{ 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

[PLANNING] Time management and problem solving when planning your Breckenridge, Colorado wedding.

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You've found this blog probably because you are searching for someone to help you plan your wedding or provide a particular service.  We understand that while wedding planning can be very fun, interesting, and entertaining, it is literally a second job.  So, one of the first things you need to do is to determine how much time you can realistically devote to figuring out all the details and following up with all the vendors.  Quickly, time management becomes a priority.

Did you know that wedding planning averages 250 hours while the typical engagement is 16 months long?  In my opinion, that's enough time to overthink and rush things that aren't necessarily that important at that moment. Certain things need to be figured out first, while others can wait.  We'll introduce a few sources for handy checklists and timelines very soon!

Breckenridge wedding planner |  Summit Mountain Weddings  |  Breckenridge and Keystone event design  |  photo[AllysiaAngus]

All of these new projects take time and energy, but are a lot of fun to research.   But, don't get stuck on one look, color or style of decor.  Your first idea probably won't be the one you'll stick with in the end, so go with the flow and enjoy the creative process because tomorrow you might find something else that will take you in a whole different direction.

There is also the budget that cannot be ignored.  We suggest having a rough idea of what you'd like to spend, but have a minimum and maximum to guide you along and to have some room for flexibility.  This allows for creative ways to stretch and maximize your dollars.

The real trick is making time for it all.  There are many resources, also literally at your fingertips, these days, and this is only one of them, but what makes this site different is that it's the only online resource dedicated to helping families, planners and vendors connect to plan weddings and special events in Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Dillon, Frisco, Keystone and Silverthorne, Colorado.

Breckenridge wedding planner |  Summit Mountain Weddings  |  Breckenridge and Keystone event design  |  photo[AllysiaAngus]

After buying flowers from countless distributors over the years, we have sourced not only the best flowers, but now know who the best vendors are for our local area that are able to complete the dream team you're looking for.  So, when it comes to your wedding, start to think about what time you have, what priorities you have, and who's going to help you with things get hectic. Half the fun is the imagining all the different possibilities that you could have for your wedding.  You've got the mountains already in mind, and Summit County is a world class year-round destination that is undeniably beautiful, family-friendly and filled with all sorts of activities for all kids of all ages.

We'll be exploring all the different venues, vendors and local attractions that are perfect for weddings, special events, vow renewals and elopements in the Rockies.  This last photo shows the kids at our wedding reception at the Carter Park Pavilion.  We knew we wanted our wedding to be (1) in the mountains and have (2) a lake experience with (3) lots of kids while (4) the family band played.  Those elements were important to us.  What's important to you?

[HOLIDAY] Memorial Day weekend in the mountains

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A never-ending winter just won't seem to go away, as we head into the first week of June and lots of snow still clings to the upper slopes.  You can't ride the epic singletrack that can be found in the alpine realm of Summit County,  but you can still have a great experience in the mountains.  There are lots of lower trails that melt sooner than others.  We can tell you which are ready, and which aren't.

10th Mountain Division Statue - Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[stacysanchez]

Around town, it's a great opportunity for dining as restaurants offer a classic mud-season incentive, 2-for-1's!  Check the local paper to see who's in on this deal, as some restaurants wait until June to reopen.

10th Mountain Division Statue - Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[stacysanchez]

After learning more about the 10th Mountain Division, I felt I wanted to share the local connection to this group, and that is a statue near the Blue River in downtown Breckenridge.  The first military group that was devoted to mountain warfare, this amazing group of individuals were experts at skiing, mountaineering and technical climbing, as well as how to live as comfortable as possible while being cold, wet and hungry.

10th Mountain Division Statue - Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[stacysanchez]

After the war, these men went on to become founders of ski areas, ski school instructors and influential members of the ski industry.  To say that they have a part of the current mountain culture near Summit County, Colorado would be an understatement.

10th Mountain Division Statue - Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[stacysanchez]

The benefits of choosing this time of year for your mountain wedding is that you can have a quiet mountain town "all to yourself", and get some great deals on lodging while missing the crowds of the busier holiday weekends.  Skiing is still available at Arapahoe Basin, you can go rafting or fly fishing, or hit the bike path for some early season biking.   Art galleries, museums and restaurants are just waiting.  Yeah, there's snow up there still, but they're not going anywhere.

10th Mountain Division Statue - Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[stacysanchez]

Memorial Day weekend is a great choice for a mountain wedding in Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Dillon, Frisco, Keystone or Silverthorne, Colorado.  Too bad you can't use the hut system this time of year, but now is when they restock and resupply for the summer season.  To help or volunteer, check out the options here:  http://bit.ly/hutsystem

Cool air and warm sun make up spring weather in the mountains, and definitely be prepared for rain, possibly snow on any given day, regardless of forecast.  There was brilliant sun over the weekend, but today was breezy, saw a bit of graupel, and was only in the upper 40's.  It should be in the 70's the rest of the week.  Perfect mountain weather if you ask me.