Sara + Kurt: Black Mountain Lodge Wedding at Arapahoe Basin

Sara + Kurt: Black Mountain Lodge Wedding at Arapahoe Basin

Black Mountain Lodge Wedding

A relatively newcomer to the mountain wedding scene is A-Basin, and you can see how cool of a spot it is in today's post, Sara + Kurt: Black Mountain Lodge Wedding at Arapahoe Basin with images courtesy of Narrative Imagery. It was just a few years ago when the Black Mountain Lodge was remodeled and this mid-mountain option provided a stunning new backdrop for brides and grooms. Guests ride a chairlift, and a nice outdoor deck sets the East Wall as your natural landscape setting. Inside the lodge are huge windows and a nice, simple set up that will leave your guests talking.

Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort Lodge for Events

During the winter season, one big plus is that A-Basin is accessible with your Vail Resorts pass that works at Keystone and Breckenridge. Skiing and snowboarding is a possibility for any spring wedding in the mountains during the months of April and May. No guarantees on June though, and how long it will stay open. Not long enough for some diehards, but oh well, the maintenance roads have to be plowed. And locked. That's a good thing because locked gates mean that AWD enthusiasts won't come ripping by your event and make for a mountain top Jeep fest. Please contact us to learn more about putting all the pieces together for a wedding at Arapahoe Basin. There is no lodging at the ski area, so Keystone and Silverthorne are your closest towns.

Sara + Kurt: Black Mountain Lodge Wedding at Arapahoe Basin

Sara + Kurt: Black Mountain Lodge Wedding at Arapahoe Basin

Here is Sara & Kurt's A-basin Wedding. They both frequently ski and snowboard up at A-basin. There was one particular ski day that Sara was sitting in the lodge at the top of the mountain while Kurt was finishing a few runs, and she though, "We should get married here!" They both wanted a smaller mountain wedding and this seemed like the perfect place. Once they contacted Meredith the Event Coordinator for A-basin, they knew this was the perfect place for them to get married. My experience was just as good! A-basin offers incredible views for a wedding day, and if any Bride & Groom are wanting the perfect mountain wedding venue, they need to check out A-Basin as an option. Once you talk to Meredith you'll fall in love with the location even more!

The DJ was Daniel Medina of Deejay Kiss. Seriously the BEST DJ I have worked with. For any Bride in the Denver area looking for a DJ, find Deejay Kiss on Facebook!!

Nick Thayer

Sara + Kurt: Black Mountain Lodge Wedding at Arapahoe Basin

Sara + Kurt: Black Mountain Lodge Wedding at Arapahoe Basin

Sara + Kurt: Black Mountain Lodge Wedding at Arapahoe Basin

Sara + Kurt: Black Mountain Lodge Wedding at Arapahoe Basin

Sara + Kurt: Black Mountain Lodge Wedding at Arapahoe Basin

Sara + Kurt: Black Mountain Lodge Wedding at Arapahoe Basin

Sara + Kurt: Black Mountain Lodge Wedding at Arapahoe Basin

Sara + Kurt: Black Mountain Lodge Wedding at Arapahoe Basin

Sara + Kurt: Black Mountain Lodge Wedding at Arapahoe Basin

Sara + Kurt: Black Mountain Lodge Wedding at Arapahoe Basin

Sara + Kurt: Black Mountain Lodge Wedding at Arapahoe Basin

Sara + Kurt: Black Mountain Lodge Wedding at Arapahoe Basin

Sara + Kurt: Black Mountain Lodge Wedding at Arapahoe Basin

Sara + Kurt: Black Mountain Lodge Wedding at Arapahoe Basin

Sara + Kurt: Black Mountain Lodge Wedding at Arapahoe Basin

Sara + Kurt: Black Mountain Lodge Wedding at Arapahoe Basin

Sara + Kurt: Black Mountain Lodge Wedding at Arapahoe Basin

Sara + Kurt: Black Mountain Lodge Wedding at Arapahoe Basin

Sara + Kurt: Black Mountain Lodge Wedding at Arapahoe Basin

Sara + Kurt: Black Mountain Lodge Wedding at Arapahoe Basin

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October in the Rocky Mountains. Scenes from Fall in and around Breckenridge, Colorado.

