{real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion

This real mountain wedding photoblog is all about the wedding day of a local Summit County couple who were married in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Breckenridge.  The reception was held later at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  

We received a submission via Two Bright Lights from April O'Hare Photography and these beautiful photos tell the story of Dani and Joe.  Our goal is to show more real mountain weddings, so if you or someone you know was recently married in the Breckenridge and Vail areas, please contact us!  

{Real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion

{Real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion

{Real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  Photo courtesy of April O'Hare Photography.

{Real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion

{Real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion

I always like to hear the stories from other vendors, and feel like it's a good way to get to know them better.  If you like these photos, please mention this blog when contacting April.  Thanks a lot!

April O'Hare Photography ]

Q. What tips / advice would you give to a couple considering a destination wedding in Keystone or Summit County?  

A. While I haven't personally planned my own wedding in the mountains, I would definitely advise a bride and groom on giving their guests who are not from the area as much info about preparing for high altitude as possible. I'll never forget the wedding I did where the groom's mom got a severe case of altitude sickness and almost wasn't able to witness the ceremony. Some guests may not realize that there are things they can do to avoid it like drink a ton of water and go easier on the alcohol than they would if they live closer to sea level.

{Real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion

{Real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion

{Real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion

{Real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  Photo courtesy of April O'Hare Photography.

Q. What are some fun ideas for engagement photoshoots in the mountains?

A. This isn't exactly unique, but I cannot get enough Aspens in my photos. Love those trees at any time of the year. They're just gorgeous.

And, I don't know if this counts as "the mountains" but I think it's close enough. I have been dying to photograph an engagement session in Manitou Springs. They have this really beautiful vibrant shopping district set against the beautiful mountains as well as a really kick ass gigantic old school penny arcade too! Hit me up if you want to do your engagement photos there!

{Real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  Photo courtesy of April O'Hare Photography.

{Real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  Photo courtesy of April O'Hare Photography.

{Real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  Photo courtesy of April O'Hare Photography.

Q. What kinds of questions would you recommend the bride and groom ask their potential photographers?  

A. I think one of the best things you can ask your photographer is to see a few full weddings so you can see more than just the best shots shown in their portfolio and blog. You want to make sure they have consistent work throughout the day and that the images taken during the reception when there is normally less light still look good. It doesn't hurt to see if they have photographed at your venue too. If they have then it's nice to see how their photos turned out when they photographed there.

{Real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  Photo courtesy of April O'Hare Photography.

{Real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  Photo courtesy of April O'Hare Photography.

{Real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  Photo courtesy of April O'Hare Photography.

Q. What's the best way to work with wedding photographers?

A. Try to be open to their timeline suggestions. Most wedding photographers realize that your wedding day is not meant to be one long photoshoot, but if you suprise them with a huge formals list on the day of and haven't built in enough time to take those photos you will be disappointed that they aren't able to get through all of them. Your photographer is also likely to have some good ideas regarding what time of day will look good for your pictures. Often the prettiest light falls during your reception. If you are flexible and take 10-15 min away from the party for some shots of the two of you alone you will likely be pleasantly surprised with the results. Some of my favorite shots of the newlyweds are taken during that short window of time near sunset.

{Real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  Photo courtesy of April O'Hare Photography.

{Real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  Photo courtesy of April O'Hare Photography.

Q. Favorite part of Colorado? Favorite Restaurant in Denver? And, one more. Last concert seen.

A. Oh man, favorite part of Colorado? I think that depends on my mood:) I have to admit to being a a city girl at heart so spending a summer day walking around shopping in the South Broadway area in the Baker neighborhood and sipping on a mocha or stopping in for a microbrew at The Walnut Room is hard to beat.

Although I will say that I LOVE being a wedding photographer in Colorado because it gives me an excuse to get up to the mountains on a regular basis:) I am particularly fond of going to hot springs. Strawberry Springs in Steamboat is high up on my list but I still have many that I want to visit like Hot Sulphur Springs which is closer to Keystone.

My favorite kind of food is Mexican and I'm partial to green chili. In my opinion, the best green chili in Denver can be found at Santiago's. I go to the one on Leetsdale or the one on 6th and Santa Fe all the time:) 

As for concerts I haven't been going to as many as I used to when I was younger. I think the last one I went to was Snoop Dogg at the Fillmore. And I'm thinking about maybe going to see Morrissey in February.

{Real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  Photo courtesy of April O'Hare Photography.

{Real Mountain Wedding} Dani + Joe: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church / Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  Photo courtesy of April O'Hare Photography.

// VENDORS

Photographer: April O'Hare Photography

Ceremony: St. Mary's Catholic Church

Reception: Venue: Silverthorne Pavillion

 Flowers and Decor:   DIY (Do-it-Yourself)

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Ashley + Marc married on the shore of Lake Dillon. Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.

I'll let you in on a secret.  Lake Dillon isn't really a lake.  It's actually a reservoir, containing the drainages of three streams.  The Snake comes from Keystone, the Blue comes from Breckenridge, and Ten Mile Creek travels from Copper Mountain.  Buildings were moved, houses were relocated, and the area that is filled with water is what you see.

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Ashley + Marc married on the shore of Lake Dillon.  Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  |  photo[cedarhousephotography.com]  Dillon Colorado, Wedding, Photography, Flowers, Ceremony, Silverthorne Pavilion, Silverthorne Colorado

You can kayak on this lake, mountain bike and trail run on the trails near the edge or even take a water taxi or create a pontoon parade like we did.  

