Allyn + Jake: Breckenridge, Colorado Elopement at Sapphire Point

Allyn + Jake: Breckenridge, Colorado Elopement at Sapphire Point

Outdoor Ceremony at Sapphire Point Today’s post is all about Allyn + Jake: Breckenridge, Colorado Elopement at Sapphire Point with images courtesy of Keeping Composure Photography. This set of images is actually from a couple and event that we helped put together. The location is a beautiful overlook on Lake Dillon, and the couple was...

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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

[Activity] Stand Up Paddling on the Colorado River

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Yes, ski season is just getting started here in the high country, but that doesn't mean that a few of our readers aren't planning ahead to next summer and dreaming about Stand Up Paddling on the Colorado River as part of their week-long wedding experience for friends and families. Blow them away on panoramic hikes and drives, but get them on the water for stories that they will not stop talking about. The canyons change you. This wedding will change the lives of your guests. Maybe. You never know, for sure, anyway.

Either way, contact us to learn more about planning your destination wedding in the Colorado Rocky Mountains near Brecknridge, Copper Mountain, Dillon, Frisco, Keystone, Silverthorne and the Vail Valley. We've been known to ride chairlifts in the summertime at Beaver Creek, as well as transport flowers via snowcat. We are experienced wedding professionals that will help create the memories you want, and help with the stress you don't want. Please contact us to learn more, and click here to see the other video of Tandem Paddle Boarding!

[ART OF MOUNTAIN TRAVEL] Swan Mountain Road: Take a Drive on the Mountain Roads near Breckenridge and Summit County, Colorado

Whether you're in town for vacation or a wedding, there's one thing I always recommend folks to do, and that's to visit another mountain town besides the one they're staying in.  For example, when we were married, we had everyone go to the Frisco Marina for our lakeside ceremony, which was then followed by a pontoon paradeon Dillon Reservoir.  We did this because we thought it was important for our guests to see a bit more of our county than just one town.

 We love how each town has its own feel, and even took our family on a wedding at Piney River Ranch in Vail this past summer.  It was just a simple drop off, and then we strolled through the Vail village afterwards.  Either way, there's so much to see and do in our mountain community, that we simply recommend to get out there and take a drive to literally see for yourself.  

[ART OF MOUNTAIN TRAVEL] Swan Mountain Road: Take a Drive on the Mountain Roads near Breckenridge and Summit County, Colorado  |  photo[stacysanchez]  Breckenridge Photography

This is the same road that the world class cyclists rode over as they traveled from Steamboat to Breckenridge this past summer.  It was quite a big deal, and folks were camped out along side this stretch of road the night before the event.  The road closed for part of the day, and we had to leave a few hours earlier than normal to ensure that we were where we needed to be in order to do our job, and that was to decorate and deliver flowers to our mountain top wedding at Timber Ridge, which is on North Peak, in Keystone's Outback.

[ART OF MOUNTAIN TRAVEL] Swan Mountain Road: Take a Drive on the Mountain Roads near Breckenridge and Summit County, Colorado  |  photo[stacysanchez]  Breckenridge Photography

You have options on this drive, including continuing around the lake, while perhaps stopping off to take a hike on one of the many trails and bike paths that circle the Dillon Reservoir.  We'll explore the Loveland Pass option in another blog, so check back! 

[ART OF MOUNTAIN TRAVEL] Swan Mountain Road: Take a Drive on the Mountain Roads near Breckenridge and Summit County, Colorado  |  photo[stacysanchez]  Breckenridge Photography

We will also be sharing some of our favorite spots to take photos near the Lake in upcoming posts, so check back for more great localized info that you can actually use to plan your wedding in the Rocky Mountains near Summit County. 

[ART OF MOUNTAIN TRAVEL] Swan Mountain Road: Take a Drive on the Mountain Roads near Breckenridge and Summit County, Colorado  |  photo[stacysanchez]  Breckenridge Photography

This view in this photo is looking west from the Keystone side, where the Snake River enters the reservoir.  Swan Mountain road is on the left side here, and that's Buffalo and Red mountain in the distance, part of the Gore Range.  