Yes, it is October believe it or not.  I'm listening to spooky music to match all the Halloween decorations that I see everywhere already.  We love to visit family in Kansas City and go to the real deal, the warehouse district transformed into a myriad of haunted horrors, with a street party vibe.  

But what made me look back at the summer was me going through all the photos.  All the photos  I'm trying to pull together to show you, tell you about, and to inspire the countless other brides, grooms, planners and family  members that will stumble upon this site in their quest to solve a wedding planning problem or issue, or maybe to just look up an idea that crossed their mind.  

However you find us, I just want to tell you that we're a bonafide brick-and-mortar business, not just some wedding blog who advertises vendors, but doesn't actually work weddings, or actually work with said vendors.  We do it all.  That's how this blog came about.  From a local to you, let's solve problems, get inspired and plan the wedding of your dreams.  That's what we're here for.  No other online resource is here for you the way we are.  We are the local mountain experts.  

Mt. Baldy, Bald Mountain - October in the Rocky Mountains. Scenes from Fall in and around Breckenridge, Colorado. | photo[stacysanchez]

Mt. Baldy is the mountain you've looked at a thousand times if you've ever skied at the Breckenridge Ski Resort.  Below is a rare, messy shop photo that I took in the midst of wedding prep earlier this week.  Out of the chaos comes beauty.

October in the Rocky Mountains. Scenes from Fall in and around Breckenridge, Colorado. | photo[stacysanchez]

Fall, Aspen Trees in Breckenridge - October in the Rocky Mountains. Scenes from Fall in and around Breckenridge, Colorado. | photo[stacysanchez]

We are literally surrounded by nature as our barn / design studio lies in the heart of the historic downtown area of Breckenridge, on the bike path in between the gondola and the Gold Pan.  That's all you need to know and you'll find us.

Main Street in Breckenridge, Colorado - October in the Rocky Mountains. Scenes from Fall in and around Breckenridge, Colorado. | photo[stacysanchez]

This and other images of Main Street in Breckenridge have been picked up by the social media team (click here to see our tweets among many other tweets that'll have you waxin' your sticks tonight) at the Breckenridge Ski Area, even repinning stuff to their own wedding, or no, wait, it's love in the mountains I think.  Either way, they share our stuff from time to time.  Thanks team Breck!

Rubywood, Paragon Lodging - October in the Rocky Mountains. Scenes from Fall in and around Breckenridge, Colorado. | photo[stacysanchez]

We went back to Rubywood, acouple's favorite private home rental from Paragon Lodging, picked up a few rental items and then went for a hike up on Baldy Mountain.  Ask us how you can take your friends and family on hikes that are approriate, camera-friendly and will have them talking for years to come.  We know which hikes go into the woods and are shady with not many views, while others are easily driven up to, grandma-and-toddler-friendly hikes and / or walks.  We want to help make it fun.  We find new trails here every year, and we'd love to share our favorites with you!

October in the Rocky Mountains. Scenes from Fall in and around Breckenridge, Colorado. | photo[stacysanchez]

The Breck Connect Gondola, The Breckenridge Ski Resort - October in the Rocky Mountains. Scenes from Fall in and around Breckenridge, Colorado. | photo[stacysanchez]

I've watched the leaves change colors here since 1996, and this gondola wasn't here when I first showed up in town.  I stayed at the Fireside Inn, and then camped out a few nights before landing a place in Blue River.  I taught skiing by day to kids, worked at the spa in the afternoon, and worked the door at a bar at night.  I was where I wanted to be.  And, for you, all that should matter is that you want to get married in the mountains.  And because of that, you will.  The numbers will fall into place (after long, mind-numbing nights of detail-oriented focus by the way), the right vendors will make their way into your plan, and the details will not work out the way you originally thought they would.  They will be better than you ever imagined.  

