Angelica + Nathan: Wedding Anniversary in Rocky Mountain National Park

Angelica + Nathan: Wedding Anniversary in Rocky Mountain National Park | Image: Matthew Irving Photography

Wedding Anniversary Photo Shoot

Today's post is all about Angelica + Nathan: Wedding Anniversary in Rocky Mountain National Park, with images courtesy of Matthew Irving Photography. It's a long distance love story that has its roots in childhood memories. If you love happy endings then be sure to scroll down and read the album's story, as told through the eyes of the bride.

Colorado Photography for Anniversaries and Vow Renewals

This set of images were submitted via Two Bright Lights, and we are an editorial partner with them, telling the love stories from the mountain towns of Breckenridge, Summit County and the Vail Valley. We love sharing the stories and images from elopements, engagements, destination weddings, vow renewals, and now, anniversaries! Please click here to learn more about how to submit yours, and if you've stumbled across this Breck Wedding blog, know that we are helping couples create custom wedding packages with services from qualified vendors and services that will help you save time and money. Contact us to learn more.

Angelica + Nathan: Wedding Anniversary in Rocky Mountain National Park | Image: Matthew Irving Photography

Angelica + Nathan: Wedding Anniversary in Rocky Mountain National Park | Image: Matthew Irving Photography

Angelica + Nathan: Wedding Anniversary in Rocky Mountain National Park | Image: Matthew Irving Photography

Angelica and Nathan decided to add a little romance to their marriage by planning a couples shoot for their 2nd anniversary. These two are fashion savvy and super cute! But, their love story is cutest of all;FROM THE BRIDE: It's a long story and telling the whole story will piece it all together. We actually knew each other as children.

Both of our dads were in the Air Force and they both were stationed together at Guam. Our moms became friends since both of them are Filipino and connect culturally. I attended preschool and kindergarten with Nathan and sometimes our moms had us play together growing up. When he started to get older though, he started to associate more with boys only since girls have cooties you know.

About 2nd grade, Nathan and his parents moved away to Germany, while my family and I remained at Guam for awhile. It wasn't until I was 10 years old that we moved to Oklahoma in the US. My mom had always kept in touch with his mom and I would only see pictures of him during the holidays.

When I was about 16 years old, my mom told me that Nathan and his parents moved to Illinois in the US, so we went to finally meet them at when I was about 17 years old. I admit I was kind of curious to see the kind of person he grew up to be. Haha, as high school usually is, we were polar opposites, so we didn't get along nor did we like each other.

He was that guy who played sports a lot, while I was not very social and more of a bookworm kind of girl. He told me later he felt I was competing with him then, haha. We probably argued that whole trip there. Looked kind of hopeless for us. :P At 20 years old during December 2009, we all met up at Hawaii with another family that also knew us from Guam. That's probably about the first time I've really noticed him, but I was kind of in denial and thought I wouldn't like him much. While we were there, I needed to talk to him more to know more about him. Supposedly when I like someone I make it SO obvious. :P

When it was time for goodbyes , I gave him my cellphone number to keep in touch, but I guess he lost it while traveling back home. Luckily he reached out to me on Facebook and that's when the talking started. We started talking more seriously in January of 2010 through Facebook when we both admitted that we liked each other. Both of our parents approved of it since they both had known each other since we were children, The long distance relationship was a struggle I admit at first. We both didn't know where it would go and how often we'd be able to meet in person. We were both attending college at the time, which kept us busy and Nathan was focusing towards his military career.

