The Kingdom must have its castle! Ice Castles come to Breckenridge, Colorado.

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When I say that the Kingdom must have its castle, I am referring to a little known part of Breckenridge history that included it being literally left off the map for a while. And so, local residents began referring to their sovereignty as the "Kingdom of Breckenridge." And, rightfully so. In fact, the town charter moved back and forth between towns. A motivated crew "captured the flag" and returned from Parkville, where the competing encampment was. But, that's another story for another time.

This year, the Ice Castles will return to the high country and are being created as I write this, and will be completed sometime in December. That's a guess, but I would think that want to be up and running for the end-of-year holiday visitors. We look forward to seeing the newest version of the Ice Castles in their new home, and that is, the Kingdom of Breckenridge.

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To talk to us and book your winter elopment, vow renewal or if you need help planning the details for a winter wedding and want to involve fun stuff like this, but don't know where to get started, then please contact us!

[ Vendor ] Studio Kiva Photography // Winter Wedding Photo Shoots at the Ice Castles In Silverthorne: Part Two

A blue Toyota Tacoma with a rack on it pulls up in front of the barn and out pops a blonde girl I know that shoots weddings in the mountains around Breckenridge and Summit County, Colorado. I  talked with Breckenridge-based photographer Katie Girtman of Studio Kiva and she told me she's wrapping up the winter wedding season with a bunch of new photographs from what she's calling "Adventure Wedding Photo Sessions."    You can see Part One of this two part series by clicking here.  

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Some of Katie's adventure weddings this past season included downhill / at-the-resort skiing, dog sledding, horseback riding, and at the new Ice Castles in Silverthorne.   She told me that "many couples are finding that they would like to add some fun and adventure into their wedding day as well as doing some of the traditional things. This makes their photos stand out and be different than the more traditional ways of the past. After all, they're coming out to the mountains for the beauty and what the mountains have to offer, so what a great way to have some beauty and fun all in one." 

[ Vendor ] Studio Kiva Photography // Winter Wedding Photo Shoots at the Ice Castles In Silverthorne: Part Two  |  Studio Kiva Photography, Katie Girtman, Colorado Wedding Photographer, Silverthorne Colorado, Ice Castles, Photo Shoot Location

We talked more about how important it was to try to find vendors that know the venues and areas intimately and can produce the best results.  Katie says that, "this is where a photographer can really help make this day happen. We feel a big part of our job is to figure out and plan ahead of time, to get out there and scout for the great locations for photographing on the wedding day.  This is how we ran into the Ice Castles in Silverthorne, by thinking what a great backdrop this would be for some of our winter weddings. We are always striving for finding new locations and adventures that are off-the-beaten path.  As an artist, this is our job to think outside the box." 

[ Vendor ] Studio Kiva Photography // Winter Wedding Photo Shoots at the Ice Castles In Silverthorne: Part Two  |  Studio Kiva Photography, Katie Girtman, Colorado Wedding Photographer, Silverthorne Colorado, Ice Castles, Photo Shoot Location

[ Vendor ] Studio Kiva Photography // Winter Wedding Photo Shoots at the Ice Castles In Silverthorne: Part Two  |  Studio Kiva Photography, Katie Girtman, Colorado Wedding Photographer, Silverthorne Colorado, Ice Castles, Photo Shoot Location

[ Vendor ] Studio Kiva Photography // Winter Wedding Photo Shoots at the Ice Castles In Silverthorne: Part Two  |  Studio Kiva Photography, Katie Girtman, Colorado Wedding Photographer, Silverthorne Colorado, Ice Castles, Photo Shoot Location 

We talked about all the fun ideas we could throw together for some adventurous couples.  Whatever your mountain passion is, we are the real mountain wedding pros that will follow you around mountains, down rivers and on trails that cross our alpine majesty.  Katie finishes by saying, "wanting something a little different? Couples these days, want to show who they are as a couple with there personality and styles. We are seeing this with where their having the personalized wedding ceremonies, styles of flowers, dresses, and locations they pick. What better way to show it than photographing and documenting the day with a little adventure?  We would love to help with your style of wedding!"

