What is a Go Local wedding?

Localism is grounded in the belief that relationships matter, most. The way we interact with where we live — who we do business with — how we connect with people, other life, the land — all of it matters.” [1]  A Go Local Wedding often means trying to blend regional resources and people into as many elements of your special day as possible. The impact can be felt in the local community, (Lyons, Colorado for this story) even if only for that one monumental day.

Lionscrest Manor couples often strive to incorporate that Go Local Wedding philosophy.  Whether they are Colorado natives or visiting from other parts of the world, that small town, Americana feel for their day is desired.  Details such as farm-to-table menus, local micro-brews, low energy tiny homes for lodging, and artisan craft favors and decor all add to this local flair.

We have been blessed over the years to bear witness to more unique and creative ideas from clients that are enriching, educating, and sustaining our little town. Lionscrest Manor and our family have grown up in this quaint town of Lyons, Colorado over 5 generations. What we love about our town is what also draws couples to our location; the natural beauty of the mountains, the small town charm, and close proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park.

For many, attending a wedding in Colorado will be a vacation and a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the Double Gateway to the Rockies. The wedding couple and close family members are often leaned upon as trusted “guides” to share favorite local places along with recommendations for exploration through hiking, biking, rafting, food, music and more.

We have pulled together some of our favorite Lyons vendors so that you may blend some local love into your day.

Brewery and Distillery

Lyons is home to the original Oskar Blues Brewery. Oskar’s offers many different micro-brew varieties that are the perfect addition to any local wedding reception. In addition they also offer a house-made root beer that is to die for!


Take a tour and wet your whistle with one of Spirit Hound Distillers libations. Offering Whisky, Gin, Vodka, Coffee Liqueur, and Moonshine. Be sure to include some specialty drinks into your bar menu for the big day.


The Festivarie Inn B&B is located right in the heart of Main St. and less than five minutes from Lionscrest. Just right for guests looking to check out the local scene while in town.

Wee Casa Tiny Home Resort is located just down the road from Lionscrest Manor. Currently they offer over 20 different tiny houses for nightly rental. This river retreat is a slice of heaven that will have guests young and old delighted with the community feel.

Rehearsal Dinner Locations

Oskar Blues- Grill and Brew Restaurant While enjoying a pint with your friends why not pull up a chair and book a private party space for your rehearsal dinner. 

Lyons Fork Taking residence in a historic building built in 1881, the Lyons Fork offers diners spicy delights mixed with local legends of cowboy gunfights. Most noteworthy are their Truffle Fries and Margaritas.

Photo by Robin Kanouse

Smokin’ Daves BBQ Famous smoky meats and other tantalizing tidbits keep guests coming back. While we recommend visiting their Lyons eatery you can also find four more locations across the front range.

Flowers, Food and More

Living Arts Exquisite Floral Designs a local business owner since 2004, Jeralyn enjoys trips to local flower markets and providing unique arrangements.

Want something to share and grow? Maybe add tiny succulents or herbs as favors? In addition to your traditional bouquets go with flowing flower pots for the ceremony and reception. At Gwynne’s Greenhouse you can pair up with one of their in-house florascape experts to pull together amazing arrangements.

Rev. Sam Talent (Officiant) In addition to running The Stone Cup with  wife Mindy, Rev. Sam can be found officiating ceremonies at Lionscrest and other Front Range Wedding venues. He brings passion and a sense of humor to the sometimes hectic frenzy of a wedding.

Emily Forsberg PhotographyAnother Lyons native, she knows the town inside and out. Her creative eye captures couples in a pure light that enhances the natural beauty of the scene and the newlyweds.

A Spice of Life CateringCo-owners and Lyons locales, Dan and Kristen make up part of this award-winning Boulder Catering company. The Spice catering group adopted a Zero Waste Program with Eco-Cycle in 2005.

A Place to Meet and Eat

The Stone Cup

Barking Dog Cafe

St. Vrain Market

Ready to visit? Please come to our Fall Bridal Showcase on October 22nd from Noon to 3 pm. After you are done with your tour stop in to the visitor center for more information on Lyons and the surrounding areas.


Additional Sources:


Lyons Chamber of Commerce