{Real Mountain Wedding} Rebecca + Ben at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado

{Real Mountain Wedding} Rebecca + Ben at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos courtesy of IN photography, www.INphotography.net

In traditional Jewish weddings , a couple gets married under the Chuppa, a wedding canopy and covering (often cloth) held suspended by four poles. The chuppah is symbolic of the first roof the bride and groom share together, representing their new home.  This symbolizes that there are no walls in this new home, and it encourages the couple to follow in the ways of Abraham and Sarah, whose tent was always open to guests.  Rebecca and Ben’s chuppa was draped with  prayer shawls from Ben’s grandfather and great-great grandfather.  

 {Real Mountain Wedding} Rebecca + Ben at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos courtesy of IN photography, www.INphotography.net

The oversize deck is a place where dreams are made.  Rebecca and Ben had fabulous wedding weather, which to me, means clouds in the background.  You see, clouds really do help create a stunning natural background.  

According to Wikipedia, a modern trend is that a “chuppah can be made of any material.   Silk or quilted chuppot are increasingly common, and can often be customized or personalized to suit the couple’s unique interests and occupations.

{Real Mountain Wedding} Rebecca + Ben at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos courtesy of IN photography, www.INphotography.net

 Bridal bouquet created by Dina Sanchez of Petal and Bean.

 {Real Mountain Wedding} Rebecca + Ben at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos courtesy of IN photography, www.INphotography.net

A wildflower theme was used throughout the decor at the Breckenridge Ski Resort’s mid-mountain venue, Ten Mile Station, which is located at 10,234 feet.  This unique venue, in-the-middle-of-the-ski-slopes, overlooks the Blue River valley and can host weddings and receptions from late May through September for up to 200 of your closest friends and family (please check with venue for most accurate figures). 

Floral decor included fresh herbs like Seeded Eucalyptus immersed in the plum, orange, brown and powder blue arrangements, bouquets and boutonnieres.  Rebecca’s mother, Donna, who helped a great deal with the planning of the wedding,  made a point to  mention that Kelly, initial contact for the venue for Vail Resorts and the Breckenridge Ski Resort, was incredibly helpful in suggesting  local vendors to use.

 {Real Mountain Wedding} Rebecca + Ben at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos courtesy of IN photography, www.INphotography.net

 A big part of Rebecca and Ben’s ceremony was the Ketubah signing.  Two witnesses sign the Ketubah (literally the marriage contract) which traditionally  spells out the husband’s obligation to his wife, everything from sustaining her with basic necessities to honoring and cherishing her.  

{Real Mountain Wedding} Rebecca + Ben at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos courtesy of IN photography, www.INphotography.net

{Real Mountain Wedding} Rebecca + Ben at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos courtesy of IN photography, www.INphotography.net

Table centerpieces alternated between large and small glass vases.

{Real Mountain Wedding} Rebecca + Ben at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos courtesy of IN photography, www.INphotography.net

IN Photography’s husband and wife team,  Mark & Michele Sprague-DeVries, were the photographers that Rebecca and Ben chose for their wedding.  Together, Mark and Michele, photograph weddings throughout Colorado and after looking at hundreds of their photos from all kinds of weddings over the years, I can definitely say I like their style.  

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{Real Mountain Wedding} Rebecca + Ben at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos courtesy of IN photography, www.INphotography.net

{Real Mountain Wedding} Rebecca + Ben at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos courtesy of IN photography, www.INphotography.net

During the week following the wedding, it is customary for friends and relatives to host festive meals in honor of the new couple. This is called the week of  the Seven Blessings, or Sheva Brachot because the seven blessings that are given during the ceremony are repeated after the saying of the Grace at each of these dinners. 

{Real Mountain Wedding} Rebecca + Ben at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos courtesy of IN photography, www.INphotography.net

Looking back, one thing that Rebecca and Ben wished that they had done differently was to invite more people.  They were so  worried about going over the capacity for the venue that they held back on the invites and found folks declining, therefore not reaching the potential for a full house and maximum value.  Their advice to other couples was to invite more than you think will show up.  Plan ahead, talk it out and make the most of your resources to determine who’s able to travel to the mountains and celebrate with you.  

