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 ...Read More
Denver Engagement Photography Today’s post is all about Kristin + Matt: Denver, Colorado Engagement Photography with images courtesy of Kayla Feldman Photography. We are mountain people, but for a city, Denver is our favorite. Lots of parks, open space nearby and a road leading right up to the mountains! Denver is where us mountain folk...Read More
Colorado Engagement Session Today’s post is all about Sarah + Ryan: Colorado Mountains Engagement Photography with images courtesy of Jonathan Kohlwey Photography. We’re a few days late of posting this, according to our posting calendar. And, as you can see by the comments below, this photography session was a bit impromptu, with not much planning.Read More
Outdoor Ceremony at Sapphire Point Today’s post is all about Allyn + Jake: Breckenridge, Colorado Elopement at Sapphire Point with images courtesy of Keeping Composure Photography. This set of images is actually from a couple and event that we helped put together. The location is a beautiful overlook on Lake Dillon, and the couple was...Read More
Fall Wedding in Breckenridge, Colorado
Today's post is all about Alison + Aaron: Fall Breckenridge Wedding at the Lodge and Spa with images courtesy of Timothy Faust Photography. We have worked with Tim over the years when we owned Petal and Bean, and it's no surprise to find his images on our blog. He does great work, and we're happy to share these images with you. You won't be disappointed in your images if you get to work with Tim. And, he's a Breck local, so he knows the best spots to catch the light around town. That's the beauty of working with locals. But, any good photographer will be able to anticipate light and make the best of what situation and setting they're in. That's what makes them professional. Ask us about creating a package with Tim or another local Summit County photographer.
Destination Wedding Venue: Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge
The Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge is found along the old railway, Boreas Pass, and overlooks the Blue River valley. It has one of the largest decks around, and it's perfect for outdoor ceremonies. And, if it's blustery out, you can always opt to have the ceremony inside. Panoramic views await you if you choose this spot as your venue. But, if this one is already booked, and you're looking for another, then please contact us to create a custom package, where we'll guide you on the best spot that will suit your wants and needs. Thanks for stopping by, and checking out our blog!
I have known Alison for almost ten years. She had worked for the American Cancer Society which I volunteered to photograph their Hope on the Slopes Fundraiser in Breckenridge, Colorado for several years. I was delighted when she asked me to photographer her wedding this year. Alison and Aaron had a beautiful fall wedding on the back deck of the Lodge at Breckenridge overlooking the Ten Mile Range and Bald mountain. It was a gorgeous place for all the guests to watch the sunset from.
Photographer: Timothy Faust Photography//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Calvin Klein //Dress Designer:Dessy Bridesmaid Dresses//Dress Store: Little White Dress Bridal Shop//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Men's Warehouse//Bridesmaid Dresses:Nordstrom's //Bakery:City Market//Invitation Designer: Nina Skaggs Design//Dress Store:The Little White Dress Bridal Shop//DJ: Standing Room Only//Officiant: Summit Celebrant//Floral Designer:Whole Foods Market//Event Venue:The Lodge at Breckenridge//
Breckenridge Wedding Photography
Today's post is all about Breckenridge Wedding Dreams Come True, a Testimonial, with images courtesy of Leisa Gibson Photography. This is a blog post that shares the thanks from a happy bride that we helped plan her Breckenridge wedding. Christie and Jeff chose us to help them put together a fun day, filled with snow, family and love. They carefully walked down the path to an overlook at Sapphire Point. If you've never heard of this spot, it's one of the most popular outdoor ceremony spots in Summit County. But, it does come with some risk, as there isn't any back up building nearby. Most couples brave the elements and embrace the uncertainty and go for it anyway. Clouds look great in pics, by the way, so don't let a few of those stop you. And, you usually get enough of a window that a fast-moving storm will blow through and you can have your ceremony still. That kind of stuff is what we'll talk you through and help you think about.
Custom Breckenridge Wedding Packages
We have put together some ideas for destination weddings, elopements and vow renewals. It could be just the two of you, or it could be a smaller group than a big, traditional wedding that you're used to. We like to do it different here in the mountains, and if you're open to standing in the blowing wind, amongst trees and family, then we can talk and put together an unforgettable day. We know lots of venues, vendors and activities that will keep your guests talking for years.
It's quite convenient for families to meet here in the Rockies, with Denver International Airport being less than two hours away. Weekends and holidays bring crowds, and delayed travel times, but that's ok, because if you've never driven I-70, it's beautiful the whole way. If you gotta get stuck on a highway, it might as well be that one! Enough from me. Please click here to be in touch and start planning your dream. Thanks for stopping by and reading our Breckenridge wedding blog!
