Yellow Aspen Trees + Rocky Mountains // Photography By Kay Beaton

After a summer of weddings at our flower shop in Breckenridge, we get to enjoy fall a bit.  We still have weddings for the next few weeks before it really slows down, but the fall colors really motivate you to get out and enjoy the outdoors.  Dina rode around the lake and up to Montezuma, just outside of Keystone, and we talked about how that area would be great for a local photo session.

I sent Kay a message and asked her to take some photos of her backyard.  You see, Kay lives near Keystone, Colorado and per our request, captured some images for you all to enjoy.  Thanks Kay!  Oh, and she says that if you mention this “Fall Colors 2011” blog, she’ll hook you up with a 10% savings.  Now, that’s sweet!

Yellow Aspen Trees + Rocky Mountains  // photo[beatonphotography.com]  Colorado Destination Wedding Photography

Yellow Aspen Trees + Rocky Mountains  // photo[beatonphotography.com]  Colorado Destination Wedding Photography

Yellow Aspen Trees + Rocky Mountains  // photo[beatonphotography.com]  Colorado Destination Wedding Photography

Yellow Aspen Trees + Rocky Mountains  // photo[beatonphotography.com]  Colorado Destination Wedding Photography

I asked Kay for a few words to share about this time of the year and how it makes her feel…

“Fall in Summit County happens so darn fast…. one day the hills are ALIVE with color, and then they are gone. Freezing temperatures, shorter days, and less moisture all effect this beautiful season… but it brings so much WARMTH to photos of all kinds. As photographers we avoid the harsh mid-day sun with most portraits and weddings, but in fall sometimes it can be as warm and golden as can be mid day because of all that yellow and gold brightening our skies. I LOVE fall! And so sad to see it move on so fast….”

             - Kay

Yellow Aspen Trees + Rocky Mountains  // photo[beatonphotography.com]  Colorado Destination Wedding Photography

Yellow Aspen Trees + Rocky Mountains  // photo[beatonphotography.com]  Colorado Destination Wedding Photography

Dillon Reservoir 

Yellow Aspen Trees + Rocky Mountains  // photo[beatonphotography.com]  Colorado Destination Wedding Photography

Keystone Gulch

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Photos courtesy of Kay Beaton.  

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[ceremony] Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre: Outside Wedding Ceremony Location in Keystone, Colorado

Imagine youself standing near a mountain stream, Aspen trees rustling in the wind, and a world-class destination resort as the setting.  Now, where is this, you ask?  Well, it’s located in the River Run Village at the base of the Keystone Resort in Keystone, Colorado.  The gondola is used to reach higher mountaintop venues, but why leave all the action in the village when you can be a part of it?  

According to the website, the “Quaking Aspen Amphitheater is located a few steps from The Keystone Neighbourhood’s  Warren Station,  and may be reserved for use with The Pavilion or on its own. The Amphitheater is an outdoor venue constructed of rocks and surrounded by aspen and pine trees, making it a perfect backdrop for an outdoor wedding ceremony.   Accommodates 175 people.”

[CEREMONY] Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre: Outside Wedding Ceremony Venue in Keystone, Colorado  |  photo[stacysanchez]

This venue was used at a recent wedding that our flower shop, Petal and Bean, provided flowers for.  We delivered and set up the wedding prior to the ceremony and guests arriving, so check back for this wedding to be featured on our real mountain weddings section of our blog.  

[CEREMONY] Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre: Outside Wedding Ceremony Venue in Keystone, Colorado  |  photo[stacysanchez]Be sure to check the event calendar to see what’s happening the village at the time you’re considering, because one weekend there was a bluegrass and brews event happening and there were folks everywhere.  You can join the fun and use the festivities and action as a great photo opportunity.  

[CEREMONY] Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre: Outside Wedding Ceremony Venue in Keystone, Colorado  |  photo[stacysanchez]This family was wandering around the River Run Village.  There are many restaurants, shops and stores to explore in this area.  We usually end up in the Kickapoo Tavern during ski season, as it’s right at the base of the gondola, and is a great apres hangout.

