2015 International Snow Sculptures in Breckenridge, Colorado [Photo]

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International Snow Sculpting Championships

Every January in a downtown parking lot, our little mountain town becomes a magical place, hosting the  2015 International Snow Sculpting Championships in Breckenridge, Colorado. Teams from around the world carve up huge blocks of snow, that was transported, and then stomped on by enthusiastic locals. Visitors flock to see the completed structures, which stand for another two weeks after a week of carving. The week of carving is a haven for photographers, as teams use their tools to shape the snow into the dreams that they brought with them. Wander early or late, they're lit up a night for late visitors, and you will truly be walking in a winter wonderland.

Photo Shoot Location for Colorado Elopements

Please contact us if you want more info on this event, on how to set up a last-minute elopement to Breckenridge, a photo session among the sculptures or what other fun events come through town that might be good for your destination wedding experience for friends and family. If you use gmail or any other Google products, then you might be using Google+, where I made a "story" about the snow sculptures. Click here or on the title in the embedded post below. You can see another public album I have on Facebook here.  

[Venue] The Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge, Colorado

In the heart of Breckenridge is the Welcome Center, the Blue River Plaza, and the Riverwalk Center.  These town attractions provide information, a gathering place in the middle of town and a venue that hosts many musical events throughout the year.  You see, when I last talked with venue manager, Vanessa, she really didn't want to push it too much, as she didn't want to get any brides hopes up, and then have to let them down.  

Throughout the popular summer months, musicians from around the world descend upon the Blue River valley and train to perform in front of locals and guests at the various performances.  Some recognizable names make their way into town as well, and those tend to happen on the weekends.  

 Actually, I just checked it out, and it looks  she just updated the town page to reflect the most current recommendations and policies and it shows the ONLY available dates for next summer.  

Here's what they are:

June 1, 2013
June 8, 2013
September 7, 2013
September 21, 2013
September 28, 2013 

*There are still a few fall 2012 dates available. 

[Venue] The Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  Photo courtesy of Carl Scofield, www.carlscofield.com

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Four foot round tables were recommended, and linens and decor can carry your color palette and theme.  Open the clear, garage-style doors to the large lawn that has the Blue River running next to it.  Have your ceremony on the lawn and the reception inside.  Ask us how we can pull it all together and make it seamless.  

Please mention this blog when contacting Vanessa at the town to discuss the Riverwalk!  We'll also throw in  a ring pillow when you book a planning package for the Riverwalk.  Just mention this post and let's plan something fun at the Riverwalk Center in the downtown historic area of one of the best mountain towns in the Rocky Mountains!  

Photo courtesy of longtime local photographer, Carl Scofield.  Please check out his website and Facebook pages!

New and Eco-friendly Options for Rental Linens, Table Runners and Chargers

After almost twenty years in the wedding and special event industry in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, we have sourced the best, most reliable resources for flowers, linens and whatever else you might be looking for.  Today's blog is just a snippet of what's available for folks wanting to dress up the tablescape.

Linen rentals, chair covers and coordinated floral decor can make a big impact.  It can help carry over the color palette you've chosen and help create the mood with the theme you've decided upon.  Once you've determined your venue, you can then start to consider floral and decor options.

We get requests for quotes on flowers, but one of the first things we ask as a florist, is where the ceremony and reception will be. We love to give suggestions, but every venue has its own look and feel.  Some have high ceilings, which look good with tall centerpieces.  Others have less light and may have lower ceilings.  All of this matters to us.

New and Eco-friendly Options for Rental Linens, Table Runners and Chargers  |  Breckenridge wedding planner, rentals, linens, chair covers, chair ties, chargers

New and Eco-friendly Options for Rental Linens, Table Runners and Chargers  |  Breckenridge wedding planner, rentals, linens, chair covers, chair ties, chargers

New and Eco-friendly Options for Rental Linens, Table Runners and Chargers  |  Breckenridge wedding planner, rentals, linens, chair covers, chair ties, chargers

New and Eco-friendly Options for Rental Linens, Table Runners and Chargers  |  Breckenridge wedding planner, rentals, linens, chair covers, chair ties, chargers

These photos are just a sampling  of the new items that we were shown this past week.  These close ups are of chargers, which is the base plate where all the other plates are placed.  This consistent piece of tableware will help the branding of your event throughout the evening.  

These photos show chargers in many different styles, but only one color.  Please contact us to learn more about tablescapes, linen rentals and these new chargers.  

