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Final wedding season for Phipps Mansion

If you read The Denver Post this morning you may have noticed the news that Denver University is in the process off selling Phipps Mansion and tennis pavilion. This property has been used for events and combined the property represents one of the most elegant and high end Denver wedding venues around.

Political activist Tim Gill and his husband, Scott Miller, are buying the historic Phipps Mansion from the University of Denver in a deal expected to close by the end of the year.
The house, which the university now rents out for events, will be the couple’s primary residence.

The Post reports that the sale is expected to finalize later this year and while this years weddings will be held as planned the new owner plans on using the property as a primary residence and it will no longer be available for uses a wedding venue for the 2011 season and beyond.

This in effect removes not one but two of Denver’s finest venues. The mansion itself handles events up to a capacity of 125 and the tennis pavilion at the north end of the property can handle events up to a capacity of 250. Both venues have access to the beautiful gardens that separate the two buildings.

So what’s a bride to do that had Phipps in the back of her mind for her wedding? What other venues offer the same level of elegance and beauty. One of the things that set the venue apart from other event venues was that it didn’t feel like an event hall or a hotel. It had that elegant residence type of feel

Dunafon Castle
The Dunafon Castle doesn’t just feel like a residence, it is primarily a residential property, but from May through October the gates are opened to select Colorado brides for weddings.  Nestled in a mountain forest and circled by the gentle waters of Bear Creek, this enchanting home has been called Colorado’s Camelot by Home & Garden Magazine. Capacity is about 150 guests and is just minutes outside of Denver.
It has a little bit more of an Irish or Scottish country estate feel with breathtaking grounds than an elegant mansion but it is still a magnificent option.

A video slideshow of Dunafon Castle

Grant-Humphreys Mansion
Capacity is 200 and certainly has the elegant feel of Phipps and is probably the closest in overall feel although I don’t think the overall grounds compare to the size of those at Phipps.

Boettcher Mansion
Capacity is also about 200 guests and has much more of a mountain feel than any of the others and much of the grounds are in a more natural state than magnificent gardens of Phipps or even the country-side feeling of the landscaping at Dunafon Castle.

Spruce Mountain Ranch
If you’re looking for something with a decided Colorado vibe to it Spruce Mountain Ranch in Larkspur is magnificent and can handle up to a capacity of 400 guests.

Cielo at Castle Pines
Cielo at Castle Pines is another venue  just outside of Denver that has a very elegant feel to it.   With a capacity of up to 400 it can handle most any event.

Sanctuary Golf Course
One of the least “golf course” feeling golf course venues around I think.   The main building is magnificent and certainly fits the elegant bill quite nicely.

I’m also checking around with a few other Denver Wedding professionals and if I come up with some other info or links to their own blogs/ideas on the subject I’ll be sure to list them here as well.

Until next time,

Mark
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