Adrienne + Josh: Lake Dillon Wedding in Summit County, Colorado

Adrienne + Josh: Lake Dillon Wedding in Summit County, Colorado | Image: Meredith Moran Photography

Summit County, Colorado Wedding

Today's post is a feature of Adrienne + Josh: Lake Dillon Wedding in Summit County, Colorado with images courtesy of Meredith Moran Photography. We are slowly catching up after a series of technical difficulties that delayed the posting of weddings that had been submitted via Two Bright Lights and through email. We apologize for those delays. Regardless, this simple mountain ceremony took place on the shores of Lake Dillon, aka Dillon Reservoir. They chose the quiet Snake inlet side, where you find the Keystone Resort a short distance away.

Lakeside Ceremony at Dillon Reservoir

It looks like first thing in the morning, as the skies are clear and the water being flat. The later in the day, the clouds and winds pick up, as do the chances for rain and thunderstorms. I'll be the first to tell you that afternoon showers come regularly during the summer season in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. But, don't be discouraged, for you'll have read this blog and will have umbrellas handy, and / or a back up plan in place. Either way, your day will be just fine. Clouds actually make for beautiful photos. Please contact us to learn more about putting together a package for a custom wedding, elopement or vow renewal. We know the best of the best that service the Breckenridge area and Vail Valley.

Adrienne + Josh: Lake Dillon Wedding in Summit County, Colorado | Image: Meredith Moran Photography

Adrienne + Josh: Lake Dillon Wedding in Summit County, Colorado | Image: Meredith Moran Photography

Adrienne + Josh: Lake Dillon Wedding in Summit County, Colorado | Image: Meredith Moran Photography

This couple chose a beautiful spot in the mountains of Colorado to be married in the presence of just their close family. They celebrated with more friends & family later that day at an art gallery back in Denver.

Adrienne + Josh: Lake Dillon Wedding in Summit County, Colorado | Image: Meredith Moran Photography

Adrienne + Josh: Lake Dillon Wedding in Summit County, Colorado | Image: Meredith Moran Photography

Adrienne + Josh: Lake Dillon Wedding in Summit County, Colorado | Image: Meredith Moran Photography

Adrienne + Josh: Lake Dillon Wedding in Summit County, Colorado | Image: Meredith Moran Photography

Adrienne + Josh: Lake Dillon Wedding in Summit County, Colorado | Image: Meredith Moran Photography

Adrienne + Josh: Lake Dillon Wedding in Summit County, Colorado | Image: Meredith Moran Photography

Adrienne + Josh: Lake Dillon Wedding in Summit County, Colorado | Image: Meredith Moran Photography

Adrienne + Josh: Lake Dillon Wedding in Summit County, Colorado | Image: Meredith Moran Photography

Adrienne + Josh: Lake Dillon Wedding in Summit County, Colorado | Image: Meredith Moran Photography

Adrienne + Josh: Lake Dillon Wedding in Summit County, Colorado | Image: Meredith Moran Photography

Adrienne + Josh: Lake Dillon Wedding in Summit County, Colorado | Image: Meredith Moran Photography

Adrienne + Josh: Lake Dillon Wedding in Summit County, Colorado | Image: Meredith Moran Photography

Adrienne + Josh: Lake Dillon Wedding in Summit County, Colorado | Image: Meredith Moran Photography

Adrienne + Josh: Lake Dillon Wedding in Summit County, Colorado | Image: Meredith Moran Photography

Adrienne + Josh: Lake Dillon Wedding in Summit County, Colorado | Image: Meredith Moran Photography

Adrienne + Josh: Lake Dillon Wedding in Summit County, Colorado | Image: Meredith Moran Photography

Adrienne + Josh: Lake Dillon Wedding in Summit County, Colorado | Image: Meredith Moran Photography

Photographer:  Meredith Moran Photography//Museum: Space Gallery//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Elk Preserve: Backcountry Nordic Skiing in Keystone, Colorado [Video]

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Part of the allure of having a winter wedding in Colorado is the skiing, and that's why I'm sharing this video about the "Elk Preserve: Backcountry Nordic Skiing in Keystone, Colorado." It's an amazing set of neighborhood trails that end up reaching all the way to Breckenridge. The Colorado Trail even crosses by at a few places. Sections lead towards the Keystone Ski Resort, or stick to the ones off the beaten path. If you're looking for a non-aggressive outdoor winter experience, and have some skiing ability, then you'll enjoy the challenge of cross country skiing. As long as you have a strong snow plow and can turn, then you should be ok. Please contact us to learn more about all the different activities, options and secret stashes that you won't find anywhere else.

