{ Real Mountain Wedding } Rebekeh + Travis at Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek, Colorado

Saddle Ridge is located near the slopes at the Beaver Creek Ski Resort.  Nearby mountain towns include Vail, Minturn and Avon. A short drive away and you're at Copper Mountain and Leadville and then Summit County.  This valley is on the other side of Vail Pass, which can be tricky to drive.  Once you're there, the Vail Valley is absolutely magical.

Luckily, there were blue skies and no hazardous driving conditions for guests or vendors who traveled to the event.  Rebekeh and Travis asked the planning team at Petal and Bean / Summit Mountain Weddings to help them put together a fun, winter wedding in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  So, that's what we did.  Today's photos are courtesy of Elevate Photography.  

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{ Real Mountain Wedding } Rebekeh + Travis at Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek, Colorado  |  Elevate Photography - photos[elevatephotography.com]

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Rebekeh + Travis at Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek, Colorado  |  Elevate Photography - photos[elevatephotography.com]

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Rebekeh + Travis at Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek, Colorado  |  Elevate Photography - photos[elevatephotography.com]

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Rebekeh + Travis at Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek, Colorado  |  Elevate Photography - photos[elevatephotography.com]

Rebekeah's Bouquet // See the pin by clicking here

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Rebekeh + Travis at Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek, Colorado  |  Elevate Photography - photos[elevatephotography.com]

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Rebekeh + Travis at Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek, Colorado  |  Elevate Photography - photos[elevatephotography.com]

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Rebekeh + Travis at Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek, Colorado  |  Elevate Photography - photos[elevatephotography.com]

Boots + Bouquets // See this pin by clicking here

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Rebekeh + Travis at Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek, Colorado  |  Elevate Photography - photos[elevatephotography.com]

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Rebekeh + Travis at Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek, Colorado  |  Elevate Photography - photos[elevatephotography.com]

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Rebekeh + Travis at Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek, Colorado  |  Elevate Photography - photos[elevatephotography.com]

Saddle Ridge at Beaver Creek // See this pin by clicking here

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Rebekeh + Travis at Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek, Colorado  |  Elevate Photography - photos[elevatephotography.com]

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Rebekeh + Travis at Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek, Colorado  |  Elevate Photography - photos[elevatephotography.com]

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Rebekeh + Travis at Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek, Colorado  |  Elevate Photography - photos[elevatephotography.com]

Cake by Mountain Flour in Vail.  

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Rebekeh + Travis at Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek, Colorado  |  Elevate Photography - photos[elevatephotography.com]

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Rebekeh + Travis at Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek, Colorado  |  Elevate Photography - photos[elevatephotography.com]

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Rebekeh + Travis at Saddle Ridge in Beaver Creek, Colorado  |  Elevate Photography - photos[elevatephotography.com]

// VENDORS

Venue / Catering: Saddle Ridge - Beaver Creek Ski Resort

Photography: Elevate Photography

Cake: Mountain Flour

Transportation: Summit Express

Florist / Decor / Planning: Petal and Bean - Summit Mountain Weddings

[How To] Create Chocolate Millenium Falcons and Disco Ball Helmets. Groom-er DIY projects.

We keep hearing from our brides and clients that the guys are really getting into contributing towards the wedding.  In their own way, of course.  While many stare into space while discussing all the different flower options, others jump at the chance to let their style, taste and preferences known.  We encourage the brides, sisters, planners and families reading this blog to show the guys the articles we're writing with the Groom in mind.

Click here and you'll be taken to our Groom-er board on our Pinterest page.  There you'll see lots of style options for dressing up the guys, and even a few DIY projects that I just had to throw in there.  Even if all you get is a good laugh, my job is done.  I want to make your destination wedding planning fun, and that includes looking at sometimes hilarious, yet very doable, DIY projects.   

[How To] Create a Disco Ball Helmet for your Bride-to-be.  A Groom-er DIY project.

If you're planning a winter wedding for next season, then you'll have plenty of time to get the materials to create something spectacular and fun for your bride-to-be to wear around the slopes.  Perhaps you both have'em and hire a photographer to do an adventure photo session sometime before the wedding, or even on the day of the wedding.  It's up to you.  We think it would be a interesting way to make the day that much more fun!  Click on the image to go to the pin that links to the article.

