{ Flower Maven } Pincushion Protea + Oncidium Orchids // Heat Things Up in Deep Winter with A Tropical Bloom.

“I want a rustic organic look!”  Over the years, brides have expressed wanting to use more unusual flowers.  We have suggested using berries, pods and unusual greens to add an organic feeling to their wedding decor. Protea can add depth and texture to your mountain wedding decor. 

Some winter weddings look great in an all-white palette, or a frosty blue hue to reflect the pristine feel that comes with a snowy backdrop like a destination wedding in Breckenridge.  However, there are no rules any more and if you want to try something new and unusual, then we suggest exploring unusual and non-traditional wedding flowers, including the tropical blooms featured here, the Pincushion Protea and the Oncidium Orchid.

How would you use these in a winter wedding?  You can now comment via your Facebook profile, so please let us know what you think of this idea!

{ FLOWER MAVEN }  Heat things up in deep winter with tropical blooms.

 Pincushion Protea

Oncidium Orchids

This article was written by Dina Sanchez, aka the Flower Maven, and brings years of experience and has created happy memories for  hundreds of weddings in Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Dillon, Frisco, Keystone, and Silverthorne, Colorado.  If you have a question about flowers, decor for a particular venue, then chances are good that we’ve been there and done that.  And not many vendors or bloggers can make that claim.  We’ve created this blog and online resource to help brides, grooms, and vendors connect to plan destination weddings in the Rocky Mountains near Summit County.  How can we help you?

[Venue] Ten Mile Station on Peak 9 at the Breckenridge Ski Resort

In the wintertime, it’s a mid-mountain pit stop.  During the summer, it’s a destination wedding paradise. Ten Mile Station, operated by the team at the Breckenridge Ski Resort, offers a ceremony and reception venue option like no other.  Other Breckenridge wedding venues are slopeside, or futher downtown.  This venue is literally on the mountain, with guests traveling up a road past the summertime location for the Breckenridge Stables, which offers horseback rides.

[VENUE] Ten Mile Station on Peak 9 at the Breckenridge Ski Resort  |  Breckenridge wedding planner, Breckenridge wedding venue, Ceremony, Reception

[VENUE] Ten Mile Station on Peak 9 at the Breckenridge Ski Resort  |  Breckenridge wedding planner, Breckenridge wedding venue, Ceremony, Reception

Doublecheck with your vendors that all are familiar with the venue, how to find it, and any other important details that will help any vendors, suppliers or planners assist in their responsibilities.

One of the most important things that we’ve noticed over the years are how many times we’ve heard about vendors being late or lost, as they’re not sure how to find the venue.  Now, this is where it gets just a bit confusing.  There is no huge sign for Ten Mile Station, and in fact, you have to access the dirt road via a parking lot at the Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center.  

Once you’re on this road, you can drive up to the venue.  You don’t need a 4WD vehicle to access the venue, but it might come in handy if you choose to venture further up the mountain.  You can drive to a great overlook near the Peak 9 Restaurant that gazes down onto the alpine terrain near 6 chair.

[VENUE] Ten Mile Station on Peak 9 at the Breckenridge Ski Resort  |  Breckenridge wedding planner, Breckenridge wedding venue, Ceremony, Reception

 Ask us how we can help arrange transportation if your lodging choice does not provide a complimentary shuttle.  There are numerous options in the area, including Fresh Tracks, Summit Express and the Peak 1 Express.  Please mention this blog when contacting these companies, so that they know that you found them via this new online planning site for Summit County!

[VENUE] Ten Mile Station on Peak 9 at the Breckenridge Ski Resort  |  Breckenridge wedding planner, Breckenridge wedding venue, Ceremony, Reception

[VENUE] Ten Mile Station on Peak 9 at the Breckenridge Ski Resort | Breckenridge wedding planner, Breckenridge wedding venue, Ceremony, Reception

The outside ceremony deck is in a very sunny spot, and during the summertime, thunderstorms do roll in almost daily.  What time, you ask?   Oh, you know, right around late afternoon, when most couples plan their ceremony.  Talk to the site coordinator about the downstairs room, which can be used as a rainy day backup, or you can choose to do it in the main room upstairs.  Or, you just extend the cocktail hour a bit if the clouds are fast-moving, because the saying goes around here, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait 15 minutes.”  

[VENUE] Ten Mile Station on Peak 9 at the Breckenridge Ski Resort  |  Breckenridge wedding planner, Breckenridge wedding venue, Ceremony, Reception

[VENUE] Ten Mile Station on Peak 9 at the Breckenridge Ski Resort  |  Breckenridge wedding planner, Breckenridge wedding venue, Ceremony, Reception

Ask how we can help fill in the details for your mountain wedding, because we don’t just blog and show you pretty stuff and then leave you hangin’, we’re here to help you stop wasting time and get stuff done.  We’ve worked up at Ten Mile Station for many years and know all the right resources to make your destination wedding in the Rockies the way you’ve always dreamed it to be.  

