Aspen trees in Breckenridge, Colorado

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After a few days of cold and snow, it's back to sun and the last colors found in the aspen trees in Breckenridge, Colorado. With more snow expected this weekend and the snow guns turning on at night, everyone's anticipating what the ski season will be like. Either way, there are a few trees in the high country holding color, but you better get here quick to see them. Otherwise, there are other places in the state that are peaking right now. Please contact us to learn more about scenic locations for drives, photo shoots and destination weddings.

Reflection in the dredge pond in downtown Breckenridge, Colorado

When I pedaled to the post office earlier today, I took the path near the Blue River on the way back to the barn.  I spotted the rushing waters of the Blue River and followed them to the Dredge boat.  It's actually a restaurant that can host small parties.  There's a bar upstairs too.  

We just got back from a quick mud season road trip and just finished flowers for a spring mountain wedding.  We'll be updating the site with lots of fun stuff throughout the summer, the first of which will be a brand new look.  If you like what you see on this blog, ask us how we can help you find all the right vendors, including event rentals, officiant services and wedding photography.  We're putting together some fun packages, so ask us about those, as they might not be on the site just yet.  Thanks for reading!

Reflection in the dredge pond in downtown Breckenridge, Colorado

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Rebekeh + Travis at Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek, Colorado

Saddle Ridge is located near the slopes at the Beaver Creek Ski Resort.  Nearby mountain towns include Vail, Minturn and Avon. A short drive away and you're at Copper Mountain and Leadville and then Summit County.  This valley is on the other side of Vail Pass, which can be tricky to drive.  Once you're there, the Vail Valley is absolutely magical.

Luckily, there were blue skies and no hazardous driving conditions for guests or vendors who traveled to the event.  Rebekeh and Travis asked the planning team at Petal and Bean / Summit Mountain Weddings to help them put together a fun, winter wedding in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  So, that's what we did.  Today's photos are courtesy of Elevate Photography.  

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{ Real Mountain Wedding } Rebekeh + Travis at Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek, Colorado  |  Elevate Photography - photos[elevatephotography.com]

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Rebekeh + Travis at Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek, Colorado  |  Elevate Photography - photos[elevatephotography.com]

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Rebekeh + Travis at Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek, Colorado  |  Elevate Photography - photos[elevatephotography.com]

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Rebekeh + Travis at Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek, Colorado  |  Elevate Photography - photos[elevatephotography.com]

Rebekeah's Bouquet // See the pin by clicking here

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Rebekeh + Travis at Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek, Colorado  |  Elevate Photography - photos[elevatephotography.com]

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Rebekeh + Travis at Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek, Colorado  |  Elevate Photography - photos[elevatephotography.com]

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Rebekeh + Travis at Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek, Colorado  |  Elevate Photography - photos[elevatephotography.com]

Boots + Bouquets // See this pin by clicking here

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Rebekeh + Travis at Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek, Colorado  |  Elevate Photography - photos[elevatephotography.com]

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Rebekeh + Travis at Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek, Colorado  |  Elevate Photography - photos[elevatephotography.com]

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Rebekeh + Travis at Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek, Colorado  |  Elevate Photography - photos[elevatephotography.com]

Saddle Ridge at Beaver Creek // See this pin by clicking here

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Rebekeh + Travis at Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek, Colorado  |  Elevate Photography - photos[elevatephotography.com]

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Rebekeh + Travis at Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek, Colorado  |  Elevate Photography - photos[elevatephotography.com]

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Rebekeh + Travis at Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek, Colorado  |  Elevate Photography - photos[elevatephotography.com]

Cake by Mountain Flour in Vail.  

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Rebekeh + Travis at Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek, Colorado  |  Elevate Photography - photos[elevatephotography.com]

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Rebekeh + Travis at Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek, Colorado  |  Elevate Photography - photos[elevatephotography.com]

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Rebekeh + Travis at Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek, Colorado  |  Elevate Photography - photos[elevatephotography.com]

// VENDORS

Venue / Catering: Saddle Ridge - Beaver Creek Ski Resort

Photography: Elevate Photography

Cake: Mountain Flour

Transportation: Summit Express

Florist / Decor / Planning: Petal and Bean - Summit Mountain Weddings

[VENUE] Outside Wedding Ceremony Locations on Keystone Resort's Dercum Mountain and North Peak

Getting married on a mountain top is easy.  Booking the date to have it all to yourself is another story.  Luckily, there are a few different mountains for you to choose from.  The Mozart Deck is located on the first mountain you come to at the Keystone Resort.  You can take a lift or gondola up to the top.  

