Kaylee + Dano: Colorado Wedding at the EagleVail Pavilion

Kaylee + Dano: Colorado Wedding at the EagleVail Pavilion | Image: Autumn Twilight Photography

EagleVail Pavilion Wedding

Today's post shares the story of Kaylee + Dano: Colorado Wedding at the EagleVail Pavilion, with images courtesy of Autumn Twilight Photography. The more and more I work on this blog, I find out new places for mountain love, including this pavilion in EagleVail. I am in Breckenridge, so I appreciate when photographers share the stories from the Vail Valley area. Submit yours via Two Bright Lights today!

Avon, Colorado Wedding Venue

Just after you head west from Vail, you'll pass EagleVail on the way to Avon. To see where the EagleVail Pavilion is on a map, click here. It looks like a sweet set up with a nearby pond, a firepit and a lawn that can be used for ceremonies. It doesn't look like any linens are supplied, so you'll want to invest in those. Linens are actually a great way to add impact and carry the theme over into any room. If all of this is starting to sound like a bit much to think about, and you'd like a custom wedding package that takes care of it all, then please contact us to learn more about how we can help you save time and money while planning the wedding of your dreams. Yes, you can live your dream of getting married in the Vail Valley, without all the stress.

Kaylee + Dano: Colorado Wedding at the EagleVail Pavilion | Image: Autumn Twilight Photography

Kaylee + Dano: Colorado Wedding at the EagleVail Pavilion | Image: Autumn Twilight Photography

Kaylee + Dano: Colorado Wedding at the EagleVail Pavilion | Image: Autumn Twilight Photography

ALBUM STORY

Dano had flies from fly fishing with his boutonnieres. He made every wooden feature you see in the detail photos.

Kaylee + Dano: Colorado Wedding at the EagleVail Pavilion | Image: Autumn Twilight Photography

Kaylee + Dano: Colorado Wedding at the EagleVail Pavilion | Image: Autumn Twilight Photography

Kaylee + Dano: Colorado Wedding at the EagleVail Pavilion | Image: Autumn Twilight Photography

Kaylee + Dano: Colorado Wedding at the EagleVail Pavilion | Image: Autumn Twilight Photography

Kaylee + Dano: Colorado Wedding at the EagleVail Pavilion | Image: Autumn Twilight Photography

Kaylee + Dano: Colorado Wedding at the EagleVail Pavilion | Image: Autumn Twilight Photography

Kaylee + Dano: Colorado Wedding at the EagleVail Pavilion | Image: Autumn Twilight Photography

Kaylee + Dano: Colorado Wedding at the EagleVail Pavilion | Image: Autumn Twilight Photography

Kaylee + Dano: Colorado Wedding at the EagleVail Pavilion | Image: Autumn Twilight Photography

Kaylee + Dano: Colorado Wedding at the EagleVail Pavilion | Image: Autumn Twilight Photography

Kaylee + Dano: Colorado Wedding at the EagleVail Pavilion | Image: Autumn Twilight Photography

Kaylee + Dano: Colorado Wedding at the EagleVail Pavilion | Image: Autumn Twilight Photography

Kaylee + Dano: Colorado Wedding at the EagleVail Pavilion | Image: Autumn Twilight Photography

Kaylee + Dano: Colorado Wedding at the EagleVail Pavilion | Image: Autumn Twilight Photography

Kaylee + Dano: Colorado Wedding at the EagleVail Pavilion | Image: Autumn Twilight Photography

Kaylee + Dano: Colorado Wedding at the EagleVail Pavilion | Image: Autumn Twilight Photography

Kaylee + Dano: Colorado Wedding at the EagleVail Pavilion | Image: Autumn Twilight Photography

Photographer:  Autumn Twilight Photography//Event Venue:Eagle Vail Pavilion//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Amy + Aaron at the Stillroven Farm: Berthoud Colorado

As we post all of the fun Colorado weddings, we think how much of Colorado is farm country. That true ranch feeling of old west Colorado comes through in today's post about Amy + Aaron's wedding at the Stillroven Farm in Berthoud Colorado. As much as we love our mountains, I have to admit that this farm wedding looks pretty spectacular. A nice quiet day with all your best friends and family. That's what it's all about. If you're looking for an out of the way place for your wedding, then please contact us to learn more about how we can help you create an all-inclusive package of professional services and vendors that service the mountains, farms and ranches of Colorado. We specialize in destination wedding packages for Breckenridge and the mountain towns of Summit County, Colorado, but are quickly learning about other nooks and crannies around the state. Please check back for more fun blogs about these venues, real weddings and other local recommendations. Thanks!

