3 Things Hiring A Coordinator Will Do To Decrease Your Stress

Top 3 Things hiring a coordinator will do for your stress

Hiring a wedding planner can take three large stresses right off your shoulders. Do you need help with picking out vendors? Do you need help narrowing down even the smallest details? How about more time? Don't you want to be enjoying your time as an engaged couple leading up to your wedding rather than stress out about planning your dream mountain weddings?

Katelyn and Chet just had their one year anniversary of their wedding at Keystone Ranch. They hired Petal and Bean for not only their flowers but also for planning. Dina helped with everything from lining up the groomsmen to decorating the 4 tier wedding cake with flowers.

Top 3 Things hiring a coordinator will do for your stress

We asked Katelyn what was the biggest stressor that the wedding planner took off their plate. The top three stresses she said were helping pick out vendors, direction for the small details, and of course time.

Q. What did you feel was the biggest stressor your planner took off your plate? 

 A. "Everything! The team doesn't just show up the day of your wedding and help coordinate - they are passionate about your wedding and it becomes as important to them as it is to you. From the first day I started working with the team, I became excited about the wedding and didn't have any negative stressors. A few stressors that they took off my plate were:
  1. Picking out vendors - When you have a list of 25 DJs where do you really start? The team provided me with a few options and I called the 3 that fit what I was best looking for.
  2. Direction - I had never really thought of a wedding prior to planning so I wasn't ever sure of what I wanted. The team really helped capture the small details I did want to have and build around that to deliver exactly everything I could want. 
  3. Time - Of course they saved me time which helped since life doesn't slow down while planning a wedding. I could focus on work or the few tasks Dina sent over, but in general it really allowed more time for me."

Top 3 Things hiring a coordinator will do for your stress

We can help you start looking for vendors in our area to with our Vendor Directory. We also do by the hour planning consolations if you don't what the whole kit and caboodle. Check out all of our wedding planning services here! Photos by Bride and Joy Photography and Andrea Parnell. Please contact us for planning your wedding!

{Real Mountain Wedding} Rebecca + Ben at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado

{Real Mountain Wedding} Rebecca + Ben at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos courtesy of IN photography, www.INphotography.net

In traditional Jewish weddings , a couple gets married under the Chuppa, a wedding canopy and covering (often cloth) held suspended by four poles. The chuppah is symbolic of the first roof the bride and groom share together, representing their new home.  This symbolizes that there are no walls in this new home, and it encourages the couple to follow in the ways of Abraham and Sarah, whose tent was always open to guests.  Rebecca and Ben's chuppa was draped with  prayer shawls from Ben's grandfather and great-great grandfather.  

 {Real Mountain Wedding} Rebecca + Ben at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos courtesy of IN photography, www.INphotography.net

The oversize deck is a place where dreams are made.  Rebecca and Ben had fabulous wedding weather, which to me, means clouds in the background.  You see, clouds really do help create a stunning natural background.  

According to Wikipedia, a modern trend is that a "chuppah can be made of any material.   Silk or quilted chuppot are increasingly common, and can often be customized or personalized to suit the couple's unique interests and occupations."

{Real Mountain Wedding} Rebecca + Ben at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos courtesy of IN photography, www.INphotography.net

 Bridal bouquet created by Dina Sanchez of Petal and Bean.

 {Real Mountain Wedding} Rebecca + Ben at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos courtesy of IN photography, www.INphotography.net

A wildflower theme was used throughout the decor at the Breckenridge Ski Resort's mid-mountain venue, Ten Mile Station, which is located at 10,234 feet.  This unique venue, in-the-middle-of-the-ski-slopes, overlooks the Blue River valley and can host weddings and receptions from late May through September for up to 200 of your closest friends and family (please check with venue for most accurate figures). 

Floral decor included fresh herbs like Seeded Eucalyptus immersed in the plum, orange, brown and powder blue arrangements, bouquets and boutonnieres.  Rebecca's mother, Donna, who helped a great deal with the planning of the wedding,  made a point to  mention that Kelly, initial contact for the venue for Vail Resorts and the Breckenridge Ski Resort, was incredibly helpful in suggesting  local vendors to use.

 {Real Mountain Wedding} Rebecca + Ben at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos courtesy of IN photography, www.INphotography.net

 A big part of Rebecca and Ben's ceremony was the Ketubah signing.  Two witnesses sign the Ketubah (literally the marriage contract) which traditionally  spells out the husband’s obligation to his wife, everything from sustaining her with basic necessities to honoring and cherishing her.  

{Real Mountain Wedding} Rebecca + Ben at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos courtesy of IN photography, www.INphotography.net

{Real Mountain Wedding} Rebecca + Ben at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos courtesy of IN photography, www.INphotography.net

Table centerpieces alternated between large and small glass vases.

