{real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin at Warren Station in Keystone, Colorado

When watching the tweets fly around one day, I saw this Keystone, Colorado wedding from photographer Autumn Lee of Dash Photography  and I just had to share it with you all.  You see, there are lots of different ways to dress up and celebrate your day, so here's today's version.  A bold and beautiful red, white and black color palette was used throughout the event.  

Branding your event is a fun way to carry the theme of your wedding experience.  Let's first take a look at some of the details of the wedding, which are best captured before the wedding, as all the various pieces come together.  

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

In the image above  the groom is seen wearing an all-white suit, in contrast to his groomsmen, making him stand out from the other fellas.  See more photos from this wedding on the blog for Dash Photography.  It looks like it was a fun night, and we're thankful that the couple and photographer wanted to share these with you.  Check out Autumn's social feeds through the links below.  Looks like she's huge on Pinterest with over 1,000 followers over there.  We like Pinterest too.

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{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

The wedding ceremony was near the Snake River and was held outside in the Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre.  The reception was inside Warren Station.

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

I like to hear the stories from the day, and to share any feedback or lessons learned, so here's what the bride had to say.

Q. Any funny or memorable moments from your wedding?

A. Well we did have a couple memorable moments throughout the week of our wedding. One of my bridesmaid got the wrong dress! It really was not a big deal and the dress was pretty and matched the other dresses just fine. The funny part about the mistake is that some close friends said "wow, you handled that really well, if I were you I would have freaked out!". Another very memorable moment was that my husband lost his wallet full of cash the night of his bachelor party. He called me the next morning in horrible regret of how drunk he had gotten. 

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

Q.  Why the mountains?  What resources did you get inspiration or help from?

A.  My husband and I really love snowboarding and we enjoy the mountains and the laid back atmosphere it provides. To add a personal touch we labeled each table in our reception hall as a mountain we had boarded at (Vail, aspen, keystone, Breckenridge, copper, monarch, etc.). It was really cute. I got my inspiration from everywhere, I did not have just one or two resources. I also got a lot of ideas from oriental trader. I made a lot of our decorations and I got a lot of great ideas from oriental traders. 

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

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

A. The whole week of my wedding I felt I was walking on clouds and my maid of honor had to really keep me on track to stay on our schedule. If I could give one tip of advice for future brides it would be to concentrate on completely enjoying the week of your wedding and it only happens once. It is hard enough to remember this week in your life so you want to soak up as many memorable moments as you can. It is really easy to get caught up in all the little details you want to get done but you have to delegate your to do list and just enjoy being the bride.  Throughout the week I felt as though nothing could touch me, nothing could rain on my parade. I think it was that mindset that kept anything from invading my joyous week.

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

And then, some questions that I sent to the photographer, Autumn Dash.  Here's what she had to say.
 
Q. What tips / advice would you give to a couple considering a destination wedding in Keystone or Summit County?
 
A. If you are doing a destination wedding-really make sure you make it easy and friendly for your guests...remember they are having to come from out of town as well. I don't suggest breaking up your ceremony and reception into 2 separate parts of the day because your guests may not have anywhere to go for 2-3 hours while you are "breaking".  If you are coming up to the mountains, really enjoy your stay and get into the relax mode that most of us have up here-go with the flow!

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

Q. What are some fun ideas for engagement photos shoots in the mountains?
 
A. I am a big believer in making your engagement photos about you. Doing something together tat showcases you as a couple is always great. If you are big skiers, maybe a shoot around a ski lift would be fun. If you guys are avid readers, set up a picnic and scatter books around. Anything that you can do to bring "you" into it always makes for a great engagement session.

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

Q. What kinds of questions would you recommend the bride and groom ask their potential photographers?  
 
A. What is your shooting style, how do you direct the day, how long is the turn around time for getting my photos and products. Most magazines and blogs will tell you to ask all the "business style questions-insurance, back ups etc" but if you are a professional, these are no brainers, already covered and in the contract. You want to make sure you connect with your photographer on a personal level-you will be spending the whole day with them :)

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

 Q. What's the best way to work with wedding photographers?
 
A. Just be our friends-we don't bite LOL

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

Q. Favorite part of Colorado?  Favorite Restaurant in Denver?  And, one more.  Last concert seen.
 
A. Being a Texas gal, I really enjoy the 4 seasons Colorado has (even though I am not a snow fan LOL). I have yet to find a good restaurant here (sorry!! But you guys have nothing on the good comfort food of home!!). Last concert seen was probaby Jamey Johnson at Red Rocks....it's been awhile :)

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

// VENDORS

Ceremony / Reception: Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre / Warren Station

Photography: Autumn Dash Photography

Flowers and Cake were DIY by the bride and her team! 

[VENUE] Warren Station in Keystone Resort's River Run Village in Keystone, Colorado

Just to the right in the image below is the Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre, located in the heart of the River Run Village at the Keystone Ski Resort.  Big parking lots (that are free) are just a short walk away from the Warren Station, an attractive option for a modern facility that's in the base village.

On the outside, there's an outside deck that guests can relax on, or you can choose to take photos next to the stream running next to the building.  There are some kid-friendly attractions in the base area that can keep the little ones occupied.  Or, you can even mix a mountain top ceremony on the Mozart deck, and then return to Warren Station for the reception.    

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[VENUE] Warren Station in Keystone Resort’s River Run Village in Keystone, Colorado

[VENUE] Warren Station in Keystone Resort’s River Run Village in Keystone, Colorado

Warren Station does not offer lodging, but there are several companies that offer private home rentals, some of which are off-the-beaten paths in quiet neighborhoods.  Or ask us how we can put you down in the center of the action!  Yep, a condo facing the River Run Village when a festival is happening sounds like some fun mountain wedding research.  Ask us how we can set you up with a condo to stay overnight, play in the morning and then continue with the wedding planning in the afternoon.

