{ Real Mountain Wedding } Meg + Ben at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado

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Most brides come to the Vail Valley or Summit County for a destination wedding in the mountains. For Meg and Ben, this was a local celebration practically in their back yard. Local vendors were very much apart of making their wedding have that local appeal filled with personal details for Vail Valley residents Meg and Ben. The ceremony at The Chapel at Beaver Creek and reception at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail were coordinated beautifully by local wedding planner Christine Ashburn of The Soiree Studio. Other local vendors included Petals & Pours for floral design, Emily Roman for hair, and Ali Cypcar for cupcakes.

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Meg + Ben at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado | Tara Low Photography

The color palette of navy, white, pale greens, and pale peaches was a lovely complement to the stunning backdrop and rustic venues.

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Meg + Ben at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado | Tara Low Photography

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Meg + Ben at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado | Tara Low Photography

Unique, personal details were incorporated throughout the day; gifts of handkerchiefs embroidered with lace from the bride's Alvina Valenta dress, Meg's baby bonnet carried with her bouquet, and more.

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Meg + Ben at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado | Tara Low Photography

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Meg + Ben at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado | Tara Low Photography

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Meg + Ben at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado | Tara Low Photography

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Meg + Ben Beaver Creek Chapel Wedding and Donovan Pavilion Reception in Vail, Colorado

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Meg + Ben at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado | Tara Low Photography

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Meg + Ben at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado | Tara Low Photography

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Meg + Ben at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado | Tara Low Photography

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Meg + Ben at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado | Tara Low Photography

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Meg + Ben at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado | Tara Low Photography

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Meg + Ben at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado | Tara Low Photography

Even the main course had a local flavor. The dinner of locally raised beef provided by family friends. One of the best personal touches I've seen was the wedding favors, their bulldog's very own brand of Honeymoon Hot Sauce, with Jim (the bulldog) himself on the label with a grass skirt and lei!

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Meg + Ben at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado | Tara Low Photography

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Meg + Ben at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado | Tara Low Photography

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Meg + Ben at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado | Tara Low Photography

Guests were entertained through the cocktail hour and reception by local bluegrass tunes.

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Meg + Ben at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado | Tara Low Photography

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Meg + Ben at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado | Tara Low Photography

In true Colorado Style, bride Meg switched out her sapphire Badgley Mischka heels for a pair of Colorado cowboy boots for cocktails and dancing.

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Meg + Ben at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado | Tara Low Photography

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Meg + Ben at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado | Tara Low Photography

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Meg + Ben at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado | Tara Low Photography

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Meg + Ben at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado | Tara Low Photography

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Meg + Ben at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado | Tara Low Photography

Overall, a true Colorado celebration. Congratulations Ben and Meg!

// VENDORS

Photographer:  Tara Low Photography//Dress Store: anna bé bridal boutique//Reception Venue: Donovan Pavilion//Caterer:Gourmet Cowboy//Floral Designer: Petals & Pours//Ceremony Location:The Chapel at Beaver Creek//Event Planner: The Soirée Studio// Submitted via Two Bright Lights

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Allison + Mark at Warren Station in Keystone, Colorado. Pre-wedding photo shoot at Arapahoe Basin.

Longtime local photographer Kay Beaton, took Allison and Mark up to the switchback opposite the Arapahoe Ski Basin before their wedding at Warren Station in Keystone's River Run Village.  During the photo shoot, a gust of wind came through and blew sand and dirt in everyone's face.  It was a moment that will not be easily forgotten.  

[ beaton photography ]

If you are getting married near Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Dillon, Frisco, Keystone, or Silverthorne, we'd love to show your wedding on this blog.  We want small, medium and large-sized weddings on this site.  We want to see the creative DIY brides that create their own bouquets and centerpieces, so contact us to submit your wedding photos!  

Check back for more photos from Mark and Allison and even venue spotlights in the near future.  Please contact us today to submit your wedding, and thanks for reading!

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Allison + Mark at Warren Station in Keystone, Colorado.  Pre-wedding photo shoot at Arapahoe Basin.  |  photo[beatonphotography.com]

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jenny + Jay at the Lodge and Spa in Breckenridge, Colorado, Part One

Boreas Pass road is part of the old railroad line that ran from Denver to Breckenridge.  Along the modern version of this route is the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge.  The outside ceremony deck has views of dozens of peaks, ridges and mountain valleys that create an unforgettable experience for many guests.  

Nestled just a bit higher than the downtown area, this off the beaten path lodge is rustic and is a true Rocky Mountain wedding venue that deserves exploring if you're considering the Breckenridge area.