// photos by Stacy Sanchez

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Q&A w/ Nicole + Garri // A Winter Wedding at Sapphire Point, near Breckenridge, Colorado.

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The mountains are a sacred place to many people.  And to some, it is the place where they want to exchange their vows and move on to the next stage of their life.  One magnificent location is called Sapphire Point, and is perched above scenic Lake Dillon on Swan Mountain Road, between Breckenridge and Keystone.

Nicole + Garri: A Winter Wedding at Sapphire Point, near Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[zanderography.com]

Q. Who would you say was helpful in planning your wedding?

A." I would say that I had a great amount of help from Emily Campbell of Bella Design and Planning.  She was instrumental in finding the perfect location for our ceremony and guiding us through the necessary steps to get a park permit for the space and what time would be optimal for photos. She also helped me with finding and scheduling a hair appointment in Breckenridge, and making recommendations for dinner locations after our ceremony." 

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Q&A w/ Nicole + Garri: A Winter Wedding at Sapphire Point near Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[zanderography.com]

Q. Why did you choose the Rocky Mountains as your wedding location?

A. "Being in the wedding industry and working with brides every day, I really wanted to do something different - a spin on the destination wedding.  The idea of all that white snow really spoke to me in a way that a beach wedding never could - and I LOVE the sun." 
{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Q&A w/ Nicole + Garri: A Winter Wedding at Sapphire Point near Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[zanderography.com]

Here we see the Groom taking a moment to himself with the Ten Mile Range as the dramatic mountain range to the south.  The Gore Range starts in Frisco and continues north past Silverthorne and goes further west into the Vail Valley.  A scenic trail loops around back to the parking lot, is less than a mile long, and is very family friendly.

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Q&A w/ Nicole + Garri: A Winter Wedding at Sapphire Point near Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[zanderography.com]

You can't totally block off access to the trail for your wedding, so be prepared to smile at the folks just on a hike as you have your ceremony.  I would think most people would be respectful and keep quiet.  It's the critters there you have to worry about.  They've been fed regularly and aren't too shy at times, so be on the watch for some unexpected guests at your wedding!

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Q&A w/ Nicole + Garri: A Winter Wedding at Sapphire Point near Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[zanderography.com]

"All of our photos were from Nate Zander - and he did a great job of capturing the day for us."  

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Q&A w/ Nicole + Garri: A Winter Wedding at Sapphire Point near Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[zanderography.com]
{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Q&A w/ Nicole + Garri: A Winter Wedding at Sapphire Point near Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[zanderography.com]

"I love the photo that we used on our announcement as well as the shot of us with our heads together at the top of the mountain."

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Q&A w/ Nicole + Garri: A Winter Wedding at Sapphire Point near Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[zanderography.com]

Q.  Anything you would like to share with brides planning their winter wedding in the mountains?

A. "Some of the things that I wish other brides had shared with me were how to bring some flowers into my wedding.  Atop a mountain it is difficult to have a bouquet or any sort of delicate flower.  I wish I had some more ideas - I actually called you* on a recommendation from Emily, but you affirmed my suspicion that flowers wouldn't really hold up."  
{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Q&A w/ Nicole + Garri: A Winter Wedding at Sapphire Point near Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[zanderography.com]

"Having a fur jacket was a MUST for me and I loved the faux fur one that I found.  So many brides wear them for winter wedding and I think they are stunning!"

// VENDORS
Emily Campbell [Bella Design and Planning]
Nate Zander  [Zanderography]

[HOW TO] have a pontoon parade on Lake Dillon as part of your adventure wedding in Rockies.

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When planning your Rocky Mountain wedding in Summit County, Colorado you can incorporate a water experience into your options with a rafting trip, fly fishing experience or even a pontoon parade.  Yes, that's exactly what we did for our friends and family.  We had our ceremony near the Frisco Bay Marina, and decided against the family kayaking chaos we envisioned and went with the pontoon parade idea.

