{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jenny + Jay at the Lodge and Spa in Breckenridge, Colorado, Part Two

The Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge has been the setting for hundreds of brides and grooms exchanging their vows in the Rocky Mountains.  Call and ask for Rhonda, the manager who can start the process of you planning your event at a wedding venue that sits above 10,200 feet.  Not far from this lodge is Boreas Pass road, and is a great spot for panoramic photo shoots.

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"Steve has been living and working behind the camera in a professional capacity since 1996, photographing people in various stages of life. From babies and families, to Weddings and back to babies. Steve specializes in weddings and portraits in a lifestyle approach and has always drawn his inspiration from the energy of those he photographs."

The photographs in this blog are courtesy of Steve Tinetti Photography.  You can check out his Facebook page here.

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{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jenny + Jay at the Lodge and Spa in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jenny + Jay at the Lodge and Spa in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jenny + Jay at the Lodge and Spa in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jenny + Jay at the Lodge and Spa in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jenny + Jay at the Lodge and Spa in Breckenridge, Colorado | photo[stevetinettiphoto.com] Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jenny + Jay at the Lodge and Spa in Breckenridge, Colorado | photo[stevetinettiphoto.com] Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jenny + Jay at the Lodge and Spa in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jenny + Jay at the Lodge and Spa in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jenny + Jay at the Lodge and Spa in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jenny + Jay at the Lodge and Spa in Breckenridge, Colorado, Part One

Boreas Pass road is part of the old railroad line that ran from Denver to Breckenridge.  Along the modern version of this route is the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge.  The outside ceremony deck has views of dozens of peaks, ridges and mountain valleys that create an unforgettable experience for many guests.  

Nestled just a bit higher than the downtown area, this off the beaten path lodge is rustic and is a true Rocky Mountain wedding venue that deserves exploring if you're considering the Breckenridge area.

The photographs in this blog are courtesy of Steve Tinetti Photography.  You can check out his Facebook page here.

[ steve tinetti photography ]

 { REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jenny + Jay at the Lodge and Spa in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jenny + Jay at the Lodge and Spa in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jenny + Jay at the Lodge and Spa in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jenny + Jay at the Lodge and Spa in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jenny + Jay at the Lodge and Spa in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jenny + Jay at the Lodge and Spa in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jenny + Jay at the Lodge and Spa in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jenny + Jay at the Lodge and Spa in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jenny + Jay at the Lodge and Spa in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

 { REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jenny + Jay at the Lodge and Spa in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

 

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Q&A w/ Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch, Colorado: Part 2/2

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In part 1, Scott reflected on how Leon Littlebird was able to create a unique ceremony experience combining a Christian ceremony with Native American elements.  This is a great way to honor and show respect for the ancient locals, the Utes.  These lands were their hunting grounds, following the buffalo, with some artifacts on Vail Pass going back at least 7,000 years.  We know they called this area, Nahoonkara, but what did they call the peaks of Breckenridge?  I know it wasn't seven, eight, nine and ten.  Or, at least pretty sure.

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

Q. Do you think vendors should have a presence on our new wedding blog?  Why and how would it help them?

A. Absolutely! We planned our ENTIRE WEDDING WEEKEND by using blogs, websites, and all the info we could find online from Houston, TX.  The first time we saw Keystone Ranch for ourselves was when we rolled into town a couple of days before the wedding itself.  We asked for a lot of referrals (always a good idea) but still did our internet homework before calling ANY of them. The more complete the online presence, the better.  We were from out of state and knew we were taking some chances.

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

Q. Do you think a niche wedding site for our area is a good idea?

A. Yes.  For us the wedding was more about the relationship than the event.  That said, we wanted an intimate, memorable event that was special for everyone who could make the trip.  Of the 26 people who were at our wedding, only two of them actually lived in Colorado.  When we ran by them what we planned to do, they were quick to say, “it’s going to be hard for you to go wrong there!”  Build on it!

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

We really wanted a small wedding that included family and close friends.  Once the staff at Keystone Ranch saw how intimate an event we were able to create at their facility, (they seemed MUCH more familiar with very large weddings), I think they got it, too.  Don’t be afraid to push for what you want.  It IS your wedding, after all.  Our guests loved that everyone could sit at the same table for dinner following the ceremony.  By focusing on what we wanted (and DIDN’T want), and sticking to our guns, we wound up with an event we and our guests still talk about!

There are plenty of places we COULD have done a mountain wedding, but our experience in Summit County was AMAZING!

