[Venue] The Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge, Colorado

In the heart of Breckenridge is the Welcome Center, the Blue River Plaza, and the Riverwalk Center.  These town attractions provide information, a gathering place in the middle of town and a venue that hosts many musical events throughout the year.  You see, when I last talked with venue manager, Vanessa, she really didn't want to push it too much, as she didn't want to get any brides hopes up, and then have to let them down.  

Throughout the popular summer months, musicians from around the world descend upon the Blue River valley and train to perform in front of locals and guests at the various performances.  Some recognizable names make their way into town as well, and those tend to happen on the weekends.  

 Actually, I just checked it out, and it looks  she just updated the town page to reflect the most current recommendations and policies and it shows the ONLY available dates for next summer.  

Here's what they are:

June 1, 2013
June 8, 2013
September 7, 2013
September 21, 2013
September 28, 2013 

*There are still a few fall 2012 dates available. 

[Venue] The Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  Photo courtesy of Carl Scofield, www.carlscofield.com

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Four foot round tables were recommended, and linens and decor can carry your color palette and theme.  Open the clear, garage-style doors to the large lawn that has the Blue River running next to it.  Have your ceremony on the lawn and the reception inside.  Ask us how we can pull it all together and make it seamless.  

Please mention this blog when contacting Vanessa at the town to discuss the Riverwalk!  We'll also throw in  a ring pillow when you book a planning package for the Riverwalk.  Just mention this post and let's plan something fun at the Riverwalk Center in the downtown historic area of one of the best mountain towns in the Rocky Mountains!  

Photo courtesy of longtime local photographer, Carl Scofield.  Please check out his website and Facebook pages!

Local Highlights for Breckenridge, Colorado: a Skate Park, Riverside Trails and Picnic Tables

This morning on my bike commute to work, I stopped by the skate park for a few minutes to take a few photos.  I am a long boarder myself, so dropping in the bowl isn't necessarily my style, but this blog isn't about me.  It's about you.  It's about the families that are planning weddings and trips to the Colorado Rocky Mountains this summer.  

I know a few of the families visiting will have some skateboarders along for the trip, and so, I'll be sharing some skate spots on the blog throughout the summer and tell you where I think the best spots are.  For starters, the skate park is located next to the Breckenridge Recreation Center on Airport Road.  

Breckenridge, Colorado:  Skate Parks, Riverside Trails and Picnic Tables - Breckenridge activities, skateboarding, hiking, kid-friendly, family hike

Breckenridge, Colorado:  Skate Parks, Riverside Trails and Picnic Tables - Breckenridge activities, skateboarding, hiking, kid-friendly, family hike

Please contact us if you're a skateboarding bride and groom getting married near Breckenridge, Summit County or even the Vail Valley.  We've got lots of ideas for creative adventure engagement or wedding photography sessions that we're planning on creating for our blog, so let us know if you'd like to help and get featured on our blog!

Breckenridge, Colorado:  Skate Parks, Riverside Trails and Picnic Tables - Breckenridge activities, skateboarding, hiking, kid-friendly, family hike

The bike path starts in town and runs next to the Blue River all the way to Frisco.  You can opt for the Peaks Trail, the more strenuous singletrack path to Frisco, but we'll save that for another blog.  The easy riding bike path also has a few dirt paths along the way.  This one is near the recreation center and skate park.  It follows the kayak park near the Kingdom Park fields near the recreation complex.  

Breckenridge, Colorado:  Skate Parks, Riverside Trails and Picnic Tables - Breckenridge activities, skateboarding, hiking, kid-friendly, family hike

These three guys had the bowl all to themselves, but only one had a helmet on.  It is strongly recommended to wear a helmet when skateboarding in this skate park provided by the Town of Breckenridge.  I know it's probably not cool to wear a helmet, but it's probably even more not cool to have a traumatic injury just because you didn't want to wear a helmet.  Unless you're skating like a pro, wear a helmet.  Please.

Breckenridge, Colorado:  Skate Parks, Riverside Trails and Picnic Tables - Breckenridge activities, skateboarding, hiking, kid-friendly, family hike

Breckenridge, Colorado:  Skate Parks, Riverside Trails and Picnic Tables - Breckenridge activities, skateboarding, hiking, kid-friendly, family hike

Skateboarding bride and grooms?  Yes!  Let's do this.  There's also a skatepark in Frisco and another in Silverthorne.   Look for those blogs in the future.  Thanks for reading!

