Jessica + Chris: Canadian Rocky Mountain Wedding at the Sawridge Inn, Alberta

Jessica + Chris: Rocky Mountain Wedding at the Sawridge Inn, Alberta | Image: Milton Photography

Canadian Rocky Mountain Wedding

For today's post, we head up north to share Jessica + Chris: Rocky Mountain Wedding at the Sawridge Inn, Alberta with images courtesy of Milton Photography. If you follow the spine of the Rockies north, it leads up into Canada, and the location for today's feature. Jasper sits at the top of a classic area, the Icefields Parkway, and would make for an epic road trip. Bonus points if you do it on touring bikes. I was lucky enough to drive up that road and then head west towards the coast, where I put my truck on a ferry headed to Alaska. But, that story is for another blog. Let's get back to the event on hand, nestled in the most majestic chain of mountains I've ever seen.

Destination Mountain Weddings

If you've found this blog, you're probably researching planning a destination wedding in Breckenridge, or one of the other mountain towns of Summit County. This location in Canada looks amazing, but if you can't make it up that way, perhaps an elopement to Colorado is all you really need. Right now, couples are contacting us and planning their winter getaway. Some are taking steps to finalize their summer wedding at a private rental home. Options are endless. We are, however, aware that all of this takes time, and so we've created custom wedding packages that help you save time and money. Contact us to learn more!

Jessica + Chris: Rocky Mountain Wedding at the Sawridge Inn, Alberta | Image: Milton Photography

Jessica + Chris: Rocky Mountain Wedding at the Sawridge Inn, Alberta | Image: Milton Photography

Jessica + Chris: Rocky Mountain Wedding at the Sawridge Inn, Alberta | Image: Milton Photography

Jessica + Chris: Rocky Mountain Wedding at the Sawridge Inn, Alberta | Image: Milton Photography

A year before the wedding Garry (Jessica’s Dad) and I spoke about destination weddings and what made them so great was that the family that hadn’t met yet get an opportunity to get to know each other at a resort for a week instead of a 1 day wedding and a “nice to meet you… see you at the reunion”. Jess and I really wanted to have that but in a place we love so much.
 
We invited people to come to Jasper and camp leading up to the wedding. We had 50 people join us at Whistlers campground and we had drinks, played games, went biking, hiking and just really got to know each other. Almost everything we had for decor was either made by us, family or purchased second hand from a previous wedding. We decorated everything ourselves. 
 
Overlooking the the mountains behind us at the Maligne Lookout in Jasper on a nice sunny day surrounded by our family and friends. Our good friend Jessica Marsh singing and playing songs for us to walk down the aisle to. Our dogs walking down the aisle by family. I remember taking small moments to breathe and take it all in and just be content being in the Mountains and with her in front of me.
 
All of our hard work into the set-up and decor came together and looked amazing. Music is a huge part of our lives so we wanted to bring that into everything we could. We asked our friends Pete and Denise from 100 Mile House to play our first dances. They learned a few songs we has requested (even an acoustic version of Daft Punk Get Lucky to lead into the dance part of the night) It was really something that they agreed to come and play. THEN, to have JP Hoe surprise us on top of that and play 4 songs of his own was just unbelievable… We had daydreamed about something like that happening… but when does an artist come and play a wedding? Really! Thanks to Jessica’s sister Carly who set up the surprise and my brother Blake for the last minute change to the have him play during the slideshow. It meant so much to us.
 
Of course we’re bias but we feel that there are a lot of unique things about the reception. From the format of the night (slideshow at the very start) to the music, the food, the decor. We’ve heard from so many people afterwards how great the food was and how they had so much fun. Maybe it was just me but you could really feel the love in the room. We spent a lot of time (Jessica and I) designing the look of the wedding. We wanted it to be unique to us and we also wanted it to be things we did on our own. 
 
It turns out our favourite part of the day is the same! The anticipation and the final walking down the aisle / waiting for each other. Watching her walk down the aisle and watching me at the end of the aisle waiting with all of our friends and family surrounding us. All of the guests around us. The weather was perfect and the setting was incredible. It all came together perfectly and we both remember just feeling so content in those moments.