The photographs in this blog are courtesy of Steve Tinetti Photography.  You can check out his Facebook page here.

[ steve tinetti photography ]

 { REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jenny + Jay at the Lodge and Spa in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jenny + Jay at the Lodge and Spa in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jenny + Jay at the Lodge and Spa in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jenny + Jay at the Lodge and Spa in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jenny + Jay at the Lodge and Spa in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jenny + Jay at the Lodge and Spa in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jenny + Jay at the Lodge and Spa in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jenny + Jay at the Lodge and Spa in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jenny + Jay at the Lodge and Spa in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

 { REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Jenny + Jay at the Lodge and Spa in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

 

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Q&A w/ Nicole + Garri // A Winter Wedding at Sapphire Point, near Breckenridge, Colorado.

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The mountains are a sacred place to many people.  And to some, it is the place where they want to exchange their vows and move on to the next stage of their life.  One magnificent location is called Sapphire Point, and is perched above scenic Lake Dillon on Swan Mountain Road, between Breckenridge and Keystone.

Nicole + Garri: A Winter Wedding at Sapphire Point, near Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[zanderography.com]

Q. Who would you say was helpful in planning your wedding?

A." I would say that I had a great amount of help from Emily Campbell of Bella Design and Planning.  She was instrumental in finding the perfect location for our ceremony and guiding us through the necessary steps to get a park permit for the space and what time would be optimal for photos. She also helped me with finding and scheduling a hair appointment in Breckenridge, and making recommendations for dinner locations after our ceremony." 

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Q&A w/ Nicole + Garri: A Winter Wedding at Sapphire Point near Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[zanderography.com]

Q. Why did you choose the Rocky Mountains as your wedding location?

A. "Being in the wedding industry and working with brides every day, I really wanted to do something different - a spin on the destination wedding.  The idea of all that white snow really spoke to me in a way that a beach wedding never could - and I LOVE the sun." 
{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Q&A w/ Nicole + Garri: A Winter Wedding at Sapphire Point near Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[zanderography.com]

Here we see the Groom taking a moment to himself with the Ten Mile Range as the dramatic mountain range to the south.  The Gore Range starts in Frisco and continues north past Silverthorne and goes further west into the Vail Valley.  A scenic trail loops around back to the parking lot, is less than a mile long, and is very family friendly.

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Q&A w/ Nicole + Garri: A Winter Wedding at Sapphire Point near Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[zanderography.com]

You can't totally block off access to the trail for your wedding, so be prepared to smile at the folks just on a hike as you have your ceremony.  I would think most people would be respectful and keep quiet.  It's the critters there you have to worry about.  They've been fed regularly and aren't too shy at times, so be on the watch for some unexpected guests at your wedding!

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Q&A w/ Nicole + Garri: A Winter Wedding at Sapphire Point near Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[zanderography.com]

"All of our photos were from Nate Zander - and he did a great job of capturing the day for us."  

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Q&A w/ Nicole + Garri: A Winter Wedding at Sapphire Point near Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[zanderography.com]
{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Q&A w/ Nicole + Garri: A Winter Wedding at Sapphire Point near Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[zanderography.com]

"I love the photo that we used on our announcement as well as the shot of us with our heads together at the top of the mountain."

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Q&A w/ Nicole + Garri: A Winter Wedding at Sapphire Point near Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[zanderography.com]

Q.  Anything you would like to share with brides planning their winter wedding in the mountains?

A. "Some of the things that I wish other brides had shared with me were how to bring some flowers into my wedding.  Atop a mountain it is difficult to have a bouquet or any sort of delicate flower.  I wish I had some more ideas - I actually called you* on a recommendation from Emily, but you affirmed my suspicion that flowers wouldn't really hold up."  
{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Q&A w/ Nicole + Garri: A Winter Wedding at Sapphire Point near Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[zanderography.com]

"Having a fur jacket was a MUST for me and I loved the faux fur one that I found.  So many brides wear them for winter wedding and I think they are stunning!"

// VENDORS
Emily Campbell [Bella Design and Planning]
Nate Zander  [Zanderography]

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado. Featured in The Knot Magazine, Part Two.

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We focused on the ceremony in Lindsey and Jeff's earlier post, and we'll now focus on the reception decor.  This real Breckenridge wedding that,  according to The Knot Magazine's online feature , is "playing off the vintage touches of the ski lodge and the breathtaking views.  Lindsey and Jeff chose yellow, blue, green and white for their fresh color scheme."

