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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{ Real Mountain Wedding } Kelly + Ryan: Ritz-Carlton at Beaver Creek, Colorado

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Kelly + Ryan: Ritz-Carlton at Beaver Creek, Colorado b| Images courtesy of Trystan Photography www.trystanphotograpy.com Yellow aspen trees, cowboy hats and cowboy boots are all part of this real mountain wedding, featuring Kelly and Ryan's wedding at the Ritz-Carlton in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Vail and Beaver Creek are two famous ski resorts that offer amazing opportunities for Vail Mountain Weddings in the Vail Valley.

Traditional venues are a great choice in venues that offer varieties of group services and amenities. Reserve a block of rooms at a slopeside lodge and enjoy the best that the mountains have to offer. Be sure to ask about peak season dates and when they might be offering specials or discounted rates.

You can walk the hillsides and see the last wildflowers, while finding the first colors of Fall. Rain showers turn into dustings of snow on the highest peaks and imaginations turn back to winter sports like skiing and snowboarding. Ask the locals who work in the hotel where they like to go hiking, and you should be able to find some adventures for the week.

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{ Real Mountain Wedding } Kelly + Ryan: Ritz-Carlton at Beaver Creek, Colorado b| Images courtesy of Trystan Photography www.trystanphotograpy.com

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Kelly + Ryan: Ritz-Carlton at Beaver Creek, Colorado b| Images courtesy of Trystan Photography www.trystanphotograpy.com

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Kelly + Ryan: Ritz-Carlton at Beaver Creek, Colorado b| Images courtesy of Trystan Photography www.trystanphotograpy.com

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Kelly + Ryan: Ritz-Carlton at Beaver Creek, Colorado b| Images courtesy of Trystan Photography www.trystanphotograpy.com

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Kelly + Ryan: Ritz-Carlton at Beaver Creek, Colorado b| Images courtesy of Trystan Photography www.trystanphotograpy.com

My God. How awesome are those golden aspens?!? I have had many a lunch on the patio at the Ritz-Carlton in Bachelor Gulch (for those who are confused, Bachelor Gulch is a connected mountain to the Beaver Creek ski area… it’s part of the same thing) while skiing the bumps, but I regret to say I have never been there in the Summer or Autumn. To see this amazing hotel without it’s customary layer of thick snow and apre skiers was stunning. Anyway… the hotel is completely different in the warm months, and I adore it for weddings. It’s a very large hotel, but it still feels quite intimate and private, somehow. I think “cozy” is the appropriate word. But posh-cozy. It is The Ritz, after all. Let’s not lose sight of that! ; ) But like all good mountain luxury spots, while it may be The Ritz, there’s still a certain laid-back chill to the place. I think it’s just part of the mountain culture as a whole, at least it was when I was a boy growing up in the high country, skiing my weekends away. I don’t care how fancy you think you are, when you’re in the mountains, you just chill a bit. It’s required. Kelly and Ryan’s wedding took full advantage of all these aspects. It was incredibly polished and posh in the details, the ambiance, the style and the planning, but the vibe was definitely one of pure love, joy and celebration. I mean, it was a cowboy wedding, after all. And we all know that cowboys and cowgirls know how to party. And boy howdy, did they ever.

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Kelly + Ryan: Ritz-Carlton at Beaver Creek, Colorado b| Images courtesy of Trystan Photography www.trystanphotograpy.com

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Kelly + Ryan: Ritz-Carlton at Beaver Creek, Colorado b| Images courtesy of Trystan Photography www.trystanphotograpy.com

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Kelly + Ryan: Ritz-Carlton at Beaver Creek, Colorado b| Images courtesy of Trystan Photography www.trystanphotograpy.com

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Kelly + Ryan: Ritz-Carlton at Beaver Creek, Colorado b| Images courtesy of Trystan Photography www.trystanphotograpy.com

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Kelly + Ryan: Ritz-Carlton at Beaver Creek, Colorado b| Images courtesy of Trystan Photography www.trystanphotograpy.com

