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As winter turns to spring, ski season gives way to wedding season in the Vail Valley, where there are many iconic locations for nuptials. Unfortunately, most of them are likely already booked solid through the peak summer months.
Eagle River Presbyterian Church is not one of those booked-to-capacity venues, although it is in a spectacular setting. Located idyllically along the banks of the scenic Eagle River in Avon, ERPC is newly remodeled and one of the best-kept secrets for a perfect Vail Valley wedding.
“Our church is a hidden gem, because after our renovation project we can now offer so much more for weddings,” Pastor Rob Wilson said. “It’s right along the river, we have a fellowship hall, we have specific spaces for brides and grooms, and we can offer them a wedding without the rush of a two-hour time slot.”
The more popular Vail and Beaver Creek Chapels are often booked solid throughout the peak summer months, offering tight windows for wedding ceremonies. ERPC can offer a more relaxed time frame for exchanging vows, taking photos, and even hosting a reception.
“We now have a fellowship hall, which would be great for receptions, a commercial-grade kitchen, a lovely deck, plus a graciously-sized yard large enough to have a tent,” said ERPC member Laura Howe. “In addition to all of that, we are located on the banks of the Eagle River, and we have plenty of parking, which I think is an added bonus.”
The newly redone church, located at 455 Nottingham Ranch Road in Avon, can now hold 282 guests in its brightly lit, entirely refurbished main sanctuary, with 16 in the balcony. Additional seating can be added to increase those numbers to 322 in the sanctuary and 20 in the balcony.
The church is also ideal for other events such as birthday parties and graduation ceremonies.
Eagle River Presbyterian Church is hosting a wedding expo from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 26. Members of the wedding-planning and event-coordination community are welcome to attend. Anyone else seeking more information about having a wedding or event at the newly renovated ERPC should call 970-748-0040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.