ON THE BACK PORCH AT THE WOLF DEN, towering pine trees frame a breathtaking view of Mt. Elbert and the blue waters of Twin Lakes. This view serves as a natural backdrop to casual outdoor wedding celebrations at our family’s home.

This year, we’ve been honored to host a handful of weddings at the Den, including this Labor Day-weekend event featuring a bride and groom, Erin and Bill, from Iowa.

With the couple’s permission, I am sharing some details about their celebration to help future Wolf Den couples envision how our property can serve as a venue for intimate wedding ceremonies and receptions.

Erin and Bill first arrived at the Wolf Den on a Thursday evening, giving them some time to settle in and relax before the rest of their family members and friends arrived the next day. Friday, the couple gathered in Leadville at Periodic Brewing for a relaxed rehearsal/welcome dinner hosting about 40 guests.

Erin says, “One of our favorite things was hearing of everyone’s travels to get there, and the different adventures they had planned for their time in the mountains.” The couple shares a love for beer, and enjoyed sipping locally-brewed beer flights and showering family members with gifts.


The following day, Saturday, family and friends pitched in to help Erin and Bill set up and decorate the setting for their ceremony and reception. Floral arrangements arrived from Denver-based Fairytale Floral.

Setup complete, the gals retreated to the upstairs loft, where they enjoyed mimosas and mountain views while Nichole, a Beauty on Location stylist, helped with easy-going hair and makeup. I wish I could grab a mimosa and get my hair done with these ladies — doesn’t it look like a blast?

While guests sipped on cocktails and enjoyed pre-ceremony snacks, Erin and Bill made the most of good weather by taking outdoor portraits before the ceremony began. Photog Allie Al-Mabuk with Simply Love Photography snapped pics of the bride and groom, along with family members, on the grounds here at the Wolf Den, as well as in Twin Lakes. The backdrop of Twin Peaks (below) does not disappoint, and I love the way natural grasses soften the Rocky Mountains. Lovely!

On to the main event! “We started the ceremony about 20 minutes early because we could see a storm coming in from the mountains,” Erin says. “It was so nice having [the ceremony] be so laid back, and that everyone was already on the back porch because of our cocktail hour.” The incoming clouds helped turned up the romance with a beautiful haze. Swoon!

Guests sat on wooden folding chairs and watched as Bill and Erin exchanged vows. The couple grounded the expansive backdrop with an arch, constructed out of a church window they purchased at an antiques store. A vintage dresser held s’more supplies for after the ceremony, and it also served as a spot for the couple to sign their marriage license.

After the ceremony, guests helped themselves at a delicious buffet in the Wolf Den’s gazebo. The groom built the couple’s sweetheart table out of a slab of spalted maple — isn’t it gorgeous? And I love how this creative couple used a dusty rose-colored settee to help their sweetheart seat at the party stand out. Delicious pies and a small cake served as dessert. Plenty of toasts and dancing capped off a memorable day!

Congratulations, Erin and Bill! We loved hosting you and your family at the Wolf Den, and wish you many, many years of happiness!


{Photography}: Allie Al-Mabuk with Simply Love Photography
{Dress}: BHLDN
{Flowers}: Fairytale Floral
{Hair/Makeup}: Stylist Nichole with Beauty on Location Studio
{Pies/Cake}: Long I Pie Shop in Denver
{Antique Settee}: Rented from Borrow My Vintage in West Branch, Iowa
{Vintage Goblets, Cake Stands, Bowls}: Rented from Purple Wagon Girls in Iowa
{Catering}: Private Chef Brian with Red Canyon Catering
{Rehearsal Venue}: Periodic Brewing in Leadville

Booking a Wolf Den Wedding

If you’re interested in learning more about hosting a wedding at the Wolf Den, please visit our Weddings page for more information or send an inquiry with your desired dates and guest count to

We will only be accepting a few more 2019 weddings before closing our calendar to events. This is because we choose to limit the number of events at our family’s home. The Wolf Den is a 6-acre residential property located within a residential neighborhood; it not a commercial wedding venue. Thank you for understanding!

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