[CEREMONY] Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre: Outside Wedding Ceremony Venue in Keystone, Colorado  |  photo[stacysanchez]  Warren Station, Keystone Neighbourhood CompanyPlease let the manager of Warren Station know that you found them on the only online resource dedicated to weddings in Summit County, Colorado, Summit Mountain Weddings!  They are a private company and are now part of a larger mountain community network of wedding venues, service providers and resources.  Comment below if you have any questions about this location!

[Groom-er] Because It’s Not All About Her // Exploring Cucumber Gulch in Breckenridge, Colorado

Here’s the deal.  You’re in downtown Breckenridge with the boys and want to check out some trails that are close.  Where do you go?  Just look to the west, and you see that big hump where the gondola climbs over?  Well, that’s the Shock Hill area, and nestled in those trees you’ll find the Pence Miller trail, among others, that are stretched out between the Breckenridge Nordic Center and the Cucumber Gulch, wetlands area.

[GROOM-ER] Because it's Not All About Her // Exploring Cucumber Gulch in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photo[carlscofield.com]

A sweet connector from the downtown area is the Morning Thunder trail, which is found next to the Mountain Thunder Lodge.  A nice bachelor party ride could start in this area and (for the hardcore) extend the ride onto the Peaks trail, or even explore the trails on the mountain itself.  

It’s not a huge area, but you could stretch out a ride to an hour or two, especially if you stop to take photos, or smoke a cigar (yes, while mountain biking with the boys, it does happen).  Stop and check out Josie’s cabin, which lies next to the wetlands, and “just below to the left” using the photo as a point of reference. 

Moose have been seen in the Cucumber Gulch area, so please use caution here.  The gondola flies overhead as you explore trails you never knew existed where right under you this whole time.  Explore this area, and get to know Breck like you never have before.  

If you like this idea and want to talk to us about setting up this bachelor party with all the details, contact us with your group size, activities sought, and lodging preferences.  We’ve got some great things planned, and we’re just getting started!  

>> Photos courtesy of Carl Scofield, a Breckenridge resident since 1981, freelance photographer since 1985, and currently is the Resident Artist in the Breckenridge Arts District’s Fuqua Livery Stable.  Please visit www.carlscofield.com to learn more.

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Christina + Gabe // A Military Wedding at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado

An annual winter treat for Breckenridge is to host an international snow sculpting competition that challenges teams to carve square blocks into temporal works of art that last for two weeks.  And just as the blocks of snow hold fine details until they melt away, the details of weddings are forever captured in images.  The photos in today’s military wedding are courtesy of Team Girtman of Studio Kiva, who are moving into some new digs in Breck as I write this.

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Christina + Gabe // A Military Wedding at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[studiokivawedding.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Christina + Gabe // A Military Wedding at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[studiokivawedding.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Christina + Gabe // A Military Wedding at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[studiokivawedding.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

This  mountain bride found a way to incorporate her school spirit into her wedding day!  We love when the couples personalize their event, and there are some great colleges out there that proud students and alumni are working into their event.

 { REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Christina + Gabe // A Military Wedding at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[studiokivawedding.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

This photo shows the girls getting ready in the older side of St. Mary’s Catholic church in the historic downtown area of Breckenridge.  There’s a newer addition that is much larger that the ceremony was held in.  Smaller weddings can use the older, original structure if they choose.  It has its own charm, for sure, and for the right couple, it’ll be the right place.  But, it’s the older church that’s great for pictures. 

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Christina + Gabe // A Military Wedding at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[studiokivawedding.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

Groom-er

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Christina + Gabe // A Military Wedding at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[studiokivawedding.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

This vase arrangement held tall elegant stems called Calla Lilies.  They come in a dark, eggplant color that looks amazing too.

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Christina + Gabe // A Military Wedding at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[studiokivawedding.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

According to weddingdetails.com, “In many ways, the U.S. Military wedding is like any other wedding. The ceremony itself is not a military service but a religious one. What makes it a military wedding is the attire and perhaps some traditions not found in civilian weddings. There is such pomp and circumstance, pageantry and patriotism in these sophisticated rituals.”  I looked this up, because I was wondering what a military wedding was all about.  There’s also some great information on military weddings on this site as well.  

