[VENUES] A Sampling of Keystone, Colorado Wedding Properties

There are a cluster of mountain towns that surround Lake Dillon, and if you follow the Snake River inlet, you'll be at Keystone, Colorado.  The dramatic backdrop of fourteen thousand foot peaks, lodgepole pine, and snowmelt creeks provides a special opportunity for a Rocky Mountain wedding.

Couples can choose to rent a private home tucked away from the resort, or you can check out the bigger venues on the mountain and stay near the River Run Village for quick access to the gondola.  

We're busy talking with local wedding professionals and venues, to source all the best vendors to make your destination wedding experience a seamless experience.  Keystone wedding planning has never been easier.  Contact us to help you arrange showings at some of the options around Keystone.  

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Near the Keystone Stables and the Keystone Ranch, is a private home rental.  Ask for Jamie and tell her you saw this post on our blog for a special offer!  >>Click here to see the property

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The Ski Tip Lodge

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There are few different options in the River Run Village.  You can take over some of the local restaurants and bars, but there is the Warren Station and the Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre, which had snow on it when I popped over earlier this week.  

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[VENUES] A Sampling of Keystone, Colorado Wedding Properties  |  Keystone Wedding Planner, Keystone wedding venue, home rental

Steps away from the gondola, across a small bridge, and you're staring at the best slopeside bar in Keystone.  The Kickapoo is run by All Events Catering, so be sure to ask for Cheryl and tell her you found them from this blog for a special offer!  

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Please ask us any questions you have about planning weddings in Keystone.  Be on the lookout for more detailed reviews, photo galleries and real weddings from these properties and more.  Thanks for reading!

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{ Real Mountain Wedding } Beth + Mark in Breckenridge, Colorado

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Beth + Mark in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[briankraft.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography, Breckenridge Wedding Planner, Colorado Wedding Blog, Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding Beth and Mark eloped and were married in Breckenridge, Colorado.  This is their story.  What' s yours?

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{ Bouquet } Blue Hydrangea + Seeded Eucalyptus

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When I used to hear that someone eloped, certain images would come to my mind.  Elvis, Las Vegas, Niagara Falls, maybe,  a small town justice of the peace.  Before my eyes, flashes of two star-crossed young lovers sneaking out of their bedroom windows, running away in the middle of the night from everything they've ever known to get married,  real quick like.

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But, everything changed the other day when I saw the stunning photographs of Beth and Mark's Breckenridge Elopement.   They had a real wedding ceremony  at Rounds Point in Breckenridge with an officiant and even an acoustic guitarist.

It looked like a wedding with lots and lots of guests, but no one was there except Beth, Mark, the officiant, the photographer and the musician.

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But let's back up.  The ceremony, to me, wasn't even the best part of the wedding (although, it's a close second).  After looking through hundreds of their photos, I noticed a genuine tenderness between them.  A quiet bond, and a genuine love.

In so many weddings, you see the groom pulled one way, the bride pulled another.  You'll read in a lot of wedding books and magazines that say to "make sure you schedule in time to spend together."

It seems so  obvious, but to anyone who has gotten married in a traditional way with lots of invited guests,  it seems you spend a lot more time talking to and making sure your guests are having fun than spending time , just the two of you together.

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Beth + Mark in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[briankraft.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography, Breckenridge Wedding Planner, Colorado Wedding Blog, Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Beth + Mark in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[briankraft.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography, Breckenridge Wedding Planner, Colorado Wedding Blog, Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Beth + Mark in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[briankraft.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography, Breckenridge Wedding Planner, Colorado Wedding Blog, Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding

Beth and Mark spent the entire day together.  Just the two of them.  No outside distractions.  The most romantic part of their day, for me, as I was re-living it through their photographs was that they dressed each other.  

How sexy is that?  I mean, him zipping up her dress, and her fastening his cuff links.  That's the way a real married couple would get dressed for a special  night out together.

Under Beth's gorgeous lace dress, she wore classic cowboy boots which is not only a sassy, stylish statement but in Colorado, in the mountains,  it's just plain  sensible.

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They stayed at One Ski Hill Place in Breckenridge which is located at the unrivaled location at the base of Peak 8 where luxury and location meet.  It's an ideal location in  a perfect destination. Travel magazines everywhere agree: One Ski Hill Place in Breckenridge is where the memories of a lifetime are made.

Dina Sanchez, the Flower Maven at Petal and Bean created Beth's beautiful,  something blue, hydrangea bouquet and Mark's boutonniere. With the stunning mountain back drop, and the love in each of their eyes, they didn't need much to decorate their day.

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{ Real Mountain Wedding } Beth + Mark in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[briankraft.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography, Breckenridge Wedding Planner, Colorado Wedding Blog, Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding

After their ceremony, they walked down Breckenridge's quaint Victorian main street to their favorite little outdoor food cart,  Crepes Ala Carte  in their full wedding attire.  Usually, when I pass by the  Crepe place, there's a line down the steps and out to the sidewalk, but in October when Beth and Mark got married, they had the place to themselves.

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Colorado based wedding  Photographer, Brian Kraft, captured Beth and Mark's day in a way I'm not many photographers could.  He brought a fine art quality to his approach of documentary style photographs.  I fell in love with Beth and Mark  and their wedding through his lens.

