Rainy Day Back Up for A Wedding at the Alpenglow Stube at the Keystone Resort

When you decide to have a mountain top gathering, it’s a really good idea for you to hvae a rainy day back up for a wedding at the Alpenglow Stube at the Keystone Resort. In the summertime, it rains more often than it doesn’t, and it’s best to prepare and plan for strong winds, wet weather and colder than wanted temperatures.

This couple married at a venue that guests took two gondolas to get to. We drive up. If it’s rainy, it will be cold. Prepare guests by suggesting layers, or providing shawls or blankets. A welcome bag with trail mix, chocolate, portable oxygen, local maps and magazines, and a flashlight would be nice. Or, suggest guests download an app that will brighten up a dark gondola.

Ask us how we can help describe the feeling that these wedding venues at the Keystone Resort provide. We’ve been working at them for almost 20 years and have seen lots of events happen at each one over the years. We love the Ski Tip Lodge and the Keystone Ranch, and neither require a gondola for transportation. Oh, the choices you have to make. Let’s talk soon, ok?

Please contact us to learn more about the table centerpieces you see here in the Alpenglow Stube. It’s the smaller of the two rooms at the Outpost at North Peak. Timber Ridge is the much larger room with super tall ceilings. It’s a completely different experience than the intimate scene at the stube. 

In the image above, the couple makes a smart call to have the ceremony in front of the fire place. For a small crowd, this is perfectly fine, as your guests will be much more comfortable. You can always go out for photos once the rain has cleared. Go with the flow, and if nothing else, there’s always the cake to end the day on a literal sweet note. Thanks for reading!

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Claire + Rob at Keystone, Colorado

Weddings in the mountains are just a little bit different. And so are the couples. They want to be up high in the hills with panoramic views, the trees and folds in terrain creating pockets that are naturally romantic. In the winter, the landscape opens up to adventures involving gondolas, snow cats, snowmobiles, dogsleds, skis and snowboards.

On the scene to capture it all was Katie and Victor Girtman of Studio Kiva. These two Breckenridge locals are wedding photo specialists who will ski with you, raft with you, and follow you around the mountains to capture moments that are truly you. So, when you need someone to be on your side for mountain wedding adventure photos, then this is your team.

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{ Real Mountain Wedding } Claire at Keystone, Colorado  |  Photo courtesy of Studio Kiva - www.studiokivawedding.com

Q. What was your ceremony like? Why did you pick that location?

We’d always said if we got married we’d do it on top of a mountain, so that’s what we did. We’d been to Breckenridge and Keystone for the previous 2 years and fell in love with the area. We picked keystone over Breckenridge because the non-skiers (parents) could access the mountain easier.
The ceremony was perfect. We used the snow cats to get to the top of the mountain, then it was an intimate ceremony with family and close friends.

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Claire at Keystone, Colorado  |  Photo courtesy of Studio Kiva - www.studiokivawedding.com

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Q. How was the decor for your reception put together? Who did what?
On the wedding day we had a meal at the Alpenglow Stube, which was perfect. We then had a big party when we got back to the UK for all our friends, and we continued the winter wedding theme for the party.

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Claire at Keystone, Colorado  |  Photo courtesy of Studio Kiva - www.studiokivawedding.com

Q. Any funny or memorable moments from your wedding?
Rob still smiles when he hears a vehicle reversing beep, because the snow cat had a reverse beep as it would back up to get closer to me.

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Claire at Keystone, Colorado  |  Photo courtesy of Studio Kiva - www.studiokivawedding.com

Q. What would you do differently, looking back?
Would have arranged for some pictures earlier in the day, we were restricted to time by the snow cats, so by the time we got to pictures the sun had gone down.
[Editor's note: By the looks of the clouds in the photo above, it was just a grey day with low light, or intermittent sun. Either way, taking photos prior to the ceremony is a good idea, as you'll want to spend time with friends and family immediately after versus leaving your guests for an extended period.]

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Claire at Keystone, Colorado  |  Photo courtesy of Studio Kiva - www.studiokivawedding.com

Q. Any “hindsight 20/20″ advice you have for couples?
Go with your dreams. Some of the family didn’t agree with us going to a different country to get married, but we had our day the way we wanted it.

