{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Q&A w/ Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch, Colorado: Part 2/2

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In part 1, Scott reflected on how Leon Littlebird was able to create a unique ceremony experience combining a Christian ceremony with Native American elements.  This is a great way to honor and show respect for the ancient locals, the Utes.  These lands were their hunting grounds, following the buffalo, with some artifacts on Vail Pass going back at least 7,000 years.  We know they called this area, Nahoonkara, but what did they call the peaks of Breckenridge?  I know it wasn't seven, eight, nine and ten.  Or, at least pretty sure.

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

Q. Do you think vendors should have a presence on our new wedding blog?  Why and how would it help them?

A. Absolutely! We planned our ENTIRE WEDDING WEEKEND by using blogs, websites, and all the info we could find online from Houston, TX.  The first time we saw Keystone Ranch for ourselves was when we rolled into town a couple of days before the wedding itself.  We asked for a lot of referrals (always a good idea) but still did our internet homework before calling ANY of them. The more complete the online presence, the better.  We were from out of state and knew we were taking some chances.

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

Q. Do you think a niche wedding site for our area is a good idea?

A. Yes.  For us the wedding was more about the relationship than the event.  That said, we wanted an intimate, memorable event that was special for everyone who could make the trip.  Of the 26 people who were at our wedding, only two of them actually lived in Colorado.  When we ran by them what we planned to do, they were quick to say, “it’s going to be hard for you to go wrong there!”  Build on it!

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

We really wanted a small wedding that included family and close friends.  Once the staff at Keystone Ranch saw how intimate an event we were able to create at their facility, (they seemed MUCH more familiar with very large weddings), I think they got it, too.  Don’t be afraid to push for what you want.  It IS your wedding, after all.  Our guests loved that everyone could sit at the same table for dinner following the ceremony.  By focusing on what we wanted (and DIDN’T want), and sticking to our guns, we wound up with an event we and our guests still talk about!

There are plenty of places we COULD have done a mountain wedding, but our experience in Summit County was AMAZING!

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

// VENDORS

Keystone Ranch [keystoneweddings.com]

Steve Tinetti Photography [stevetinettiphoto.com]

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

Leon Littlebird [littlebirdmusic.com]

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Q&A w/ Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch, Colorado: Part 1/2

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Krissy and Scott were married at an outside ceremony at the Keystone Ranch.  This beautiful valley is just west of the Keystone Resort and ski area.   We enjoy this quiet spot that you're able to call your own for a moment in time.  Actually, not too long ago we dressed up this very spot for a 50's themed wedding.  And that's the beauty of it, you can do whatever you want.  There are no rules when it comes to modern weddings.

No matter what, it's fun to look back and one thing we'll be doing more is interviewing couples and see what thoughts and feelings they want to share about their real mountain wedding.  And that's exactly what this blog is about, sharing the real stories of real mountain bride and grooms and the way they put their mountain experience all together.

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado | photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]

Q. What was the most memorable moment you had at your wedding?

A. We had Leon Littlebird, a Summit County local, officiate our ceremony. His ability to weave some beautiful Native American elements into our Christian ceremony was amazing.  It was truly a unique ceremony and exactly what we wanted.  (Okay…I got caught up and cried with happiness when I first spotted my bride walking up, too!)

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado | photo[stevetinettiphoto.com] Keystone wedding photography

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

Q. What would you do differently looking back?

A. Our wedding was a small, “destination style” event, with a total of 26 people.  We hit the perfect weekend of the aspen trees turning yellow, it was 70 degrees and there was not a cloud in the sky.  I’m not sure we would have changed a thing…except I wish we’d gotten chance to meet the pastry chef Ned Archibald (Keystone) who made our cake.  Being out-of-towners, we didn’t get to sit down for a live tasting of all the flavors he can do…and his cake was incredibly good!

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

Q. Any "hindsight 20/20" advice you have for couples?

A. Advice: Pay attention to the STYLE of the various photographers.  Even though we learned that our photographer had never previously shot at Keystone Ranch, we knew we liked his artistic style, and trusted him to create artistic shots.  Steve Tinetti was PHENOMINAL!  Every single detail of our event was beautifully captured in pictures forever.  We have a lot of friends (some of whom are photographers themselves) who were blown away by his work.

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado  |  photo[stevetinettiphoto.com]  Keystone wedding photography

Q. What resources, vendors, websites and magazines did you get inspiration or help from?

A. We reside in Houston, TX and the decision to get married in Colorado came from a breakfast conversation.  From there, we first looked at websites for weddings in Colorado.  The real help, though, came from when we were selecting photographers.  You can find a lot more pictures that give you a true idea of what your day will look like by paying attention to the location of the weddings they had shot.

For flowers, we wanted something simple and unique that wouldn’t break our budget.  After looking at hundreds of pictures of flowers, my wife finally turned it over to the designers at Petal and Bean. What we got was nothing short of perfect.  They even added a few details better than we had envisioned for ourselves.  We were a MUCH smaller event than the wedding they had done the day prior to ours (at the same location)  but they made us feel just as important.

Krissy + Scott // Keystone Ranch and Golf Course, Keystone Colorado | photo[stevetinettiphoto.com] Keystone wedding photography

// VENDORS

Keystone Ranch [keystoneweddings.com]

Steve Tinetti Photography [stevetinettiphoto.com]

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

Leon Littlebird [littlebirdmusic.com]

Sapphire Point

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Garri + Nicole // Breckenridge, Colorado - Sapphire Point  | photo[zanderography.com]

This outside wedding ceremony location is centrally located in Summit County, and is a short walk from a paved parking lot, with access to an outside restroom.  The permit does not allow you to block access or guarantee exclusivity for this popular spot.

Please be sure to check with the Dillon Ranger District on what they allow on site, necessary permits, and other important information.  You can see the ceremony location on our map, on the southeast side of the lake on Swan Mountain Drive.  We have it tagged with a pink place marker.