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Summit County, Colorado Wedding
Today's post is a feature of Adrienne + Josh: Lake Dillon Wedding in Summit County, Colorado with images courtesy of Meredith Moran Photography. We are slowly catching up after a series of technical difficulties that delayed the posting of weddings that had been submitted via Two Bright Lights and through email. We apologize for those delays. Regardless, this simple mountain ceremony took place on the shores of Lake Dillon, aka Dillon Reservoir. They chose the quiet Snake inlet side, where you find the Keystone Resort a short distance away.
Lakeside Ceremony at Dillon Reservoir
It looks like first thing in the morning, as the skies are clear and the water being flat. The later in the day, the clouds and winds pick up, as do the chances for rain and thunderstorms. I'll be the first to tell you that afternoon showers come regularly during the summer season in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. But, don't be discouraged, for you'll have read this blog and will have umbrellas handy, and / or a back up plan in place. Either way, your day will be just fine. Clouds actually make for beautiful photos. Please contact us to learn more about putting together a package for a custom wedding, elopement or vow renewal. We know the best of the best that service the Breckenridge area and Vail Valley.
This couple chose a beautiful spot in the mountains of Colorado to be married in the presence of just their close family. They celebrated with more friends & family later that day at an art gallery back in Denver.
Copper Mountain, Colorado Wedding
Today's feature is all about Shantel + Matt: Colorado Wedding at the Copper Mountain Resort with images courtesy of J. La Plante Photo. If you're driving to Breckenridge or Vail, it's right after the second exit to Frisco. A stunning drive through Ten Mile Canyon brings you to Copper Mountain. This world-class ski area is usually one of the first to open during the winter, and is a great option when planning a destination wedding at one of the mountain towns of Summit County. Everyone could easily stay at Copper for the week as basecamp, while branching out to explore.
Destination Resort in the Rocky Mountains
The couple chose a mid-mountain venue, Solitude Station for their ceremony. Not suitable for a reception, guests ride the chairlifts up and then back down to the base of the mountain, where the reception is. The Grand Hall has huge windows with ski slopes out the back door. I've been to a winter wedding here and the lights of the snowcats could be seen going up and down the mountain while the snow was falling. Big venues can be a lot of fun, and please contact us to learn when you can talk with us about putting together a custom wedding package for Copper Mountain, Colorado.
Copper Mountain holds a special place in Shantel and Matt’s hearts. Shantel grew up skiing at Copper and it’s where she taught Matt how to ski. She gave him some strong motivation, too. When they started dating, she told him that if he wanted to see her at all during the winter, he’d have to learn how to ski. And it worked!
In the winter, you’ll most likely find them on the slopes or at Endo’s Adrenaline Cafe. So, it made perfect sense for them to have their wedding at the top of the American Eagle lift. Guests were treated to a scenic chairlift ride to the ceremony site and breathtaking views while Shantel and Matt exchanged vows.
The party commenced inside Copper Station (just in time for a summer rainstorm to move through) and, with a little help from Dancin’ Shoes DJ, everyone celebrated long into the brisk mountain evening. Special DIY to note: Matt made the wooden box that Shantel had her earrings in and the cornhole boards guests used at the reception.
Silverthorne, Colorado Destination Wedding
Today's post is all about Natalie + Kurt: Summit County Wedding in Silverthorne, Colorado with images courtesy of Timothy Faust Photography. This couple chose to have their ceremony and reception at a private residence in the presence of the Gore Range. On the eastern side of the valley is the Williams Fork Range, the closest peak being Ptarmigan. No need for a big venue with this small and intimate gathering. Nothing wrong with that, it's what the couple wanted. And, I've said it before, and I'll say it again, there are no rules anymore. You can have the wedding you want. Don't listen to anyone telling you that you need to have it in a big venue. You can even choose to elope if that's your desire. It's what you want. It's the start of your new life.
Colorado Wedding Photography
Once you've started your search, you'll find lots of blogs with destination weddings from the mountain towns near Breckenridge in Summit County. Let's me tell you a little bit about where they are. Silverthorne is right off the highway and is the first town you come down after you drive through the Eisenhower Tunnel. You can get to Keystone and Dillon from this exit. One more stop west and you'll get to Frisco, which is the exit you take to drive nine miles south to Breck. The next town is then Copper Mountain. It's hard to choose which town you want to be based in, let alone which photographer you'd like to have document your day.
