{ FLOWER MAVEN } Pincushion Protea + Oncidium Orchids // Heat Things Up in Deep Winter with a Tropical Bloom.

"I want a rustic organic look!"  Over the years, brides have expressed wanting to use more unusual flowers.  We have suggested using berries, pods and unusual greens to add an organic feeling to their wedding decor. Protea can add depth and texture to your mountain wedding decor. 

Some winter weddings look great in an all-white palette, or a frosty blue hue to reflect the pristine feel that comes with a snowy backdrop like a destination wedding in Breckenridge.  However, there are no rules any more and if you want to try something new and unusual, then we suggest exploring unusual and non-traditional wedding flowers, including the tropical blooms featured here, the Pincushion Protea and the Oncidium Orchid.

How would you use these in a winter wedding?  You can now comment via your Facebook profile, so please let us know what you think of this idea!

{ FLOWER MAVEN }  Heat things up in deep winter with tropical blooms.

 Pincushion Protea

Oncidium Orchids

This article was written by Dina Sanchez, aka the Flower Maven, and brings years of experience and has created happy memories for  hundreds of weddings in Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Dillon, Frisco, Keystone, and Silverthorne, Colorado.  If you have a question about flowers, decor for a particular venue, then chances are good that we've been there and done that.  And not many vendors or bloggers can make that claim.  We've created this blog and online resource to help brides, grooms, and vendors connect to plan destination weddings in the Rocky Mountains near Summit County.  How can we help you?

Fall Color in the Rocky Mountains by Keri Doolittle Photography //

I saw some images from Keri Doolittle, a Denver based photographer who might just have one of the coolest web sites that I've seen in a while, that I really wanted to share with our readers.  This Colorado wedding blog is all about the off-the-beaten path kind of events, although we love showing the big and fancy, not everyone does the big and fancy.   So, for a smaller, but yet, elegant approach to a mountain wedding, you should definitely research the private home market.  
 
There are many property management rental companies here in Summit County, and many independent rentals that you have to dig through a mountain of links to find the right one.  If you want us to help you save time and money, then contact us to learn how we can help you find just one vendor, help design the event and source rentals, or core service, wedding flowers and decor.
 
Fall Color in the Rocky Mountains by Keri Doolittle Photography  |  photo[keridoolittlephotography.com]  Denver, CO wedding and portrait photographer
 
We say thanks to Keri for sharing these images with us!  Click your link of choice, or all of them to get to know the lady behind the lens.
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Fall Color in the Rocky Mountains by Keri Doolittle Photography  |  photo[keridoolittlephotography.com]  Denver, CO wedding and portrait photographer
 
These images are from a photo retreat that was held at a private home rental just south of Breckenridge, in Blue River.
 

"Fifteen photographers from throughout the country met up in the beautiful town of Breckenridge, CO.  Hosted by Denver wedding photographer, Keri Doolittle, the ladies came to learn about photography, talk shop and enjoy the surroundings of Breckenridge, CO.  The days were spent photographing some families and newborns and gathering into mini-sessions to learn about marketing, studio management and website/SEO." 

Fall Color in the Rocky Mountains by Keri Doolittle Photography  |  photo[keridoolittlephotography.com]  Denver, CO wedding and portrait photographer
 
Keri shares the link on the house they stayed:  " here is the rental property listing:  http://goo.gl/8OuVQ."
 
Fall Color in the Rocky Mountains by Keri Doolittle Photography  |  photo[keridoolittlephotography.com]  Denver, CO wedding and portrait photographer
 
"The photographers were able to spend an afternoon in the town of Breckenridge shopping, enjoying the sunshine, taking a group photo at the Old Time Photo shop and dining at The Breckenridge Brewery.  We even got to indulge in Fatty's Pizza the following evening.  The rental house in Blue River was a perfect setting to see the fall aspens in bloom!  Everyone had a blast and can't wait til we do it again in 2012!"
 
Fall Color in the Rocky Mountains by Keri Doolittle Photography  |  photo[keridoolittlephotography.com]  Denver, CO wedding and portrait photographer

{Real Mountain Weddings} A Collection of Highlights from Joe Kusumoto Photography //

This group of images is courtesy of Joe Kusumoto, a longtime mountain man who works for the local adaptive organization, the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, of which I have volunteered (and you all should too) as a ski and snowboard helper.