Amy + Aaron at the Stillroven Farm: Berthoud Colorado | Images courtesy of Stark Bellamy Photography

ALBUM STORY

This was a beautiful DIY Wedding! Amy and Aaron knocked it out of the park with the location and the decorations. I think the bride said it best though: "Nearly every element that went into our wedding had some personal connection or was crafted by us or our family. My husband and I are big on family and paying tribute to our ancestors. So many elements of the wedding reflected that. The vintage wooden crates that held our party favors was used on a farm my ancestors homesteaded when they came over on a boat from Germany in the late 1800s. The table we used during the reception belonged to my great grandmother. The linens on our wedding table were my grandmother's. The vintage suitcase we used for the cards was one my mom carried with her the first time she came to Colorado. We got engaged on my father's birthday and married on my grandmother's birthday. The list of significant personal meaning is long, and when we could, we tried to use things that tied to our family history rather than buying things new. Even though our guests might not have known the significance of everything, it made it feel like our ancestors were there with us on our wedding day and it was really special, because we knew." As for us, we are a two photographer team. Both of us started our careers in newspapers and still have a toe in that world. Now we cover weddings like a photo essay. We like to tell the story of the day from beginning to end.

ALBUM STORY This was a beautiful DIY Wedding! Amy and Aaron knocked it out of the park with the location and the decorations. I think the bride said it best though: "Nearly every element that went into our wedding had some personal connection or was crafted by us or our family. My husband and I are big on family and paying tribute to our ancestors. So many elements of the wedding reflected that. The vintage wooden crates that held our party favors was used on a farm my ancestors homesteaded when they came over on a boat from Germany in the late 1800s. The table we used during the reception belonged to my great grandmother. The linens on our wedding table were my grandmother's. The vintage suitcase we used for the cards was one my mom carried with her the first time she came to Colorado. We got engaged on my father's birthday and married on my grandmother's birthday. The list of significant personal meaning is long, and when we could, we tried to use things that tied to our family history rather than buying things new. Even though our guests might not have known the significance of everything, it made it feel like our ancestors were there with us on our wedding day and it was really special, because we knew." As for us, we are a two photographer team. Both of us started our careers in newspapers and still have a toe in that world. Now we cover weddings like a photo essay. We like to tell the story of the day from beginning to end.

ALBUM STORY This was a beautiful DIY Wedding! Amy and Aaron knocked it out of the park with the location and the decorations. I think the bride said it best though: "Nearly every element that went into our wedding had some personal connection or was crafted by us or our family. My husband and I are big on family and paying tribute to our ancestors. So many elements of the wedding reflected that. The vintage wooden crates that held our party favors was used on a farm my ancestors homesteaded when they came over on a boat from Germany in the late 1800s. The table we used during the reception belonged to my great grandmother. The linens on our wedding table were my grandmother's. The vintage suitcase we used for the cards was one my mom carried with her the first time she came to Colorado. We got engaged on my father's birthday and married on my grandmother's birthday. The list of significant personal meaning is long, and when we could, we tried to use things that tied to our family history rather than buying things new. Even though our guests might not have known the significance of everything, it made it feel like our ancestors were there with us on our wedding day and it was really special, because we knew." As for us, we are a two photographer team. Both of us started our careers in newspapers and still have a toe in that world. Now we cover weddings like a photo essay. We like to tell the story of the day from beginning to end.

ALBUM STORY This was a beautiful DIY Wedding! Amy and Aaron knocked it out of the park with the location and the decorations. I think the bride said it best though: "Nearly every element that went into our wedding had some personal connection or was crafted by us or our family. My husband and I are big on family and paying tribute to our ancestors. So many elements of the wedding reflected that. The vintage wooden crates that held our party favors was used on a farm my ancestors homesteaded when they came over on a boat from Germany in the late 1800s. The table we used during the reception belonged to my great grandmother. The linens on our wedding table were my grandmother's. The vintage suitcase we used for the cards was one my mom carried with her the first time she came to Colorado. We got engaged on my father's birthday and married on my grandmother's birthday. The list of significant personal meaning is long, and when we could, we tried to use things that tied to our family history rather than buying things new. Even though our guests might not have known the significance of everything, it made it feel like our ancestors were there with us on our wedding day and it was really special, because we knew." As for us, we are a two photographer team. Both of us started our careers in newspapers and still have a toe in that world. Now we cover weddings like a photo essay. We like to tell the story of the day from beginning to end.

