Clear-topped rental tent used at a wedding reception at luxury private home rental, Rubywood.

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{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Karly + Christian // Imperial Ballroom at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado

This Breckenridge wedding was featured in Brides Magazine a while back, and wanted to make sure that we put it on our blog to share with everyone.  Text excerpts from Lauren Matthew's online article, "Karly and Christian (who's from Argentina) met in Breckenridge, when he was living there on a work visa and she was visiting from Denver one weekend. 'Breckenridge was the place that brought us together,' she says. 'We had to get married there!' "

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Karly + Christian // Imperial Ballroom at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[ottoschulzephotographers.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography

"I loved the crystal details on my dress," Karly says of her Priscilla of Boston gown. "They reminded me of icicles in winter."  We love that the new mountain bride embraces the elements including ice as being part of the landscape, and therefore an option when decorating your event.

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Karly + Christian // Imperial Ballroom at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[ottoschulzephotographers.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography

A small, bright yellow church with a red door in downtown Breckenridge was chosen as the ceremony location for this Rocky Mountain bride and her groom.  "The ceremony was held at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, which was built in 1881. 'We loved that the church had been a part of the Breckenridge community for so long," Karly says. "Plus, it was the perfect size for our 70 guests'." 

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Karly + Christian // Imperial Ballroom at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[ottoschulzephotographers.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography

"The groom's family traveled from Argentina for the wedding, so the couple recited their vows in both Spanish and English. The ceremony also included a passage from Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist, read by the bride's sisters. 'It reflected the journey Christian and I have taken to be together,' Karly says."  

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Karly + Christian // Imperial Ballroom at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[ottoschulzephotographers.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography

Bridesmaids

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Karly + Christian // Imperial Ballroom at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[ottoschulzephotographers.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography

The little ones carry out their roles.

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Karly + Christian // Imperial Ballroom at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[ottoschulzephotographers.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography

Karly's bouquet was made of purple Vanda Orchids, white Tulips, and Anemones. Christian's boutonierre was made using a  single Vanda Orchid and a Tulip.  Anemones are a popular winter wedding flower for mountain brides in Colorado.

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Karly + Christian // Imperial Ballroom at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[ottoschulzephotographers.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography

Karly + Christian

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Karly + Christian // Imperial Ballroom at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[ottoschulzephotographers.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Karly + Christian // Imperial Ballroom at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[ottoschulzephotographers.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography

And just like I promised on our Facebook page, here's the answer to what this picture is all about!   "In another Argentinean tradition, charms attached to ribbons were placed between the layers of the wedding cake, which was made by Sugar. "Each single girl pulls a ribbon, and whoever gets the ring charm is the next to marry."

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Karly + Christian // Imperial Ballroom at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[ottoschulzephotographers.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography

"The couple and their guests donned masks and hats for the "cotillón"—an interval of traditional Latin American merrymaking that takes place around midnight and gets guests energized for the rest of the party. "The DJ played upbeat Spanish music," says the bride. "We had everyone on the dance floor!"  We think adding fun hats and costumes can only add to the fun!

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Karly + Christian // Imperial Ballroom at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[ottoschulzephotographers.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography

"The reception was held in the Imperial Ballroom at Beaver Run Resort where the tables featured arrangements of crystal–bead–covered branches. The resort catered the buffet–style dinner, which included Thai, Italian, and local Colorado cuisine."  And here is where the crystal and ice elements of the decor can be seen again.  A great way to remind guests that some of the best skiing in the world can be found near Breckenridge and is a great Colorado destination wedding option.  

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Karly + Christian // Imperial Ballroom at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[ottoschulzephotographers.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography

"A Great Time DJs spun music from all over the world, including some Middle Eastern tunes for Christian's dad, who's originally from Egypt."  I would absolutely ask for music important not only to the bride and groom, but to include traditional ethnic songs, dances and old traditions with a new twist somehow.  Let us know if that gets you thinking about how to bring it all together at your shindig.

// VENDORS

Photography:  Otto Schulze

Ceremony location:  St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church

Reception Venue:  Beaver Run          >> Click here to see this vendor's listing

DJ:  A Great Time DJ          >>  Click here to see this vendor's listing

Floral and Decor: Petal and Bean          >>  Click here to see this vendor's listing

[HOW TO] Not Get Stuck in Traffic on I-70. The Art of Mountain Travel.

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There are a few things that are fairly typical in the mountains during the summertime.  One bit of advice that I will constantly remind everyone about is the weather pattern for this time of year.  Right now, in mid-July, you can expect to see clear skies and sun in the mornings, while the afternoons will be partly cloudy with a chance for rain.  No matter where you go, I strongly suggest packing a rain jacket regardless of  what the weather is like when you leave, because mountain weather can be unpredictable.