We've worked with Joe at numerous events here in Breckenridge, Summit County and even the Vail Valley and Beaver Creek.  Mention "Summit Mountain Weddings" when contacting Joe!  He wants to know you found him on this blog.

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{ Real Mountain Weddings} A Collection of Highlights from Joe Kusumoto Photography //  Breckenridge Wedding Photographer, Breckenridge Wedding Flowers, Destination Wedding Colorado Rocky Mountains, www.joekusumotophotography.com

{ Real Mountain Weddings} A Collection of Highlights from Joe Kusumoto Photography //  Breckenridge Wedding Photographer, Breckenridge Wedding Flowers, Destination Wedding Colorado Rocky Mountains, www.joekusumotophotography.com

 

{ Real Mountain Weddings} A Collection of Highlights from Joe Kusumoto Photography //  Breckenridge Wedding Photographer, Breckenridge Wedding Flowers, Destination Wedding Colorado Rocky Mountains, www.joekusumotophotography.com

{ Real Mountain Weddings} A Collection of Highlights from Joe Kusumoto Photography //  Breckenridge Wedding Photographer, Breckenridge Wedding Flowers, Destination Wedding Colorado Rocky Mountains, www.joekusumotophotography.com

"Simply put, Joe’s passion is people. Being around people, being a part of and witnessing human interactions, living and feeling and experiencing.

Joe’s wedding photography is an extension of what he loves: portraying people. With a unique sensitivity towards his subjects, he finds the emotion and purity of the moments that are important to you."  - from kusumotophoto.com

{ Real Mountain Weddings} A Collection of Highlights from Joe Kusumoto Photography //  Breckenridge Wedding Photographer, Breckenridge Wedding Flowers, Destination Wedding Colorado Rocky Mountains, www.joekusumotophotography.com

{ Real Mountain Weddings} A Collection of Highlights from Joe Kusumoto Photography //  Breckenridge Wedding Photographer, Breckenridge Wedding Flowers, Destination Wedding Colorado Rocky Mountains, www.joekusumotophotography.com

{ Real Mountain Weddings} A Collection of Highlights from Joe Kusumoto Photography //  Breckenridge Wedding Photographer, Breckenridge Wedding Flowers, Destination Wedding Colorado Rocky Mountains, www.joekusumotophotography.com

{ Real Mountain Weddings} A Collection of Highlights from Joe Kusumoto Photography //  Breckenridge Wedding Photographer, Breckenridge Wedding Flowers, Destination Wedding Colorado Rocky Mountains, www.joekusumotophotography.com

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Cara + Heman at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Cara + Heman at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[beckyyoungphotography.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography, Breckenridge wedding planner, Breckenridge wedding venue

At the base of Peak 10's Falcon Lift, on Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Peak 9, sits the stunningly elegant, yet rustic, Ten Mile Station, where Cara and Heman (say Hay-men) invited 200 of their closest friends and family to be part of their once in a lifetime wedding ceremony and reception in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. 

In late July, the mountainsides were alive with wildflowers and the well-manicured perennial gardens were blooming with royal blue Lupine, rare, red Columbines and Delphinium.

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Cara + Heman at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[beckyyoungphotography.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography, Breckenridge wedding planner, Breckenridge wedding venue

Cara and Heman’s photographer, Becky Young , captured all the details of their stunning day perfectly.  Her style  is described as "joyful and modern mountain photography."  She specializes in documentary style wedding photography throughout Colorado and the Rocky Mountains.  Her attention to detail, use of natural light and the majestic surroundings do not go unnoticed, these photos are amazing!

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Cara + Heman at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[beckyyoungphotography.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography, Breckenridge wedding planner, Breckenridge wedding venue

Breckenridge’s own Petal and Bean created Cara’s bright Gerber Daisy bridal bouquet along with the groomsmen’s boutonnieres and the bridesmaid’s bouquets.  Petal and Bean has been in the wedding flower business since 1994 and has worked with hundreds of brides creating the perfect wedding flowers and event decor for their special day.

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Cara + Heman at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[beckyyoungphotography.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography, Breckenridge wedding planner, Breckenridge wedding venue

Keeping with her mountain spirit, Cara spent a good part of her day walking around in her sandals under her gorgeous, strapless wedding gown  as you can see here with their cute dog and her bridesmaids riding the lift. 