ALBUM STORY This was a beautiful DIY Wedding! Amy and Aaron knocked it out of the park with the location and the decorations. I think the bride said it best though: "Nearly every element that went into our wedding had some personal connection or was crafted by us or our family. My husband and I are big on family and paying tribute to our ancestors. So many elements of the wedding reflected that. The vintage wooden crates that held our party favors was used on a farm my ancestors homesteaded when they came over on a boat from Germany in the late 1800s. The table we used during the reception belonged to my great grandmother. The linens on our wedding table were my grandmother's. The vintage suitcase we used for the cards was one my mom carried with her the first time she came to Colorado. We got engaged on my father's birthday and married on my grandmother's birthday. The list of significant personal meaning is long, and when we could, we tried to use things that tied to our family history rather than buying things new. Even though our guests might not have known the significance of everything, it made it feel like our ancestors were there with us on our wedding day and it was really special, because we knew." As for us, we are a two photographer team. Both of us started our careers in newspapers and still have a toe in that world. Now we cover weddings like a photo essay. We like to tell the story of the day from beginning to end.

ALBUM STORY This was a beautiful DIY Wedding! Amy and Aaron knocked it out of the park with the location and the decorations. I think the bride said it best though: "Nearly every element that went into our wedding had some personal connection or was crafted by us or our family. My husband and I are big on family and paying tribute to our ancestors. So many elements of the wedding reflected that. The vintage wooden crates that held our party favors was used on a farm my ancestors homesteaded when they came over on a boat from Germany in the late 1800s. The table we used during the reception belonged to my great grandmother. The linens on our wedding table were my grandmother's. The vintage suitcase we used for the cards was one my mom carried with her the first time she came to Colorado. We got engaged on my father's birthday and married on my grandmother's birthday. The list of significant personal meaning is long, and when we could, we tried to use things that tied to our family history rather than buying things new. Even though our guests might not have known the significance of everything, it made it feel like our ancestors were there with us on our wedding day and it was really special, because we knew." As for us, we are a two photographer team. Both of us started our careers in newspapers and still have a toe in that world. Now we cover weddings like a photo essay. We like to tell the story of the day from beginning to end.

ALBUM STORY This was a beautiful DIY Wedding! Amy and Aaron knocked it out of the park with the location and the decorations. I think the bride said it best though: "Nearly every element that went into our wedding had some personal connection or was crafted by us or our family. My husband and I are big on family and paying tribute to our ancestors. So many elements of the wedding reflected that. The vintage wooden crates that held our party favors was used on a farm my ancestors homesteaded when they came over on a boat from Germany in the late 1800s. The table we used during the reception belonged to my great grandmother. The linens on our wedding table were my grandmother's. The vintage suitcase we used for the cards was one my mom carried with her the first time she came to Colorado. We got engaged on my father's birthday and married on my grandmother's birthday. The list of significant personal meaning is long, and when we could, we tried to use things that tied to our family history rather than buying things new. Even though our guests might not have known the significance of everything, it made it feel like our ancestors were there with us on our wedding day and it was really special, because we knew." As for us, we are a two photographer team. Both of us started our careers in newspapers and still have a toe in that world. Now we cover weddings like a photo essay. We like to tell the story of the day from beginning to end.

ALBUM STORY This was a beautiful DIY Wedding! Amy and Aaron knocked it out of the park with the location and the decorations. I think the bride said it best though: "Nearly every element that went into our wedding had some personal connection or was crafted by us or our family. My husband and I are big on family and paying tribute to our ancestors. So many elements of the wedding reflected that. The vintage wooden crates that held our party favors was used on a farm my ancestors homesteaded when they came over on a boat from Germany in the late 1800s. The table we used during the reception belonged to my great grandmother. The linens on our wedding table were my grandmother's. The vintage suitcase we used for the cards was one my mom carried with her the first time she came to Colorado. We got engaged on my father's birthday and married on my grandmother's birthday. The list of significant personal meaning is long, and when we could, we tried to use things that tied to our family history rather than buying things new. Even though our guests might not have known the significance of everything, it made it feel like our ancestors were there with us on our wedding day and it was really special, because we knew." As for us, we are a two photographer team. Both of us started our careers in newspapers and still have a toe in that world. Now we cover weddings like a photo essay. We like to tell the story of the day from beginning to end.

ALBUM STORY This was a beautiful DIY Wedding! Amy and Aaron knocked it out of the park with the location and the decorations. I think the bride said it best though: "Nearly every element that went into our wedding had some personal connection or was crafted by us or our family. My husband and I are big on family and paying tribute to our ancestors. So many elements of the wedding reflected that. The vintage wooden crates that held our party favors was used on a farm my ancestors homesteaded when they came over on a boat from Germany in the late 1800s. The table we used during the reception belonged to my great grandmother. The linens on our wedding table were my grandmother's. The vintage suitcase we used for the cards was one my mom carried with her the first time she came to Colorado. We got engaged on my father's birthday and married on my grandmother's birthday. The list of significant personal meaning is long, and when we could, we tried to use things that tied to our family history rather than buying things new. Even though our guests might not have known the significance of everything, it made it feel like our ancestors were there with us on our wedding day and it was really special, because we knew." As for us, we are a two photographer team. Both of us started our careers in newspapers and still have a toe in that world. Now we cover weddings like a photo essay. We like to tell the story of the day from beginning to end.

