Amanda + Ryan: Vail Wedding at Piney River Ranch

Amanda + Ryan: Vail Wedding at Piney River Ranch | Image: Kara Pearson Photography

Destination Wedding in Vail, Colorado

Today's post is all about Amanda + Ryan: Vail Wedding at Piney River Ranch with images courtesy of Kara Pearson Photography. I'd like to thank all our photographers who submitted via Two Bright Lights and those who've shared images from weddings we've worked on this past year. Thanks for being patient with us sharing them all. There's just not enough time during the week to get it all done! So, in the meantime, feel free to share relevant and helpful links to wedding planning resources for brides and grooms thinking of what they need for their destination wedding or elopement. Tag us on Facebook or send us a message via our business page. But, the best way to get started is to share some of your ideas with us and contact us to figure out if we are a good fit for what you're needing help with. We can suggest planners and day of coordinators that we've worked with in the past twenty years of doing weddings in Summit County, Colorado and the Vail Valley.

Vail Summer Wedding Venue: Piney River Ranch

Piney River Ranch is down a dusty dirt road that ends in a magnificent mountain valley that is rugged and picturesque. The lake is used by paddle boarders, canoe paddlers and fisherman. Hiking trails traverse the sides to high alpine valleys above. The basecamp for this wedding is in a set of Rustic lodges and cabins. Limited overnight availability means some of your more refined guests will return to Vail proper by evening's end to a hotel, home rental or whatever is more polished than the ranch's casual feel. A couple of tipis and cabins will do just fine for those wanting to look at a star-filled sky over the Gore Range where this venue sits. A fairytale setting for an adventurous couple wanting to get married off the beaten path. Ask us about the weddings we've worked here, and if this is too rustic for you, we know of a few other choice spots. Talk to you soon. Thanks for reading!

Amanda + Ryan: Vail Wedding at Piney River Ranch | Image: Kara Pearson Photography

Amanda + Ryan: Vail Wedding at Piney River Ranch | Image: Kara Pearson Photography

Amanda + Ryan: Vail Wedding at Piney River Ranch | Image: Kara Pearson Photography

Amanda + Ryan: Vail Wedding at Piney River Ranch | Image: Kara Pearson Photography

Amanda and Ryan chose Piney River Ranch as the setting of their wedding. The idyllic mountain setting with a lake smack dab in the middle is worth the bumpy dirt road drive. Friends helped them get the space, decor and flowers ready the morning of the ceremony. A bridesmaid did Amanda's hair and makeup.The first time Ryan saw Amanda was as she walked down the aisle. A friend married them in front of family and friends. Long picnic tables created a friendly dinner atmosphere before toasts and dancing started. The night ended with s'mores around a fire. This was truly a DIY wedding.

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Amanda + Ryan: Vail Wedding at Piney River Ranch | Image: Kara Pearson Photography

Amanda + Ryan: Vail Wedding at Piney River Ranch | Image: Kara Pearson Photography

Amanda + Ryan: Vail Wedding at Piney River Ranch | Image: Kara Pearson Photography

Amanda + Ryan: Vail Wedding at Piney River Ranch | Image: Kara Pearson Photography

Amanda + Ryan: Vail Wedding at Piney River Ranch | Image: Kara Pearson Photography

Amanda + Ryan: Vail Wedding at Piney River Ranch | Image: Kara Pearson Photography

Amanda + Ryan: Vail Wedding at Piney River Ranch | Image: Kara Pearson Photography

Amanda + Ryan: Vail Wedding at Piney River Ranch | Image: Kara Pearson Photography

Amanda + Ryan: Vail Wedding at Piney River Ranch | Image: Kara Pearson Photography

Amanda + Ryan: Vail Wedding at Piney River Ranch | Image: Kara Pearson Photography

Amanda + Ryan: Vail Wedding at Piney River Ranch | Image: Kara Pearson Photography

Amanda + Ryan: Vail Wedding at Piney River Ranch | Image: Kara Pearson Photography

Amanda + Ryan: Vail Wedding at Piney River Ranch | Image: Kara Pearson Photography