Our pontoons were rented from the Frisco Bay Marina.   |  photo[AllysiaAngus]

Just after the ceremony, we boarded reserved pontoons (a must) and headed out towards the center of the lake through the islands.  We still remember my cousin, Glen, wearing his bluetooth opening up the throttle on the pontoon trying to pass us.  Our pontoon putt putt quickly turned into a scene from Miami Vice as I wondered who was so important that might call that warranted sporting a bluetooth earpiece.

Post wedding ceremony pontoon parade on Lake Dillon.   |  photo[AllysiaAngus]

Looking back, I'm glad we were able to share the experience of being on the water in the mountains with our friends and family.  We did get a big wave from a passing Sheriff's boat put enough water in the front of our pontoon that we thought we might be swimming for a second!  We drained our shoes and wore flip flops the rest of the night!

Eye protection is very important.  He's also wearing a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) and sunscreen (SPF 60).  |  photo[AllysiaAngus]

Enjoying a still moment as we watch a sailboat regatta on the Lake.  |  photo[AllysiaAngus]

Dina and Stacy celebrating on Lake Dillon!  |  photo[AllysiaAngus]

Heading back towards the Frisco Bay Marina after our post wedding pontoon parade on the lake.  |  photo[AllysiaAngus]

// Photos courtesy of our longtime friend, Allysia Angus.

[Hindsight 20/20] Groom's advice: Ask for help, so you can enjoy the day.

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Looking back, all my friends and family coming to Breckenridge for our wedding was a dream come true.  To have everyone together for a few amazing hours was totally worth it.  Relishing the moment and remembering how each person played a role in your life is an indescribable feeling.  You'll know what I mean when you have yours.

This is why it's called SUMMIT COUNTY.  |  photo[robinjohnsonphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

We chose to have our wedding on the shore of Lake Dillon at the Frisco Bay Marina.  We worked it out that a patch of grass be maintained to where we could have our ceremony looking at two fourteeners in the distance, with mountains surrounding us.

This is why it's called SUMMIT COUNTY.  |  photo[robinjohnsonphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

As someone who's in the wedding industry, and lives in Breckenridge, it was still very time-consuming to explore options, talk to vendors and finalize details.  We not only have knowledge and experience of working many weddings and special events in the area, but we also know what it's like to have the worries about money, who pays for what and the concerns of planning this whole experience for everyone.

We know the problems that you'll encounter and the choices you'll have to make.   What's best is that we also know the people you need to solve those problems.  You'll get a piece of mind knowing that real mountain folks are helping you plan your mountain wedding.

This is why it's called SUMMIT COUNTY.  |  photo[robinjohnsonphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

Groom's Tip - Ask for help

Looking back, I would have asked a few more of the guys to pitch in and help out, so I could've relaxed more.  After a late night catching up, all the guys were busy or conveniently missing when I set up the chairs for the ceremony.

I really didn't mind working a bit at my own wedding, but now realize I wish I would've taken it a bit more easy and utilized the man power that was present.

I guess I wanted everyone to enjoy themselves, and not have to strain themselves, as most of the visitors were not used to the altitude.  Working many events over the years, I've now seen how many bridal parties don't do much but take pictures, eat great food and enjoy the moment.  I did just that, but in my own way.

After the ceremony we had a pontoon parade that toured Lake Dillon and created a perspective that you don't see from terra firma.  We're kayakers and enjoy the peaceful morning paddles and that's what prompted us to share this lake experience during our mountain wedding.  A speeding boat created a tense-filled moment where I thought my new wife and I would be swimming in the cold, alpine lake.  But, that is for another story...

*Photo courtesy of Robin Johnson, a true Breckenridge local.  She's a lot of fun, and would be a great way to support the local economy.  Please visit her website,  and Facebook page to learn more.