Our parents tried their best to help us out with traveling while we both worked hard ourselves to make it work. Nathan was the most hesitant about it, but I kept insisting maybe this could work, so he gave us a chance. He said he wouldn't consider us an item until he met me in person and took me on a first date, so in March 2010, he met me in Oklahoma and we went on our first date. It was quick, yet sweet and simple. Of course, a dinner. Afterwards he asked me if I would be his girlfriend and I accepted. And the rest is kind of history. :]

Angelica + Nathan: Wedding Anniversary in Rocky Mountain National Park | Image: Matthew Irving Photography

Angelica + Nathan: Wedding Anniversary in Rocky Mountain National Park | Image: Matthew Irving Photography

Angelica + Nathan: Wedding Anniversary in Rocky Mountain National Park | Image: Matthew Irving Photography

Angelica + Nathan: Wedding Anniversary in Rocky Mountain National Park | Image: Matthew Irving Photography

Angelica + Nathan: Wedding Anniversary in Rocky Mountain National Park | Image: Matthew Irving Photography

Angelica + Nathan: Wedding Anniversary in Rocky Mountain National Park | Image: Matthew Irving Photography

Angelica + Nathan: Wedding Anniversary in Rocky Mountain National Park | Image: Matthew Irving Photography

Angelica + Nathan: Wedding Anniversary in Rocky Mountain National Park | Image: Matthew Irving Photography

Angelica + Nathan: Wedding Anniversary in Rocky Mountain National Park | Image: Matthew Irving Photography

Photographer:  Mathew Irving Photography//Other Location:Rocky Mountain National Park //

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Colorado Wedding Venues: Avon & EagleVail Pavilions

Harry A. Nottingham Park Pavilion

Colorado Wedding Venues: Avon & EagleVail Pavilions

Vail Valley Wedding Package

We are always finding out about different options for Summit County and Vail Valley, and that includes Colorado Wedding Venues, the Town of Avon's Harry A. Nottingham Park Pavilion and the EagleVail Pavilion. Just west of Vail proper are a string of smaller villages and towns that stretch along for a few more miles. Warmer temps are usually found in the lower elevation, as well as alternative venues like these are hard to find.

Ask us how we can help connect the dots on all your wedding details, from venue to planner, photographers, DJ's and more. Find packages and vendors. Live your dreams. Sometimes a traditional venue isn't for you, and if that's the case, let us know if we can work in these locations into your custom wedding package.

Father Dyer United Methodist Church in Breckenridge, Colorado

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There's a place just off Main Street that couples pick for the wedding ceremony, and that's the Father Dyer United Methodist Church in Breckenridge, Colorado. This church was named after the "snowshoe itinerant" of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, and is a nice option for your mountain nuptials. Contact us to learn more about putting all the details together for this Breckernidge wedding venue!

Today the snow is back. Yesterday was clear and sunny. I walked to work and this was the view. // #breck #brecklife #breckbecause #breckenridge #colorado #summitcounty #sumco

[Venue] The Grand Hall at Copper Station at the Copper Mountain Ski Resort

Copper Mountain has great options for mountain weddings, and one of my favorite local venues is here.  I'm talking about the Grand Hall at Copper Station.  This big room has an upstairs mini-room that can be used for the ceremony if your outside ceremony wishes get rained out.  

The sky chutes can be seen carved in the Ten Mile Range, while the Gore Range stretches towards Vail.  Leadville is a short drive away, as is the other towns of Summit County, the closest being Frisco.  Check out the layout on our map by clicking here.  

[ Venue ] The Grand Hall at Copper Station at the Copper Mountain Ski Resort | Copper Mountain, Colorado.

The guys can play a few rounds of golf throughout the week, or do a tour of local courses.  Ask us how we can help set up your golf and brewery tours.  Now, that sounds like fun.

[ Venue ] The Grand Hall at Copper Station at the Copper Mountain Ski Resort  |  Copper Mountain, Colorado.  Weddings.  Wedding.  photo[stacysanchez]

[ Venue ] The Grand Hall at Copper Station at the Copper Mountain Ski Resort  |  Copper Mountain, Colorado.  Weddings.  Wedding.

Manzanita branches in cylinder vases filled with river rock.  Centerpieces by Petal and Bean.

[ Venue ] The Grand Hall at Copper Station at the Copper Mountain Ski Resort  |  Copper Mountain, Colorado.  Weddings.  Wedding.

Old school mountain dudes.

