The Solarium: Erica + Ross

The Solarium International Hostel is one of the more unique wedding venues in Fort Collins, Colorado. It’s gone through many stages in its life, starting out as a private residence for a successful multi-millionaire photographer in the 70’s, then becoming a public atrium, later turning into a hostel, and finally transitioning into a wedding and event venue. The hostel has small, but colorful rooms, a big outdoor backyard to be used as a ceremony site and a creek that runs through the property. The most notable and interesting feature of the venue however, is its arboretum.

Even in the middle of winter, this huge indoor arboretum houses huge trees and other tropical plants that are very obviously not native to Colorado. The temperature is consistently kept in the high 70’s, and the humidity is high. It could be snowing outside and the indoor area would still feel like a tropical paradise!Ross and Erica couldn’t have picked a better venue to fit their personalities and style.

Erica and Ross spent hours preparing for their big day and set up all of their decorations and table settings themselves. They really enjoyed “earthy” decorations with a rustic feel, incorporating a variety of crystals and reclaimed wood pieces and furniture to help decorate the lawn. They used reclaimed glass doors to write down the table designations for their guests and constructed home-made signs out of a variety of materials.

The ceremony took place outside on the lawn, which harbored enormous willow trees in the background. Ross and Erica had a huge bridal party of 22 (and 2 dogs) so it was quite the challenge to fit everyone in, but they successfully managed!

The cocktail hour and photo booth was set up in the arboretum, and the reception was outside. All of the dining tables were uniquely decorated and positioned around the dance floor, which was a simple, wood floor. A live band kicked off the dancing, and carried the party throughout the night.

Unfortunately, The Solarium is no longer hosting weddings at their site, but it is still available to stay at and enjoy this hidden treasure in the middle of Fort Collins!

I hope this gave you ideas for your own wedding, and some good vendors to reach out to if you like their work.  If you have any questions, reach out to me via the Contact Us link.

Until the next post, have a wonderful week and happy planning!


Venue: Solarium International Hostel | Photographer: Sean Lara Photography | Bridal Gown: Maggie Sottero via Dora Grace | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Groom’s Suit: River Island | Floral Design: Lace and Lilies | Catering: MoJeaux’s Bar and Grill | Cakes: Buttercream Cupcakery | Band: Manabi Salsa Band | Rentals: Best Rental







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