[ Photo Shoot Location ] The Barns at the Keystone Ranch in Keystone, Colorado

[ Photo Shoot Location ] The Barns at the Back Ranch in Keystone, Colorado  |  Destination Wedding, Summit County, Kay Beaton, Beaton Photography

The Keystone Ranch barns are an amazing set of buildings to be able to use as a backdrop for some photos.  Ask us how you can work with talented wedding photographers such as Colorado-based Kay Beaton, who after calling Summit County home for many years, has decided to try the front range.  She loves to work and by work, I mean go skiing, hiking and sharing our mountains with clients who are mountain folks themselves, and need a photographer who can follow them along the mountain adventure chosen for that particular shoot.

[ Photo Shoot Location ] The Barns at the Back Ranch in Keystone, Colorado  |  Destination Wedding, Summit County, Kay Beaton, Beaton Photography

You see, we are designing adventure wedding experiences for couples, families and planners wanting to craft personalized mountain gatherings, while saving both time and money.  When you work with our team, you'll have a team of local wedding pros to help and guide your planning, design your event theme, palette and to work out details of design style if you would like.  

When asked about the barns in this collection of photos, she says that "we have three weddings coming up in September all at Keystone Ranch, I decided before wedding day I should check out the accessibility of these beautiful barns. I have seen lots of dynamic photos of them over the years, but have never been there myself.

So yesterday I ventured out and learned how beautiful it is - although they are a little hard to access if you're not a golfer or a bride! They are old historic barns smack between the 6th and 8th greens and it does take some "golfer etiquette" to get there backwards on the course. For couples that have booked a Keystone Ranch wedding, I highly recommend taking the 20 minutes to do couple photos out there at the barns!

I have photographed a few golf tournaments, and have learned to drive a golf cart backwards on the course…. I have learned lots of lessons from the beverage cart drivers as they do it all day everyday! AND with the brides I'll be sure to keep the plexiglass top all the way down and not risk a stray golf ball before the reception photos!"

 [ Photo Shoot Location ] The Barns at the Back Ranch in Keystone, Colorado  |  Destination Wedding, Summit County, Kay Beaton, Beaton Photography

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[ Photo Shoot Location ] The Barns at the Back Ranch in Keystone, Colorado  |  Destination Wedding, Summit County, Kay Beaton, Beaton Photography

You can see other photo blogs by Kay by clicking here.  You can find her on the Facebook and on Twitter here.

Check out other blog posts on the Keystone area by clicking here, and to see more gorgeous photos from Beaton Photography, then be sure to click right here.  Thanks for reading!

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Allison + Mark at Warren Station in Keystone, Colorado. Pre-wedding photo shoot at Arapahoe Basin.

Longtime local photographer Kay Beaton, took Allison and Mark up to the switchback opposite the Arapahoe Ski Basin before their wedding at Warren Station in Keystone's River Run Village.  During the photo shoot, a gust of wind came through and blew sand and dirt in everyone's face.  It was a moment that will not be easily forgotten.  

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If you are getting married near Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Dillon, Frisco, Keystone, or Silverthorne, we'd love to show your wedding on this blog.  We want small, medium and large-sized weddings on this site.  We want to see the creative DIY brides that create their own bouquets and centerpieces, so contact us to submit your wedding photos!  

Check back for more photos from Mark and Allison and even venue spotlights in the near future.  Please contact us today to submit your wedding, and thanks for reading!

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Allison + Mark at Warren Station in Keystone, Colorado.  Pre-wedding photo shoot at Arapahoe Basin.  |  photo[beatonphotography.com]

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Meghan + Travis at Sapphire Point Overlook near Keystone, Colorado

 Meghan and Travis were married at a rocky outcrop that you can see from across the lake looking east as you come around on highway 9 heading south towards Breckenridge.  I never really looked for it before, but noticed it right away when I focused on it.  It's a steep overlook that has views that drop away at your feet and lay out the Ten Mile and Gore ranges before you.  It's no wonder why so many folks choose to have their sacred moment here and not inside somewhere.  

Today's photos are courtesy of Kay Beaton of Beaton Photography.  Thanks Kay!

 

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Meghan + Travis at Sapphire Point Overlook near Keystone, Colorado  |  photo[beatonphotography.com]  Keystone Wedding Photography

Kay writes on her blog... "I always love Sapphire Point Weddings! Maybe because you can always guarantee amazing views - maybe because the Dillon Ranger District limits guests to 35 people. Maybe because I happened upon Christa and Cole's elopement there 4 years ago on a magical December afternoon. Maybe because brides getting married at Sapphire Point must be outdoorsy and willing to brave the elements, no matter what time of year!"

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Meghan + Travis at Sapphire Point Overlook near Keystone, Colorado  |  photo[beatonphotography.com]  Keystone Wedding Photography

"My own wedding was scheduled there 15 years ago, but we moved inside at the last minute to accomodate both of Kirk's grandmas and the 6 inches of new snow! We did get to Sapphire Point for the toast after the ceremony. And since then I have photographed dozens of weddings there and many, many portrait sesssions."