[ Venue ] The Grand Hall at Copper Station at the Copper Mountain Ski Resort  |  Copper Mountain, Colorado.  Weddings.  Wedding.  photo[stacysanchez]

The cocktail tables have great views of the mountains.  

[ Venue ] The Grand Hall at Copper Station at the Copper Mountain Ski Resort  |  Copper Mountain, Colorado.  Weddings.  Wedding.  photo[stacysanchez]

You can see the mini-room looking down on the main room here.  The stairs are just to the right, with stairs that drop to the main level that house  a pub and general ski lodge and golf course amenities.  

[ Venue ] The Grand Hall at Copper Station at the Copper Mountain Ski Resort  |  Copper Mountain, Colorado.  Weddings.  Wedding.  photo[stacysanchez]

The ceremony spot for both sunny and rainy days.  Otherwise, I've seen weddings on both the nearby grass, and chairs set up on the pavement where the golf carts park.  Be sure to ask what the current recommendations are, as venues change from season to season with what works best over time.

[ Venue ] The Grand Hall at Copper Station at the Copper Mountain Ski Resort  |  Copper Mountain, Colorado.  Weddings.  Wedding.  photo[stacysanchez]

[ Venue ] The Grand Hall at Copper Station at the Copper Mountain Ski Resort  |  Copper Mountain, Colorado.  Weddings.  Wedding.  photo[stacysanchez]

Bridal bouquet by Dina Sanchez of Petal and Bean.

[ Venue ] The Grand Hall at Copper Station at the Copper Mountain Ski Resort  |  Copper Mountain, Colorado.  Weddings.  Wedding.  photo[stacysanchez]

It's so interesting to see how the couples put their own look and personality into their wedding.  I really liked this modern color palette using cool, greenish-grey table cover with darker orange table runner.  How will you show your style?

[ Venue ] The Grand Hall at Copper Station at the Copper Mountain Ski Resort  |  Copper Mountain, Colorado.  Weddings.  Wedding.  photo[stacysanchez]

Now, if you look just above the railing in the image above, I've seen weddings on that grass, next to the deck on the right, and the clump of bushes on the left.  And, I've seen them on the lot.  Or, you can use the big room, or mini-room.  I bet that isn't it's name.  I'll have to find out what they call it.  Until next time!  Thanks for reading.

[ Venue ] The Grand Hall at Copper Station at the Copper Mountain Ski Resort  |  Copper Mountain, Colorado.  Weddings.  Wedding.  photo[stacysanchez]

Bridesmaid bouquet by Petal and Bean in Breckenridge, Colorado // [ Venue ] The Grand Hall at Copper Station at the Copper Mountain Ski Resort  |  Copper Mountain, Colorado.  Weddings.  Wedding.  photo[stacysanchez]

Please contact us to talk about all the different options that exist for a destination wedding at the Copper Mountain ski area.  We've been to some nice ski-in, ski-out properties that would be great for a winter wedding.  But, summer is super popular for many reasons.  

[ Venue ] The Grand Hall at Copper Station at the Copper Mountain Ski Resort  |  Copper Mountain, Colorado.  Weddings.  Wedding.  photo[stacysanchez]

[ Photo Shoot Location ] The Barn at 201 N Main in Breckenridge, Colorado

Just moments ago, Katie Girtman of Studio Kiva Photography popped by with Katie and Tucker on the day before their wedding at Ten Mile Station.  This is a great idea, as couples might not have as much time on the big day to wander around and get styled photos for their wedding collection.

When you work with locals, they'll be able to take you to the cabins with character, like at the Lomax Placer historical site, or even towards the dredge up in French Gulch.

[ Photo Shoot Location ] The Barn at 201 N Main in Breckenridge, Colorado - Katie Girtman, Studio Kiva, Breckenridge Wedding Photography

Katie (in pink) capturing the moment with Katie and Tucker

[ Photo Shoot Location ] The Barn at 201 N Main in Breckenridge, Colorado - Katie Girtman, Studio Kiva, Breckenridge Wedding Photography

When you park in the big parking lot south of the gondola, you'll see this sign.  Walk across the bridge and you'll see the barn!

