Dana + Rob: Engagement Photography in Breckenridge, Colorado

Dana + Rob: Engagement Photography in Breckenridge, Colorado | Image: Ashleigh Miller Photography

Breckenridge, Colorado Engagement Photos

Today's post is all about Dana + Rob: Engagement Photography in Breckenridge, Colorado with images courtesy of Ashleigh Miller Photography.  This collection of images is a mountain lover's dream shoot. Waterfalls, wildflowers and your best friend. Panoramic views with rolling hills and rocky streams make the perfect backdrop for these two. Ask us how we can set you up with a gorgeous location for a shoot with Ashleigh.

Rocky Mountain Weddings and Elopements

Some couples choose to do their engagement shoots here, and then get married elsewhere. Or vice versa. Either way, if you need help putting together a romantic getaway to the Colorado rockies, that's where we come in. Thanks for reading, but I've got a holiday weekend to get started! Please contact us to learn more about what we can do for you.

Dana + Rob: Engagement Photography in Breckenridge, Colorado | Image: Ashleigh Miller Photography

Dana + Rob: Engagement Photography in Breckenridge, Colorado | Image: Ashleigh Miller Photography

Dana + Rob: Engagement Photography in Breckenridge, Colorado | Image: Ashleigh Miller Photography

I had such a wonderful day exploring outside of Breckenridge with these two, Dana & Rob! The scenery was fantastic between the wildflower fields and the waterfalls.
Dana + Rob: Engagement Photography in Breckenridge, Colorado | Image: Ashleigh Miller Photography
Dana + Rob: Engagement Photography in Breckenridge, Colorado | Image: Ashleigh Miller Photography
Dana + Rob: Engagement Photography in Breckenridge, Colorado | Image: Ashleigh Miller Photography
Dana + Rob: Engagement Photography in Breckenridge, Colorado | Image: Ashleigh Miller Photography
Dana + Rob: Engagement Photography in Breckenridge, Colorado | Image: Ashleigh Miller Photography
Dana + Rob: Engagement Photography in Breckenridge, Colorado | Image: Ashleigh Miller Photography
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Melanie + Paul: Sapphire Point Wedding in Breckenridge, Colorado

Melanie + Paul: Sapphire Point Wedding in Breckenridge, Colorado | Photo: Fototails - Jeanine Thurston Photography

Outside Ceremony in the Rocky Mountains

Witness the mountain love in today's post about Melanie + Paul, a Sapphire Point Wedding in Breckenridge, Colorado with images courtesy of Fototails - Jeanine Thurston Photography. This bride and groom chose to have an adventure wedding. They selected to have their friends and family meet them in one of the highest places in the Rocky Mountains to have their special moment. There might not be another setting that's more dramatic than end-to-end mountains of the Ten Mile and Gore Ranges stretching out, providing the surreal backdrop for your guests.

Small Wedding in Breckenridge, Colorado

However, with this location you have the mountain weather to deal with. I've seen it absolutely still there, with no wind. Granted, that just after a brief, yet windy storm blew through and sprinkled a bit, leaving moist needles and a normally dusty trail, soft and damp. But, it can be nice or it can be windy and rainy. That kind of weather usually moves pretty fast, so cross your fingers, but bring your blankets and umbrellas. You know, just in case.

The chipmunks, squirrels, whatever they're called, are pretty outgoing because they're fed a bit. So, be prepared to deal with these locals when planning your day during the summer. Winter weddings have the trail to contend with. As you can see by the first images here, the trail is not maintained or shoveled, so bring your snow boots. Ski or trekking poles might be handy here. Look fun, or look scary? Either way, we're prepared to talk you through it and get you set up with custom package that is right for you. Please contact us to learn more and to stop stressing and start dreaming, so you can live your dreams.

