{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Kelly + Ali // Outside Wedding Ceremony at Sapphire Point near Breckenridge, Colorado

"Kelly & Ali were supposed to get married next summer, but ended up eloping a few weeks ago at Sapphire Point. A beautiful little ceremony with 5 adults as guests, 2 children, 2 dogs, and 2 of us photographers! And I had to keep it secret for MONTHS!"  

Kay Beaton wrote this blog just a few days ago, and we wanted to share it here, so that you could see what an intimate mountain wedding ceremony in Summit County could be like.  This overlook is between Breckenridge, Frisco and Keystone on Swan Mountain road and can be reserved for smaller groups.  

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING }  Kelly + Ali // Outside Wedding Ceremony at Sapphire Point  |  photo[beatonphotography.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography

"It was sunshining in the beginning of the very short ceremony, raining by the end, but a little weather can't dampen the love my friends Kelly & Ali share! I can't look at their slideshow without crying myself!"

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING }  Kelly + Ali // Outside Wedding Ceremony at Sapphire Point  |  photo[beatonphotography.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING }  Kelly + Ali // Outside Wedding Ceremony at Sapphire Point  |  photo[beatonphotography.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING }  Kelly + Ali // Outside Wedding Ceremony at Sapphire Point  |  photo[beatonphotography.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography

"Thank you so much for choosing me as your wedding photographer Kelly & Ali - it was an absolutely beautiful celebration and I love you guys! Namaste!"

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING }  Kelly + Ali // Outside Wedding Ceremony at Sapphire Point  |  photo[beatonphotography.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING }  Kelly + Ali // Outside Wedding Ceremony at Sapphire Point  |  photo[beatonphotography.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography

And, scrolling down the blog, you can see the bride and groom showing their gratitude for Kay's photographic documentaion and artistry.  We saw Kay in action the other night, and she loves taking photographs and having fun!

"Thank you Kay.  We were so fortunate to have such a great photographer.  And not only are you great at what you do, your enthusiasm is infectious and your laughter and the love you exude for your work is inspiring.  If we could all love what we do as much as you do. 

Thanks so much for getting us the photos so quickly. I know this time of year is hectic for you.  Tons of love from us both, Kelly & Ali"

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING }  Kelly + Ali // Outside Wedding Ceremony at Sapphire Point  |  photo[beatonphotography.com]  Breckenridge wedding photography

Photographs by Kay Beaton

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[ART OF MOUNTAIN TRAVEL] Swan Mountain Road: Take a Drive on the Mountain Roads near Breckenridge and Summit County, Colorado

Whether you're in town for vacation or a wedding, there's one thing I always recommend folks to do, and that's to visit another mountain town besides the one they're staying in.  For example, when we were married, we had everyone go to the Frisco Marina for our lakeside ceremony, which was then followed by a pontoon paradeon Dillon Reservoir.  We did this because we thought it was important for our guests to see a bit more of our county than just one town.

 We love how each town has its own feel, and even took our family on a wedding at Piney River Ranch in Vail this past summer.  It was just a simple drop off, and then we strolled through the Vail village afterwards.  Either way, there's so much to see and do in our mountain community, that we simply recommend to get out there and take a drive to literally see for yourself.  

[ART OF MOUNTAIN TRAVEL] Swan Mountain Road: Take a Drive on the Mountain Roads near Breckenridge and Summit County, Colorado  |  photo[stacysanchez]  Breckenridge Photography

This is the same road that the world class cyclists rode over as they traveled from Steamboat to Breckenridge this past summer.  It was quite a big deal, and folks were camped out along side this stretch of road the night before the event.  The road closed for part of the day, and we had to leave a few hours earlier than normal to ensure that we were where we needed to be in order to do our job, and that was to decorate and deliver flowers to our mountain top wedding at Timber Ridge, which is on North Peak, in Keystone's Outback.

[ART OF MOUNTAIN TRAVEL] Swan Mountain Road: Take a Drive on the Mountain Roads near Breckenridge and Summit County, Colorado  |  photo[stacysanchez]  Breckenridge Photography

You have options on this drive, including continuing around the lake, while perhaps stopping off to take a hike on one of the many trails and bike paths that circle the Dillon Reservoir.  We'll explore the Loveland Pass option in another blog, so check back! 

[ART OF MOUNTAIN TRAVEL] Swan Mountain Road: Take a Drive on the Mountain Roads near Breckenridge and Summit County, Colorado  |  photo[stacysanchez]  Breckenridge Photography

We will also be sharing some of our favorite spots to take photos near the Lake in upcoming posts, so check back for more great localized info that you can actually use to plan your wedding in the Rocky Mountains near Summit County. 

[ART OF MOUNTAIN TRAVEL] Swan Mountain Road: Take a Drive on the Mountain Roads near Breckenridge and Summit County, Colorado  |  photo[stacysanchez]  Breckenridge Photography

This view in this photo is looking west from the Keystone side, where the Snake River enters the reservoir.  Swan Mountain road is on the left side here, and that's Buffalo and Red mountain in the distance, part of the Gore Range.  

// photos by Stacy Sanchez