Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Engagement Photography in Iceland

Today's special feature is all about Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland with images courtesy of M&J Studios. If you're a regular to this blog, we're all about the weddings and mountain love stories here in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. We're based in Breckenridge, but our blog here shows love stories from around the world. From time to time we get a jaw-dropping session submitted via Two Bright Lights and just have to accept it to share the eye candy. We hope you enjoy this set of images that will help inspire you for a fun day taking photos somewhere in the mountains.

Adventure Weddings and Engagement Photo Sessions

While we'd love to go to Iceland to take some pics ourselves, if you want the help and don't know where to start, we can help you put together a romantic getaway to the Summit County area to take your engagement photos in any of the nearby mountain towns. Each one has its own charm. Keystone, Frisco, Dillon and Silverthorne are close by, while Vail and Beaver Creek are just a hop, skip and a jump over Vail Pass. We put together a custom package that will include a professional photographer, lodging and any other vendors or services you might need. Please contact us to learn more about small weddings and elopements too. For full-service planning needs and larger, destination events with a traditional venue, we can recommend a local Breckenridge wedding planner to work with you for Day-Of, and Coordinating Services. Thanks for reading!

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Some years ago when I had my studies in Reykjavik, we drove around the Iceland in three days. Awesome ride! I remember dreaming about coming back in one day and photographing on those places we passed. We drove more than 1400 km with Sarah and Lauri in few days without the rush. We stopped where we wanted, we took our time to see around. We passed all those places, starting from Reykjavik, heading to Vik, passing the Ice Lagoon in Jökulsárlón, all the way through eastern-fjords, to the planet mars type of terrains up in the north, spending the nights in Skaftarhreppur and Myvatn, coming back through Akureyri.I promised to capture the weddings photos of Sarah and Lauri when they get married and Iceland perfectly matched my vision of their wedding shots. On the road we were with the Asgeir’s music playing in our speaker all the way.

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

[ART OF MOUNTAIN TRAVEL] Swan Mountain Road: Take a Drive on the Mountain Roads near Breckenridge and Summit County, Colorado

Whether you're in town for vacation or a wedding, there's one thing I always recommend folks to do, and that's to visit another mountain town besides the one they're staying in.  For example, when we were married, we had everyone go to the Frisco Marina for our lakeside ceremony, which was then followed by a pontoon paradeon Dillon Reservoir.  We did this because we thought it was important for our guests to see a bit more of our county than just one town.

 We love how each town has its own feel, and even took our family on a wedding at Piney River Ranch in Vail this past summer.  It was just a simple drop off, and then we strolled through the Vail village afterwards.  Either way, there's so much to see and do in our mountain community, that we simply recommend to get out there and take a drive to literally see for yourself.  

[ART OF MOUNTAIN TRAVEL] Swan Mountain Road: Take a Drive on the Mountain Roads near Breckenridge and Summit County, Colorado  |  photo[stacysanchez]  Breckenridge Photography

This is the same road that the world class cyclists rode over as they traveled from Steamboat to Breckenridge this past summer.  It was quite a big deal, and folks were camped out along side this stretch of road the night before the event.  The road closed for part of the day, and we had to leave a few hours earlier than normal to ensure that we were where we needed to be in order to do our job, and that was to decorate and deliver flowers to our mountain top wedding at Timber Ridge, which is on North Peak, in Keystone's Outback.

[ART OF MOUNTAIN TRAVEL] Swan Mountain Road: Take a Drive on the Mountain Roads near Breckenridge and Summit County, Colorado  |  photo[stacysanchez]  Breckenridge Photography

You have options on this drive, including continuing around the lake, while perhaps stopping off to take a hike on one of the many trails and bike paths that circle the Dillon Reservoir.  We'll explore the Loveland Pass option in another blog, so check back! 

[ART OF MOUNTAIN TRAVEL] Swan Mountain Road: Take a Drive on the Mountain Roads near Breckenridge and Summit County, Colorado  |  photo[stacysanchez]  Breckenridge Photography

We will also be sharing some of our favorite spots to take photos near the Lake in upcoming posts, so check back for more great localized info that you can actually use to plan your wedding in the Rocky Mountains near Summit County. 

