A New Year, A New Beginning for Summit Mountain Weddings

A New Year, A New Beginning for Summit Mountain Weddings

New Beginnings for Summit Mountain Weddings This post is about transition and change. It’s about the new start for Summit and Vail Mountain Weddings. What started as an opportunity to share photos and tips for destination weddings and elopements in the Breck and Vail area, has now begun to outgrow it’s pot. It’s like ...

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Styled Shoot at the Granby Ranch: Rocky Mountains, Colorado

Styled Shoot at the Granby Ranch: Rocky Mountains, Colorado | Image: Jonathan Kohlwey Photography

Love on the Continental Divide

Today's post is all about a Styled Shoot at the Granby Ranch: Rocky Mountains, Colorado with images courtesy of Jonathan Kohlwey Photography. These images are full of snow, and it's actually feeling like summer in Breckenridge. The sun is out, but that doesn't mean you can't start fantasizing about a dream wedding in Colorado. Winter is what we're known for, and that's why I wanted to show you these today.

Romance in the Rockies

Styled shoots are fun because they show some designs and styles that might not be thought of by certain couples. Styled shoots also have budgets that are different from yours, so take what you see with a grain of salt and use any and all styled shoots for inspiration. Some of the elements might not be able to be pulled off on a real wedding day. Some of this stuff is pretty staged, and if you're not sure, just ask a pro. They'll tell you what kind of time and effort goes into a styled shoot. Some vendors don't like to participate as it may be misleading. I don't think you have to take it so seriously. I love the fun and whimsical and not-so-serious shoots that can be downright silly. Well, I hope you enjoy this set of images. Thanks for stopping by and reading! Please contact us to learn more about how we can help set up a styled shoot for your venue, or if you need help planning a custom day in the mountains. We can help.

Styled Shoot at the Granby Ranch: Rocky Mountains, Colorado | Image: Jonathan Kohlwey Photography

Styled Shoot at the Granby Ranch: Rocky Mountains, Colorado | Image: Jonathan Kohlwey Photography

Styled Shoot at the Granby Ranch: Rocky Mountains, Colorado | Image: Jonathan Kohlwey Photography

Styled Shoot at the Granby Ranch: Rocky Mountains, Colorado | Image: Jonathan Kohlwey Photography

Styled Shoot at the Granby Ranch: Rocky Mountains, Colorado | Image: Jonathan Kohlwey Photography

A romantic winter wedding styled shoot at the top of Granby Ranch over looking the continental divide and Rocky Mountain National Park.

Inspired by our beautiful couple and their love for all things nature, the outdoors, winter and the mountains, we designed this intimate wedding shoot to capture the best that this dream mountain location has to offer.

We incorporated metals, stone, warm blankets, fur and antlers to capture the warmth and layers you would find in a snowy mountain cabin. With custom hair pieces with feathers and leather, hand made invitation and kisses of copper, we are excited to present this romantic, intimate mountain design.

Styled Shoot at the Granby Ranch: Rocky Mountains, Colorado | Image: Jonathan Kohlwey Photography

Styled Shoot at the Granby Ranch: Rocky Mountains, Colorado | Image: Jonathan Kohlwey Photography

Styled Shoot at the Granby Ranch: Rocky Mountains, Colorado | Image: Jonathan Kohlwey Photography

Styled Shoot at the Granby Ranch: Rocky Mountains, Colorado | Image: Jonathan Kohlwey Photography

Styled Shoot at the Granby Ranch: Rocky Mountains, Colorado | Image: Jonathan Kohlwey Photography

Styled Shoot at the Granby Ranch: Rocky Mountains, Colorado | Image: Jonathan Kohlwey Photography

Styled Shoot at the Granby Ranch: Rocky Mountains, Colorado | Image: Jonathan Kohlwey Photography

Photographer:  Jonathan Kohlwey Photography//Cake Designer:Anny Cakes//Equipment Rentals:Event Rents//Heirlooms and extras:EYM Designs//Hair Stylist: Jaded Beauty//Dress Store: The Bridal Collection//Floral Designer:The Stalk Market//Invitation Designer:White Gown Wedding Invitations//Event Planner: MAG Events//Event Venue: Granby Ranch//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Colorado Ranch Wedding Venue

Today's post is all about a Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado with images courtesy of Aldabella Photography. This amazing set of images comes via submission from Two Bright Lights. We are well into next year's content calendar with those, and we appreciate all the mountain weddings, elopements and engagements that have been shared by the many wonderful photographers that have submitted. We hope this blog inspires your big day, and if you need help putting together a custom wedding package, then please contact us. Be sure to check out our vendors page, and if you're a vendor, please contact us to learn how we can help you reach more Colorado brides and grooms planning mountain nuptials.