{Real Mountain Wedding} Rebecca + Ben at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos courtesy of IN photography, www.INphotography.net

IN Photography's husband and wife team,  Mark & Michele Sprague-DeVries, were the photographers that Rebecca and Ben chose for their wedding.  Together, Mark and Michele, photograph weddings throughout Colorado and after looking at hundreds of their photos from all kinds of weddings over the years, I can definitely say I like their style.  

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{Real Mountain Wedding} Rebecca + Ben at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos courtesy of IN photography, www.INphotography.net

{Real Mountain Wedding} Rebecca + Ben at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos courtesy of IN photography, www.INphotography.net

During the week following the wedding, it is customary for friends and relatives to host festive meals in honor of the new couple. This is called the week of  the Seven Blessings, or Sheva Brachot because the seven blessings that are given during the ceremony are repeated after the saying of the Grace at each of these dinners. 

{Real Mountain Wedding} Rebecca + Ben at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos courtesy of IN photography, www.INphotography.net

Looking back, one thing that Rebecca and Ben wished that they had done differently was to invite more people.  They were so  worried about going over the capacity for the venue that they held back on the invites and found folks declining, therefore not reaching the potential for a full house and maximum value.  Their advice to other couples was to invite more than you think will show up.  Plan ahead, talk it out and make the most of your resources to determine who's able to travel to the mountains and celebrate with you.  

Rebecca and Ben were glad they threw down for the premium bar offering and a fun band for live music.  From the looks of it, they danced  all night long and had themselves a marvelous time! Mazal Tov!  

See more photos on >Inphotography's blog

{Real Mountain Wedding} Rebecca + Ben at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos courtesy of IN photography, www.INphotography.net

{Real Mountain Wedding} Rebecca + Ben at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos courtesy of IN photography, www.INphotography.net

// VENDORS 

Venue and Catering:  Vail Resorts / Breckenridge Hospitality

Photography:  INphotography

Floral and Decor:  Petal and Bean

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Cliffhanger Photo Session: Part Two

The comments, likes, and response we received from this post was great!  "Now this is what I'm talking about!!" was mentioned by a local wedding planner who spotted this post.  It was then shared by another local wedding officiant who shared it on her page, who received a comment that said: "OMG...That is just so wrong on so many levels. I swear, I got vertigo just looking at them!! Beautiful though!"

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Cliffhanger Photo Session: Part Two  |  photo[philbrickphoto.com]

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Cliffhanger Photo Session: Part Two  |  photo[philbrickphoto.com]  Mountain Wedding Photography

We looked through the gallery for this shoot, and narrowed it down to two posts.  I pressed the photographer for a bit of backstory on this shoot, and this is what he had to say.

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Cliffhanger Photo Session: Part Two  |  photo[philbrickphoto.com]  Mountain Wedding Photography

"The couple, Christie and Kevin, were married in Jackson, NH. The session on the cliff took place on Cathedral Ledge in North Conway, NH. The couple were not rock climbers so we had a training session the day before to give them a basic understanding of the equipment used hoping this would make the session on the cliff a little less stressful."

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Cliffhanger Photo Session: Part Two  |  photo[philbrickphoto.com]  Mountain Wedding Photography

"Marc Chauvin of Chauvin Guides International was hired for all the rigging and rope work on the shoot."

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"We started before dawn to be in place at sunrise. The couple was lowered down to the ledge and anchored in place. They were always either tied into a rope or anchored to the cliff. Anchors were hidden by camera angle. Images were taken from various positions along the top of the cliff and I rappelled down for some as well. The ledge they were on is about 400 feet above the ground. Once we were done, Marc rigged up a pulley system and a bunch of us hauled the couple back up to the top."

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Cliffhanger Photo Session: Part Two  |  photo[philbrickphoto.com]  mountain wedding photography

"Everything went off with out a hitch and it was a very exciting and unique bridal session."  I would definitely agree.  It's one of the most unique that we've ever seen.

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Cliffhanger Photo Session: Part Two  |  photo[philbrickphoto.com]  mountain wedding photography

We also had a very nice comment come in and thought we'd share that as well.  We hope you enjoyed this photo shoot as much as we did!  Thanks for reading.

"Lakes Region Bride magazine has been lucky enough to work with Jay & Vicki of Philbrick Photography. Jay's vision and intepretation of weddings is creative and always unsual and beautiful. When we call him and say "Hey I've got this crazy idea for a photo shoot..." it doesn't take long for him to jump in...he's had a biplane chase a couple down a runway; put a bride with a mohawk in a latex wedding gown and also captured some of the most stunning and romantic wedding photography for our magazine. And by the way, it doesn't hurt to ask if Jay and VIcki will travel to Breckenridge! This world-traveling, high energy duo might be up for it!"

