September 11th,  2014 in the middle of the night the rain began to fall. Flood sirens went off and our intimate mountain town became isolated by the flood waters. 


On September 12th at 10:12am, a Lionscrest Staff member reached out to the Lyons Fire Protection District to gain an understanding of the Town's conditions. She was told to relocate their weddings. Our next event was less than than 36 hours away. Little did we know that after 19 years of weddings, the next three weeks would be some of the hardest times this family owned business would face.


Then, on October 1st, we received the call we were so waiting for. We were granted permission to reopen. Lionscrest Manor, which sits on top of a mountain and has it's own well water, was left relatively unaffected by the flood waters. With passes, our couples were allowed to, once again, tie the knot.


On October 4th, Lionscrest Manor was able to host it's first wedding. Krista, a Coloradan, was set to marry Samuel from the United Kingdom. After just over a year of planning, their dream to marry in Lyons, Colorado became a reality.




Menu from Greens Point Catering

Passed HorsD'oeuvres 

Wild Mushroom and Boursin Pure

balsamic thyme aioli

Longmont Grilled Pizza

sliced grilled steak, sun-dried tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, grilled onions and gorgonzola cheese

Dinner Buffet

Greek Salad

baby iceberg lettuce, kalamata olives, grape tomatoes, shaved red onions, feta and lemon vinaigrett

Chicken Cacciatore

braised chicken breast, tomatoes, onions, peppers, mushrooms, basil and chili flakes

Red Skin Mashed Potatoes

roasted garlic

Sauteed Green Beans

haricot verts with butter and herbs

Rustic Rolls



Children's Dinner

Chicken Tenders

Fruit Salad

Mac and Cheese




Wedding Cake from Colorado Rose Cake Company

Pumpkin Bride and Groom - Single Dot

Cake Flavors:

- pumpkin with cream cheese filling

-chocolate chip cake with mocha mousse filling

- cinnamon bun with cream cheese filling

Custom Bride and Groom Pumpkin cake topper made of sugar paste by Colorado Rose Cake Company



Photo Booth from Booth 66

Lionscrest Manor Recommended Vendors from this event

Photography- Creative Focus Photography

Caterer- Greens Point Catering
Decor- Lionscrest Manor (Party Lanterns)
DJ- Pure Sounds Productions
Florist- Boulder Blooms

Photo Booth- Booth 66

Cake- Colorado Rose Cake Company

Accommodations- Renaissance Boulder Flatiron Hotel

Custom 8 Hour Event Timeline

2:00pm Arrival and Vendor Set-up

(added an extra hour of set-up)

4:30pm Guest Arrival

5:00pm Ceremony

5:30pm Photos and Cocktail Hour

6:30pm Open Ballroom Doors for Reception

6:40pm Announcement: Bride, Groom and Party

6:50pm Buffet Opens

7:35pm Toasts

7:40pm Cake Cutting

7:45pm 1st Dance

7:50pm Dance Floor Opens

9:30pm Garter and Bouquet Toss

10:00pm Reception Ends




Thank you for all of your support since the September flooding! It has meant so much to our family to be able to come home. We are proud to announce that we have a new date for our Fall Bridal Showcase and are looking forward to visiting with all of our couples and vendors. The bridal show will take place on Saturday November 23rd from Noon to 3 pm.

Attendees will enjoy rustic chic theme interpreted and presented by the top vendors in the Colorado wedding market.

Come for complimentary food, drinks, desserts and a tour. Our Recommended Vendors will be available to help you in your decision making and guide you through the planning process with ease.


We will also be collecting donations at the show for Lyons Flood relief and the re-building of our local business community. Please help us to help others with a gift toward their future!


Thank you again for your support and love!


The Forsbergs and Lionscrest Family


Click here to RSVP







We all know that wedding photos are an irreplaceable part of your special day. Photos help us to look back on the day for years to come and reflect on the complete true love story. Every now and again some stories are truly remarkable and leave you breathless! These photos I have pulled together are from some of our past weddings and all I can say is, WOW! The artistry from these photographers are unbelievable.


Thank you to all of the photographers for their hard work, amazing talents and dedication to the craft of wedding photography. You make all of us look so good!


Want the full story? Click on the links below to see the industry blogs for these special events. 


Kern Photography- Mary and Aaron






Two One Photography- Kit and Kendall





Tom K Photo- Justine and Kyle




 Elegant Images-  Kaitlyn and Jon (image 1) Katie and Zach (image 2)



 Broxton Art- Kassie and Todd



 Jared Wilson Photography- Angie and Jonathan




Kassie and Todd were married at Lionscrest on September 25, 2010. Their wedding set many trends that we are now seeing for 2011: beautiful textures, natural setting, contemporary elegance, cool lounge settings and a touch of Hollywood Glamour. Every detail of their wedding was thoughtfully planned and executed by Kathy Vaughan with A Beautiful Memory.

