{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Kelly + Ali // Outside Wedding Ceremony at Sapphire Point near Breckenridge, Colorado

"Kelly & Ali were supposed to get married next summer, but ended up eloping a few weeks ago at Sapphire Point. A beautiful little ceremony with 5 adults as guests, 2 children, 2 dogs, and 2 of us photographers! And I had to keep it secret for MONTHS!"  

Kay Beaton wrote this blog just a few days ago, and we wanted to share it here, so that you could see what an intimate mountain wedding ceremony in Summit County could be like.  This overlook is between Breckenridge, Frisco and Keystone on Swan Mountain road and can be reserved for smaller groups.  

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING }  Kelly + Ali // Outside Wedding Ceremony at Sapphire Point  |  photo[beatonphotography.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography

"It was sunshining in the beginning of the very short ceremony, raining by the end, but a little weather can't dampen the love my friends Kelly & Ali share! I can't look at their slideshow without crying myself!"

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING }  Kelly + Ali // Outside Wedding Ceremony at Sapphire Point  |  photo[beatonphotography.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING }  Kelly + Ali // Outside Wedding Ceremony at Sapphire Point  |  photo[beatonphotography.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING }  Kelly + Ali // Outside Wedding Ceremony at Sapphire Point  |  photo[beatonphotography.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography

"Thank you so much for choosing me as your wedding photographer Kelly & Ali - it was an absolutely beautiful celebration and I love you guys! Namaste!"

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING }  Kelly + Ali // Outside Wedding Ceremony at Sapphire Point  |  photo[beatonphotography.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING }  Kelly + Ali // Outside Wedding Ceremony at Sapphire Point  |  photo[beatonphotography.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography

And, scrolling down the blog, you can see the bride and groom showing their gratitude for Kay's photographic documentaion and artistry.  We saw Kay in action the other night, and she loves taking photographs and having fun!

"Thank you Kay.  We were so fortunate to have such a great photographer.  And not only are you great at what you do, your enthusiasm is infectious and your laughter and the love you exude for your work is inspiring.  If we could all love what we do as much as you do. 

Thanks so much for getting us the photos so quickly. I know this time of year is hectic for you.  Tons of love from us both, Kelly & Ali"

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING }  Kelly + Ali // Outside Wedding Ceremony at Sapphire Point  |  photo[beatonphotography.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography

Photographs by Kay Beaton

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Yellow Aspen Trees + Rocky Mountains // Photography by Kay Beaton

After a summer of weddings at our flower shop in Breckenridge, we get to enjoy fall a bit.  We still have weddings for the next few weeks before it really slows down, but the fall colors really motivate you to get out and enjoy the outdoors.  Dina rode around the lake and up to Montezuma, just outside of Keystone, and we talked about how that area would be great for a local photo session.

I sent Kay a message and asked her to take some photos of her backyard.  You see, Kay lives near Keystone, Colorado and per our request, captured some images for you all to enjoy.  Thanks Kay!  Oh, and she says that if you mention this "Fall Colors 2011" blog, she'll hook you up with a 10% savings.  Now, that's sweet!

Yellow Aspen Trees + Rocky Mountains  // photo[beatonphotography.com]  Colorado Destination Wedding Photography

Yellow Aspen Trees + Rocky Mountains  // photo[beatonphotography.com]  Colorado Destination Wedding Photography

Yellow Aspen Trees + Rocky Mountains  // photo[beatonphotography.com]  Colorado Destination Wedding Photography

Yellow Aspen Trees + Rocky Mountains  // photo[beatonphotography.com]  Colorado Destination Wedding Photography

I asked Kay for a few words to share about this time of the year and how it makes her feel...

"Fall in Summit County happens so darn fast.... one day the hills are ALIVE with color, and then they are gone. Freezing temperatures, shorter days, and less moisture all effect this beautiful season... but it brings so much WARMTH to photos of all kinds. As photographers we avoid the harsh mid-day sun with most portraits and weddings, but in fall sometimes it can be as warm and golden as can be mid day because of all that yellow and gold brightening our skies. I LOVE fall! And so sad to see it move on so fast...."

             - Kay

Yellow Aspen Trees + Rocky Mountains  // photo[beatonphotography.com]  Colorado Destination Wedding Photography

Yellow Aspen Trees + Rocky Mountains  // photo[beatonphotography.com]  Colorado Destination Wedding Photography

Dillon Reservoir 

Yellow Aspen Trees + Rocky Mountains  // photo[beatonphotography.com]  Colorado Destination Wedding Photography

Keystone Gulch

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Yellow Aspen Trees + Rocky Mountains  // photo[beatonphotography.com]  Colorado Destination Wedding Photography

Photos courtesy of Kay Beaton.  

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Studio Kiva

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Katie + Peter // Keystone, Colorado.  |  Breckenridge and Keystone Wedding Photography  |  photo[studiokivawedding.com]

Breckenridge Photographer, Katie Girtman would love to tell your story.  Photojournalism at its extreme!  Drawing on her photojournalistic background, Katie specializes in wedding and portrait photography with a modern sensibility that’s romantic, fun, and natural—never overbearing or clichéd. She is nationally known for her expertise in photography.

An accomplished professional published in magazines and newspapers all over the world as a top photographer, Katie’s 22 years photographing in Colorado’s incomparable high country give her an intimate familiarity with the breathtaking locations that can be a part of your own story. And because she lives in and loves Colorado’s mountains, she knows how to make them shine in your photographs just as radiantly as they do in your own mind. She makes a habit of staring down the elements on a sheer rock face or in pristine back-bowl powder to get the images you won’t see anywhere else.

