Fall in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Yellow Aspen Trees + Fresh Snow.

We enjoyed a beautiful fall weekend with sunny skies and warm weather.  Today's a different story.  We woke up to rain and low clouds.  Now that the clouds have lifted, we can look up and see that the upper slopes have received a fresh dusting of snow.  The mountain dwellers are posting photos from around the mountains, and the buzz is in the air.  Skiing's on the brain.  This is the time of year where we all jones for the feeling of sliding on the snow, but have a few more months to wait.

Fall in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  Yellow Aspen Trees + Fresh Snow. |  Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[stacysanchez]

I went up to Ten Mile Station to retrieve vases and saw Mt. Baldy covered in snow, with yellow aspen trees below on Boreas Pass.  It's not too late to enjoy the fall colors, the snow won't stick in the lower elevations, so don't let a bit of clouds and cool air stop you.  Just bundle up, because as the saying goes, "there's no such thing as bad weather, just bad choices in clothing!"

Fall in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  Yellow Aspen Trees + Fresh Snow. |  Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[stacysanchez]

The upper slopes of Peak 9.

Fall in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  Yellow Aspen Trees + Fresh Snow. |  Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[stacysanchez]

Fall in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  Yellow Aspen Trees + Fresh Snow. |  Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[stacysanchez]

This was just yesterday, Sunday and was shorts and t-shirts weather.  

Fall in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  Yellow Aspen Trees + Fresh Snow. |  Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[stacysanchez]

Fall in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  Yellow Aspen Trees + Fresh Snow. |  Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[stacysanchez]

I've been out and about and the following images are taken from in and around Summit County, inluding the road leading up to Montezuma near Keystone, the Lily Pad Lake trail, and a few local trails in Breckenridge.  I hope you were able to come up and do some leaf peeping, and if not, I hope these images will show you what fall weddings in the Breckenridge could be like.  And yes, that means it could be sunny and warm, or it could be cloudy, cool, rainy and possibly even snowing. 

Fall in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  Yellow Aspen Trees + Fresh Snow. |  Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[stacysanchez]

This is the view of Mt. Quandary, Summit County's only 14er from Highway 9 in Blue River.  This popular peak is one of the easier 14ers, but don't let that fool you. Mountains are unforgiving, so please plan ahead, carry a map and the proper supplies to avoid any epics.  Boring trips in the mountains are what you want.  Well, I call them boring, but that just means nothing traumatic or dramatic happens.  Just go out, have fun, but make sure you come back home safe.  A good idea is to always let someone know where you going, who you're with and when you'll be back.

Fall in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  Yellow Aspen Trees + Fresh Snow. |  Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[stacysanchez]

The road to Montezuma.

Fall in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  Yellow Aspen Trees + Fresh Snow. |  Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[stacysanchez]

Boreas Pass Road, from the deck at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge.

Fall in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  Yellow Aspen Trees + Fresh Snow. |  Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[stacysanchez]

Fall in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  Yellow Aspen Trees + Fresh Snow. |  Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[stacysanchez]

Fall in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  Yellow Aspen Trees + Fresh Snow. |  Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[stacysanchez]

The yellow room.

Fall in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  Yellow Aspen Trees + Fresh Snow. |  Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[stacysanchez]

Fall in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  Yellow Aspen Trees + Fresh Snow. |  Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[stacysanchez]

Fall in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  Yellow Aspen Trees + Fresh Snow. |  Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[stacysanchez]

Fall in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  Yellow Aspen Trees + Fresh Snow. |  Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[stacysanchez]

Dina pauses to take a moment on the Lily Pad Lake trail.

Fall in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  Yellow Aspen Trees + Fresh Snow. |  Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[stacysanchez]

Fall in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  Yellow Aspen Trees + Fresh Snow. |  Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[stacysanchez]

Fall in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  Yellow Aspen Trees + Fresh Snow. |  Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[stacysanchez]

Fall in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  Yellow Aspen Trees + Fresh Snow. |  Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[stacysanchez]

Fall in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  Yellow Aspen Trees + Fresh Snow. |  Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[stacysanchez]

Fall in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  Yellow Aspen Trees + Fresh Snow. |  Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[stacysanchez]

If you're looking for suggestions for scenic drives to see the Aspens, or plan your wedding, please contact us!  We're in the business of helping couples save time and money when planning their mountain wedding.  We're longtime locals and wedding professionals who have the experience and expertise you're looking for.  Thanks for reading!

Fall in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  Yellow Aspen Trees + Fresh Snow. |  Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[stacysanchez]

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Dramatic Mountain Wedding Photography Near Mt. Quandary (14,265 feet) South of Breckenridge, Colorado

There are the classic shots of the couple and the wedding party walking down the middle of the street, and coming down the aisle after the ceremony, but if you're lucky enough to be near Breckenridge for your mountain wedding, then we suggest you make a plan to visit this easy-to-get-to location.  South of Breckenridge is Mt. Quandary, 14,265 feet.  This mountain was actually climbed by one of our wedding parties last summer (we're trying to track down photos for that one), but it was a pretty cloudy day, and I'm not sure if they made the summit or not.  Regardless, you don't have to climb a mountain to get amazing mountain scenery. 

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Blue Lakes Road, South of Breckenridge, Colorado.  Breckenridge Wedding Photography  |  photo[JoeKusumoto]

Local mountain man and river guide / photographer Joe Kusumoto knows of this spot and many other scenic opportunities in our area.  Joe can be seen overseeing the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center's Keystone Resort Adaptive Ski Operation, which enables physically and developmentally challenged athletes experience the mountains.  I volunteered for this organization many years ago and believe the Griffith Lodge is also a local Breckenridge wedding venue.  

Blue Lakes Road, South of Breckenridge, Colorado Makes for a Dramatic Wedding Photography Location  |  photo[StacySanchez]

At the end of the road is a parking lot where you can walk around near a waterfall, or use some of the steeper flanks of Mt. Quandary as your backdrop.  Either way, you'll have lots of angles to work with.  There are also local mountain goats that are spotted here frequently, so whether you're in a dress, or with your family, you'll have an alpine experience that you don't get in downtown Breckenridge.

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Blue Lakes Road, South of Breckenridge, Colorado.  Breckenridge Wedding Photography  |  photo[JoeKusumoto]

Certain roads and trailheads are 4WD only, but this one is accessible by most vehicles.  There is a bit of a dropoff, but you won't be driving over any boulders, just a bit of an angle on dirt roads.  There are many historic mining artifacts clinging to the steep rocky mountain hillsides, but do not approach or explore as they are a significant hazard that should be given their respect.  

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Blue Lakes Road, South of Breckenridge, Colorado.  Breckenridge Wedding Photography  |  photo[JoeKusumoto]

We hope you enjoy these nooks and crannies of the Breckenridge area, and we'll be sharing other wedding photo shoot locations near Copper Mountain, Dillon, Frisco, Keystone, Silverthorne, Vail and Beaver Creek.  Please share any photos you've taken using our blog as inspiration!