I'd say that's a good idea.  Give Katie a buzz and tell her you saw the Ice Castles blog on Summit Mountain Weddings and that you want to plan an adventure wedding photo session!

 Flowers in this set of images were handmade with love in Breck by Dina Sanchez, the Flower Maven at Creative Flowers Inc | Petal and Bean

{ Winter Engagement } David + Murielle at the Ice Castles in Silverthorne, Colorado //

New to Summit County, Colorado this year are the Ice Castles in Silverthorne.  Located just north of the Silverthorne Pavillion, this unique setting is created by hand by "Brent Christensen, Ice Castle creator, started experimenting with icicles to create a large ice formation in his front yard. His children called it “an ice castle,” and the name stuck."  

I write an article on Examiner.com, as I have been selected as the Breckenridge Wedding Planner Examiner, and Kim Larson of Life is Art Photo saw my post and decided it would be a great fit for her clients.  We appreciate Kim giving us a shout out at the end of her blog, and hope any other readers, photographers or couples that gain inspiration from this blog will share their photos for us to share in the future!

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{ Winter Engagement }  David + Murielle at the Ice Castles in Silverthorne, Colorado //  photo[lifeisartphoto.com]  Magazine-style Wedding Photography, Kim Larson, Colorado Wedding Photographer, Rocky Mountain Engagement Photos

{ Winter Engagement }  David + Murielle at the Ice Castles in Silverthorne, Colorado //  photo[lifeisartphoto.com]  Magazine-style Wedding Photography, Kim Larson, Colorado Wedding Photographer, Rocky Mountain Engagement Photos

{ Winter Engagement }  David + Murielle at the Ice Castles in Silverthorne, Colorado //  photo[lifeisartphoto.com]  Magazine-style Wedding Photography, Kim Larson, Colorado Wedding Photographer, Rocky Mountain Engagement Photos

More photos of the ice castles themselves can be found on our flickr page!

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{ Winter Engagement }  David + Murielle at the Ice Castles in Silverthorne, Colorado //  photo[lifeisartphoto.com]  Magazine-style Wedding Photography, Kim Larson, Colorado Wedding Photographer, Rocky Mountain Engagement Photos

{ Winter Engagement }  David + Murielle at the Ice Castles in Silverthorne, Colorado //  photo[lifeisartphoto.com]  Magazine-style Wedding Photography, Kim Larson, Colorado Wedding Photographer, Rocky Mountain Engagement Photos

{ Winter Engagement }  David + Murielle at the Ice Castles in Silverthorne, Colorado //  photo[lifeisartphoto.com]  Magazine-style Wedding Photography, Kim Larson, Colorado Wedding Photographer, Rocky Mountain Engagement Photos

The following text is from Kim's blog.  Please mention this blog if you give her a shout!

"Dayvid and Murielle were engaged on December 28th at a Denver Nuggets game, while the entire crowd watched on the jumbotron. And what better way to compliment a winter engagement than some winter engagement photos too! All photos were taken at the Ice Castles in the rocky mountain town of Silverthorne, Colorado. The session started off during the day, but we later returned for some nighttime photos in the illuminated castles as well. It may have been icy, but these photos are steamy! ;)

I’d also like to thank Petal and Bean, a fine floral design studio in Breckenridge, for giving us the heads up on the Ice Castles this year!

Dayvid and Murielle – thank you for making the trip to Silverthorne! It was great getting to know you both and to hear your wonderful story!

~keep smiling!
Kim"

{ Winter Engagement }  David + Murielle at the Ice Castles in Silverthorne, Colorado //  photo[lifeisartphoto.com]  Magazine-style Wedding Photography, Kim Larson, Colorado Wedding Photographer, Rocky Mountain Engagement Photos