Styled Shoot in Breckenridge, Colorado: Behind the Scenes [Video]



Breckenridge Wedding Venue

In today's post you see a Styled Shoot in Breckenridge, Colorado, with Behind the Scenes in a Video that I shot. I see lots of styled shoots on other wedding blogs, and I felt like some of the off-the-beaten path places in Breck needed the spotlight. That's what makes this blog different. These places get overlooked from the bigger, regional magazines and websites. This is our backyard and we know it better than any other website out there. Please contact us to learn more more about creating a custom wedding package for a destination wedding, elopement, engagement photo session or vow renewal. We're all about the mountain love in all its forms and stages.

New Media Marketing for Colorado Wedding Professionals

This video was all created via mobile, and I help locals with New Media Marketing for Colorado Wedding Professionals. As the former owner of Petal and Bean, one of the contributors to the styled shoot, I helped my wife, Dina with numerous weddings over the last 10 years. I took many many photos of bridal bouquets, and learned by doing. I want to help others learn how to create an effective online presence that helps today's brides and grooms in a modern blog and marketplace. Vendors and venues, please contact me with any questions you have, including how to set up a styled shoot at your venue. We plan on doing more of these, so please be in touch with your ideas!

Horseshoe Gulch: Backcountry Nordic Skiing in Breckenridge, Colorado [Video]



Breckenridge Winter Activity - Nordic Skiing

Lots of couples discover the Breckenridge Ski Resort and return to find lesser known gems, like today's feature about Horseshoe Gulch: Backcountry Nordic Skiing in Breckenridge, Colorado. Once you've become comfortably downhill and are looking for a way to ski while escaping the crowds, click in to some cross country gear and go exploring.

Wedding Planning, Venues and Vendors

Many of the hiking trails in the Town of Breckenridge are packed down by walkers, skiers and snowshoers during the winter time. Some of them are good for dogs and kids. If you'd like to know more about adding a little adventure to your destination wedding in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, please contact us to start the conversation. We work with numerous venues and vendors that we can then build into a custom wedding package for your gathering. And yes, we work with groups of all sizes and budgets.

2015 International Snow Sculpting Championships in Breckenridge, Colorado [Video]


One of my favorite events, the 2015 International Snow Sculpting Championships in Breckenridge, Colorado just happened. If you visit Breck in the next week or so, they'll still be up. Well, not all of them. One of them has already toppled over. These works of temporary snow art are finite in their existence, being stressed by wind, the weight of the snow and the sun. I love seeing the finished snow sculptures, and the kid's interactive piece is always a hit, but I've grown to appreciate the skill and teamwork that's required to bring these dreams to life. It makes me of how we are a team, and when working with brides, planners and their vendor teams, we also bring visions to life. We help brides live their dreams planning a wedding in the mountains. It's not easy, it's not done overnight, but look what you can create when you put some time and energy into creating something beautiful.

Videos by Stacy Sanchez. See photos here.


Here's the teaser video I shot before the snow sculpting teams had arrived. It also shows a glimpse of what summer offers, the Blue River next to the Riverwalk Center, and a memorial to the 10th Mountain Division, the Soldiers of the Summit who fought in WWII. These brave men were ... "originally constituted as a unique mountain warfare unit, the division was the only unit of its size in the U.S. Army to specialize in fighting in mountainous and arctic conditions."

Please contact us with any questions about the winter and summer events that happen in Breckenridge and the nearby mountain towns of Frisco, Copper Mountain, Dillon, Keystone, Silverthorne, Vail and Beaver Creek. We can help you figure out when there will be live music, farmer's markets and more. We understand that all of this adds up to your overall wedding week experience for your family and friends.


10 Locations for Fall Wedding Photo Shoots near Breckenridge, Colorado

10 Locations for Fall Wedding Photo Shoots near Breckenridge, Colorado Coordinating photography sessions and determining isn't always easy, but I'm here to help you with 10 Locations for Fall Wedding Photo Shoots near Breckenridge, Colorado. The colors are out there, but how do you know where to go? I've narrowed it down to a few prime spots where the views are outstanding, the trees are colorful, and you're set up for success. The rest is up to you.

Read on to learn more about these spots, but be sure to contact us to find out how we can help you find a Breckenridge wedding planner that can save you time and money. We know it helps to find someone who knows local vendors, and while we build our local  directory, we can provide group services and activity recommendations for spring, summer, winter and fall.

We're longtime locals and are very knowledgeable about the many hotels, private luxury home rentals, venues and vendors that work destination mountain weddings in the Rocky Mountains. Here's what I've learned about finding the best spots for photos in the Colorado high country. Click here to contact us with any questions.

1. Boreas Pass Road

Head to the south end of town and turn left at Boreas Pass road. A gas station will be on your right.

2. Aspen Grove Trail

Park at the first major switchback on Boreas, or hike from the Ice Rink. Connects with the road higher up.

10 Locations for Fall Wedding Photo Shoots near Breckenridge, Colorado

3. Stephen C. West Ice Arena

Head up Little Mountain for little under an hour to a nice bench with outstanding views of the Ten Mile Range.

4. Hoosier Pass

Surrounded by fourteen thousand foot peaks is hard to beat. And, you're on the Continental Divide.

10 Locations for Fall Wedding Photo Shoots near Breckenridge, Colorado

5. Lomax Placer

Just up Ski Hill Road on the left, just past the skier bridge. Check with the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance about commerial shoots.

6. French Gulch Trails

From Main Street, turn east onto Wellington between Extreme Pizza and the Local Market. Drive until the road splits. Go right. If you go left, you'll end up on CR 450. Three trailheads offer adventure. B&B, Reiling Dredge and Sally Barber.