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Cliffhanger Photo Session: Part Two  |  photo[philbrickphoto.com]  mountain wedding photography

 [PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Cliffhanger Photo Session: Part Two  |  photo[philbrickphoto.com]  mountain wedding photography

About the photographer

We are a wedding and portrait photography team operating out of North Conway, NH and Gloucester, MA. Married for almost 30 years, we love capturing all the excitement and emotion of couples beginning the journey we have enjoyed for so long. Our passion for photographing people is clearly demonstrated by our enthusiasm during a wedding or portrait session and the lengths to which we will go to create unique and memorable imagery. Working together to create artistic impressions of some of the most important moments in a couple's life is the most fulfilling and rewarding endeavor we could ever hope for. We simply can't get enough of it!

Our philosophy regarding photography is to embrace every possibility in the process of creating a more meaningful image. We don't charge by the hour, pose, or image but instead will work with you until you get the photographs you are looking for and will cherish forever.

Members of The New Hampshire Professional Photographers Association and The Boudoir Photography Network.

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[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Mayflower Gulch: South of Copper Mountain, Colorado

You're getting married in the mountains, and you deserve to utilize all the available opportunities to capture the mountain wedding experience to its fullest.  And that includes putting a bit of time and effort into a great photo shoot.  Yes, you can get the obligatory "walking down the middle of the street" shot, but for a backdrop that no one else has, there are lots of choices when it comes to your Breckenridge wedding photography, or whichever mountain town you choose.

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION]  Mayflower Gulch, south of Copper Mountain ,Colorado  |  photo[StacySanchez]

Not too far from Copper Mountain is a hidden gem, Mayflower Gulch.  A short walk, hike or even shorter drive will get you to a majestic alpine basin that is literally filled with wildflowers.  It took us about half an hour to reach the cabin at the lower valley, we then chose a steeper trail on a road that climbs to the right.

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION]  Mayflower Gulch, south of Copper Mountain ,Colorado  |  photo[StacySanchez]The backside of the Ten Mile range is what you see when you're in the gulch, and you should take five minutes to pull out your map (you did bring a map and the ten essentials, didn't you?) and figure out which peak is which.  

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION]  Mayflower Gulch, south of Copper Mountain ,Colorado  |  photo[StacySanchez]

You can actually drive back to the cabins, but I wouldn't recommend it unless you have lots of clearance and a 4WD.  It's an enjoyable walk, but a photographer with lots of equipment should use a vehicle to transport clients and items needed.  

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION]  Mayflower Gulch, south of Copper Mountain ,Colorado  |  photo[StacySanchez]

Towards the higher slopes in the basin you'll see thousands, if not millions of wildflowers of all shapes, sizes and colors.  North-facing slopes still hold snow in the windy, alpine terrain.  You can feel the air temperature drop as you reach the ridgeline.

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Rocky Mountain Wedding Photos at Mayflower Gulch, Copper Mountain, CO

Dina looks to the north and the Gore Range that is in the distance.  We ran from Silverthorne to Vail once, over Red-Buffalo Pass and had a friend pick us up and bring us back.  There are amazing trails and terrain in the area near Summit County, and we hope you enjoy checking out this spectacular spot!

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Rocky Mountain Wedding Photos at Mayflower Gulch, Copper Mountain, CO

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Rocky Mountain Wedding Photos at Mayflower Gulch, Copper Mountain, CO

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Rocky Mountain Wedding Photos at Mayflower Gulch, Copper Mountain, CO

We dropped back down to the lower valley floor, and checked out the cabins for a few minutes.  We think this is really the best place to head to, as the higher ridgeline is a bit of a climb to reach.  So, please share your photos that you create with the advice and tips given from this blog and we'll share it on our real weddings blog!  

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Rocky Mountain Wedding Photos at Mayflower Gulch, Copper Mountain, CO

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{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDINGS } Wedding Photography near Breckenridge, Colorado by Studio Kiva.

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The following photographs are from real mountain weddings near Breckenridge, Colorado.  Team Girtman of Studio Kiva have long been in the event scene in Summit County, Colorado and have been out taking lots of great photos and video of our section of the Rocky Mountains.  Once the summer settles down a bit, we'll be sharing their work for quite some time!

We'll be sharing lots of real weddings and more Q&A with real mountain couples as we progress in the development in the blog, but right now we're still finalizing our editorial timelines, wishlists, and vendor selection before settling into a routine that you'll come to love and enjoy.  Until then, enjoy the randomness while we test out new ideas and blog styles.

Katie GIrtman© / Studio Kiva | studiokivawedding.com | Breckenridge Wedding Photography

Katie GIrtman© / Studio Kiva | studiokivawedding.com | Breckenridge Wedding Photography

Katie GIrtman© / Studio Kiva | studiokivawedding.com | Breckenridge Wedding Photography

Katie GIrtman© / Studio Kiva | studiokivawedding.com | Breckenridge Wedding Photography

Katie GIrtman© / Studio Kiva | studiokivawedding.com | Breckenridge Wedding Photography

Katie GIrtman© / Studio Kiva | studiokivawedding.com | Breckenridge Wedding Photography

Katie GIrtman© / Studio Kiva | studiokivawedding.com | Breckenridge Wedding Photography