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 ...Read More
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.
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.
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//
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!
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!
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.
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//
Take a Drive in the Rocky Mountains
There are so many great ways to enjoy the outdoors - hiking, fishing, snowshoeing - endless options! But, sometimes it's good to be able to get in the car and explore the mountains. Any parents in the crowd know that car naps can be a saving grace! Or, maybe you need a solo mission to get away for a few hours - this is Dave 100%. Whatever your reason is, we've got a few suggestions for a great drive. Let someone know where you're going and when you'll be back, pack a lunch, or plan 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. We’ve got great stops along each of these drives that would make for an incredible portrait session or ceremony location. Get a map 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 pictures! Then let’s chat about what you saw and where you’d like to go for your wedding day with us!
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.
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. We live in this area in a pretty little spot called Valley of the Sun, so we’re a little partial to this particular drive. Once you make it 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.
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. Thehighest 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 - 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!
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
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.
Cannabis and Colorado Mountain Weddings
Marijuana is legal in Colorado now, and I asked Colorado Cannabis Florist, Buds 'n Blossoms, a few questions in today's post, Peonies + Pot: Florist Uses Marijuana for Colorado Mountain Weddings. There's a time and a place for everything, so as long as you have your bases covered and have done your homework, there's an opportunity for guests and visitors to try and enjoy recreational marijuana. You can even visit a few different shops on your own, or ask us how we can set up a tour of breweries, restaurants, and cannabis dispensaries. You can't smoke in public and definitely not behind the wheel. Just like drinking, you need a sober driver at all times. Ask us how we can set up a shuttle and take care of that for you.
Floral Designs and Decor. That you can smoke later.
Floral designs are now being infused with cannabis and brides and grooms that enjoy the lifestyle might want to share some of these unusual elements with their guests that evening. I would say that that's a double whammy of being green, by recycling the decor for consumption and by supporting local Colorado ganjapreneurs. And one facet of the marijuana industry is the slowly emerging evidence and trends of how couples will enjoy cannabis on their day. Buds 'n Blossoms were excited about recent designs that "even had a bowl tied on one side, a lighter and rolling papers tied to the other side, a cannabis jar and cannabis included in the mini arrangements."
Question: How many cannabis weddings are you doing this summer?
- this is the first season of booking weddings and so far have at least 3 on the books for this summer
- I have done many holiday parties, MJ Investors meetings arrangements, bridal expos and private party arrangements
- we are still fighting the stigma and working with more venues to get them on board
Question: What should brides and grooms know about Cannabis and weddings?
- that they are legally protected under amendment 64
- there are so many ways to incorporate cannabis into their wedding or special event without the smell or clouds of smoke, there are many fun and discrete options as well!
- choosing the right venue opens all the doors to their true cannabis wedding experience
Question: What would say are the upcoming trends?
- I think that it will become more and more popular especially as it becomes more widely accepted
- some weddings are not having alcohol at their weddings, only cannabis
- keeping the scene under control thru moderation, similar to drink ticket idea, allowing guests to indulge without misusing or abusing cannabis
- cannabis themed weddings seem to be on a smaller scale than the traditional weddings. After all, cannabis is a little more costly than alcohol, but beautifully it takes less to get the job done