Melanie + Paul: Sapphire Point Wedding in Breckenridge, Colorado | Photo: Fototails - Jeanine Thurston Photography

Melanie + Paul: Sapphire Point Wedding in Breckenridge, Colorado | Photo: Fototails - Jeanine Thurston Photography

ALBUM STORY  Mountainside wedding with the closest family and friends - with the groom's family flying in from South Africa to brave the freezing outside, but it didn't stop them from exchanging vows at the top of Swan Mountain Road in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Melanie + Paul: Sapphire Point Wedding in Breckenridge, Colorado | Photo: Fototails - Jeanine Thurston Photography

Mountainside wedding with the closest family and friends - with the groom's family flying in from South Africa to brave the freezing outside, but it didn't stop them from exchanging vows at the top of Swan Mountain Road in Breckenridge, Colorado.

ALBUM STORY  Mountainside wedding with the closest family and friends - with the groom's family flying in from South Africa to brave the freezing outside, but it didn't stop them from exchanging vows at the top of Swan Mountain Road in Breckenridge, Colorado.

ALBUM STORY  Mountainside wedding with the closest family and friends - with the groom's family flying in from South Africa to brave the freezing outside, but it didn't stop them from exchanging vows at the top of Swan Mountain Road in Breckenridge, Colorado.

ALBUM STORY  Mountainside wedding with the closest family and friends - with the groom's family flying in from South Africa to brave the freezing outside, but it didn't stop them from exchanging vows at the top of Swan Mountain Road in Breckenridge, Colorado.

ALBUM STORY  Mountainside wedding with the closest family and friends - with the groom's family flying in from South Africa to brave the freezing outside, but it didn't stop them from exchanging vows at the top of Swan Mountain Road in Breckenridge, Colorado.

ALBUM STORY  Mountainside wedding with the closest family and friends - with the groom's family flying in from South Africa to brave the freezing outside, but it didn't stop them from exchanging vows at the top of Swan Mountain Road in Breckenridge, Colorado.

ALBUM STORY  Mountainside wedding with the closest family and friends - with the groom's family flying in from South Africa to brave the freezing outside, but it didn't stop them from exchanging vows at the top of Swan Mountain Road in Breckenridge, Colorado.

ALBUM STORY  Mountainside wedding with the closest family and friends - with the groom's family flying in from South Africa to brave the freezing outside, but it didn't stop them from exchanging vows at the top of Swan Mountain Road in Breckenridge, Colorado.

ALBUM STORY  Mountainside wedding with the closest family and friends - with the groom's family flying in from South Africa to brave the freezing outside, but it didn't stop them from exchanging vows at the top of Swan Mountain Road in Breckenridge, Colorado.

ALBUM STORY  Mountainside wedding with the closest family and friends - with the groom's family flying in from South Africa to brave the freezing outside, but it didn't stop them from exchanging vows at the top of Swan Mountain Road in Breckenridge, Colorado.

ALBUM STORY  Mountainside wedding with the closest family and friends - with the groom's family flying in from South Africa to brave the freezing outside, but it didn't stop them from exchanging vows at the top of Swan Mountain Road in Breckenridge, Colorado.

ALBUM STORY  Mountainside wedding with the closest family and friends - with the groom's family flying in from South Africa to brave the freezing outside, but it didn't stop them from exchanging vows at the top of Swan Mountain Road in Breckenridge, Colorado.

ALBUM STORY  Mountainside wedding with the closest family and friends - with the groom's family flying in from South Africa to brave the freezing outside, but it didn't stop them from exchanging vows at the top of Swan Mountain Road in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Melanie + Paul: Sapphire Point Wedding in Breckenridge, Colorado | Photo: Fototails - Jeanine Thurston Photography

Melanie + Paul: Sapphire Point Wedding in Breckenridge, Colorado | Photo: Fototails - Jeanine Thurston Photography

Photographer:  Fototails - Jeanine Thurston Photography//Cake Designer: Blue Moon Bakery//Hair Stylist: Breckenridge Hair Company//Event Planner: Custom Weddings of Colorado//Floral Designer: Pink Posey Design//Other Location: Sapphire Point//

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10 Locations for Fall Wedding Photo Shoots near Breckenridge, Colorado

10 Locations for Fall Wedding Photo Shoots near Breckenridge, Colorado Coordinating photography sessions and determining isn't always easy, but I'm here to help you with 10 Locations for Fall Wedding Photo Shoots near Breckenridge, Colorado. The colors are out there, but how do you know where to go? I've narrowed it down to a few prime spots where the views are outstanding, the trees are colorful, and you're set up for success. The rest is up to you.

