Colorado is home to many spectacular and natural wonders, from the famous Rocky Mountains to the Garden of the Gods, there is so much to explore in this adventurous state; this is also a big part of what our couples love about marrying in the Pikes Peak Region. As home to both Black Forest in Colorado Springs and Craftwood Peak in Manitou Springs, this area provides a stunning foundation for those planning a wedding along the Front Range.
Colorado Springs: A True Nature Haven
As the second largest city in Colorado, Colorado Springs has so much to offer its visitors and residents alike. The stunning Rocky Mountain views and a seemingly endless array of outdoor activities make it an excellent destination for anyone looking to get out and explore nature. With mild temperatures, abundant sunshine, and crystal-clear waters, this beautiful city will keep you and your family returning for more.
Welcome to Colorado Springs - the SECOND-LARGEST city in the Centennial State
No trip to Colorado Springs is complete without visiting the United States Air Force Academy in the city's westside area. Take a self-guided campus tour and marvel at the mighty monuments that honor fallen soldiers. Alternatively, spend a few hours exploring the majestic landscape and seeing firsthand the enormous and unique contributions of this branch of the United States Armed Forces. You can also explore nearby trails, such as the 9.7-mile Ute Trail, which are great for hikers, horseback riders, and birdwatchers.
Those who prefer to spend their time indoors can also find plenty of entertainment options in the city. Whether it's a Broadway play at the Pikes Peak Center, a comedy show at the Broadmoor World Arena, or some educational exploration at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the whole family has plenty of entertainment. If you're feeling up for it, try your hand at bowling, visit an indoor amusement park, or enjoy some beer and wine tastings at one of the many pubs and taverns throughout the city.
For shoppers, Colorado Springs is an absolute mecca. You must stop by the Citadel Mall on the northeast side of town, home to countless major department stores, specialty retailers, and local favorites. You'll also want to explore Old Colorado City – the oldest shopping district in the city – for vintage-style boutiques and gift shops.
No matter your style or preference, Colorado Springs offers something for everyone. With its vibrant atmosphere, world-class outdoor attractions, and unlimited recreational opportunities, there's no better place to explore nature and enjoy life's simpler pleasures.
Manitou Springs: An Idyllic Town in the Rockies
Are you looking for a fascinating hillside town? Look no further than Manitou Springs, Colorado. Located at the base of the Pikes Peak mountain, this picturesque city offers an idyllic combination of breathtaking scenery, diverse culture, and numerous attractions for visitors to explore.
First, there is the stunning scenery. The nearby mountains and the bright Colorado sunshine create an atmosphere of serenity. The gorgeous parks and recreational areas enhance this feeling of tranquility. Manitou Incline is a very popular destination worth exploring. This challenging mountain trail winds its way to the summit, offering hikers stunning views of the surrounding area. Garden of the Gods, on the other hand, features incredible rock formations and different stunning landscapes.
Garden of the Gods Park is a national landmark that has long been considered one of the most breathtaking places in Colorado. Here you'll find stunning views of Pikes Peak and the Rocky Mountains as well as fantastic hiking trails ideal for every type of traveler. If you're looking for something a bit more peaceful, take a scenic drive along Gold Camp Road or enjoy a leisurely boat ride on Lake Moraine.
Explore the Garden of the Gods in Manitou Springs - One of the State's Most Famous Attractions
Every great trip to Manitou Springs includes a visit to the downtown area. There are a variety of local shops and restaurants that you can explore. From unique vintage items to one-of-a-kind clothing, you'll surely find something interesting in one of the downtown stores. There are also plenty of cozy restaurants serving delicious meals, whether you're looking for something classic like a hamburger and fries or something a little more exotic like ethnic cuisine.
Manitou Springs has a rich culture and history that's fun to learn about while you're there. One of the most popular sites to explore is Miramont Castle, a nineteenth-century estate that has been turned into a museum. Inside the museum, you'll learn about the local history and how it has shaped the city into the vibrant town it is today. For those interested in the paranormal, tour the historic ghosts in the haunted MacAllister House.
