There is a quiet and calmness that you can’t experience any other time of year when the snow dulls the sounds around you. Many businesses in the Estes area rent equipment and offer guided tours. Your trip length, whether you want hot chocolate or lunch included, and the intensity of the trip is up to you.

Walk around Lake Estes or Lilly Lake

For a less intensive, or time consuming, outdoor adventure walk around one of the lakes in the area. Lake Estes and Lilly Lake are easy to get to and close to amenities. Lake Estes is right in the middle of town and there is a 3.8 mile path around it. Lilly Lake is off Highway 7 toward Allenspark. There is also a hiking trail that loops to the top of nearby Lily Mountain, in case anyone in your party wants to snowshoe while the others walk around the lake.


Estes Park


In Estes, you will find a proliferation of shopping opportunities. There are numerous shops full of painted art, pottery and photography. Jewelry and knickknack shops abound. Souvenir shops are on every corner. You will even find stores that offer incredible decorations for your home.

Liquor Tasting

If beer, wine or whiskey is more your thing, take a local winery, breweries and distillery tour. There are a surprising number of options for a little mountain town.

Climbing Wall

Estes Park is a big climbing town, even in the winter. Estes Park Mountain Shop has a wonderful indoor climbing wall and equipment rentals for when you feel the need to climb but there is snow on the ground.

Real Weddings – Wild Basin Lodge

Real Weddings – Wild Basin Lodge

Gain inspiration from past Wild Basin weddings

Planning a wedding can be overwhelming; there are so many decisions to make! Take a look at real weddings that have taken place at Wild Basin to glean ideas for your wedding, and to simply enjoy the beauty and happiness. They’ll make you smile! Learn more about hosting your wedding at Wild Basin Lodge.

Scroll down to see some of our favorite real weddings held at the lodge.

Samantha & Marc

The beauty of the early August colors don’t compare to that of the genuine smiles.

Kimberly & Travis

A beautiful dress with illusion sleeves.

Angela & Michael

Fall colors and bright floral arrangements.

Photography: True Photography


Debbie & Jay

Fall magnificence and big smiles.

Photography by Kelly Lemon Photography.

Molly & Matt

The beauty is in the detail.

Photography by Mallory Munson Photography.

Justin & Lindsey

A romantic spring wedding.

Austin & Kirsten

The bride’s big smile is infectious.

Lauren & Daisy

Their 1920’s theme makes us jealous of their creativity and style.

Photography: Lady Ilg

Madison & Adam

The attention to detail was impeccable.

Nikita & Gabriel

There is something about a traditional Indian wedding that just radiates beauty.

Alexa & Dylan

Their winter wedding was stylish and warm.

Madison & Shawn

A beautiful and natural summer wedding.

Madison & Scott

A beautiful, foggy fall wedding.

Mountain Winter Weddings

Reasons why they are are worth your consideration

When we think “wedding” often the mental image accompanying the word is of summer. We love summer weddings here at Wild Basin Lodge, but equally adore winter weddings. Here is why mountain winter weddings are worth considering.

They are unique

Wedding season is traditionally in the summer. How many save the dates do you have on your fridge for the months of June, July, and August? By the end of the season they are likely to be one big blur of wedding fun. Winter weddings stand out in your guest’s memory as something unique and special. They will always remember the winter wonderland backdrop and the seasonal touches.

A snowcapped mountain backdrop

Outdoor ceremonies aren’t only for summer. Imagine taking your vows in front of the stunning snowcapped Rocky Mountains. Whether it’s a sunny day with bright blue skies or overcast with snow flurries, the brilliant white snow complements the forest and makes the mountains stand out magnificently. Photographers love snowy conditions and come away with some of the most beautiful, unique photos we’ve seen. See examples in our gallery.

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Outdoor winter ceremonies: they don’t have to be miserable

Guests get to expand their wardrobe with cute winter clothing. Blankets personalized with your names and wedding date will help to keep them warm, and make great gifts. An outdoor hot chocolate bar will give them something warm to sip on. The wedding party can get creative with warm clothing – the possibilities are endless!

Cozy mountain lodge atmosphere

Picture your guests warming up with a warm cocktail next to a roaring fire. Your reception decorated with seasonally influenced centerpieces. The snowy Rocky Mountains on display from the warmth of the reception room. It would be like a coveted ski-lodge vacation, but without the cheesy sweaters and in celebration of you!

mountain winter weddings: cozy lodge atmosphere

Winter is a not the height of vacation season

Speaking of all those summer save the dates… why put off your wedding another year so as not to overwhelm friends and family with one more travel commitment? Summer can be a busy time for your guests; a winter wedding is easier to attend.

They are less expensive

Many vendors and venues, including Wild Basin Lodge, offer off-season pricing. Now, that is just icing on the wedding cake!

Plan your winter wedding

Contact us to learn more about planning mountain winter weddings at Wild Basin Lodge.