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

[Sneak Peek] Erin + Jeff at the Mountain Thunder Lodge in Breckenridge, Colorado

We are getting lots of photos coming in from all the weddings this past summer, and can't wait to share them all!  We are working on adding all these very soon, so keep checking back.  In the meantime, here's an image, courtesy of KMulhern Photography.  If you're planning a wedding in the high country, please contact us to help you figure out the details.  We've got lots of experience and local expertise to share with you.   

[Sneak Peek] Erin + Jeff at the Mountain Thunder Lodge in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  Photo courtesy of KMulhern Photography

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Ashley + Jim at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado

After guests check in and find their way around Breckenridge, they drive themselves, or arrange for a shuttle, they arrive at a wedding venue near  chairlifts that service one of North America's most popular ski resorts.  This Colorado alpine destination is the scene for Ashley and Jim's wedding at Ten Mile Station.  

This local couple decided to bring their family and friends to a wedding venue unlike any other.  In fact, the only thing around are a few chairlifts.  During the winter, Vail Resorts using the facility as an on-mountain dining facility with one of the best outside decks (until the T-Bar at One Ski Hill Place came along) at the Breckenridge Ski Resort.

Thousands of wildflowers fill the ski slopes during the summertime, and a magnificent view of Mt. Baldy and the Continental Divide is the backdrop.   Today's featured video was created with tender loving care by Erin from Elegant Productions.  Please mention this blog when you check with Erin about shooting a video for your special day.  

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 // VENDORS

Venue and Catering: Ten Mile Station – Vail Resorts 
Florist: Petal and Bean
Cake / Desserts: Sugar
Photographer: Juli Photography
DJ: Chris Keith
Videographer: Elegant Productions 

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Beth + Mark in Breckenridge, Colorado

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Beth + Mark in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[briankraft.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography, Breckenridge Wedding Planner, Colorado Wedding Blog, Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding Beth and Mark eloped and were married in Breckenridge, Colorado.  This is their story.  What' s yours?

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{ Bouquet } Blue Hydrangea + Seeded Eucalyptus

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Beth + Mark in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[briankraft.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography, Breckenridge Wedding Planner, Colorado Wedding Blog, Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding

When I used to hear that someone eloped, certain images would come to my mind.  Elvis, Las Vegas, Niagara Falls, maybe,  a small town justice of the peace.  Before my eyes, flashes of two star-crossed young lovers sneaking out of their bedroom windows, running away in the middle of the night from everything they've ever known to get married,  real quick like.

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But, everything changed the other day when I saw the stunning photographs of Beth and Mark's Breckenridge Elopement.   They had a real wedding ceremony  at Rounds Point in Breckenridge with an officiant and even an acoustic guitarist.

It looked like a wedding with lots and lots of guests, but no one was there except Beth, Mark, the officiant, the photographer and the musician.

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But let's back up.  The ceremony, to me, wasn't even the best part of the wedding (although, it's a close second).  After looking through hundreds of their photos, I noticed a genuine tenderness between them.  A quiet bond, and a genuine love.

In so many weddings, you see the groom pulled one way, the bride pulled another.  You'll read in a lot of wedding books and magazines that say to "make sure you schedule in time to spend together."

It seems so  obvious, but to anyone who has gotten married in a traditional way with lots of invited guests,  it seems you spend a lot more time talking to and making sure your guests are having fun than spending time , just the two of you together.

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{ Real Mountain Wedding } Beth + Mark in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[briankraft.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography, Breckenridge Wedding Planner, Colorado Wedding Blog, Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Beth + Mark in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[briankraft.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography, Breckenridge Wedding Planner, Colorado Wedding Blog, Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding

Beth and Mark spent the entire day together.  Just the two of them.  No outside distractions.  The most romantic part of their day, for me, as I was re-living it through their photographs was that they dressed each other.  

How sexy is that?  I mean, him zipping up her dress, and her fastening his cuff links.  That's the way a real married couple would get dressed for a special  night out together.

Under Beth's gorgeous lace dress, she wore classic cowboy boots which is not only a sassy, stylish statement but in Colorado, in the mountains,  it's just plain  sensible.