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

// VENDORS

Keystone Ranch [keystoneweddings.com]

Steve Tinetti Photography [stevetinettiphoto.com]

Creative Flowers Inc | Petal and Bean [petalandbean.com]  >> Click here to see this vendor’s listing

Leon Littlebird [littlebirdmusic.com]

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Q&A w/ Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch, Colorado: Part 1/2

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Krissy and Scott were married at an outside ceremony at the Keystone Ranch.  This beautiful valley is just west of the Keystone Resort and ski area.   We enjoy this quiet spot that you're able to call your own for a moment in time.  Actually, not too long ago we dressed up this very spot for a 50's themed wedding.  And that's the beauty of it, you can do whatever you want.  There are no rules when it comes to modern weddings.

No matter what, it's fun to look back and one thing we'll be doing more is interviewing couples and see what thoughts and feelings they want to share about their real mountain wedding.  And that's exactly what this blog is about, sharing the real stories of real mountain bride and grooms and the way they put their mountain experience all together.

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado | photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]

Q. What was the most memorable moment you had at your wedding?

A. We had Leon Littlebird, a Summit County local, officiate our ceremony. His ability to weave some beautiful Native American elements into our Christian ceremony was amazing.  It was truly a unique ceremony and exactly what we wanted.  (Okay…I got caught up and cried with happiness when I first spotted my bride walking up, too!)

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado | photo[stevetinettiphoto.com] Keystone wedding photography

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

Q. What would you do differently looking back?

A. Our wedding was a small, “destination style” event, with a total of 26 people.  We hit the perfect weekend of the aspen trees turning yellow, it was 70 degrees and there was not a cloud in the sky.  I’m not sure we would have changed a thing…except I wish we’d gotten chance to meet the pastry chef Ned Archibald (Keystone) who made our cake.  Being out-of-towners, we didn’t get to sit down for a live tasting of all the flavors he can do…and his cake was incredibly good!

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

Q. Any "hindsight 20/20" advice you have for couples?

A. Advice: Pay attention to the STYLE of the various photographers.  Even though we learned that our photographer had never previously shot at Keystone Ranch, we knew we liked his artistic style, and trusted him to create artistic shots.  Steve Tinetti was PHENOMINAL!  Every single detail of our event was beautifully captured in pictures forever.  We have a lot of friends (some of whom are photographers themselves) who were blown away by his work.

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

Q. What resources, vendors, websites and magazines did you get inspiration or help from?

A. We reside in Houston, TX and the decision to get married in Colorado came from a breakfast conversation.  From there, we first looked at websites for weddings in Colorado.  The real help, though, came from when we were selecting photographers.  You can find a lot more pictures that give you a true idea of what your day will look like by paying attention to the location of the weddings they had shot.

For flowers, we wanted something simple and unique that wouldn’t break our budget.  After looking at hundreds of pictures of flowers, my wife finally turned it over to the designers at Petal and Bean. What we got was nothing short of perfect.  They even added a few details better than we had envisioned for ourselves.  We were a MUCH smaller event than the wedding they had done the day prior to ours (at the same location)  but they made us feel just as important.

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado | photo[stevetinettiphoto.com] Keystone wedding photography

// VENDORS

Keystone Ranch [keystoneweddings.com]

Steve Tinetti Photography [stevetinettiphoto.com]

Creative Flowers Inc | Petal and Bean [petalandbean.com]  >> Click here to see this vendor's listing

Leon Littlebird [littlebirdmusic.com]

[HOW TO] Plan your Wedding Flowers, a Step by Step guide – Part 3

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The following is part 2 of 3 in a Wedding Floral Planning blog series by the Flower Maven, Dina Sanchez of Creative Flowers Inc | Petal and Bean, a 17 year Breckenridge flower shop owner.  Dina has created custom bridal bouquets for over 1,000 weddings in her professional career as a florist.

Last week we discussed selecting your florist.  This week lets finalize the details!

Custom made bouquet for a fall wedding at the Keystone Ranch in Keystone, Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]

Step 7 -  Finalize the details.

In my experience, no bride can be 100% sure at her initial consultation on what the final order will be.  There are usually options to be considered and may want to make changes.  Important decisions should be made three months before the wedding, leave a little room for creativity, but be sure to check when final decisions must be made by.

Step 8 - One month before.

Call your florist and review the final number of table centerpieces, guest count, and total number of boutonnieres and corsages.  Confirm times for delivery and set-up for flowers, arrival of photographer and provide phone numbers for any key contacts, planners or day of helpers.

Step 9 - On your wedding day.

Relax and enjoy!  You've employed a professional florist and you can now carry your personalized, customized bridal bouquet on your wedding day.  Enjoy the beauty of their artistry and expertise.  Make sure that someone dries the stems of the bouquets before walking down the aisle.  Schedule photographs soon before or directly after the ceremony to avoid wilting.

*Photo courtesy of Steve Tinetti Photography.  And be sure to check out his blog, "where soft pillows and purple monkeys await."