ALBUM STORY This was a beautiful DIY Wedding! Amy and Aaron knocked it out of the park with the location and the decorations. I think the bride said it best though: "Nearly every element that went into our wedding had some personal connection or was crafted by us or our family. My husband and I are big on family and paying tribute to our ancestors. So many elements of the wedding reflected that. The vintage wooden crates that held our party favors was used on a farm my ancestors homesteaded when they came over on a boat from Germany in the late 1800s. The table we used during the reception belonged to my great grandmother. The linens on our wedding table were my grandmother's. The vintage suitcase we used for the cards was one my mom carried with her the first time she came to Colorado. We got engaged on my father's birthday and married on my grandmother's birthday. The list of significant personal meaning is long, and when we could, we tried to use things that tied to our family history rather than buying things new. Even though our guests might not have known the significance of everything, it made it feel like our ancestors were there with us on our wedding day and it was really special, because we knew." As for us, we are a two photographer team. Both of us started our careers in newspapers and still have a toe in that world. Now we cover weddings like a photo essay. We like to tell the story of the day from beginning to end.

ALBUM STORY This was a beautiful DIY Wedding! Amy and Aaron knocked it out of the park with the location and the decorations. I think the bride said it best though: "Nearly every element that went into our wedding had some personal connection or was crafted by us or our family. My husband and I are big on family and paying tribute to our ancestors. So many elements of the wedding reflected that. The vintage wooden crates that held our party favors was used on a farm my ancestors homesteaded when they came over on a boat from Germany in the late 1800s. The table we used during the reception belonged to my great grandmother. The linens on our wedding table were my grandmother's. The vintage suitcase we used for the cards was one my mom carried with her the first time she came to Colorado. We got engaged on my father's birthday and married on my grandmother's birthday. The list of significant personal meaning is long, and when we could, we tried to use things that tied to our family history rather than buying things new. Even though our guests might not have known the significance of everything, it made it feel like our ancestors were there with us on our wedding day and it was really special, because we knew." As for us, we are a two photographer team. Both of us started our careers in newspapers and still have a toe in that world. Now we cover weddings like a photo essay. We like to tell the story of the day from beginning to end.

ALBUM STORY This was a beautiful DIY Wedding! Amy and Aaron knocked it out of the park with the location and the decorations. I think the bride said it best though: "Nearly every element that went into our wedding had some personal connection or was crafted by us or our family. My husband and I are big on family and paying tribute to our ancestors. So many elements of the wedding reflected that. The vintage wooden crates that held our party favors was used on a farm my ancestors homesteaded when they came over on a boat from Germany in the late 1800s. The table we used during the reception belonged to my great grandmother. The linens on our wedding table were my grandmother's. The vintage suitcase we used for the cards was one my mom carried with her the first time she came to Colorado. We got engaged on my father's birthday and married on my grandmother's birthday. The list of significant personal meaning is long, and when we could, we tried to use things that tied to our family history rather than buying things new. Even though our guests might not have known the significance of everything, it made it feel like our ancestors were there with us on our wedding day and it was really special, because we knew." As for us, we are a two photographer team. Both of us started our careers in newspapers and still have a toe in that world. Now we cover weddings like a photo essay. We like to tell the story of the day from beginning to end.

ALBUM STORY This was a beautiful DIY Wedding! Amy and Aaron knocked it out of the park with the location and the decorations. I think the bride said it best though: "Nearly every element that went into our wedding had some personal connection or was crafted by us or our family. My husband and I are big on family and paying tribute to our ancestors. So many elements of the wedding reflected that. The vintage wooden crates that held our party favors was used on a farm my ancestors homesteaded when they came over on a boat from Germany in the late 1800s. The table we used during the reception belonged to my great grandmother. The linens on our wedding table were my grandmother's. The vintage suitcase we used for the cards was one my mom carried with her the first time she came to Colorado. We got engaged on my father's birthday and married on my grandmother's birthday. The list of significant personal meaning is long, and when we could, we tried to use things that tied to our family history rather than buying things new. Even though our guests might not have known the significance of everything, it made it feel like our ancestors were there with us on our wedding day and it was really special, because we knew." As for us, we are a two photographer team. Both of us started our careers in newspapers and still have a toe in that world. Now we cover weddings like a photo essay. We like to tell the story of the day from beginning to end.

