[venue] St. Mary's Catholic Church in Breckenridge, Colorado

On French Street, a few streets east of Main Street is where you'll find the St. Mary's Catholic Church.  The image below shows the older, more picturesque side of the church, while a bigger, more modern side exists on the southern side of this original structure.  Families choosing downtown Breckenridge lodging can walk or arrange for a shuttle or transportation service to cater to guests going to ceremony and reception sites in different locations. 

You see, Breckenridge is small, but there are enough hills and icy sidewalks to make it worth it to invest in professional transportation services.  These guys will have your guests to and from in style, on time and will be able to assist in other related needs.  

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Outdoor winter weddings are rare, due to the extreme alpine weather that can exist at any given moment at 10,000 feet in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, so most folks choose for a day where the ceremony and reception are both in protected spaces.  

However, there are brides that choose outdoor spaces like Sapphire Point, which do not have any back up spaces, and the trail getting to the location may not be the easiest to get to.  One year, we were checking it out a few days before an outdoor winter wedding, and we just happened to run into the ranger who was doing the same thing, checking on the space and was going to be there for a few hours to chop in some steps into a five foot wall of snow that was pretty icy in spots, and therefore needed attention for paying clients who can be expected to have guests of all physical abilities.

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It was downright frigid for a few days there, freezing the pipes at our house for part of the morning.  That was fun.  Unless you have in-floor heating and have nice, warm pipes, leave your faucets on a slow drip for the night, so that they never freeze up overnight.  It's more of an inconvenience, but there is always a chance of a leak or rupture somewhere because of the freezing.  

So, when these girls went outside to pose for photos the next day in 21 degree weather, it was almost like a heat wave had come into town.  It wasn't windy, it was nice and the girls held their custom made bouquets for photos by the Maggie Pond with the slopes of the Breckenridge Ski Resort in the background.  

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To learn more about the church and it's offerings for weddings then click here.  

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[VENDOR] Q&A w/ Kay Beaton of Beaton Photography: Colorado Destination Wedding and Family Photographer

[VENDOR] Q&A w/ Kay Beaton of Beaton Photography: Colorado Destination Wedding and Family Photographer
Q.  What's one of the most memorable moments you've had at a wedding?
 
A.  I just so happened upon a couple eloping back in December '07 at Sapphire Point with 3 or 4 feet of new snow,  no guests, and just the presence of longtime local officiant Gretchen Abernathy.  The ceremony was barely 5 minutes, and they tipped me in exchange for photographing their wedding!  I still have goosebumps remembering that magical mountain encounter!  
 
 
[VENDOR] Q&A w/ Kay Beaton of Beaton Photography: Colorado Destination Wedding and Family Photographer
Q. Any particular mountain adventure you wish you had your camera, but didn't?
 
A. No, never.  (OK maybe once when I encountered a moose on the mountain!) Since I work full time lugging that camera around when I head up the mountain on skiis or foot, I LOVE to be camera free!  I let my friends take all the photos on hut trips, and I occasionally take photos with my phone.  But I like to to experience the backcountry WITHOUT a camera when I can!
 
[VENDOR] Q&A w/ Kay Beaton of Beaton Photography: Colorado Destination Wedding and Family Photographer
Q.  What do you love about Summit County as a photographer?
 
A. 360 degree views... there are usually so many angles to get a great photo... it's hard to decide!  Sometimes I get to a shooting location and I'm breathless aboout the possibilities.  Next week I shoot Julie and Evan's wedding at this amazing location:
 
[VENDOR] Q&A w/ Kay Beaton of Beaton Photography: Colorado Destination Wedding and Family Photographer
Q.  What are your top 3 locations to take couples for photo shoots near Breckenridge?
 
A.
        1 - Town of Montezuma outside Keystone
        2 - Top of Keystone Mountain
        3 - Officer's Gulch
 
[VENDOR] Q&A w/ Kay Beaton of Beaton Photography: Colorado Destination Wedding and Family Photographer
Q. What do you think of the progression of cameras, picture taking, social media and weddings?
 
A. It's changing rapidly like all technology... so I'm just trying to keep up with the trends!  
[ note: Kay is all over the web, she's very socially active, so connect with her, links are at the bottom of this post!]
[VENDOR] Q&A w/ Kay Beaton of Beaton Photography: Colorado Destination Wedding and Family Photographer
 
Q. How do you think social media can be used at weddings in the mountains?
 
A. I've seen lots of bridal parties taking photos [with their smartphones] and immediately uploading them - showing friends at home the experience step by step.  I think it's fun!  So much more memorable than waiting weeks for hard copy prints!
[VENDOR] Q&A w/ Kay Beaton of Beaton Photography: Colorado Destination Wedding and Family Photographer
 
Q. What's one way guests at a mountain wedding can use social media to share pics about the wedding and raise awareness of your company at the same time?
 
A. Just being honest... referencing my company when I've set up the image and they took a photo of it!  Sharing the enthusiasm for photography whether amateur or professional!
[VENDOR] Q&A w/ Kay Beaton of Beaton Photography: Colorado Destination Wedding and Family Photographer

Photos in this blog were courtesy of Kay Beaton!  

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