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Kelly + Ryan: Ritz-Carlton at Beaver Creek, Colorado b| Images courtesy of Trystan Photography www.trystanphotograpy.com

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Kelly + Ryan: Ritz-Carlton at Beaver Creek, Colorado b| Images courtesy of Trystan Photography www.trystanphotograpy.com

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Kelly + Ryan: Ritz-Carlton at Beaver Creek, Colorado b| Images courtesy of Trystan Photography www.trystanphotograpy.com

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Kelly + Ryan: Ritz-Carlton at Beaver Creek, Colorado b| Images courtesy of Trystan Photography www.trystanphotograpy.com

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Kelly + Ryan: Ritz-Carlton at Beaver Creek, Colorado b| Images courtesy of Trystan Photography www.trystanphotograpy.com

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Kelly + Ryan: Ritz-Carlton at Beaver Creek, Colorado b| Images courtesy of Trystan Photography www.trystanphotograpy.com

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Kelly + Ryan: Ritz-Carlton at Beaver Creek, Colorado b| Images courtesy of Trystan Photography www.trystanphotograpy.com

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Kelly + Ryan: Ritz-Carlton at Beaver Creek, Colorado b| Images courtesy of Trystan Photography www.trystanphotograpy.com

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Kelly + Ryan: Ritz-Carlton at Beaver Creek, Colorado b| Images courtesy of Trystan Photography www.trystanphotograpy.com

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Kelly + Ryan: Ritz-Carlton at Beaver Creek, Colorado b| Images courtesy of Trystan Photography www.trystanphotograpy.com

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Kelly + Ryan: Ritz-Carlton at Beaver Creek, Colorado b| Images courtesy of Trystan Photography www.trystanphotograpy.com

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Kelly + Ryan: Ritz-Carlton at Beaver Creek, Colorado b| Images courtesy of Trystan Photography www.trystanphotograpy.com

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Kelly + Ryan: Ritz-Carlton at Beaver Creek, Colorado b| Images courtesy of Trystan Photography www.trystanphotograpy.com

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Kelly + Ryan: Ritz-Carlton at Beaver Creek, Colorado b| Images courtesy of Trystan Photography www.trystanphotograpy.com

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Kelly + Ryan: Ritz-Carlton at Beaver Creek, Colorado b| Images courtesy of Trystan Photography www.trystanphotograpy.com

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Kelly + Ryan: Ritz-Carlton at Beaver Creek, Colorado b| Images courtesy of Trystan Photography www.trystanphotograpy.com

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Kelly + Ryan: Ritz-Carlton at Beaver Creek, Colorado b| Images courtesy of Trystan Photography www.trystanphotograpy.com

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Kelly + Ryan: Ritz-Carlton at Beaver Creek, Colorado b| Images courtesy of Trystan Photography www.trystanphotograpy.com

Photographer:  Trystan Photography//Event Venue: The Ritz-Carlton//Event Planner: Bella Design & Planning//DJ: Great Time //

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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

[venue] St. Mary's Catholic Church in Breckenridge, Colorado

On French Street, a few streets east of Main Street is where you'll find the St. Mary's Catholic Church.  The image below shows the older, more picturesque side of the church, while a bigger, more modern side exists on the southern side of this original structure.  Families choosing downtown Breckenridge lodging can walk or arrange for a shuttle or transportation service to cater to guests going to ceremony and reception sites in different locations. 

You see, Breckenridge is small, but there are enough hills and icy sidewalks to make it worth it to invest in professional transportation services.  These guys will have your guests to and from in style, on time and will be able to assist in other related needs.  

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Outdoor winter weddings are rare, due to the extreme alpine weather that can exist at any given moment at 10,000 feet in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, so most folks choose for a day where the ceremony and reception are both in protected spaces.  

