[VENDOR] Q&A w/ Kay Beaton of Beaton Photography: Colorado Destination Wedding and Family Photographer

[VENDOR] Q&A w/ Kay Beaton of Beaton Photography: Colorado Destination Wedding and Family Photographer
Q.  What's one of the most memorable moments you've had at a wedding?
 
A.  I just so happened upon a couple eloping back in December '07 at Sapphire Point with 3 or 4 feet of new snow,  no guests, and just the presence of longtime local officiant Gretchen Abernathy.  The ceremony was barely 5 minutes, and they tipped me in exchange for photographing their wedding!  I still have goosebumps remembering that magical mountain encounter!  
 
 
[VENDOR] Q&A w/ Kay Beaton of Beaton Photography: Colorado Destination Wedding and Family Photographer
Q. Any particular mountain adventure you wish you had your camera, but didn't?
 
A. No, never.  (OK maybe once when I encountered a moose on the mountain!) Since I work full time lugging that camera around when I head up the mountain on skiis or foot, I LOVE to be camera free!  I let my friends take all the photos on hut trips, and I occasionally take photos with my phone.  But I like to to experience the backcountry WITHOUT a camera when I can!
 
[VENDOR] Q&A w/ Kay Beaton of Beaton Photography: Colorado Destination Wedding and Family Photographer
Q.  What do you love about Summit County as a photographer?
 
A. 360 degree views... there are usually so many angles to get a great photo... it's hard to decide!  Sometimes I get to a shooting location and I'm breathless aboout the possibilities.  Next week I shoot Julie and Evan's wedding at this amazing location:
 
[VENDOR] Q&A w/ Kay Beaton of Beaton Photography: Colorado Destination Wedding and Family Photographer
Q.  What are your top 3 locations to take couples for photo shoots near Breckenridge?
 
A.
        1 - Town of Montezuma outside Keystone
        2 - Top of Keystone Mountain
        3 - Officer's Gulch
 
[VENDOR] Q&A w/ Kay Beaton of Beaton Photography: Colorado Destination Wedding and Family Photographer
Q. What do you think of the progression of cameras, picture taking, social media and weddings?
 
A. It's changing rapidly like all technology... so I'm just trying to keep up with the trends!  
[ note: Kay is all over the web, she's very socially active, so connect with her, links are at the bottom of this post!]
[VENDOR] Q&A w/ Kay Beaton of Beaton Photography: Colorado Destination Wedding and Family Photographer
 
Q. How do you think social media can be used at weddings in the mountains?
 
A. I've seen lots of bridal parties taking photos [with their smartphones] and immediately uploading them - showing friends at home the experience step by step.  I think it's fun!  So much more memorable than waiting weeks for hard copy prints!
[VENDOR] Q&A w/ Kay Beaton of Beaton Photography: Colorado Destination Wedding and Family Photographer
 
Q. What's one way guests at a mountain wedding can use social media to share pics about the wedding and raise awareness of your company at the same time?
 
A. Just being honest... referencing my company when I've set up the image and they took a photo of it!  Sharing the enthusiasm for photography whether amateur or professional!
[VENDOR] Q&A w/ Kay Beaton of Beaton Photography: Colorado Destination Wedding and Family Photographer

Photos in this blog were courtesy of Kay Beaton!  

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[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Mayflower Gulch: South of Copper Mountain, Colorado

You're getting married in the mountains, and you deserve to utilize all the available opportunities to capture the mountain wedding experience to its fullest.  And that includes putting a bit of time and effort into a great photo shoot.  Yes, you can get the obligatory "walking down the middle of the street" shot, but for a backdrop that no one else has, there are lots of choices when it comes to your Breckenridge wedding photography, or whichever mountain town you choose.

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION]  Mayflower Gulch, south of Copper Mountain ,Colorado  |  photo[StacySanchez]

Not too far from Copper Mountain is a hidden gem, Mayflower Gulch.  A short walk, hike or even shorter drive will get you to a majestic alpine basin that is literally filled with wildflowers.  It took us about half an hour to reach the cabin at the lower valley, we then chose a steeper trail on a road that climbs to the right.

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION]  Mayflower Gulch, south of Copper Mountain ,Colorado  |  photo[StacySanchez]The backside of the Ten Mile range is what you see when you're in the gulch, and you should take five minutes to pull out your map (you did bring a map and the ten essentials, didn't you?) and figure out which peak is which.  