 

Rainy Day Back Up for a Wedding at the Alpenglow Stube at the Keystone Resort

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When you decide to have a mountain top gathering, it's a really good idea for you to hvae a rainy day back up for a wedding at the Alpenglow Stube at the Keystone Resort. In the summertime, it rains more often than it doesn't, and it's best to prepare and plan for strong winds, wet weather and colder than wanted temperatures. This couple married at a venue that guests took two gondolas to get to. We drive up. If it's rainy, it will be cold. Prepare guests by suggesting layers, or providing shawls or blankets. A welcome bag with trail mix, chocolate, portable oxygen, local maps and magazines, and a flashlight would be nice. Or, suggest guests download an app that will brighten up a dark gondola.

Ask us how we can help describe the feeling that these wedding venues at the Keystone Resort provide. We've been working at them for almost 20 years and have seen lots of events happen at each one over the years. We love the Ski Tip Lodge and the Keystone Ranch, and neither require a gondola for transportation. Oh, the choices you have to make. Let's talk soon, ok?

Please contact us to learn more about the table centerpieces you see here in the Alpenglow Stube. It's the smaller of the two rooms at the Outpost at North Peak. Timber Ridge is the much larger room with super tall ceilings. It's a completely different experience than the intimate scene at the stube. 

In the image above, the couple makes a smart call to have the ceremony in front of the fire place. For a small crowd, this is perfectly fine, as your guests will be much more comfortable. You can always go out for photos once the rain has cleared. Go with the flow, and if nothing else, there's always the cake to end the day on a literal sweet note. Thanks for reading!

Keystone, Colorado Wedding Venue: The Keystone Ranch

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[venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

If you've been skiing or snowboarding at the Keystone Resort, you've seen the River Run Village and all the action that happens at the main base area where the gondola is located.  Unless you've been golfing here, chances are that you haven't visited the Keystone Ranch Restaurant yet.  

We've collected quite a few images here and decided to show you a few different style used in the tent, inside the restaurant, and what the ceremony space on the lawn looks like.  And now, for some design tips and inspiration from the Flower Maven of Petal and Bean, Dina Sanchez, my wife.  

Hi everyone!  It's Dina and I love this venue!  It feels like coming home when we work here, as the same faces have stuck around the mountains for as long as I have, and the staff is so accommodating even to the vendors, if we need something they are right there to help.      

the first thing you should know is that we have lots of experience working at the Keystone Ranch.  I have been working at the Ranch for the last 19 years. What I love about weddings at the ranch is that the venue is really cozy and romantic. The term that comes to mind is "rustic elegance."  So, my suggestion is when you start to think about decorating the venue for your wedding is to compliment the space. The ceilings are low and the chairs and charger plates have a strong pattern, so keep your arrangements low and try to pick up a color that is present in the room to make everything blend well. 

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

This arch was made with hops because Marco the groom makes his own beer.  When I heard it was available though my supplier, I knew that it would be a really nice personal touch. The hops was great to work with, as it added a lot of texture and a great base for all the flowers. 

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

The tent is a great space for your cocktail's and for dancing after dinner. Here you can decorate to what ever degree you want.  This is where your personality can come out. 

I can't say that I have one favorite wedding over any of the others. They are all beautiful as they take on a different personality each wedding. One wedding we did do was a 50's theme. It was very original and was a very large crowd so they weren't even in the building. 

These large twig balls were suspended and are illuminated with little white lights from within. It looks really beautiful at night adding a warm glow to the tent.