Read on to learn more about these spots, but be sure to contact us to find out how we can help you find a Breckenridge wedding planner that can save you time and money. We know it helps to find someone who knows local vendors, and while we build our local  directory, we can provide group services and activity recommendations for spring, summer, winter and fall.

We're longtime locals and are very knowledgeable about the many hotels, private luxury home rentals, venues and vendors that work destination mountain weddings in the Rocky Mountains. Here's what I've learned about finding the best spots for photos in the Colorado high country. Click here to contact us with any questions.

1. Boreas Pass Road

Head to the south end of town and turn left at Boreas Pass road. A gas station will be on your right.

2. Aspen Grove Trail

Park at the first major switchback on Boreas, or hike from the Ice Rink. Connects with the road higher up.

10 Locations for Fall Wedding Photo Shoots near Breckenridge, Colorado

3. Stephen C. West Ice Arena

Head up Little Mountain for little under an hour to a nice bench with outstanding views of the Ten Mile Range.

4. Hoosier Pass

Surrounded by fourteen thousand foot peaks is hard to beat. And, you're on the Continental Divide.

10 Locations for Fall Wedding Photo Shoots near Breckenridge, Colorado

5. Lomax Placer

Just up Ski Hill Road on the left, just past the skier bridge. Check with the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance about commerial shoots.

6. French Gulch Trails

From Main Street, turn east onto Wellington between Extreme Pizza and the Local Market. Drive until the road splits. Go right. If you go left, you'll end up on CR 450. Three trailheads offer adventure. B&B, Reiling Dredge and Sally Barber.

10 Locations for Fall Wedding Photo Shoots near Breckenridge, Colorado

7. Lake Dillon

When driving north from Breckenridge to Frisco, park at the day use area found on your right just after the first switchback once you pass the high school. Walk five minutes and you're on the beach. Or, go to Frisco or Dillon Marinas. Or head to the overlook at  Sapphire Point.

8. Montezuma Road

Keystone choices include the Summit Cove inlet on Lake Dillon, the Keystone Village, but don't forget about the road that heads up to Montezuma.

10 Locations for Fall Wedding Photo Shoots near Breckenridge, Colorado

9. Lily Pad Lake Trail

Go through the roundabout by I-70 and the new Whole Foods in Frisco, and take the frontage road near Giberson Ranch.

10. Frisco Historic Park

Downtown Frisco is a hidden gem. Historic cabins just steps away from the "Main Street of the Rockies." Bonus points if you climb Mt. Royal for a few "trash the dress" pics soon after. If you do, please submit your pics for us to share! Thanks for reading.

The USA ProCycling Challenge in Breck: Road Closures and Travel Impacts

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Breckenridge has a big cycling community and there are lots of locals and visitors that participate in the local race series, as well as other races that come through the area like the Triple Bypass the Courage Classic. Some other local races to take note of include Circle the Summit and the Breck Epic. >> USA ProCycling Challenge: Road Closures and Travel Impacts

Flowery Bike by Petal and Bean in Breckenridge, Colorado

As with every wedding, with enough planning and preparation you can handle almost anything that comes your way. Half the battle is having the knowledge, and the other half is having the experience and tools to problem solve your way out of inclement weather, wardrobe malfunctions and other wedding fails.

Actually, a few years ago, the race prompted a couple to reschedule their nuptials. They moved up the date of their ceremony one day, as the race was scheduled to close the road on the original day selected. Luckily, this couple was flexible and went with the flow and had a beautiful wedding at Sapphire Point overlooking Dillon Reservoir. Just one day earlier, that's all.

Contact us to learn more about planning details for your destination wedding in Colorado. We are Summit County and Vail Valley specialists. See bicyle-inspired floral decor from Petal and Bean by clicking here.