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Meghan + Travis at Sapphire Point Overlook near Keystone, Colorado  |  photo[beatonphotography.com]  Keystone Wedding Photography

"Meghan and Travis came from Missouri to get married with just family members and it was an amazing day and beautiful ceremony!"  >>  Click here to view the slideshow

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Meghan + Travis at Sapphire Point Overlook near Keystone, Colorado  |  photo[beatonphotography.com]  Keystone Wedding Photography

"I love this photo and this 'moment in time' that I caught while Travis was waiting at the overlook and ceremony spot for his beautiful bride, Meghan. I was 30 feet away, and could see her walking down, but he was out of sight... he kept leaning to see if he could catch a peek... LOVE this moment when the groom sees his bride for the first time, and Travis didn't disappoint me!"

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Meghan + Travis at Sapphire Point Overlook near Keystone, Colorado  |  photo[beatonphotography.com]  Keystone Wedding Photography   

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Meghan + Travis at Sapphire Point Overlook near Keystone, Colorado  |  photo[beatonphotography.com]  Keystone Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Meghan + Travis at Sapphire Point Overlook near Keystone, Colorado  |  photo[beatonphotography.com]  Keystone Wedding Photography

Ask us how to help you plan all the details for your mountain wedding, including using Sapphire Point as an outdoor winter wedding ceremony location.  Yes, that's right, go for it.  It could be a blizzard, or it could be the most beautiful blue skies you've ever seen on a winter day.  You never know, but you'll have your closest friends and family with you.  Or not.  We love when it's a super small, intimate event that is not a huge ordeal.  Those events tend to be more flexible and can adjust on the fly

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Meghan + Travis at Sapphire Point Overlook near Keystone, Colorado  |  photo[beatonphotography.com]  Keystone Wedding Photography

If you look across the valley in the photo above, you'll notice a nice patch of yellow Aspen trees on the lower slopes of Peak one.  Check back for more real weddings, go to our forum to ask questions, or contact us today to start getting things done!

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Meghan + Travis at Sapphire Point Overlook near Keystone, Colorado  |  photo[beatonphotography.com]  Keystone Wedding Photography

PHOTOGRAPHS BY KAY BEATON

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{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Kelly + Ali // Outside Wedding Ceremony at Sapphire Point near Breckenridge, Colorado

"Kelly & Ali were supposed to get married next summer, but ended up eloping a few weeks ago at Sapphire Point. A beautiful little ceremony with 5 adults as guests, 2 children, 2 dogs, and 2 of us photographers! And I had to keep it secret for MONTHS!"  

Kay Beaton wrote this blog just a few days ago, and we wanted to share it here, so that you could see what an intimate mountain wedding ceremony in Summit County could be like.  This overlook is between Breckenridge, Frisco and Keystone on Swan Mountain road and can be reserved for smaller groups.  

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING }  Kelly + Ali // Outside Wedding Ceremony at Sapphire Point  |  photo[beatonphotography.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography

"It was sunshining in the beginning of the very short ceremony, raining by the end, but a little weather can't dampen the love my friends Kelly & Ali share! I can't look at their slideshow without crying myself!"

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING }  Kelly + Ali // Outside Wedding Ceremony at Sapphire Point  |  photo[beatonphotography.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING }  Kelly + Ali // Outside Wedding Ceremony at Sapphire Point  |  photo[beatonphotography.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING }  Kelly + Ali // Outside Wedding Ceremony at Sapphire Point  |  photo[beatonphotography.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography

"Thank you so much for choosing me as your wedding photographer Kelly & Ali - it was an absolutely beautiful celebration and I love you guys! Namaste!"

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING }  Kelly + Ali // Outside Wedding Ceremony at Sapphire Point  |  photo[beatonphotography.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING }  Kelly + Ali // Outside Wedding Ceremony at Sapphire Point  |  photo[beatonphotography.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography

And, scrolling down the blog, you can see the bride and groom showing their gratitude for Kay's photographic documentaion and artistry.  We saw Kay in action the other night, and she loves taking photographs and having fun!

"Thank you Kay.  We were so fortunate to have such a great photographer.  And not only are you great at what you do, your enthusiasm is infectious and your laughter and the love you exude for your work is inspiring.  If we could all love what we do as much as you do. 

Thanks so much for getting us the photos so quickly. I know this time of year is hectic for you.  Tons of love from us both, Kelly & Ali"

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING }  Kelly + Ali // Outside Wedding Ceremony at Sapphire Point  |  photo[beatonphotography.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography

Photographs by Kay Beaton

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Yellow Aspen Trees + Rocky Mountains // Photography by Kay Beaton

After a summer of weddings at our flower shop in Breckenridge, we get to enjoy fall a bit.  We still have weddings for the next few weeks before it really slows down, but the fall colors really motivate you to get out and enjoy the outdoors.  Dina rode around the lake and up to Montezuma, just outside of Keystone, and we talked about how that area would be great for a local photo session.

