Setting Up at the Mountain Thunder Lodge in Breckenridge, Colorado.

We just dropped off centerpieces at the Mountain Thunder Lodge, near the historic downtown area and gondola.  Here we saw colorful Pez dispensers as place card holders and a yummy-looking candy buffet table.  This is a another real-time blog post that we just are adding a few details from the desktop, but the majority was a mobile blogging effort!  

Wedding ceremony and reception venue in Breckenridge, Colorado:  Mountain Thunder Lodge.  |  photo[StacySanchez]

Bridal Bouquet

Wedding ceremony and reception venue in Breckenridge, Colorado:  Mountain Thunder Lodge.  |  photo[StacySanchez]

Candy Buffet Table

Wedding ceremony and reception venue in Breckenridge, Colorado:  Mountain Thunder Lodge.  |  photo[StacySanchez]

Centerpieces

Wedding ceremony and reception venue in Breckenridge, Colorado: Mountain Thunder Lodge. | photo[StacySanchez]

I really dig how they used all sorts of characters in the Pez placecards, including Boba Fett!

Wedding ceremony and reception venue in Breckenridge, Colorado:  Mountain Thunder Lodge.  |  photo[StacySanchez]

One favorite thing we keep seeing at weddings are some super comfy flip flops that folks can wear and get comfortable before hittin’ the dance floor!

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Q&a W/ Nicole + Garri // A Winter Wedding at Sapphire Point, Near Breckenridge, Colorado.

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]

{ Real Mountain Weddings } Wedding Photography Near Breckenridge, Colorado By Studio Kiva.

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

[Photo Shoot Location] Mt. Baldy, 11,220 Feet Near Breckenridge, Colorado.

This is another first for me, because I am sitting on the side of a mountain, Mt. Baldy, near Breckenridge. We’re able to create these real-time blogs with our new iPhone.

After picking up a few rental items from yesterday’s wedding, I motivated to go for a late afternoon mountain bike ride. The Wildflowers are amazing right now, and this would be a great place to take some photos!

Once again, this is the just the beginning of what the best online resource for weddings near Breckenridge, Colorado.

Well, the video didn’t want to upload, so here’s a few pics instead!

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The Day I-70 Shut Down: July 23, 2011

As I write this, it’s Saturday evening (though I’ll schedule the post for the morning) we’re winding down from a long two days of three weddings between Breckenridge and Silverthorne.  Today, at the Mountain Thunder Lodge, we heard one of the band members frantically calling his bandmates to find out their location, as their progress was ground to a halt with both directions of I-70 being closed at the same time.  Now, I’ve lived in Breckenridge since 1996 and have never heard of this happening.  It’s usually one or the other, but not both.  At the same time.

One thing we constantly tell brides who book us for Vail and Beaver Creek jobs is that the road could close at any time, especially during the winter.  Our mountain roads are actually very-well maintained, but there seems to be a lot of user error out there lately.  Regardless, you just have to consider whether or not your vendors need to travel to your event, and if so, how far and when do they plan to arrive.  Not only does this apply to Denver vendors traveling to the mountains, but to mountain vendors traveling over passes, or for any event not in their same town.

Summer in the Rocky Mountains of Copper Mountain, Colorado.  |  photo[StacySanchez]

We left that job  to finish up another wedding in Breckenridge, hoping that all the band members would arrive safely and on time for our mutual client.  We are using Storify to show you how we warned you in an earlier post about the Art of Mountain Travel, and how you want to avoid peak travel times.  But, really, please check all the links I put in that post, and you might just save yourself a headache, and get a bonus hike in.  And then you can tell me how you used this info to maximize your time in local hills surrounding Summit County, Colorado.  That’s what this blog is all about.