Amanda + Ryan: Vail Wedding at Piney River Ranch | Image: Kara Pearson Photography

Amanda + Ryan: Vail Wedding at Piney River Ranch | Image: Kara Pearson Photography

Amanda + Ryan: Vail Wedding at Piney River Ranch | Image: Kara Pearson Photography

Amanda + Ryan: Vail Wedding at Piney River Ranch | Image: Kara Pearson Photography

Amanda + Ryan: Vail Wedding at Piney River Ranch | Image: Kara Pearson Photography

Photographer:  Kara Pearson Photography//Dress Store: anna bé bridal boutique//Reception Venue: Piney River Ranch LLC//

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Sarah + Ryan: Vail, Colorado Wedding at Donovan Pavilion

Sarah + Ryan: Vail, Colorado Wedding at Donovan Pavilion | Image: cmp studios

Vail, Colorado Chapel Wedding

Today's post is all about Sarah + Ryan: Vail, Colorado Wedding at Donovan Pavilion with images courtesy of cmp studios. The Vail Interfaith Chapel is near the heart of Vail and was the location for the ceremony in this Vail Wedding. Trees and Mountains surround the chapel and a short distance away is the second stage for this gathering of family and friends. A drive down the frontage road and you'll find a park with the bike path nearby, a multi-purpose facility with a firepit and Gore Creek in the backyard. This is location for Donovan Pavilion.

Vail Wedding Reception Venue: Donovan Pavilion

Huge windows face the southern slopes in the Vail Valley, but large trees provide shade and you have an outdoor space out the backdoor that is perfect for outdoor ceremonies. Provided it doesn't rain, of course. Which, in the mountains, happens quite often. I'll be the first to tell you that afternoon showers are pretty regular in late afternoon, usually right around the time for ceremonies and pre-dinner cocktails. So, delay it if you can, or go for it and dry off by dancing with your closest loved ones. Ask us how we can help you plan an elopement or destination wedding in Vail, Beaver Creek or the Eagle-Vail region.

Sarah + Ryan: Vail, Colorado Wedding at Donovan Pavilion | Image: cmp studios

Sarah + Ryan: Vail, Colorado Wedding at Donovan Pavilion | Image: cmp studios

Sarah + Ryan: Vail, Colorado Wedding at Donovan Pavilion | Image: cmp studios

Sarah + Ryan: Vail, Colorado Wedding at Donovan Pavilion | Image: cmp studios

Sarah + Ryan: Vail, Colorado Wedding at Donovan Pavilion | Image: cmp studios

Ryan and Sarah were married in the Vail Interfaith Chapel in the Mountains of Colorado. Living in DC now, this was their dream destination wedding.

Sarah + Ryan: Vail, Colorado Wedding at Donovan Pavilion | Image: cmp studios

Sarah + Ryan: Vail, Colorado Wedding at Donovan Pavilion | Image: cmp studios Sarah + Ryan: Vail, Colorado Wedding at Donovan Pavilion | Image: cmp studios