[ How To ] Plan a Rafting Trip on the Colorado River for your Wedding Party

I wouldn't send you down the river with any ol' folk off the street, so I'll tell you how I personally know the owners of this Colorado river rafting company that will help brides and grooms experience the whitewater with their friends and family.  

I first met Campy and Christy at a Wilderness First Responder class at the Colorado Mountain College in Breck.  These two are the married owners of the Frisco-based operation, KODI Rafting, which has a long history of rivers in the family.  You can even read about the original Campy, as of late, he was referred to as "Grampy Campy" as his grandson has inherited the local river genes and namesake.  Grampy Campy passed away a few weeks after this article was printed, but his spirit will live on with the new generation of Campton's that are river-lovin' folk. 

We are working with KODI Rafting to provide a unique river experience for the wedding itself, or as part of the mountain experience that you provide for your guests and family.  Floating in a rock-walled canyon with the best friends of your life is an experience you will talk about for the rest of your lives.  We can help make that happen.  Let's talk!

[ How To ] Plan a Rafting Trip on the Colorado River for your Wedding Party Guest blog by Lisa Nan Pogue of KODI Rafting, and the Vail Resorts Snowsquad

// Wedding Party Rafting in Colorado - Celebrate on the River

What do whitewater rafting and your wedding have in common?  Both bring your guests huge smiles and leave them with amazing memories.

If you’re looking for something truly “Colorado” to do with your wedding guests, bridal party or groomsmen, whitewater rafting is the ultimate experience for everyone on the list – even Great Aunt Betty from Iowa or the 5-year-old twin ring bearers.

[ How To ] Plan a Rafting Trip on the Colorado River for your Wedding Party

We’re fortunate to have so many rafting options near Summit County. Depending on your group’s wild versus mild preference, choose from varying sections of Clear Creek, the mighty (but, in many places, mellow) Colorado River, and the famous scenic and adventurous Arkansas River.

KODI Rafting has been taking wedding parties down Colorado's spectacular rivers since 1986 and will customize the ideal trip for your group. We have full-day and overnight trips for that wild bachelor blow out. Or more mellow floats that are great for getting the bride’s and groom’s families together for a day of bonding. For the outdoorsy gals, there are action-packed waves-in-your-face Class III and IV rafting trips.

[ How To ] Plan a Rafting Trip on the Colorado River for your Wedding Party

KODI Rafting gladly offers group discounts and welcomes wedding parties of all sizes. We’ll help you plan the day, take care of the meals and equipment, and assist you with transportation arrangements from just about anywhere in Colorado. If you would like a luxury bus or just a van ride, we can assist and quote that as part of your trip. KODI is happy to add a pre- or post-rafting riverside lunch option or pair you up with our horseback riding, cattle drive or ATV tour partners.

Check out KODI’s group reservations page or call 877-747-7238 and we’ll get started on a customized group quote for you.  Please mention the "Red Duckies"  (in the photo above) in this post and tell us if you never tried a ducky, but you've tried rafting before and are ready to hit the water in a ducky, or an inflatable kayak.  Rafting is fun, but there's a way to take it a step further.   We'll tell you how!

Fall Color in the Rocky Mountains by Keri Doolittle Photography //

I saw some images from Keri Doolittle, a Denver based photographer who might just have one of the coolest web sites that I've seen in a while, that I really wanted to share with our readers.  This Colorado wedding blog is all about the off-the-beaten path kind of events, although we love showing the big and fancy, not everyone does the big and fancy.   So, for a smaller, but yet, elegant approach to a mountain wedding, you should definitely research the private home market.  
 
There are many property management rental companies here in Summit County, and many independent rentals that you have to dig through a mountain of links to find the right one.  If you want us to help you save time and money, then contact us to learn how we can help you find just one vendor, help design the event and source rentals, or core service, wedding flowers and decor.
 
Fall Color in the Rocky Mountains by Keri Doolittle Photography  |  photo[keridoolittlephotography.com]  Denver, CO wedding and portrait photographer
 
We say thanks to Keri for sharing these images with us!  Click your link of choice, or all of them to get to know the lady behind the lens.
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Fall Color in the Rocky Mountains by Keri Doolittle Photography  |  photo[keridoolittlephotography.com]  Denver, CO wedding and portrait photographer
 
These images are from a photo retreat that was held at a private home rental just south of Breckenridge, in Blue River.
 