Weddings in Vail, Colorado

There are many weddings in the Vail Valley each year, and only a few are lucky enough to get to use Piney River Ranch as their backdrop for the big day. It's front and center in today's blog, but if you need other ideas or help planning a destination wedding in Vail, please contact us. We've lived and worked hundreds of weddings in the valley and in Summit County. We know and can recommend qualified and quality vendors. Thanks for stopping by!

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

A group of fantastic and talented vendors teamed up to turn their visions into reality. The results were magical! We hope you enjoy this styled shoot as much as we do!
 More details and information can be found on the photographer's blog:

As you make your way through the entrance, you have a 30-45 min drive surrounded by gorgeous wildflowers, rivers, mountain views that will take your breath away and the incredible wildlife that makes up Colorado. Located 9,350 feet above sea level, Piney River Ranch is a must!  As the moose make their way to Piney Lake during late summer, you're guaranteed images that you will cherish for years to come. 

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Photographer:  Aldabella Photography//Makeup Artist: Megan Cary Artistry//Floral Designer: A florae//Professional:Aldabella Photography//Equipment Rentals: Alpine Party Rentals//Bridesmaid Dresses:Dora Grace Bridal//Cake Designer: La Momo Maes Bakery//Reception Venue: Piney River Ranch LLC//Event Planner: Platinum Weddings and Events//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

5 Scenic Drives in the Colorado High Country

Take a Drive in the Rocky Mountains

Not everyone is super active, and we understand that. Sometimes it's good to be able to get in the car and explore the mountains with a good group of friends. Or, maybe you need a solo mission to get away for a few hours. Whatever your reason is, we've got a few suggestions for you in today's post, 5 Scenic Drives in the Colorado High Country. Let someone know where you're going and when you'll be back, pack a lunch or stop along the way if your route takes you to a mountain town with some options. Don't expect places to be open super early or super late, as things tend to run on "mountain time" 'round these parts.

Activity Planning for Breckenridge Weddings

You could take these suggestions and incorporate them into your wedding week, or bookmark this post and plan on a follow up trip to drive the ones you missed. Get a map and check out and see if there are any hiking trails that you might want to check out. Drive carefully, be patient with others on the road (they're probably sight seeing too), and be sure to take lots of pics and tag us in a few if you are inspired by this post. We like to use the hashtag, #breckweddings on Instagram, so use that there if you gram. Thanks for reading and please contact us with any questions or comments.

1 - Boreas Pass Road to the Section House

This mountain road closes down in the winter, but not before becoming the go-to spot for leaf peeping near Breckenridge. You can walk this road, but expect to get dusted by cars. Go early or late to avoid the crowds. Weekends are especially busy. Hint, there are other trails in the area for the golden aspens, but take the road past the yellow leaves on up to the Section House. There you'll see some restored cabins and a section of train, as this was actually an old railroad route.

5 Scenic Drives in the Colorado High Country

2 - Hoosier Pass to South Park City

Head south from Breckenridge past the Breckenridge Brewery and drive over Hoosier Pass to Alma, and then on to Fairplay. There you'll find a collection of buildings in a historic park called Old South Park City. Wander around and imagine what it was like to be up in these mountains, away from your friends and family, trying to strike it rich. There's even a sign there that references that funny cartoon on the tv, because South Park is a real place. This is it.

5 Scenic Drives in the Colorado High Country

3 - Fremont Pass to Leadville

Head west on I-70 from Frisco, and go through scenic Ten Mile Canyon. Take the Copper Mountain exit and head south. You'll pass the Climax molybdenum mine along the way to Colorado's highest incorporated city, Leadville. The highest incorporated town is Alma. Both these mountain towns reside at over 10,000 feet. Neither is a ski town, so they have their own unique feel to them. Hang out in a bar for a beverage to meet a local character or two.

4 - Vail Pass to Beaver Creek

A variation on driving west from Frisco is to keep going on I-70 past Copper Mountain towards Vail. You'll crest Vail Pass, a popular recreation area both summer and winter. There is a fee during the winter, so be aware if you plan to stop. There is a decent restroom at the pass, and it's an excellent spot for viewing wildflowers on Shrine Ridge. 

5 Scenic Drives in the Colorado High Country

5 - Loveland Pass to Georgetown

Head towards Keystone and keep going past Arapahoe Basin and drive over Loveland Pass. If you do this during the summer, you can get out and hike the alpine tundra for a unique mountain experience. No trees and little air, your breath will be taken away if it hasn't already. Drop down and head towards Georgetown on I-70. There's a nice visitor's center there as a pit stop before heading to Beau Jo's in Idaho Springs on your way to Denver, or come back and maybe try out the new Baker's Brewery in Silverthorne. That's a full day. If you have any suggestions for a drive, please contact us to share your tip!