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Cara + Heman at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[beckyyoungphotography.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography, Breckenridge wedding planner, Breckenridge wedding venue

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Cara + Heman at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[beckyyoungphotography.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography, Breckenridge wedding planner, Breckenridge wedding venue

Ten Mile Station is located at 10,234 feet above the Blue River Valley and the quaint Victorian town of Breckenridge on the Slopes of the Breckenridge Ski Area, where it can rain or snow at any time of the year.  However, Cara and Heman were blessed with a glorious blue skies and giant cottony clouds as their backdrop and they didn’t need the umbrellas after all, but they are a good thing to have on hand just in case.  Colorado is typically known for afternoon showers in the summer.

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Cara + Heman at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[beckyyoungphotography.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography, Breckenridge wedding planner, Breckenridge wedding venue

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Cara + Heman at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[beckyyoungphotography.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography, Breckenridge wedding planner, Breckenridge wedding venue

After their beautiful ceremony out on the enormous deck, the staff at Ten Mile Station served an elegant sit down dinner to all their closest friends and family .  Following dinner and several rounds of toasts to the happy couple, Heman, Cara and their guests satisfied their sweet tooths with dark devil’s food, vanilla  and red velvet cupcakes.

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Cara + Heman at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[beckyyoungphotography.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography, Breckenridge wedding planner, Breckenridge wedding venue

They danced all night until the skies filled with stars  and had the perfect day.  Cara and Heman’s wedding is definitely one that will not soon be forgotten by anyone who was lucky enough to be there.  Want to find out more about planning your own mountain wedding?  Summit Mountain Weddings is the place to start.  Contact us today to learn more!

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Cara + Heman at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[beckyyoungphotography.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography, Breckenridge wedding planner, Breckenridge wedding venue

 // VENDORS

Venue:  Ten Mile Station

Photography:  Becky Young

Flowers: Petal and Bean

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Kiley + Andy at Sevens in Breckenridge, Colorado

The gondola at the Breckenridge Ski Resort loads near downtown Breckenridge and stops briefly in the Shock Hill neighborhood before making its way across Cucumber Gulch to the base of Peak 7 and an unload at the Sevens Restaurant.  This slopeside venue allowed Kiley and Andrew ski slopes to wander with wedding photographers, Jason and Gina Grubb, of Jason + Gina Wedding Photographers.

And these tech-savvy wedding pros are on Google Plus, just like Summit Mountain Weddings has a page ready to go.  Brides, we can create a circle and share wedding plans and even try using a hangout to chat if you would like.    Contact us today and start getting stuff done!

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Kiley + Andy at Sevens in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[www.jason-gina.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography, Breckenridge Wedding Venue, Breckenridge Wedding Planner

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Kiley + Andy at Sevens in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[www.jason-gina.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography, Breckenridge Wedding Venue, Breckenridge Wedding Planner

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Kiley + Andy at Sevens in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[www.jason-gina.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography, Breckenridge Wedding Venue, Breckenridge Wedding Planner

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Kiley + Andy at Sevens in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[www.jason-gina.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography, Breckenridge Wedding Venue, Breckenridge Wedding Planner

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Kiley + Andy at Sevens in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[www.jason-gina.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography, Breckenridge Wedding Venue, Breckenridge Wedding Planner

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Kiley + Andy at Sevens in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[www.jason-gina.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography, Breckenridge Wedding Venue, Breckenridge Wedding Planner

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Kiley + Andy at Sevens in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[www.jason-gina.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography, Breckenridge Wedding Venue, Breckenridge Wedding Planner

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Kiley + Andy at Sevens in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[www.jason-gina.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography, Breckenridge Wedding Venue, Breckenridge Wedding Planner

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Kiley + Andy at Sevens in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[www.jason-gina.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography, Breckenridge Wedding Venue, Breckenridge Wedding Planner

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Kiley + Andy at Sevens in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[www.jason-gina.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography, Breckenridge Wedding Venue, Breckenridge Wedding Planner

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Kiley + Andy at Sevens in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[www.jason-gina.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography, Breckenridge Wedding Venue, Breckenridge Wedding Planner

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Kiley + Andy at Sevens in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[www.jason-gina.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography, Breckenridge Wedding Venue, Breckenridge Wedding Planner

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Kiley + Andy at Sevens in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[www.jason-gina.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography, Breckenridge Wedding Venue, Breckenridge Wedding Planner