[ Photo Shoot Location ] The Barn at 201 N Main in Breckenridge, Colorado - Katie Girtman, Studio Kiva, Breckenridge Wedding Photography

I pulled the door shut and this is a sweet spot for some Breckenridge wedding photos, don't you think?  Who's next?

[VENUE] Warren Station in Keystone Resort's River Run Village in Keystone, Colorado

Just to the right in the image below is the Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre, located in the heart of the River Run Village at the Keystone Ski Resort.  Big parking lots (that are free) are just a short walk away from the Warren Station, an attractive option for a modern facility that's in the base village.

On the outside, there's an outside deck that guests can relax on, or you can choose to take photos next to the stream running next to the building.  There are some kid-friendly attractions in the base area that can keep the little ones occupied.  Or, you can even mix a mountain top ceremony on the Mozart deck, and then return to Warren Station for the reception.    

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[VENUE] Warren Station in Keystone Resort’s River Run Village in Keystone, Colorado

[VENUE] Warren Station in Keystone Resort’s River Run Village in Keystone, Colorado

Warren Station does not offer lodging, but there are several companies that offer private home rentals, some of which are off-the-beaten paths in quiet neighborhoods.  Or ask us how we can put you down in the center of the action!  Yep, a condo facing the River Run Village when a festival is happening sounds like some fun mountain wedding research.  Ask us how we can set you up with a condo to stay overnight, play in the morning and then continue with the wedding planning in the afternoon.

[VENUE] Warren Station in Keystone Resort’s River Run Village in Keystone, Colorado

Every venue and property is different, just like every wedding, so please contact us and let us know what you need help with!  We're here to help problem solve, stretch your budget with creativity and passion, and to help you live your dreams.  It can be really hard, or really easy planning your destination wedding in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  We're here to help you.  Thanks for reading!

[VENUE] The Black Mountain Lodge at the Arapahoe Basin Ski and Snowboard Area

This is just one of a number of posts that we’ll be doing on the options you have when exploring ideas for a wedding in the  Rocky Mountains.  From Keystone, as you head east on highway 6 towards Loveland Pass, which crosses the Continental Divide, you’ll run into theArapahoe Basin Ski and Snowboard Area.   

[ VENUE ] The Black Mountain Lodge at the Arapahoe Basin Ski and Snowboard Area | photo[stacysanchez] Colorado Wedding Blog

According to their website, "accommodating up to 300 guests, the Black Mountain Lodge showcases views of the Continental Divide...while guests arrive in 'Alpine Style' when they use the new Black Mountain Express chairlift. This high speed, detachable quad chairlift will whisk your guests up to mid- mountain in 3 minutes."

[ VENUE ] The Black Mountain Lodge at the Arapahoe Basin Ski and Snowboard Area | photo[stacysanchez] Colorado Wedding Blog

"Arapahoe Basin's infamous 'Beach' scene cannot be replicated by any other ski resort in Colorado. The Early Riser parking lot is home to a stretch of prime real estate known as the "Beach." The Beach backs up to the three lower mountain chairlifts, snow and great skiable terrain.

Come Saturday and Sunday, it is home to birthday celebrations, events, employee parties and crazy costumes.

Due to its popularity, the Beach fills up fast! There are 10 spots total. Each spot has enough room to park two vehicles and comes with a picnic table."

[ VENUE ] The Black Mountain Lodge at the Arapahoe Basin Ski and Snowboard Area  |  photo[stacysanchez]  Colorado Wedding Blog

Recently, Summit County wedding photographer Kay Beaton took a couple who was getting married at Keystone's Warren Station up the road past A Basin to the switchback you see on the left side in the photo above.  From there, you have the ski runs as the backdrop for your photos.  