Sarah + Ryan: Vail, Colorado Wedding at Donovan Pavilion | Image: cmp studios

Sarah + Ryan: Vail, Colorado Wedding at Donovan Pavilion | Image: cmp studios

Sarah + Ryan: Vail, Colorado Wedding at Donovan Pavilion | Image: cmp studios

Sarah + Ryan: Vail, Colorado Wedding at Donovan Pavilion | Image: cmp studios

Sarah + Ryan: Vail, Colorado Wedding at Donovan Pavilion | Image: cmp studios

Sarah + Ryan: Vail, Colorado Wedding at Donovan Pavilion | Image: cmp studios

Sarah + Ryan: Vail, Colorado Wedding at Donovan Pavilion | Image: cmp studios

Sarah + Ryan: Vail, Colorado Wedding at Donovan Pavilion | Image: cmp studios

Sarah + Ryan: Vail, Colorado Wedding at Donovan Pavilion | Image: cmp studios

Sarah + Ryan: Vail, Colorado Wedding at Donovan Pavilion | Image: cmp studios

Sarah + Ryan: Vail, Colorado Wedding at Donovan Pavilion | Image: cmp studios

Sarah + Ryan: Vail, Colorado Wedding at Donovan Pavilion | Image: cmp studios

Sarah + Ryan: Vail, Colorado Wedding at Donovan Pavilion | Image: cmp studios

Sarah + Ryan: Vail, Colorado Wedding at Donovan Pavilion | Image: cmp studios

Sarah + Ryan: Vail, Colorado Wedding at Donovan Pavilion | Image: cmp studios

Photographer:  cmp studios//Event Venue: Vail Interfaith Chapel//

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Marianne + Ryan: Donovan Pavilion Wedding in Vail, Colorado

Marianne + Ryan: Donovan Pavilion Wedding in Vail, Colorado | Image: Danna Frost Photography

Vail, Colorado Wedding

Today's post is all about Marianne + Ryan: Donovan Pavilion Wedding in Vail, Colorado with images courtesy of Danna Frost Photography. A mountaintop first-look created stunning photos as the wind blew the veil behind the bride. The couple then descended to the valley floor to hold an outdoor ceremony on the west end of Vail, at Donovan Pavilion. These images were submitted via Two Bright Lights, and we thank everyone who has submitted thus far. We are well into next year's content calendar as of right now, and love when you use the hashtag #breckweddings on Instagram and tag us.

Donovan Pavilion - Vail Valley Wedding Venue

There's a bike path and Gore Creek that runs behind this unique location. A kid's park is right next door and it's a pretty quiet section of town, compared to the hustle and bustle of the village base area. If you're planning a summer gathering, you can hike, bike and explore the Vail Valley and surrounding area during the week. Ask us how we can help you make the most of your time and money with a custom wedding package with quality vendors and services that are just right for you. If you're not sure if you need a planner, then please contact us to discuss. We know the best in the business and can help you decide whether you really need one or not. Thanks for stopping by!

Marianne + Ryan: Donovan Pavilion Wedding in Vail, Colorado | Image: Danna Frost Photography

Marianne + Ryan: Donovan Pavilion Wedding in Vail, Colorado | Image: Danna Frost Photography

Marianne + Ryan: Donovan Pavilion Wedding in Vail, Colorado | Image: Danna Frost Photography

Marianne + Ryan: Donovan Pavilion Wedding in Vail, Colorado | Image: Danna Frost Photography

Marianne and Ryan got married in Vail, CO at the Donovan Pavilion. Before the ceremony we did a first look and all the pictures at the top of Vail. It felt as if we were on top of the world.

Marianne + Ryan: Donovan Pavilion Wedding in Vail, Colorado | Image: Danna Frost Photography

Marianne + Ryan: Donovan Pavilion Wedding in Vail, Colorado | Image: Danna Frost Photography

Marianne + Ryan: Donovan Pavilion Wedding in Vail, Colorado | Image: Danna Frost Photography

Marianne + Ryan: Donovan Pavilion Wedding in Vail, Colorado | Image: Danna Frost Photography

Marianne + Ryan: Donovan Pavilion Wedding in Vail, Colorado | Image: Danna Frost Photography

Marianne + Ryan: Donovan Pavilion Wedding in Vail, Colorado | Image: Danna Frost Photography

Marianne + Ryan: Donovan Pavilion Wedding in Vail, Colorado | Image: Danna Frost Photography

Marianne + Ryan: Donovan Pavilion Wedding in Vail, Colorado | Image: Danna Frost Photography

Marianne + Ryan: Donovan Pavilion Wedding in Vail, Colorado | Image: Danna Frost Photography

Marianne + Ryan: Donovan Pavilion Wedding in Vail, Colorado | Image: Danna Frost Photography

Marianne + Ryan: Donovan Pavilion Wedding in Vail, Colorado | Image: Danna Frost Photography

Marianne + Ryan: Donovan Pavilion Wedding in Vail, Colorado | Image: Danna Frost Photography

Marianne + Ryan: Donovan Pavilion Wedding in Vail, Colorado | Image: Danna Frost Photography