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They stayed at One Ski Hill Place in Breckenridge which is located at the unrivaled location at the base of Peak 8 where luxury and location meet.  It's an ideal location in  a perfect destination. Travel magazines everywhere agree: One Ski Hill Place in Breckenridge is where the memories of a lifetime are made.

Dina Sanchez, the Flower Maven at Petal and Bean created Beth's beautiful,  something blue, hydrangea bouquet and Mark's boutonniere. With the stunning mountain back drop, and the love in each of their eyes, they didn't need much to decorate their day.

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{ Real Mountain Wedding } Beth + Mark in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[briankraft.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography, Breckenridge Wedding Planner, Colorado Wedding Blog, Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding

After their ceremony, they walked down Breckenridge's quaint Victorian main street to their favorite little outdoor food cart,  Crepes Ala Carte  in their full wedding attire.  Usually, when I pass by the  Crepe place, there's a line down the steps and out to the sidewalk, but in October when Beth and Mark got married, they had the place to themselves.

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Colorado based wedding  Photographer, Brian Kraft, captured Beth and Mark's day in a way I'm not many photographers could.  He brought a fine art quality to his approach of documentary style photographs.  I fell in love with Beth and Mark  and their wedding through his lens.

On Brian's photography blog, he writes,

"I had the great pleasure of photographing a most intimate wedding up in the mountain town of Breckenridge this fall. Beth and Mark contacted me earlier in the year from their home in Tulsa, Oklahoma and wanted me to join them as they came to Colorado, just the two of them to tie the knot.  In person, I was just so amazed at how sweet they were. Just incredibly genuine, welcoming folks."

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One of my favorite photos, was this one above.    The two  of them dancing alone in the yard at Lomax Placer in Breckenridge.  It still gets the hopeless romantic  girl in me (even after looking at these photos dozens of times).  It makes me  think that these are the moments that will  make up a life together.  It's  the dancing alone in the middle of the day, the dressing each other before a special occasion, the little bites to eat at a favorite place in between going from here to there.

It's not the kiss that will sustain the marriage, but the tender embraces strung together day after day.  I have a whole new respect for elopements and think that it makes a lot of sense. There is just something so intimate and quiet about the whole thing. It doesn't have to be a hurried, middle of the night escape.  You can plan it all out just they way you two want.

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{ Real Mountain Wedding } Beth + Mark in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[briankraft.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography, Breckenridge Wedding Planner, Colorado Wedding Blog, Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding

If you are wanting to head for the Rocky Mountains for your elopement, and need help planning your Summit County wedding, contact us for a custom made elopement package!

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 // VENDORS

Photography: Brian Kraft

Musician: Ben Brewer of the Pine Beatles

Officiant: Gretchen Abernathy

Flowers: Petal and Bean

Snacks: Crepes A la Cart 

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Q&A: Christy + Gabriel at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, CO

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Christy and Gabe were married at popular Breckenridge wedding venue, Ten Mile Station on the slopes of Peak 9 at the Breckenridge Ski Resort.  Thousands upon thousands of wildflowers fill the empty ski runs, while the mountain is all yours to enjoy for your special day.

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A red aisle runner was decorated with white rose petals, as the bridesmaids wore red dresses and the guys black suits.  It was a beautiful sunny day in Breckenridge that day.  Some couples aren't always that lucky.  The wind could be whipping and those petals you see in that photo would be long gone.

Each wedding is different, as weather is never predictable.  Rarely are the mountain storms long to last, and move quickly.  Make a back up plan and have a rainy day alternative if you're planning on an outside ceremony.

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 When working with Petal and Bean (that's us, by the way) we had some great testimonials come in from the wedding planner that day, and the bride herself!  We just had to share with you how they thought the flowers and decor went that day.

"Everything went BEAUTIFULLY at Christy and Gabe’s wedding. She was amazed by the beautiful flowers and you did such a wonderful job.   Thanks again for being such a treat to work with, I hope we can work together again soon! "

- Gabby, Save the Date events

"The flowers were gorgeous! Thanks again for helping to make our wedding day such a special and beautiful day!" 

- Christy & Gabe

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We asked Christy and Gabe a few questions about their big day and this is what they had to say!  Real advice from a real couple who exchanged their vows in a destination wedding in the Rocky Mountains.