Jessica + Chris: Rocky Mountain Wedding at the Sawridge Inn, Alberta | Image: Milton Photography

Jessica + Chris: Rocky Mountain Wedding at the Sawridge Inn, Alberta | Image: Milton Photography

Jessica + Chris: Rocky Mountain Wedding at the Sawridge Inn, Alberta | Image: Milton Photography

Jessica + Chris: Rocky Mountain Wedding at the Sawridge Inn, Alberta | Image: Milton Photography

Jessica + Chris: Rocky Mountain Wedding at the Sawridge Inn, Alberta | Image: Milton Photography

Jessica + Chris: Rocky Mountain Wedding at the Sawridge Inn, Alberta | Image: Milton Photography

Jessica + Chris: Rocky Mountain Wedding at the Sawridge Inn, Alberta | Image: Milton Photography

Jessica + Chris: Rocky Mountain Wedding at the Sawridge Inn, Alberta | Image: Milton Photography

Jessica + Chris: Rocky Mountain Wedding at the Sawridge Inn, Alberta | Image: Milton Photography

Jessica + Chris: Rocky Mountain Wedding at the Sawridge Inn, Alberta | Image: Milton Photography

Jessica + Chris: Rocky Mountain Wedding at the Sawridge Inn, Alberta | Image: Milton Photography

Jessica + Chris: Rocky Mountain Wedding at the Sawridge Inn, Alberta | Image: Milton Photography

Photographer:  Milton Photography//Shoes: Aldo//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Derks Formals//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Le Chateau//Dress Designer:Mikaella Bridal//Dress Store:Novelle Bridal Shop//Event Venue: Sawridge Inn//Hair Stylist:Wild Orchid Hair Salon//

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Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Idaho River Wedding in the Rocky Mountain Foothills

Today's mountain love is all about Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding with images courtesy of Cimbalik Photography. We specialize in custom wedding packages for the mountain towns of Colorado, but when this set of images was submitted via Two Bright Lights, I couldn't pass it up. I have to go through many fabulous images, some of them even urban, and aren't a good fit. If I see some mountain love that will inspire and spread the possibilities for others to find their perfect mountain setting, then I'm happy to share.

Outdoor Ceremony with Luxury Lodging and Amenities

Blackhawk on the River private residences are described as having been "crafted from local reclaimed timbers, residences feature covered wood porches, indoor and outdoor stone fireplaces, rough-sawn reclaimed floors and exposed timber support beams. Interior spaces are designed in an open concept with spacious dimensions and 20 ft high ceilings." Now, that sounds amazing.

Blackhawk on the River, a 1551-acre conservation-oriented community. Offering riverfront real estate in McCall, Idaho. I guess I could split my time between Colorado and Idaho. As long as I'm in the mountains! Thanks for stopping by. And, please be sure to contact us to learn more about how we can help you save time and money and plan a custom wedding day that meets all your needs, and especially, your budget.

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Where do we begin with this couple! We are pretty sure their hearts are made out of pure gold! Their love for each other and others is inspirational! One of the best things that we love the most about this couple is their ability to embrace life and make incredible memories along the way. For starters, Eric proposed to Brittany under water while they were scuba diving! Talk about a memory that will last a lifetime! Eric did say that he wasn't brave enough to bring the actual ring under water with him. Can't blame him there!

Eric and Brittany's sunny winter wedding was the perfect Valentines Day treat for everyone there. Their day embodied what true love looks like and their ceremony was inspirational and unique on so many levels. The intimate ceremony only for close family, took place outdoors right along the river. They had a quaint hot coco bar set up to help warm up their guests from the inside out. There were also hand warmers and blankets close by for those who need it. Brittany made her entrance on a horse drawn carriage! Brittany loved how this element showed off her deep love for horses. During the ceremony they also had a Unity Fire. Both sets of parents came up and while the individual flames became one they enjoyed a moment basking in the warmth of the fire as well as the warmth of the love in their hearts. After the ceremony everyone went inside and enjoyed a beautiful, rustic reception with all their friends and family! The day was beautiful and the night turn to magic!

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Brittany + Eric: Blackhawk on the River, Idaho Wedding | Image: Cimbalik Photography

Photographer:  Cimbalik Photography//Dress Designer:Allure Bridals //Event Venue:Blackhawk On The River//Dress Designer:Bridal By Marie//Transportation:Harlow Bus Services//Event Planner: IDoWED McCall//Equipment Rentals: McCall Party Rentals//Hair Stylist:Olivers Salon Boise//Caterer: Open Table Catering//Bakery:Rembrandt Coffee House//DJ:The Wedding Doctor//Floral Designer:Wishing Well Botanicals//

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Ali + Austin: Colorado Engagement Photo Session

Ali + Austin: Colorado Engagement Photo Session | Image: Melissa Yocum Photography

Fall Mountain, Lakeside Engagement Session

Today's post is all about Ali + Austin's Colorado Engagement Photo Session, with images courtesy of Melissa Yocum Photography. The newly engaged couple wandered among the brilliant yellow aspen trees and paddled around a small lake, stopping to stare into each other's eyes and take in the moment. It can be a fun, and kinda silly at times when you pose for pics, but just have a good time and act natural. Have a bag of snacks handy, as you could get hungry as you move between locations. Talk with your photographer about different clothing ideas that will give your pics a few different l

Colorado Engagement Photography

If you stumbled upon this site because you're thinking about an engagement session somewhere in Colorado, but aren't going to marry here, that's ok. We work with many couples in various states of love. Vow renewals are becoming more popular, but elopements and smaller weddings that don't require a full-service wedding planner are creating custom wedding packages that work for them, and end up saving everybody time, energy, and money.