Marianne + Ryan: Donovan Pavilion Wedding in Vail, Colorado | Image: Danna Frost Photography

Marianne + Ryan: Donovan Pavilion Wedding in Vail, Colorado | Image: Danna Frost Photography

Marianne + Ryan: Donovan Pavilion Wedding in Vail, Colorado | Image: Danna Frost Photography

Marianne + Ryan: Donovan Pavilion Wedding in Vail, Colorado | Image: Danna Frost Photography

Marianne + Ryan: Donovan Pavilion Wedding in Vail, Colorado | Image: Danna Frost Photography

Marianne + Ryan: Donovan Pavilion Wedding in Vail, Colorado | Image: Danna Frost Photography

Marianne + Ryan: Donovan Pavilion Wedding in Vail, Colorado | Image: Danna Frost Photography

Marianne + Ryan: Donovan Pavilion Wedding in Vail, Colorado | Image: Danna Frost Photography

Marianne + Ryan: Donovan Pavilion Wedding in Vail, Colorado | Image: Danna Frost Photography

Marianne + Ryan: Donovan Pavilion Wedding in Vail, Colorado | Image: Danna Frost Photography

Marianne + Ryan: Donovan Pavilion Wedding in Vail, Colorado | Image: Danna Frost Photography

Marianne + Ryan: Donovan Pavilion Wedding in Vail, Colorado | Image: Danna Frost Photography

Marianne + Ryan: Donovan Pavilion Wedding in Vail, Colorado | Image: Danna Frost Photography

Photographer:  Danna Frost Photography//Event Planner: A Touch of Bliss Events//Other: Colorado Party Rentals//DJ:DJ D'Amico//Hair Stylist: Model Mayham//Bakery:Mountain Cupcakes//Caterer: Taste 5 Catering//Floral Designer: Vintage Magnolia//Reception Venue: Donovan Pavilion//

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Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Colorado Ranch Wedding Venue

Today's post is all about a Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado with images courtesy of Aldabella Photography. This amazing set of images comes via submission from Two Bright Lights. We are well into next year's content calendar with those, and we appreciate all the mountain weddings, elopements and engagements that have been shared by the many wonderful photographers that have submitted. We hope this blog inspires your big day, and if you need help putting together a custom wedding package, then please contact us. Be sure to check out our vendors page, and if you're a vendor, please contact us to learn how we can help you reach more Colorado brides and grooms planning mountain nuptials.

Weddings in Vail, Colorado

There are many weddings in the Vail Valley each year, and only a few are lucky enough to get to use Piney River Ranch as their backdrop for the big day. It's front and center in today's blog, but if you need other ideas or help planning a destination wedding in Vail, please contact us. We've lived and worked hundreds of weddings in the valley and in Summit County. We know and can recommend qualified and quality vendors. Thanks for stopping by!

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

A group of fantastic and talented vendors teamed up to turn their visions into reality. The results were magical! We hope you enjoy this styled shoot as much as we do!
 More details and information can be found on the photographer's blog:

As you make your way through the entrance, you have a 30-45 min drive surrounded by gorgeous wildflowers, rivers, mountain views that will take your breath away and the incredible wildlife that makes up Colorado. Located 9,350 feet above sea level, Piney River Ranch is a must!  As the moose make their way to Piney Lake during late summer, you're guaranteed images that you will cherish for years to come. 

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Styled Shoot at the Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado | Image: Aldabella Photography

Photographer:  Aldabella Photography//Makeup Artist: Megan Cary Artistry//Floral Designer: A florae//Professional:Aldabella Photography//Equipment Rentals: Alpine Party Rentals//Bridesmaid Dresses:Dora Grace Bridal//Cake Designer: La Momo Maes Bakery//Reception Venue: Piney River Ranch LLC//Event Planner: Platinum Weddings and Events//

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Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot in Breckenridge, Colorado

Today's post is all about a Styled Shoot at the Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge. This somewhat new lodge (less than two years as of this writing) is located on Ski Hill Road, less than a mile from the base of Peak 8. I have seen lots of styled shoots on other wedding blogs, and I rounded up some of the vendors that service the mountain towns of Summit County with the help of local Breckenridge wedding planner, Erica Sarell. Erica moved to Colorado from Florida, and I remember her start in the industry as Colorado Occasions. And, with a rebranding and freshening up of her business, her new business name is Erica Sarell Weddings and Events.

