{ Real Mountain Wedding } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado. Featured in the Knot Magazine, Part One.

This rustic mountain wedding in the Rocky Mountains was at the Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Ten Mile Station.  A quiet, on-mountain Breckenridge wedding ceremony location and reception venue, is in our backyard, and feels like our ‘home turf’ when compared to all the other large wedding venues in our area.

Photographer, Rachel Olsen, captured the bride and groom throughout the day in part one of our two part series of this real wedding in Summit County, Colorado.

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

This bridal bouquet was made of Dahlias, Sunflowers, Veronica, Dusty Miller and Fern leaves.  We always tell the brides to hold their bouquets at about their belly button, and not up by their chest area.  This makes for great pictures, like the one above!

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

Bridesmaids holding their bouquets, and being where their girlfriend wants them to be, right beside her as she exchanges vows with her best friend.   These bouquets had all the same flowers, minus the Dahlias.

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado. Featured in The Knot Magazine. | photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

The ring bearer pillow above is from the Wedding Blessings.  You can learn more by clicking here.

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

You don’t have to carve into trees anymore, you can now have an eco-friendly way to leave your mark on a piece of wood.  We’ve personalized a number of events with this easy-to-do etching of the couple’s initials on birch bark.

{REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDING } Lindsey + Jeff at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Featured in The Knot Magazine.  |  photo[rachelolsenphotography.com]

// VENDORS

Ten Mile Station [breckenridge.com]

Rachel Olsen Photography [rachelolsenphotography.com]

Creative Flowers Inc | Petal and Bean [petalandbean.com]  >> Click here to see this vendor’s listing

[river Trip] Choose Your Liquid. the Mighty Arkansas, the Blue or the Upper Colorado?

If you’re lucky enough to get married in the mountains, then you need to schedule in a little adventure while you’re here.  Whether it’s climbing a fourteener, biking the bike path or some of the epic singletrack around, there’s something for everyone in Summit County, Colorado.

For folks that are water people, watch the video below.  It’s just a sample of what you can experience.  And yes, you’ll even have a chance to join the prestigious Arkansas River Swim Team just like I did.  It’s not that bad, but definitely talk to the experts before hitting any whitewater.  There are also family-oriented and kid-friendly options.  The video below is a moderate to advanced trip.  Once again, call my friends at The Adventure Company with any questions!

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//  Team Girtman of Studio Kiva produced this video and now has yet another river trip and the stories, bonding and memories from that time on the water.  Check out Studio Kiva’s wedding website here and their Facebook page here.

>> To see this vendor’s listing click here

Mountain Thunder Lodge

 

Intimate and serene, Mountain Thunder Lodge is a memorable location. The outdoors come inside when the beautiful French doors are opened onto the forested patio.

 

[planning] Time Management and Problem Solving When Planning Your Breckenridge, Colorado Wedding.

You’ve found this blog probably because you are searching for someone to help you plan your wedding or provide a particular service.  We understand that while wedding planning can be very fun, interesting, and entertaining, it is literally a second job.  So, one of the first things you need to do is to determine how much time you can realistically devote to figuring out all the details and following up with all the vendors.  Quickly, time management becomes a priority.

Did you know that wedding planning averages 250 hours while the typical engagement is 16 months long?  In my opinion, that’s enough time to overthink and rush things that aren’t necessarily that important at that moment. Certain things need to be figured out first, while others can wait.  We’ll introduce a few sources for handy checklists and timelines very soon!

Breckenridge wedding planner |  Summit Mountain Weddings  |  Breckenridge and Keystone event design  |  photo[AllysiaAngus]

All of these new projects take time and energy, but are a lot of fun to research.   But, don’t get stuck on one look, color or style of decor.  Your first idea probably won’t be the one you’ll stick with in the end, so go with the flow and enjoy the creative process because tomorrow you might find something else that will take you in a whole different direction.