Kassie's Hollywood Glamour look was stunning. She bought her ivory strapless gown from Felice Bridal in Denver.  Kassie customized the dress by adding a halter strap. Tucked away under her dress were rhinestone embellished Jimmy Choos. Kassie tied together the bridesmaids by allowing them to chose different styles of dresses.  The bridesmaids looked elegant in black.

 Their ceremony was held in Lionscrest's outdoor ceremony lawn. The ceremony was elegant and romantic with a touch of whimsy. Jesse with Design Works transformed the natural setting into a romantic haven by adding a spectacular white gazebo and lining the aisle with ample white hydrangeas. Michael with Pure Sounds Productions along with our staff worked to time the bridal parties entrance. Kassie and Todd honored their nephews as ring bearers by naming them Lord of the Rings. The two boys entered into the ceremony to the theme song from the movie.

The couple wanted to provide a cool lounge setting in the cocktail space for their guests to enjoy. Design Works brought in white sofas, zebra lounge chairs, area rugs, glass cabarets and coffee tables to complete the look.  Guests enjoyed Bloody Mary's, a quesadilla action station and passed hors d'oeuvres.

The trend setting style of Kassie and Todd’s wedding continued into their reception. Kassie and Todd hired Design Works to bring in a mix of table shapes and sizes. Their reception was the epitome of contemporary elegance. The couple chose to use a variety of white flowers to create beautiful textures. Romantic candlelight invited their guests into dinner.

The event was catered by A Spice of Life Catering in Boulder. Spice always does any amazing job with their service, style and of course delicious food. Here is the menu from the event to tantalize your taste buds.

Passed Hors d'oeuvres:
Stuffed artichoke hearts
Sesame crusted seared ahi tuna canapés
Polenta French fries with roasted red pepper ketchup

Hors d'oeuvres Buffet:
Quesadilla action station (green chili cheese, chicken & cheddar jack and cheddar cheese for the kids)
Guacamole with feta
Sour cream & yellow pepper relish condiment
Tortilla & spinach chips

Plated Dinner
1st course
Greek Caesar salad
Assorted rustic breads served with roasted garlic, olive oil & whipped butter

2nd course - double plated entrée
Beef tenderloin with red wine demi glace and
Macadamia crusted red snapper with lemon truffle beurre blanc
Julienne vegetables
Roasted garlic mashed potatoes

Vegetarian option- Grilled Vegetable Napoleon

Wedding Cake
An assortment of Mini Cookies served with the Coffee Bar
Candy Bar Station

After the toasting and desserts the couple and their guests danced the night away with the Celebration Nation Band.

As the event wrapped up, guests were greeted with a custom LED light up candy bar.  Kassie and Todd wanted their guests to enjoy some of their favorite candies as a thank you for sharing in their special day. Each guest grabbed a monogrammed takeout box  and packed it with sweet treats.

A Note from Kathy (Mother of the Bride and Coordinator with A Beautiful Memory):
It was important to me that I treat my daughter and her fiancé like any other bride and groom I work with and let them make the decisions.  My goal was for their wedding to be what they wanted and to reflect their personalities, not mine.  It was wonderful to be able to incorporate so many things I had done over the years in other weddings.  It was also very special to be able to have my own life event at Lionscrest Manor.  

All photos provided by Broxton Photography

Lionscrest Manor Recommended Vendors from this event

Band- Celebration Nation

Bridal Gown- Felice Bridal

Caterer- A Spice of Life

Ceremony and Cocktail Musicians- A Touch of Class

Event Planning and Coordination- A Beautiful Memory

Decor and Floral- Design Works

DJ- Pure Sounds Productions

Photography- Broxton Photography


Now that wedding season is winding down I am able to do a little catch up with some of these blogs. Thanks to the wonderful photos from Marsha with Life Exposed Photography and Kammi and Ross Bothwell with Elegant Images I have included photos from three weddings this fall. Enjoy!

