[Planning] Ideas for Dressing up the Aisle

We always love seeing brides inspiration for their aisle when they're planning their destination mountain wedding in Colorado with us. We'll sit down together in the Petal and Bean barn and share Pinterest boards of ideas and pull what we have from our shelves that  fit those pictures. The aisle never needs to be neglected at an outdoor mountain wedding and our brides agree with us. Here are some pin ready ideas for dressing up the aisle from some of our favorite weddings last summer. Go ahead and pin away! I know you want to. Contact us to learn more about how we can help plan your wedding, vow renewal or elopement.

This first aisle decor is a DIY idea. This was a wedding at Ten Mile Station at the beginning of the summer. Snow still covered the mountain peaks and this white arrangement with baby's breath was the perfect compliment to the surroundings.

Ideas for Dressing up the Aisle

A petal pathway cover the aisle before even the flower girl can get to it for an even more dramatic aisle. The blush small bouquet strung from the ceremony chairs went with the bride's colors and the bridesmaid's bouquets at this Silverthorne, Colorado wedding. Photo by Laura Lee Anderson Photography at the Ski Tip Lodge.

Ideas for Dressing up the Aisle

Ideas for Dressing up the Aisle

What about this idea? Petals for the guest to throw after you walk back down the aisle as a married couple. Also, the aisle was lined with petite white flowers in metallic planters. Photos by Trystan Photography at Dry Gulch Placer.

Ideas for Dressing up the Aisle

Succulents and roses tied in birch adorned this aisle at a Seven's wedding in Breckenridge, Colorado. Photo by Kent Meireis at Ten Mile Station.

Ideas for Dressing up the Aisle

Notice that baby's breath was the most popular decor option in this series of aisle options.  Photo by Jess Purple at the Keystone Ranch.

Ideas for Dressing up the Aisle

Baby's breath in burlap sacks, tied with ribbon. Just simple and gorgeous. That backdrop is from a Highland Wedding at Green Mountain Reservoir.

Ideas for Dressing up the Aisle

[Activity] Hiking, Fishing, and Photography at Mohawk Lakes

Breckenridge, in the summer, offers so many opportunities to get outdoors and explore, and I've found a place where I can do my three favorite outdoor activities all in one; Hiking, Fishing, and Photography at Mohawk Lakes.  Mohawk Lakes is located off Spruce Creek Road outside of Breckenridge. Follow Hwy. 9 South for two miles then turn right on Spruce Creek Rd. A 4WD vehicle is a plus but not required. If you're not driving a 4WD vehicle I suggest parking at the Spruce Creek Trailhead, and hiking from there. It adds a 4 miles total, but is still worth it for the alpine scenery and beautiful smaller beaver lakes you'll come across. If you are brave enough to take your 4WD vehicle up go as far as you can up the mountain. It gets you closer to the lakes and cuts out several miles of hiking. It will already be a pretty intense hike up to Mohawk Lakes (intense but definitely doable.)

HIKING

The hike its about 7 miles round trip. If you take my advice about driving all the way to the top you will be cutting out about 4 miles all together.

[Activity] Hiking, Fishing, and Photography at Mohawk Lakes | Images by Andrea Parnell

On the day we decided to hike up a bad thunderstorm came through quickly. As soon as we got to the Upper Lake we had to high tail it back down.  With that said, it would be a good idea to bring a rain jacket!

[Activity] Hiking, Fishing, and Photography at Mohawk Lakes | Images by Andrea Parnell

[Activity] Hiking, Fishing, and Photography at Mohawk Lakes | Images by Andrea Parnell

This is the view from the upper lake to the lower lake. Totally worth it to keep going once you get to the lower lake.

[Activity] Hiking, Fishing, and Photography at Mohawk Lakes | Images by Andrea Parnell

FISHING

We had to stop at the Continental Falls on our way back down. I think this picture needs to be in a Scott Fly Rods ad!

Mohawk Lakes[Activity] Hiking, Fishing, and Photography at Mohawk Lakes | Images by Andrea Parnell

Here's me attempting to catch one of those Brooke Trout that I could see sipping right on top of the water.

[Activity] Hiking, Fishing, and Photography at Mohawk Lakes | Images by Andrea Parnell

[Activity] Hiking, Fishing, and Photography at Mohawk Lakes | Images by Andrea Parnell

[Activity] Hiking, Fishing, and Photography at Mohawk Lakes | Images by Andrea Parnell

[Activity] Hiking, Fishing, and Photography at Mohawk Lakes | Images by Andrea Parnell

He was more successful at catching the fish than I was.

[Activity] Hiking, Fishing, and Photography at Mohawk Lakes | Images by Andrea Parnell

All of the lakes off the trail are fishable. I've seen Cutbows and Brooke trout caught right out of the alpine lakes.

PHOTOGRAPHY

A camera is a must-bring-item on this adventure. You may come across mountain goats like I did!