ALBUM STORY This was a beautiful DIY Wedding! Amy and Aaron knocked it out of the park with the location and the decorations. I think the bride said it best though: "Nearly every element that went into our wedding had some personal connection or was crafted by us or our family. My husband and I are big on family and paying tribute to our ancestors. So many elements of the wedding reflected that. The vintage wooden crates that held our party favors was used on a farm my ancestors homesteaded when they came over on a boat from Germany in the late 1800s. The table we used during the reception belonged to my great grandmother. The linens on our wedding table were my grandmother's. The vintage suitcase we used for the cards was one my mom carried with her the first time she came to Colorado. We got engaged on my father's birthday and married on my grandmother's birthday. The list of significant personal meaning is long, and when we could, we tried to use things that tied to our family history rather than buying things new. Even though our guests might not have known the significance of everything, it made it feel like our ancestors were there with us on our wedding day and it was really special, because we knew." As for us, we are a two photographer team. Both of us started our careers in newspapers and still have a toe in that world. Now we cover weddings like a photo essay. We like to tell the story of the day from beginning to end.

ALBUM STORY This was a beautiful DIY Wedding! Amy and Aaron knocked it out of the park with the location and the decorations. I think the bride said it best though: "Nearly every element that went into our wedding had some personal connection or was crafted by us or our family. My husband and I are big on family and paying tribute to our ancestors. So many elements of the wedding reflected that. The vintage wooden crates that held our party favors was used on a farm my ancestors homesteaded when they came over on a boat from Germany in the late 1800s. The table we used during the reception belonged to my great grandmother. The linens on our wedding table were my grandmother's. The vintage suitcase we used for the cards was one my mom carried with her the first time she came to Colorado. We got engaged on my father's birthday and married on my grandmother's birthday. The list of significant personal meaning is long, and when we could, we tried to use things that tied to our family history rather than buying things new. Even though our guests might not have known the significance of everything, it made it feel like our ancestors were there with us on our wedding day and it was really special, because we knew." As for us, we are a two photographer team. Both of us started our careers in newspapers and still have a toe in that world. Now we cover weddings like a photo essay. We like to tell the story of the day from beginning to end.

ALBUM STORY This was a beautiful DIY Wedding! Amy and Aaron knocked it out of the park with the location and the decorations. I think the bride said it best though: "Nearly every element that went into our wedding had some personal connection or was crafted by us or our family. My husband and I are big on family and paying tribute to our ancestors. So many elements of the wedding reflected that. The vintage wooden crates that held our party favors was used on a farm my ancestors homesteaded when they came over on a boat from Germany in the late 1800s. The table we used during the reception belonged to my great grandmother. The linens on our wedding table were my grandmother's. The vintage suitcase we used for the cards was one my mom carried with her the first time she came to Colorado. We got engaged on my father's birthday and married on my grandmother's birthday. The list of significant personal meaning is long, and when we could, we tried to use things that tied to our family history rather than buying things new. Even though our guests might not have known the significance of everything, it made it feel like our ancestors were there with us on our wedding day and it was really special, because we knew." As for us, we are a two photographer team. Both of us started our careers in newspapers and still have a toe in that world. Now we cover weddings like a photo essay. We like to tell the story of the day from beginning to end.

ALBUM STORY This was a beautiful DIY Wedding! Amy and Aaron knocked it out of the park with the location and the decorations. I think the bride said it best though: "Nearly every element that went into our wedding had some personal connection or was crafted by us or our family. My husband and I are big on family and paying tribute to our ancestors. So many elements of the wedding reflected that. The vintage wooden crates that held our party favors was used on a farm my ancestors homesteaded when they came over on a boat from Germany in the late 1800s. The table we used during the reception belonged to my great grandmother. The linens on our wedding table were my grandmother's. The vintage suitcase we used for the cards was one my mom carried with her the first time she came to Colorado. We got engaged on my father's birthday and married on my grandmother's birthday. The list of significant personal meaning is long, and when we could, we tried to use things that tied to our family history rather than buying things new. Even though our guests might not have known the significance of everything, it made it feel like our ancestors were there with us on our wedding day and it was really special, because we knew." As for us, we are a two photographer team. Both of us started our careers in newspapers and still have a toe in that world. Now we cover weddings like a photo essay. We like to tell the story of the day from beginning to end.

ALBUM STORY This was a beautiful DIY Wedding! Amy and Aaron knocked it out of the park with the location and the decorations. I think the bride said it best though: "Nearly every element that went into our wedding had some personal connection or was crafted by us or our family. My husband and I are big on family and paying tribute to our ancestors. So many elements of the wedding reflected that. The vintage wooden crates that held our party favors was used on a farm my ancestors homesteaded when they came over on a boat from Germany in the late 1800s. The table we used during the reception belonged to my great grandmother. The linens on our wedding table were my grandmother's. The vintage suitcase we used for the cards was one my mom carried with her the first time she came to Colorado. We got engaged on my father's birthday and married on my grandmother's birthday. The list of significant personal meaning is long, and when we could, we tried to use things that tied to our family history rather than buying things new. Even though our guests might not have known the significance of everything, it made it feel like our ancestors were there with us on our wedding day and it was really special, because we knew." As for us, we are a two photographer team. Both of us started our careers in newspapers and still have a toe in that world. Now we cover weddings like a photo essay. We like to tell the story of the day from beginning to end.

