{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Sarah + Scott at Timber Ridge in Keystone, Colorado. Part One.

Sarah and Scott were married on the top of North Peak, which is accessible by two Gondola rides through the scenic forests of Keystone, ColoradoWeddings at Keystone can be on the valley floor, or, literally at the top of a mountain.

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Sarah + Scott at Timber Ridge in Keystone, Colorado.  Part One.  |  photo[revertphoto.com]  Keystone Colorado Wedding Photographer

Guests will remember your wedding for years to come as they show pictures and videos of this unbelievable mountain wedding location in Summit County, Colorado.  

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Sarah + Scott at Timber Ridge in Keystone, Colorado.  Part One.  |  photo[revertphoto.com]  Keystone Colorado Wedding Photographer

You have options to stay in Keystone, or in nearby Dillon and Silverthorne, which are all close to Lake Dillon for more amazing views. 

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Sarah + Scott at Timber Ridge in Keystone, Colorado.  Part One.  |  photo[revertphoto.com]  Keystone Colorado Wedding Photographer

Even though he lives in Denver, Scott can be frequently found exploring the mountains on his mountain bike and skis.

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Sarah + Scott at Timber Ridge in Keystone, Colorado.  Part One.  |  photo[revertphoto.com]  Keystone Colorado Wedding Photographer

Photos in this blog are courtesy of a wedding photography couple,  Michelle and Zach Wear of Revert Photo..

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{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Sarah + Scott at Timber Ridge in Keystone, Colorado.  Part One.  |  photo[revertphoto.com]  Keystone Colorado Wedding Photographer

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Sarah + Scott at Timber Ridge in Keystone, Colorado.  Part One.  |  photo[revertphoto.com]  Keystone Colorado Wedding Photographer

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Sarah + Scott at Timber Ridge in Keystone, Colorado.  Part One.  |  photo[revertphoto.com]  Keystone Colorado Wedding Photographer

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Sarah + Scott at Timber Ridge in Keystone, Colorado.  Part One.  |  photo[revertphoto.com]  Keystone Colorado Wedding Photographer

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Sarah + Scott at Timber Ridge in Keystone, Colorado.  Part One.  |  photo[revertphoto.com]  Keystone Colorado Wedding Photographer

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Sarah + Scott at Timber Ridge in Keystone, Colorado.  Part One.  |  photo[revertphoto.com]  Keystone Colorado Wedding Photographer

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Sarah + Scott at Timber Ridge in Keystone, Colorado.  Part One.  |  photo[revertphoto.com]  Keystone Colorado Wedding Photographer

Sarah chose to wear her ski boots for a few photos around the chairlift!

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Sarah + Scott at Timber Ridge in Keystone, Colorado.  Part One.  |  photo[revertphoto.com]  Keystone Colorado Wedding Photographer

After arriving at the top of Dercum Mountain, you walk a short distance to gondola number two and continue the journey towards North Peak and Timber Ridge, one of the wedding venue options at the Keystone Resort.

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Sarah + Scott at Timber Ridge in Keystone, Colorado.  Part One.  |  photo[revertphoto.com]  Keystone Colorado Wedding Photographer

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Sarah + Scott at Timber Ridge in Keystone, Colorado.  Part One.  |  photo[revertphoto.com]  Keystone Colorado Wedding Photographer

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Sarah + Scott at Timber Ridge in Keystone, Colorado.  Part One.  |  photo[revertphoto.com]  Keystone Colorado Wedding Photographer

Timber Ridge

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Sarah + Scott at Timber Ridge in Keystone, Colorado.  Part One.  |  photo[revertphoto.com]  Keystone Colorado Wedding Photographer

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Sarah + Scott at Timber Ridge in Keystone, Colorado.  Part One.  |  photo[revertphoto.com]  Keystone Colorado Wedding Photographer

Check back for part two of this real Keystone wedding and images from the ceremony and reception!

Sarah + Scott at Timber Ridge in Keystone, Colorado: 1 Mile High Engagement & 2 Mile High Wedding - SNEAK PEEK

We are excited as we prepare a special series about Sarah + Scott, who had a "1 Mile High Engagement + 2 Mile High Wedding" experience in the Rocky Mountains.  These Denver locals explore the hills of Summit County on skis, foot and on mountain bikes and decided to bring their families together for an epic wedding adventure at Timber Ridge at the Keystone Resort.  Send'em a tweet here, and circle them here.

If you had an engagement session in the front range and are planning on a mountain wedding, please submit your story and we'll share it on our blog!  The photo below was captured by Revert Photo, which is comprised of Michelle and Zach Wear, a husband-and-wife photography team.  