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION]  Mayflower Gulch, south of Copper Mountain ,Colorado  |  photo[StacySanchez]

You can actually drive back to the cabins, but I wouldn't recommend it unless you have lots of clearance and a 4WD.  It's an enjoyable walk, but a photographer with lots of equipment should use a vehicle to transport clients and items needed.  

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION]  Mayflower Gulch, south of Copper Mountain ,Colorado  |  photo[StacySanchez]

Towards the higher slopes in the basin you'll see thousands, if not millions of wildflowers of all shapes, sizes and colors.  North-facing slopes still hold snow in the windy, alpine terrain.  You can feel the air temperature drop as you reach the ridgeline.

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Rocky Mountain Wedding Photos at Mayflower Gulch, Copper Mountain, CO

Dina looks to the north and the Gore Range that is in the distance.  We ran from Silverthorne to Vail once, over Red-Buffalo Pass and had a friend pick us up and bring us back.  There are amazing trails and terrain in the area near Summit County, and we hope you enjoy checking out this spectacular spot!

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Rocky Mountain Wedding Photos at Mayflower Gulch, Copper Mountain, CO

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Rocky Mountain Wedding Photos at Mayflower Gulch, Copper Mountain, CO

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Rocky Mountain Wedding Photos at Mayflower Gulch, Copper Mountain, CO

We dropped back down to the lower valley floor, and checked out the cabins for a few minutes.  We think this is really the best place to head to, as the higher ridgeline is a bit of a climb to reach.  So, please share your photos that you create with the advice and tips given from this blog and we'll share it on our real weddings blog!  

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Rocky Mountain Wedding Photos at Mayflower Gulch, Copper Mountain, CO

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[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Dramatic Mountain Wedding Photography Near Mt. Quandary (14,265 feet) South of Breckenridge, Colorado

There are the classic shots of the couple and the wedding party walking down the middle of the street, and coming down the aisle after the ceremony, but if you're lucky enough to be near Breckenridge for your mountain wedding, then we suggest you make a plan to visit this easy-to-get-to location.  South of Breckenridge is Mt. Quandary, 14,265 feet.  This mountain was actually climbed by one of our wedding parties last summer (we're trying to track down photos for that one), but it was a pretty cloudy day, and I'm not sure if they made the summit or not.  Regardless, you don't have to climb a mountain to get amazing mountain scenery. 

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Blue Lakes Road, South of Breckenridge, Colorado.  Breckenridge Wedding Photography  |  photo[JoeKusumoto]

Local mountain man and river guide / photographer Joe Kusumoto knows of this spot and many other scenic opportunities in our area.  Joe can be seen overseeing the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center's Keystone Resort Adaptive Ski Operation, which enables physically and developmentally challenged athletes experience the mountains.  I volunteered for this organization many years ago and believe the Griffith Lodge is also a local Breckenridge wedding venue.  

Blue Lakes Road, South of Breckenridge, Colorado Makes for a Dramatic Wedding Photography Location  |  photo[StacySanchez]

At the end of the road is a parking lot where you can walk around near a waterfall, or use some of the steeper flanks of Mt. Quandary as your backdrop.  Either way, you'll have lots of angles to work with.  There are also local mountain goats that are spotted here frequently, so whether you're in a dress, or with your family, you'll have an alpine experience that you don't get in downtown Breckenridge.

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Blue Lakes Road, South of Breckenridge, Colorado.  Breckenridge Wedding Photography  |  photo[JoeKusumoto]

Certain roads and trailheads are 4WD only, but this one is accessible by most vehicles.  There is a bit of a dropoff, but you won't be driving over any boulders, just a bit of an angle on dirt roads.  There are many historic mining artifacts clinging to the steep rocky mountain hillsides, but do not approach or explore as they are a significant hazard that should be given their respect.  

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Blue Lakes Road, South of Breckenridge, Colorado.  Breckenridge Wedding Photography  |  photo[JoeKusumoto]

We hope you enjoy these nooks and crannies of the Breckenridge area, and we'll be sharing other wedding photo shoot locations near Copper Mountain, Dillon, Frisco, Keystone, Silverthorne, Vail and Beaver Creek.  Please share any photos you've taken using our blog as inspiration!  

[VENDOR] Q&A: A Great Time DJ, Professional Entertainment for your Destination Wedding near Breckenridge, Colorado

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Live music was an important part of our Rocky Mountain wedding, and we understand how music helps create the mood of the moment.  You can't have everybody dancing on their feet all night long, but a good set of quality music will complement and enhance the evening even more.  And one sure way to make sure everything goes the best it can is to hire a professional DJ to help entertain, educate and inform your guests of what's going on and where to find what they need.  

