Courtesy of the Stanley Hotel
I was watching The Shining last night, and it got me thinking about weddings. Hold on, that makes more sense than you'd think—Stephen King's book (and subsequently, the film) was inspired by The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO, which I think is actually a very cool place to host a wedding. And the experts agree: "Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, [this hotel] is a stunning backdrop for a reception, especially at sunset," wedding photographer Jennifer Polixenni Brankin, of Poli Weddings, tells me. "The large windows in the dining rooms allow for lots of natural light, and the sprawling grounds around the hotel provide many different, and interesting, locations for outdoor photos."
But being a lover of all things haunted, I think getting married at a spot where you might have some uninvited guests would be awesome (kitchen staff at the Stanley have reportedly heard parties going on in the ballroom, only to find it empty). What about you guys—would you marry in a beautiful yet potentially haunted locale? (The Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, the Queen Mary Hotel in Long Beach, CA, La Pavillion Hotel in New Orleans, The Ramada Plaza in Fond du Lac, WI, and the Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing, NY are all lovely spots to host a wedding—and they're all also allegedly haunted.)
—Lauren Matthews, editor, Brides Colorado