The Warming Hut - October in the Rocky Mountains. Scenes from Fall in and around Breckenridge, Colorado. | photo[stacysanchez]

The couple we worked with earlier in September had a tent put up on the back deck at the Warming Hut, our neighbor to the north.  Please tell Stacey you saw this post and maybe she'll be extra sweet, which will be hard, she's super nice and they serve a nice bourbon slushy.  That was recommended via a fellow tweeter from the Vail Valley.  I'll tell you more about him at another time.

Main Street in Breckenridge, Colorado - October in the Rocky Mountains. Scenes from Fall in and around Breckenridge, Colorado. | photo[stacysanchez]

The image above got some retweet love from the ol' twitter feed from the ski area.  Thanks Breck.  We love ya.  Our sign is just beyond the thrift store sign and after a short walk through the garden, you'll find the barn, our basecamp for adventure wedding planning.  

Peak 8 Sunset - October in the Rocky Mountains. Scenes from Fall in and around Breckenridge, Colorado. | photo[stacysanchez]

Smoke and other stuff in the air makes for fun photos sometimes, but I always wonder how things are going where the smoke is coming from.  It was a helluva start to fire season this year, and our hearts and thoughts are with those who are still rebuilding.

Katie and Victor Girtman of Studio Kiva - October in the Rocky Mountains. Scenes from Fall in and around Breckenridge, Colorado. | photo[stacysanchez]

Victor and Katie Girtman of Studio Kiva, a Breckenridge-based wedding photography company, make final preparations before Kristye and Bill's wedding on Boreas Pass.  This alternative wedding venue had no solid structure for the event, but instead, was created by the natural surroundings.  Check back for more photos from this event!

Kristye and Bill at Boreas Pass - October in the Rocky Mountains. Scenes from Fall in and around Breckenridge, Colorado. | photo[studiokivawedding.com]

Arapahoe Basin, Black Mountain Lodge - October in the Rocky Mountains. Scenes from Fall in and around Breckenridge, Colorado. | photo[stacysanchez]

The image above and a few below are from the Arapahoe Basin.  The Black Mountain Lodge gets booked up pretty quickly, so ask us how to get it all dialed in once you've secure this location.  And if you want remote, mountain valley settings, we've got a few more in mind. Please contact us to learn more and start the dialogue regarding your custom special event.

Arapahoe Basin, Black Mountain lodge - October in the Rocky Mountains. Scenes from Fall in and around Breckenridge, Colorado. | photo[stacysanchez]

 The musicians and DJ get the sounds just right, moments before the ceremony, which happens at the top of nearby chairlift, the Black Mountain Express.  For wedding favors that are darn right practical for this type of alpine venue, we've seen other couples give out mini-lanterns for the end-of-the-night-good-luck-riding-that-chairlift exit, to a nice warm, fuzzy, fleece blanky, or the not-so-stylish-but-very-functional Elmer Fudd-type hat, while looking kinda dorky, keeps your ears very warm.  

Arapahoe Basin, Black Mountain Lodge - October in the Rocky Mountains. Scenes from Fall in and around Breckenridge, Colorado. | photo[stacysanchez]

Meredith, from the Araphaoe Basin wedding team, checks on vendors and the bridal party as part of the normal pre-wedding routine.  

October in the Rocky Mountains. Scenes from Fall in and around Breckenridge, Colorado. | photo[stacysanchez]

Oh, and did we tell that we did the flowers for the Procycling event that came through town this year, and last?  

The Keystone Ranch - October in the Rocky Mountains. Scenes from Fall in and around Breckenridge, Colorado. | photo[stacysanchez]

Here's a quick sneak peek of some of the other places we worked this past summer.  The image above is of the Keystone Ranch, just west of the ski area, with a nice private valley setting on the golf course.  And below, Vail's Donovan Pavillion.  We worked with a bride who blogged about her whole planning experience, and hope to have her and other brides share their stories as we share the best venues, vendors and planning resources for Breckenridge, Summit County and now, the Vail Valley.  Check back soon to learn more about how we'll be spending more time in Vail and Beaver Creek, touring venues, talking to vendors, and learning more about all the good stuff the valley has to offer.  Thanks for reading!

Donovan Pavillion - October in the Rocky Mountains. Scenes from Fall in and around Breckenridge, Colorado. | photo[stacysanchez]

[ Venue ] The Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin.