[Groom-er] How To Make Chocolate Millenium Falcons For Your Wedding Favors

And yes, they'll melt in your Han Solo (sorry, had to), but these chocolate Millenium Falcons could be just the way to personalize one of the gatherings.  They could be tested out at a weekend grilling party, and then created the week of the wedding to be used at the rehearsal dinner, instead of a groom's cake, or even at the wedding, as favors.

[How To] Create Chocolate Millenium Falcons and Disco Ball Helmets. Groom-er DIY projects.

One last piece of advice.  Don't let any trend articles scare you away from what you want to have at your wedding.  Those are only opinions of what's in and out.  Who cares.  There are no rules anymore.  What's most important is to find your own style, showcase your quirks and have fun with your idiosyncrasies as individuals, and that includes showing to your friends and family that the force will be with you, always.

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Q&A w/ Nicole + Garri // A Winter Wedding at Sapphire Point, near Breckenridge, Colorado.

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The mountains are a sacred place to many people.  And to some, it is the place where they want to exchange their vows and move on to the next stage of their life.  One magnificent location is called Sapphire Point, and is perched above scenic Lake Dillon on Swan Mountain Road, between Breckenridge and Keystone.

Nicole + Garri: A Winter Wedding at Sapphire Point, near Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[zanderography.com]

Q. Who would you say was helpful in planning your wedding?

A." I would say that I had a great amount of help from Emily Campbell of Bella Design and Planning.  She was instrumental in finding the perfect location for our ceremony and guiding us through the necessary steps to get a park permit for the space and what time would be optimal for photos. She also helped me with finding and scheduling a hair appointment in Breckenridge, and making recommendations for dinner locations after our ceremony." 

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Q&A w/ Nicole + Garri: A Winter Wedding at Sapphire Point near Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[zanderography.com]

Q. Why did you choose the Rocky Mountains as your wedding location?

A. "Being in the wedding industry and working with brides every day, I really wanted to do something different - a spin on the destination wedding.  The idea of all that white snow really spoke to me in a way that a beach wedding never could - and I LOVE the sun." 
{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Q&A w/ Nicole + Garri: A Winter Wedding at Sapphire Point near Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[zanderography.com]

Here we see the Groom taking a moment to himself with the Ten Mile Range as the dramatic mountain range to the south.  The Gore Range starts in Frisco and continues north past Silverthorne and goes further west into the Vail Valley.  A scenic trail loops around back to the parking lot, is less than a mile long, and is very family friendly.

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Q&A w/ Nicole + Garri: A Winter Wedding at Sapphire Point near Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[zanderography.com]

You can't totally block off access to the trail for your wedding, so be prepared to smile at the folks just on a hike as you have your ceremony.  I would think most people would be respectful and keep quiet.  It's the critters there you have to worry about.  They've been fed regularly and aren't too shy at times, so be on the watch for some unexpected guests at your wedding!

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Q&A w/ Nicole + Garri: A Winter Wedding at Sapphire Point near Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[zanderography.com]

"All of our photos were from Nate Zander - and he did a great job of capturing the day for us."  

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Q&A w/ Nicole + Garri: A Winter Wedding at Sapphire Point near Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[zanderography.com]
{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Q&A w/ Nicole + Garri: A Winter Wedding at Sapphire Point near Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[zanderography.com]

"I love the photo that we used on our announcement as well as the shot of us with our heads together at the top of the mountain."

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Q&A w/ Nicole + Garri: A Winter Wedding at Sapphire Point near Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[zanderography.com]

Q.  Anything you would like to share with brides planning their winter wedding in the mountains?

A. "Some of the things that I wish other brides had shared with me were how to bring some flowers into my wedding.  Atop a mountain it is difficult to have a bouquet or any sort of delicate flower.  I wish I had some more ideas - I actually called you* on a recommendation from Emily, but you affirmed my suspicion that flowers wouldn't really hold up."  
{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Q&A w/ Nicole + Garri: A Winter Wedding at Sapphire Point near Breckenridge, Colorado.  |  photo[zanderography.com]

"Having a fur jacket was a MUST for me and I loved the faux fur one that I found.  So many brides wear them for winter wedding and I think they are stunning!"

// VENDORS
Emily Campbell [Bella Design and Planning]
Nate Zander  [Zanderography]