{ Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Arapahoe Basin, Colorado

I first met Joe back in the 90′s and he was one of the main adaptive ski instructors at the B.O.E.C., or Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center.  He now heads up the Keystone branch of the adaptive ski program.  When Joe isn’t helping folks hit the slopes, he’s guiding rafts and is great behind the lens.  He shoots mountain weddings, but now has a new focus for his lens, his young daughter.  This collection of photos is courtesy of Joe Kusumoto Photography.

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{ Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

Located on the west side of Loveland Pass,  is the Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin .  Inside the mid-mountain lodge, high vaulted ceilings supported by immense raw cut timbers rise above the spacious dining room where towering windows offer you and your guests incomparable views of the Continental Divide.

Outside, the lodge’s spacious deck extends above the mountain terrain and is the perfect setting for you and your guests to enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, or for you to hold your entire wedding ceremony.  All at 11,550 feet above sea level.  Arapahoe Basin is known for a clientele of hardcore, yet relaxed folks that like simply to ski.  This special mountain is where Jessica and David choose to hold their wedding and reception. 

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

Jessica wanted a laid back, yet elegant style for her gathering.   She chose to have only white and green flowers, with hints of lavender and rosemary.  Jessica is a girl who knew what exactly what she wanted when it came to her flowers and decorations.  She said she loved white flowers because they are “clean, simple and rich looking.”   She wanted a simple, no fuss, approach to her wedding. She just had to have Petal and Bean as her florist.  However, we were already booked for the day of her wedding.

Jessica and Dina, lead designer at Petal and Bean, hit it off so well that Jessica insisted that Dina do her flowers.  They struck a deal with the Basin so that the flowers could be delivered the day before.  Dina made sure the flowers were just what Jessica and David wanted, and the staff at Petal and Bean took care of the rest.  There aren’t any other more perfect accessories for a bride than love in her eyes and a big, beautiful smile.  

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Jessica, the bride, having a blast on her wedding day!

  { Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

  { Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

Their yellow lab  seemed right at home in the middle of  everything wearing a flowery dog collar 

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Jessica’s  bridal bouquet was created using  white flowers with touches of green berries and leaves. It was a natural garden style tied off with a sheer white ribbon. 

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Jessica + David 

  { Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

Clearly a couple after my own heart, they opted for Daylight Donuts instead of  a traditional wedding cake or  trendy cupcakes.  Mmmmm… Daylight donuts.  Warm, light and luscious.  Pillowly plump and satisfyingly sweet.  Who doesn’t love a donut?   

  { Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

Jessica and David wanted fresh lavender sprigs for their champagne flutes.  We were able to obtain fresh organic lavender grown right in Colorado.  How sweet is that?  Simple and beautiful. 

  { Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

Joe Kusumoto was the photographer that Jessica and David chose and he really did an amazing job.  There were so many photos I wanted to include but I had to narrow it down to these. He and second shooter, Jeff  Shane, who also provided a photo booth and costumes for their guests to enjoy.  It was such a fun night for everyone! 

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Photo booth shenanigans!

  { Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

  { Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

Guests took the chairlift up to the Black Mountain Lodge.  There is no lodging here, so other arrangements need to be made for lodging, transportation, and all the other details that go into planning a wedding.  Let us know if you’d like help bringing it all together for your Arapahoe Basin wedding!  

// VENDORS

Venue / Catering: Black Mountain Lodge

Photography: Joe Kusumoto Photography

Florist: Petal and Bean

Donut Tower: Daylight Donuts

{ Engagement } Alexis + Brandon // Keystone, Colorado Photo Shoot By Story Lens Photography

With a beach wedding in the forecast,  a mountain environment seemed the right fit for this couple to have a photography session to celebrate and announce their engagement.  Lisa, from Story Lens Photography, captured these images in the Keystone, Colorado area.  

Lisa’s a mountain girl, with a new family that spends time in the mountains and has lots of great ideas for superb photos for engagements, weddings and all those special moments.  Please mention this blog when you contact Lisa!

See her blog, “SPRING LOVE IN KEYSTONE” featuring Alexis and Brandon by clicking here.

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 { Engagement } Alexis + Brandon // Keystone, Colorado Photo Shoot by Story Lens Photography   |  Keystone Colorado Wedding Photography, Summit County Wedding Photographer { Engagement } Alexis + Brandon // Keystone, Colorado Photo Shoot by Story Lens Photography   |  Keystone Colorado Wedding Photography, Summit County Wedding Photographer
There are lots of mountain roads, valleys and picturesque areas in the Keystone area, so let us know when you’ll be up in town, and we can give you some ideas on the best places to go.  Montezuma road, Keystone Gulch and the Elk Preserve come to mind right away.  Do you know those areas?  We do!
 { Engagement } Alexis + Brandon // Keystone, Colorado Photo Shoot by Story Lens Photography   |  Keystone Colorado Wedding Photography, Summit County Wedding Photographer { Engagement } Alexis + Brandon // Keystone, Colorado Photo Shoot by Story Lens Photography   |  Keystone Colorado Wedding Photography, Summit County Wedding Photographer
What a cute way to share the  date!  If you know someone who was recently engaged, married, or did a cool photo shoot in the Breckenridge and Summit County area, please contact us so that we can share a few images with our readers.  Thanks!
 { Engagement } Alexis + Brandon // Keystone, Colorado Photo Shoot by Story Lens Photography   |  Keystone Colorado Wedding Photography, Summit County Wedding Photographer { Engagement } Alexis + Brandon // Keystone, Colorado Photo Shoot by Story Lens Photography   |  Keystone Colorado Wedding Photography, Summit County Wedding Photographer{ Engagement } Keystone, Colorado Photo Shoot by Story Lens Photography  |  Keystone Colorado Wedding Photography, Summit County Wedding Photographer
If you want help with an engagement photo session, please let us know and we can pull it all together for you.  Activity suggestions, equipment rentals, photographer sourcing, location scouting, etc.  There’s quite a bit to think about if you want to do it right.  You can probably wing it, but when you need to bring in the big guns and want to make a “WOW” factor you can’t pull off by yourself, we’re only a phone call, email, or tweet away.  Let us know how we can help!
 { Engagement } Alexis + Brandon // Keystone, Colorado Photo Shoot by Story Lens Photography   |  Keystone Colorado Wedding Photography, Summit County Wedding Photographer { Engagement } Alexis + Brandon // Keystone, Colorado Photo Shoot by Story Lens Photography   |  Keystone Colorado Wedding Photography, Summit County Wedding Photographer
Congratulations on your engagement Alexis and Brandon, and thanks to Lisa for sharing these images with us!  