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{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Sarah + Scott at Timber Ridge in Keystone, Colorado  |   photo[revertphoto.com] Keystone Wedding Photographer

[VENUE] Outside Wedding Ceremony Locations on Keystone Resort's Dercum Mountain and North Peak

Getting married on a mountain top is easy.  Booking the date to have it all to yourself is another story.  Luckily, there are a few different mountains for you to choose from.  The Mozart Deck is located on the first mountain you come to at the Keystone Resort.  You can take a lift or gondola up to the top.  

[VENUE] Outside Wedding Ceremony Locations on Keystone Resort's Dercum Mountain  |  photo[studiokivawedding.com]  Katie Girtman Copyright  Keystone Wedding Photography

You can also consider transporting guests via a second gondola ride to the next  mountain over.  The gondola brings you over to the Outpost where you'll find both the Alpenglow Stube and Timber Ridge.  Brian and his team put together a great experience for everyone.  

When you plan your Keystone wedding, you'll talk to Alicia, and when you do, please let her know you read about some of Keystone's properties on this blog!  Check back for more real Keystone weddings on Summit Mountain Weddings, as we'll be adding more real weddings every week.

If you're planning a Keystone wedding and need assistance, please contact us to start solving problems and stop wasting time.  You've found this blog, so that's a great start.  We're local wedding experts that have worked multiple venues with multiple vendors and can recommend high-quality professionals that provide exceptional products and services.

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* photo courtesy of Katie Girtman of Studio Kiva Photography.      >> See this vendor's listing by clicking here

[CEREMONY] Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre: Outside Wedding Ceremony Location in Keystone, Colorado

Imagine youself standing near a mountain stream, Aspen trees rustling in the wind, and a world-class destination resort as the setting.  Now, where is this, you ask?  Well, it's located in the River Run Village at the base of the Keystone Resort in Keystone, Colorado.  The gondola is used to reach higher mountaintop venues, but why leave all the action in the village when you can be a part of it?  

According to the website, the "Quaking Aspen Amphitheater is located a few steps from The Keystone Neighbourhood's  Warren Station,  and may be reserved for use with The Pavilion or on its own. The Amphitheater is an outdoor venue constructed of rocks and surrounded by aspen and pine trees, making it a perfect backdrop for an outdoor wedding ceremony.   Accommodates 175 people."

[CEREMONY] Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre: Outside Wedding Ceremony Venue in Keystone, Colorado  |  photo[stacysanchez]

This venue was used at a recent wedding that our flower shop, Petal and Bean, provided flowers for.  We delivered and set up the wedding prior to the ceremony and guests arriving, so check back for this wedding to be featured on our real mountain weddings section of our blog.  

[CEREMONY] Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre: Outside Wedding Ceremony Venue in Keystone, Colorado  |  photo[stacysanchez]Be sure to check the event calendar to see what's happening the village at the time you're considering, because one weekend there was a bluegrass and brews event happening and there were folks everywhere.  You can join the fun and use the festivities and action as a great photo opportunity.  

[CEREMONY] Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre: Outside Wedding Ceremony Venue in Keystone, Colorado  |  photo[stacysanchez]This family was wandering around the River Run Village.  There are many restaurants, shops and stores to explore in this area.  We usually end up in the Kickapoo Tavern during ski season, as it's right at the base of the gondola, and is a great apres hangout.

[CEREMONY] Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre: Outside Wedding Ceremony Venue in Keystone, Colorado  |  photo[stacysanchez]  Warren Station, Keystone Neighbourhood CompanyPlease let the manager of Warren Station know that you found them on the only online resource dedicated to weddings in Summit County, Colorado, Summit Mountain Weddings!  They are a private company and are now part of a larger mountain community network of wedding venues, service providers and resources.  Comment below if you have any questions about this location!

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Q&A w/ Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch, Colorado: Part 2/2

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In part 1, Scott reflected on how Leon Littlebird was able to create a unique ceremony experience combining a Christian ceremony with Native American elements.  This is a great way to honor and show respect for the ancient locals, the Utes.  These lands were their hunting grounds, following the buffalo, with some artifacts on Vail Pass going back at least 7,000 years.  We know they called this area, Nahoonkara, but what did they call the peaks of Breckenridge?  I know it wasn't seven, eight, nine and ten.  Or, at least pretty sure.

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

Q. Do you think vendors should have a presence on our new wedding blog?  Why and how would it help them?

A. Absolutely! We planned our ENTIRE WEDDING WEEKEND by using blogs, websites, and all the info we could find online from Houston, TX.  The first time we saw Keystone Ranch for ourselves was when we rolled into town a couple of days before the wedding itself.  We asked for a lot of referrals (always a good idea) but still did our internet homework before calling ANY of them. The more complete the online presence, the better.  We were from out of state and knew we were taking some chances.

