The history of Colorado’s Liongate Center

The Lionsgate Center has two facilities that both have amazing histories. Both places began as houses and the current owners are constantly adding and improving the grounds. Many of the defining features of The Lionsgate Center have a separate history themselves. With all the stories and tales I just couldn’t pass up writing a blog about it!

The Dove House

The Dove House was built in 1927 for Miss R.A. Dove and it is a rather scandalous story!

Once upon a time in a far away land, aka New York, there was a girl in love. Dove came from a long line of money and a very prestigious family but Dove had fallen for the butler and just couldn’t keep away. Dove was soon expecting a baby. The family was astonished and ashamed and just wouldn’t have anything to do with it! So they built her a house in the middle of nowhere, Colorado for her to move and raise the baby. What a punishment huh?

We have a beautiful yellow rose bush on the fence near hwy 287 (used to be the driveway) that Dove herself had brought with her from NY. It still blooms to this day and has been here for over 80 years!Screen Shot 2013-04-04 at 3.42.47 PM

The Bar

Eventually the events held at the Dove House outgrew it’s room and we had to add on. We tore down the garage and turned it into a bar. It is now home to an old New York bar that was originally from the Hampton Hotel in Albany. The dome stain-glass that you see when you look up is also from New York. It originated on a boat ride in Coney Island. Notice a NY theme?

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The Phone booth

Who doesn’t want to jump inside this bright red booth for a photo shoot? Before you go jumping in, don’t you want to know where it has been?! This phone booth isn’t just any ordinary phone booth. It is the largest model that England ever built and only 200 were produced. The rarity comes from there only being 4 in private hands. We know of two people for sure that own this model, us and Madonna! Madonna bought one of the 4 for her New York apartment that she later turned into a fish tank. How about that for awesomeness in your wedding photos?!

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The Gatehouse

The Gatehouse and surrounding barns were built in 1910. The original house is what we now call the “East Room”. The porch and front yard are all original. Everything else is newly built for events. It was originally a dairy farm, hence the barns and silo! This cute little old house doesn’t have much more history on the original grounds but the fun stories come from the pieces the owners used to make it what it is today.

The Stair Case

The grand stair case that is all carved wood came from a mansion in Denver. It’s beauty caught the eye of the owners at an auction and forced them to redesign the add on. Marie (the owner) called up her architect that moment and told him to add on a second level…they just bought a stair case!

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The Stained Glass

The unbelievable sight of the massive stained glass has taken the breath from many of people. From pictures to in person, people just can’t get enough of it. It’s beauty, being over 130 years old, came straight from France. The center two panels were originally doors and the 4 largest panels were added later in the 1920’s. The gorgeous scenery of flowers and birds has one small frog in the left corner that is a cute hidden gem. Next time you see the window, try to find the frog!

The other miscellaneous stained glass including the peacock and arched windows on the north side are also from France. The arched pieces are the oldest at about 150 years old. When the owners had bought them originally they were covered in sticky tar from all the years of coal burning stoves. They had to have them professionally cleaned with acid. They turned out gorgeously!

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The Entrance

Have you walked up to the front and yanked on the massive door? Well, you just touched a gem from Argentina! The door and both the side lights were on a mansion in Argentina and give the feel of royalty.

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The wood work

Lining the walls in the Gatehouse ballroom is stunning wood work that included an amazing fireplace and server. These are all panels from a library in Germany. My favorite part? The seemingly “secret” door under neath the copper bar. The owners purchased this unique find and used every piece!

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Insure your wedding? Say what?

Did you know that you can and should insure your wedding? It was a shock to me too! However, after doing some research, why wouldn’t you? I mean, you are spending just as much, if not more on your wedding day as you would a car and you definitely would insure that! But what does wedding insurance mean? What exactly would you need it for, you ask? Well, let me tell you!

There are two types of insurance, the first is Cancellation insurance.

1. You have to postpone your weddingurl-2

Say two feet of snow falls, I know in Colorado nothing stops for snow, but lets just say it did and your guests couldn’t make it to the wedding. Well, you’ve rented a facility, payed the deposit and hopefully paid the base facility fee by now and Colorado just wasn’t on your side. Insurance is going to cover this for you! Whew…that was a close call.

2. You have to cancel all together

Face it, life happens. We don’t want to think about it and will never expect anything to happen, but life has its ways of surprising you. So you broke up, do you just throw yourself a party or do you get insurance that is going to cover the deposits you lost for the band, flowers, cake, food and photos? Sounds like a no brainer to me!

The next insurance is one that I recommend that everyone at least look into: Liability Insurance.