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Ashley + Marc married on the shore of Lake Dillon.  Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  |  photo[cedarhousephotography.com]  Dillon Colorado, Wedding, Photography, Flowers, Ceremony, Silverthorne Pavilion, Silverthorne Colorado

If you need an invite to Pinterestsend us a tweet and we'll hook you up!  It's a great way to create inspiration boards to plan your wedding, and we've even started a board dedicated to the guys, part of our Groom-er outreach.  What's Groom-er?  It's inspiration boards, blogs and resources for the the bros.  Groom-er.  Because it's not all about her.

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Ashley + Marc married on the shore of Lake Dillon.  Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  |  photo[cedarhousephotography.com]  Dillon Colorado, Wedding, Photography, Flowers, Ceremony, Silverthorne Pavilion, Silverthorne Colorado

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Ashley + Marc married on the shore of Lake Dillon.  Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  |  photo[cedarhousephotography.com]  Dillon Colorado, Wedding, Photography, Flowers, Ceremony, Silverthorne Pavilion, Silverthorne Colorado

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Ashley + Marc married on the shore of Lake Dillon.  Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  |  photo[cedarhousephotography.com]  Dillon Colorado, Wedding, Photography, Flowers, Ceremony, Silverthorne Pavilion, Silverthorne Colorado

Ashley wrote to Petal and Bean saying "Thank you all so much for the wonderful bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres- they were SO GORGEOUS!!"  

{Real Mountain Wedding} Ashley + Marc married on the shore of Lake Dillon.  Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  |  photo[cedarhousephotography.com]  Dillon Colorado, Wedding, Photography, Flowers, Ceremony, Silverthorne Pavilion, Silverthorne Colorado

Longtime Breckenridge local Gretchen Abernathy has married countless numbers of couples over the years in the various venues and outside wedding ceremony locations in Summit County.

{Real Mountain Wedding } Ashley + Marc married on the shore of Lake Dillon.  Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  |  photo[cedarhousephotography.com]  Dillon Colorado, Wedding, Photography, Flowers, Ceremony, Silverthorne Pavilion, Silverthorne Colorado

Molly from Cedar House Photography writes:

"Ashley & Marc are old friends from college – Ashley & I met singing in an acappella group!  Their wedding was on a gorgeous fall day overlooking Lake Dillon in Silverthorne, and I was so, so excited to be there.  Not only did I get to watch my beautiful friend walk down the aisle to marry a kind, handsome man, I also got to reconnect with some long-lost college friends :)  The weather was perfect, the whole day was so relaxed, and I was thrilled to be a part of it." 

{Real Mountain Wedding} Ashley + Marc married on the shore of Lake Dillon.  Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  |  photo[cedarhousephotography.com]  Dillon Colorado, Wedding, Photography, Flowers, Ceremony, Silverthorne Pavilion, Silverthorne Colorado

{Real Mountain Wedding} Ashley + Marc married on the shore of Lake Dillon.  Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  |  photo[cedarhousephotography.com]  Dillon Colorado, Wedding, Photography, Flowers, Ceremony, Silverthorne Pavilion, Silverthorne Colorado

{Real Mountain Wedding } Ashley + Marc married on the shore of Lake Dillon.  Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  |  photo[cedarhousephotography.com]  Dillon Colorado, Wedding, Photography, Flowers, Ceremony, Silverthorne Pavilion, Silverthorne Colorado

{Real Mountain Wedding } Ashley + Marc married on the shore of Lake Dillon.  Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  |  photo[cedarhousephotography.com]  Dillon Colorado, Wedding, Photography, Flowers, Ceremony, Silverthorne Pavilion, Silverthorne Colorado

{Real Mountain Wedding } Ashley + Marc married on the shore of Lake Dillon.  Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  |  photo[cedarhousephotography.com]  Dillon Colorado, Wedding, Photography, Flowers, Ceremony, Silverthorne Pavilion, Silverthorne Colorado

The Silverthorne Pavillion was the decorated using a DIY effort, which turned out great.  Candles, and a few Aspen branches were just the right touch.

{Real Mountain Wedding } Ashley + Marc married on the shore of Lake Dillon.  Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  |  photo[cedarhousephotography.com]  Dillon Colorado, Wedding, Photography, Flowers, Ceremony, Silverthorne Pavilion, Silverthorne Colorado

{Real Mountain Wedding } Ashley + Marc married on the shore of Lake Dillon.  Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  |  photo[cedarhousephotography.com]  Dillon Colorado, Wedding, Photography, Flowers, Ceremony, Silverthorne Pavilion, Silverthorne Colorado

{Real Mountain Wedding } Ashley + Marc married on the shore of Lake Dillon. Reception at the Silverthorne Pavilion. | photo[cedarhousephotography.com] Dillon Colorado, Wedding, Photography, Flowers, Ceremony, Silverthorne Pavilion, Silverthorne Colorado

// VENDORS

Photographer: Cedar House Photography

Officiant: Gretchen Abernathy

Personal Flowers: Petal and Bean

Venue: Silverthorne Pavilion

Lodging: The Lodge at Lake Dillon

Bridal Bouquets for a wedding at the Silverthorne Pavillion in Silverthorne, Colorado

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This is the first real-time post from a real mountain wedding in Summit County. I'm hoping to share the bouquets and the room in which the reception will take place.

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