Contact us to learn how we'll work with you on finding the right style of photographer for your event, as well as any other vendors or services that you'll be requesting for your big day. We know lots of quality service providers and when you work with us you'll end up saving time and money, while having a longtime mountain family as a resource and friend to help you sort through all the details. We'll even help you find a planner if you need one. Or, help you decide if you need one. Start by clicking here right now. Thanks for reading!
Kurt and Natalie had a small intimate backyard wedding in Summit County Colorado. The location was a private residence in Silverthorne, Colorado. From Tim's blog... "Kurt and Natalie contacted me about photographing their smaller destination wedding in Silverthorne, Colorado. They both grew up and live in my home state of Illinois, but came here because the love the mountains as much as I do. Their parents, siblings, and friends traveled here as well, and they rented a large house over looking a lake in Silverthorne, with an amazing view of Buffalo Mountain in the background."
Breckenridge, Colorado Engagement Session
Today's post is about Hannah + Alex: Engagement Photography at the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, with images courtesy of Nicole Lenzen Photography. This set of images was a submission via Two Bright Lights, a platform that we are an editorial partner with. There are many blogs out there, but ours is the original wedding blog for the mountain towns near Breckenridge, Vail and the Summit County area. We love sharing the mountain love from destination weddings, elopements, engagements and vow renewals. Pick your season, and pick your town. Let us do the rest on helping you figure out the right team in a custom wedding package that is just right for you. Please contact us to learn more about how we can help you best.
Rocky Mountain Romance
Even if you're not getting married here, but want to plan a romantic winter getaway, then talk to us about setting up an intimate photo session that you can share with your friends and family as you announce your date, or send out invitations. That's right, plan a photography date with your lover and then use those images to share the love with your closest loved ones. We are in the heart of a winter wonderland, so you can choose from skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing for before, during or after your photo session. Make it fun and your true smiles will show in the pics. Here's a planning tip for a winter photoshoot, pack hand warmers, a thermos of hot tea, and a backpack with extra layers for in between shots. Have fun and if we don't help you personally, then please ask your photographer to submit some images to our blog!
Hannah and Alex met while working at the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, a place dedicated to expanding the activities available to people with disabilities and special needs. Their shared love of this place as well as the fact it was where they first met meant it was a perfect spot to photograph their engagement.
Photographer: Nicole Lenzen Photography//Location:Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center//Other Location:Breckenridge Outdoor Recreation Center//
Summit County, Colorado Romantic Winter Getaway
Today's post is all about Alisha + Alex: Keystone Resort Engagement Photography with images courtesy of Dan Hand Photography. This couple made it a priority to visit Keystone, Colorado for their engagement photography session, and not too far away was Sapphire Point, an overlook an outdoor wedding ceremony location. There's a short walking loop that is about a mile near the overlook, so after your photos, wedding or vow renewal, you can take a stroll and see the geography of where three rivers meet, the Snake, Blue, and Ten Mile Creek, and are now where Dillon Reservoir gets its water. It freezes over in the winter, as you can see in these pics.
Engagement Photography at the Keystone Resort
We recommend the River Run Village in Keystone for a fun mountain base setting, or take the gondola up and have dinner at the Alpenglow Stube or Der Fondue Chessel at Timber Ridge on North Peak. Top it off with a sleigh ride during the winter, or downhill mountain bike ride in the summer. Winter is our favorite, for many reasons, and night skiing is just one of them. After smiling and posing for pics all day, have a hearty dinner before bundling up for the nighttime adventure of riding under the lights. You'll rely on your ability to absorb and read the terrain by feel more than by your eyes. Wear a helmet, drink hot cocoa and have some fun! Please contact us to learn more about how we can set up a photo shoot, destination elopement, wedding or vow renewal!
Alex and Alisha live in Omaha and frequently travel to Colorado to ski each winter. While visiting Keystone in February they wanted to have engagement photos taken after a day on the slopes. They had tons of chemistry and it really showed on camera. The weather was perfect.