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Inside a Wedding at GGC: A Chat with a Former Bride

If you’re looking for an exquisite place to get married, Garden of the Gods Club (GGC) is just that. Not only is GGC surrounded by the breathtaking red rocks of the Garden of the Gods National Landmark, but the Club also provides very personalized service to those who have wedding ceremonies and receptions here. To give you the inside scoop on what it is like to get married at GGC, we spoke with Allison McNeill, who was recently married at GGC.  If you are recently engaged, know somebody who is recently engaged, or simply enjoy a romantic story, we invite you to follow along with our conversation below.

Jarret & Allison McNeill enjoy their big day at Garden of the Gods Club. Photo courtesy of Audrey Hannah Photo

Mr. and Mrs. Jarret and Allison McNeill
(photo courtesy of Audrey Hannah Photo)

Garden of the Gods Club (GGC): Can you tell me a bit about how you met and fell in love with your husband, Jarret?

Allison McNeill (AM): I actually grew up in Colorado Springs and went to school in Boulder. I eventually moved to New York to attend law school. Jarret moved around a lot while he was growing up, and he eventually moved to New York and worked as a writer. After working as a writer, Jarret decided to attend law school as well, and that is where we met! We dated for about two and a half years, and we were married right around our three-year anniversary.  We now live in Miami, where I practice law for insurance defense, and he serves as a state attorney. It’s been really nice here. We’ve enjoyed the slower pace and the gorgeous weather.

GGC: When did you get married at GGC?

AM: We were married on May 27, 2012. We love being married!

GGC: What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding day?

AM: Well, we absolutely loved the view. It was just phenomenal! I actually grew up in Colorado Springs, and I had never experienced the view from Garden of the Gods Club. It was fabulous to have the balcony to just look out and enjoy the view the morning after our wedding. The view provided a great backdrop for the ceremony by the reflection pool, the cocktail hour on the outside patio, and for the reception in the dining room. The gorgeous view really highlighted Colorado nature, with the blue mountains and the dramatic red rocks. It was a very elegant atmosphere.

GGC: Was there anything that your guests particularly enjoyed?

AM: People really liked our ceremony because the backdrop literally stunned people. Most of our guests were out-of-towners, so the view was very dramatic for them to see. We also wrote our own personal vows, and people really liked that. Our guests also loved the way the dining room was set up. We had very tall, dramatic flower arrangements, and the sun was setting through the large dining room windows just as the reception was starting. People really loved the windows in the dining room! We also converted the Hill Room, a small room near the main dining room, into a dessert room. We had a cupcake cake, surrounded by a variety of different desserts. We had a bananas foster station and an espresso coffee bar, but we kept it hidden until dessert was announced. It was a great surprise for our guests.

GGC: Can you describe your experience planning your wedding here at GGC?

AM: My mother- in-law and I did most of the planning from another state, so working with Garden of the Gods Club and our other planners was great. Constanze with GGC, Maggie Moraine, and David Squires from Design Works (our florist) did a wonderful job! They really took care of all of the details, and they all worked together very well. We had phone conference meetings and visited Colorado two or three times. I really enjoyed our meetings in the dining room; they were truly wonderful.

GGC: What are some tips that you can give to other newly engaged brides-to-be?

AM: In general, I recommend staying calm because the wedding planning process can be tricky. You will encounter issues when merging families, but it’s definitely worth it in the end. Just remember that you’re going to get to your big day, and it just becomes wonderful. All of the issues disappear. So just grit your teeth and get through the planning process. We would definitely recommend holding a ceremony or reception at GGC. We loved that we each had our own suites in which to get ready, and GGC provided food and drinks for us while we were getting ready. The photographs were just amazing. Everything in the Club is just stunning.  Our ceremony and reception were just flawless. We had delicious food and fabulous cocktails.  The only hiccup that we encountered was the weather. We prepped for every type of weather except for the weather that we had, which was a quick but strong gust of wind. During the first 10 minutes of the ceremony, a very strong gust of wind picked up. We had white umbrellas over the guests, so all of the guys had to get up and pull the umbrellas down. I also had a cathedral-length wedding veil, which shot straight up in the wind; it provided a funny picture though. You really have to plan for any type of weather in Colorado. After about 10 minutes, the sun came out and it was beautiful!

GGC: Is there anything else that you’d like to share?

AM: We loved GGC, and we highly recommend it for a wedding venue!

If you’re looking for a wedding venue that is elegant and unique, Garden of the Gods Club is a great choice! To learn more about planning weddings at Garden of the Gods Club, we encourage you to contact Catering Manager Constanze Cross at 719.520.4987 or ccross@ggclub.com.

  1. Vicky Watkins says:

    Mrs. Cross:

    Our daughter, Tiffany Watkins (Stewart Gold) have signed a contract to get married at your club 6/7/14. Tiff has asked me to find a DJ and a photographer for the event. I am completely clueless. I know you have several listed on your site, but I would like your opinion if you would be so kind to give it to me. We are definitely on a budget and we don’t want to get somebody we’d be disappointed with.
    Thank you for being so kind to Tiffany. She’s a hard working girl that hasn’t asked for much in life and her Dad and I would like to see her and Stewart have memories to last a lifetime.
    Thank you so much!
    Vicky Watkins

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