We asked Erik a few questions about the DJ and music scene at mountain weddings.  We first met Erik waiting for our transport to the wedding at Beano's Cabin at Beaver Creek.  It was a snowcat that we loaded up our flowers, and Erik his DJ equipment.  We chatted for a bit, and have since seen Erik and his crew numerous times over the years.  We recommend you check out his team and be sure to mention the Summit Mountain Weddings blog!

photo[Robin Proctor Photography]

Q:  What's the most memorable moment you've been a part of at a wedding? 

A: There are so many great memories all of our DJs have from our events. My favorite moments are when I see family that comes in from across the Globe (In the mountains we entertain at many destination weddings) that haven't seen each other in while. I love to see the way they connect both on and off the dance floor. It really is magical to see our guests have a great time and break down those barriers that can exist in this world where many of us live far removed from many of our friends and family. For that one night it can be magic!   

Extreme Floral Delivery to Beano's Cabin at Beaver Creek, Colorado  |  photo[StacySanchez]

Q: What's three things you would tell a bride when deciding between DJ's?   

A:

1. Interview your DJ and make sure it's a great personality match. 

2. Don't just shop by cost - this is a once in a lifetime moment! Your DJ can make or break your celebration. Find the right DJ, it's worth the cost.

3. One of our bride's biggest fears is that her DJ will be "cheesy" both in personality and song selection… Don't let this happen to you. Interview, ask questions, call references, it's worth doing your homework… if a company or a DJ has been referred to you from other vendors and venues that you have a good feeling about then that is a great sign that you are heading in the right direction. 

| photo [Robin Proctor Photography]

Q: What's your favorite "get'em dancin' - pack the dance floor'" song?  

A: 'Dynamite' Tiao Cruz or 'Raise Your Glass' Katy Perry lately … but really it depends on the crowd… I always ask our brides for advice on what they think their friends and family will like, figure out what music they are connecting with and then go further in that direction to bring the energy on the dance floor to the next level… It's about what songs make that particular crowd feel like celebrating on the dance floor. 

| photo [Robin Proctor Photography]

Q:  Any particular ethnic style of dance you think is most interesting to watch? 

A: To be honest I wish all my clients were Jewish! The hora is a certain party starter every time! 

| photo [Robin Proctor Photography]

Q: What's on your ipod now? 

My I-pod is packed with a huge selection of music… I love it all!

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Photos in this blog were courtesy of INphotography, Robin Proctor and Stacy Sanchez

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{BRIDAL BOUQUET} Wedding flowers by Breckenridge florist, Creative Flowers Inc | Petal and Bean

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This wedding at the Breckenridge Ski Resort's Ten Mile Station used yellow, blue, green and white for their fresh color scheme.  The bridal bouquet was filled with yellow Sunflowers, white Dahlias, and white Veronica.  It was created by Dina of Creative Flowers Inc | Petal and Bean, a florist in Breckenridge, Colorado.

This Rocky Mountain bride and groom appear in the latest issue of The Knot magazine, and we're gonna love sharing more of this wedding, as there's too many pics to put into just one post!  It's great seeing these events come together, as couples often find us early in the creative process and are overwhelmed with possibility.

In the information form we received, the couple stated that they  "just started planning, so still feeling this out and trying to decide which of the many ideas will win out, but we think it will be simple but elegant and play off the environment around us. I like the idea of trying to tie an outdoorsy, organic feel with some element that reflects our current home in Brooklyn, NY (if that is even possible!). And then I've always loved the idea of having a vintage-inspired wedding."

The bridesmaids bouquets also had yellow Sunflowers, green Kermit Pomps, and white Veronica.  We think they did a great job putting it all together, and really like the contrast between the yellow and blue throughout the event.  You'll see as we show more...

If you're not sure how to plan your wedding flowers, be sure to check out the introductory three part series  by clicking here.  And don't worry, we're just getting started, so check back often, ask a question in our forum, or contact us to get started planning your mountain wedding in Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Dillon, Keystone, and Silverthorne in Summit County, Colorado.

>> Photos courtesy of Rachel Olsen Photography.  "Rachel Olsen is a Colorado Wedding Photographer who brings a simple, real, genuine style to Colorado Wedding Photography."  To see her Facebook page, please click here!