And, just as I felt it was time for Breckenridge to have its own wedding blog, I felt it was time that we originated a styled shoot for our little mountain town. My goal would be to have others, in the other towns, to raise awareness of the magnificent opportunities in Summit County. Then, we'll move on to the Vail Valley and the nooks and crannies on that side of the pass. Oh, and speaking of Vail Pass, there are now new regulations for snow tires on I-70, so please click here to learn more.

Breckenridge Wedding Venue

We have worked with Erica before, and knew she had the connections and experience to put together this team of vendors for a one-of-a-kind shoot that Breckenridge deserves. We chose the Breckenridge Nordic Center and the Lomax Placer Mine as the backdrop for the fun set of photos you see here. The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance manages the historical sites around town, and that includes this set of cabins near the downtown historic district.

Be sure to contact Erica if you're considering hiring a helping hand for your big day, and if you'd like more information about how to get Erica or any of the vendors in this styled shoot as part of a custom wedding package for your destination wedding, elopement or vow renewal, then be sure to contact us and mention this styled shoot! Thanks for reading and happy planning.

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Q. What items did you choose to include in this styled shoot? What kind of feeling were you going for?

I chose to focus on a muted, monochromatic and a romantic, yet playful, feel on this shoot. I also wanted to showcase local vendors and elements, like the Breckenridge Distillery.

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Q. How did everything go on the day of the shoot?

Everything went smoothly, minus the wind! But as to be expected with any mountain wedding, the weather doesn't always cooperate. We were able to set up and get the table setting shots in during a short break in the wind and it turned out perfectly! I love getting to see the different elements you work hard to plan, and collaborate with the other vendors, come together into one beautiful and thoughtful design. Plus, we couldn't have had more fun dressing up those Scooter's!

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Q. What would you say are the top three considerations for brides and grooms planning a Colorado mountain wedding?

Planning a Colorado mountain wedding definitely has some different considerations that need to be kept in mind:

1. Prepare your guests that are traveling from far and wide to join you on your wedding day – ie: altitude, layers, hydration, appropriate shoes, and the affects of alcohol consumption high, high above sea level. These factors can make or break your experience and your guests experience. Put simply – knowledge is power! Also, is everyone capable of riding on chairlift, walking through un-groomed mountain meadows, and being at over 10,000 feet above sea level? These are things that's can't be changed about having a wedding up here in the Colorado mountains, so make sure some serious considerations are made to this regard.

2. Weather - it can change on a dime here in Colorado. So dress is important. Layers are necessary and so is wearing the proper shoe. Heels aren't the best option for climbing up mountainsides, or off loading a chair lift. You'll also want to be prepared with a weather back up plan. Many times there will be an afternoon shower or thunderstorm that rolls through, and although most are quick to pass, sometimes they aren't. Anything is possible, even snow, so it's better to be prepared with a plan that isn't utilized than to be caught without one! 3. Arm yourself with the best possible team of local vendors you can to ensure your wedding will be in the hands of professionals well versed in the area you are getting married in. Choosing local vendors who are not only familiar with the venues you're looking at, but also the environment and weather will help you plan a smooth event.

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Q. What's a helpful tip or prop addition that is a simple thing to have that a lot overlook or don't even think about?

It gets windy up here in the mountains. Candles won't stay lit outside, petals or leaves won't stay nicely lining your aisle way, and the wind has the potential to blow arches and other arrangements over is they're not secured properly!

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Q. What's a funny or memorable moment you've had recently at a mountain wedding?

I think a memorable moment for me this wedding season was a couple that was married at Father Dyer Church in Breckenridge, just like the bride's parents were over 30 years prior. The bride's family thought the church had burnt down, and it wasn't until the mother of the bride looked at pictures of the stained glass in pictures that they realized it was the one they were married at.

