Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot in Breckenridge, Colorado

Today's post is all about a Styled Shoot at the Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge. This somewhat new lodge (less than two years as of this writing) is located on Ski Hill Road, less than a mile from the base of Peak 8. I have seen lots of styled shoots on other wedding blogs, and I rounded up some of the vendors that service the mountain towns of Summit County with the help of local Breckenridge wedding planner, Erica Sarell. Erica moved to Colorado from Florida, and I remember her start in the industry as Colorado Occasions. And, with a rebranding and freshening up of her business, her new business name is Erica Sarell Weddings and Events.

And, just as I felt it was time for Breckenridge to have its own wedding blog, I felt it was time that we originated a styled shoot for our little mountain town. My goal would be to have others, in the other towns, to raise awareness of the magnificent opportunities in Summit County. Then, we'll move on to the Vail Valley and the nooks and crannies on that side of the pass. Oh, and speaking of Vail Pass, there are now new regulations for snow tires on I-70, so please click here to learn more.

Breckenridge Wedding Venue

We have worked with Erica before, and knew she had the connections and experience to put together this team of vendors for a one-of-a-kind shoot that Breckenridge deserves. We chose the Breckenridge Nordic Center and the Lomax Placer Mine as the backdrop for the fun set of photos you see here. The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance manages the historical sites around town, and that includes this set of cabins near the downtown historic district.

Be sure to contact Erica if you're considering hiring a helping hand for your big day, and if you'd like more information about how to get Erica or any of the vendors in this styled shoot as part of a custom wedding package for your destination wedding, elopement or vow renewal, then be sure to contact us and mention this styled shoot! Thanks for reading and happy planning.

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Q. What items did you choose to include in this styled shoot? What kind of feeling were you going for?

I chose to focus on a muted, monochromatic and a romantic, yet playful, feel on this shoot. I also wanted to showcase local vendors and elements, like the Breckenridge Distillery.

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Q. How did everything go on the day of the shoot?

Everything went smoothly, minus the wind! But as to be expected with any mountain wedding, the weather doesn't always cooperate. We were able to set up and get the table setting shots in during a short break in the wind and it turned out perfectly! I love getting to see the different elements you work hard to plan, and collaborate with the other vendors, come together into one beautiful and thoughtful design. Plus, we couldn't have had more fun dressing up those Scooter's!

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Q. What would you say are the top three considerations for brides and grooms planning a Colorado mountain wedding?

Planning a Colorado mountain wedding definitely has some different considerations that need to be kept in mind:

1. Prepare your guests that are traveling from far and wide to join you on your wedding day – ie: altitude, layers, hydration, appropriate shoes, and the affects of alcohol consumption high, high above sea level. These factors can make or break your experience and your guests experience. Put simply – knowledge is power! Also, is everyone capable of riding on chairlift, walking through un-groomed mountain meadows, and being at over 10,000 feet above sea level? These are things that's can't be changed about having a wedding up here in the Colorado mountains, so make sure some serious considerations are made to this regard.

2. Weather - it can change on a dime here in Colorado. So dress is important. Layers are necessary and so is wearing the proper shoe. Heels aren't the best option for climbing up mountainsides, or off loading a chair lift. You'll also want to be prepared with a weather back up plan. Many times there will be an afternoon shower or thunderstorm that rolls through, and although most are quick to pass, sometimes they aren't. Anything is possible, even snow, so it's better to be prepared with a plan that isn't utilized than to be caught without one! 3. Arm yourself with the best possible team of local vendors you can to ensure your wedding will be in the hands of professionals well versed in the area you are getting married in. Choosing local vendors who are not only familiar with the venues you're looking at, but also the environment and weather will help you plan a smooth event.

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Q. What's a helpful tip or prop addition that is a simple thing to have that a lot overlook or don't even think about?

It gets windy up here in the mountains. Candles won't stay lit outside, petals or leaves won't stay nicely lining your aisle way, and the wind has the potential to blow arches and other arrangements over is they're not secured properly!

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Q. What's a funny or memorable moment you've had recently at a mountain wedding?

I think a memorable moment for me this wedding season was a couple that was married at Father Dyer Church in Breckenridge, just like the bride's parents were over 30 years prior. The bride's family thought the church had burnt down, and it wasn't until the mother of the bride looked at pictures of the stained glass in pictures that they realized it was the one they were married at.

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Q. Any last-minute issues or problems pop up that you were able to successfully resolve for your clients?