[ART OF MOUNTAIN TRAVEL] Swan Mountain Road: Take a Drive on the Mountain Roads near Breckenridge and Summit County, Colorado  |  photo[stacysanchez]  Breckenridge Photography

This view in this photo is looking west from the Keystone side, where the Snake River enters the reservoir.  Swan Mountain road is on the left side here, and that's Buffalo and Red mountain in the distance, part of the Gore Range.  

// photos by Stacy Sanchez

The Day I-70 Shut Down: July 23, 2011

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As I write this, it's Saturday evening (though I'll schedule the post for the morning) we're winding down from a long two days of three weddings between Breckenridge and Silverthorne.  Today, at the Mountain Thunder Lodge, we heard one of the band members frantically calling his bandmates to find out their location, as their progress was ground to a halt with both directions of I-70 being closed at the same time.  Now, I've lived in Breckenridge since 1996 and have never heard of this happening.  It's usually one or the other, but not both.  At the same time.

One thing we constantly tell brides who book us for Vail and Beaver Creek jobs is that the road could close at any time, especially during the winter.  Our mountain roads are actually very-well maintained, but there seems to be a lot of user error out there lately.  Regardless, you just have to consider whether or not your vendors need to travel to your event, and if so, how far and when do they plan to arrive.  Not only does this apply to Denver vendors traveling to the mountains, but to mountain vendors traveling over passes, or for any event not in their same town.

Summer in the Rocky Mountains of Copper Mountain, Colorado.  |  photo[StacySanchez]

We left that job  to finish up another wedding in Breckenridge, hoping that all the band members would arrive safely and on time for our mutual client.  We are using Storify to show you how we warned you in an earlier post about the Art of Mountain Travel, and how you want to avoid peak travel times.  But, really, please check all the links I put in that post, and you might just save yourself a headache, and get a bonus hike in.  And then you can tell me how you used this info to maximize your time in local hills surrounding Summit County, Colorado.  That's what this blog is all about.

[HOW TO] Not Get Stuck in Traffic on I-70. The Art of Mountain Travel.

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There are a few things that are fairly typical in the mountains during the summertime.  One bit of advice that I will constantly remind everyone about is the weather pattern for this time of year.  Right now, in mid-July, you can expect to see clear skies and sun in the mornings, while the afternoons will be partly cloudy with a chance for rain.  No matter where you go, I strongly suggest packing a rain jacket regardless of  what the weather is like when you leave, because mountain weather can be unpredictable.

The other typical pattern you'll see is the mass exodus from Denver to the mountains on Fridays which can make for a slow trip up to the mountains.  On the weekends, day trippers and vacationers alike will usually create a bit of congestion on the roads, and usually moves much slower than you would like.

www.cotrip.org  |  Traveler Information Provided by the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) a branch of CDOT

Today's technology now allows for no more guessing about what's happening on the highway, and allows you access to real-time information about the major travel corridors.  Two Twitter accounts that I try to share information and RT (ReTweet) whenever possible are @goI70 and another statewide Twitter handle to check out is @ColoradoDOT.

You can't get any better information than real-time travel cams and twitter feeds sharing updates about travel flows and any accidents on the roads.  Please let us know if you find anything else that will help others find their way in the mountains.  I guess you can always ask your friends on Facebook to see if they're on the highway.

www.twitter.com/@goI70  | Traffic, weather, directions, snow reports for winter and summer sports & travel on I70 mountain corridor, Interstate 70 in Colorado.

There are lots of things you can do to chew up some time while you wait for traffic to disperse itself.  Either start early (before 11 am) or head out later (after 4, maybe even as late as 6 pm).  You can also take the road less traveled, and that's to head south towards Alma and Fairplay over Hoosier Pass and then take Highway 285 back towards Denver.  Or you could head west and hit the hot springs near Buena Vista, but we'll save that for another blog...

PS - we're big online wiki fans, so here's one last online resource that we found that could be helpful for families planning their destination wedding near Breckenridge, Colorado, as Denver is the closest metro area where the major airport is just over 2 hours away.  http://wikitravel.org/en/Denver