This would be a good spot to go for a quick photo session before heading up to the Black Mountain Lodge for your wedding. [ VENUE ] The Black Mountain Lodge at the Arapahoe Basin Ski and Snowboard Area  |  photo[stacysanchez]  Colorado Wedding Blog

The Legend's Cafe in the A-Frame

"The true heart of A-Basin can be found in this alpine styled A-Frame. Large windows provide breath-taking views of the Continental Divide and Ten Mile Range. A tiered deck awaits outside offering the perfect view to watch the sun set over the mountain. This setting works remarkably well for those who are looking for an old time ski vibe. The Legend's Cafe can cater up to 350 guests."

[ VENUE ] The Black Mountain Lodge at the Arapahoe Basin Ski and Snowboard Area  |  photo[stacysanchez]  Colorado Wedding Blog

[ VENUE ] The Black Mountain Lodge at the Arapahoe Basin Ski and Snowboard Area  |  photo[stacysanchez]  Colorado Wedding Blog

"The base area lodge provides an intimate outside venue on the second level, the choice between a valley or mountain setting is up to you."  I would look at your guests as a whole, and determine whether or not they would enjoy riding up and down the chairlifts, or if the base lodge would be sufficient.  

[ VENUE ] The Black Mountain Lodge at the Arapahoe Basin Ski and Snowboard Area  |  photo[stacysanchez]  Colorado Wedding Blog

Quick Information:

  • Ceremony Site - Yes
  • Outside Catering - No 
  • Parking Availability - Yes
  • Kosher - Yes
  • Valet Parking - Yes
  • Outdoor Space - Yes
  • Handicapped Accessible - Yes
  • Capacity - Upwards of 350 guests
  • Style - Ski Area Rustic/Alpine Style

[ VENUE ] The Black Mountain Lodge at the Arapahoe Basin Ski and Snowboard Area  |  photo[stacysanchez]  Colorado Wedding Blog

Local lodging options include the Key to the Rockies, and fellow new media pioneer, Summit Cove.  The team over at Summit Cove first prompted our flower shop to join Twitter over 3 years ago now.  I would also talk to the crew at the Serenity Spa and Salon in Keystone, as they would be the most convenient to work with on this side of the county.

[ VENUE ] The Black Mountain Lodge at the Arapahoe Basin Ski and Snowboard Area  |  photo[stacysanchez]  Colorado Wedding Blog

The "Black Mountain Lodge offers a south facing deck with a mountainous backdrop" known as the East Wall.  This advanced terrain is accessible in the winter via a short hike or a steep traverse.  Either choice is an adventure.

[ VENUE ] The Black Mountain Lodge at the Arapahoe Basin Ski and Snowboard Area  |  photo[stacysanchez]  Colorado Wedding Blog

These photos were taken as we were setting up.  The linens had just been set on the left side of the room, as the tables are placed and layout finalized.  

[ VENUE ] The Black Mountain Lodge at the Arapahoe Basin Ski and Snowboard Area  |  photo[stacysanchez]  Colorado Wedding Blog

 The East Wall

[ VENUE ] The Black Mountain Lodge at the Arapahoe Basin Ski and Snowboard Area  |  photo[stacysanchez]  Colorado Wedding Blog

According the website the following items are provided.  The photo above shows the room being set up.

Each venue will provide the following at no extra charge:

  • Chairs set up for your ceremony
  • Ceremony Arbor
  • Cake Table
  • Gift Table
  • Guest Registry Table
  • Cake Cutting Service
  • White or ivory table linens and rolled silverware
  • Dancing space
  • Dinnerware, flatware and glassware
  • Emergency Medical Technicians for lift serviced events

 

[ VENUE ] The Black Mountain Lodge at the Arapahoe Basin Ski and Snowboard Area  |  photo[stacysanchez]  Colorado Wedding Blog

 Meredith takes in the view for a moment before helping set up the flowers inside.  We call it research, and these mountains, venues and resources are what we've learned along the way.  Check back for more real weddings at Arapahoe Basin and the Black Mountain Lodge.

Please comment below if you've  found this post helpful, if you have further questions, or want us to help you plan your Arapahoe Basin wedding with clean mountain style, a wildflower look, or even an urban lounge meets the mountain feel.  Whatever you dream, we can help bring it to life.  Thanks for reading.