I sent Kay a message and asked her to take some photos of her backyard.  You see, Kay lives near Keystone, Colorado and per our request, captured some images for you all to enjoy.  Thanks Kay!  Oh, and she says that if you mention this "Fall Colors 2011" blog, she'll hook you up with a 10% savings.  Now, that's sweet!

Yellow Aspen Trees + Rocky Mountains  // photo[beatonphotography.com]  Colorado Destination Wedding Photography

Yellow Aspen Trees + Rocky Mountains  // photo[beatonphotography.com]  Colorado Destination Wedding Photography

Yellow Aspen Trees + Rocky Mountains  // photo[beatonphotography.com]  Colorado Destination Wedding Photography

Yellow Aspen Trees + Rocky Mountains  // photo[beatonphotography.com]  Colorado Destination Wedding Photography

I asked Kay for a few words to share about this time of the year and how it makes her feel...

"Fall in Summit County happens so darn fast.... one day the hills are ALIVE with color, and then they are gone. Freezing temperatures, shorter days, and less moisture all effect this beautiful season... but it brings so much WARMTH to photos of all kinds. As photographers we avoid the harsh mid-day sun with most portraits and weddings, but in fall sometimes it can be as warm and golden as can be mid day because of all that yellow and gold brightening our skies. I LOVE fall! And so sad to see it move on so fast...."

             - Kay

Yellow Aspen Trees + Rocky Mountains  // photo[beatonphotography.com]  Colorado Destination Wedding Photography

Yellow Aspen Trees + Rocky Mountains  // photo[beatonphotography.com]  Colorado Destination Wedding Photography

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Photos courtesy of Kay Beaton.  

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[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!  
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[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!
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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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Wedding Blessings // Eco-friendly ring pillows for your wedding. Dupioni silk, flowers and herbs.

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Wedding Blessings | Eco-friendly ring pillows for your wedding. Dupioni silk, flowers and herbs.  |  photo[beatonphotography.com]

ECO-FRIENDLY WEDDING ACCESSORY COLLECTION HELPS PROVIDE WORK FOR WOMEN IN RECOVERY

Colorado wedding company offers creative new traditions for wedding ceremonies

BRECKENRIDGE, COLORADO – February 06, 2011 – Creative Flowers Inc. DBA Petal and Bean, Summit County Wedding Flower and Event Décor Specialist, announces the launch of an eco-friendly wedding accessory line called Wedding Blessings.

Creative Flowers Inc. DBA Petal and Bean, Summit County Wedding Flower and Event Décor Specialist, announces the launch of an eco-friendly wedding accessory line called

The line will offer products inspired by timeless traditions used in various cultures such as the ancient Greeks, Romans, Pagans, Native Americans and Asians.

Dina Sanchez, owner, lead designer and now pillow provider says, "my ideas came from being involved in the wedding industry through the flower shop. I noticed that cultural traditions were void in most ceremonies. I love all the traditions my Greek family exposed me to. I have spent time researching the history of wedding ceremonies, which inspired me to create this product line. We wanted to be able to create wedding rituals and traditions from the past into easy, simple ideas that will make the ceremony more meaningful for the couple, their families and friends."

The first product to be released is the handmade ring bearer pillow. The Wedding Blessings pillows are made of sustainable Dupioni silk encasing fragrant dried flowers and sacred herbs including Rosemary, Thyme, Lavender, Oregano and Roses.

The ancient Greeks and Romans used this mixture in ceremonies to symbolize happiness, love, courage, fertility and energy during challenging times. Traditionally, flowers and herbs have been used in weddings to provide visual and aromatherapy purposes, but can also ward off evil spirits and bad luck. A card enclosed with each pillow can be used at the ceremony to help describe the significance of the herbs.

The Dupioni silk fabric has eco-origins, as organic Neem seeds and compost are used as fertilizer for the Mulberry trees used to hand rear Bombyx Morii silk worms. The silk itself is hand-spun, hand-dyed and hand-woven on 100-year-old wooden looms at a rate of just 4 yards per day. No harmful chemicals are used in the manufacturing of the fabric.

The pillows create much needed work opportunities for women in recovery. Mission Wear, a small non-profit in Denver, Colorado, offers a safe place for women recovering from drug and alcohol abuse to re-enter the work place, while producing earth-friendly products.

A percentage of the profits will be donated to Rosa a new fund that will provide low cost loans for continued education or to be used as small business venture capital. Either path provides the women of Mission Wear an opportunity for a better life.

Dina views the pillow as a way of combining tradition with new trends, and could technically count for the wedding custom of "something old, something new." The Wedding Blessings collection is currently available through the shop’s web site: www.petalandbean.com