The other typical pattern you'll see is the mass exodus from Denver to the mountains on Fridays which can make for a slow trip up to the mountains.  On the weekends, day trippers and vacationers alike will usually create a bit of congestion on the roads, and usually moves much slower than you would like.

www.cotrip.org  |  Traveler Information Provided by the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) a branch of CDOT

Today's technology now allows for no more guessing about what's happening on the highway, and allows you access to real-time information about the major travel corridors.  Two Twitter accounts that I try to share information and RT (ReTweet) whenever possible are @goI70 and another statewide Twitter handle to check out is @ColoradoDOT.

You can't get any better information than real-time travel cams and twitter feeds sharing updates about travel flows and any accidents on the roads.  Please let us know if you find anything else that will help others find their way in the mountains.  I guess you can always ask your friends on Facebook to see if they're on the highway.

www.twitter.com/@goI70  | Traffic, weather, directions, snow reports for winter and summer sports & travel on I70 mountain corridor, Interstate 70 in Colorado.

There are lots of things you can do to chew up some time while you wait for traffic to disperse itself.  Either start early (before 11 am) or head out later (after 4, maybe even as late as 6 pm).  You can also take the road less traveled, and that's to head south towards Alma and Fairplay over Hoosier Pass and then take Highway 285 back towards Denver.  Or you could head west and hit the hot springs near Buena Vista, but we'll save that for another blog...

PS - we're big online wiki fans, so here's one last online resource that we found that could be helpful for families planning their destination wedding near Breckenridge, Colorado, as Denver is the closest metro area where the major airport is just over 2 hours away.  http://wikitravel.org/en/Denver

[HOW TO] have a pontoon parade on Lake Dillon as part of your adventure wedding in Rockies.

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When planning your Rocky Mountain wedding in Summit County, Colorado you can incorporate a water experience into your options with a rafting trip, fly fishing experience or even a pontoon parade.  Yes, that's exactly what we did for our friends and family.  We had our ceremony near the Frisco Bay Marina, and decided against the family kayaking chaos we envisioned and went with the pontoon parade idea.

Our pontoons were rented from the Frisco Bay Marina.   |  photo[AllysiaAngus]

Just after the ceremony, we boarded reserved pontoons (a must) and headed out towards the center of the lake through the islands.  We still remember my cousin, Glen, wearing his bluetooth opening up the throttle on the pontoon trying to pass us.  Our pontoon putt putt quickly turned into a scene from Miami Vice as I wondered who was so important that might call that warranted sporting a bluetooth earpiece.

Post wedding ceremony pontoon parade on Lake Dillon.   |  photo[AllysiaAngus]

Looking back, I'm glad we were able to share the experience of being on the water in the mountains with our friends and family.  We did get a big wave from a passing Sheriff's boat put enough water in the front of our pontoon that we thought we might be swimming for a second!  We drained our shoes and wore flip flops the rest of the night!

Eye protection is very important.  He's also wearing a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) and sunscreen (SPF 60).  |  photo[AllysiaAngus]

Enjoying a still moment as we watch a sailboat regatta on the Lake.  |  photo[AllysiaAngus]

Dina and Stacy celebrating on Lake Dillon!  |  photo[AllysiaAngus]

Heading back towards the Frisco Bay Marina after our post wedding pontoon parade on the lake.  |  photo[AllysiaAngus]

// Photos courtesy of our longtime friend, Allysia Angus.

{BRIDAL BOUQUET} Wedding flowers by Breckenridge florist, Creative Flowers Inc | Petal and Bean

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This wedding at the Breckenridge Ski Resort's Ten Mile Station used yellow, blue, green and white for their fresh color scheme.  The bridal bouquet was filled with yellow Sunflowers, white Dahlias, and white Veronica.  It was created by Dina of Creative Flowers Inc | Petal and Bean, a florist in Breckenridge, Colorado.

This Rocky Mountain bride and groom appear in the latest issue of The Knot magazine, and we're gonna love sharing more of this wedding, as there's too many pics to put into just one post!  It's great seeing these events come together, as couples often find us early in the creative process and are overwhelmed with possibility.

In the information form we received, the couple stated that they  "just started planning, so still feeling this out and trying to decide which of the many ideas will win out, but we think it will be simple but elegant and play off the environment around us. I like the idea of trying to tie an outdoorsy, organic feel with some element that reflects our current home in Brooklyn, NY (if that is even possible!). And then I've always loved the idea of having a vintage-inspired wedding."

The bridesmaids bouquets also had yellow Sunflowers, green Kermit Pomps, and white Veronica.  We think they did a great job putting it all together, and really like the contrast between the yellow and blue throughout the event.  You'll see as we show more...

If you're not sure how to plan your wedding flowers, be sure to check out the introductory three part series  by clicking here.  And don't worry, we're just getting started, so check back often, ask a question in our forum, or contact us to get started planning your mountain wedding in Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Dillon, Keystone, and Silverthorne in Summit County, Colorado.

>> Photos courtesy of Rachel Olsen Photography.  "Rachel Olsen is a Colorado Wedding Photographer who brings a simple, real, genuine style to Colorado Wedding Photography."  To see her Facebook page, please click here!