Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot in Breckenridge, Colorado

Today's post is all about a Styled Shoot at the Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge. This somewhat new lodge (less than two years as of this writing) is located on Ski Hill Road, less than a mile from the base of Peak 8. I have seen lots of styled shoots on other wedding blogs, and I rounded up some of the vendors that service the mountain towns of Summit County with the help of local Breckenridge wedding planner, Erica Sarell. Erica moved to Colorado from Florida, and I remember her start in the industry as Colorado Occasions. And, with a rebranding and freshening up of her business, her new business name is Erica Sarell Weddings and Events.

And, just as I felt it was time for Breckenridge to have its own wedding blog, I felt it was time that we originated a styled shoot for our little mountain town. My goal would be to have others, in the other towns, to raise awareness of the magnificent opportunities in Summit County. Then, we'll move on to the Vail Valley and the nooks and crannies on that side of the pass. Oh, and speaking of Vail Pass, there are now new regulations for snow tires on I-70, so please click here to learn more.

Breckenridge Wedding Venue

We have worked with Erica before, and knew she had the connections and experience to put together this team of vendors for a one-of-a-kind shoot that Breckenridge deserves. We chose the Breckenridge Nordic Center and the Lomax Placer Mine as the backdrop for the fun set of photos you see here. The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance manages the historical sites around town, and that includes this set of cabins near the downtown historic district.

Be sure to contact Erica if you're considering hiring a helping hand for your big day, and if you'd like more information about how to get Erica or any of the vendors in this styled shoot as part of a custom wedding package for your destination wedding, elopement or vow renewal, then be sure to contact us and mention this styled shoot! Thanks for reading and happy planning.

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Q. What items did you choose to include in this styled shoot? What kind of feeling were you going for?

I chose to focus on a muted, monochromatic and a romantic, yet playful, feel on this shoot. I also wanted to showcase local vendors and elements, like the Breckenridge Distillery.

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Q. How did everything go on the day of the shoot?

Everything went smoothly, minus the wind! But as to be expected with any mountain wedding, the weather doesn't always cooperate. We were able to set up and get the table setting shots in during a short break in the wind and it turned out perfectly! I love getting to see the different elements you work hard to plan, and collaborate with the other vendors, come together into one beautiful and thoughtful design. Plus, we couldn't have had more fun dressing up those Scooter's!

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Q. What would you say are the top three considerations for brides and grooms planning a Colorado mountain wedding?

Planning a Colorado mountain wedding definitely has some different considerations that need to be kept in mind:

1. Prepare your guests that are traveling from far and wide to join you on your wedding day – ie: altitude, layers, hydration, appropriate shoes, and the affects of alcohol consumption high, high above sea level. These factors can make or break your experience and your guests experience. Put simply – knowledge is power! Also, is everyone capable of riding on chairlift, walking through un-groomed mountain meadows, and being at over 10,000 feet above sea level? These are things that's can't be changed about having a wedding up here in the Colorado mountains, so make sure some serious considerations are made to this regard.

2. Weather - it can change on a dime here in Colorado. So dress is important. Layers are necessary and so is wearing the proper shoe. Heels aren't the best option for climbing up mountainsides, or off loading a chair lift. You'll also want to be prepared with a weather back up plan. Many times there will be an afternoon shower or thunderstorm that rolls through, and although most are quick to pass, sometimes they aren't. Anything is possible, even snow, so it's better to be prepared with a plan that isn't utilized than to be caught without one! 3. Arm yourself with the best possible team of local vendors you can to ensure your wedding will be in the hands of professionals well versed in the area you are getting married in. Choosing local vendors who are not only familiar with the venues you're looking at, but also the environment and weather will help you plan a smooth event.

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Q. What's a helpful tip or prop addition that is a simple thing to have that a lot overlook or don't even think about?

It gets windy up here in the mountains. Candles won't stay lit outside, petals or leaves won't stay nicely lining your aisle way, and the wind has the potential to blow arches and other arrangements over is they're not secured properly!

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Q. What's a funny or memorable moment you've had recently at a mountain wedding?

I think a memorable moment for me this wedding season was a couple that was married at Father Dyer Church in Breckenridge, just like the bride's parents were over 30 years prior. The bride's family thought the church had burnt down, and it wasn't until the mother of the bride looked at pictures of the stained glass in pictures that they realized it was the one they were married at.

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Q. Any last-minute issues or problems pop up that you were able to successfully resolve for your clients?

