On this blog we show you images from Desirre and Blake at the Ice Castles in Breckenridge, Colorado, photos by Katie Girtman of Studio Kiva Photography.
I was on my way out the door when I saw the first look happening, so I decided to get my own version of the scene before leaving. We helped with the personal flowers; bridal bouquets, corsages and boutonierres, and also did the centerpieces for the reception. Check out more photos on our blog and on our social feeds. Please contact us with any questions or specific request. Thanks!
[ Vendor ] Studio Kiva Photography // Winter Wedding Photo Shoots at the Ice Castles in Silverthorne: Part One
This week, we’ll be sharing two couples photographed at this winter wedding wonderland in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Breckenridge-based photographer Katie Girtman of Studio Kiva, took her destination wedding clients to the Silverthorne Ice Castles for a few photos among the towering ice structures. This surprise sensation thrust tiny Silverthorne into the spotlight as the ice sculptures were seen on various media channels, in thousands of pictures and even a music video.
Destination weddings in the winter just got an added bonus. You always had the Ice Sculpting Championships in Breckenridge, but those only last for a month, so only a few weddings get to enjoy the scene. This option extends the unique winter landscape that will surely make your friends and family’s jaw drop when they see them.
Katie says, “It’s the new hot thing! Wedding Dresses in all colors are becoming more and more popular every day.” Exactly. Sometimes, you just have to go with your gut, make your own style and show your personality through your choice of wedding dress, location, and even style of photography. Ask us how we can help you plan the winter wedding of your dreams.
Check back for Part Two of Studio Kiva’s collection of images from the Ice Castles at Silverthorne. We’ll also be sharing information about fun stuff to do at art galleries around town, plus more details about the Breckenridge Bridal Bash, the first-ever showcase of the wedding pros, venues and services available from select members from the Breckenridge Resort Chamber. Contact me to be put on a special BBB mailing list!
The bridal bouquet in this photo shoot was crafted at the Bloom flower shop in Breckenridge.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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. :)
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
Looks like Alyson and Matt rolled nothing but lucky seven’s when they chose the intimate and elegant Seven’s Restaurant for their 2011 late summer wedding ceremony and reception! Seven’s, operated by Vail Resorts / Breckenridge Hospitality is located in the new Grand Lodge at Peak 7, an offering from Breckenridge Grand Vacations, lies at the base of Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Peak 7 at 10,010 feet in the Ten Mile Range of Summit County, Colorado.
If you are keeping your list is less than 120 guests, this venue is the perfect choice anytime of year. With over 300 days of sunshine and 300” of snow a year, there isn’t really an ugly day on the calendar in the charming town of Breckenridge. The mountains and vast panoramic views take center stage.
Alyson and Matt got super lucky again when it came to the glorious blue skies and just a handful of clouds that happened to pass by for their ceremony. (Make sure you have a back up plan for inclement weather as rain is pretty common every afternoon in the high country in the summer.)
Rachel says “My goal is to be welcomed into your moments, your world and your lives, in order to create photographs that represent the real you. I strive to capture the emotions, interactions and energy shared between individuals, so that when you look at your images you feel as if they are not only pictures, but are impressions of the feelings and moments you share together.’”
Setting the mood in the warm mountain air were the classical trio that played during the ceremony and cocktail hour on the patio and the ultra sleek and modern floral table arrangements by Breckenridge’s own Petal and Bean florists who also hand made the bouquets and boutonnières.
Alyson, Matt and all of their lucky guests were treated to a wedding that won’t soon be forgotten. The attention to details weren’t over looked either… from the silver ink handwritten name cards, to the pale shades of yellow and orange piped buttercream frosting on the cupcakes.
With a very clean and serene color scheme of grays and blues, Aly and Matt’s wedding took on a very sophisticated feel. It wasn’t over done, and as they say, sometimes less is more. Alyson was simply breathtaking in her strapless gown and her long blond hair gently curled and pulled back.
Looking back on her day Alyson said “I really enjoyed having a moment alone (with her soon to be husband, Matt) before actually getting married. It made it much more special in the long run.” She also said that in hind sight she wished that she would have prepared her older, out of town guests for the effects of the high altitude. She said “It was very difficult for me to watch my dad struggle with crappy nights of sleep and breathing difficulties.’
Her best advice to couples about to tie the knot: “ SMILE!!!!! Be happy cause who cares what goes wrong? It’s just a wedding and if you’re happy then everyone else will be. I took a shot of whiskey before leaving the house where I got ready because I knew this was going to be the best day of my life and I wanted to be super relaxed and enjoy it…..and I was and did. Who couldn’t LOVE getting married in the mountains???”
From the look in both of their eyes, they look like they have a lifetime of happiness and love to look forward to, and after all, isn’t that what it’s all about? Need more info? Summit Mountain Weddings can help you with every detail! Contact us now to start answering your questions and help guide your Rocky Mountain wedding planning adventure. It’s an adventure planning your Breckenridge, let us mountain folk help you with local mountain knowledge and years of experience.
Venue / Catering: Seven’s Restaurant, Breckenridge Hospitality / Vail Resorts
Photographer: Rachel Olsen
Flowers and Decor: Petal and Bean