Rebecca and Ben were glad they threw down for the premium bar offering and a fun band for live music.  From the looks of it, they danced  all night long and had themselves a marvelous time! Mazal Tov!  

See more photos on >Inphotography’s blog

{Real Mountain Wedding} Rebecca + Ben at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos courtesy of IN photography, www.INphotography.net

{Real Mountain Wedding} Rebecca + Ben at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, Colorado  |  photos courtesy of IN photography, www.INphotography.net

// VENDORS 

Venue and Catering:  Vail Resorts / Breckenridge Hospitality

Photography:  INphotography

Floral and Decor:  Petal and Bean

[ How to ] Find Ten Mile Station on Peak 9 in Breckenridge, Colorado | Breckenridge Wedding Venue

Mountain venues are not always easy to find.  They aren’t at the crossroads of say, 16th street and Main.  Sometimes, they’re up maintenance roads that criss cross ski runs.  And sometimes the entrances to those roads aren’t easily seen.  I’m talking about the road leading up to Ten Mile Station, specifically.

We hear from the various venue managers around Summit County that vendors have been late to weddings because of them being unfamiliar with the venue, or the map was wrong.  Not all online maps are correct.  It’s always a good idea to call ahead and talk to the manager or someone familiar with the area to double check the best way to get to the venue.

[ How To ] Find Ten Mile Station on Peak 9 in Breckenridge, Colorado | Breckenridge Wedding Venue, Breckenridge Hospitality, Breckenridge Ski Resort

Ten Mile Station

[ How To ] Find Ten Mile Station on Peak 9 in Breckenridge, Colorado | Breckenridge Wedding Venue, Breckenridge Hospitality, Breckenridge Ski Resort

From South Park Avenue, you’ll turn on to Village Road, which goes past Valdoro Mountain Lodge and the new DoubleTree on your right before the turn on your left.  When you see a sign for Beaver Run on your right (just past the DoubleTree), turn left into the parking lot with the tent.  You’ll also see a sign for the Breckenridge Stables.

[ How To ] Find Ten Mile Station on Peak 9 in Breckenridge, Colorado | Breckenridge Wedding Venue, Breckenridge Hospitality, Breckenridge Ski Resort

Once you turn into the parking lot, veer to the left and look for signs that is Ten Mile Station and the Breckenridge Stables.  If you go left, you’ll drive towards the Maggie and the base of the six pack (six person chairlift), the Quicksilver chair.  Don’t turn left, turn right and follow the road up the ski run. 

[ How To ] Find Ten Mile Station on Peak 9 in Breckenridge, Colorado | Breckenridge Wedding Venue, Breckenridge Hospitality, Breckenridge Ski Resort

The Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center will be on your right.  The top floor of the closest building is home to the Imperial Ballroom, the most popular room for weddings.  Continue past the entrance to the Burro Trail, which is on the left, while the road climbs to the right.  The Burro Trail is a great hike and / or mountain bike which connects with the Spruce Creek drainage, with options to continue on the Wheeler Trail.

[ How To ] Find Ten Mile Station on Peak 9 in Breckenridge, Colorado | Breckenridge Wedding Venue, Breckenridge Hospitality, Breckenridge Ski Resort

You’ll pass the Beaver Run chairlift, the Rocky Mountain Superchair (which transports skiers to Peak 8), and the Falcon Chair (which services Peak 10).  When you see the Falcon chair, you’ll see Ten Mile Station on your right.  Most guests are asked to park down by the Falcon chair and walk the drive up to the venue.

[ How To ] Find Ten Mile Station on Peak 9 in Breckenridge, Colorado | Breckenridge Wedding Venue, Breckenridge Hospitality, Breckenridge Ski Resort

[ How To ] Find Ten Mile Station on Peak 9 in Breckenridge, Colorado | Breckenridge Wedding Venue, Breckenridge Hospitality, Breckenridge Ski Resort

The Breckenridge Stables runs its summer opterations on Peak 9, and you’ll pass it before reaching the Falcon chair.  Drive slow, be safe and continue past the venue and you can reach a nice overlook up by the Peak 9 Restaurant.  The road gets more rough the higher you go, so don’t continue up the road without adequate clearance.  A 4WD is recommended for the higher drive, but is not necessary to reach Ten Mile Station. 