Of course! I refer to those as wedding day hiccups. No matter how much your plan, inevitably things will need some flexibility and adjustments. It's part of the territory with weddings; chairlifts break down, it snows, you didn't get enough chairs delivered to the venue, or a boutonniere comes apart and you have to reassemble one. With each wedding I orchestrate behind me and after nearly 8 years of planning weddings, you pick up a few tricks of the trade and come prepared for anything!

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Q. Tell us who you are and what mountain wedding experiences you've had along your way. What makes you different from the rest?

I'm the exclusive mountain wedding planner for the bold and playful couple. I specialize in destination, full and partial wedding planning. I begun planning weddings in 2008 after the economy collapsing closed the chapter of the non profit organization I was working for in Florida. I applied for an apprenticeship with an area planner and fell in love with planning weddings! I appreciate the opportunities I've had to plan events featuring vastly different backdrops and have gravitated toward planning destination weddings since majority of my experience has been in destination locations. Although, I must admit that living in the beautiful mountains I grew up around has forever captured my heart and I don't intend to leave again, ever! Planning a Colorado mountain wedding can be overwhelming, but it should be uber FUN along the way. It is my promise that as my client you will be inspired, well-informed and excited to plan your wedding. Every couple is unique in their own right and every event I plan will reflect the beautiful things that define who you both are. I strive to bring creative innovation to your visions, reduce stress and ensure no detail is overlooked.

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

// VENDOR LOVE

Planning and Design, Stationery: Erica Sarell Weddings + Events
Hair + Make Up: Mountain Majestic Beauty
Linens: La Tavola
Transportation: Breck Scooters

Annie + Matt: St. Mary's Church Ceremony & Reception at Rubywood in Breckenridge

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{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Annie + Matt: St. Mary's Church Ceremony & Reception at Rubywood in Breckenridge The following photoblog of Annie and Matt's real mountain wedding at St. Mary's Catholic Church followed by a reception at Rubywood, a private luxury home rental in Breckenridge. The ceremony was downtown while the home is a short drive away, but goes up Boreas Pass road to the top part of the neighborhoods on Mt. Baldy. Any higher up and you're looking at old gold mines and alpine tundra.

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Annie + Matt: St. Mary's Church Ceremony & Reception at Rubywood in Breckenridge

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Annie + Matt: St. Mary's Church Ceremony & Reception at Rubywood in Breckenridge

St. Mary's Catholic Church

Annie and Matt chose the older, historic side of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. There's  a newer addition that adds room to the original structure  built in 1881 to host their traditional ceremony.

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Annie + Matt: St. Mary's Church Ceremony & Reception at Rubywood in Breckenridge

A Bouquetless Bride

Annie was bouquetless,, choosing to hold on to the arms of her mother and father as she walked down the isle, there was no reason to have a bridal bouquet. She said that the most memorable part of her wedding was “My husband crying as I met him at the altar”.  It's all about priorities, and this bride chose to hold hands and not flowers.

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Annie + Matt: St. Mary's Church Ceremony & Reception at Rubywood in Breckenridge

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Annie + Matt: St. Mary's Church Ceremony & Reception at Rubywood in Breckenridge

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Annie + Matt: St. Mary's Church Ceremony & Reception at Rubywood in Breckenridge

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Annie + Matt: St. Mary's Church Ceremony & Reception at Rubywood in Breckenridge

Rubywood - A Paragon Lodging Property

Annie and Matt’s reception was held at Paragon Lodging’s Rubywood  in Breckenridge.  Paragon Lodging is a company that manages luxury homes all over the world and they offer the homes for rentals and even for small weddings. Granted there are a lot of rules, regulations and fees that come with renting out one of these homes for a wedding, but if you’re the type that doesn't want a stock wedding from a reception venue and you want to keep it intimate, having your reception in a luxury home just may be what you’re looking for.

Ashley Davis Photography

Annie said that the one thing she didn’t know before her wedding was how beautiful the flowers and wild grasses are in the summer in Breckenridge. Annie and Matt chose Boulder, Colorado’s Ashley Davis for their photographer. From the preparation to the reception Ashley’s documentary style of photography captured the little details, smiles and emotions throughout the day.  Her mission is ‘Real Photography For Non-Traditional Couples’.

 { REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Annie + Matt married inside St. Mary's Church with reception at Rubywood in Breckenridge,Colorado  |  photo[ashleydavisphotography.com]  Breckenridge wedding photographer, Paragon Lodging, Private Home Rental, Colorado destination wedding.