However, there are brides that choose outdoor spaces like Sapphire Point, which do not have any back up spaces, and the trail getting to the location may not be the easiest to get to.  One year, we were checking it out a few days before an outdoor winter wedding, and we just happened to run into the ranger who was doing the same thing, checking on the space and was going to be there for a few hours to chop in some steps into a five foot wall of snow that was pretty icy in spots, and therefore needed attention for paying clients who can be expected to have guests of all physical abilities.

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It was downright frigid for a few days there, freezing the pipes at our house for part of the morning.  That was fun.  Unless you have in-floor heating and have nice, warm pipes, leave your faucets on a slow drip for the night, so that they never freeze up overnight.  It's more of an inconvenience, but there is always a chance of a leak or rupture somewhere because of the freezing.  

So, when these girls went outside to pose for photos the next day in 21 degree weather, it was almost like a heat wave had come into town.  It wasn't windy, it was nice and the girls held their custom made bouquets for photos by the Maggie Pond with the slopes of the Breckenridge Ski Resort in the background.  

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To learn more about the church and it's offerings for weddings then click here.  

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How to Create a Secret Board on Pinterest and Keep Your Wedding Details Private

Pinterest?  Hopefully by now, you have signed up for Pinterest and have started finding inspiration for your next home, the kitchen and even your furry friend.  But, how do you pin ideas for your wedding without giving everything away?  Well, there are now, shhhh, secret boards.  Yep, they just released access to three boards that you can use for anything you don't want your followers to see.  So, that means while you have your family helping you with your reception decor, you can now privately plan your bachelorette party, or anything else you'd rather not broadcast to mom and other sets of eyes.  

[How To] Create a Secret Board on Pinterest and Keep Your Wedding Details Private

We just checked out some tools that are used to measure Pinterest, and since we've started pinning, our followers have "liked" over 1,000 of our pins, and have "repinned" those pins over 6,000 times.  We hope you'll check us out over there, and when you're ready to talk wedding plans, details that you know, could be stealth, let us know.  Until then, repin and like away!

Bridal Bouquet: Hydrangea and Seeded Eucalyptus |  Brian Kraft Photography 

One of our most popular bouquets, has been repinned 32 times from our pinboard dedicated to just our bridal bouquets!  Here is the link to the pin of the image above: Bridal Bouquet: Hydrangea and Seeded Eucalyptus |  Brian Kraft Photography

So, just how do you repin that blue beauty and keep it a secret?  Well, here's how you can keep a private board.

    1. Login to Pinterest.  Do your thing.  I like to login via Twitter, in case you wondered.
    2. Scroll down on your boards page and look for the secret boards.  Click create.
    3. Name your board, select the category, and make sure the setting for private is ON.
    4. Invite co-conspirators, I mean collaborators via email or Pinterest username.
    5. Click create board and you're done.  Your secret board is now set up.  Pin away!

You can now invite your wedding vendors, and other confidants in your event design details.

[How To] Create a Secret Board on Pinterest and Keep Your Wedding Details Private

We are also building on a centerpiece pinboard, for example this centerpiece for  a wedding at Copper Mountain which is tall-clean-and-simple, yet has some drama going on.  The bride and groom rented this piece, and had us come back to retrieve them after the wedding, saving them time and energy. 

Manzanita branches in tall cylinder vases.

 So, to check out more blogs that we've pinned, go right here.  There will be more blogs coming to this board, so it's a good one to watch.  I've also put together a venues board, as we're always getting asked about different places to get married, which ones do receptions too, and so on.  Everyone wedding is different, and each venue has its own quirks and issues.  But, one will be right for you.  Which one?  Well, decide for yourself, or let us help you pick.  

[How To] Create a Secret Board on Pinterest and Keep Your Wedding Details Private

So, whether you're checking out venues, or DIY projects, you'll want to head over to our Pinterest boards to see what's on there.  And, the best part now is that you can keep it secret.  On Pinterest anyway.  You can't guarantee everybody's mouth will keep shut, right?  Let me know if you have any questions, and thanks for reading! 