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

Rachel Olsen Photography beautifully captured these images and is based out of Fort Collins, Colorado.  This late August wedding was held on the ski slopes of Breckenridge Ski Resort, and is situated half-way up the ski hill, near the Falcon Chair, which gives access to one of my favorite runs on the hill, the Burn.

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

Rustic picture frames held table numbers while jars and different sized vases held a mix of colorful flowers.  The room has tall ceilings and large windows that show the local mountain landscape and offer a high-altude wedding experience you can't get in-town.

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

The main room at Ten Mile Station.

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

One way that's very easy to make you mountain wedding green is to use rental items, such as glassware from the florist.  The florist can also suggest linen resources that will bring out the most of the color design for the event, and will make it all look great.  We'll be blogging about some new color tools we just found on our blog, so be sure to check back often for new ideas and online resources that we'll be sharing as they emerge!

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

Bouquets

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

Cupcakes remain very popular and appear to be at just as many weddings as those with cakes these days.  We've also been seeing lots of candy buffets at mountain weddings, perhaps we should ask for some brides to be a bride tester for products and services... hmmm.  Let us know if you're interested in trying out stuff and writing for our blog.

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

 

// VENDORS

Ten Mile Station [breckenridge.com]

Rachel Olsen Photography [rachelolsenphotography.com]

Creative Flowers Inc | Petal and Bean [petalandbean.com]  >> Click here to see this vendor’s listing

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado. Featured in The Knot Magazine, Part One.

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This rustic mountain wedding in the Rocky Mountains was at the Breckenridge Ski Resort's Ten Mile Station.  A quiet, on-mountain Breckenridge wedding ceremony location and reception venue, is in our backyard, and feels like our 'home turf' when compared to all the other large wedding venues in our area.

Photographer, Rachel Olsen, captured the bride and groom throughout the day in part one of our two part series of this real wedding in Summit County, Colorado.

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

This bridal bouquet was made of Dahlias, Sunflowers, Veronica, Dusty Miller and Fern leaves.  We always tell the brides to hold their bouquets at about their belly button, and not up by their chest area.  This makes for great pictures, like the one above!

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

Bridesmaids holding their bouquets, and being where their girlfriend wants them to be, right beside her as she exchanges vows with her best friend.   These bouquets had all the same flowers, minus the Dahlias.

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado. Featured in The Knot Magazine. | photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

The ring bearer pillow above is from the Wedding Blessings.  You can learn more by clicking here.

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

You don't have to carve into trees anymore, you can now have an eco-friendly way to leave your mark on a piece of wood.  We've personalized a number of events with this easy-to-do etching of the couple's initials on birch bark.

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

// VENDORS

Ten Mile Station [breckenridge.com]

Rachel Olsen Photography [rachelolsenphotography.com]

Creative Flowers Inc | Petal and Bean [petalandbean.com]  >> Click here to see this vendor’s listing

WANTED: Real Mountain Weddings + Bride Bloggers

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Were you married at Breckenridge, Copper mountain, Dillon, Frisco, Keystone, Silverthorne or Arapahoe Basin in Summit County, Colorado?  Then we want to talk with you!

We are working with couples, planners, photographers and videographers on obtaining all the beta on the real mountain weddings of Summit County.

Timber Ridge at Keystone Resort, floral arrangements and decor by Creative Flowers Inc | Petal and Bean of Breckenridge, Colorado.  | photo [INphotography.net]

If you would like to submit your wedding, please send us the following:

  • Contact name, email and phone
  • Bride and groom name, email, and phone
  • Wedding date and location, number of guests
  • Photographer or videographer contact info
  • Relevant links
  • Most memorable moment
  • Best advice looking back
  • Theme and color palette, inspiration, other details

We are interested in any and all weddings.  Small, big, summer, winter, we want everything that's out there!  We know there were some very beautiful small weddings in our area, and we want to share if you do!

We are also on the look out for a few brides that are willing to share their thoughts and feelings about planning a mountain wedding in Summit.  We hope to find out where the best ideas come from, and who are the problem solvers.

Melissa and Jesse were married at Elk Ridge Ranch, south of Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  Photo [julieharrisphotography.com]

We want to hear the stories of inspiration, creativity and infusing your quirks into your big day.  Looking back, what would you have done different, or spent more time doing while in the mountains?

Please contact us for further information, to introduce yourself, and to obtain our submission technical details!  We look forward to all the great weddings that will be shared right here.

*photo credits

INphotography.net - Timber Ridge, Keystone, Colorado.  Featured in Luxe Mountain Weddings Magazine Preview issue.

JulieHarrisPhotography.com - Elk Ridge Ranch, south of Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.