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  • KatieLyn M.


Looking for the perfect venue for your wedding can take a long time, for the venue is the backdrop for your entire wedding. The perfect day begins with the perfect venue. With dozens of venues in Colorado, though, the venue search may feel overwhelming. That’s why when Fogo de Chao, a Brazilian steakhouse in Lone Tree, reached out to us about a wedding showcase, we jumped on it! Here’s the scoop on this unique venue.


My first stop of the tour was a beautiful dining space located behind the Fogo de Chao bar. Separated by glass walls from the rest of the restaurant, there is something special about this space. With the curtains drawn open, the space could almost feel like a fishbowl, with everyone on the outside looking in. But if anything, this added to the feel of the room, for what would be an intimate gathering felt like a larger celebration. Large windows allowed plentiful natural light to spill into the room, providing a beautiful glow that I believe would result in some magnificent photos.


The next space was tucked next to Fogo de Chao’s market table (an idea inspired by the grand Brazilian kitchen tables overflowing with freshly harvested goods). Now, one of my favorite parts of any event is always the food, so the proximity of the market table was definitely a draw for me to this space. While this space is a lot smaller than the others, the environment is so nice that it would work beautifully as a rehearsal dinner location.


Just to the left of this space was yet another, flushed with light and

practically asking me to come in. While the first two spaces have felt very much a part of the restaurant, this space felt the most separate, with only one side of the room visible to patrons outside. Maybe it was the Nothing Bundt Cake I was given, but that room was positively sweet.



The final two spaces within the Lone Tree Fogo de Chao were located on

their second level, accessible by both stairs and an elevator. Once at the top, I was greeted with a large open room. If you were wanting to have a larger gathering, this would definitely be the space to have it in, especially once the doors to the patio were opened up.


The patio is Fogo de Chao’s pride and joy, offering a breath of fresh air alongside its elegant ambiance. While there would typically be a gorgeous mountain view, I unfortunately visited while the fires were burning across Colorado, making the air smokey and hiding the mountains. Still, there was a view to enjoy. This gorgeous patio would make for a fantastic cocktail hour before guests could move inside for a reception.

Before I left, Fogo de Chao offered me a few bites that sounded about as delicious as the venue was beautiful. Now, if there is one thing you take away from this, please let it be that the food at Fogo de Chao is absolutely amazing. Enjoying it out on their patio was a highlight of my trip, and I’m sure it would be a highlight of any wedding. Even if a different venue speaks to you, Fogo de Chao offers some catering options that would complete your perfect day. In the end, I think any couple that decides to include Fogo de Chao in their special day will walk away with everything they could ask for and more.


Vendors featured from top to bottom:

Arapahoe Florals

The Makery

The Makery

Nothing Bundt Cakes

ABloom Flowers

  • KatieLyn M.

Amidst the uncertainty of 2020 thus far, Jackie and Justin's love for each other always remained constant, and nothing was going to stand between them and their perfect day. On a beautiful afternoon in July, they gathered at Spruce Mountain Ranch with some of their closest family and friends to celebrate the beginning of their forever.

Jackie and Justin promised to love each other unconditionally, and just as they went to "seal the deal" with a kiss, the skies opened up around them, the rain falling like confetti to celebrate their union. The confetti-rain signaled the beginning of the celebrations, and the guests hurried to the cocktail hour.

As the newly ordained Mr. and Mrs. Stolpman wandered the beautiful grounds of Spruce Mountain Ranch, their guests signed their guest "log" and looked at the pictures that shared Jackie and Justin's love story. Before long, it was time for the reception. Around the room, tables were named after beautiful Colorado mountains, but when Jackie and Justin walked into the room, they out-shined all of the mountains put together. Love was everywhere, lighting the room as the sun slowly began to sink below the horizon.

After hours of laughter and dancing, it was time for the bride and groom to finally set off together. With a glow stick send off, Mr. and Mrs. Stolpman were swept off into their new future. Congratulations Jackie and Justin! We wish you all the best.

Photos by Deanna Trevizo at Drive the Image Photography

With the COVID-19 pandemic, weddings around the world have been put on hold. But the pandemic does not need to signal the end of your dream wedding. Whether gathering virtually with your friends and family or hosting a small, intimate ceremony, your wedding can still be a dream come true.


Zoom Weddings

As many large wedding celebrations have been postponed, you may have seen a few more “Zoom” weddings. While named after the popular video conferencing app, these weddings include any shared publicly through video sharing: YouTube Live, Facebook Live, Instagram Live, etc. This is a great option for people who just want to get married but also want to share the special ceremony with their friends and family. For these ceremonies, you can invite a small wedding party and a handful of family members, being careful to stay below your area’s maximum for social gatherings. If you don’t know your area’s protocol, a quick Google search should help you out. You can also follow these links to the Colorado government’s page on Indoor and Outdoor events for more info. If you would rather not have your officiant take up one of the precious few spots, they can officiate virtually, or even better, you can have a family member or close friend officiate, as there is no need to be ordained in CO. All of us at Muse Events cannot wait until we can have large, 200+ celebrations again, but for the time being, it is safer to keep things small. A Zoom wedding is a great option for those wanting to get married sooner rather than later, and since they are very cost effective, you can still hold a larger “sequel” celebration in the future.


Minimony

If the idea of live streaming your wedding doesn’t quite feel “right” for your special day, there are still other options! Rather than have a Zoom wedding, you can have a small minimony – a wedding ceremony of up to ten people. Like in a Zoom wedding, the officiant can be in-person or virtual, but unlike in a Zoom wedding, you may consider still using some of your vendors that you planned to use on your wedding day. At the minimony, you may have a mini wedding cake provided by your pastry chef, a small buffet provided by your caterer, and small arrangements from your florist. You may also consider inviting your photographer to document the special event but be wary of your ten-person limit. By using your vendors, you can support them in a time that they are taking a particularly large hit, but that also means that the minimony will cost a bit more than a Zoom wedding. Still, there should be plenty of room in your budget to allow you to host a “sequel” wedding down the line, having the celebration that you dreamed of without having to wait to actually get married.


Zoom Minimony

As you can probably guess, a Zoom minimony is a mix of the first two wedding options, allowing you to have your entire guest list watch your wedding while also utilizing your vendors. If the idea of planning two celebrations does not appeal, this may be the option for you! You can create a spectacular wedding, using your pre-established budget. While you may still be limited to only ten people in attendance, you can try and bring the wedding to your guests! By sending your guests their own mini cakes and party favors, you can show them your appreciation for taking part in your special day. And even though you cannot mail food to your guests, you can certainly mail out vouchers to allow them to eat dinner with you. Once the party begins, you can entertain your guests virtually as well. Many online video conferencing platforms support “breakout rooms,” where people can travel to different rooms to see different things. Maybe in one room you have your mixologist waiting to walk people through the steps of making drinks (you can even send your guests a cocktail kit that can double as a favor), and in another room, you have a magician waiting to wow your guests with their illusions. Still, in another room, you can have a digital photo booth that can allow people to use virtual props when taking pictures. Your Zoom minimony will be remembered forever and can be just as meaningful as a large in-person event.


So that’s three ideas for how you can still have your dream wedding, even with the COVID-19 restrictions. Your wedding may not look the same as you initially planned, but the feelings and love attached to your special day will never change. Don’t let COVID-19 slow down the rest of your life; you can still “zoom” to the altar with these creative ideas!


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