[Sneak Peek] Erin + Jeff at the Mountain Thunder Lodge in Breckenridge, Colorado

We are getting lots of photos coming in from all the weddings this past summer, and can't wait to share them all!  We are working on adding all these very soon, so keep checking back.  In the meantime, here's an image, courtesy of KMulhern Photography.  If you're planning a wedding in the high country, please contact us to help you figure out the details.  We've got lots of experience and local expertise to share with you.   

[Sneak Peek] Erin + Jeff at the Mountain Thunder Lodge in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  Photo courtesy of KMulhern Photography

[ How To ] Ski World-Class Mountains and Get Married in the Colorado Rocky Mountains

[HOW TO] Ski a World Class Mountain and Get Married in the Rocky Mountains  |  photo[carlscofield.com]  Carl Scofield, Breckenridge photographer, Fuqua Livery Stable in the Arts District, Town of Breckenridge, Colorado

It's the best destination wedding ever.  No flip flops (well, you can if you really want to), but instead you see boots of shapes and sizes, some furry, some not.  Ski and snowboard gear are freshly waxed and waiting for fresh snow to fall.  The fire is crackling and everyone is holding a variety of Colorado microbrews that were handpicked just for this gathering.  If your idea of a dream wedding is snow-capped peaks, world-class skiing and lots of options for lodging, then Breckenridge and the ski resorts in Summit County are just what you're looking for.

You'll be smack dab in the middle of Colorado ski country with at least nine resorts within an hour's drive of each other.  A winter wedding in the Rocky Mountains is a totally unique, and totally worth it.  Some brides and grooms get whisked away in a car, ride off on bicycles, but you can be the first in your family to ski or ride away into the sunset.  Sound good?  Contact us and let's plan something you've always dreamed of.

[HOW TO] Ski a World Class Mountain and Get Married in the Rocky Mountains  |  photo[carlscofield.com]  Carl Scofield, Breckenridge photographer, Fuqua Livery Stable in the Arts District, Town of Breckenridge, Colorado

If  you've decided that you want to get married in the mountains, then congratulations!  And now you've found this blog.  It was meant to be.   The next steps are for you to give us a call, or send us an email, but definitely start the collaboration with our company by filling out this form.  Once we have this information, we can get started on telling you all about how you're going plan your dream wedding in the Rocky Mountains.  

We extend a warm welcome to our new mountain brides and grooms!  You're now dialed in to the only online resource dedicated to planning weddings in Summit County!  

[HOW TO] Ski a World Class Mountain and Get Married in the Rocky Mountains  |  photo[carlscofield.com]  Carl Scofield, Breckenridge photographer, Fuqua Livery Stable in the Arts District, Town of Breckenridge, Colorado

In this image by Carl Scofield, you can see the Continental Divide stretch out in the distance.  Now look to see if you notice the two tallest peaks in the ridgeline, Grays and Torreys.  These mountains are known as "14'ers."  A 14'er is a 14000 foot peak if you didn't know.  You can see the mountains I'm talking about in the photo above, just to the right of the right ski pole, just below the cloud's left edge.

I've been up on those peaks in the summer and after summiting one peak a thunderstorm rolled in.  Lightning cracked all around us and we dropped elevation quickly.  We retreated and came down.

In the winter, you can enjoy the high mountains for extended periods without threat of lightning.  Well, most of the time.  Sometimes they shut the lifts down in April when the snow turns to rain.  But, that's a ways off yet.  There's still plenty of time for wintery weddings and apres ski moments to look forward to.  Spring can wait.

The bottom line is, if you want to ski and get married in the mountains, we're here to help.  Contact us and we'll handle the rest.  Photos in this blog are courtesy of longtime Breck local Carl Scofield, who is an amazing photographer and encouraging drum circle leader. 

[carlscofield.com]

Breckenridge resident since 1981.
Freelance photographer since 1985.
Resident Artist in the Breckenridge Arts District.

Enjoying all that nature has to offer and the many ways to enjoy it, laughing, loving, playing and awareness of this moment in time. Photography, the art of seeing and capturing a moment in time.