1. Someone ruined your wedding dress!url-1

Aunt Susie had a little too much wine and went to hug you with a full glass…oops. Now you have to get it cleaned but the underskirt didn’t make it and some of the stains didn’t come out. Well, that’s what insurance is for!

2. There were damages to the venue.

You seriously love your sister and all her kids but sometimes don’t you wish she would actually watch them? The kids wandered off and started doing kid things like pulling all the flowers out of the flower beds, and throwing rocks at the nearby fence and digging in the grass. Now, the venue is going to stick you with a bill to fix those damages! Argh…Or…you have liability insurance and it will all be covered.

3.  The wedding gifts were stolen – what?!

I can’t even imagine this happening but I suppose it does. Say you don’t book at The Gatehouse at The Lionsgate Center where we can lock those gifts up so you don’t have to worry about them, and someone walks away with half your presents. They even took the new kitchen aid that you REALLY wanted! Luckily, you got that insurance and they are going to help you out.lifestyle-boutique-wedding-thief-small-55916

 

Ok, now that you have thought about all the bad things that COULD go wrong on your big day, lets get back to thinking about pink flowers and gorgeous wedding photos!

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Wedding Vows, Wedding Vows

I’m not even engaged yet and I get nervous at the thought of “performing” wedding vows in front of so many people! Does that happen to you, or is it just me? Well anyway…

I’ve been around a few weddings, ya know, just one or two. 😉 So I’ve picked up some options for wedding vows and thought I would share them with you!

 

The classic

I, (name), take you, (name), to be my [opt: lawfully wedded] (husband/wife), my constant friend, my faithful partner and my love from this day forward. In the presence of God, our family and friends, I offer you my solemn vow to be your faithful partner in sickness and in health, in good times and in bad, and in joy as well as in sorrow. I promise to love you unconditionally, to support you in your goals, to honor and respect you, to laugh with you and cry with you, and to cherish you for as long as we both shall live.

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The Personal

Brian, because I love you, I promise to treat you the way you want to be treated, and give you the respect you deserve. I promise to maintain your trust with my words and actions. I promise to always be your partner in crime and adventure, your lover, your sounding board, your co-pilot, your sous-chef, your copyeditor, and your friend. I will tell you when you are wrong and help you to find a righter way, without making excuses or rescuing you. I will respect your boundaries. I will pack light. I will help you figure out how you feel. I will pay attention and give you time. I will listen, both to what you say, and to what you don’t say. I promise to always share what’s in my heart, even if I am afraid. I will strive to be my best self for you.

 

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The hilarious

“Jamie Marie, from this day forward I promise to be worth it. Worth the time. Worth the trip. Worth the energy. Worth the embarrassment. Worth your love. I promise that you will always count. You will always come first, and of course, if you don’t for whatever reason, I will buy you some shoes.

From the moment you entered my world, you have filled it with life, color, and energy like never before…like kool-aid in a mud puddle…or a cupcake in a salad…or a rose garden in a junk yard. You are my rose, Jamie Marie, and I promise to devote my life to being your dirt.”

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Did you know that Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston vowed to always split the difference on the thermostat? I love that. Just what my boyfriend and I need to vow! 

Well, I hope this helps you figure out just what you want to say on YOUR big day! Have fun planning!!

 

LET US HELP YOU MAKE YOUR WEDDING DREAMS COME TRUE!

At Lionsgate, we are not “just the facility,” we are a group of women (and a few guys) that really know weddings inside and out.
We’re full of ideas, suggestions and methods to take the stress out of planning a wedding, and most importantly – make it fun!

 

Plan your wedding on a budget!

Planning a wedding can be one of the most expensive things you do in your whole life. So, how do you do it on a budget? Well, you are asking the right people! We here at the Lionsgate Center have been around for 23 years and find it almost like a tough sudoku to work with small budgets. We have become pros at it!

The first good thing to figure out BEFORE you go look at all the pretty, glittery and shiny things is to set your budget. Have you seen “Say yes to the dress”? God forbid you fall in love with something you can’t afford. Debt is no way to start your life off with the man (or woman) of your dreams! So sit down together and be realistic with yourselves.

Next, while you are sitting in the same room together, make a list of all the things a wedding entails (i.e. caterer, photographer, cake, etc.) and put them in order so what matters most to you is on top. Now, take a good look at that list. What is on bottom? Is it something that you can cut out completely? If not, try finding cheaper ways around it! But, just incase google hasn’t been helpful to you, I also will start a list of ways to help reduce cost! Like I said, we’ve done this for a long time!

