Getting married in the scenic Rocky Mountains is big business for the small mountain town of Estes Park. On Sunday, February 6, over 350 people attended a wedding pageant hosted by the Estes Park Wedding Association at the Black Canyon Inn.
“This is the first time we’ve hosted this event since 2019,” said Corinne Zucallo, sales manager at the Black Canyon Inn and member of the Wedding Association board of directors. “The idea is to give couples who are considering or planning to get married in Estes Park a moment to meet the vendors.”
The vendors included all the services couples could want for their wedding, including hair and makeup, florists, venues and caterers. Couples and their families paid $11 to attend.
“The Wedding Association is a collective group that supports couples so they can get things done for them and just enjoy their wedding day,” Zucallo explained. “They can go to estesparkweddings.com, enter their information and say what they need. Suppliers will contact their services if they have availability.
Zucallo noted that at the Black Canyon Inn, about 35% of couples come from different states like Texas or Kansas to get married. People also come from places like the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs.
“For people in Colorado, it feels like a destination wedding close to home,” she explained. “For others, the attraction is the convenience of being an hour and a half from a major airport.”
Zucallo also said Estes Park himself was part of the appeal.
“It’s like a quiet mountain town,” she added. “We feel isolated. There aren’t many big chains in town so it’s very personal. You can get to know the owners of the places. You can be by your first name somewhere like a restaurant or your favorite bar.
Working with a couple helping plan their big day is a passion for Zucallo.
“I think what’s great is that it’s really like a relationship that you start with them,” she pointed out. “It’s more of a partnership because you’ve been working with them for about a year and a half. You get to know their family, their parents. I think it’s good because you can see it all coming together and you’re part of their family too. It makes you a little emotional on their wedding day.
Matthew Townley is the Executive Chef of the Black Canyon Inn. He said events like Sunday’s rally highlight their departments, but also provide an opportunity for all other venues in the city to show off what they do and what they bring to the table in the industry. place of marriage.
“I love the hospitality aspect of weddings,” Townley said. “It’s the most important day in someone’s life. For me, being there and being able to cook for them and expressing that in my own way is what I love about it.
Locally sourced elk is one of the best-selling dishes at the Black Canyon Inn.
“Everyone comes here and they see elk everywhere,” Townley commented. “They have to try.”
Townley also pointed out that the scenery is the big draw to holding a wedding in Estes Park.
“You’re in the Rocky Mountains with these incredible views,” he noted. “It’s just absolutely amazing here. People also love the vibe and vibe of the city.