In our opinion, the best way to explore Manitou Springs is on foot. Take a stroll around town and you'll find yourself enchanted by the beautiful homes and businesses, which all give a sense of belonging to a place in time. Several historic landmarks are scattered around town, such as the Cheyenne Canon City Hall, which stands as a reminder of the past.
All in all, Manitou Springs is a unique hillside town that is ideal for travelers who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the big cities. Whether you are looking for an outdoor adventure or some peace and quiet, this town is the ideal spot for your next getaway.
Weddings in Colorado Springs vs. Manitou Springs
Now that we've had a chance to explore all of the amazing and unique qualities of these areas, let's take a look at what you can expect when planning a wedding at our Black Forest or Craftwood Peak locations.
Come Sun or Snow, Black Forest provides an idyllic Colorado Setting
Are you envisioning a forested escape for your wedding? Then Black Forest by Wedgewood Weddings is a must-see during your wedding venue tours. While surrounded by lush fir and pine trees, Black Forest provides a modern setting in the heart of the forest. Upon arriving at the venue, you'll be greeted by a handsome stone entryway that leads to a fabulous foyer, complete with light wood flooring. To the right, you will first encounter the chapel. If you'd love an indoor ceremony, this gorgeous space is the spot for you. Dark, hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, chandeliers, and a built-in stage create a warm and inviting atmosphere. The lush curtains that hang at the back of the stage can be pulled back for religious ceremonies or can remain loose for an elegant backdrop if you'd prefer a non-denominational event.
Celebrate in a modern chic setting with a wooded backdrop at Black Forest
If you're hoping to capture the gorgeous surroundings of the forest during your wedding, then our outdoor ceremony site has everything you need. The gorgeous alfresco patio consists of stone accents, manicured landscaping, and a lovely wood arbor that utilizes the forest as a scenic backdrop. What is amazing about this space is that it truly brings all of the gorgeous elements of the forest to your wedding while situated on a gorgeous platform. This way, more handicapable guests can easily make their way to their seats for your wedding, you can add more elaborate décor to the space, and you'll be right next to your reception hall for ease of flow for your guests.
After you've said 'I do,' the party can commence! A dramatic grand hall complete with hardwood flooring, charming chandeliers, vaulted ceilings, elegant drapery, and a built-in wood bar provides celebrations large and small with a rustic chic space. You and your guests will dance the night away in this inviting space, all with access to amazing forested views just outside.
Rustic stone accents and outdoor gardens provide a whimsical atmosphere at Craftwood Peak
Black Forest provides chic vibes in the heart of the forest, but if a charming escape is more your speed, then Craftwood Peak is ideal for your celebration. This stunning space has all of the vintage vibes with stunning amenities. Enjoy an outdoor ceremony on the stone patio. This space includes a wonderfully rustic waterfall, a dramatic dark wood pergola, and breathtaking Rockies and Pikes Peak views. The lush gardens surrounding this area provide a vibrant touch, especially in the summer, for those eager to enjoy a colorful celebration.
Take in stunning views of Pikes Peak during outdoor ceremonies
The indoor cocktail and reception spaces provide a regal atmosphere with the same rustic charm that the outside of the property boasts. As you enter the bar, guests are greeted by a stately stone-laid bar with a light wood top. The combination of vintage décor and rustic accents gives this space a cozy feel. Just around the stairs, you'll find the Fireside Lodge with dark exposed wood beams, a grand fireplace, and a combination of regular, frosted, and stained glass windows that provide bright natural light throughout the space. Dinners delight in this space and offer a warm atmosphere for winter weddings.
Enjoy cocktails in the fireside Lodge and Bar before dinner
Upstairs, it's time to take to the dance floor in the Pikes Peak room. This spacious room has the same hardwood touches as downstairs but boasts sky-high ceilings and beautiful views of the area and Pikes Peak. With vintage flair throughout, this space is a charming escape for guests looking for that cozy cottage feel in a Colorado event venue.
Which to Choose?
What's the best way to decide on your favorite venue? Schedule a tour of both Black Forest and Craftwood Peak and you can see these magnificent locations yourself. Make a day of exploring the area and planning activities for your guests before and after your event. Contact us today at 866.966.3009 and plan your visit today.