[VENUE] Outside Wedding Ceremony Locations on Keystone Resort's Dercum Mountain  |  photo[studiokivawedding.com]  Katie Girtman Copyright  Keystone Wedding Photography

You can also consider transporting guests via a second gondola ride to the next  mountain over.  The gondola brings you over to the Outpost where you'll find both the Alpenglow Stube and Timber Ridge.  Brian and his team put together a great experience for everyone.  

When you plan your Keystone wedding, you'll talk to Alicia, and when you do, please let her know you read about some of Keystone's properties on this blog!  Check back for more real Keystone weddings on Summit Mountain Weddings, as we'll be adding more real weddings every week.

If you're planning a Keystone wedding and need assistance, please contact us to start solving problems and stop wasting time.  You've found this blog, so that's a great start.  We're local wedding experts that have worked multiple venues with multiple vendors and can recommend high-quality professionals that provide exceptional products and services.

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* photo courtesy of Katie Girtman of Studio Kiva Photography.      >> See this vendor's listing by clicking here

[GROOM-ER] Because It's Not All About Her // Top 4 Things Guys Need To Know When Planning A Mountain Wedding

Ladies, grab your guy and show him this article as he drinks a beer after work, or just email him this link, so he'll have it to look at later when he's got time.  Introducing Groom-er!  This new blog installment on Summit Mountain Weddings is just for the mountain dudes.

GUYS: START READING HERE.  Where do you start when planning a mountain wedding in a town where you don't even live?  Even if you did live here, do you know the party and event scene?  Well, guys, you now have a resource to ask questions, find solutions and get things done.  

She's planning the wedding in the mountains, so here's an article by a guy just for the guys.  And we'll keep it to once a week, y'know so, not to overwhelm or bug you with all this wedding stuff too much.  We'll give you some homework and send you on your way.  Thanks for reading and be sure to ask questions on our forum too!

Top 4 Things Guys Need To Know When Planning A Mountain Wedding  |   photo[© Katie Girtman]

What is this new website you ask?  Summit Mountain Weddings is the best online planning resource for guys getting married in the mountains because all of a sudden, you're dealing with stuff you thought you'd never have to think about.  We'll be sharing some guy-specfic stuff that only a guy would think of.  

Because face it guys, we're just different.  What's important to us, is not to them, and vice versa.  I've narrowed it down to a four general tips to get you started, so here's what you need to start thinking about.  

Top 4 Things Guys Need To Know When Planning A Mountain Wedding

 1 - Determine your level of involvement.  

Do you really care what kind of linens go on the tables or should that be her decision?  Has she been dreaming about her wedding since she was 5, or is a bit more relaxed?  Find out where you can be of help and contribute there.  Check in with her weekly, and ask if she needs any help with anything.  Find out where she's stressed and be the hero and problem-solver.  Your caretaker duties are calling big time here.

2 - Ask for help when you need it.  Find trusted professionals and ask for recommendations.

Find what does interest you and take charge of that area of the planning.  Find ways to satisfy the basics and splurge on what's most important to you.  What would you like your guests to remember?  If you're unable to find these resources on your own, ask for help.  It's a good idea to make an investment in a professional planner who is familiar with the area if it works with your budget.

3 - Find a way for the guys to enjoy the mountains while everyone's in town.  

You're in the mountains for your wedding, so depending on the season, you should explore local options for fun and easy excursions.  Determine your posse's fitness level, and if human or motorized pursuits are in your future.  Discover world-class skiing at the resorts, cross country skiing, rent snowmobiles, book a hut trip, or go snowshoeing.  

4 - Don't let numbers scare you, be upfront and communicate about money and expenses.  

Yes, you can go big or you can go small.  It's up to you and what's really important.  Do you need everyone and their dog there?   If so, we do know pet-friendly lodging options and can steer you to those places where the dogs can relax and be a part of your mountain wedding near Breck.  And rest easy and know that creative, fun choices exist at all budget levels that look great.

We hope this is helpful, and know that there are some great online resources to planning a wedding, including using free online tools like Minigroup to collaborate ideas with vendors.  Let us know what you like, and what more you'd like to see from us in the future, thanks for reading!  And guys, good luck and know that we are just a phone call, email, and tweet away.  

>> Photo courtesy of Studio Kiva.  Click here to see this vendor's listing.

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!