Using top-of-the-line Nikon cameras (and more than just a zoom lens), Katie and Studio Kiva specialize in state-of-the-art digital photography. Studio Kiva offers a full range of wedding photography services, including DVD and CD photo collections and albums, coffee-table albums, online proofing, stylized post-production, black-and-white photography, slideshows, and traditional prints. There are no pre-set packages, so you can decide exactly what you want Katie and Studio Kiva to do for you.

Katie lives in Breckenridge, Colorado, and Studio Kiva photography serves all of Colorado’s high country, including popular destinations like Breckenridge, Vail, Keystone, Beaver Creek, Winter Park, Aspen, Evergreen, Dillon  and Silverthorne. Katie will help you with all the secret spots to photograph in the high country!

You can also view our commercial website at:  www.studiokivaphoto.com andwww.studiokiva.net

[Hindsight 20/20] Groom's advice: Ask for help, so you can enjoy the day.

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Looking back, all my friends and family coming to Breckenridge for our wedding was a dream come true.  To have everyone together for a few amazing hours was totally worth it.  Relishing the moment and remembering how each person played a role in your life is an indescribable feeling.  You'll know what I mean when you have yours.

This is why it's called SUMMIT COUNTY.  |  photo[robinjohnsonphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

We chose to have our wedding on the shore of Lake Dillon at the Frisco Bay Marina.  We worked it out that a patch of grass be maintained to where we could have our ceremony looking at two fourteeners in the distance, with mountains surrounding us.

This is why it's called SUMMIT COUNTY.  |  photo[robinjohnsonphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

As someone who's in the wedding industry, and lives in Breckenridge, it was still very time-consuming to explore options, talk to vendors and finalize details.  We not only have knowledge and experience of working many weddings and special events in the area, but we also know what it's like to have the worries about money, who pays for what and the concerns of planning this whole experience for everyone.

We know the problems that you'll encounter and the choices you'll have to make.   What's best is that we also know the people you need to solve those problems.  You'll get a piece of mind knowing that real mountain folks are helping you plan your mountain wedding.

This is why it's called SUMMIT COUNTY.  |  photo[robinjohnsonphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

Groom's Tip - Ask for help

Looking back, I would have asked a few more of the guys to pitch in and help out, so I could've relaxed more.  After a late night catching up, all the guys were busy or conveniently missing when I set up the chairs for the ceremony.

I really didn't mind working a bit at my own wedding, but now realize I wish I would've taken it a bit more easy and utilized the man power that was present.

I guess I wanted everyone to enjoy themselves, and not have to strain themselves, as most of the visitors were not used to the altitude.  Working many events over the years, I've now seen how many bridal parties don't do much but take pictures, eat great food and enjoy the moment.  I did just that, but in my own way.

After the ceremony we had a pontoon parade that toured Lake Dillon and created a perspective that you don't see from terra firma.  We're kayakers and enjoy the peaceful morning paddles and that's what prompted us to share this lake experience during our mountain wedding.  A speeding boat created a tense-filled moment where I thought my new wife and I would be swimming in the cold, alpine lake.  But, that is for another story...

*Photo courtesy of Robin Johnson, a true Breckenridge local.  She's a lot of fun, and would be a great way to support the local economy.  Please visit her website,  and Facebook page to learn more.

Vendors + Map + Forum + Social = Future weddings in #sumco

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What's #sumco mean?  We'll get to that in a minute.  We are happy to explain the options of this new site for you as an introduction to Summit Mountain Weddings.  We have a great vendor planning page, that shows you all the wonderful options that are available for you to meet your dream team.

We will share descriptions, contact info, social media links, and provide a place for reviews.  Each vendor will have a custom map placement for quick and easy to find reference.

Take it from a local delivery expert, who knows that Google maps can be wrong.  So, we've decided to painstakingly verify that all locations on our map are up-to-date and correct.

Vendor page for Summit Mountain Weddings was envisioned by Stacy Sanchez of Creative Flowers Inc | Petal and Bean in Breckenridge, Colorado.

We know how important it is to arrive at the correct location, on time, with your cargo intact.  Try delivering delicate flowers in the hot summer sun, driving on four wheel drive mining roads to reach the ceremony location.

Click on the map image on the right side bar and you'll see the start of a what will become the go-to-map for this area.

Want to ask a question about your wedding coming up?  Put it out there, and other brides, vendors and helpful locals will jump in and help out with some sage advice.

Forum for Summit Mountain Weddings is powered by local input and knowledge!

We're excited about all the possibilities from this site!  Contact us if you think we'd have something worth blogging about and sharing with everyone!

Please contact us if you think you have what it takes to be called a Summit Wedding Pro.  If so, we'd like to talk with you!  In the meantime, check back to see what's going on in the forum, or watch or updates on Facebook and Twitter.

And in case you're still wondering what the #sumco in the title is about, the short answer is it's a hashtag.  It makes for easy searching on Twitter.  Any tweets about Summit County can be tagged with the #sumco hashtag.

I'll be sharing tips on Twitter and Facebook too, and how it's used in weddings now, and what you can do to stay up to date on all the latest online tools.

Thanks everyone for your support and great feedback as this site was developed, you know who you are!!

The beginning of a new community for wedding planning in Breckenridge and Summit County, Colorado

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The story of this website starts with a little flower shop in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Dina and Stacy Sanchez, owners of Creative Flowers Inc. | Petal and Bean witnessed great feedback on the shop's blog and the local resources it shared.

Breckenridge wedding planning and resources

Stacy originally wanted to create a wedding-specific website for the flower shop, but quickly realized there was a lot of opportunity to talk about the other vendors, venues and local attractions.  And thus, the concept for a comprehensive online planning resource for Summit County was born.

Expert advice from local vendors, secret local knowledge and reviews will help our clients of tomorrow with the right tools today.  Our mountain community deserves a dedicated platform to creating superior mountain weddings, and this is it!