Vanessa + Peter: Lakeside Engagement Photography in Ontario

Vanessa + Peter: Lakeside Engagement Photography in Ontario | Image: Sandra Stephenson Photography

Lakeside Love in Ontario, Canada

Today's post is a feature for Vanessa + Peter: Lakeside Engagement Photography in Ontario with images courtesy of Sandra Stephenson Photography. It's an atmosphere that fit perfectly with our blog's mission of sharing wonderful outdoor spaces with our readers. I've driven through some parts of Alberta on the way to Alaska, but haven't been to Ontario. If you were married here, or have another love story from this neck of the woods, please share your pics and ask your photographer to submit via Two Bright Lights. We are an editorial partner with them. You can always contact us and submit via email too. Go here to learn more.

Plan an Engagement Photo Session with Your Dog

If you want to get your loves together for a fun photo shoot in the mountains, please contact us to learn how we can find the perfect location and photographer that matches your personality and style. We know of old mining sites, cabins, streams and panoramas that will make for timeless images that you'll never tire looking at. We can help you produce images for your save-the-dates, anniversaries, or even a returning family photo shoot. Talk to us. We know Breckenridge and the mountains in Summit County, Colorado really well. And, we know lots of great vendors, venues and services that will put together a great experience. Thanks for reading!

Vanessa + Peter: Lakeside Engagement Photography in Ontario | Image: Sandra Stephenson Photography

Vanessa + Peter: Lakeside Engagement Photography in Ontario | Image: Sandra Stephenson Photography

Vanessa + Peter: Lakeside Engagement Photography in Ontario | Image: Sandra Stephenson Photography

Vanessa and Pete live in the sleepy northern area of Muskoka, Ontario. It is known well by North Americans as the go-to luxury summer cottage destination. Vanessa met Pete on a blind date back in 2007 at a redneck trailer party. Their mutual friend thought they would be perfect for each other. Vanessa wore skinny ripped jeans and a hooters t-shirt and Pete wore a white t-shirt. Pete proposed to Vanessa in August 2014 at her parents home a day early then planned as he didn't want to lose the ring! It was a private moment away from everyone. Pete purchased the stone for the ring from a family friend who was a jeweller, and had it custom made by a designer in Oakville, Ontario.

For the engagement session, Vanessa and Pete wanted to include personal touches including custom made adirondack chairs, a family heirloom quilt, and cowboy boots, that Vanessa plans to wear to the wedding! Vanessa's chose three outfits for the session that represented her personal style. The first, a flowered H&M dress with cowboy boots. She also wore a gorgeous Maxi dress by Knot Sisters of LA, purchased at Belle's Boutique in Muskoka. The pair also wore sweatshirts from Muskoka Bear Wear.

Vanessa and Pete included their beloved dog, Jherico in their session.. he was so well behaved!

Vanessa + Peter: Lakeside Engagement Photography in Ontario | Image: Sandra Stephenson Photography

Vanessa + Peter: Lakeside Engagement Photography in Ontario | Image: Sandra Stephenson Photography

Vanessa + Peter: Lakeside Engagement Photography in Ontario | Image: Sandra Stephenson Photography

Vanessa + Peter: Lakeside Engagement Photography in Ontario | Image: Sandra Stephenson Photography

Vanessa + Peter: Lakeside Engagement Photography in Ontario | Image: Sandra Stephenson Photography

Vanessa + Peter: Lakeside Engagement Photography in Ontario | Image: Sandra Stephenson Photography

Vanessa + Peter: Lakeside Engagement Photography in Ontario | Image: Sandra Stephenson Photography

Vanessa + Peter: Lakeside Engagement Photography in Ontario | Image: Sandra Stephenson Photography

Vanessa + Peter: Lakeside Engagement Photography in Ontario | Image: Sandra Stephenson Photography

Photographer:  Sandra Stephenson Photography//Apparel:Belle's Boutique//

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Gailan + Eric: Colorado Wedding Engagement Photography

Gailan + Eric: Colorado Wedding Engagement Photography | Image: Matthew Speck Photography

Colorado Engagement Photography Session

Today's post took place at a private residence, and is all about Gailan + Eric: Colorado Wedding Engagement Photography, with images courtesy of Matthew Speck Photography. It's the dreamy kind of place that is quiet and is surrounded by mountains and trees. Bonus points for the lake and casual feel that the coupled shared with us. The backdrop of the Colorado Rocky Mountains is a classic look that never gets old. Ask us how we can help you put together a custom wedding package that includes today's photographer!