Photographer:  Stark Bellamy Photography//Dress Store:David's Bridal//Jewelry: Shane Co.//Event Venue:Stillroven Farm//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

{real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion

This real mountain wedding photoblog is all about the wedding day of a local Summit County couple who were married in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Breckenridge.  The reception was held later at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  

We received a submission via Two Bright Lights from April O'Hare Photography and these beautiful photos tell the story of Dani and Joe.  Our goal is to show more real mountain weddings, so if you or someone you know was recently married in the Breckenridge and Vail areas, please contact us!  

{Real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion

{Real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion

{Real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  Photo courtesy of April O'Hare Photography.

{Real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion

{Real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion

I always like to hear the stories from other vendors, and feel like it's a good way to get to know them better.  If you like these photos, please mention this blog when contacting April.  Thanks a lot!

April O'Hare Photography ]

Q. What tips / advice would you give to a couple considering a destination wedding in Keystone or Summit County?  

A. While I haven't personally planned my own wedding in the mountains, I would definitely advise a bride and groom on giving their guests who are not from the area as much info about preparing for high altitude as possible. I'll never forget the wedding I did where the groom's mom got a severe case of altitude sickness and almost wasn't able to witness the ceremony. Some guests may not realize that there are things they can do to avoid it like drink a ton of water and go easier on the alcohol than they would if they live closer to sea level.

{Real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion

{Real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion

{Real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion

{Real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  Photo courtesy of April O'Hare Photography.

Q. What are some fun ideas for engagement photoshoots in the mountains?

A. This isn't exactly unique, but I cannot get enough Aspens in my photos. Love those trees at any time of the year. They're just gorgeous.

And, I don't know if this counts as "the mountains" but I think it's close enough. I have been dying to photograph an engagement session in Manitou Springs. They have this really beautiful vibrant shopping district set against the beautiful mountains as well as a really kick ass gigantic old school penny arcade too! Hit me up if you want to do your engagement photos there!

{Real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  Photo courtesy of April O'Hare Photography.

{Real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  Photo courtesy of April O'Hare Photography.

{Real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  Photo courtesy of April O'Hare Photography.

Q. What kinds of questions would you recommend the bride and groom ask their potential photographers?  

A. I think one of the best things you can ask your photographer is to see a few full weddings so you can see more than just the best shots shown in their portfolio and blog. You want to make sure they have consistent work throughout the day and that the images taken during the reception when there is normally less light still look good. It doesn't hurt to see if they have photographed at your venue too. If they have then it's nice to see how their photos turned out when they photographed there.

{Real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  Photo courtesy of April O'Hare Photography.

{Real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  Photo courtesy of April O'Hare Photography.

{Real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  Photo courtesy of April O'Hare Photography.

Q. What's the best way to work with wedding photographers?

A. Try to be open to their timeline suggestions. Most wedding photographers realize that your wedding day is not meant to be one long photoshoot, but if you suprise them with a huge formals list on the day of and haven't built in enough time to take those photos you will be disappointed that they aren't able to get through all of them. Your photographer is also likely to have some good ideas regarding what time of day will look good for your pictures. Often the prettiest light falls during your reception. If you are flexible and take 10-15 min away from the party for some shots of the two of you alone you will likely be pleasantly surprised with the results. Some of my favorite shots of the newlyweds are taken during that short window of time near sunset.

{Real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  Photo courtesy of April O'Hare Photography.

{Real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  Photo courtesy of April O'Hare Photography.

Q. Favorite part of Colorado? Favorite Restaurant in Denver? And, one more. Last concert seen.

A. Oh man, favorite part of Colorado? I think that depends on my mood:) I have to admit to being a a city girl at heart so spending a summer day walking around shopping in the South Broadway area in the Baker neighborhood and sipping on a mocha or stopping in for a microbrew at The Walnut Room is hard to beat.

Although I will say that I LOVE being a wedding photographer in Colorado because it gives me an excuse to get up to the mountains on a regular basis:) I am particularly fond of going to hot springs. Strawberry Springs in Steamboat is high up on my list but I still have many that I want to visit like Hot Sulphur Springs which is closer to Keystone.

My favorite kind of food is Mexican and I'm partial to green chili. In my opinion, the best green chili in Denver can be found at Santiago's. I go to the one on Leetsdale or the one on 6th and Santa Fe all the time:) 

As for concerts I haven't been going to as many as I used to when I was younger. I think the last one I went to was Snoop Dogg at the Fillmore. And I'm thinking about maybe going to see Morrissey in February.

