{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jody + Patrick: Maggie Pond Ceremony with Reception at the Main St. Station in Breckenridge, Colorado

Jody and Patrick, from the Denver area, decided to marry at a spot overlooking the Maggie Pond at the base of peak 9 at the Breckenridge Ski Resort.  A short walk from this area brings you to the Quicksilver chairlift, or into town for shopping and exploring.  A tent protected the guests from any surprise elements that come from the sky.

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jody +Patrick: Outside Wedding Ceremony at the Maggie Pond with reception at the Main St. Station in Breckenridge, Colorado | photos[studiokivawedding.com] Katie Girtman Copyright Breckenridge Wedding Photography

Rose petals were scattered by the florist, as these two gentlemen take in the moment and wait patiently for the ceremony to begin.  Make sure to check with your venue to see if rose petals are allowed, as certain properties don't allow any non-native plant materials to be scattered on the premises.

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jody +Patrick: Outside Wedding Ceremony at the Maggie Pond with reception at the Main St. Station in Breckenridge, Colorado | photos[studiokivawedding.com] Katie Girtman Copyright Breckenridge Wedding Photography

Rituals and traditions play a part in today's ceremonies, but couples are personalizing their day, and that includes who's involved.  One trend we adore is how couples have also been including their furry friends more and more in their gatherings, as they are dearly  beloved family members who would be sorely missed if not present. 

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jody +Patrick: Outside Wedding Ceremony at the Maggie Pond with reception at the Main St. Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[studiokivawedding.com]  Katie Girtman Copyright  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

Ceremony arrangements can be repurposed and brought inside to decorate the reception area.  Ask your florist how to stretch your dollars and use items throughout the event as it moves from location to location.  Discuss who will move the arrangements as well, as ceremony and reception venues aren't always right next to each other, such as the case with this real Breckenridge wedding.

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jody +Patrick: Outside Wedding Ceremony at the Maggie Pond with reception at the Main St. Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[studiokivawedding.com]  Katie Girtman Copyright  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

Jody holds her bouquet up high as Patrick smiles.  The couple will join the bridal party for a few moments around the pond as guests refresh themselves before heading into the Hyatt Main Street Station, operated by Resortquest.  

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jody +Patrick: Outside Wedding Ceremony at the Maggie Pond with reception at the Main St. Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[studiokivawedding.com]  Katie Girtman Copyright  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

I always want to taste the cake as I put these photos up.  Is that so bad?  I just wonder what flavor is under that icing and decor...

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jody +Patrick: Outside Wedding Ceremony at the Maggie Pond with reception at the Main St. Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[studiokivawedding.com]  Katie Girtman Copyright  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

// VENDORS

Venue:  Main Street Station          >> Click here to see this vendor’s listing

Photography:  Studio Kiva          >> Click here to see this vendor’s listing

Florals:  Petal and Bean          >> Click here to see this vendor’s listing

[CEREMONY] Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre: Outside Wedding Ceremony Location in Keystone, Colorado

Imagine youself standing near a mountain stream, Aspen trees rustling in the wind, and a world-class destination resort as the setting.  Now, where is this, you ask?  Well, it's located in the River Run Village at the base of the Keystone Resort in Keystone, Colorado.  The gondola is used to reach higher mountaintop venues, but why leave all the action in the village when you can be a part of it?  

According to the website, the "Quaking Aspen Amphitheater is located a few steps from The Keystone Neighbourhood's  Warren Station,  and may be reserved for use with The Pavilion or on its own. The Amphitheater is an outdoor venue constructed of rocks and surrounded by aspen and pine trees, making it a perfect backdrop for an outdoor wedding ceremony.   Accommodates 175 people."

[CEREMONY] Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre: Outside Wedding Ceremony Venue in Keystone, Colorado  |  photo[stacysanchez]

This venue was used at a recent wedding that our flower shop, Petal and Bean, provided flowers for.  We delivered and set up the wedding prior to the ceremony and guests arriving, so check back for this wedding to be featured on our real mountain weddings section of our blog.  

[CEREMONY] Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre: Outside Wedding Ceremony Venue in Keystone, Colorado  |  photo[stacysanchez]Be sure to check the event calendar to see what's happening the village at the time you're considering, because one weekend there was a bluegrass and brews event happening and there were folks everywhere.  You can join the fun and use the festivities and action as a great photo opportunity.  

[CEREMONY] Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre: Outside Wedding Ceremony Venue in Keystone, Colorado  |  photo[stacysanchez]This family was wandering around the River Run Village.  There are many restaurants, shops and stores to explore in this area.  We usually end up in the Kickapoo Tavern during ski season, as it's right at the base of the gondola, and is a great apres hangout.

[CEREMONY] Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre: Outside Wedding Ceremony Venue in Keystone, Colorado  |  photo[stacysanchez]  Warren Station, Keystone Neighbourhood CompanyPlease let the manager of Warren Station know that you found them on the only online resource dedicated to weddings in Summit County, Colorado, Summit Mountain Weddings!  They are a private company and are now part of a larger mountain community network of wedding venues, service providers and resources.  Comment below if you have any questions about this location!

[Hindsight 20/20] Groom's advice: Ask for help, so you can enjoy the day.

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Looking back, all my friends and family coming to Breckenridge for our wedding was a dream come true.  To have everyone together for a few amazing hours was totally worth it.  Relishing the moment and remembering how each person played a role in your life is an indescribable feeling.  You'll know what I mean when you have yours.

This is why it's called SUMMIT COUNTY.  |  photo[robinjohnsonphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

We chose to have our wedding on the shore of Lake Dillon at the Frisco Bay Marina.  We worked it out that a patch of grass be maintained to where we could have our ceremony looking at two fourteeners in the distance, with mountains surrounding us.

This is why it's called SUMMIT COUNTY.  |  photo[robinjohnsonphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

As someone who's in the wedding industry, and lives in Breckenridge, it was still very time-consuming to explore options, talk to vendors and finalize details.  We not only have knowledge and experience of working many weddings and special events in the area, but we also know what it's like to have the worries about money, who pays for what and the concerns of planning this whole experience for everyone.

We know the problems that you'll encounter and the choices you'll have to make.   What's best is that we also know the people you need to solve those problems.  You'll get a piece of mind knowing that real mountain folks are helping you plan your mountain wedding.

This is why it's called SUMMIT COUNTY.  |  photo[robinjohnsonphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

Groom's Tip - Ask for help

Looking back, I would have asked a few more of the guys to pitch in and help out, so I could've relaxed more.  After a late night catching up, all the guys were busy or conveniently missing when I set up the chairs for the ceremony.

I really didn't mind working a bit at my own wedding, but now realize I wish I would've taken it a bit more easy and utilized the man power that was present.

I guess I wanted everyone to enjoy themselves, and not have to strain themselves, as most of the visitors were not used to the altitude.  Working many events over the years, I've now seen how many bridal parties don't do much but take pictures, eat great food and enjoy the moment.  I did just that, but in my own way.

After the ceremony we had a pontoon parade that toured Lake Dillon and created a perspective that you don't see from terra firma.  We're kayakers and enjoy the peaceful morning paddles and that's what prompted us to share this lake experience during our mountain wedding.  A speeding boat created a tense-filled moment where I thought my new wife and I would be swimming in the cold, alpine lake.  But, that is for another story...

*Photo courtesy of Robin Johnson, a true Breckenridge local.  She's a lot of fun, and would be a great way to support the local economy.  Please visit her website,  and Facebook page to learn more.