"Fifteen photographers from throughout the country met up in the beautiful town of Breckenridge, CO.  Hosted by Denver wedding photographer, Keri Doolittle, the ladies came to learn about photography, talk shop and enjoy the surroundings of Breckenridge, CO.  The days were spent photographing some families and newborns and gathering into mini-sessions to learn about marketing, studio management and website/SEO." 

Fall Color in the Rocky Mountains by Keri Doolittle Photography  |  photo[keridoolittlephotography.com]  Denver, CO wedding and portrait photographer
 
Keri shares the link on the house they stayed:  " here is the rental property listing:  http://goo.gl/8OuVQ."
 
Fall Color in the Rocky Mountains by Keri Doolittle Photography  |  photo[keridoolittlephotography.com]  Denver, CO wedding and portrait photographer
 
"The photographers were able to spend an afternoon in the town of Breckenridge shopping, enjoying the sunshine, taking a group photo at the Old Time Photo shop and dining at The Breckenridge Brewery.  We even got to indulge in Fatty's Pizza the following evening.  The rental house in Blue River was a perfect setting to see the fall aspens in bloom!  Everyone had a blast and can't wait til we do it again in 2012!"
 
Fall Color in the Rocky Mountains by Keri Doolittle Photography  |  photo[keridoolittlephotography.com]  Denver, CO wedding and portrait photographer

Bridal Bouquets for a wedding at the Silverthorne Pavillion in Silverthorne, Colorado

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This is the first real-time post from a real mountain wedding in Summit County. I'm hoping to share the bouquets and the room in which the reception will take place.

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[What To Do] on your Adventure Wedding in the Rockies // River rafting, kayaking and fly fishing near Breckenridge, Colorado

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Summit County, Colorado is not only a land of mountains, but is also a place of many sources of water, including the Blue, 10 Mile and Snake Rivers.  There are also nearby Colorado whitewater river rafting classics Brown's Canyon on the Arkansas River, but also the Pumphouse run on the Upper Colorado.

The rivers in Summit County converge and make up the waters of the Dillon Reservoir, or Lake Dillon as we call it.  There are many ways to get out on the lake, including sailing, pontoons, kayak rentals, and even a scenic water taxi.  Perhaps you could ride your bike, have lunch along the way and then catch a ride back across the lake.

But the quintessential Colorado rafting trip is a float down south of Buena Vista, on the mighty Arkansas River.  A number of experienced river rats guide for local outfitter, The Adventure Company, and don't employ novice guides.  The water can be a thrill, but you want someone who knows their stuff  when you hit those rapids.  The record snow that fell this past winter fill the rivers and make for a refreshing  journey, as a Colorado river trip is like no other.  We are currently helping book trips for this outfitter, so give us a call right now at 800-213-4425 and mention this post for the river trip of a lifetime.

Breckenridge, Colorado Wedding Planning  |  Colorado river rafting on the Arkansas River and the Blue River |  photo[carlscofield.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

There are also white water kayaking options for those who are extremely adventurous and willing to get splashed in the face just a bit.  You will be able to bask in the feeling of floating with towering rock walls above your head, while you work with the river and paddle your way through the Eye of the Needle.

For those of you who know folks who'd rather cast a fly and enjoy a more peaceful, serene river experience we suggest you contact a local fly fishing guide and be grateful for whatever hole he's willing to share with you.  I bet we could even arrange to have some yummy food delivered to the Upper Blue near Breckenridge.

Breckenridge, Colorado Wedding Planning  |  Colorado river rafting on the Arkansas River and the Blue River |  photo[carlscofield.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

Behind the Breckenridge Recreation Center is the kayak park.  It is not for beginners, and is not a place to mess around.  The rivers are an amazing source of beauty, but deserve their respect, so make sure you know before you go and talk to someone who knows the local waters.

We are water people and enjoy kayaking on the lake, as it's closer to where we live in Breckenridge.  But, one day I took Dina out on the Arkansas River, and we took a swim.  But that's for another river story...

*Photos courtesy of Carl Scofield, a Breckenridge resident since 1981, freelance photographer since 1985, and currently is the Resident Artist in the Breckenridge Arts District’s Fuqua Livery Stable.  Please visit www.carlscofield.com to learn more.