Wedding deck at Beaver Creek, Colorado

After a short chairlift ride up the side of a mountain, your guests will walk a short distance to this sign, where they will follow the signs to an overlook in the Vail Valley that is unmatched for mountain top weddings. Wedding deck at Beaver Creek

{ 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

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Lilia + Paul in Breckenridge, Colorado. Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church and Reception at Beaver Run.

Lilia and Paul were married in the "old" side of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Breckenridge, went up to the slopes on Peak 9 to take a few photos and some video, and then concluded the evening dancing away in the Imperial Ballroom at the Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center.  

This video is courtesy of Tim Sparks, and looks like the crew at the Spark Bros. Media is responsible for the wonderful imagery you're about to see.  Tell Tim you found him on our wedding blog, and get a special offer!  

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Tim and Daniel Sparks started the business in early 2010 and have been filming weddings ever since. Recently Tim has been putting together an "A-Team" of wedding film makers.

Sparks Bros Media prides themselves in being the best videographers in Colorado. Their experience combined has earned the 'Best of Festival' award in multiple film festivals for short films, an Emmy win and nomination for videography and each with their own bachelors degree including film school at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Please read through the short bio's of each team member on the website to learn more about them.
 
Sparks Bros Media services all of Colorado but has focused on mountain weddings and the Denver area. They will also travel anywhere else if travel costs are provided for. 
 
You know that your wedding film is in the right hands with Sparks Bros Media as they strive to create a true cinematic experience."

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jody + Patrick: Maggie Pond Ceremony with Reception at the Main St. Station in Breckenridge, Colorado

Jody and Patrick, from the Denver area, decided to marry at a spot overlooking the Maggie Pond at the base of peak 9 at the Breckenridge Ski Resort.  A short walk from this area brings you to the Quicksilver chairlift, or into town for shopping and exploring.  A tent protected the guests from any surprise elements that come from the sky.

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jody +Patrick: Outside Wedding Ceremony at the Maggie Pond with reception at the Main St. Station in Breckenridge, Colorado | photos[studiokivawedding.com] Katie Girtman Copyright Breckenridge Wedding Photography

Rose petals were scattered by the florist, as these two gentlemen take in the moment and wait patiently for the ceremony to begin.  Make sure to check with your venue to see if rose petals are allowed, as certain properties don't allow any non-native plant materials to be scattered on the premises.

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jody +Patrick: Outside Wedding Ceremony at the Maggie Pond with reception at the Main St. Station in Breckenridge, Colorado | photos[studiokivawedding.com] Katie Girtman Copyright Breckenridge Wedding Photography

Rituals and traditions play a part in today's ceremonies, but couples are personalizing their day, and that includes who's involved.  One trend we adore is how couples have also been including their furry friends more and more in their gatherings, as they are dearly  beloved family members who would be sorely missed if not present. 

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jody +Patrick: Outside Wedding Ceremony at the Maggie Pond with reception at the Main St. Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[studiokivawedding.com]  Katie Girtman Copyright  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

Ceremony arrangements can be repurposed and brought inside to decorate the reception area.  Ask your florist how to stretch your dollars and use items throughout the event as it moves from location to location.  Discuss who will move the arrangements as well, as ceremony and reception venues aren't always right next to each other, such as the case with this real Breckenridge wedding.

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jody +Patrick: Outside Wedding Ceremony at the Maggie Pond with reception at the Main St. Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[studiokivawedding.com]  Katie Girtman Copyright  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

Jody holds her bouquet up high as Patrick smiles.  The couple will join the bridal party for a few moments around the pond as guests refresh themselves before heading into the Hyatt Main Street Station, operated by Resortquest.  

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jody +Patrick: Outside Wedding Ceremony at the Maggie Pond with reception at the Main St. Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[studiokivawedding.com]  Katie Girtman Copyright  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

I always want to taste the cake as I put these photos up.  Is that so bad?  I just wonder what flavor is under that icing and decor...

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jody +Patrick: Outside Wedding Ceremony at the Maggie Pond with reception at the Main St. Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[studiokivawedding.com]  Katie Girtman Copyright  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

// VENDORS

Venue:  Main Street Station          >> Click here to see this vendor’s listing

Photography:  Studio Kiva          >> Click here to see this vendor’s listing

Florals:  Petal and Bean          >> Click here to see this vendor’s listing

The Scene At Breckenridge Ski Resort's Peak 8 In The Summertime

One addition to the summertime offerings at the base of Peak 8 was a tubing hill. It's no longer there today, but kids still hike up to the remaining patches of snow that cling to the hillsides. Or, you can ride the chairlift to gain a higher perch, and then hike or ride down the slopes.  You can see the alpine slide on the right side of this image.  The new Gold Run coaster is further to the left.   This outside deck is connected to One Ski Hill Place.

The base of Peak 8 at the Breckenridge Ski Resort in the summertime. | photo[StacySanchez]

Whether you decide to visit our mountains during the winter or summer, you'll have lots of options for adventure waiting for you. You'll just have to decide whether you want face shots or epic singletrack. Either way you can't go wrong.  And if you're kids are too small for either the coaster or alpine slide, you can always take a free scenic gondola ride.  There was a moose spotted yesterday in Cucumber Gulch, Breckenridge's protected wetlands that's part of the Breckenridge Nordic Center.

A short hike will lead you to Josie's cabin, while other trails will connect you with town if you wanted to hike or bike back down to the downtown historic area.  Or, hike up, have lunch, and then take the gondola back down.  Oh, which way to go, which trail to hike, which activity to choose...  Have fun everybody!