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Q.  Could you tell me your thoughts looking back how was the overall process of planning the wedding?

A.  As far as the overall process, it went relatively smoothly.  I did a lot of searching online for ideas, themes, colors, etc.  I enjoyed that aspect a lot, and though time consuming, it was very enjoyable and a once in a lifetime experience.  Because this was a destination wedding for us, I did hire a wedding planner (Gabby at Save the Date Events in Denver).  She was a huge help since my only visit to Breckenridge during the planning process was several months before when we booked the location at Ten Mile Station.

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 Q. What was something that really stands out as far as a special moment?

A.  There were so many special moments during the process. I don't know if it could be classified as "special" but my husband was actually interested in the planning process and eager to help, or at least "oversee" some of the details.  So, that was special for me that he seemed to enjoy it as well (for the most part at least... I think he could have done without some of the small details... haha).

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I think the most special part for me was incorporating my Mom into our wedding day.  She died of breast cancer at the age of 43 (when I was only 16).  Before my mom died, she spoke of some of the things that she regrettably knew she would miss out on over the course of my life, and my wedding was certainly one of them.  Though 13 years had passed since her death, I still wanted to honor her and be reminded of her spirit on that day.

So, instead of wedding favors, I opted to make a donation in her memory to the Susan G Komen foundation in Tulsa, OK (which is near where I grew up).  I also provided pink ribbons which my guests wore during the reception, and my Dad wore one on his lapel as he walked me down the aisle.

I still love looking back at the pictures and seeing my friends and family sporting the pink ribbons.... the pink ribbons truly made her presence felt throughout the night and that was incredibly special to me.

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Q.  Looking back, is their anything you would of done differently?

A. I truly can't think of anything I would have done differently.   Other than invested in some gel inserts for my shoes (ha ha).  Spending an entire night on your feet and dancing in brand new heels can be torture on your feet!  I should have "planned" more accordingly for that.  But, I was in such a state of bliss that I didn't even notice the giant blisters on my feet until well after the reception concluded.

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Q.  Why did you pick the mountains to get married?

A. I have always wanted a destination wedding.  My husband is in the Air Force, so our family and friends are spread out across the states, and we don't live near many of them.  We wanted a place that was relatively accessible and fun for everyone since virtually all our guests would be traveling regardless of the location we picked.

My husband is not a big fan of the beach, and he spent his college days at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, so he is a big fan of Colorado.  My family has taken numerous vacations in the mountains during the summer, and I've always loved Colorado in the summer.  We both fell in love with the incredible amount of charm Breckenridge has to offer.   And, of course, the mountains are simply breathtaking.  It was a fairly easy decision to arrive upon.

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Q. Anything else that you'd like to share with our readers about your day?

A. The weather was also AMAZING the day of our wedding. I think it roughly 72 degrees, sunny, without a cloud in the sky.  There is inevitably a bit of stress when it comes to the weather the day of your wedding, specifically when it's outdoors, so that was truly special for us!  And I like to think my Mom might have had a tiny part in that.  :)

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// VENDORS

Venue:  Ten Mile Station

 Cake: Intricate Icings

Ceremony Music: Sisters Quartet

Entertainment / DJ:  A Music Plus

Florist:  Petal and Bean        

Photographer: Fine Art Weddings

Transportation: Breck Stables

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Aly + Matt at Sevens in Breckenridge, Colorado

Looks like Alyson and Matt rolled nothing but lucky seven’s when they chose the intimate and elegant Seven’s Restaurant for their 2011 late summer wedding ceremony and reception!  Seven’s, operated by Vail Resorts / Breckenridge Hospitality is located in the new Grand Lodge at Peak 7, an offering from Breckenridge Grand Vacations, lies at the base of Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Peak 7 at 10,010 feet in the Ten Mile Range of Summit County, Colorado.

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Aly + Matt at Sevens in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography, Breckenridge wedding planner, Breckenridge wedding venue

 If you are keeping your list is less than 120 guests, this venue is the perfect choice anytime of year.  With over 300 days of sunshine and 300” of snow a year, there isn’t  really an ugly day on the calendar in the charming town of Breckenridge. The mountains and vast panoramic views take center stage.  