A Toast to the Toaster: 8 Things to Remember When Planning a Wedding Toast

This blog is a creation of Petal and Bean, and is the original wedding blog for Summit County, Colorado. We've recently added new team members to Petal and Bean, and that includes Kayle Walker, guest blogger in today's post. We oversee a lot of events and we help plan events too. Let's check out what Kayle learned from attending a few weddings and from her wedding planning jobs here in Breckenridge and Keystone. Here's her tips for making your toast the best it can be. A Toast to the Toaster:  8 Things to Remember When Planning a Wedding Toast | Photo courtes of Kent Meireis Photography

A Toast to the Toaster: 8 Things to Remember When Planning a Wedding Toast - Kayle Walker

This past Saturday I was the Day-of-Coordinator for a wedding at the Keystone Resort's Ski Tip Lodge.  The day kicked off at Lord of the Mountain Church in Dillon. It's one of the best places in the County where you can have the ceremony inside with vast mountain views in the background.

The celebration continued and the night was filled with lots of dancing, including a tear-jerking father-daughter dance. I was witness to delicious food, beautiful flowers, and great conversation.  It was an absolutely gorgeous day.

One of the moments that stood out to me was the toasts. The bride's  two Matrons of Honor gave a personal speech with a small memento for the bride and groom. The ladies were a hard act to follow, but the Best Men followed with funny, personal stories about the groom. I truly enjoyed this part because I learned more about the bride and groom... so here’s a toast to the toasters!

So what’s the key to giving a good toast? Here's 8 tips from a planner.

1. Introduction: Introduce yourself and your connection to the bride/groom. Follow that by remarking about the {insert adjective here} event.

2. Be yourself, but don’t make it about you: Public speaking can be difficult so remember to be yourself! However, we know you’re a big part of the bride/groom’s life, but keep the focus on them and not you. It’s okay to tell a memory that includes you, but remember who you are honoring.

3. Keep it short: Short and sweet – less than 5 minutes. Also consider how many other people are giving toasts and adjust your time accordingly.

4. Don’t be negative: Don’t confuse humor with negativity. Don’t try to embarrass the bride/ groom by telling what you think is a “funny” story (i.e. Claire’s speech on Wedding Crashers). And whatever you do, don’t bring up exes (duh!).

5. Practice: Read it to your friends or family and get their feedback – especially if you’re using humor or telling a personal story. Write it down or bring notes if you need to, it’s not neccesarry to memorize your toast or give it impromptu.

6. Face the couple: Face the couple when you’re giving the toast and don’t forget to smile.

7. Appearance: Hit the restroom before you’re in the spotlight and straighten up. Your toast will likely be documented with a photo and/or video. Also... try not to be drunk! We know you want to have a good time, but you don’t want to be sloppy.

8. Actually Toast: You can get caught up with what you’re saying and forget to actually ask the guests to raise a glass. Finish your toast with a phrase such as, Cheers, Salute, etc. so the crowd knows you are finished.

It’s always fun to see the small details come together for a successful event. I thank the couple for letting me share in their joy, tears, and laughter on their special day. Contact Petal and Bean and Summit Mountain Weddings to learn more!

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Lauren + Brian Lodge & Spa Wedding in Breckenridge, Colorado // Photos by Lisa Anne Photography

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This week we have a sweet summer wedding by LisaAnne Photography. This wedding was hosted by a couple with a big heart. Lauren and Brian's theme for their wedding was designed around "giving back" to others. From Toms shoes for the bride to guests donating to the Waldo Canyon Wildfire fund. Read all about it on LisaAnne Photography's blog! Lauren + Brain Lodge and Spa Breckenridge Wedding-1

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Lauren and Brian make the most adorable couple!

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Isn't the view from The Lodge and Spa spectacular?

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Leslie Ross from Summit Celebrant officiated the wedding.

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In keeping with the giving back theme the bride wore Toms shoes and her bouquet also included paper flowers from newspapers with articles about the Waldo Canyon Wildfire.

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Is The Lodge and Spa on your venue list for your wedding? Contact us to learn more about how you can get an all inclusive wedding package with The Lodge and Spa as your venue.