[Activity] Hiking, Fishing, and Photography at Mohawk Lakes | Images by Andrea Parnell

Wildflowers and wildlife abound around the lakes. During this time of year (Late July- Early August) the wildflowers are hitting their peak right along the trails.

[Activity] Hiking, Fishing, and Photography at Mohawk Lakes | Images by Andrea Parnell

5 Tips for using hashtags at weddings

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At Summit Mountain Weddings we like to keep our followers up on the current details of wedding in the area through our blog and now our very own Instagram page! If you attend a wedding in Summit County this summer, use the hashtag #breckwedding or if you not actually in Breck but close (like Keystone, Copper, Vail, Beaver Creek, etc.) use our handle @breckweddings. We would love to share your pictures on our Instagram and possibly on our blog!

5 Tips for using hashtags at weddings

  1. Never post a picture of the bride in her dress before the ceremony.  You might chance the groom seeing his bride before the ceremony, which is a wedding faux pas.
  2. Include the bride and grooms "handles" when you post.  This is their Instagram profile name with the @ symbol in front of it. This will allow them to see it as soon as you post.
  3. Let the photographer, DJ, and other vendors know about the hashtag.  They will probably be taking pictures throughout the event, and when everyone tags their photos using the hashtag, you'll get to see many different photography styles, angles and perspectives from the evening.
  4. Keep it classy. The hashtag creates your very own virtual wedding album and that means anyone could see it,  including grandma and grandpa.
  5.  Let guests know the hashtag.  Don't forget to tell your guests to use the #breckweddings hashtag at your wedding so that you can be featured on our blog or Instagram page.

5 Tips for using hashtags at weddings

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[ Vendor ] Q&A w/ Katie Girtman of Studio Kiva Photography

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Hiring a photographer for your wedding is one of the first things you start to plan as soon as you get engaged. Sometimes it can be a lengthy research process, with many emails requesting pricing lists, looking through wedding portfolios, or perusing through your friend's Facebook wedding album to see who they used for their wedding day. Either way it's a big decision because who ever you do choose will have that one chance to document your wedding and make sure to tell the best story of your day as possible. That's why we wanted to ask  local professional photographer Katie Girtman of Studio Kiva Photography a few questions about the ins and outs of the her wedding photo business in the mountains. [ studiokivawedding.com ]

Q and A with Katie Girtman of Studio Kiva Photography

Q.  How many years have you worked as a wedding photographer?

A.   I have worked as a wedding photographer for 24 years and I am in my early 40s and still young and fun! The photographer is usually with you a lot of time with your wedding so it is good to like there personality and have some fun!

Q and A with Katie Girtman of Studio Kiva

Q.  What's your contingency plan?  Do you have a back up camera?

A.   We always carry 4 or 5 cameras to every shoot with us as a back up because even the most expensive ones can go down.  Speaking of that it is really good to have top of the line cameras and not just an SLR that does not have a two compact flash card system.  Reason?  Compact flash cards can also go bad and if you have a two card slot system you can back one up directly in your camera, because you can't reshoot a wedding.  A lot of the photographers don't have this because they don't want to spend the money.  But to me this is all insurance.  We back up, back up and back up.  We have never lost images due to all our back up plans.  We also put back up copies at the safety deposit box at the bank and have had customers call us if they lose a disk or their house burned down in a forest fire we had the back up and made them another copy of their images.

Q and A with Katie Girtman of Studio Kiva

Q.  Can we hire you only for the ceremony and part of the reception and not the full night?

A.   We have all types of packages from full day, half day and elopement type packages.  Couples that are looking for a photographer it is good to meet them in person and feel comfortable with that person along with having a local photographer that has the knowledge for shooting in the mountains.

Q and A with Katie Girtman of Studio Kiva Photography

Q. What's one thing you'd like to tell all the couples talking to photographers about a wedding in Breckenridge?

A.   I also would like to say not someone that is going to drive up from Denver and get stuck in traffic coming up here but someone who is local and knows the area and lives in the area to really get the feel of being here in Breckenridge and the mountains.  I also believe that a good photographer will give you the images and not hold them over your head since they took the time to shoot them all!  We give all our couples the photos in color and black and white and no hidden fees!!

Q and A with Katie Girtman of Studio Kiva Photography

Q. Any unexpected or funny wedding moments recently?

A.    We could write a book on all the funny moments!  We stay in touch with our couples and they are life long friends.  One of the funniest moments is we had a woman forget to put her teeth in for the photos so we had to photo shop teeth!

Q and A with Katie Girtman of Studio Kiva Photography

Use hashtag #BreckWeddings and we'll share your images

We are excited to launch a new Instagram feed, @BreckWeddings and if you use hashtag #BreckWeddings, we'll share your images on Instagram, and possibly this blog.  We are happy to have Andrea Parnell as our guest story teller for the summer.  So, follow us over there, and don't forget to use the hashtag, #BreckWeddings!  

Use hashtag #BreckWeddings and we'll share your images