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Elegant and Rustic-Chic Wedding at The Lodge at Cathedral Pines

With classic Colorado charm and affordable luxury, The Lodge at Cathedral Pines in Black Forest, Colorado, is a gorgeous wedding venue perfect for those who appreciate the tranquility and beauty of nature. Fantastic greenery, towering pines, warm wood interiors, and modern amenities make this venue an ideal event space for anyone who loves the beautiful natural environment of Colorado. 

About The Lodge at Cathedral Pines

13977 Milam Road

Colorado Springs, CO 80908

Nestled in the heart of Black Forest, The Lodge at Cathedral Pines is one of Colorado’s most gorgeous wedding venues. This elegant-yet-rustic wedding venue is ideal for intimate wedding ceremonies and receptions. The area can accommodate up to 100 guests, with a large outdoor patio overlooking the water features and pines, and is especially popular during the summer months. 

This venue is private, serene, and intimate, ideal for smaller weddings. The Lodge features a large catering kitchen with an ice maker, a small microwave, a commercial freezer and refrigerator, and commercial warming oven. The kitchen also has portable and stationary stainless steel surfaces for food prep stations. 

Details of the Grounds

Surrounded by Ponderosa pines and Colorado charm, The Lodge at Cathedral Pines is great for an intimate wedding celebration. The Lodge’s staff provides clients with flexibility and the ability to customize their wedding to be the day that fulfills their dreams. 

The Lodge at Cathedral Pines sits on 11 acres of national forest, ponds, and a breathtaking waterfall feature. There are many picturesque locations to host a memorable event. The capacity for indoor and outdoor ceremonies is 100 guests. Cocktail hour can host up to 100 guests, and receptions can also host 100 guests. 

Photography Opportunities

This stunning wedding venue features indoor and outdoor event spaces that provide ample opportunities for wedding day photography. The property’s exterior is the venue’s highlight, with towering pine trees, sprawling grasses, rocks, rivers, ponds, and lots of sunlight. The outdoor spaces are beautiful in the winter when the grounds and pine trees become covered in a soft, romantic blanket of snow. 

The venue’s indoor event spaces are luxurious, rustic, and warm, and there are many opportunities for beautiful indoor wedding photos. Elegant ceiling light fixtures, wood paneling, brick elements, tall ceilings, a fireplace, stone accents, and wide open spaces create an inviting, romantic ambiance in the venue’s interior event spaces. 

Examples of wedding day photography opportunities include:

  • Towering pine trees
  • Sweetheart table in front of the large fireplace
  • Mountain Range
  • Lawn games at cocktail hour
  • Bridge
  • The river

Wedding Details

This venue has all-inclusive wedding packages to make planning simple and streamlined. The Lodge at Cathedral Pines helps couples have peace of mind with endless customization opportunities, so their wedding planning can be easy and stress-free. All-inclusive packages include 12 hours of venue rental (the facility and 11-acre grounds), a wedding planner, full dinner menus, a catering prep kitchen, getting-ready spaces, built-in arches, customizable floral arrangements, professional DJ service, tables and chairs for up to 100 guests, and a wedding cake or dessert bar. 

The Spruce Package includes exclusive venue rental, an outdoor ceremony site, elegant seating for up to 120 guests, linens, getting-ready suites, a wedding planner, customizable menu options and service staff, DJ services and equipment, and floral design. 

The Ponderosa Package includes everything in the Spruce Package, plus china, flatware, and more options for floral arrangements. 

The Colorado Package includes everything in the Ponderosa Package, with elevated linen options, drapery, door or arbor draping, elevated china, and a larger budget for floral design. 

Couples should note that the venue’s fountains only run from late May through September, depending on the weather conditions and the technician’s availability. The property is still beautiful during the snowy winter months. 

The venue does not allow sparklers, fireworks, smoke bombs, or flames due to the high risk of fires in the area. Couples may hang decorations on arches, trees, and wood beams, as long as nothing damages the natural environment. Flower petals are for indoor and outdoor use.

This venue is accepting of all couples, including the LGBTQ+ community. This venue is also pet-friendly. However, pets brought to the venue must use a leash.

Event rehearsals are held the morning before the wedding. Wedding rehearsals are self-service; couples only have building access if they arrange with staff ahead of time. 

The Lodge at Cathedral Pines

The Lodge at Cathedral Pines is an elegant, rustic-chic wedding venue in Colorado that is the perfect location for couples who enjoy the beauty of nature. With an array of affordable, all-inclusive wedding packages, event planning is a breeze! Professional staff help couples design the wedding they’ve always imagined in this stunning, rustic Colorado wedding and events venue.

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