New and Eco-friendly Options for Rental Linens, Table Runners and Chargers  |  Breckenridge wedding planner, rentals, linens, chair covers, chair ties, chargers

New and Eco-friendly Options for Rental Linens, Table Runners and Chargers  |  Breckenridge wedding planner, rentals, linens, chair covers, chair ties, chargers

New and Eco-friendly Options for Rental Linens, Table Runners and Chargers  |  Breckenridge wedding planner, rentals, linens, chair covers, chair ties, chargers

New and Eco-friendly Options for Rental Linens, Table Runners and Chargers  |  Breckenridge wedding planner, rentals, linens, chair covers, chair ties, chargers

New and Eco-friendly Options for Rental Linens, Table Runners and Chargers  |  Breckenridge wedding planner, rentals, linens, chair covers, chair ties, chargers

Our linen rep also explained how they now have an eco-friendly line of rental linens available.  Eco-brides looking to incorporate as many green elements as possible now have an option for their green wedding.  

We are big believers in the mantra to reduce, reuse and recycle, and decor rentals are a great way to save time and money.  Ask your florist, wedding planner, or event designer what they recommend for linens and tablescapes.  If they don't have the answers you're looking for, then please contact us to help solve your problems.  That's what we're here for!

New and Eco-friendly Options for Rental Linens, Table Runners and Chargers  |  Breckenridge wedding planner, rentals, linens, chair covers, chair ties, chargers

New and Eco-friendly Options for Rental Linens, Table Runners and Chargers  |  Breckenridge wedding planner, rentals, linens, chair covers, chair ties, chargers

New and Eco-friendly Options for Rental Linens, Table Runners and Chargers  |  Breckenridge wedding planner, rentals, linens, chair covers, chair ties, chargers

New and Eco-friendly Options for Rental Linens, Table Runners and Chargers  |  Breckenridge wedding planner, rentals, linens, chair covers, chair ties, chargers

New and Eco-friendly Options for Rental Linens, Table Runners and Chargers  |  Breckenridge wedding planner, rentals, linens, chair covers, chair ties, chargers

And if you think we have some great choices for linens and chargers, then just imagine what else we can do for your event.  Thanks for reading, and we'll talk to you soon.  Be sure to click on the social icons in the top right, thanks for reading!

[VENUE] Warren Station in Keystone Resort's River Run Village in Keystone, Colorado

Just to the right in the image below is the Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre, located in the heart of the River Run Village at the Keystone Ski Resort.  Big parking lots (that are free) are just a short walk away from the Warren Station, an attractive option for a modern facility that's in the base village.

On the outside, there's an outside deck that guests can relax on, or you can choose to take photos next to the stream running next to the building.  There are some kid-friendly attractions in the base area that can keep the little ones occupied.  Or, you can even mix a mountain top ceremony on the Mozart deck, and then return to Warren Station for the reception.    

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[VENUE] Warren Station in Keystone Resort’s River Run Village in Keystone, Colorado

[VENUE] Warren Station in Keystone Resort’s River Run Village in Keystone, Colorado

Warren Station does not offer lodging, but there are several companies that offer private home rentals, some of which are off-the-beaten paths in quiet neighborhoods.  Or ask us how we can put you down in the center of the action!  Yep, a condo facing the River Run Village when a festival is happening sounds like some fun mountain wedding research.  Ask us how we can set you up with a condo to stay overnight, play in the morning and then continue with the wedding planning in the afternoon.

[VENUE] Warren Station in Keystone Resort’s River Run Village in Keystone, Colorado

Every venue and property is different, just like every wedding, so please contact us and let us know what you need help with!  We're here to help problem solve, stretch your budget with creativity and passion, and to help you live your dreams.  It can be really hard, or really easy planning your destination wedding in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  We're here to help you.  Thanks for reading!

The beginning of a new community for wedding planning in Breckenridge and Summit County, Colorado

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The story of this website starts with a little flower shop in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Dina and Stacy Sanchez, owners of Creative Flowers Inc. | Petal and Bean witnessed great feedback on the shop's blog and the local resources it shared.

Breckenridge wedding planning and resources

Stacy originally wanted to create a wedding-specific website for the flower shop, but quickly realized there was a lot of opportunity to talk about the other vendors, venues and local attractions.  And thus, the concept for a comprehensive online planning resource for Summit County was born.

Expert advice from local vendors, secret local knowledge and reviews will help our clients of tomorrow with the right tools today.  Our mountain community deserves a dedicated platform to creating superior mountain weddings, and this is it!