[VENUE] Ten Mile Station on Peak 9 at the Breckenridge Ski Resort  |  Breckenridge wedding planner, Breckenridge wedding venue, Ceremony, Reception

Dina and one of the girls from Petal and Bean arrive early to set up tall centerpieces and finish decor details.  There are many wildlflower gardens outside of Ten Mile Station, but ceremonies can be dressed up with aisle decor, aisle runners, big arrangements, or a custom arch.  Ask us about rentals and recycling.  We strive to offer green wedding choices whenever possible.  Thanks for reading and happy planning!

[ How to ] Ski World-class Mountains and Get Married in the Colorado Rocky Mountains

[HOW TO] Ski a World Class Mountain and Get Married in the Rocky Mountains  |  photo[carlscofield.com]  Carl Scofield, Breckenridge photographer, Fuqua Livery Stable in the Arts District, Town of Breckenridge, Colorado

It’s the best destination wedding ever.  No flip flops (well, you can if you really want to), but instead you see boots of shapes and sizes, some furry, some not.  Ski and snowboard gear are freshly waxed and waiting for fresh snow to fall.  The fire is crackling and everyone is holding a variety of Colorado microbrews that were handpicked just for this gathering.  If your idea of a dream wedding is snow-capped peaks, world-class skiing and lots of options for lodging, then Breckenridge and the ski resorts in Summit County are just what you’re looking for.

You’ll be smack dab in the middle of Colorado ski country with at least nine resorts within an hour’s drive of each other.  A winter wedding in the Rocky Mountains is a totally unique, and totally worth it.  Some brides and grooms get whisked away in a car, ride off on bicycles, but you can be the first in your family to ski or ride away into the sunset.  Sound good?  Contact us and let’s plan something you’ve always dreamed of.

[HOW TO] Ski a World Class Mountain and Get Married in the Rocky Mountains  |  photo[carlscofield.com]  Carl Scofield, Breckenridge photographer, Fuqua Livery Stable in the Arts District, Town of Breckenridge, Colorado

If  you’ve decided that you want to get married in the mountains, then congratulations!  And now you’ve found this blog.  It was meant to be.   The next steps are for you to give us a call, or send us an email, but definitely start the collaboration with our company by filling out this form.  Once we have this information, we can get started on telling you all about how you’re going plan your dream wedding in the Rocky Mountains.  

We extend a warm welcome to our new mountain brides and grooms!  You’re now dialed in to the only online resource dedicated to planning weddings in Summit County!  

[HOW TO] Ski a World Class Mountain and Get Married in the Rocky Mountains  |  photo[carlscofield.com]  Carl Scofield, Breckenridge photographer, Fuqua Livery Stable in the Arts District, Town of Breckenridge, Colorado

In this image by Carl Scofield, you can see the Continental Divide stretch out in the distance.  Now look to see if you notice the two tallest peaks in the ridgeline, Grays and Torreys.  These mountains are known as “14′ers.”  A 14′er is a 14000 foot peak if you didn’t know.  You can see the mountains I’m talking about in the photo above, just to the right of the right ski pole, just below the cloud’s left edge.

I’ve been up on those peaks in the summer and after summiting one peak a thunderstorm rolled in.  Lightning cracked all around us and we dropped elevation quickly.  We retreated and came down.

In the winter, you can enjoy the high mountains for extended periods without threat of lightning.  Well, most of the time.  Sometimes they shut the lifts down in April when the snow turns to rain.  But, that’s a ways off yet.  There’s still plenty of time for wintery weddings and apres ski moments to look forward to.  Spring can wait.

The bottom line is, if you want to ski and get married in the mountains, we’re here to help.  Contact us and we’ll handle the rest.  Photos in this blog are courtesy of longtime Breck local Carl Scofield, who is an amazing photographer and encouraging drum circle leader. 

[carlscofield.com]

Breckenridge resident since 1981.
Freelance photographer since 1985.
Resident Artist in the Breckenridge Arts District.

Enjoying all that nature has to offer and the many ways to enjoy it, laughing, loving, playing and awareness of this moment in time. Photography, the art of seeing and capturing a moment in time.

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Q&a: Christy + Gabriel at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Co

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Q & A: Christy + Gabriel at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, CO  |  photo[fineart-weddings.com]  Ten Mile Station, Breckenridge Wedding Planners, Breckenridge Wedding Venue, Colorado Wedding Blog, Breckenridge floris

Christy and Gabe were married at popular Breckenridge wedding venue, Ten Mile Station on the slopes of Peak 9 at the Breckenridge Ski Resort.  Thousands upon thousands of wildflowers fill the empty ski runs, while the mountain is all yours to enjoy for your special day.