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Q. Any last-minute issues or problems pop up that you were able to successfully resolve for your clients?

Of course! I refer to those as wedding day hiccups. No matter how much your plan, inevitably things will need some flexibility and adjustments. It's part of the territory with weddings; chairlifts break down, it snows, you didn't get enough chairs delivered to the venue, or a boutonniere comes apart and you have to reassemble one. With each wedding I orchestrate behind me and after nearly 8 years of planning weddings, you pick up a few tricks of the trade and come prepared for anything!

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Q. Tell us who you are and what mountain wedding experiences you've had along your way. What makes you different from the rest?

I'm the exclusive mountain wedding planner for the bold and playful couple. I specialize in destination, full and partial wedding planning. I begun planning weddings in 2008 after the economy collapsing closed the chapter of the non profit organization I was working for in Florida. I applied for an apprenticeship with an area planner and fell in love with planning weddings! I appreciate the opportunities I've had to plan events featuring vastly different backdrops and have gravitated toward planning destination weddings since majority of my experience has been in destination locations. Although, I must admit that living in the beautiful mountains I grew up around has forever captured my heart and I don't intend to leave again, ever! Planning a Colorado mountain wedding can be overwhelming, but it should be uber FUN along the way. It is my promise that as my client you will be inspired, well-informed and excited to plan your wedding. Every couple is unique in their own right and every event I plan will reflect the beautiful things that define who you both are. I strive to bring creative innovation to your visions, reduce stress and ensure no detail is overlooked.

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot at Breckenridge Wedding Venue, the Oh Be Joyful Lodge | Image: Sarah Roshan, Wedding Photographer

// VENDOR LOVE

Planning and Design, Stationery: Erica Sarell Weddings + Events
Hair + Make Up: Mountain Majestic Beauty
Linens: La Tavola
Transportation: Breck Scooters

Holly + David: Keystone Resort Wedding at Timber Ridge [Video]

Holly-David-Keystone-Resort-Wedding-at-Timber-Ridge-Video.jpg

Colorado Event Videography

I usually post sets of pictures that have been submitted via Two Bright Lights, but today's post is a video, Holly + David: Keystone Resort Wedding at Timber Ridge, that was produced by Elegant Productions, a Colorado wedding videography company that is headed by Erin Pellant. She's super sweet and so is this video. I always recommend a videographer as still images can't capture the mannerisms, the voices, and setting the way a video can. Ask us how we can work Erin and a video into a custom wedding package for your destination wedding at Keystone, Breckenridge or any of the mountain towns in Summit County or the Vail Valley.

Timber Ridge, Keystone Resort Wedding Venue

There are actually quite a few locations to choose from when planning a wedding in Keystone, and just a few choice locations include the Alpenglow Stube and Timber Ridge duo at the Outpost on North Peak (which require two gondolas to get to), the Keystone Ranch, and the Ski Tip Lodge. Plan a rehearsal dinner at one of the spots near the River Run Village, and you'll be set. In the winter time, you'll even have a snow fort and tubing hill as part of the wedding week experience for your guests. Friends and family will be talking about your wedding for a long time. Please contact us to learn more.

 

// Vendors

Videography: Elegant Productions elegantproductionscolorado.com Wedding Planner: Distinctive Mountain Events distinctivemountainevents.com
 Venue: Keytop Overlook and Alpenglow Stube - Keystone Resorts keystoneresort.com
 Officiant: Leon Joseph Littlebird littlebirdmusic.com
 Photographer: Versluis Photo versluisphoto.com
 DJ: Standing Room Only DJ srodj.com
 Catering: Keystone Resort keystoneresort.com Cake: Chef Ned Archibald, Keystone Resort Bride's Hair: Heather Ockinaro Music Licensed by: wwwsongfreedom.com "Good LIfe" by One Republic

Jessica + Kevin: Eagle, Colorado Wedding at Adam's Rib Ranch

Jessica + Kevin: Eagle, Colorado Wedding at Adam's Rib Ranch | Image: Captivated Photography

Eagle, Colorado Wedding Venue

A private country club and golf course facility is the location for today's post, Jessica + Kevin: Eagle, Colorado Wedding at Adam's Rib Ranch, with images courtesy of Captivated Photography. I should start by saying that this venue has been purchased and renamed Frost Creek. I had to inquire to ensure that this venue was still offered as a ceremony and reception location, and I received the answer that it was, however it was subject to the club's schedule. So, if it's meant to be, then it will work out for you. Otherwise, please contact us to let us help you customize a wedding package in the Vail Valley at another location.

