[ 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. 

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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.

[how To] Book a Dogsled Tour for Your Destination Wedding in the Colorado Rocky Mountains

The smell of the pine trees fills your nose as the dogs pulls your sled along a snowy mountainside.  The cold bite of the air brings an awareness to your surroundings like never before and suddenly realize that all that planning has finally paid off, and you're doing what you've dreamed of all along.

You can live your dreams and more when you contact us and tell us what you're envisioning.  We're here to help.  Yes, we can book that dogsled tour, hair salon and photographer that can rip down the mountain with you taking on-the-mountain wedding photos that you'll never tire of looking at.  Please contact us today to start getting stuff done, and save time and money!

[HOW TO] Book a Dogsled Tour for your Destination Wedding in the Rocky Mountains  |  photo[carlscofield.com]

>> Photo 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.  

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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.