Gailan + Eric: Colorado Wedding Engagement Photography | Image: Matthew Speck Photography

Gailan + Eric: Colorado Wedding Engagement Photography | Image: Matthew Speck Photography

Gailan + Eric: Colorado Wedding Engagement Photography | Image: Matthew Speck Photography

The Future: Keystone Resort Wedding at the Alpenglow Stube

This couple plans on bringing their friends and family together to the base of the River Run Village at the Keystone Resort. From here, the guests will travel on two gondolas across two mountains to reach the Outpost on North Peak. The Ceremony and Reception will take place at the Alpenglow Stube. Next door is larger venue, Timber Ridge, but the "stube" has a much more intimate and romantic feeling. Timber Ridge is more dramatic with tall ceilings and large logs that create the atmosphere for a mountain top wedding at 11,400. I know the altitude because I checked an app when setting up weddings there a few years ago.

Thanks for checking out this blog and please contact us with any questions about this site, or planning a destination wedding in the Breckenridge and Vail area. Happy planning or mountain adventuring, whichever comes first!

Gailan + Eric: Colorado Wedding Engagement Photography | Image: Matthew Speck Photography

Gailan + Eric: Colorado Wedding Engagement Photography | Image: Matthew Speck Photography

Gailan + Eric: Colorado Wedding Engagement Photography | Image: Matthew Speck Photography

Gailan + Eric: Colorado Wedding Engagement Photography | Image: Matthew Speck Photography

Gailan + Eric: Colorado Wedding Engagement Photography | Image: Matthew Speck Photography

Gailan + Eric: Colorado Wedding Engagement Photography | Image: Matthew Speck Photography

ALBUM STORY

Gailan and Eric met while still living in Chicago. Once together they decided to make the trek out to Colorado. Next year they will be getting married in Keystone at Alpenglow Stube.

Gailan + Eric: Colorado Wedding Engagement Photography | Image: Matthew Speck Photography

Gailan + Eric: Colorado Wedding Engagement Photography | Image: Matthew Speck Photography

Gailan + Eric: Colorado Wedding Engagement Photography | Image: Matthew Speck Photography

Gailan + Eric: Colorado Wedding Engagement Photography | Image: Matthew Speck Photography

Gailan + Eric: Colorado Wedding Engagement Photography | Image: Matthew Speck Photography

Gailan + Eric: Colorado Wedding Engagement Photography | Image: Matthew Speck Photography

Gailan + Eric: Colorado Wedding Engagement Photography | Image: Matthew Speck Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Colorado Ranch Wedding Venue

Today's post is all about a Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado with images courtesy of Aldabella Photography. This amazing set of images comes via submission from Two Bright Lights. We are well into next year's content calendar with those, and we appreciate all the mountain weddings, elopements and engagements that have been shared by the many wonderful photographers that have submitted. We hope this blog inspires your big day, and if you need help putting together a custom wedding package, then please contact us. Be sure to check out our vendors page, and if you're a vendor, please contact us to learn how we can help you reach more Colorado brides and grooms planning mountain nuptials.

Weddings in Vail, Colorado

There are many weddings in the Vail Valley each year, and only a few are lucky enough to get to use Piney River Ranch as their backdrop for the big day. It's front and center in today's blog, but if you need other ideas or help planning a destination wedding in Vail, please contact us. We've lived and worked hundreds of weddings in the valley and in Summit County. We know and can recommend qualified and quality vendors. Thanks for stopping by!

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

A group of fantastic and talented vendors teamed up to turn their visions into reality. The results were magical! We hope you enjoy this styled shoot as much as we do!
 More details and information can be found on the photographer's blog:

As you make your way through the entrance, you have a 30-45 min drive surrounded by gorgeous wildflowers, rivers, mountain views that will take your breath away and the incredible wildlife that makes up Colorado. Located 9,350 feet above sea level, Piney River Ranch is a must!  As the moose make their way to Piney Lake during late summer, you're guaranteed images that you will cherish for years to come. 