{Real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  Photo courtesy of April O'Hare Photography.

{Real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  Photo courtesy of April O'Hare Photography.

// VENDORS

Photographer: April O'Hare Photography

Ceremony: St. Mary's Catholic Church

Reception: Venue: Silverthorne Pavillion

 Flowers and Decor:   DIY (Do-it-Yourself)

What Daddy's Will Do For Their Little Girls. Arches Handmade With Love.

Happy 4th of July!  The parade and airshow just wrapped up, but there's still plenty going on around town.  Make sure to visit the local sites for our mountain towns to see all the different options!  Today's blog is about highlighting what fathers have been making for their daughters at some of  the recent mountain weddings.  In the last 2 weeks we have seen an arch made of Pine Beatle wood with a matching cupcake stand, and another lodge pole arch that was more rustic.  Both were beautiful.

With the arch already constructed by dear old Dad, Dina attaches flowers to create custom floral decor for the outdoor ceremony at the family's home.  This remodeled home overlooks the Green Mountain Reservoir, which is north of Silverthorne. The reception was then held at the Raven Golf Club.  

In the image below, you can see the other arch that was made, and definitely seems more rustic.  What do you think?  Some venues have arches and / or designated outdoor ceremony locations, while others allow you to customize the setting.  Certain venues have gorgeous flower beds, trees or hanging baskets that can look just fine with nothing else, but custom florals and decor will help the branding of the event, and will further carry your color palette throughout the event.

Did your Dad make your arch?  If another family member is building or making something custom, we'd love to share it with our readers!  Please submit your handmade wedding item photos with any sweet words and descriptions.  We would love to hear your story.

[How To] Create Chocolate Millenium Falcons and Disco Ball Helmets. Groom-er DIY projects.

We keep hearing from our brides and clients that the guys are really getting into contributing towards the wedding.  In their own way, of course.  While many stare into space while discussing all the different flower options, others jump at the chance to let their style, taste and preferences known.  We encourage the brides, sisters, planners and families reading this blog to show the guys the articles we're writing with the Groom in mind.

Click here and you'll be taken to our Groom-er board on our Pinterest page.  There you'll see lots of style options for dressing up the guys, and even a few DIY projects that I just had to throw in there.  Even if all you get is a good laugh, my job is done.  I want to make your destination wedding planning fun, and that includes looking at sometimes hilarious, yet very doable, DIY projects.   

[How To] Create a Disco Ball Helmet for your Bride-to-be.  A Groom-er DIY project.

If you're planning a winter wedding for next season, then you'll have plenty of time to get the materials to create something spectacular and fun for your bride-to-be to wear around the slopes.  Perhaps you both have'em and hire a photographer to do an adventure photo session sometime before the wedding, or even on the day of the wedding.  It's up to you.  We think it would be a interesting way to make the day that much more fun!  Click on the image to go to the pin that links to the article.

[Groom-er] How To Make Chocolate Millenium Falcons For Your Wedding Favors

And yes, they'll melt in your Han Solo (sorry, had to), but these chocolate Millenium Falcons could be just the way to personalize one of the gatherings.  They could be tested out at a weekend grilling party, and then created the week of the wedding to be used at the rehearsal dinner, instead of a groom's cake, or even at the wedding, as favors.

[How To] Create Chocolate Millenium Falcons and Disco Ball Helmets. Groom-er DIY projects.

One last piece of advice.  Don't let any trend articles scare you away from what you want to have at your wedding.  Those are only opinions of what's in and out.  Who cares.  There are no rules anymore.  What's most important is to find your own style, showcase your quirks and have fun with your idiosyncrasies as individuals, and that includes showing to your friends and family that the force will be with you, always.

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Ashley + Marc married on the shore of Lake Dillon. Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.

I'll let you in on a secret.  Lake Dillon isn't really a lake.  It's actually a reservoir, containing the drainages of three streams.  The Snake comes from Keystone, the Blue comes from Breckenridge, and Ten Mile Creek travels from Copper Mountain.  Buildings were moved, houses were relocated, and the area that is filled with water is what you see.

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Ashley + Marc married on the shore of Lake Dillon.  Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  |  photo[cedarhousephotography.com]  Dillon Colorado, Wedding, Photography, Flowers, Ceremony, Silverthorne Pavilion, Silverthorne Colorado

You can kayak on this lake, mountain bike and trail run on the trails near the edge or even take a water taxi or create a pontoon parade like we did.  