We actually have a couple from North Carolina in town for their elopement, and it's been snowing this week. We've seen exceptionally warm weather lately, until this storm came through. I think I saw that Beaver Creek even got about 11" of snow. Snowmaking operations have begun on a few runs at Copper Mountain and Keystone, but there's a handful of resorts already open on the east coast. So, even though it's "mud season" up here, there are lots of things to do, and the excitement is in the air in our ski towns as we eagerly await the first runs to open.

Please contact us to learn more about how we can help you best.

Ali + Austin: Colorado Engagement Photo Session | Image: Melissa Yocum Photography

Ali + Austin: Colorado Engagement Photo Session | Image: Melissa Yocum Photography

Ali + Austin: Colorado Engagement Photo Session | Image: Melissa Yocum Photography

Ali + Austin: Colorado Engagement Photo Session | Image: Melissa Yocum Photography

High School Sweethearts, dated for 6 years through high school and college. Got engaged when Austin surprised Ali during her European internship. Engagement session during the first weeks she returned home to Colorado during Colorado's colorful fall.

Ali + Austin: Colorado Engagement Photo Session | Image: Melissa Yocum Photography

Ali + Austin: Colorado Engagement Photo Session | Image: Melissa Yocum Photography

Ali + Austin: Colorado Engagement Photo Session | Image: Melissa Yocum Photography

Ali + Austin: Colorado Engagement Photo Session | Image: Melissa Yocum Photography Ali + Austin: Colorado Engagement Photo Session | Image: Melissa Yocum Photography Ali + Austin: Colorado Engagement Photo Session | Image: Melissa Yocum Photography Ali + Austin: Colorado Engagement Photo Session | Image: Melissa Yocum Photography

Ali + Austin: Colorado Engagement Photo Session | Image: Melissa Yocum Photography Ali + Austin: Colorado Engagement Photo Session | Image: Melissa Yocum Photography

Ali + Austin: Colorado Engagement Photo Session | Image: Melissa Yocum Photography

Ali + Austin: Colorado Engagement Photo Session | Image: Melissa Yocum Photography

 Ali + Austin: Colorado Engagement Photo Session | Image: Melissa Yocum Photography

Ali + Austin: Colorado Engagement Photo Session | Image: Melissa Yocum Photography

Last Minute Elopement to Colorado

Independence Pass: Aspen, Colorado Elopement Package

Colorado Wedding Elopement Packages

If you're ready to tie the knot and start your married life, then there's no time to waste when you can get started right away with the details for a Last Minute Elopement to Colorado! You'll arrive at Denver International Airport (DIA, as it's called), pass by Bluecifer and go through Denver on your way west towards the mountains. Once in the mountains, you'll arrive at one of the many mountain towns that are near world class ski resorts, like Breckenridge, Vail or Aspen. These winter playgrounds are superb choices for elopements as the Rocky Mountains are naturally romantic with dramatic ridgelines and vistas around every corner.

We'll work with you to determine the right wedding package, with the right mix of vendors and services for your wedding experience. Want a quiet mountainside location? Downtown Breckenridge is convenient and has lots of Victorian buildings that will be forever captured in photographs from one of our partner photographers that we have personally vetted and recommended.

Yes, you could probably plan it all yourself, but like anything you do, it will take time and you won't be sure if you've never been up this way before. That's where we come in. We carefully screen websites, portfolios and rely on our past experiences of over 1,000 weddings and 20 years of living in the Colorado high country to find the qualified vendors and appropriate venues to match with our clients.

Click this link or the image below to see our newest location for mountain nuptials, Independence Pass near Aspen, Colorado.

Independence Pass: Aspen, Colorado Elopement Package | Image: Trystan Photography

Fall Colors and Holiday Getaways

It's the beginning of September, and if you're interested in Fall Colors and gorgeous Aspen trees as your backdrop, then you better hurry. The leaves peak around the middle of the month and will last until the end of the month. So, for a few weeks the hills are alive with the colors of green and gold. Then, the mountains are empty until the snow fills up the slopes.

The off-season or "mud season" as locals call it in the spring happen twice a year. Once in the spring after the snow melts, and after the colors peak, until the ski areas open. Fall is filled with a rare energy of anticipation as mountain enthusiasts watch the weather reports in hopes of early snow storms to come in and lay down the goods.