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Photographer:  Aldabella Photography//Makeup Artist: Megan Cary Artistry//Floral Designer: A florae//Professional:Aldabella Photography//Equipment Rentals: Alpine Party Rentals//Bridesmaid Dresses:Dora Grace Bridal//Cake Designer: La Momo Maes Bakery//Reception Venue: Piney River Ranch LLC//Event Planner: Platinum Weddings and Events//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Ali + Austin: Colorado Engagement Photo Session

Ali + Austin: Colorado Engagement Photo Session | Image: Melissa Yocum Photography

Fall Mountain, Lakeside Engagement Session

Today's post is all about Ali + Austin's Colorado Engagement Photo Session, with images courtesy of Melissa Yocum Photography. The newly engaged couple wandered among the brilliant yellow aspen trees and paddled around a small lake, stopping to stare into each other's eyes and take in the moment. It can be a fun, and kinda silly at times when you pose for pics, but just have a good time and act natural. Have a bag of snacks handy, as you could get hungry as you move between locations. Talk with your photographer about different clothing ideas that will give your pics a few different l

Colorado Engagement Photography

If you stumbled upon this site because you're thinking about an engagement session somewhere in Colorado, but aren't going to marry here, that's ok. We work with many couples in various states of love. Vow renewals are becoming more popular, but elopements and smaller weddings that don't require a full-service wedding planner are creating custom wedding packages that work for them, and end up saving everybody time, energy, and money.

We actually have a couple from North Carolina in town for their elopement, and it's been snowing this week. We've seen exceptionally warm weather lately, until this storm came through. I think I saw that Beaver Creek even got about 11" of snow. Snowmaking operations have begun on a few runs at Copper Mountain and Keystone, but there's a handful of resorts already open on the east coast. So, even though it's "mud season" up here, there are lots of things to do, and the excitement is in the air in our ski towns as we eagerly await the first runs to open.

Please contact us to learn more about how we can help you best.

Ali + Austin: Colorado Engagement Photo Session | Image: Melissa Yocum Photography

Ali + Austin: Colorado Engagement Photo Session | Image: Melissa Yocum Photography

Ali + Austin: Colorado Engagement Photo Session | Image: Melissa Yocum Photography

Ali + Austin: Colorado Engagement Photo Session | Image: Melissa Yocum Photography

High School Sweethearts, dated for 6 years through high school and college. Got engaged when Austin surprised Ali during her European internship. Engagement session during the first weeks she returned home to Colorado during Colorado's colorful fall.

Ali + Austin: Colorado Engagement Photo Session | Image: Melissa Yocum Photography

Ali + Austin: Colorado Engagement Photo Session | Image: Melissa Yocum Photography

Ali + Austin: Colorado Engagement Photo Session | Image: Melissa Yocum Photography

Ali + Austin: Colorado Engagement Photo Session | Image: Melissa Yocum Photography Ali + Austin: Colorado Engagement Photo Session | Image: Melissa Yocum Photography Ali + Austin: Colorado Engagement Photo Session | Image: Melissa Yocum Photography Ali + Austin: Colorado Engagement Photo Session | Image: Melissa Yocum Photography

Ali + Austin: Colorado Engagement Photo Session | Image: Melissa Yocum Photography Ali + Austin: Colorado Engagement Photo Session | Image: Melissa Yocum Photography

Ali + Austin: Colorado Engagement Photo Session | Image: Melissa Yocum Photography

Ali + Austin: Colorado Engagement Photo Session | Image: Melissa Yocum Photography

 Ali + Austin: Colorado Engagement Photo Session | Image: Melissa Yocum Photography

Ali + Austin: Colorado Engagement Photo Session | Image: Melissa Yocum Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Wooded Hillside and Lake Setting in California

The first same-sex wedding is from the nuptials of Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California, with images courtesy of Miki Vargas Photography. The setting was the largest natural lake in Mendocino County, in the wooded hillsides of California. Perhaps these two will choose the Breckenridge and Summit County area for a future vow renewal. 

Love is love

I accepted this wedding as a submission more for the fun theme of the "Roaring 20's" than the same-sex factor. We helped a celebrity plan a wedding at the Keystone Resort that had a 50's theme and we even did milkshake flower arrangements! Other fun themes we've seen over the years include the couple's ethnicities and even sports and athletic endeavors. One wedding we decorated was for a librarian who included stacks of books as part of her table centerpieces and decor. Please contact us to learn more about creating a fun mountainside gathering that helps share your love.

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

ALBUM STORY

Venue: Leonard Lake Reserve

Location: Redwood Valley, CA

When we arrived at the property we could not believe our eyes. Leonard Lake is the largest natural lake in Mendocino County, and sits in the heart of rare old growth fir and redwood groves; truly a magical place.

Nina & Katie had a Roaring 20s themed wedding which was inspired in part by Katie's grandmothers wedding of the same era. The decor, details, and attire made for countless amazing photo ops and a cohesive celebration amongst such beautifully aged trees. It was almost as if we had actually taken a step back in time and witnessed a fairy tale love story.

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

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Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

Nina + Katie: Roaring 20's Themed Wedding in California | Image: Miki Vargas Photography

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