Post # 1
Hello. I am a Boston based bride planning a small destination wedding in Estes Park. Anyone been to the Overlook Ranch and Retreat? It looks fantastic but I’m having a hard time finding info online. We are doing a v. small 25 person wedding and having all the guests stay on site.
I am also looking for recommendations on:
1. Catering – we would like BBQ, but anything casual would be fine
Post # 3
I held my destination EP wedding at the YMCA of all places! They have a Mountainside Lodge with an incredible view so it wasn’t like we were in camp cabins. I used The Enchanted Florist http://enchantedflorist-ep.com/ – don’t be put off by her ho-hum website. You can see my flowers here http://www.gretchensechler.com/weddings/estes-park-wedding-photography-krista-alex/
My MUA/HS was done by Leslie- she was amazing http://www.lesliesarts.com/
Photographer was obviously Gretchen Sechler 😛
I considered doing BBQ, and I saw a wedding at my venue so I got in contact with that couple and they gad Big Hoss from Denver (they had a 20% delivery fee in June)
Post # 3
My fiance and I stayed here for our friends’ wedding in May 2014 and have seen firsthand that the Overlook is a beautifully restored property, very well taken care of and is the perfect place for a rustic family event in the mountains.
However, when we attempted to book the Overlook for our own small 50-person wedding, our interactions with the owner left us feeling very disappointed. We had both lived and worked in town for years, and are the third generation of a family that has owned houses in Estes Park and been a part of the community since the 1940s. I even worked for a business started by the owner, and had happily interacted with, served and waited on him many times.
During the booking process, we asked several straightforward questions concerning charges in a quote that were different than what was listed on the property website. The listed two night minimum had changed to three nights, and a significant (10%) cleaning charge was added which is also not mentioned anywhere in the listing. When we politely asked questions about these things as we had a very specific budget, the owner replied that we “should look for another location. We obviously are not in your budget and I don’t want to be nickel and dimed for the next year.” (His exact words.)
It was a huge bummer to be treated with such a dismissive attitude when simply trying to understand unexpected charges. Ed made it very clear that if we wanted to ask questions about the cost or needed to stick to a certain budget, we could simply be replaced with other customers who would be happy to pay any and every fee without question. During a meeting with him, we were encouraged to “just ask our parents” to cover the extra fees (I’m sure our parents will be happy to know that we did not see this as an acceptable option). We were ready to happily spend most of our wedding budget to have our event at the Overlook, but will now steer our business in a new direction.
Post # 4
I so wish I was able to create your wedding, I just recently moved into the area near Fort Collins, CO. I’m a wedding Videographer! I would recommend adding aa videographer/cinematographer to your list of wants.
I can give HIGH QUALITY sharp images, 4K RESOLUTION, with GORGEOUS CINEMATOGRAPHY, that can create a masterpiece of your special WEDDING DAY.
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Post # 5
Hello! I just googled the Overlook Ranch to see if they have a IG account and saw your thread. My wife and I live in Estes Park and just shot a wedding there yesterday. I can tell you firsthand that it is an amazing spot with a fantastic overview (go figure) of the Great Divide. I will be posting a blog this week with several shots for all to see. It’ll be here: http://www.joepylephotography.com/blog/