Here's a link to where the venue is located, and here's how their new website describes the setting:

Nestled in the secluded Brush Creek Valley just west of Vail, CO, Frost Creek offers easy access to everything you have come to expect for your time spent in the Rocky Mountains.  While located just 10 minutes from the Eagle/Vail airport and I-70, Frost Creek is surrounded by thousands of acres of federal and state protected land creating a pristine setting for numerous seasonal activities.

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You've probably heard of Vail before, and possibly Beaver Creek too, but did  you know that there are other mountain towns nearby that would be perfect for a destination wedding in the Colorado Rocky Mountains? It's true. Nearby areas include Vail, Avon, Minturn, EagleVail, Edwards, Eagle, Gypsum and Wolcott. Not all are as fancy as Vail and Avon, but that's ok, because not everyone needs or wants that. If you do, we know of some posh locations like SaddleRidge and the Westin in Avon. But, we'll save those descriptions for another post. In the meantime, we'll get you started with some eye candy from an event in Eagle. Scroll down and enjoy, and send us any questions about this or any of the weddings, elopements or venues you see here on our blog.

Jessica + Kevin: Eagle, Colorado Wedding at Adam's Rib Ranch | Image: Captivated Photography

Jessica + Kevin: Eagle, Colorado Wedding at Adam's Rib Ranch | Image: Captivated Photography

Jessica + Kevin: Eagle, Colorado Wedding at Adam's Rib Ranch | Image: Captivated Photography

Jessica + Kevin: Eagle, Colorado Wedding at Adam's Rib Ranch | Image: Captivated Photography

Jessica + Kevin: Eagle, Colorado Wedding at Adam's Rib Ranch | Image: Captivated Photography

Jessica + Kevin: Eagle, Colorado Wedding at Adam's Rib Ranch | Image: Captivated Photography

If I could capture a year’s worth of happiness in a jar, it wouldn’t even compare to how happy I felt on my wedding day! It was truly the happiest day of my life! We got engaged on April 11, 2013 and got married on September 20, 2014. After tossing around a few different wedding ideas, we decided on a beautiful fall wedding in the Rocky Mountains. This is where we fell in love. This is where we call home.

Our wedding took place at Adams Rib Ranch in Eagle, Colorado. We did the ceremony on the 10th fairway. Cocktail hour featured our two favorite cocktails with live music on the deck, and a full on dance party pretty much sums up the reception. The whole day was stunning and magical in every way possible. I did the majority of planning on my own, with help from my handsome groom.

We wanted our wedding to reflect “us” as much as possible. So, we settled on a Rustic Glam theme… rustic, natural Colorado with a hint of sparkle. We didn’t want to take away from the natural beauty of the setting, so our neutral color palette was a perfect choice for our already gorgeous venue. We chose the people we love most, family, to be in our wedding party.

Our splurge worthy, elevated bar food menu included authentic Mexican tacos and salsas, a variety of sliders and fries, and street food. On the dessert menu were homemade pies, local gelato, and mochi. Late night snacks of warm donuts and s’mores were also served.The day started a bit mellower though. I woke up in my own bed and went on a long, calming run before the sun came up.

I met my girls at the hair studio for a few hours of pampering to get gorgeous. The groom spent the morning playing golf, napping by the pool, and taking a ride in our “Corvette for the Day.” The moment I remember most is when my dad came to get me before the ceremony. He told me how great it is to have a life partner, someone to witness your life and your successes. He told me the day to day things are what make a happy marriage.

