At Lionsgate, we are determined to break the typical wedding mold. No two love stories are the same, so why should your wedding be? Our tight-knit team is invested in getting to know you and your love story so we can seamlessly bring your vision to life. Our mission is to love fiercely and laugh often. Wedding planning should be about love, not stress. Let our family help you and yours through this personal process to create lifelong memories.
Tom and Marie were married in 1990 and began the search for their new home to share along with Marie's 5-year-old son, Steve. They soon found a two acre property had been vacant for years that deserved saving and became what they later called The Dove House. The home was built in 1927 for Ms R.A. Dove by the prolific architect William N. Bowman. Inspiration hit as Tom and Marie had just experienced a difficult time finding a suitable wedding venue for their own wedding, and immediately seeing the potential, they had an epiphany. "Let's turn this into a wedding venue!". With Marie as an interior designer and artist, Tom as a marketing executive, and both of them unafraid to work hard and take a risk on a project, they began their journey.
Fast forward to 1992 with over a year of renovations and antiques acquisitions, The Dove House hosted its first event with Avista Hospital followed by it's first wedding and first holiday party. Tom and Marie were thrilled with their vision coming to life while The Dove House was gaining popularity with being the only private venue in the northern Denver area. By incorporating the best and rejecting the worst aspects they saw in other venues, they created their own version of what a wedding venue "should" be. A Lionsgate wedding would have fair pricing, lots of inclusions, the best vendors, a staff that is flexible, friendly, caring, professional, creative, and has a true love for "love". This formula worked well as they went from 3 events in their first year to an unexpected 198 events in their second. In the following years they expanded The Dove House three times by adding on the sunroom in 1993, the bar in 1994, and finally the garden room in 2007.
In 1993, Tom and Marie had the opportunity to purchase their only neighboring property which was a 1910 farmhouse with two barns, and they immediately began the next round of renovations. Discovering that many couples were looking for a venue able to seat over 150 guests which no other private venue could offer at the time, they added 12,000 square feet onto the 1,200 square foot farmhouse. They incorporated interesting antique architectural items from around the world and opened The Gatehouse in 1996, which was another immediate success.
They soon restored the hay stall barn into a living space, including elegant rooms for overnight accommodations. Next came the project of the carriage barn. They were finding the need for another indoor ceremony option for inclement weather and winter weddings, and felt this building would do the trick. Tom and Marie quickly got to work designing this new ceremony site. By using antique stained-glass, restoring almost 40 vintage chandeliers, hand painting French-style woodwork, and attaching wrought iron railings, The Chandelier Barn was born in 2017 and quickly became a huge hit.
In true family owned and operated form, Marie's now adult son Steve and his wife Alex have started playing a larger role and now run the day to day operations of Lionsgate. Their innovative ideas and insights have brought Lionsgate to the next level for future generations of clients, all while retaining the core values of giving clients the very best services and products in order to "Stress Less, Love More."
Since 1990, Tom and Marie have continued to live on site and are still involved. Marie now spends most of her time redecorating rooms and creating unique art for the property. You can almost always find her in her workshop out back, and she loves visitors. You may often see Steve and Alex's daughter, Izzi, running around the grounds, playing with chickens, or hanging out in the office. She is in training to hopefully someday take over.
MEET THE FACES BEHIND THE MAGIC
The Lionsgate crew is a tight-knit group with a passion for weddings and events. Each has their own style which helps you feel that you’re paired with your perfect match.
A few of their favorite things are grooms who get butterflies before the ceremony, dads who cry during their toast, brides feeling absolutely beautiful, a good dessert bar, a crazy dance floor, and sharing a happy hour together on our days off.
Marie & Tom
Born in Walnut Creek, CA. Marie enjoys working on fun, creative projects in her free time. An example of this would be our lovely Chandelier Barn, where Marie hand-crystalled all 32 chandeliers on display. Marie’s ability to think outside the box, improvise, and think fast on her feet gives her the aptitude to continually add and expand to the Lionsgate venues.
Owners & Founders
Born in Boulder, CO. Alex spends her free time with her husband and adorable 7-year-old daughter, Izzi (owner in training). She also loves dancing, drumming, and taking care of the huge saltwater fish tank in her house. Alex’s ability to see the big picture vision for Liosngate and then plan all the little pieces to bring that vision to life is what makes her an amazing general manager!
Born in Muncie, IN. Brooke spends her free time traveling, backpacking, playing volleyball, attending concerts, and eating sandwiches. Brooke’s calm demeanor, ability to think quickly on her feet, and organization makes her an excellent corporate coordinator.
Born in Erie, CO. Lauren loves Mexican food and playing with her Huskey mix, Dakota. She's a huge Husker fan, loves cooking, and you can find her at the movie theater on her days off. Her bubbly personality and ability to make friends instantly makes her perfect to show couples our venues and an even better teammate!
Born in Wisconsin, but she moved to the area in the 6th grade. She's a Harry Potter nerd, an avid crafter, and loves spending time with her family. Hanna's attentiveness and ability to think on her feet make her amazing at her job. We also have to add that she has the cleanest and cutest desk in our office.
Born in Showlow, AZ, but she grew up all over Colorado. This gal is a big-time fan of theater, attends Comic-Con, and loves her cats. There really is nothing Ashley can't do in this industry. She has an incredible detail-oriented mind and hands-on approach that reassures you she's got it covered no matter the situation.
From South Hadley, Massachusetts, and she has been a Colorado transplant since January 2018. She loves baking, crafting AND her 1 year old pup, Finn. She also loves traveling so much she packed up the car and drove cross-country for three months, which is how she fell in love Colorado! She is our office fashionista and loves interior design, so she can help you think of beautiful ideas for your big day!
Born in Golden, CO, Alaina enjoys hiking with her husband and two Italian Greyhounds, traveling, drinking wine, and talking plants. Alaina's ability to think clearly and calmly in stressful situations makes her a wonderful coordinator!
Born in Colorado. Jay loves spending his free time teaching drumline, learning about dinosaurs, and watching basketball. His attention to detail and leadership skills make him perfect to manage our crew that set up the venues.
Clean & Set Manager
Born in Naperville, IL. Marianne loves exploring all Colorado has to offer with her husband and their sweet baby boy. She loves thrifting and theatre and is always up for a costume party. Her positive attitude and willingness to help wherever needed make her a great receptionist.