Wedding reception at the Sonnenalp in Vail Colorado


Bride and groom sitting together at their wedding reception


Outside of Sonnenalp Resort featuring its European architecture

Located in the heart of town in beautiful Vail Valley, the Sonnenalp is easily one of my favorite wedding venues in Vail! The resort first opened in Vail 40 years ago and has been family-owned for five generations. However, the original Sonnenalp opened in Germany early in the 20th century before Vail was even on the map!

The Sonnenalp is just steps away from the pretty Vail Interfaith Chapel, which makes it an ideal location to get married in Vail. One can also host their guests at the Sonnenalp for the entire weekend. With a swimming pool overlooking the gorgeous Vail mountains, wedding guests are sure to enjoy their experience at this boutique luxury hotel! As a Colorado wedding photographer, I particularly love Ludwig’s Restaurant at the Sonnenalp. The interior of Ludwig’s features a space called the Terrace, a glassed-in room that boasts a breathtaking view of Vail Mountain and Gore Creek. Gorgeous scenery and lots of natural light make Ludwig’s ideal for shooting film photographs. This unique Vail wedding venue space can hold up to 160 people. Finally, Ludwig’s elegant Bavarian décor is sure to create a memorable, one-of-a-kind ambience for your Vail wedding!


Outside cocktail party on sundeck and pool patio

View of Gore Creek and pine trees

Garden view of the Sonnenalp in Vail Colorado

Why the Sonnenalp is an Ideal Vail Wedding Venue

In addition to being an ideal intimate wedding venue, the Sonnenalp is the perfect space to say “I do” no matter the season! In the spring, summer, and fall, one can hold an outdoor wedding ceremony in the Sonnenalp garden followed by a cocktail party on the sundeck and pool patio. Ludwig’s restaurant is an excellent choice for a ceremony during the winter time, while the Grand Bavaria Ballroom and Swiss Chalet are lovely indoor reception options.

The best news of all? When you plan your Colorado wedding at the Sonnenalp, you will be in great hands with Amy Lilyquist, the venue’s amazing Event Sales Manager! Find inspiration for your own Vail wedding below, and contact Amy directly to get to know more about the Sonnenalp!