I wasn’t nervous all day long until I stepped onto grass, before walking down the aisle. Heels sinking into the grass, my arms shaking, and the hot sun beating on my face were all unique details of the day that I’ll never forget. It was nothing short of perfection, even with its imperfections. When we were planning our wedding, we wanted people to remember a gorgeous setting, delicious food, and a fun party!

The local two person band and the phenomenal DJ Rock City helped us make it the best party we’d ever been to. The dance floor was packed all night. Our throw back Polaroid Cameras were making the rounds. And, the bride was having too much fun to even eat dessert! Many of the ideas that brought our wedding together came from Pinterest.

While it was overwhelming, it was such a helpful tool. Once I realized that I could never actually do the few thousand pins on my wedding board though, I created a second wedding board with only pins from my first wedding board. This was a “secret board” with the ideas I loved most! One of my favorite decorating ideas was the glittered wood “cookies” that my mom, aunt, and I spent hours painting and glittering in my parents backyard.

Also, the bible verses hung on the chairs, down the aisle were a special touch that brought the religious piece that was important to us.If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing. The planning was so much fun. The events leading up to “the day” were so special, and we’re still talking about how our wedding day was the best day of our lives!

Jessica + Kevin: Eagle, Colorado Wedding at Adam's Rib Ranch | Image: Captivated Photography

Jessica + Kevin: Eagle, Colorado Wedding at Adam's Rib Ranch | Image: Captivated Photography

Jessica + Kevin: Eagle, Colorado Wedding at Adam's Rib Ranch | Image: Captivated Photography

Jessica + Kevin: Eagle, Colorado Wedding at Adam's Rib Ranch | Image: Captivated Photography

Jessica + Kevin: Eagle, Colorado Wedding at Adam's Rib Ranch | Image: Captivated Photography

Jessica + Kevin: Eagle, Colorado Wedding at Adam's Rib Ranch | Image: Captivated Photography

Jessica + Kevin: Eagle, Colorado Wedding at Adam's Rib Ranch | Image: Captivated Photography

Jessica + Kevin: Eagle, Colorado Wedding at Adam's Rib Ranch | Image: Captivated Photography

Jessica + Kevin: Eagle, Colorado Wedding at Adam's Rib Ranch | Image: Captivated Photography

Jessica + Kevin: Eagle, Colorado Wedding at Adam's Rib Ranch | Image: Captivated Photography

Jessica + Kevin: Eagle, Colorado Wedding at Adam's Rib Ranch | Image: Captivated Photography

Jessica + Kevin: Eagle, Colorado Wedding at Adam's Rib Ranch | Image: Captivated Photography

Jessica + Kevin: Eagle, Colorado Wedding at Adam's Rib Ranch | Image: Captivated Photography

Jessica + Kevin: Eagle, Colorado Wedding at Adam's Rib Ranch | Image: Captivated Photography

Jessica + Kevin: Eagle, Colorado Wedding at Adam's Rib Ranch | Image: Captivated Photography

Jessica + Kevin: Eagle, Colorado Wedding at Adam's Rib Ranch | Image: Captivated Photography

Jessica + Kevin: Eagle, Colorado Wedding at Adam's Rib Ranch | Image: Captivated Photography

Jessica + Kevin: Eagle, Colorado Wedding at Adam's Rib Ranch | Image: Captivated Photography

Photographer:  Captivated Photography//Other Location: Adam's Rib Ranch//Equipment Rentals: Alpine Party Rentals//Dress Store: Bea's Bridal Nook//Ring Designer:Berg Jewelry//Hair Stylist:Bliss Studio//DJ:DJ Rock City//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Elevee//Cinema and Video:Hallowed Ground Outdoors//Musicians:Harry Baxter Band//Bridesmaid Dresses:J. Crew//Makeup Artist:Jessica Van Dusen//Groomsman Attire:Jos A. Banks//Shoes:Kate Spade//Invitation Designer:Minted//Floral Designer: Petals & Pours//Event Planner:Rhiannon Roberts //Dress Designer:Saison Blanche//Jewelry:Squash Blossom//

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