Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to reflect the fact that Pauline Chapel is owned by the Diocese of Colorado Springs / St. Paul Catholic Church. The Broadmoor has a 25 year lease on the chapel.
Every wedding has a story, and some couples have the chance to get married or celebrate their marriage in Colorado Springs’ historic site, The Broadmoor.
For over 100 years, The Broadmoor has served the Colorado Springs community and welcomed countless couples starting their married life together. Travel writer Julie Bielenberg summed it up in a few words: “Whether it’s a big party or an intimate ceremony with close friends, under the stars or dancing with a large group, weddings at the Broadmoor are a highly personalized opportunity.
What better place than The Broadmoor to host one of life’s most important and memorable celebrations? Weddings and receptions held at one of Colorado’s most iconic venues run the gamut from micro-weddings with a dozen or fewer attendees, to extravagances for up to 1,000 guests. The staff at Broadmoor make sure that no detail is too small or overlooked.
Creativity and originality are at the center of the wedding and catering team as they help plan unique galas.
If a bride and groom dream of the ultimate wedding experience, The Broadmoor can provide it. Wedding weekends can include everything from a myriad of fun activities to an elegant rehearsal dinner, and culminate with a unique and memorable ceremony and reception.
Among the multiple sites of the resort is the historic Estate House. It is available for an alfresco ceremony and reception under the stars, or a celebration indoors on the spacious ground floor, where the decor retains an vibe true to the elegant summer home it once was. in the old days.
The Broadmoor is owned by Denver-based Anschutz Corp., whose Clarity Media Group owns Pikes Peak and The Gazette newspapers.
The rustic and luxurious Fish House, a hidden gem on the Broadmoor campus, can accommodate up to 24 guests who will revel in the scenery while enjoying cocktails on deck.
Just over 50 years ago, on August 28, 1971, Kathie and Ed Mayer, members of the United States Army, were married in the Catholic Chapel of the Air Force Academy. Although the priest was late to perform the ceremony, once the wedding was official all went well for the Mayers, who were ready to party at Broadmoor with their 50 guests. A charming reception was held overlooking Cheyenne Lake in what was then known as “The Green Room”. At that time, the only buildings were part of the original hotel complex, so the view outside was quite different. “We had a limited budget,” says Kathie Mayer, “but The Broadmoor was fluid! Champagne, cakes and hand sandwiches were served.
The Mayers will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this year at a Southern California winery, and the cost will, unsurprisingly, be considerably higher than for the wedding five decades earlier.
For some couples, a wedding celebration can happen later in life and not be the first to walk down the aisle. Broadmoor residents Dick and Nancy Langstaff chose to host their wedding reception at Broadmoor in 1997. A stay in an elegant suite for their wedding night was included. Dick Langstaff recalls: “The mere fact that it was The Broadmoor made it special! A highlight of the reception was an oboe serenade by Nancy’s son, Tom Dickson.
Upper Skyway residents Anne and Gary Foote tied the knot on the outside deck of their home on April 29, 2018 as a ‘pink full moon’ rose. Afterward, their nine guests drank and dined in an intimate wedding feast at Broadmoor’s Ristorante Del Lago.
“We chose Del Lago for our wedding dinner because it is elegant. The service from the knowledgeable staff was personal and they are committed to making it a very special night. Part of our birthday ritual goes back to Del Lago every year, ”said the Footes.
The pandemic has certainly taken its toll on public celebrations, but has not resulted in the cancellation of all local weddings in 2020. With concessions to COVID protocols, Davis Tutt and Abigail Pearson got married on the steps of the chapel. Pauline on September 12, 2020. From It should be noted in particular that Davis Tutt is the great-great-grandson of Charles Leaming Tutt, business partner of The Broadmoor creator, Spencer Penrose. Davis Tutt is the great-grandson of Charles L. Tutt Jr., partner and friend of Penrose. Family history and ties to the resort made Pauline Chapel, who is owned by The Broadmoor, a natural fit for their big event.
The Tutts’ initial location for the ceremony was Shove Chapel on the Colorado College campus, which became unavailable when the college closed during the pandemic. “We had to pivot a lot with wedding planning… but we had the best COVID wedding we could have asked for! Davis Tutt said.
The guest list has been reduced from 180 to 80 guests. The rehearsal dinner was held at the Mountain Club House, part of the now closed Mountain Golf Course. Davis Tutt has a long history of golf on this course as a teenager. The panoramic views of Colorado Springs, as well as a view of the Will Rogers Sun Sanctuary, where Spencer and Julie Penrose are buried, contributed to the nostalgia and significance of the venue for the event.
Pierre Stone, Director of Conferences and Catering at Broadmoor, sums up one final nugget in the backdrop of the iconic venue’s wedding celebrations: “We host weddings for families who have visited The Broadmoor their entire lives. It’s a lifetime of fond memories that draw brides to the hotel. It’s history.