…and how to reserve them.

Call it an intimate wedding, a micro-wedding, a mini-wedding, or an elopement, at weddings these days the guest lists are smaller and there’s a little more space between us. However, slimming down your guest list has it’s benefits; the venues are more scenic, there’s more time (and usually money) to allow for travel and, honestly, more flexibility all around.

This list includes small intimate chapels with outstanding mountain views, as well as private ranches and outdoor locations that’ll knock your socks off. For those looking to plan an intimate wedding in Southeastern Wyoming, here are my favorite locations and how to reserve them!

In addition, at the end I’m including a few other vendors and people who can help you make your intimate wedding vision a reality.

**As always, please use these spaces with respect. DO get a permit. DO pay the day use fees. DON’T leave a trace. DON’T do anything to interrupt the experience of others or to negatively impact these sacred public spaces.**


Lake Marie

Topping the list as the most popular location is Lake Marie in Medicine Bow National Forest. Stunning granite peaks soar high above crystalline waters… truly a must-see for anyone visiting Wyoming!

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How to get there: 14 miles west of Centennial, WY on Hwy 130.
Season: Hwy 130 is usually open memorial day to early November, wildflowers peak in late July/early August.
Accessibility: There is a short paved path from the parking area (which has restrooms) to the lake shore.
Permit/Reservation Info: contact Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest for A Special Use Permit for groups of 75 or more.
Notes: This area is well above 10,000ft in elevation. Pease use extreme caution with older guests and anyone who may have breathing or blood pressure issues. It’s common for it to be sunny and well over 80 degrees one minute and stormy, possibly snowing, and under 35 degrees the next. Layers are suggested.


Vedauwoo

Next up, to the east of Laramie, Wyoming is a vast mountain rage featuring diverse landscapes. From the pine forested mountains off of Happy Jack to the red rock formations of Vedauwoo… there are limitless possibilities!

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How to get there: 14 miles east of Laramie, WY on I-80.
Season: Year round.
Accessibility: Varies
Permit/Reservation Info: contact Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest for A Special Use Permit for groups of 75 or more.
Notes: This area is well above 10,000ft in elevation. Pease use extreme caution with older guests and anyone who may have breathing or blood pressure issues. It’s common for it to be sunny and well over 80 degrees one minute and stormy, possibly snowing, and under 35 degrees the next. Layers are suggested.


Curt Gowdy State Park

Nestled in the red rock formations and mountain range between Cheyenne, Wyoming and Laramie, Wyoming sits Curt Gowdy State Park. There are many scenic and beautiful locations for vows within the park, some of my favorites are: Hynds Lodge, Middle Crow Creek, and Upper North Crow Reservoir.

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How to get there: Between Laramie and Cheyenne on Happy Jack RD.
Season: Year round, however winters are brutal and not for anyone easily chilled.
Accessibility: Varies based on location, some are decent hikes, others you can drive right up to.
Permit/Reservation Info: Day use required plus a permit depending on group size. Find more info HERE.
Notes: This area is prone to extreme winds and extremely cold conditions are possible year round, but especially November-March. In the summer, it’s common for it to be sunny and well over 90 degrees one minute and stormy, possibly snowing, and under 35 degrees the next. Layers and proper precautions are suggested.


St Albans Chapel

If a more traditional church wedding calls to you as equally as a mountaintop elopement… this is the place for you! This picturesque chapel features rows of wood pews and a shaded altar.

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How to get there: Just off of Hwy 130, on Brooklyn Lake Road.
Season: Hwy 130 is usually open memorial day to early November, Brooklyn Lake Road is usually closed later into the season.
Accessibility: There is a gravel path from the parking area to the chapel, there are no restrooms at this site.
Permit/Reservation Info: contact St Matthews Episcopal Cathedral
Notes: This area is well above 10,000ft in elevation. Pease use extreme caution with older guests and anyone who may have breathing or blood pressure issues. It’s common for it to be sunny and well over 80 degrees one minute and stormy, possibly snowing, and under 35 degrees the next. Layers are suggested. Brooklyn Lake Road is a dirt road that can become muddy and rough during wet weather.


Medicine Bow Summit

At the highest point of Hwy 130 sits a hilltop running parallel to the granite peaks of the Medicine Bow mountain range. This is an incredible place to watch the sunset behind the peaks and over the valley below.

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How to get there: 12 miles west of Centennial, WY on Hwy 130.
Season: Hwy 130 is usually open memorial day to early November, wildflowers peak in late July/early August.
Accessibility: Directly off of the paved parking area.
Permit/Reservation Info: contact Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest for A Special Use Permit.
Notes: This area is well above 10,000ft in elevation. Pease use extreme caution with older guests and anyone who may have breathing or blood pressure issues. It’s common for it to be sunny and well over 80 degrees one minute and stormy, possibly snowing, and under 35 degrees the next. Layers and appropriate footwear are suggested.


Vee Bar Guest Ranch

If cowboy hats, historic barns, wild mustangs, and a truly Wyoming elopement is calling your name… this is the venue for you! Unlike the other locations on National Forests, this is located on a private guest ranch.

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How to get there: West of Laramie on Hwy 11.
Season: Year round
Accessibility: A full service guest ranch and working horse ranch, boots are suggested!
Reservation Info: https://veebar.com/ and Deerwood Ranch
Notes: The Vee Bar Guest Ranch and it’s sister property, Deerwood Ranch Wild Horse Ecosanctuary feature wild horses, historic barns, views of the Laramie River and Centennial Valley, as well as cabins and lodging.


Virginia Dale Chapel

Nestled on the border of Wyoming and Colorado, on the high plains overlooking the rockies sits this picturesque white chapel. Completely rebuilt after a fire destroyed the historic chapel, the inside is bright and kept warm by a beautiful woodstove.

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How to get there: South of Laramie on hwy 287.
Season: Year round
Accessibility: Just off the highway with a paved path to the gravel parking area.
Reservation Info: https://virginiadalechurch.org/
Notes: You wont want to miss the sunset at this gorgeous location.


A few things to consider…

as you’re planning your non-traditional wedding!

Weather & Lodging
The weather here can be completely unpredictable and while Wyoming residents may be used to the sever temperature changes, visitors may be unpleasantly surprised! For this reason I highly recommend finding either a venue or lodgings that could be used as a backup location for your vows. Places like guest ranches with a lodge, a bar/restaurant with a large room for events, or even a large Airbnb work great for this!

Rentals
If you decide to have 20 or more guests in attendance, you may want to rent some furniture or decor for your chosen location. Chairs and arches are especially popular for small events. For this I highly recommend Echoes Of Yesterday out of Laramie, Wyoming.

Food & Beverage
While I ALWAYS recommend popping some champagne and toasting with your guests (even if it’s just me😉) after the ceremony, sometimes something a little more extravagant is in order. If a catered meadow picnic, coffee bar with pastries, or tacos-for-all is what you’re dreaming of, here’s who to call.

Turtle Rock Coffee & Cafe – For the cutest coffee & donuts to the most gorgeous charcuterie spreads imaginable… plus much more!

Chacho’s Tacos – The tastiest taco truck you ever could find!

Chef Without a Kitchen – If a more traditional, full service meal is what you’re picturing, Chad’s who you should talk to!

Icing on the Cake
If you ask me, no wedding is complete with out flowers and cake! For flowers I recommend Poppy’s in Downtown Laramie, Wyoming. And for your mini-wedding? Mini Cakes! Cupcakes from The Sugar Mouse are always a huge fan favorite.