1. Ditch the Dress cost

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Not totally sure what you are going to do with the dress after your big day? Have your heart set on a Pnina but can’t afford it? Then rent it or buy it pre-owned! There are some great sites out there to get designer dresses for less than half the price!

2. Cut the Cake

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for just the two of you that is! You could easily save if you purchased a two tiered cake for just you two to cut and have a sheet cake hiding in back for everyone else! It taste the same and you still have the prettyness of the tiered cake. Another small tip to save some moolah is to use fresh flowers for your cake instead of sugar. Sugar flowers are very time consuming and therefore cost more!

3. Flourish with in season Flowers

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This one says it all. You will get prettier flowers AND save on cost if you find out what is in season and stick to that.

4. Fake the Favors

How many weddings have you been to where the favor was something that you TOTALLY wanted and actually remembered to take home? Point made. Most people will forget your favor on the table at the end of the night anyway. I know I am a happy camper if I get some food and maybe a drink!

5. Crop out the costly photographers

Photographers can be one of the biggest costs in a budget and there are so many other options. In this day and age you could make a cute sign and ask your guests to take pictures for you! If that is just not an option there is a great site called www.yellowpaddlephotography.com that is newer and less experienced photographers that don’t have the price tag you would normally see.

6. Demand Drop-Off

If the facility that you have booked allows drop-off catering this is a great way to go. Have your favorite restaurants (think Rodizio Grill, Carrabba’s, or even Chipotle!) drop-off food and then you can usually hire an event staff (Lionsgate has an on-site staff) for considerably less dough.

7. Decide for a different Date

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Most facilities, photographers, DJ’s and even officiants will charge you more for “In season” months as well as weekend days. Believe it or not, people will still show up for your wedding if it is on a Thursday! Plus, then you have all weekend to spend time with that out of town family!! You could easily save thousands if you decided for a winter wedding.

Well, I hope that helps a little bit! Now, get planning!

 

LET US HELP YOU MAKE YOUR WEDDING DREAMS COME TRUE!

At Lionsgate, we are not “just the facility,” we are a group of women (and a few guys) that really know weddings inside and out.
We’re full of ideas, suggestions and methods to take the stress out of planning a wedding, and most importantly – make it fun!

www.lionsgatecenter.com

Wedding Songs – What songs to use at your ceremony!

Brides and grooms YOU get to be the DJ at your ceremony!

Well, usually not quite to this level…but you do get to pick the songs!

Are you delighted about this? Have you had a mental wedding playlist for years? Are there certain songs that completely embody your relationship with your honey? If so…great…as long as you won’t look back on the choices years later and frown in disgust we encourage our couples to personalize their playlist! Last month I witnessed a strong example of straying from the traditional when a bride and groom recessed to “Another One Bite the Dust.” While it was fun and upbeat I couldn’t help but focus on the lyrics. Hmmmm…gotta keep an ear out for lyrics.

If you are at a loss on where to even begin and have turned to Google for answers – this is the post for you. We hear wedding music all weekend long, every weekend – in fact I bet many of us unknowingly hum the bridal chorus in our sleep. I took a quick office poll for ceremony favorites. Here are the results:

Note: I didn’t want to go too crazy with posting videos so make sure to click on the song & artist links that are in orange below to hear them!

Seating of family: 

“Clair de Lune” – Debussy  

“Trio for Two Flutes and a Harp” – Berlioz … or the many instrumental variations

Bridal Party Processional:

Sticking with a tried and true recommendation here: “Canon in D” – Pachelbel  

Bridal Processional:

This recommendation is super traditional but has a modern fee: “Bridal March” – Jonthan Cain  

“Always With You, Always With Me” – Joe Satriani

“Here Comes The Sun” – Instrumental (I posted the Beatles version below but there are lots of versions out there!)  

Recessional:

“Ain’t That a Kick in the Head” – Dean Martin  

“I Got You” – James Brown

“I Do” – Colbie Caillat  

“At Last” – Etta James

“Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours” – Stevie Wonder  

“Wedding March” – Mendelssohn – A classic available in many instrumental variations.

Here are some other popular love songs that you can work in wherever you see fit:

“Marry Me” – Train – Touching music video…Must watch!  

“Just the Way You Are” – Bruno Mars

“Lucky” – Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat  

“Love” – Matt White

“Marry You” – Bruno Mars…Obviously I had to show the following video… 

“Kiss Me” – Sixpence None the Richer

“When I say I Do” – Matthew West … Video shot and edited by Brian DeFrees for his friend’s wedding. 

“The Luckiest” – Ben Folds

“Good Life” – One Republic

What a good group of songs AND videos. I got a little teary-eyed watching the videos.

Please share your favorite wedding songs with us below!

Enjoy!