La Joya Dulce came into being in 2013 when the Triple Diamond Ranch was split into three separate parcels. The split was fortunate for Kathie and Wayne – we could not afford the entire Triple Diamond, but when a single jewel became available, we were happy to land a sweet deal.
Wayne’s last name starts with J, Kathie’s last name starts with D, and Wayne’s law degree is a Juris Doctor, so the first instinct was to name the place JD Ranch. “Not poetic enough,” Wayne said. “The initials need to stand for something.” Many silly ideas were rejected. (Jaunty Donkey Ranch? No. Jolly Damsel Ranch? No. Jumping Dinosaur Ranch? No.) Then Wayne consulted a Spanish/English translation site and learned that “Joya” means “Jewel,” and “Dulce” means “Sweet.”
“You are my sweet jewel,” said Wayne to Kathie. So our ranch is La Joya Dulce, The Sweet Jewel. Our logo honors the Triple Diamond heritage by preserving one of the three diamonds.
“Our guests were blown away by the venue and the beautiful view (and we were able to enjoy an amazing post dinner sunset before we kicked off the dance party!). During the pandemic, Kathie and her team took full advantage of creating beautiful upgrades to the ranch including some additional decorations and a s’mores bar that we were able to use. It was so nice being able to come back the next day for cleanup instead of having to deal with it the night of. The LJD did an amazing job of breaking down 90% of the decor and clean up which made the process even easier. I cannot recommend LJD enough!”
“What a stunning spot & the owners have thought of every detail. If you are looking for a very specialized wedding location in the Rocky Mountains, you have found it right here!”
“La Joya Dulce provided the perfect wedding experience! From our tour to the wedding, we were blessed to work with such amazing people. The planning process was stress free. Both Kathie and Mandy helped provide ideas and suggestions that captured our vision of the perfect day. No matter how small the question or concern, they were there to help along the way! The entire staff was extremely professional! Our guests could not stop complimenting them throughout our wedding. Not only do they make sure the day runs smoothly and on time, but they are so personal and friendly! We left our wedding feeling like we have gained a friendship with the staff!”