[VENUE] Warren Station in Keystone Resort’s River Run Village in Keystone, Colorado

Every venue and property is different, just like every wedding, so please contact us and let us know what you need help with!  We're here to help problem solve, stretch your budget with creativity and passion, and to help you live your dreams.  It can be really hard, or really easy planning your destination wedding in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  We're here to help you.  Thanks for reading!

[VENUES] A Sampling of Keystone, Colorado Wedding Properties

There are a cluster of mountain towns that surround Lake Dillon, and if you follow the Snake River inlet, you'll be at Keystone, Colorado.  The dramatic backdrop of fourteen thousand foot peaks, lodgepole pine, and snowmelt creeks provides a special opportunity for a Rocky Mountain wedding.

Couples can choose to rent a private home tucked away from the resort, or you can check out the bigger venues on the mountain and stay near the River Run Village for quick access to the gondola.  

We're busy talking with local wedding professionals and venues, to source all the best vendors to make your destination wedding experience a seamless experience.  Keystone wedding planning has never been easier.  Contact us to help you arrange showings at some of the options around Keystone.  

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Near the Keystone Stables and the Keystone Ranch, is a private home rental.  Ask for Jamie and tell her you saw this post on our blog for a special offer!  >>Click here to see the property

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The Ski Tip Lodge

[VENUES] A Sampling of Keystone, Colorado Wedding Properties  |  Keystone Wedding Planner, Keystone wedding venue, home rental

There are few different options in the River Run Village.  You can take over some of the local restaurants and bars, but there is the Warren Station and the Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre, which had snow on it when I popped over earlier this week.  

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[VENUES] A Sampling of Keystone, Colorado Wedding Properties  |  Keystone Wedding Planner, Keystone wedding venue, home rental

Steps away from the gondola, across a small bridge, and you're staring at the best slopeside bar in Keystone.  The Kickapoo is run by All Events Catering, so be sure to ask for Cheryl and tell her you found them from this blog for a special offer!  

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Please ask us any questions you have about planning weddings in Keystone.  Be on the lookout for more detailed reviews, photo galleries and real weddings from these properties and more.  Thanks for reading!

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{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Allison + Mark at Warren Station in Keystone, Colorado. Pre-wedding photo shoot at Arapahoe Basin.

Longtime local photographer Kay Beaton, took Allison and Mark up to the switchback opposite the Arapahoe Ski Basin before their wedding at Warren Station in Keystone's River Run Village.  During the photo shoot, a gust of wind came through and blew sand and dirt in everyone's face.  It was a moment that will not be easily forgotten.  

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If you are getting married near Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Dillon, Frisco, Keystone, or Silverthorne, we'd love to show your wedding on this blog.  We want small, medium and large-sized weddings on this site.  We want to see the creative DIY brides that create their own bouquets and centerpieces, so contact us to submit your wedding photos!  

Check back for more photos from Mark and Allison and even venue spotlights in the near future.  Please contact us today to submit your wedding, and thanks for reading!

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Allison + Mark at Warren Station in Keystone, Colorado.  Pre-wedding photo shoot at Arapahoe Basin.  |  photo[beatonphotography.com]

[CEREMONY] Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre: Outside Wedding Ceremony Location in Keystone, Colorado

Imagine youself standing near a mountain stream, Aspen trees rustling in the wind, and a world-class destination resort as the setting.  Now, where is this, you ask?  Well, it's located in the River Run Village at the base of the Keystone Resort in Keystone, Colorado.  The gondola is used to reach higher mountaintop venues, but why leave all the action in the village when you can be a part of it?  

According to the website, the "Quaking Aspen Amphitheater is located a few steps from The Keystone Neighbourhood's  Warren Station,  and may be reserved for use with The Pavilion or on its own. The Amphitheater is an outdoor venue constructed of rocks and surrounded by aspen and pine trees, making it a perfect backdrop for an outdoor wedding ceremony.   Accommodates 175 people."

[CEREMONY] Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre: Outside Wedding Ceremony Venue in Keystone, Colorado  |  photo[stacysanchez]

This venue was used at a recent wedding that our flower shop, Petal and Bean, provided flowers for.  We delivered and set up the wedding prior to the ceremony and guests arriving, so check back for this wedding to be featured on our real mountain weddings section of our blog.  

[CEREMONY] Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre: Outside Wedding Ceremony Venue in Keystone, Colorado  |  photo[stacysanchez]Be sure to check the event calendar to see what's happening the village at the time you're considering, because one weekend there was a bluegrass and brews event happening and there were folks everywhere.  You can join the fun and use the festivities and action as a great photo opportunity.  

[CEREMONY] Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre: Outside Wedding Ceremony Venue in Keystone, Colorado  |  photo[stacysanchez]This family was wandering around the River Run Village.  There are many restaurants, shops and stores to explore in this area.  We usually end up in the Kickapoo Tavern during ski season, as it's right at the base of the gondola, and is a great apres hangout.

[CEREMONY] Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre: Outside Wedding Ceremony Venue in Keystone, Colorado  |  photo[stacysanchez]  Warren Station, Keystone Neighbourhood CompanyPlease let the manager of Warren Station know that you found them on the only online resource dedicated to weddings in Summit County, Colorado, Summit Mountain Weddings!  They are a private company and are now part of a larger mountain community network of wedding venues, service providers and resources.  Comment below if you have any questions about this location!