7 Hiking Trails in the Colorado Rocky Mountains for Viewing Wildflowers [Video]

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Alpine Flowers in the Summer

It was a snow spring in the Town of Breckenridge (<-- here's a map link) and all that moisture led me to explore and make this list of 7 Hiking Trails in the Colorado Rocky Mountains for Viewing Wildflowers that you have to see to believe. The slow melting process drips life into blooms that sit under tons of snow and wait until the few days that it is warm enough to fulfill the cycle one more time. It is truly an amazing thing to see, the ski slopes and mountains covered in millions, probably billions of colorful wildflowers.

Adventures in Breckenridge and Beyond

Part of your wedding experience for friends, family and guests could be strolling through the shops along Main Street or you might even spend some time at the Fun Park on Peak 8. Check out the new roller coaster, but the alpine slide is a summer classic in Breck. However, if you're ready with a backpack with your 10 Essentials and want an adventure, check out the videos below. They are best completed with a backpack full of everything you need, a group of energetic friends, and a camera or two. Post a few on our Facebook wall, and be sure to use the hashtag, #breckweddings on Instagram so that everyone can see all the fun high country weddings. Please contact us with any questions. Videos created by Stacy Sanchez of Breckenridge, Colorado. That's me!

1. Cataract Lake - Silverthorne

2. Uneva Pass - Vail

 

3. French Gulch - Breckenridge

 

4. Peak 7 - Breckenridge

 

5. Shrine Ridge - Vail

  

6. Burro Trail - Breckenridge

 

7. Mayflower Gulch - Copper Mountain

 

Wildflower Fields on Peak 7 in Breckenridge [Photo Shoot Location]

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Wildflower Fields on Peak 7 in Breckenridge [Photo Shoot Location]

Summer in the Rocky Mountains = Wildflowers

Living in the mountains for almost 20 years, and I still find new spots to share, like these Wildflower Fields on Peak 7 in Breckenridge, a suggested Photo Shoot Location. Now, mind you this land traverses next to private property and is in a pretty secluded neighborhood, this area is meant for small groups, preferably less than 10 at a time. Just schedule the photographer and the bride and groom for a half hour on the trail near the Breckenridge Ski Resort. I've included a map below to show you where it's at. For a list of other recommended hikes near Breckenridge, click here to read a blog on The Flower Maven

Breckenridge Wedding Photography

Don't worry if you can't make it to this exact spot for your wedding photos on the big day. These flowers won't last forever, but the mountain vistas will. And these flowers come from long winter weathers and heavy snowfalls. Summer or Winter, then?  You have your choice of seasons, and whether or not you want a white winter backdrop instead of colorful wildflowers. But, consider this are surrounded by world-class ski areas like Vail, Beaver Creek, Copper Mountain, Keystone and A-Basin. A winter wedding proposal can be a fun experience, and if you need some help to put all the pieces together on the sly, we're good at personalizing elopements and small vow renewals that are similar in intimacy.

Please be respectful of parking and don't step on the wildflowers. Tread lightly and please Leave No Trace when traveling in the mountains.

 

A Collection from our Instagram Feed: @breckweddings

A Collection from our Instagram Feed: @breckweddings

Summit Mountain Weddings on Instagram

Thanks for checking out today's post, A Collection from our Instagram Feed: @breckweddings, which contains a mix of my images and images from professional photographers who have submitted weddings via Two Bright Lights or have tagged us in their posts. Are you on Instagram? Please go and check us out there because we post there almost daily, whereas our blogs are about once a week or so. I'm working on putting in more frequent posts about stuff around Breck, so stay tuned for those throughout the summer.

Breckenridge, Colorado Wedding Blog

I captured the image above at one of the many mountain weddings in Breckenridge, and it especially caught my eye because of the skier and snowboarder aspect. Some of our significant others choose the other way to slide down the mountain. That's ok. Diversity is good. And, you could always ask your spousal unit to switch it up and go skiing with you, or vice versa. As you move into married life, you'll quickly realize that compromise is a big part of the relationship. Please contact us to learn how we can help you plan a destination wedding in the Colorado Rockies, and probably end up sharing your pics on Instagram.

 

Footwear of choice in this regram from @dcolemanphotography #breckweddings #breckbecause // #coloradoweddingphotographer #breck #breckenridge

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Guests walk to a real mountain wedding. On the side of a mountain. Image: Stacy Sanchez // #breckweddings #breckbecause #brecklife #colorado

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Do you know what this is all about? Who can tell me? // #keystoneweddings @keystone_resort

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Love on the shores of Dillon Reservoir in the @dilloncolorado. Image: @co_mtnlife PadenDesigns.com // #breckweddings #sumco #wedding

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No one made a correct guess of the mystery venue, so here's another clue. Anyone recognize this location yet? // #Colorado #wedding #venue

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