A late Summer day in Wyoming’s Snowy Range is fill with so much romance, so much adventure, so much color. The wildflowers are in full force and rain is scare in August so your fun isn’t likely to get interrupted. The area around Centennial in the Medicine Bow forest flirted with Silver & Gold mining (with loads greatly exaggerated to sell claims to unsuspecting Easterners), so there’s a bit of Old West charm. Mostly it’s the air, the rocky peaks, and color that gets you.
St. Alban’s Chapel is managed by St. Matthew’s in Laramie and was constructed as an outdoor service venue as a retreat for Laramie residence looking for a change of scenery. There was a Civilian Conservation Corps camp near by during The New Deal — perhaps it was a CCC project.
After a scenic ceremony, the area around Little Brooklyn Lake is perfect for photographs (more wildflowers around the water) and just West on Route 130 is Mirror Lake and Lake Mane which are both very photogenic.
The Laramie Historic Railroad Depot is a great reception site which can hold just over 100 guests (if both sides are utilized). Built in 1924 as was saved from Union Pacific’s 1980’s planned demolition by a local historians. The charm of America’s rail era are alive all over the facility with large logos of the time and the railed ticket windows just as they served thousands back in the day. Next to the depot is shady park kids love to play in (and where groomsmen love to smoke cigars). At some point during almost every Wedding reception, a big yellow train will zoom past the depot, taking Wyoming coal to the Southern United States. It’s a nice touch and a welcome distraction (well, except during the toasts).
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