[ How To ] Find Ten Mile Station on Peak 9 in Breckenridge, Colorado | Breckenridge Wedding Venue, Breckenridge Hospitality, Breckenridge Ski Resort

[ Venues ] Q&a W/ Amy Russo of Breckenridge Hospitality

Today’s blog is featured on the venues that Amy Russo, of Breckenridge Hospitality is responsible for.  There are the individual venue managers that you’ll work with on the day of the event, but you’ll start the process with Amy or Kelly.  She’s a great source of information, and will even help you book activities!  Please mention this blog post when you talk with Amy.

[ Vendor ] Summit Express: Transportation for your Breckenridge, Colorado Wedding - Breckenridge Bridal Bash, #BreckenridgeBridalBash

Q.  Who are you and what’s your role in the Breckenridge wedding scene?

A. Amy Russo, Catering Sales Manager for Breckenridge Hospitality. I represent all Vail Resorts / Breckenridge Ski Resort owned / operated wedding venues and lodging properties in Breckenridge. 

[ Venues ] Q&A w/ Amy Russo of Breckenridge Hospitality - Breckenridge wedding venue, ceremony, reception, lodging, Breckenridge Bridal Bash

The Mountain Thunder Lodge

Q.  Any advice for couples planning their wedding in the Breckenridge area?

A. Plan down / free time in the schedule for your guests to explore the area.  Organized outings are fun, but most people also want the opportunity to pursue their own interests.

One Ski Hill Place - [ Venues ] Q&A w/ Amy Russo of Breckenridge Hospitality - Breckenridge wedding venue, ceremony, reception, lodging, Breckenridge Bridal Bash

One Ski Hill Place on Peak 8

Q.  Ski or snowboard? What do you do in the summertime for fun?

A. Skiing is my second greatest passion, only one small step behind hiking.

Ten Mile Station - [ Venues ] Q&A w/ Amy Russo of Breckenridge Hospitality - Breckenridge wedding venue, ceremony, reception, lodging, Breckenridge Bridal Bash

Ten Mile Station

 Q. Top 3 family-friendly hikes for families visiting for the wedding?

A. Lily pond outside of Frisco; McCullough Gulch on the way up Hoosier; Vail Pass.

T-Bar [ Venues ] Q&A w/ Amy Russo of Breckenridge Hospitality - Breckenridge wedding venue, ceremony, reception, lodging, Breckenridge Bridal Bash

The T-Bar at One Ski Hill Place

Q. What’s an important factor that couples don’t want to overlook?

A. Sunscreen and water……can’t get enough of either.

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

We focused on the ceremony in Lindsey and Jeff’s earlier post, and we’ll now focus on the reception decor.  This real Breckenridge wedding that,  according to The Knot Magazine’s online feature , is “playing off the vintage touches of the ski lodge and the breathtaking views.  Lindsey and Jeff chose yellow, blue, green and white for their fresh color scheme.”

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

Rachel Olsen Photography beautifully captured these images and is based out of Fort Collins, Colorado.  This late August wedding was held on the ski slopes of Breckenridge Ski Resort, and is situated half-way up the ski hill, near the Falcon Chair, which gives access to one of my favorite runs on the hill, the Burn.

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

Rustic picture frames held table numbers while jars and different sized vases held a mix of colorful flowers.  The room has tall ceilings and large windows that show the local mountain landscape and offer a high-altude wedding experience you can’t get in-town.

{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 main room at Ten Mile Station.

{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]

One way that’s very easy to make you mountain wedding green is to use rental items, such as glassware from the florist.  The florist can also suggest linen resources that will bring out the most of the color design for the event, and will make it all look great.  We’ll be blogging about some new color tools we just found on our blog, so be sure to check back often for new ideas and online resources that we’ll be sharing as they emerge!

{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]

Bouquets

{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]

Cupcakes remain very popular and appear to be at just as many weddings as those with cakes these days.  We’ve also been seeing lots of candy buffets at mountain weddings, perhaps we should ask for some brides to be a bride tester for products and services… hmmm.  Let us know if you’re interested in trying out stuff and writing for our blog.

{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