Alyson and Matt got super lucky again when it came to the glorious blue skies and just a handful of clouds that happened to pass by for their ceremony.  (Make  sure you have a back up plan for inclement weather as rain is pretty common every afternoon in the high country in the summer.) 

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Aly + Matt at Sevens in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography, Breckenridge wedding planner, Breckenridge wedding venue

Sophisticated, elegant, classic and stunning are the words that come to mind when I was looking through the hundreds of beautiful photos by photographer Rachel Olsen //     Facebook       Twitter        Website

Rachel says "My goal is to be welcomed into your moments, your world and your lives, in order to create photographs that represent the real you. I strive to capture the emotions, interactions and energy shared between individuals, so that when you look at your images you feel as if they are not only pictures, but are impressions of the feelings and moments you share together.'"

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Aly + Matt at Sevens in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography, Breckenridge wedding planner, Breckenridge wedding venue

Setting the mood in the warm mountain air were the classical trio that played during the ceremony and cocktail hour on the patio and the ultra sleek and modern floral table arrangements by Breckenridge’s own Petal and Bean florists who also hand made the bouquets and boutonnières.

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{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Aly + Matt at Sevens in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography, Breckenridge wedding planner, Breckenridge wedding venue

Alyson, Matt and all of their lucky guests were treated to a wedding that won’t soon be forgotten.  The attention to details weren’t over looked either… from the silver ink handwritten name cards, to the pale shades of yellow and orange piped buttercream frosting on the cupcakes.

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 With a very clean and serene color scheme of grays and blues, Aly and Matt’s wedding took on a very sophisticated feel.  It wasn’t over done, and as they say, sometimes less is more.  Alyson was simply breathtaking in her strapless gown and her long blond hair gently curled and pulled back.

Looking back on her day Alyson said “I really enjoyed having a moment alone  (with her soon to be husband, Matt) before actually getting married.  It made it much more special in the long run.” She also said that in hind sight she wished that she would have prepared her older, out of town guests for the effects of the high altitude. She said “It was very difficult for me to watch my dad struggle with crappy nights of sleep and breathing difficulties.’  

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Aly + Matt at Sevens in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography, Breckenridge wedding planner, Breckenridge wedding venue

 Her best advice to couples about to tie the knot: “ SMILE!!!!!  Be happy cause who cares what goes wrong?   It's just a wedding and if you're happy then everyone else will be.  I took a shot of whiskey before leaving the house where I got ready because I knew this was going to be the best day of my life and I wanted to be super relaxed and enjoy it.....and I was and did.  Who couldn't LOVE getting married in the mountains???”

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From the look in both of their eyes, they look like they have a lifetime of happiness and love to look forward to, and after all,  isn’t that what it’s all about?  Need more info?   Summit Mountain Weddings can help you with every detail!  Contact us now to start answering your questions and help guide your Rocky Mountain wedding planning adventure.   It's an adventure planning your Breckenridge, let us mountain folk help you with local mountain knowledge and years of experience.

// VENDORS

Venue / Catering:  Seven's Restaurant, Breckenridge Hospitality / Vail Resorts

Photographer:  Rachel Olsen

Flowers and Decor: Petal and Bean

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Ashley + Jim at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado

Erin Pellant of Elegant Productions, based out of Silverthorne Colorado, created this video of Ashley and Jim's wedding at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  She wrote the following words when describing this beautiful mountain gathering.

"The first time I met Ashley and Jim was over happy hour at a favorite Breck restaurant, the Blue River Bistro. Their fun attitudes and personalities shined through and I was so excited to get to work with them on their wedding day.  These two are true Breck locals, and both teachers and coaches in Summit County.  

They both grew up in Pennsylvania, but didn't meet until they were living in Colorado.  But, they soon found out that they both loved the mountains and their beloved Steelers, and the rest is history.

They hosted an awesome wedding on the hill at the amazing Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge.  Complete with peacock feathers, a rockin' dessert table, a photo booth with a fabulous costume trunk, and an amazing bright pink sunset - this wedding was one to remember!"

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 // VENDORS

Venue and Catering: Ten Mile Station - Vail Resorts 
Florist: Petal and Bean
Cake / Desserts: Sugar
Photographer: Juli Photography
DJ: Chris Keith
Videographer: Elegant Productions