Katherine + Shaun: Colorado Mountain Wedding at the Vail Racquet Club

Katherine + Shaun: Colorado Mountain Wedding at the Vail Racquet Club | Image: Katie Keighin Photography

Fall Outdoor Wedding Ceremony in the Vail Valley

Today's post is all about Katherine + Shaun: Colorado Mountain Wedding at the Vail Racquet Club with images by Katie Keighin Photography. The weather gods cooperated with beautiful weather before a clear tent awaited at the venue. You never know what's going to happen, so I'm glad to see that the day went smooth, and I'm able to share them with you today. It looks simple enough, but you know that there was plenty of thought and effort going into those moments on the hillside. From the chairs to the hair, there are details that take time. And, how much time do you have? Please contact us to learn more about how we can help you work with vendors you find on our blog and help you find those that you'll be needing later on.

Vail Racquet Club Colorado Wedding Reception

Big venues are absolutely great for convenience and packages that include room, food and lodging. Vail and Beaver Creek have lots of options for upscale lodging and venues, and we've planned destination weddings for those areas, and we love the Vail Valley. Most know Vail for its back bowls and epic skiing, but it's an absolute summer paradise that's filled with wildflowers, creeks and trails begging to be explored. Take the gondola up and ride or walk down. Or, ride it back down and head to the village to explore the shops and have a nice lunch in one of the many restaurants. We appreciate all the photographers sharing their images with us, and we look forward to sharing more soon! Thanks for stopping by.

Katherine + Shaun: Colorado Mountain Wedding at the Vail Racquet Club | Image: Katie Keighin Photography

Katherine + Shaun: Colorado Mountain Wedding at the Vail Racquet Club | Image: Katie Keighin Photography

Katherine + Shaun: Colorado Mountain Wedding at the Vail Racquet Club | Image: Katie Keighin Photography

Katherine + Shaun: Colorado Mountain Wedding at the Vail Racquet Club | Image: Katie Keighin Photography

We met as clueless college kids working at a local bar on campus. We were friends for a while at first, and we didn't really hit it off until we went on a Halloween party bus with all of our coworkers. Shaun told his buddy he was going to marry Kat after that party bus.Fast forward a few years of graduations, long distance, and steady dating and we moved in together in a tiny studio in Denver Colorado. It was our first time living together and apart from all of our family and friends. After 3 years of dating, Shaun made the decision to move their relationship forward. He planned an engagement and an engagement party with Kat's friends while keeping it all a secret from her. Shaun proposed to Kat while on a hike in Golden Colorado, and completely took her by surprise. A few weeks later all of our friends came out for an engagement ski party in Vail and we had the most amazing time celebrating with our favorite people. We couldn't imagine getting married without our closest friends and family standing there with us, which is how we ended up with 12 bridesmaids and 12 groomsmen. We may have had the largest wedding party in the world, but it was well worth it. Our wedding day was honestly the greatest day of our lives, and we couldn't be more grateful for this adventure we've been on for the last 4+ years together.

Katherine + Shaun: Colorado Mountain Wedding at the Vail Racquet Club | Image: Katie Keighin Photography

Katherine + Shaun: Colorado Mountain Wedding at the Vail Racquet Club | Image: Katie Keighin Photography

Katherine + Shaun: Colorado Mountain Wedding at the Vail Racquet Club | Image: Katie Keighin Photography

Katherine + Shaun: Colorado Mountain Wedding at the Vail Racquet Club | Image: Katie Keighin Photography

Katherine + Shaun: Colorado Mountain Wedding at the Vail Racquet Club | Image: Katie Keighin Photography

Katherine + Shaun: Colorado Mountain Wedding at the Vail Racquet Club | Image: Katie Keighin Photography

Katherine + Shaun: Colorado Mountain Wedding at the Vail Racquet Club | Image: Katie Keighin Photography

Katherine + Shaun: Colorado Mountain Wedding at the Vail Racquet Club | Image: Katie Keighin Photography

Katherine + Shaun: Colorado Mountain Wedding at the Vail Racquet Club | Image: Katie Keighin Photography

Katherine + Shaun: Colorado Mountain Wedding at the Vail Racquet Club | Image: Katie Keighin Photography

Katherine + Shaun: Colorado Mountain Wedding at the Vail Racquet Club | Image: Katie Keighin Photography

Katherine + Shaun: Colorado Mountain Wedding at the Vail Racquet Club | Image: Katie Keighin Photography

Katherine + Shaun: Colorado Mountain Wedding at the Vail Racquet Club | Image: Katie Keighin Photography

Katherine + Shaun: Colorado Mountain Wedding at the Vail Racquet Club | Image: Katie Keighin Photography

Katherine + Shaun: Colorado Mountain Wedding at the Vail Racquet Club | Image: Katie Keighin Photography

Katherine + Shaun: Colorado Mountain Wedding at the Vail Racquet Club | Image: Katie Keighin Photography

Katherine + Shaun: Colorado Mountain Wedding at the Vail Racquet Club | Image: Katie Keighin Photography

Photographer:  Katie Keighin Photography //DJ:A Great Time DJs, Inc.//Equipment Rentals: Alpine Party Rentals//Cinema and Video:Ampersand Family //Dress Store: Blue Bridal Boutique//Bakery:DBar//Bakery:DBar//Bridesmaid Dresses:Donna Morgan//Second Shooter:Jessica Alventosa Photography //Ring Designer:John Atencio//Jewelry:Josephs Jewelers//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Men's Warehouse//Apparel:Pretty Plum Sugar//Reception Venue: Vail Racquet Club//

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[venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

If you've been skiing or snowboarding at the Keystone Resort, you've seen the River Run Village and all the action that happens at the main base area where the gondola is located.  Unless you've been golfing here, chances are that you haven't visited the Keystone Ranch Restaurant yet.  

