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The Pinery at Black Forest survived the Black Forest Fire (credit: CBS)

The Pinery at Black Forest survived the Black Forest Fire (credit: CBS)

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GALLERIES: COLORADO'S WORST WILDFIRES

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4)- Celebrations in the middle of the burn area of the Black Forest Fire are once again underway.

The massive wildfire burned more than 500 homes last month but one building people thought had burned actually survived. The Pinery at Black Forest is once again hosting special events. The first after the wildfire is a wedding.

The couple, Madeline and Christopher, will celebrate their nuptials with a 4th of July themed wedding and reception.

But things didn’t always look so positive after the evacuations were ordered.

“When we left, being evacuated for the fire it was looking pretty threatening,” said The Pinery at Black Forest employee Lori Passaro.

Now wedding bouquets are being assembled and there is an oasis in a neighborhood of charred and burned foliage.

Reception tables are set and the dinner brisket has been prepared to be served to guests.

There is a renewed since of appreciation from the employees who still have a place to work and call a second home.

“It’s fun, it’s exciting. We’re happy. We look outside and feel blessed,” said Passaro.

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