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

Q. Do you think a niche wedding site for our area is a good idea?

A. Yes.  For us the wedding was more about the relationship than the event.  That said, we wanted an intimate, memorable event that was special for everyone who could make the trip.  Of the 26 people who were at our wedding, only two of them actually lived in Colorado.  When we ran by them what we planned to do, they were quick to say, “it’s going to be hard for you to go wrong there!”  Build on it!

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

We really wanted a small wedding that included family and close friends.  Once the staff at Keystone Ranch saw how intimate an event we were able to create at their facility, (they seemed MUCH more familiar with very large weddings), I think they got it, too.  Don’t be afraid to push for what you want.  It IS your wedding, after all.  Our guests loved that everyone could sit at the same table for dinner following the ceremony.  By focusing on what we wanted (and DIDN’T want), and sticking to our guns, we wound up with an event we and our guests still talk about!

There are plenty of places we COULD have done a mountain wedding, but our experience in Summit County was AMAZING!

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

// VENDORS

Keystone Ranch [keystoneweddings.com]

Steve Tinetti Photography [stevetinettiphoto.com]

Creative Flowers Inc | Petal and Bean [petalandbean.com]  >> Click here to see this vendor’s listing

Leon Littlebird [littlebirdmusic.com]

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Q&A w/ Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch, Colorado: Part 1/2

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Krissy and Scott were married at an outside ceremony at the Keystone Ranch.  This beautiful valley is just west of the Keystone Resort and ski area.   We enjoy this quiet spot that you're able to call your own for a moment in time.  Actually, not too long ago we dressed up this very spot for a 50's themed wedding.  And that's the beauty of it, you can do whatever you want.  There are no rules when it comes to modern weddings.

No matter what, it's fun to look back and one thing we'll be doing more is interviewing couples and see what thoughts and feelings they want to share about their real mountain wedding.  And that's exactly what this blog is about, sharing the real stories of real mountain bride and grooms and the way they put their mountain experience all together.

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado | photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]

Q. What was the most memorable moment you had at your wedding?

A. We had Leon Littlebird, a Summit County local, officiate our ceremony. His ability to weave some beautiful Native American elements into our Christian ceremony was amazing.  It was truly a unique ceremony and exactly what we wanted.  (Okay…I got caught up and cried with happiness when I first spotted my bride walking up, too!)

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado | photo[stevetinettiphoto.com] Keystone wedding photography

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

Q. What would you do differently looking back?

A. Our wedding was a small, “destination style” event, with a total of 26 people.  We hit the perfect weekend of the aspen trees turning yellow, it was 70 degrees and there was not a cloud in the sky.  I’m not sure we would have changed a thing…except I wish we’d gotten chance to meet the pastry chef Ned Archibald (Keystone) who made our cake.  Being out-of-towners, we didn’t get to sit down for a live tasting of all the flavors he can do…and his cake was incredibly good!

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

Q. Any "hindsight 20/20" advice you have for couples?

A. Advice: Pay attention to the STYLE of the various photographers.  Even though we learned that our photographer had never previously shot at Keystone Ranch, we knew we liked his artistic style, and trusted him to create artistic shots.  Steve Tinetti was PHENOMINAL!  Every single detail of our event was beautifully captured in pictures forever.  We have a lot of friends (some of whom are photographers themselves) who were blown away by his work.

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

Q. What resources, vendors, websites and magazines did you get inspiration or help from?

A. We reside in Houston, TX and the decision to get married in Colorado came from a breakfast conversation.  From there, we first looked at websites for weddings in Colorado.  The real help, though, came from when we were selecting photographers.  You can find a lot more pictures that give you a true idea of what your day will look like by paying attention to the location of the weddings they had shot.

For flowers, we wanted something simple and unique that wouldn’t break our budget.  After looking at hundreds of pictures of flowers, my wife finally turned it over to the designers at Petal and Bean. What we got was nothing short of perfect.  They even added a few details better than we had envisioned for ourselves.  We were a MUCH smaller event than the wedding they had done the day prior to ours (at the same location)  but they made us feel just as important.

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado | photo[stevetinettiphoto.com] Keystone wedding photography

// VENDORS

Keystone Ranch [keystoneweddings.com]

Steve Tinetti Photography [stevetinettiphoto.com]

Creative Flowers Inc | Petal and Bean [petalandbean.com]  >> Click here to see this vendor's listing

Leon Littlebird [littlebirdmusic.com]