Yes, there are lots of venues that are available for private parties, weddings and special events.  We've decorated quite a few of them, and I'm always trying to take photos as we set up.  Today's photoblog is all about the Black Mountain Lodge at the Arapahoe Basin Ski Area.  

[ Venue ] The Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin.  |  A-Basin, The Basin, Wedding Location, Summit County, Breckenridge

[ Venue ] The Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin.  |  A-Basin, The Basin, Wedding Location, Summit County, Breckenridge

One of the things that makes this area so special is that it is one of the oldest ski areas in Colorado.  If you want to see an at-a-glance bit of information for this venue, well, here you go!

Quick Information:

    • Ceremony Site - Yes
    • Outside Catering - No 
    • Parking Availability - Yes
    • Kosher - Yes
    • Valet Parking - Yes
    • Outdoor Space - Yes
    • Handicapped Accessible - Yes
    • Capacity - Upwards of 350 guests
    • Style - Ski Area Rustic/Alpine Style

[ Venue ] The Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin.  |  A-Basin, The Basin, Wedding Location, Summit County, Breckenridge

[ Venue ] The Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin.  |  A-Basin, The Basin, Wedding Location, Summit County, Breckenridge

Lucky for you, I'm skimming the Basin's web pages about the Black Mountain Lodge, and it looks like this venue can hold up to 300 guests.  But remember, there is no lodging available here.  There are some items that they provide at no extra charge, and here's what those are.

    • Chairs set up for your ceremony
    • Ceremony Arbor
    • Cake Table
    • Gift Table
    • Guest Registry Table
    • Cake Cutting Service
    • Table linens
    • Dancing space
    • Dinnerware, flatware and glassware
    • Emergency Medical Technicians for lift serviced events

[ Venue ] The Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin.  |  A-Basin, The Basin, Wedding Location, Summit County, Breckenridge

[ Venue ] The Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin.  |  A-Basin, The Basin, Wedding Location, Summit County, Breckenridge

As we were setting up our flower decor, I noticed the photographer taking a few photos with the east wall as the back drop.  And, if any of you know the basin, then you know that the east wall can be afun, yet dangerous place to ski and / or ride.  You can hike and drop in on one of the chutes, or haul ass and traverse as far and as high as you can.  Either way, it's an alpine adventure that's a classic.  

[ Venue ] The Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin.  |  A-Basin, The Basin, Wedding Location, Summit County, Breckenridge

[ Venue ] The Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin.  |  A-Basin, The Basin, Wedding Location, Summit County, Breckenridge

I also noticed an oxygen bar set up in the main room.  We recommend that any parents or older relatives,  that you suspect to possibly have troubles adjusting to the altitude, spend a few days in Denver, which is at 5,280 feet.  Breckenridge is almost twice that, claiming 9,600 feet as its elevation.  And this venue is even higher yet, at 11,550 feet of elevation.  

This is a fun, unique addition to your party that will be the talk of the night, and for weeks after the event.  The air even comes in flavors.  Please contact us to learn more how to put the finishing touches on your event, including an oxygen bar!

[ Venue ] The Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin.  |  A-Basin, The Basin, Wedding Location, Summit County, Breckenridge

This is what one of the ski runs looks like in the summertime.  Pure and classic Colorado.  In the image below, Meredith (A-Basin wedding contact) checks on all the vendors as they prepare and set up in their appropriate spaces.  

[ Venue ] The Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin.  |  A-Basin, The Basin, Wedding Location, Summit County, Breckenridge

[ Venue ] The Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin.  |  A-Basin, The Basin, Wedding Location, Summit County, Breckenridge

[ Venue ] The Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin.  |  A-Basin, The Basin, Wedding Location, Summit County, Breckenridge

The DJ and musicians were practicing and gettin' a pre-ceremony jam on while the wedding party arrives for photos and last-minute touches around the rooms.

