The Riverwalk Center and the Wedding Pros in Breckenridge

The Wedding Professionals during a speed networking event, hosted by the Breckenridge Resort Chamber at the Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center.

Today in Breckenridge, I went up to the Wedding Professionals speed networking event at the Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center.   I met some new folks, two guys that run photo booths, separate companies, that are based in the Vail Valley.  Plus, I got to see local venue managers, a videographer (holding the baby above) and a rental company representative.  These folks made the effort to see who's doing what around town.  And we had two minutes to do it!   

The Wedding Professionals during a speed networking event, hosted by the Breckenridge Resort Chamber at the Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center.

We had our meet up in the Imperial Ballroom, the most popular room at Beaver Run for weddings.  You see, from this room, you have mountains all around you, including the lower slopes of peak 9.  A chairlift out the door makes this venue a no-brainer for a convenient venue for a winter wedding that requires ski-in, ski-out, slopeside and in-town amenities.  

The Blue River Plaza is on the other side of the Riverwalk Center. It's a natural attraction that the kids love to walk in, hop from rock to rock and just be kids.

Now that we have another wedding season under our belt, we'll be updating our vendor directory with fresh new options for mountain shin digs.  And, if you are getting married and want some help figuring it all out, please contact us right now!

The image below shows the Blue River near the Riverwalk Center. It's a natural attraction that the kids love to walk in, hop from rock to rock and just be kids.  Repin this venue here:  http://pinterest.com/pin/13370130115155953/

The Riverwalk Center. October 16, 2012.  |  photo[stacysanchez]

On my way back from the meet up to the barn, I walked by the Riverwalk Center to grab these photos for you to check out.  See the availability for this venue by clicking here.  Thanks for reading!

{ 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

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Burro Trail: Creekside Paths on Peak 9 at the Breckenridge Ski Resort

// Burro Trail

Sometimes when we travel up the road on peak 9 and see photographers with the bridal party getting dusted by cars visiting the nearby stables or headed up to a wedding at Ten Mile Station.  Our suggestion is that if you're having a wedding and are based out of the south end of Breckenridge, then consider heading over to the Burro trail.  This trail extends south to connect with the Wheeler trail, and continues on other trails on Peak 9 as well.  However, you can save the exploring for another day, as you don't have to go very far to have lots of scenic options to walk and choose from.  

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION]  Burro Trail: Creekside Paths on Peak 9 in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[StacySanchez]

Don't expect to have the trails to yourself right here, but photos can be focused to show only certain parts of the overall scene.    There are lots of logs, rocks and open spots near the stream to allow for a fantastic photo session.

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION]  Burro Trail: Creekside Paths on Peak 9 in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[StacySanchez]

As you look back, you can see the tent at the Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center, while the Quiksilver lift overhead sits quietly waiting to transport eager skiers and riders to the learning slopes on Peak 9.

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION]  Burro Trail: Creekside Paths on Peak 9 in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[StacySanchez]

We would classify this trail as a moderate to advanced, due to the sometimes steep sections and rock gardens that line the trail.  It's not completely flat, and therefore you won't want to hike very far in your formal wedding wear, but would be a great place to return with the family and kids for everyone to enjoy.

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION]  Burro Trail: Creekside Paths on Peak 9 in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[StacySanchez]

Dina points out the creek that makes for a great backdrop here.  A nice wooden bridge makes a nice stable, rock-free place to stand in heels too!  They're hard to see, but Dina's sporting the new barefoot-type shoe, but it's a ballet-style shoe.  She's been working in them, hiking in them, and has done a few trail runs in them.  Is there a barefoot shoe bride out there?  If so, we want pics!

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION]  Burro Trail: Creekside Paths on Peak 9 in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[StacySanchez]

Looking west, just before you enter the trailhead, you can the bowl on Peak 8 in the distance.  The Coppertop and Imperial Ballroom at the Beaver Run Resort have slope-side ceremony, reception, and lodging options.

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION]  Burro Trail: Creekside Paths on Peak 9 in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[StacySanchez]

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