In part 1, Scott reflected on how Leon Littlebird was able to create a unique ceremony experience combining a Christian ceremony with Native American elements. This is a great way to honor and show respect for the ancient locals, the Utes. These lands were their hunting grounds, following the buffalo, with some artifacts on Vail Pass going back at least 7,000 years. We know they called this area, Nahoonkara, but what did they call the peaks of Breckenridge? I know it wasn't seven, eight, nine and ten. Or, at least pretty sure.
Q. Do you think vendors should have a presence on our new wedding blog? Why and how would it help them?
A. Absolutely! We planned our ENTIRE WEDDING WEEKEND by using blogs, websites, and all the info we could find online from Houston, TX. The first time we saw Keystone Ranch for ourselves was when we rolled into town a couple of days before the wedding itself. We asked for a lot of referrals (always a good idea) but still did our internet homework before calling ANY of them. The more complete the online presence, the better. We were from out of state and knew we were taking some chances.
Q. Do you think a niche wedding site for our area is a good idea?
A. Yes. For us the wedding was more about the relationship than the event. That said, we wanted an intimate, memorable event that was special for everyone who could make the trip. Of the 26 people who were at our wedding, only two of them actually lived in Colorado. When we ran by them what we planned to do, they were quick to say, “it’s going to be hard for you to go wrong there!” Build on it!
We really wanted a small wedding that included family and close friends. Once the staff at Keystone Ranch saw how intimate an event we were able to create at their facility, (they seemed MUCH more familiar with very large weddings), I think they got it, too. Don’t be afraid to push for what you want. It IS your wedding, after all. Our guests loved that everyone could sit at the same table for dinner following the ceremony. By focusing on what we wanted (and DIDN’T want), and sticking to our guns, we wound up with an event we and our guests still talk about!
There are plenty of places we COULD have done a mountain wedding, but our experience in Summit County was AMAZING!
Keystone Ranch [keystoneweddings.com]
Steve Tinetti Photography [stevetinettiphoto.com]
Leon Littlebird [littlebirdmusic.com]