What Daddy’s Will Do for Their Little Girls. Arches Handmade with Love.

Happy 4th of July!  The parade and airshow just wrapped up, but there’s still plenty going on around town.  Make sure to visit the local sites for our mountain towns to see all the different options!  Today’s blog is about highlighting what fathers have been making for their daughters at some of  the recent mountain weddings.  In the last 2 weeks we have seen an arch made of Pine Beatle wood with a matching cupcake stand, and another lodge pole arch that was more rustic.  Both were beautiful.

With the arch already constructed by dear old Dad, Dina attaches flowers to create custom floral decor for the outdoor ceremony at the family’s home.  This remodeled home overlooks the Green Mountain Reservoir, which is north of Silverthorne. The reception was then held at the Raven Golf Club.  

In the image below, you can see the other arch that was made, and definitely seems more rustic.  What do you think?  Some venues have arches and / or designated outdoor ceremony locations, while others allow you to customize the setting.  Certain venues have gorgeous flower beds, trees or hanging baskets that can look just fine with nothing else, but custom florals and decor will help the branding of the event, and will further carry your color palette throughout the event.

Did your Dad make your arch?  If another family member is building or making something custom, we’d love to share it with our readers!  Please submit your handmade wedding item photos with any sweet words and descriptions.  We would love to hear your story.

Wedding Blessings // Old School Traditions From the Past Used in Modern Day Weddings. [part One] – the Inspiration

The Story //

It all started when Dina wanted to trace some roots and visit her father’s homeland, Greece.  We meet second cousins and were treated like royalty with newfound family from around the world.  We then explored the Greek islands, one of those being Naxos.  On Naxos, driving around the coast and near towering windmills, we stumbled upon the Temple of Demeter.  This temple had fragrant bushes lining the walk and inspired Dina to create the Wedding Blessings Collection.  

Dina on the island of Naxos in Greece.  photo[stacysanchez]

The Inspiration // 

Dina Sanchez, owner of Creative Flowers Inc.| Petal and Bean (and my wife) tells the story of her inspiration for wanting to create a collection of products that will complement and enhance your wedding day.  We call that collection the Wedding Blessings.  Here’s what Dina says about her desire to collect these products for couples to enjoy on their wedding day.

Dina says, “I cherish the customs  and traditions from my family’s Greek culture.  These rituals are a part of a family and its history.  For many, this is what binds families together. Over the years as a professional wedding florist we have provided decor for hundreds of weddings, and at these weddings I noticed a trend of weddings getting sort of generic.  With today’s melting pot  of culture, style and fashion, I encourage you to look at both your family’s roots and find a tradition from the past to use for your wedding.”

Wedding Blessings // Old School Traditions From the Past Used in Modern Day Weddings. [Part One]

The Pillow //

We started this collection with one of the most important traditions in the ceremony.  The ring pillow.  But, a little backstory first.   The history of the Ring Pillow goes back to ancient Egyptian weddings, with some blogs saying “they hark from ancient Egypt, where precious gems were presented on pillows. Some say it comes from the presentation of a coronation crown upon a pillow, leading others to present their most precious gifts, their wedding rings, upon a pillow also.”

So, basically, it’s the sparklies, the jewels, the bling that were displayed on elaborate ornamental pillows during the wedding.   We think a modern, clean and simple solution is to have your wedding rings placed upon our handmade ring pillows.  We use an eco-friendly dupioni silk filled with dried herbs that were traditionally used in weddings by the Romans, Greeks and pagans.

Wedding Blessings // Old School Traditions From the Past Used in Modern Day Weddings. [Part One]

The Herbs // 

Lavender was used in ceremonies as a sign of purity, devotion and happiness.  Rosemary was used for remembrance, and Thyme  for courage and strength, rose beauty and grace.  Each pillow comes with a list of the herbs, their meanings and a complimentary “blessing of the ring” reading.

Check back for more blogs on different rituals, history and wedding culture from across the globe. I hope to inspire you and help create some fun memories, while honoring our families and their backgrounds.  We all come from somewhere, right?  What’s your family’s favorite wedding tradition?  If you plan to include an ethnic tradition at your wedding, please share your story with us.  And if you already had your wedding and did something fun like this, please send us some photos and we’ll put them up on the blog!  

>> Click here to purchase this pillow on our online store  and see it on Pinterest here