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Ashley + Marc married on the shore of Lake Dillon.  Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  |  photo[cedarhousephotography.com]  Dillon Colorado, Wedding, Photography, Flowers, Ceremony, Silverthorne Pavilion, Silverthorne Colorado

If you need an invite to Pinterestsend us a tweet and we'll hook you up!  It's a great way to create inspiration boards to plan your wedding, and we've even started a board dedicated to the guys, part of our Groom-er outreach.  What's Groom-er?  It's inspiration boards, blogs and resources for the the bros.  Groom-er.  Because it's not all about her.

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Ashley + Marc married on the shore of Lake Dillon.  Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  |  photo[cedarhousephotography.com]  Dillon Colorado, Wedding, Photography, Flowers, Ceremony, Silverthorne Pavilion, Silverthorne Colorado

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Ashley + Marc married on the shore of Lake Dillon.  Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  |  photo[cedarhousephotography.com]  Dillon Colorado, Wedding, Photography, Flowers, Ceremony, Silverthorne Pavilion, Silverthorne Colorado

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Ashley + Marc married on the shore of Lake Dillon.  Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  |  photo[cedarhousephotography.com]  Dillon Colorado, Wedding, Photography, Flowers, Ceremony, Silverthorne Pavilion, Silverthorne Colorado

Ashley wrote to Petal and Bean saying "Thank you all so much for the wonderful bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres- they were SO GORGEOUS!!"  

{Real Mountain Wedding} Ashley + Marc married on the shore of Lake Dillon.  Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  |  photo[cedarhousephotography.com]  Dillon Colorado, Wedding, Photography, Flowers, Ceremony, Silverthorne Pavilion, Silverthorne Colorado

Longtime Breckenridge local Gretchen Abernathy has married countless numbers of couples over the years in the various venues and outside wedding ceremony locations in Summit County.

{Real Mountain Wedding } Ashley + Marc married on the shore of Lake Dillon.  Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  |  photo[cedarhousephotography.com]  Dillon Colorado, Wedding, Photography, Flowers, Ceremony, Silverthorne Pavilion, Silverthorne Colorado

Molly from Cedar House Photography writes:

"Ashley & Marc are old friends from college – Ashley & I met singing in an acappella group!  Their wedding was on a gorgeous fall day overlooking Lake Dillon in Silverthorne, and I was so, so excited to be there.  Not only did I get to watch my beautiful friend walk down the aisle to marry a kind, handsome man, I also got to reconnect with some long-lost college friends :)  The weather was perfect, the whole day was so relaxed, and I was thrilled to be a part of it." 

{Real Mountain Wedding} Ashley + Marc married on the shore of Lake Dillon.  Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  |  photo[cedarhousephotography.com]  Dillon Colorado, Wedding, Photography, Flowers, Ceremony, Silverthorne Pavilion, Silverthorne Colorado

{Real Mountain Wedding} Ashley + Marc married on the shore of Lake Dillon.  Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  |  photo[cedarhousephotography.com]  Dillon Colorado, Wedding, Photography, Flowers, Ceremony, Silverthorne Pavilion, Silverthorne Colorado

{Real Mountain Wedding } Ashley + Marc married on the shore of Lake Dillon.  Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  |  photo[cedarhousephotography.com]  Dillon Colorado, Wedding, Photography, Flowers, Ceremony, Silverthorne Pavilion, Silverthorne Colorado

{Real Mountain Wedding } Ashley + Marc married on the shore of Lake Dillon.  Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  |  photo[cedarhousephotography.com]  Dillon Colorado, Wedding, Photography, Flowers, Ceremony, Silverthorne Pavilion, Silverthorne Colorado

{Real Mountain Wedding } Ashley + Marc married on the shore of Lake Dillon.  Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  |  photo[cedarhousephotography.com]  Dillon Colorado, Wedding, Photography, Flowers, Ceremony, Silverthorne Pavilion, Silverthorne Colorado

The Silverthorne Pavillion was the decorated using a DIY effort, which turned out great.  Candles, and a few Aspen branches were just the right touch.

{Real Mountain Wedding } Ashley + Marc married on the shore of Lake Dillon.  Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  |  photo[cedarhousephotography.com]  Dillon Colorado, Wedding, Photography, Flowers, Ceremony, Silverthorne Pavilion, Silverthorne Colorado

{Real Mountain Wedding } Ashley + Marc married on the shore of Lake Dillon.  Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  |  photo[cedarhousephotography.com]  Dillon Colorado, Wedding, Photography, Flowers, Ceremony, Silverthorne Pavilion, Silverthorne Colorado

{Real Mountain Wedding } Ashley + Marc married on the shore of Lake Dillon. Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion. | photo[cedarhousephotography.com] Dillon Colorado, Wedding, Photography, Flowers, Ceremony, Silverthorne Pavilion, Silverthorne Colorado

// VENDORS

Photographer: Cedar House Photography

Officiant: Gretchen Abernathy

Personal Flowers: Petal and Bean

Venue: Silverthorne Pavilion

Lodging: The Lodge at Lake Dillon