 Since Annie and Matt didn’t go with a traditional reception sight, they had more freedom in all of their choices.  Annie said it was worth spending the extra money on the “Food!  Everyone always says that no one remembers the food at a wedding, but that's because it's usually not very good.  Our food was amazing and people truly enjoyed the eating portion of our reception and still talk about it.

Ridge Street Kitchen

Annie and Matt chose Breckenridge’s Ridge Street Kitchen for their catering.  Kelly Brenholt from Ridge  Street Kitchen remembers Annie and Matt's wedding well saying, 'she really went with the "whole feel" as far as the BBQ dinner goes--we had cool tin plates, mugs, gingham and burlap linen, and  country/bluegrass music.For the wedding dinner we included her family's spoon bread recipe and went with a little bit more elegant---shrimp and beef dinner---to go withh the elegant decor/flowers/linen, etc.'

 { REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Annie + Matt married inside St. Mary's Church with reception at Rubywood in Breckenridge,Colorado  |  photo[ashleydavisphotography.com]  Breckenridge wedding photographer, Paragon Lodging, Private Home Rental, Colorado destination wedding.

Petal and Bean

Annie  also mentioned that, “The ornate details in the decor too! (Were worth spending extra money on) ."  The chandeliers at our wedding were incredible; white roses,  manzanita branches, hanging crystals, and lights.”

Annie said in hindsight about her wedding and planning, “I wouldn't do anything different because we took our time planning, we listened to advice from other couples and we truly, truly followed our instincts with what we wanted our wedding to be. It is so easy to get caught up in having your wedding be some sort of show and tell versus a celebration of the love you and your spouse share.”

// VENDORS

Venue / Lodging: Paragon Lodging

Photographer: Ashley Davis

Flowers and Decor: Petal and Bean

Catering: Ridge Street Kitchen

Aspen Trees in Breckenridge, Colorado

Aspen Trees in Breckenridge, Colorado

The aspen trees in Breckenridge, Colorado are a spectacular site to see, and if you're looking for a few spots around Summit County for wedding photo shoots and fun times, then head over to this blog that describes 10 locations for you to choose from. Please contact us to learn more about how we can help you plan your destination wedding in Colorado.

The USA ProCycling Challenge in Breck: Road Closures and Travel Impacts

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Breckenridge has a big cycling community and there are lots of locals and visitors that participate in the local race series, as well as other races that come through the area like the Triple Bypass the Courage Classic. Some other local races to take note of include Circle the Summit and the Breck Epic. >> USA ProCycling Challenge: Road Closures and Travel Impacts

Flowery Bike by Petal and Bean in Breckenridge, Colorado

As with every wedding, with enough planning and preparation you can handle almost anything that comes your way. Half the battle is having the knowledge, and the other half is having the experience and tools to problem solve your way out of inclement weather, wardrobe malfunctions and other wedding fails.

Actually, a few years ago, the race prompted a couple to reschedule their nuptials. They moved up the date of their ceremony one day, as the race was scheduled to close the road on the original day selected. Luckily, this couple was flexible and went with the flow and had a beautiful wedding at Sapphire Point overlooking Dillon Reservoir. Just one day earlier, that's all.

Contact us to learn more about planning details for your destination wedding in Colorado. We are Summit County and Vail Valley specialists. See bicyle-inspired floral decor from Petal and Bean by clicking here.

A Toast to the Toaster: 8 Things to Remember When Planning a Wedding Toast

This blog is a creation of Petal and Bean, and is the original wedding blog for Summit County, Colorado. We've recently added new team members to Petal and Bean, and that includes Kayle Walker, guest blogger in today's post. We oversee a lot of events and we help plan events too. Let's check out what Kayle learned from attending a few weddings and from her wedding planning jobs here in Breckenridge and Keystone. Here's her tips for making your toast the best it can be. A Toast to the Toaster:  8 Things to Remember When Planning a Wedding Toast | Photo courtes of Kent Meireis Photography

A Toast to the Toaster: 8 Things to Remember When Planning a Wedding Toast - Kayle Walker

This past Saturday I was the Day-of-Coordinator for a wedding at the Keystone Resort's Ski Tip Lodge.  The day kicked off at Lord of the Mountain Church in Dillon. It's one of the best places in the County where you can have the ceremony inside with vast mountain views in the background.