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Christina + Gabe // A Military Wedding at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[studiokivawedding.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Christina + Gabe // A Military Wedding at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[studiokivawedding.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Christina + Gabe // A Military Wedding at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[studiokivawedding.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

This lucky couple timed it perfectly and were able to use the carved blocks of snow from the snow sculpting championships as their backdrop for a photo session.  Now, those are some wedding photos that you won’t get just anywhere.  They even added a new LED lighting system this year and it made the blocks into an amazing night experience as well.

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Christina + Gabe // A Military Wedding at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[studiokivawedding.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Christina + Gabe // A Military Wedding at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[studiokivawedding.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Christina + Gabe // A Military Wedding at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[studiokivawedding.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Christina + Gabe // A Military Wedding at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos[studiokivawedding.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

The evening finished off at the Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center, which is at the base of Peak 9 of the Breckenridge Ski Resort.  This is the place you want to be when you wake up the next day after the wedding.  You’ll walk out the door and literally walk a snowball’s throw to the lift.  Ask us how we can plan everything you need for you winter wedding at one of the best slopeside wedding venues in the Breckenridge area.  

// VENDORS

 Ceremony:  St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Reception: Beaver Run 

Photography:  Studio Kiva          >> Click here for this vendor’s listing

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Carrie + Korey // A Military Wedding at Keystone, Colorado

There’s a patriotic buzz in the air this week, and so it’s fitting that I’ve chosen to share this Keystone, Colorado wedding with you.  This group of Marines celebrated in the base area of Keystone Resort called River Run Village.  Photos are courtesy of Studio Kiva, and is headed up by longtime locals Katie and Victor Girtman.

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Carrie + Korey // A Military Wedding at Keystone, Colorado  |  photo[studiokivawedding.com]  Studio Kiva Photography  Copyright Katie Girtman  Keystone Wedding Photography

The little ones are an important part of the family and are great to incorporate into your wedding ceremony.  These two youngsters are doing a great job!

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Carrie + Korey // A Military Wedding at Keystone, Colorado  |  photo[studiokivawedding.com]  Studio Kiva Photography  Copyright Katie Girtman  Keystone Wedding Photography

A flower decorated arch was placed in the Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre, and according to the Warren Station website, “ is located to the south of the WS. This permanent outdoor facility hosts weddings, children’s theatre, and the occasional concert or reception site during the summer months. The Quaking Aspen seats 180 maximum and can host 210 standing. It has minimal electrical capacities.”

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Carrie + Korey // A Military Wedding at Keystone, Colorado  |  photo[studiokivawedding.com]  Studio Kiva Photography  Copyright Katie Girtman  Keystone Wedding Photography

The bridesmaids carried red, orange and green bouquets that made for a unified bold look as the couple exchanged their vows.  

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Carrie + Korey // A Military Wedding at Keystone, Colorado  |  photo[studiokivawedding.com]  Studio Kiva Photography  Copyright Katie Girtman  Keystone Wedding Photography

The arch was also decorated with red and orange colors to carry the theme and color palette selected for this Rocky Mountain wedding.

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Carrie + Korey // A Military Wedding at Keystone, Colorado  |  photo[studiokivawedding.com]  Studio Kiva Photography  Copyright Katie Girtman  Keystone Wedding Photography

There are many bridges with trees and mountains as backdrops in Summit County, so much that capturing dramatic mountain wedding imagery is pretty easy.  It’s making sure you have the right person using the right equipment to ensure the highest quality prints possible.

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Carrie + Korey // A Military Wedding at Keystone, Colorado  |  photo[studiokivawedding.com]  Studio Kiva Photography  Copyright Katie Girtman  Keystone Wedding Photography

Love this one!

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Carrie + Korey // A Military Wedding at Keystone, Colorado  |  photo[studiokivawedding.com]  Studio Kiva Photography  Copyright Katie Girtman  Keystone Wedding Photography

Decorating the cake to match the flowers and decor is a great way to personalize your event.  But, the real question is, are you going to have a cake, cupcakes, or dessert table?

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Carrie + Korey // A Military Wedding at Keystone, Colorado  |  photo[studiokivawedding.com]  Studio Kiva Photography  Copyright Katie Girtman  Keystone Wedding Photography

// VENDORS

Photography:  Studio Kiva Wedding          >> Click here to see this vendor’s listing

Venue:  Keystone Neighbourhood Company