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

{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!

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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 } Carly + Dan: Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church & Reception at the Lodge and Spa in Breckenridge, Colorado

Today's real wedding is camera work from local mom, Erin Pellant of Elegant Productions.  She might be taking some time off to welcome her new family member to the scene in Summit County, Colorado, but go ahead and reach out and see when she'll be available to work again.  Congratulations to the Pellants!

"Dan & Carly met at a bike shop that Dan was working for at the time, which is so fitting seeing as they're both a lover of the mountains and the outdoors and the design of their wedding truly reflected that with a rustic Colorado and aspen theme throughout. They had a beautiful ceremony at the historic St. Mary Catholic Church in Breckenridge followed by an amazing reception up at the Lodge & Spa at Breckenridge. They mixed in a photo session on Boreas Pass road (one of my favorite spots in Breck) and had a lovely pink sunset looking back towards the slopes to end the evening."

// VENDORS

Ceremony:  St. Mary's Catholic Church 
Reception: The Lodge & Spa at Breckenridge 
Wedding Planner: Bella Design & Planning 
Photographer: Studio Kiva 
Videographer: Elegant Productions 
DJ: A Great Time DJ 
Florist: Bloomfield Florist
Cake: Sugar
Caterer: Harvest Catering 
Rentals: Alpine Party Rental 
Lighting: Pink Monkey Solutions 
Hair: Roots 
Makeup: Blush

Music license

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Lilia + Paul in Breckenridge, Colorado. Ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church and Reception at Beaver Run.

Lilia and Paul were married in the "old" side of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Breckenridge, went up to the slopes on Peak 9 to take a few photos and some video, and then concluded the evening dancing away in the Imperial Ballroom at the Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center.  

This video is courtesy of Tim Sparks, and looks like the crew at the Spark Bros. Media is responsible for the wonderful imagery you're about to see.  Tell Tim you found him on our wedding blog, and get a special offer!  

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Sparks Bros Media prides themselves in being the best videographers in Colorado. Their experience combined has earned the 'Best of Festival' award in multiple film festivals for short films, an Emmy win and nomination for videography and each with their own bachelors degree including film school at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Please read through the short bio's of each team member on the website to learn more about them.
 
Sparks Bros Media services all of Colorado but has focused on mountain weddings and the Denver area. They will also travel anywhere else if travel costs are provided for. 
 
You know that your wedding film is in the right hands with Sparks Bros Media as they strive to create a true cinematic experience."

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Christina + Gabe // A Military Wedding at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado

An annual winter treat for Breckenridge is to host an international snow sculpting competition that challenges teams to carve square blocks into temporal works of art that last for two weeks.  And just as the blocks of snow hold fine details until they melt away, the details of weddings are forever captured in images.  The photos in today's military wedding are courtesy of Team Girtman of Studio Kiva, who are moving into some new digs in Breck as I write this.

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Christina + Gabe // A Military Wedding at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[studiokivawedding.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Christina + Gabe // A Military Wedding at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[studiokivawedding.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Christina + Gabe // A Military Wedding at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[studiokivawedding.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

This  mountain bride found a way to incorporate her school spirit into her wedding day!  We love when the couples personalize their event, and there are some great colleges out there that proud students and alumni are working into their event.

 { REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Christina + Gabe // A Military Wedding at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[studiokivawedding.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

This photo shows the girls getting ready in the older side of St. Mary's Catholic church in the historic downtown area of Breckenridge.  There's a newer addition that is much larger that the ceremony was held in.  Smaller weddings can use the older, original structure if they choose.  It has its own charm, for sure, and for the right couple, it'll be the right place.  But, it's the older church that's great for pictures. 

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Christina + Gabe // A Military Wedding at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[studiokivawedding.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

Groom-er

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Christina + Gabe // A Military Wedding at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[studiokivawedding.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

This vase arrangement held tall elegant stems called Calla Lilies.  They come in a dark, eggplant color that looks amazing too.

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Christina + Gabe // A Military Wedding at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[studiokivawedding.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

According to weddingdetails.com, "In many ways, the U.S. Military wedding is like any other wedding. The ceremony itself is not a military service but a religious one. What makes it a military wedding is the attire and perhaps some traditions not found in civilian weddings. There is such pomp and circumstance, pageantry and patriotism in these sophisticated rituals."  I looked this up, because I was wondering what a military wedding was all about.  There's also some great information on military weddings on this site as well.  

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Christina + Gabe // A Military Wedding at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[studiokivawedding.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Christina + Gabe // A Military Wedding at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[studiokivawedding.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Christina + Gabe // A Military Wedding at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[studiokivawedding.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

This lucky couple timed it perfectly and were able to use the carved blocks of snow from the snow sculpting championships as their backdrop for a photo session.  Now, those are some wedding photos that you won't get just anywhere.  They even added a new LED lighting system this year and it made the blocks into an amazing night experience as well.

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Christina + Gabe // A Military Wedding at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[studiokivawedding.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Christina + Gabe // A Military Wedding at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[studiokivawedding.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Christina + Gabe // A Military Wedding at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[studiokivawedding.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Christina + Gabe // A Military Wedding at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[studiokivawedding.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

The evening finished off at the Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center, which is at the base of Peak 9 of the Breckenridge Ski Resort.  This is the place you want to be when you wake up the next day after the wedding.  You'll walk out the door and literally walk a snowball's throw to the lift.  Ask us how we can plan everything you need for you winter wedding at one of the best slopeside wedding venues in the Breckenridge area.  

// VENDORS

 Ceremony:  St. Mary's Catholic Church

Reception: Beaver Run 

Photography:  Studio Kiva          >> Click here for this vendor's listing