April and Malcolm- August 29th

Lionscrest Manor Recommended Vendors from this event

Officiant- Weddings Anywhere, Rev. Gene

Caterer- Greens Point Catering

Cake- Colorado Rose Cake Co

DJ- Pure Sounds Productions

Photography- Elegant Images

Liquor- Party Liquor

Florist- Reale Decorating
Transportation- Boulder Denver Limo

Danielle and Jesse- September 17th

Lionscrest Manor Recommended Vendors from this event

Officiant- Rev Sam Tallent

Caterer- Greens Point Catering

Cake- Colorado Rose Cake Co

DJ- Pure Sounds Productions

Photography- Life Exposed Photography

Liquor- Party Liquor

Florist- Boulder Blooms
 Transportation- Boulder Denver Limousines


Colorado Fall Outdoor Wedding

Falling in Love with the idea of a Colorado Fall Wedding? Think crisp air, leaves changing, warm drinks, rich colors, hearty food and snuggling up with your new husband or wife. Sounds wonderful! We have compiled a list of ideas to help you plan the perfect Fall Wedding at Lionscrest Manor.

Lionscrest Manor Fall Wedding Photos

Fall in Colorado can be a season of contrasts. One day you are at 75 degrees and then the next there is snow on the ground. With a fall wedding you too want to build a wedding based on the idea of change.

An Eye on the Season

Sunset- Keep in mind when the sun is setting that time of year. You want to plan your ceremony typically an hour or two earlier than you would for a true summer ceremony. Taking advantage of the sun not only keeps you and your guests warm but it helps you to get the most time for photos on our 35 acres. Click on this Sunset Calculator link to find our what you are looking at for a specific fall date.

In and Out- Having a good indoor ceremony plan in case of fall chills and snow. If you are set on an outdoor ceremony make sure to prepare your guests. Letting them know about an outdoor ceremony gives them the opportunity to dress accordingly.

Nice and Toasty- Keeping guests inside with hot cider and coffee until the ceremony begins is a good way to keep them happy.

Fall Wedding Invitations and Placecards Theme

When having a fall wedding try to incorporate an image or motif that runs through out the event. Something as simple as a fall leaf, acorn or even pumpkin that is on your invitations, menu cards, placecards, bar menu, napkins and thank you cards. Going with fall colors also is a good way to set the tone. Deep reds, oranges, greens, browns get everyone into the fall state of mind.

Fall Pumpkin Placecards

Fall Wedding Decor

Fall Wedding Decor

When looking for your Fall color palette try to add an interesting twist to the traditional autumn color scheme - mix with golds, copper, bronze.

Mother Nature is a great inspiration for Fall. Many events utilize all of the Fall Harvest items like pumpkins, gourds, spices, leaves and such to bring about the classic memories we all associate with this season.

Fall Wedding Flowers

Fall Wedding Flowers

Fall Wedding Centerpiece

The Natural Element- When meeting with your florist discuss adding in fruits like apples, cranberries to your arrangements along with leaves, wheat, cinnamon sticks, pine cones and more. These subtle touches will again help to car through the fall theme on a natural level.
Instead of using traditional glasses vases try going with pumpkins, gourdes, terra cotta pots, apple buckets. A trip to the garden store or farmers market can be a real inspiration for new ways to use everyday items.

Tasty Delights

Family Style Wedding Reception Meal

Just because you are having a Fall wedding does not mean you have to serve turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy (not to say that you you can't). If you are wanting to go with a traditional fall cuisine try to add your own spin introduce a new way to have an old classic. Pictures above we have a Butternut Squash Ravioli with sage, brown butter and candied walnuts. Offer a pumpkin soup served in mini hollowed out pumpkins or plated salad with toasted pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries.

Family style – create a family feast by serving your guests with large platters table side instead of a traditional buffet or plated meal. To learn more about family style event go to our Family Style Blog.

Fall Wedding Cakes

Fall Wedding Cake

Orange Wedding Cake

Choosing cake flavors that use fall favorites such as pumpkin spice, apple cinnamon, or butter pecan again carry through the fall comforts we have all come to know and love. Fresh flowers or harvest items can be added to the cake to tie in your color scheme and motif.

Fall Wedding Gowns & Attire

Groom in Fall Tux

 Fall Bride and Flowers

For the bride we recommend trying laces and vintage touches like family broaches, rich creams and striking bodices to off-set shawls that may be needed for the cooler evening.

Going with jewel tone bridesmaids dresses serve as a dramatic backdrop to the bold flowers.

For the men try going with a chocolate instead of the classic black. This throw back to the 70's ruffle suit is perfect for the modern man who likes to dress down or up depending on the occasion.

At the Bar

Colorado Fall Aspen Leaves

Instead of having a full bar with all of the hard liquor incorporate a few signature drinks that play off of the autumnal theme. Spiced rum punch, ciders, Irish coffees or your own family favorite will show your guests the warmer side of the day.

Fall Wedding Bridal Party 

Special Thanks to Creative Focus Photography and Elegant Images for the Photos provided.