There is also the budget that cannot be ignored.  We suggest having a rough idea of what you’d like to spend, but have a minimum and maximum to guide you along and to have some room for flexibility.  This allows for creative ways to stretch and maximize your dollars.

The real trick is making time for it all.  There are many resources, also literally at your fingertips, these days, and this is only one of them, but what makes this site different is that it’s the only online resource dedicated to helping families, planners and vendors connect to plan weddings and special events in Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Dillon, Frisco, Keystone and Silverthorne, Colorado.

Breckenridge wedding planner |  Summit Mountain Weddings  |  Breckenridge and Keystone event design  |  photo[AllysiaAngus]

After buying flowers from countless distributors over the years, we have sourced not only the best flowers, but now know who the best vendors are for our local area that are able to complete the dream team you’re looking for.  So, when it comes to your wedding, start to think about what time you have, what priorities you have, and who’s going to help you with things get hectic. Half the fun is the imagining all the different possibilities that you could have for your wedding.  You’ve got the mountains already in mind, and Summit County is a world class year-round destination that is undeniably beautiful, family-friendly and filled with all sorts of activities for all kids of all ages.

We’ll be exploring all the different venues, vendors and local attractions that are perfect for weddings, special events, vow renewals and elopements in the Rockies.  This last photo shows the kids at our wedding reception at the Carter Park Pavilion.  We knew we wanted our wedding to be (1) in the mountains and have (2) a lake experience with (3) lots of kids while (4) the family band played.  Those elements were important to us.  What’s important to you?

[Hindsight 20/20] Groom’s Advice: Ask for Help, So You Can Enjoy the Day.

Looking back, all my friends and family coming to Breckenridge for our wedding was a dream come true.  To have everyone together for a few amazing hours was totally worth it.  Relishing the moment and remembering how each person played a role in your life is an indescribable feeling.  You’ll know what I mean when you have yours.

This is why it's called SUMMIT COUNTY.  |  photo[robinjohnsonphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

We chose to have our wedding on the shore of Lake Dillon at the Frisco Bay Marina.  We worked it out that a patch of grass be maintained to where we could have our ceremony looking at two fourteeners in the distance, with mountains surrounding us.

This is why it's called SUMMIT COUNTY.  |  photo[robinjohnsonphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

As someone who’s in the wedding industry, and lives in Breckenridge, it was still very time-consuming to explore options, talk to vendors and finalize details.  We not only have knowledge and experience of working many weddings and special events in the area, but we also know what it’s like to have the worries about money, who pays for what and the concerns of planning this whole experience for everyone.

We know the problems that you’ll encounter and the choices you’ll have to make.   What’s best is that we also know the people you need to solve those problems.  You’ll get a piece of mind knowing that real mountain folks are helping you plan your mountain wedding.

This is why it's called SUMMIT COUNTY.  |  photo[robinjohnsonphoto.com]  Breckenridge Wedding Photography

Groom’s Tip – Ask for help

Looking back, I would have asked a few more of the guys to pitch in and help out, so I could’ve relaxed more.  After a late night catching up, all the guys were busy or conveniently missing when I set up the chairs for the ceremony.

I really didn’t mind working a bit at my own wedding, but now realize I wish I would’ve taken it a bit more easy and utilized the man power that was present.

I guess I wanted everyone to enjoy themselves, and not have to strain themselves, as most of the visitors were not used to the altitude.  Working many events over the years, I’ve now seen how many bridal parties don’t do much but take pictures, eat great food and enjoy the moment.  I did just that, but in my own way.

After the ceremony we had a pontoon parade that toured Lake Dillon and created a perspective that you don’t see from terra firma.  We’re kayakers and enjoy the peaceful morning paddles and that’s what prompted us to share this lake experience during our mountain wedding.  A speeding boat created a tense-filled moment where I thought my new wife and I would be swimming in the cold, alpine lake.  But, that is for another story…

*Photo courtesy of Robin Johnson, a true Breckenridge local.  She’s a lot of fun, and would be a great way to support the local economy.  Please visit her website,  and Facebook page to learn more.