On Brian's photography blog, he writes,

"I had the great pleasure of photographing a most intimate wedding up in the mountain town of Breckenridge this fall. Beth and Mark contacted me earlier in the year from their home in Tulsa, Oklahoma and wanted me to join them as they came to Colorado, just the two of them to tie the knot.  In person, I was just so amazed at how sweet they were. Just incredibly genuine, welcoming folks."

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One of my favorite photos, was this one above.    The two  of them dancing alone in the yard at Lomax Placer in Breckenridge.  It still gets the hopeless romantic  girl in me (even after looking at these photos dozens of times).  It makes me  think that these are the moments that will  make up a life together.  It's  the dancing alone in the middle of the day, the dressing each other before a special occasion, the little bites to eat at a favorite place in between going from here to there.

It's not the kiss that will sustain the marriage, but the tender embraces strung together day after day.  I have a whole new respect for elopements and think that it makes a lot of sense. There is just something so intimate and quiet about the whole thing. It doesn't have to be a hurried, middle of the night escape.  You can plan it all out just they way you two want.

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{ Real Mountain Wedding } Beth + Mark in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[briankraft.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography, Breckenridge Wedding Planner, Colorado Wedding Blog, Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding

If you are wanting to head for the Rocky Mountains for your elopement, and need help planning your Summit County wedding, contact us for a custom made elopement package!

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 // VENDORS

Photography: Brian Kraft

Musician: Ben Brewer of the Pine Beatles

Officiant: Gretchen Abernathy

Flowers: Petal and Bean

Snacks: Crepes A la Cart 

[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

Mountain Bike Over A Mountain Pass [HOW TO]

The majority of the monsoon season is over, the days will get shorter, but the high alpine singletrack is in prime condition to be explored.  The snow has melted, and the Wheeler trail is one classic trail that awaits for the adventurous soul.  I had my first introduction to this trail during the Breckenridge Crest Mountain Marathon in 1997.  And in that race, you travel south on the Burro Trail to connect with the Wheeler near Francie's Cabin, a part of the local hut system.   

The trail then traverses the Ten Mile Range, it's pass nestled between Peak 8 and 9.  It drops towards Copper Mountain, or you can sign up for another hill climb and connect with the Miner's Creek trail that will bring you to connect with the Peaks trail that you can exit to Frisco, or complete the big loop used in the marathon and bring the Peaks trail all the way back to Breck.  No matter which route you choose, it's a long day.  But, oh so worth it.

Mountain Bike Over A Mountain Pass [HOW TO]  |  photo[carlscofield.com]

This trail is an advanced ride, hike, power walk, however you attempt it, just know that it will be a long haul to get up to the ridge.  However, once you're up there it has the best view in Breckenridge hands down,  as you now have an amazing 360 degree view of mountains everywhere.  This is why they call it Summit County.  

Take a moment to look along the spine of the Ten Mile range north to the Gore Range, west to Holy Cross and the Maroon Bells area, and east to Mountain Baldy and the Continental Divide.  It does put you in exposed terrain for quite some time, so be sure to plan ahead, pack enough food and water, bring a map and know where you are at all times, and let someone know where you're going and when you'll be back.  We all want adventure, but no one wants an epic.  "Boring" rides are best.  

Mountain Bike Over A Mountain Pass [HOW TO]  |  photo[carlscofield.com]

If you would like to schedule a custom alpine photo shoot with a local photographer, rent bikes, or arrange for transportation, please contact us to arrange all the details!  We are going above and beyond the normal Breckenridge wedding planner by sharing our local knowledge and expertise in every aspect available, and that includes which trails to explore!  Let us know if you have a real mountain adventure with your bridal party or family, so that we can share your trip details, tips and advice for future travelers to our area for their destination wedding in the Rockies.  Happy Trails!

>>  Photos courtesy of Carl Scofield.  Please visit his website by clicking here.  And his Facebook page by clicking here.

The Scene At Breckenridge Ski Resort's Peak 8 In The Summertime

One addition to the summertime offerings at the base of Peak 8 was a tubing hill. It's no longer there today, but kids still hike up to the remaining patches of snow that cling to the hillsides. Or, you can ride the chairlift to gain a higher perch, and then hike or ride down the slopes.  You can see the alpine slide on the right side of this image.  The new Gold Run coaster is further to the left.   This outside deck is connected to One Ski Hill Place.

The base of Peak 8 at the Breckenridge Ski Resort in the summertime. | photo[StacySanchez]

Whether you decide to visit our mountains during the winter or summer, you'll have lots of options for adventure waiting for you. You'll just have to decide whether you want face shots or epic singletrack. Either way you can't go wrong.  And if you're kids are too small for either the coaster or alpine slide, you can always take a free scenic gondola ride.  There was a moose spotted yesterday in Cucumber Gulch, Breckenridge's protected wetlands that's part of the Breckenridge Nordic Center.

A short hike will lead you to Josie's cabin, while other trails will connect you with town if you wanted to hike or bike back down to the downtown historic area.  Or, hike up, have lunch, and then take the gondola back down.  Oh, which way to go, which trail to hike, which activity to choose...  Have fun everybody!