From the couple:
Dina, We cannot thank you enough for all you did for us for our wedding. It was absolutely magical!! Everything, and I mean everything, turned out just as we envisioned it would be!! The weather was perfect, Sapphire Point was amazing (even Jeff was so happy we decided to do it there), the tourists were respectful, Tonda did an exceptional job with my hair and makeup, Breck Hair Salon made me feel like a princess, Leslie did a great job with our ceremony and we loved how she included our boys during the ceremony, Leisa was just phenomenal and laid back and we can not wait to see her photos, and my flowers….oh my heavens, Petal and Bean made my bouquet dreams come true!! They were just stunning and exactly what I wanted. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Our Colorado wedding could not have been more perfect. You all will hold a special place in our hearts, and one day we hope to call Colorado “home”.
Christie and Jeff Mason
Donovan Pavilion Wedding in Vail
Today's post is all about Megan + Andrew: Fall Mountain Wedding in Vail, Colorado with images courtesy of TMDexter Photography. The fall colors are in full effect right now, and if you are planning a fall wedding elopement, you can still have these kinds of photos on your big day. We're working with a couple right now, putting together an Independence Pass wedding for a family out of the Roaring Fork Valley and Aspen area. It's been a lot of fun seeing all the summer weddings, but there's just something about fall and the hillsides exploding with color. Wildflowers are just too small to see at a distance, unless you have big patches, in which case, they're spectacular. I've written posts before regarding wildflower hikes near Breck, so click here to check it out and make a plan for next summer.
Beaver Creek and Vail Weddings
We're also busy planning a winter wedding in the Beaver Creek area of the Vail Valley. It's quite the creative process to bring out each couple's personal style into an event that is unique to them. That's why this blog is here, to inspire you for your Colorado mountain wedding, and if you need help, we can put together some details that you don't need to waste time doing if you're spinning your wheels because you don't anything about the area. It also takes time to sort through all the various websites and screen vendors. We recommend only the people we think would do the best job for you. We know lots of vendors and venues, and if we have the answer to your problem, we're here to help you figure it out and create a custom wedding package that's everything you need and nothing you don't. Please contact us to learn more, and thanks for reading!
Andrew and I met while both in Los Angeles: he, having formerly pursued the acting life, and I, busy dancing professionally. Our mutual artistic friend thought we should meet because we were both on the way to New York City: Andrew for graduate school, and I for my dreams of dancing on the Great White Way. We met on Andrew’s last day in LA at his going away party and clicked immediately. Not only were we coming from the same place and going to the same place, but we had also been attending the same mega-church for months! We definitely caught each other’s attention, and that was only the beginning... Nine months later…our engagement story took place in Washington D.C., where Andrew and I had gone for the weekend after nine months of dating in New York. When we first got out of the car, we came to a fountain where I made a secret wish that we would get engaged. He had planned a romantic day to commemorate our milestone: lunch on the harbor, kayaking on the river, and the fourth of July fireworks! After the fireworks, we arrived back at the hotel where champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries were waiting. I thought the special treatment was in celebration of our nine month occasion, but, before I knew it, he was on his knee telling me he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. It was a dream—and a wish—come true!
I had always wanted an outdoor fall wedding in Colorado with the beautiful colors of the aspen trees turning. Since we had begun our romance in October and met for our first date by the pumpkins, I knew that I wanted to incorporate that into our theme. We arranged our wedding to be in the fall in the Rocky Mountains, and it could not have been more gorgeous! I decided to use individual mini pumpkins for each place setting and purchased a load of them, spray painting the tops gold to match our colors. As part of the centerpieces for our seven guest tables, I designed seven picture descriptions to match the different destinations from our love story: LA, New York, etc. As guests were assigned to seating at their respective cities (tables), they had a chance to see a picture of us in that specific place with words about how it played into our story as a couple. We also spent time designing our invitations and programs and cake to feature the aspen leaf, and the guest book, pen, and ring pillow I found tied into our theme of leaves and fall colors as well. Our cake had the letters A & M written in fondant to make a special stamp with our initials. Not only did everyone love the aesthetic design of our cake, but we chose a fall flavor of “Pumpkin Cardamom Cake with Caramel and Cream Cheese Frosting” that was enjoyed by all. Many were also touched by a slideshow that Andrew put together with the photos from our courtship that was played during at the end of the toasts. Finally, as finishing favor for our guests, I had assembled packages of s’more ingredients for “S’more love from the bride and groom” to take with them. Personalizing our wedding took some extra thought and time, but it was definitely worth the effort to make it our own—and all the more special.
My favorite part of the wedding was standing at the altar between the golden aspens and having the peace that we had finally arrived at our wedding day. As we stood, hand in hand, the pastor delivered his message and the sun streamed through the trees, perfectly shining God’s glory and illuminating the joy in our hearts to be together forever.
Photographer: TMDexter Photography//Caterer: Caterers of Vail//Design and Decor:Colorado Tents and Events//DJ:DJ D'Amico//Reception Venue: Donovan Pavilion//Invitation Designer:Minted.com//Floral Designer: Petals & Pours//Hair Stylist:Posh Salon//Dress Store: RK Bridal//Dress Designer:Stella York//Cake Designer:Sugar Breck//