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A red aisle runner was decorated with white rose petals, as the bridesmaids wore red dresses and the guys black suits.  It was a beautiful sunny day in Breckenridge that day.  Some couples aren’t always that lucky.  The wind could be whipping and those petals you see in that photo would be long gone.

Each wedding is different, as weather is never predictable.  Rarely are the mountain storms long to last, and move quickly.  Make a back up plan and have a rainy day alternative if you’re planning on an outside ceremony.

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 When working with Petal and Bean (that’s us, by the way) we had some great testimonials come in from the wedding planner that day, and the bride herself!  We just had to share with you how they thought the flowers and decor went that day.

“Everything went BEAUTIFULLY at Christy and Gabe’s wedding. She was amazed by the beautiful flowers and you did such a wonderful job.   Thanks again for being such a treat to work with, I hope we can work together again soon! “

- Gabby, Save the Date events

“The flowers were gorgeous! Thanks again for helping to make our wedding day such a special and beautiful day!” 

- Christy & Gabe

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We asked Christy and Gabe a few questions about their big day and this is what they had to say!  Real advice from a real couple who exchanged their vows in a destination wedding in the Rocky Mountains.

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Q.  Could you tell me your thoughts looking back how was the overall process of planning the wedding?

A.  As far as the overall process, it went relatively smoothly.  I did a lot of searching online for ideas, themes, colors, etc.  I enjoyed that aspect a lot, and though time consuming, it was very enjoyable and a once in a lifetime experience.  Because this was a destination wedding for us, I did hire a wedding planner (Gabby at Save the Date Events in Denver).  She was a huge help since my only visit to Breckenridge during the planning process was several months before when we booked the location at Ten Mile Station.

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 Q. What was something that really stands out as far as a special moment?

A.  There were so many special moments during the process. I don’t know if it could be classified as “special” but my husband was actually interested in the planning process and eager to help, or at least “oversee” some of the details.  So, that was special for me that he seemed to enjoy it as well (for the most part at least… I think he could have done without some of the small details… haha).

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I think the most special part for me was incorporating my Mom into our wedding day.  She died of breast cancer at the age of 43 (when I was only 16).  Before my mom died, she spoke of some of the things that she regrettably knew she would miss out on over the course of my life, and my wedding was certainly one of them.  Though 13 years had passed since her death, I still wanted to honor her and be reminded of her spirit on that day.

So, instead of wedding favors, I opted to make a donation in her memory to the Susan G Komen foundation in Tulsa, OK (which is near where I grew up).  I also provided pink ribbons which my guests wore during the reception, and my Dad wore one on his lapel as he walked me down the aisle.

I still love looking back at the pictures and seeing my friends and family sporting the pink ribbons…. the pink ribbons truly made her presence felt throughout the night and that was incredibly special to me.

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Q.  Looking back, is their anything you would of done differently?

A. I truly can’t think of anything I would have done differently.   Other than invested in some gel inserts for my shoes (ha ha).  Spending an entire night on your feet and dancing in brand new heels can be torture on your feet!  I should have “planned” more accordingly for that.  But, I was in such a state of bliss that I didn’t even notice the giant blisters on my feet until well after the reception concluded.

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Q.  Why did you pick the mountains to get married?

A. I have always wanted a destination wedding.  My husband is in the Air Force, so our family and friends are spread out across the states, and we don’t live near many of them.  We wanted a place that was relatively accessible and fun for everyone since virtually all our guests would be traveling regardless of the location we picked.

My husband is not a big fan of the beach, and he spent his college days at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, so he is a big fan of Colorado.  My family has taken numerous vacations in the mountains during the summer, and I’ve always loved Colorado in the summer.  We both fell in love with the incredible amount of charm Breckenridge has to offer.   And, of course, the mountains are simply breathtaking.  It was a fairly easy decision to arrive upon.

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Q. Anything else that you’d like to share with our readers about your day?

A. The weather was also AMAZING the day of our wedding. I think it roughly 72 degrees, sunny, without a cloud in the sky.  There is inevitably a bit of stress when it comes to the weather the day of your wedding, specifically when it’s outdoors, so that was truly special for us!  And I like to think my Mom might have had a tiny part in that.  :)

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// VENDORS

Venue:  Ten Mile Station

 Cake: Intricate Icings

Ceremony Music: Sisters Quartet

Entertainment / DJ:  A Music Plus

Florist:  Petal and Bean        

Photographer: Fine Art Weddings

Transportation: Breck Stables