When you've been engaged for 3 of the 5 years you've been together, an intimate wedding can be the perfect way to celebrate! The Rocky Mountains in Colorado provided a beautiful backdrop for this couple's springtime wedding ceremony.Read More
Piney River Ranch Styled Shoot
Today's post is all about Where The Wild Things Are: Styled Shoot at Piney River Ranch in Vail with images courtesy of Elizabeth Cryan Photography. This story is part of a lot of people's childhood memories, so it's no surprise that it was finally turned into a theme for a styled shoot. And Piney River Ranch is a raw and wild place that fits perfectly for the story. I am so happy to share it with you, so if you enjoy it too, please share it with someone else who will get a kick out of seeing this as a wedding theme!
Vail, Colorado Wedding & Event Venue
Last week's post was a real wedding at this off-the-beaten-path event venue, so click here if you missed it. Summer is in full swing in the mountains, and that's when Piney can shine in all its glory. You see, if you're not familiar, this venue becomes inaccessible during the winter months. Please contact us to learn more about Piney and other possibilities for a destination wedding in the Vail and Beaver Creek area. And if small and intimate is more your style, we're helping a lot of couples elope to Breckenridge and Summit County for romantic getaways. We are the romance specialists for the Rocky Mountains, so please click here to let us know all about your ideas and how we can help you best. Thanks for reading!
Each season we discover unique clients that enjoy expressing themselves through their wedding day. As wedding professionals we often dream of how we would describe ourselves in a unique way to show future clients that we can work with them to get outside the typical wedding box. We love taking something seemingly so ordinary and turning it into an extraordinary experience. This is where our idea for a Where the Wild Things Are photoshoot began.
We wanted to take a childhood story we all know and love and find a way to turn it into a love story. One you could center your wedding on, pulling out layers of details that make the touching words and details of the book carry throughout.
We wanted to incorporate many of these scenes from the book, as well as pull in lines from the story to tuck into each scene. From Max’s bedroom growing into the world all around him, to him sailing to some far off land to find his wild thing.
Max is made king and makes his wild thing his queen. Their entire day is spent in the wilderness, embracing the beautiful scenery around them. Layering in details of leathers and fur, hinting that the wild things are close by.
From the wild picked florals to the hair and bark and feather details in our cake. We cared the beautiful and playful details throughout this wedding. Ending our day of extraordinary adventure with a wild rumpus. And as Max and his bride awake to find they have returned home, they realized they were where someone loved them the most.
Photographer: Elizabeth Cryan Photography//Dress Designer:D'Lola Couture//Cinema and Video: 4th Kind Entertainment//Invitation Designer: Anthologie Press//Jewelry: Ashley Schenkein Jewelry Design//Floral Designer: Bella Calla//Apparel:Brackish Bowties //Model:Garrett Kidd//Cake Designer: Kelley Kakes//Event Planner: MAG Events//Model:Olivia Ritchie//Veils and headpieces: Opam inc//: Patina Preferred: A Vintage Rental Boutique//Reception Venue: Piney River Ranch LLC//Makeup Artist: The Parlour Fort Collins//
Love on the Continental Divide
Today's post is all about a Styled Shoot at the Granby Ranch: Rocky Mountains, Colorado with images courtesy of Jonathan Kohlwey Photography. These images are full of snow, and it's actually feeling like summer in Breckenridge. The sun is out, but that doesn't mean you can't start fantasizing about a dream wedding in Colorado. Winter is what we're known for, and that's why I wanted to show you these today.
Romance in the Rockies
Styled shoots are fun because they show some designs and styles that might not be thought of by certain couples. Styled shoots also have budgets that are different from yours, so take what you see with a grain of salt and use any and all styled shoots for inspiration. Some of the elements might not be able to be pulled off on a real wedding day. Some of this stuff is pretty staged, and if you're not sure, just ask a pro. They'll tell you what kind of time and effort goes into a styled shoot. Some vendors don't like to participate as it may be misleading. I don't think you have to take it so seriously. I love the fun and whimsical and not-so-serious shoots that can be downright silly. Well, I hope you enjoy this set of images. Thanks for stopping by and reading! Please contact us to learn more about how we can help set up a styled shoot for your venue, or if you need help planning a custom day in the mountains. We can help.
A romantic winter wedding styled shoot at the top of Granby Ranch over looking the continental divide and Rocky Mountain National Park.
Inspired by our beautiful couple and their love for all things nature, the outdoors, winter and the mountains, we designed this intimate wedding shoot to capture the best that this dream mountain location has to offer.
We incorporated metals, stone, warm blankets, fur and antlers to capture the warmth and layers you would find in a snowy mountain cabin. With custom hair pieces with feathers and leather, hand made invitation and kisses of copper, we are excited to present this romantic, intimate mountain design.
Photographer: Jonathan Kohlwey Photography//Cake Designer:Anny Cakes//Equipment Rentals:Event Rents//Heirlooms and extras:EYM Designs//Hair Stylist: Jaded Beauty//Dress Store: The Bridal Collection//Floral Designer:The Stalk Market//Invitation Designer:White Gown Wedding Invitations//Event Planner: MAG Events//Event Venue: Granby Ranch//
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!
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!
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.
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//
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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Summer in the Rocky Mountains = Wildflowers
Living in the mountains for almost 20 years, and I still find new spots to share, like these Wildflower Fields on Peak 7 in Breckenridge, a suggested Photo Shoot Location. Now, mind you this land traverses next to private property and is in a pretty secluded neighborhood, this area is meant for small groups, preferably less than 10 at a time. Just schedule the photographer and the bride and groom for a half hour on the trail near the Breckenridge Ski Resort. I've included a map below to show you where it's at. For a list of other recommended hikes near Breckenridge, click here to read a blog on The Flower Maven.
Breckenridge Wedding Photography
Don't worry if you can't make it to this exact spot for your wedding photos on the big day. These flowers won't last forever, but the mountain vistas will. And these flowers come from long winter weathers and heavy snowfalls. Summer or Winter, then? You have your choice of seasons, and whether or not you want a white winter backdrop instead of colorful wildflowers. But, consider this are surrounded by world-class ski areas like Vail, Beaver Creek, Copper Mountain, Keystone and A-Basin. A winter wedding proposal can be a fun experience, and if you need some help to put all the pieces together on the sly, we're good at personalizing elopements and small vow renewals that are similar in intimacy.
Please be respectful of parking and don't step on the wildflowers. Tread lightly and please Leave No Trace when traveling in the mountains.
Part of the allure of having a winter wedding in Colorado is the skiing, and that's why I'm sharing this video about the "Elk Preserve: Backcountry Nordic Skiing in Keystone, Colorado." It's an amazing set of neighborhood trails that end up reaching all the way to Breckenridge. The Colorado Trail even crosses by at a few places. Sections lead towards the Keystone Ski Resort, or stick to the ones off the beaten path. If you're looking for a non-aggressive outdoor winter experience, and have some skiing ability, then you'll enjoy the challenge of cross country skiing. As long as you have a strong snow plow and can turn, then you should be ok. Please contact us to learn more about all the different activities, options and secret stashes that you won't find anywhere else.