[ Venue ] The Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin.  |  A-Basin, The Basin, Wedding Location, Summit County, Breckenridge

[ Venue ] The Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin.  |  A-Basin, The Basin, Wedding Location, Summit County, Breckenridge

So, now you've gotten a glimpse at the Black Mountain Lodge.  And I mean just that, a glimpse.  You see, there are 360 degree views of mountains, ski runs and the Continental Divide that I couldn't fit into these frames.  So, take my word for it, your guests will talk about the venue, the setting, and even how they rode a chairlift to a wedding at almost 12,000 feet.  Thanks for reading!

[ Venue ] The Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin.  |  A-Basin, The Basin, Wedding Location, Summit County, Breckenridge

[ Venue ] The Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin.  |  A-Basin, The Basin, Wedding Location, Summit County, Breckenridge

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Arapahoe Basin, Colorado

I first met Joe back in the 90's and he was one of the main adaptive ski instructors at the B.O.E.C., or Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center.  He now heads up the Keystone branch of the adaptive ski program.  When Joe isn't helping folks hit the slopes, he's guiding rafts and is great behind the lens.  He shoots mountain weddings, but now has a new focus for his lens, his young daughter.  This collection of photos is courtesy of Joe Kusumoto Photography.

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  { Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

Located on the west side of Loveland Pass,  is the Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin .  Inside the mid-mountain lodge, high vaulted ceilings supported by immense raw cut timbers rise above the spacious dining room where towering windows offer you and your guests incomparable views of the Continental Divide.

Outside, the lodge's spacious deck extends above the mountain terrain and is the perfect setting for you and your guests to enjoy light hors d'oeuvres, or for you to hold your entire wedding ceremony.  All at 11,550 feet above sea level.  Arapahoe Basin is known for a clientele of hardcore, yet relaxed folks that like simply to ski.  This special mountain is where Jessica and David choose to hold their wedding and reception. 

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

Jessica wanted a laid back, yet elegant style for her gathering.   She chose to have only white and green flowers, with hints of lavender and rosemary.  Jessica is a girl who knew what exactly what she wanted when it came to her flowers and decorations.  She said she loved white flowers because they are "clean, simple and rich looking."   She wanted a simple, no fuss, approach to her wedding. She just had to have Petal and Bean as her florist.  However, we were already booked for the day of her wedding.

Jessica and Dina, lead designer at Petal and Bean, hit it off so well that Jessica insisted that Dina do her flowers.  They struck a deal with the Basin so that the flowers could be delivered the day before.  Dina made sure the flowers were just what Jessica and David wanted, and the staff at Petal and Bean took care of the rest.  There aren't any other more perfect accessories for a bride than love in her eyes and a big, beautiful smile.  

  { Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

Jessica, the bride, having a blast on her wedding day!

  { Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

  { Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

Their yellow lab  seemed right at home in the middle of  everything wearing a flowery dog collar 

  { Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

Jessica's  bridal bouquet was created using  white flowers with touches of green berries and leaves. It was a natural garden style tied off with a sheer white ribbon. 

  { Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

Jessica + David 

  { Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

Clearly a couple after my own heart, they opted for Daylight Donuts instead of  a traditional wedding cake or  trendy cupcakes.  Mmmmm... Daylight donuts.  Warm, light and luscious.  Pillowly plump and satisfyingly sweet.  Who doesn't love a donut?   

  { Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

Jessica and David wanted fresh lavender sprigs for their champagne flutes.  We were able to obtain fresh organic lavender grown right in Colorado.  How sweet is that?  Simple and beautiful. 

  { Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

Joe Kusumoto was the photographer that Jessica and David chose and he really did an amazing job.  There were so many photos I wanted to include but I had to narrow it down to these. He and second shooter, Jeff  Shane, who also provided a photo booth and costumes for their guests to enjoy.  It was such a fun night for everyone! 

  { Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

Photo booth shenanigans!

  { Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

  { Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

Guests took the chairlift up to the Black Mountain Lodge.  There is no lodging here, so other arrangements need to be made for lodging, transportation, and all the other details that go into planning a wedding.  Let us know if you'd like help bringing it all together for your Arapahoe Basin wedding!  

// VENDORS

Venue / Catering: Black Mountain Lodge

Photography: Joe Kusumoto Photography

Florist: Petal and Bean

Donut Tower: Daylight Donuts