The celebration continued and the night was filled with lots of dancing, including a tear-jerking father-daughter dance. I was witness to delicious food, beautiful flowers, and great conversation.  It was an absolutely gorgeous day.

One of the moments that stood out to me was the toasts. The bride's  two Matrons of Honor gave a personal speech with a small memento for the bride and groom. The ladies were a hard act to follow, but the Best Men followed with funny, personal stories about the groom. I truly enjoyed this part because I learned more about the bride and groom... so here’s a toast to the toasters!

So what’s the key to giving a good toast? Here's 8 tips from a planner.

1. Introduction: Introduce yourself and your connection to the bride/groom. Follow that by remarking about the {insert adjective here} event.

2. Be yourself, but don’t make it about you: Public speaking can be difficult so remember to be yourself! However, we know you’re a big part of the bride/groom’s life, but keep the focus on them and not you. It’s okay to tell a memory that includes you, but remember who you are honoring.

3. Keep it short: Short and sweet – less than 5 minutes. Also consider how many other people are giving toasts and adjust your time accordingly.

4. Don’t be negative: Don’t confuse humor with negativity. Don’t try to embarrass the bride/ groom by telling what you think is a “funny” story (i.e. Claire’s speech on Wedding Crashers). And whatever you do, don’t bring up exes (duh!).

5. Practice: Read it to your friends or family and get their feedback – especially if you’re using humor or telling a personal story. Write it down or bring notes if you need to, it’s not neccesarry to memorize your toast or give it impromptu.

6. Face the couple: Face the couple when you’re giving the toast and don’t forget to smile.

7. Appearance: Hit the restroom before you’re in the spotlight and straighten up. Your toast will likely be documented with a photo and/or video. Also... try not to be drunk! We know you want to have a good time, but you don’t want to be sloppy.

8. Actually Toast: You can get caught up with what you’re saying and forget to actually ask the guests to raise a glass. Finish your toast with a phrase such as, Cheers, Salute, etc. so the crowd knows you are finished.

It’s always fun to see the small details come together for a successful event. I thank the couple for letting me share in their joy, tears, and laughter on their special day. Contact Petal and Bean and Summit Mountain Weddings to learn more!

3 Things Hiring A Coordinator Will Do To Decrease Your Stress

Top 3 Things hiring a coordinator will do for your stress

Hiring a wedding planner can take three large stresses right off your shoulders. Do you need help with picking out vendors? Do you need help narrowing down even the smallest details? How about more time? Don't you want to be enjoying your time as an engaged couple leading up to your wedding rather than stress out about planning your dream mountain weddings?

Katelyn and Chet just had their one year anniversary of their wedding at Keystone Ranch. They hired Petal and Bean for not only their flowers but also for planning. Dina helped with everything from lining up the groomsmen to decorating the 4 tier wedding cake with flowers.

Top 3 Things hiring a coordinator will do for your stress

We asked Katelyn what was the biggest stressor that the wedding planner took off their plate. The top three stresses she said were helping pick out vendors, direction for the small details, and of course time.

Q. What did you feel was the biggest stressor your planner took off your plate? 

 A. "Everything! The team doesn't just show up the day of your wedding and help coordinate - they are passionate about your wedding and it becomes as important to them as it is to you. From the first day I started working with the team, I became excited about the wedding and didn't have any negative stressors. A few stressors that they took off my plate were:
  1. Picking out vendors - When you have a list of 25 DJs where do you really start? The team provided me with a few options and I called the 3 that fit what I was best looking for.
  2. Direction - I had never really thought of a wedding prior to planning so I wasn't ever sure of what I wanted. The team really helped capture the small details I did want to have and build around that to deliver exactly everything I could want. 
  3. Time - Of course they saved me time which helped since life doesn't slow down while planning a wedding. I could focus on work or the few tasks Dina sent over, but in general it really allowed more time for me."

Top 3 Things hiring a coordinator will do for your stress

We can help you start looking for vendors in our area to with our Vendor Directory. We also do by the hour planning consolations if you don't what the whole kit and caboodle. Check out all of our wedding planning services here! Photos by Bride and Joy Photography and Andrea Parnell. Please contact us for planning your wedding!

Leah and Dustin in the Ice Castle in Breckenridge, Colorado

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In this amazing image you see Leah and Dustin in the Ice Castle in Breckenridge, Colorado. Katie Girtman of Studio Kiva Photography, a Breckenridge wedding photographer,  took the couple to this surreal location in downtown Breck this past weekend. Great job!