The mountain towns are always fun around the holidays, so pack your costumes and head up this way for a unique Halloween wedding elopement. Or, choose to be here for Thanksgiving where you can literally give thanks to your best friend as you exchange vows. No two weddings are ever the same, so check out some of our options like Sapphire Point, where there are panoramic views of the Ten Mile and Gore Ranges. You'd be hard pressed to find another outdoor ceremony location that has a nearby hiking loop that allows you to explore the mountains in such a way in less than a mile. It's a easy walk and is good for kids too. Click here or the image below to see the Sapphire Point wedding package, or click here to see the options included in our basic custom wedding elopement package.

Sapphire Point Wedding | Image: Marianne Brown Photography

Have Your Cake and Eat it Too

If all of this sounds good to you, then guess what? We have a special sweet treat just for you. That's right, we're gonna hook you up with a FREE small wedding cake as our gift to you. Sometimes it pays to wait until the last minute. If you haven't found the right package in the links above, then click here to see all our packages, and if you need some help or have more questions, then please contact us right now. Time's a wastin' so get to it.

{ Engagement} Brooke + JP // Colorado Engagement by Kelly Lemon Photography

Brooke + JP // Colorado Engagement by Kelly Lemon Photography The air is crisp and rain showers are to be expected this time of year in Breckenridge, Colorado. Today's blog show's Brooke and  JP's Colorado Engagement by Kelly Lemon Photography.  These photos capture the essence of spending a fun day in the hills for your best buddy.

You get all dressed up, you drive up into the mountains with all sorts of props, clothes and opportunities for fun photos. It's an experience in and of itself, and it can be really fun. It should be. And you can then share those fun images of who you are, who your partner is, and what you like to do as a couple.

I've seen couples do slopeside winter wedding ceremonies on skis at the Breckenridge Ski Resort. Afterwards, they slide on snow and laugh. And then have beers. And then get to go out in the historic downtown area of world-class ski town, Breckenridge, Colorado.

Or, choose the Town of Frisco, "Main Street of the Rockies." Dillon has some great lake-side views and opportunities for lawn weddings with pre-wedding meetups at the Tiki Bar.

Don't know what I'm talking about? Please contact us to learn more about all the local variables when it comes planning your destination wedding in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. We are a Breckenridge-based Florist that has started a wedding blog to showcase all the fun stuff, share wedding photography while providing help planning a vow renewal, elopement, rehearsal dinner, or wedding.

It's not easy, and it all takes time. We have worked and have visited numerous homes and venues, but yet, we are still learning ourselves and this blog is a committed effort to sharing magnificent mountain weddings while providing creative resources. Contact us to learn more how you can be a part of the original wedding blog for Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Dillon, Frisco,, Keystone, Silverthorne, Vail and Beaver Creek.

Images courtesy of Kelly Lemon Photography

Brooke + JP // Colorado Engagement by Kelly Lemon Photography

Brooke + JP // Colorado Engagement by Kelly Lemon Photography

Brooke + JP // Colorado Engagement by Kelly Lemon Photography

Brooke + JP // Colorado Engagement by Kelly Lemon Photography

Brooke +  JP // Colorado Engagement by Kelly Lemon Photography

Brooke +  JP // Colorado Engagement by Kelly Lemon Photography

Brooke is so creative and after starting to plan her wedding realized she wanted to do this as her career and recently launched her wedding planning business! So when we started discussing her engagement shoot, she was ready and excited for some fun ideas! Brooke & JP are such a fun couple! I knew this session would be a favorite. We started the engagement shoot up in the mountains to make sure we caught the beautiful Aspen leaves. Brooke told me about their adorable dog Myla and how it was very important we got some photos with her. So you may notice a cute little pug, who you will see in the background, foreground, or main subject of a few of the photos! Myla plays a fun part in their relationship and is going to be a part of the wedding day too! They definitely are an adventurous mountain couple. We took their jeep up some rough terrain, with the tandem bike in tow - to a beautiful area in the back country. Riding the tandem bike was not as easy as we expected, but these two are always up for a fun experience, and it just made for fun moments and lots of laughter! We had a great time!

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Brooke +  JP // Colorado Engagement by Kelly Lemon Photography

Brooke +  JP // Colorado Engagement by Kelly Lemon Photography

Brooke + JP // Colorado Engagement by Kelly Lemon Photography

Brooke +  JP // Colorado Engagement by Kelly Lemon Photography

Brooke + JP // Colorado Engagement by Kelly Lemon Photography

Brooke + JP // Colorado Engagement by Kelly Lemon Photography

Brooke + JP // Colorado Engagement by Kelly Lemon Photography

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.