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Wedding season underway at Venetucci

 

Last updated 4/21/2021 at 2:14pm

Lyndsey Leach Photography

By Karin Hill

The newly reimagined and reopened Venetucci Farm recently hosted its first wedding in the elegant yet rustic events barn, and operators hope many more couples will take advantage of this facility for their special day.

In the meantime, they're hosting an event for anyone planning a wedding: a pop-up wedding boutique where prospective brides and others can get ideas and shop for unique items perfect for a wedding. The event will feature "custom, really special pieces," said Nikki McComsey, owner of Gather Mountain Blooms and manager of Venetucci Farm.

Hosted in conjunction with Eclectic Co., a boutique in Old Colorado City, the "Sustainable Wedding Pop-Up Shop" on Saturday, April 24, will showcase dozens of small businesses featuring products such as:

Custom jewelry

Flower girl dresses

Custom cuff-links

Hand lettered invitations

Unique vases and decor

Hand poured custom candles

Wedding party gifts

Lingerie and garters

Stationary

Farm fresh flowers

And more, all custom and local.

The event focuses on business that are environmentally conscious, making improvements in their communities, or involved in social justice, organizers said.

Guests will have the opportunity to shop the day of the event, as well as place custom orders for their wedding. The event is free to attend, but advance registration is requested. It will run from 12-4 p.m.

McComsey said the first wedding held at Venetucci a few weeks ago was a prize resulting from a social media contest. The lucky couple elected to elope and tied the knot free of charge and enjoyed some of the other amenities Venetucci offers for wedding parties.

The red barn and its custom wood panel wall made from fallen trees from the farm offers a picture-perfect backdrop for photos. Open space and Cheyenne Mountain in the distance create spectacular scenery through the large back door. In about two months, flowers grown by Gather Mountain Blooms will be blooming in the fields nearby.

Currently, only micro weddings are being held as COVID-19 continues to run its course and restrictions evolve. Capacity is maxed out at 50 guests right now.

Organizers have availability through this summer, and they're planning for full-capacity weddings the following year. At that time, capacity will be around 150 guests.

"We are getting a lot of inquiries," McComsey said. "A lot of it is for 2022."

The micro-wedding packages come in two options:

Simply I Do

Up to 15 guests

Three-hour venue rental

Officiant

Three-hour photography

Cake or cupcakes

Bridal bouquet and boutonniere

Tables and chairs

Bride and Groom changing areas

Wedding Coordinator

Package = $4,300

Simply I Do & A Party Too

Up to 50 guests

Six-hour venue rental

Officiant

Six-hour photography

Cake or cupcakes

Bridal bouquet, boutonniere, and venue flowers

Tables and chairs

Bride and Groom changing areas

Wedding Coordinator

Package = $7,600

Anyone interested in obtaining more information or scheduling a wedding should contact [email protected] Visit venetuccifarm.org for more information.

Starting around the end of June, the farm will open up for "u-pick" flower sales.

Other events coming up at the farm the near future include:

Springtime Centerpieces

Saturday, May 8

2-4 p.m.

The perfect Mother's Day gift! Either bring Mom with you or come make a beautiful arrangement to take to her. Start class off with a walk through the flower fields and growing houses to learn about the colorful and diverse varieties of spring blooms. Flowers will come from the farm and other Colorado flower farmers with bright, spring-time hues. You will be guided in designing your own lush and overflowing spring centerpieces! A vase will be provided for each student and is yours to keep. $75.

Community Tours

Tuesday, May 11 - 3-4 p.m.

Saturday, May 15 - 10-11 a.m.

The Neighbors Tour at Venetucci is hosted by Pikes Peak Community Foundation (PPCF) and offers a chance for community members to learn more about the new opportunities on the farm. PPCF staff will host visitors to describe long term plans for the property, some of the challenges they've overcome in the process, and how the community can engage with the farm. Free.

Fresh Floral Jewelry

Saturday, June 19 - 9-11 a.m.

Grab your girlfriends and make beautiful ethereal wearable floral art, including fresh flower necklaces and a simple floral crown. Students will have access to fresh floral material direct from the farm. We'll then get cozy and creative inside the studio design space at the farm and will demonstrate all the necessary tools and techniques so that even beginners will find this class fun and enjoyable. $75.

Flowers & Yoga

Saturday, July 17 - 9-11 a.m.

What a dream to stroll among the flower fields, cutting blooms by the armful to bring home, and ending our time with a gentle yoga practice in the field! This workshop experience will begin with a walk through the flower fields and growing houses to learn about the colorful and diverse varieties of summer blooms that are being grown at Gather Mountain Blooms. Harvest flowers by the armful that will be put into water for you to take home. We will close the workshop with a peaceful yoga practice and meditation, right in the middle of hundreds of vibrant, growing, blooming flowers. This will be an unforgettable experience. $75.

To pay or reserve a spot for any events, visit: gathermountainblooms.com/shop

 

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