Host a Romantic Wedding at Rist Canyon Inn

July 20, 2023
Host a Romantic Wedding at Rist Canyon Inn

Located just north of Fort Collins, Colorado, Rist Canyon Inn is a 120 year-old farmhouse set among old growth trees, lush golden pastures, and a glistening creek.  The venue is picture-perfect with all of the natural backdrops for your wedding portraits, and  it also has multiple venue spaces full of character and charm for all of your dining, dancing, and dream-wedding vibes.  The venue started out as the owners’ family home – but they felt that the history and natural beauty of the property should be shared. Bellvue Event Hall on-site was designed around vintage glass doors, antiques and original art found around the country, and of course, the Rocky Mountains themselves.  Keep reading to find out why we love this historic venue for Rocky Mountain weddings, and see just how gorgeous it is from these photos of a real wedding we loved!

Bellvue Event Hall

Crafted as an art piece, Bellvue Event Hall is an 1,865 square foot reception space that can hold up to 100 guests. Celebrations are also held on the patio, a granite deck, and one of many courtyards outside.  The hall has expansive windows that overlook courtyards, trellised patios, and rental includes your choice of round or banquet tables!

Ceremony Pasture

The Ceremony Pasture is an 8-acre pasture with breathtaking mountain views that give a romantic backdrop for an unforgettable and picturesque wedding ceremony.  The pasture contains handmade wooden benches for 100 of your favorite people to watch you tie the knot.

Farmhouse Suite

This lovingly-restored 1896 farmhouse serves as the master getting-ready suite for events and gives Rist Canyon an even more quaint, cozy feel.  The living & dining rooms are bathed in natural light from the large windows that show off mountain views, a full kitchen is included, curated antiques decorate the space, and a large patio outside adds more space for you and your wedding party to hang out before the ceremony. You can even rent the suite to stay in overnight as well – it holds up to 10 guests so it could be perfect for your wedding party or immediate family on the night of the wedding!

White Pine Cabin

Another space to enjoy day-of or overnight, The Cabin Suite has tranquil views of the pasture, creek and Front Range mountains.

Our Personal Favorite Part: The Horses

While we love the entire venue and all of it’s magic & charm, the horses on-site take the (wedding) cake for us.  These sweet creatures are ready to be fed fresh carrots, take photos with you, and greet your guests when they arrive!  The horses make everything even more memorable for you and your guests, and make for the cutest additions to your photo album.

Nearby Activities (as per Rist Canyon Inn’s website)

Lory State Park – Hiking / Mountain Biking / Camping / Horseback Riding (must provide horse) 

Horsetooth Reservoir – Swimming / Paddle Boarding / Boating (must provide boat) / Camping 

Watson Lake & Poudre River – Fishing / Hiking / Bike Riding 

Fort Collins – Numerous Restaurants, Breweries & Bars / Museums / Shops / Library / Parks / Fitness Centers / Grocery Stores / Post Office / Outdoor – Indoor Mall / Festivals / Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts / City Park Pool / Poudre and Spring Creek Trails for Biking, Roller Blading & Hiking 

Laporte – Restaurants & Cafes / Bar / Hardware Store / Churches / Grocery Store / Post Office / Auto Repair / Car wash / Liquor Store / Veterinary Clinic

For more help planning your wedding weekend in Fort Collins, check out our blog 9 Rehearsal Dinner Spots in Fort Collins.  Say hi to the horses for us while you’re in town!

Photography: Cotten Patch Photography Planning: Kaitlin Shea Weddings Venue: Rist Canyon Inn Florals: Honeycomb & Co. Dress: a&be Bridal Shop Hair & Makeup: Dulce Diem Elevate Wedding Officiant: Officiant Pizza: High Society Pizza Sound: A Music Plus Bakery: Azucar Bakery Drinks: Peak Beverage
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