We've collected quite a few images here and decided to show you a few different style used in the tent, inside the restaurant, and what the ceremony space on the lawn looks like.  And now, for some design tips and inspiration from the Flower Maven of Petal and Bean, Dina Sanchez, my wife.  

Hi everyone!  It's Dina and I love this venue!  It feels like coming home when we work here, as the same faces have stuck around the mountains for as long as I have, and the staff is so accommodating even to the vendors, if we need something they are right there to help.      

the first thing you should know is that we have lots of experience working at the Keystone Ranch.  I have been working at the Ranch for the last 19 years. What I love about weddings at the ranch is that the venue is really cozy and romantic. The term that comes to mind is "rustic elegance."  So, my suggestion is when you start to think about decorating the venue for your wedding is to compliment the space. The ceilings are low and the chairs and charger plates have a strong pattern, so keep your arrangements low and try to pick up a color that is present in the room to make everything blend well. 

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

This arch was made with hops because Marco the groom makes his own beer.  When I heard it was available though my supplier, I knew that it would be a really nice personal touch. The hops was great to work with, as it added a lot of texture and a great base for all the flowers. 

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

The tent is a great space for your cocktail's and for dancing after dinner. Here you can decorate to what ever degree you want.  This is where your personality can come out. 

I can't say that I have one favorite wedding over any of the others. They are all beautiful as they take on a different personality each wedding. One wedding we did do was a 50's theme. It was very original and was a very large crowd so they weren't even in the building. 

These large twig balls were suspended and are illuminated with little white lights from within. It looks really beautiful at night adding a warm glow to the tent.

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

This bridal bouquet was for a Keystone Ranch bride and was  made of orange Mokara Orchids, green Cymbidium Orchids, hot pink Gypsy Dianthus, cream Stock, finished off with bear grass loops.  

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

These flower girls were named Una and Usha, and  talked to me about how they felt like princesses wearing their beautiful sari's. They were so cute!

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

The image above and below here show elements of an Indian-themed wedding.  

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

The stairs are to the right in the image above.  This is the upper lounge area, where the hallway leads to rooms used by the bride and her bridal party before the wedding.  

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

Inside the main dining room.  Low ceilings create a cozy, intimate space for dining on exquisite dinners prepared on site.  The mantle below can be used to hold vases, garland, and even lanterns or candles.  It's up to each bride to decorate the venue in her own style.

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

The space above is a smaller room connecting the main dining room and the fireplace room.  The fireplace room and tent tends to be where the dancing and after-dinner hanging out happens.  

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

Pinecone place cards were ued to help seat guests, while the golf course is out the back door, helping create that laid back feeling.  In the image below, the valley stretches into the distance behind the groom and his friend posing for photos before the ceremony.

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

The bar adjacent to the main dining room has an outdoor patio to take in the views.  And in the image below, the dog-of-honor poses patiently for the photographer.  She really did a good job!  To see more pets in weddings, click here.

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

This tent provides a space that can be used for many different reasons. Number one, it's a rain back up for your ceremony.  Sometimes the grass can be super wet and soggy and if it's super dark and windy out, you won't want to have your ceremony outside.  This allows a nice space to have the ceremony in case of inclement weather.  

Plus, you can then dress up this area to your liking.  In the image above the tent ceiling was lined and had lights strung behind the fabric.  You can see the bare option in the image below.  We also showed two different style of lanterns in this blog, one being a twine and another being a collection of multi-colored paper lanterns.  Both have their own look and feel, and there's only personal preference and budget considerations to work out along the way.  

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

Several old barns and cabins line the property near the restaurant and further away.  Time it right and spend time taking photos near these rustic features for unforgettable images from your wedding day.  

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

In the image above you see the tent action a few hours before the ceremony.  Tables are being set up, DJ's and musicians are setting up audio equipment, testing mics and speakers.  

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

While the bride creates the traditional drama of not being seen, the groom is usually the life of the party, as this one was, saying hi to all the friends and family, checking in with staff and planning help, but overall, having a good time, laughing and enjoying.  Most likely with beverage in hand.  Just have plenty of water and a small plate of food nearby to help everyone stay focused.

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

The staff at the Keystone Ranch monitors the weather prior to the event, and at some point, may have to make the call to dress up the tent for the ceremony.  If that happens, just roll with it, have fun and party on.  Just plan on taking more outdoor photos if the weather allows after the ceremony, or even the next day.  Just be flexible and it'll all work out.

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.

Well, that's it.  I hope that these photos show you a few different ideas for the Ranch and Restaurant and what kind of space that this venue provides and how you can then start to imagine your own look and feel inside.  Please share this post with anyone you know planning a wedding at the Keystone Ranch.  Thanks for reading!