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

This bridal bouquet was for a Keystone Ranch bride and was  made of orange Mokara Orchids, green Cymbidium Orchids, hot pink Gypsy Dianthus, cream Stock, finished off with bear grass loops.  

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

These flower girls were named Una and Usha, and  talked to me about how they felt like princesses wearing their beautiful sari's. They were so cute!

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

The image above and below here show elements of an Indian-themed wedding.  

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

The stairs are to the right in the image above.  This is the upper lounge area, where the hallway leads to rooms used by the bride and her bridal party before the wedding.  

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

Inside the main dining room.  Low ceilings create a cozy, intimate space for dining on exquisite dinners prepared on site.  The mantle below can be used to hold vases, garland, and even lanterns or candles.  It's up to each bride to decorate the venue in her own style.

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

The space above is a smaller room connecting the main dining room and the fireplace room.  The fireplace room and tent tends to be where the dancing and after-dinner hanging out happens.  

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

Pinecone place cards were ued to help seat guests, while the golf course is out the back door, helping create that laid back feeling.  In the image below, the valley stretches into the distance behind the groom and his friend posing for photos before the ceremony.

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

The bar adjacent to the main dining room has an outdoor patio to take in the views.  And in the image below, the dog-of-honor poses patiently for the photographer.  She really did a good job!  To see more pets in weddings, click here.

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

This tent provides a space that can be used for many different reasons. Number one, it's a rain back up for your ceremony.  Sometimes the grass can be super wet and soggy and if it's super dark and windy out, you won't want to have your ceremony outside.  This allows a nice space to have the ceremony in case of inclement weather.  

Plus, you can then dress up this area to your liking.  In the image above the tent ceiling was lined and had lights strung behind the fabric.  You can see the bare option in the image below.  We also showed two different style of lanterns in this blog, one being a twine and another being a collection of multi-colored paper lanterns.  Both have their own look and feel, and there's only personal preference and budget considerations to work out along the way.  

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

Several old barns and cabins line the property near the restaurant and further away.  Time it right and spend time taking photos near these rustic features for unforgettable images from your wedding day.  

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

In the image above you see the tent action a few hours before the ceremony.  Tables are being set up, DJ's and musicians are setting up audio equipment, testing mics and speakers.  

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

While the bride creates the traditional drama of not being seen, the groom is usually the life of the party, as this one was, saying hi to all the friends and family, checking in with staff and planning help, but overall, having a good time, laughing and enjoying.  Most likely with beverage in hand.  Just have plenty of water and a small plate of food nearby to help everyone stay focused.

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

The staff at the Keystone Ranch monitors the weather prior to the event, and at some point, may have to make the call to dress up the tent for the ceremony.  If that happens, just roll with it, have fun and party on.  Just plan on taking more outdoor photos if the weather allows after the ceremony, or even the next day.  Just be flexible and it'll all work out.

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.

Well, that's it.  I hope that these photos show you a few different ideas for the Ranch and Restaurant and what kind of space that this venue provides and how you can then start to imagine your own look and feel inside.  Please share this post with anyone you know planning a wedding at the Keystone Ranch.  Thanks for reading!

[video] Ned Archibald, Executive Pastry Chef at the Keystone Resort

When you choose a venue that is offered by the Keystone Resort, you'll have an opportunity to work with longtime local and Executive Pastry Chef, Ned Archibald.  One of the most talked about things he does is create an entire village out of chocolate.  He's a really nice guy and here's an article to learn more about the history and background of this chocolate masterpiece that is unique to Keystone.  

And, if this guy can bring a village to life using chocolate, take a second and just imagine what he will make for your wedding day.  It will be wonderful.  Please tell Ned you saw him on our blog!

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If you're looking for a cake maker, cupcakes, or other sweets, please contact us and let us know what you need help with!  We're very familiar with all the vendors that service this area, and Ned is only available for Keystone weddings.  He's exclusive to their properties.  

For more inspiration on wedding cakes, dessert tables or other fun wedding stuff, be sure to head over to Pinterest and explore our pinboards.  You can see our wedding bouquets here, venues here, and all about Breckenridge and Summit County by clicking here.  Thanks for spending time with us on our site!