10 Locations for Fall Wedding Photo Shoots near Breckenridge, Colorado

7. Lake Dillon

When driving north from Breckenridge to Frisco, park at the day use area found on your right just after the first switchback once you pass the high school. Walk five minutes and you're on the beach. Or, go to Frisco or Dillon Marinas. Or head to the overlook at  Sapphire Point.

8. Montezuma Road

Keystone choices include the Summit Cove inlet on Lake Dillon, the Keystone Village, but don't forget about the road that heads up to Montezuma.

10 Locations for Fall Wedding Photo Shoots near Breckenridge, Colorado

9. Lily Pad Lake Trail

Go through the roundabout by I-70 and the new Whole Foods in Frisco, and take the frontage road near Giberson Ranch.

10. Frisco Historic Park

Downtown Frisco is a hidden gem. Historic cabins just steps away from the "Main Street of the Rockies." Bonus points if you climb Mt. Royal for a few "trash the dress" pics soon after. If you do, please submit your pics for us to share! Thanks for reading.

A Toast to the Toaster: 8 Things to Remember When Planning a Wedding Toast

This blog is a creation of Petal and Bean, and is the original wedding blog for Summit County, Colorado. We've recently added new team members to Petal and Bean, and that includes Kayle Walker, guest blogger in today's post. We oversee a lot of events and we help plan events too. Let's check out what Kayle learned from attending a few weddings and from her wedding planning jobs here in Breckenridge and Keystone. Here's her tips for making your toast the best it can be. A Toast to the Toaster:  8 Things to Remember When Planning a Wedding Toast | Photo courtes of Kent Meireis Photography

A Toast to the Toaster: 8 Things to Remember When Planning a Wedding Toast - Kayle Walker

This past Saturday I was the Day-of-Coordinator for a wedding at the Keystone Resort's Ski Tip Lodge.  The day kicked off at Lord of the Mountain Church in Dillon. It's one of the best places in the County where you can have the ceremony inside with vast mountain views in the background.

The celebration continued and the night was filled with lots of dancing, including a tear-jerking father-daughter dance. I was witness to delicious food, beautiful flowers, and great conversation.  It was an absolutely gorgeous day.

One of the moments that stood out to me was the toasts. The bride's  two Matrons of Honor gave a personal speech with a small memento for the bride and groom. The ladies were a hard act to follow, but the Best Men followed with funny, personal stories about the groom. I truly enjoyed this part because I learned more about the bride and groom... so here’s a toast to the toasters!

So what’s the key to giving a good toast? Here's 8 tips from a planner.

1. Introduction: Introduce yourself and your connection to the bride/groom. Follow that by remarking about the {insert adjective here} event.

2. Be yourself, but don’t make it about you: Public speaking can be difficult so remember to be yourself! However, we know you’re a big part of the bride/groom’s life, but keep the focus on them and not you. It’s okay to tell a memory that includes you, but remember who you are honoring.

3. Keep it short: Short and sweet – less than 5 minutes. Also consider how many other people are giving toasts and adjust your time accordingly.

4. Don’t be negative: Don’t confuse humor with negativity. Don’t try to embarrass the bride/ groom by telling what you think is a “funny” story (i.e. Claire’s speech on Wedding Crashers). And whatever you do, don’t bring up exes (duh!).

5. Practice: Read it to your friends or family and get their feedback – especially if you’re using humor or telling a personal story. Write it down or bring notes if you need to, it’s not neccesarry to memorize your toast or give it impromptu.

6. Face the couple: Face the couple when you’re giving the toast and don’t forget to smile.

7. Appearance: Hit the restroom before you’re in the spotlight and straighten up. Your toast will likely be documented with a photo and/or video. Also... try not to be drunk! We know you want to have a good time, but you don’t want to be sloppy.

8. Actually Toast: You can get caught up with what you’re saying and forget to actually ask the guests to raise a glass. Finish your toast with a phrase such as, Cheers, Salute, etc. so the crowd knows you are finished.

It’s always fun to see the small details come together for a successful event. I thank the couple for letting me share in their joy, tears, and laughter on their special day. Contact Petal and Bean and Summit Mountain Weddings to learn more!

[Activity] Stand Up Paddle Boarding + Yoga


When you're planning a wedding in the Breckenridge, Colorado area, you should consider a new type of water activity, Stand Up Paddleboarding, mixed with Yoga. Yes, paddleboarding is all the rage right now, but take it one step further and slow it down a bit with focused movment on the water. What a better way to treat your bridal party than to a yoga session on Lake Dillon. On Paddleboards. That's what I'm talking about.

Mention "BreckWeddings" when talking to Javier of Stand Up Paddle Colorado. Contact us to book this for your group, family or friends. If you're coming up to tour venues and meet vendors, you could work in some time on the water.

Details for a Wedding at the Bluesky Breckenridge Resort

As we plan destination weddings in the mountain towns near Breckenridge, Colorado, I notice the small things that couples do, including these details for a wedding at the Bluesky Breckenridge Resort. The groom had collected, cleaned and prepared a box of antlers that were to be used on tables as part of the decor, as well as Dina, the Flower Maven from Petal and Bean putting a few into a large aspen arch on the outside patio for the ceremony. See the photo of antlers below on Instagram.

Contact us to learn more about wedding planning, packages and other help. We know it's not easy to plan a wedding being so far away, so let us know what you're stuck on and how we can help. Thanks for reading!

Details for a Wedding at the Bluesky Breckenridge Resort