Of course! I refer to those as wedding day hiccups. No matter how much your plan, inevitably things will need some flexibility and adjustments. It's part of the territory with weddings; chairlifts break down, it snows, you didn't get enough chairs delivered to the venue, or a boutonniere comes apart and you have to reassemble one. With each wedding I orchestrate behind me and after nearly 8 years of planning weddings, you pick up a few tricks of the trade and come prepared for anything!

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Q. Tell us who you are and what mountain wedding experiences you've had along your way. What makes you different from the rest?

I'm the exclusive mountain wedding planner for the bold and playful couple. I specialize in destination, full and partial wedding planning. I begun planning weddings in 2008 after the economy collapsing closed the chapter of the non profit organization I was working for in Florida. I applied for an apprenticeship with an area planner and fell in love with planning weddings! I appreciate the opportunities I've had to plan events featuring vastly different backdrops and have gravitated toward planning destination weddings since majority of my experience has been in destination locations. Although, I must admit that living in the beautiful mountains I grew up around has forever captured my heart and I don't intend to leave again, ever! Planning a Colorado mountain wedding can be overwhelming, but it should be uber FUN along the way. It is my promise that as my client you will be inspired, well-informed and excited to plan your wedding. Every couple is unique in their own right and every event I plan will reflect the beautiful things that define who you both are. I strive to bring creative innovation to your visions, reduce stress and ensure no detail is overlooked.

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

// VENDOR LOVE

Planning and Design, Stationery: Erica Sarell Weddings + Events
Hair + Make Up: Mountain Majestic Beauty
Linens: La Tavola
Transportation: Breck Scooters

[GROOM-ER] Because it's Not All About Her // Exploring Cucumber Gulch in Breckenridge, Colorado

Here's the deal.  You're in downtown Breckenridge with the boys and want to check out some trails that are close.  Where do you go?  Just look to the west, and you see that big hump where the gondola climbs over?  Well, that's the Shock Hill area, and nestled in those trees you'll find the Pence Miller trail, among others, that are stretched out between the Breckenridge Nordic Center and the Cucumber Gulch, wetlands area.

[GROOM-ER] Because it's Not All About Her // Exploring Cucumber Gulch in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[carlscofield.com]

A sweet connector from the downtown area is the Morning Thunder trail, which is found next to the Mountain Thunder Lodge.  A nice bachelor party ride could start in this area and (for the hardcore) extend the ride onto the Peaks trail, or even explore the trails on the mountain itself.  

It's not a huge area, but you could stretch out a ride to an hour or two, especially if you stop to take photos, or smoke a cigar (yes, while mountain biking with the boys, it does happen).  Stop and check out Josie's cabin, which lies next to the wetlands, and "just below to the left" using the photo as a point of reference. 

Moose have been seen in the Cucumber Gulch area, so please use caution here.  The gondola flies overhead as you explore trails you never knew existed where right under you this whole time.  Explore this area, and get to know Breck like you never have before.  

If you like this idea and want to talk to us about setting up this bachelor party with all the details, contact us with your group size, activities sought, and lodging preferences.  We've got some great things planned, and we're just getting started!  

>> Photos courtesy of Carl Scofield, a Breckenridge resident since 1981, freelance photographer since 1985, and currently is the Resident Artist in the Breckenridge Arts District’s Fuqua Livery Stable.  Please visit www.carlscofield.com to learn more.

The Scene At Breckenridge Ski Resort's Peak 8 In The Summertime

One addition to the summertime offerings at the base of Peak 8 was a tubing hill. It's no longer there today, but kids still hike up to the remaining patches of snow that cling to the hillsides. Or, you can ride the chairlift to gain a higher perch, and then hike or ride down the slopes.  You can see the alpine slide on the right side of this image.  The new Gold Run coaster is further to the left.   This outside deck is connected to One Ski Hill Place.

The base of Peak 8 at the Breckenridge Ski Resort in the summertime. | photo[StacySanchez]

Whether you decide to visit our mountains during the winter or summer, you'll have lots of options for adventure waiting for you. You'll just have to decide whether you want face shots or epic singletrack. Either way you can't go wrong.  And if you're kids are too small for either the coaster or alpine slide, you can always take a free scenic gondola ride.  There was a moose spotted yesterday in Cucumber Gulch, Breckenridge's protected wetlands that's part of the Breckenridge Nordic Center.

A short hike will lead you to Josie's cabin, while other trails will connect you with town if you wanted to hike or bike back down to the downtown historic area.  Or, hike up, have lunch, and then take the gondola back down.  Oh, which way to go, which trail to hike, which activity to choose...  Have fun everybody!