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Claire at Keystone, Colorado  |  Photo courtesy of Studio Kiva - www.studiokivawedding.com

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Claire at Keystone, Colorado  |  Photo courtesy of Studio Kiva - www.studiokivawedding.com

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Claire at Keystone, Colorado  |  Photo courtesy of Studio Kiva - www.studiokivawedding.com

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Claire at Keystone, Colorado  |  Photo courtesy of Studio Kiva - www.studiokivawedding.com

Q. What did you do to personalize your ceremony and / or reception?
We love our picture frame guest book. It’s now hanging in our dining room, and makes us smile each time we look at it. Normal guest books get put on a shelf and never re-read.

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Claire at Keystone, Colorado  |  Photo courtesy of Studio Kiva - www.studiokivawedding.com

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Claire at Keystone, Colorado  |  Photo courtesy of Studio Kiva - www.studiokivawedding.com

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Claire at Keystone, Colorado  |  Photo courtesy of Studio Kiva - www.studiokivawedding.com

Mention this blog for a special promotion on how we can set up your adventure wedding package involving the team at Studio Kiva. Please contact us with any questions and we’ll do our best to help. Thanks for reading!

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Claire at Keystone, Colorado  |  Photo courtesy of Studio Kiva - www.studiokivawedding.com

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Claire at Keystone, Colorado  |  Photo courtesy of Studio Kiva - www.studiokivawedding.com

October in the Rocky Mountains. Scenes From Fall in and Around Breckenridge, Colorado.

Yes, it is October believe it or not.  I’m listening to spooky music to match all the Halloween decorations that I see everywhere already.  We love to visit family in Kansas City and go to the real deal, the warehouse district transformed into a myriad of haunted horrors, with a street party vibe.  

But what made me look back at the summer was me going through all the photos.  All the photos  I’m trying to pull together to show you, tell you about, and to inspire the countless other brides, grooms, planners and family  members that will stumble upon this site in their quest to solve a wedding planning problem or issue, or maybe to just look up an idea that crossed their mind.  

However you find us, I just want to tell you that we’re a bonafide brick-and-mortar business, not just some wedding blog who advertises vendors, but doesn’t actually work weddings, or actually work with said vendors.  We do it all.  That’s how this blog came about.  From a local to you, let’s solve problems, get inspired and plan the wedding of your dreams.  That’s what we’re here for.  No other online resource is here for you the way we are.  We are the local mountain experts.  

Mt. Baldy, Bald Mountain - October in the Rocky Mountains. Scenes from Fall in and around Breckenridge, Colorado. | photo[stacysanchez]

Mt. Baldy is the mountain you’ve looked at a thousand times if you’ve ever skied at the Breckenridge Ski Resort.  Below is a rare, messy shop photo that I took in the midst of wedding prep earlier this week.  Out of the chaos comes beauty.

October in the Rocky Mountains. Scenes from Fall in and around Breckenridge, Colorado. | photo[stacysanchez]

Fall, Aspen Trees in Breckenridge - October in the Rocky Mountains. Scenes from Fall in and around Breckenridge, Colorado. | photo[stacysanchez]

We are literally surrounded by nature as our barn / design studio lies in the heart of the historic downtown area of Breckenridge, on the bike path in between the gondola and the Gold Pan.  That’s all you need to know and you’ll find us.

Main Street in Breckenridge, Colorado - October in the Rocky Mountains. Scenes from Fall in and around Breckenridge, Colorado. | photo[stacysanchez]

This and other images of Main Street in Breckenridge have been picked up by the social media team (click here to see our tweets among many other tweets that’ll have you waxin’ your sticks tonight) at the Breckenridge Ski Area, even repinning stuff to their own wedding, or no, wait, it’s love in the mountains I think.  Either way, they share our stuff from time to time.  Thanks team Breck!

Rubywood, Paragon Lodging - October in the Rocky Mountains. Scenes from Fall in and around Breckenridge, Colorado. | photo[stacysanchez]

We went back to Rubywood, acouple’s favorite private home rental from Paragon Lodging, picked up a few rental items and then went for a hike up on Baldy Mountain.  Ask us how you can take your friends and family on hikes that are approriate, camera-friendly and will have them talking for years to come.  We know which hikes go into the woods and are shady with not many views, while others are easily driven up to, grandma-and-toddler-friendly hikes and / or walks.  We want to help make it fun.  We find new trails here every year, and we’d love to share our favorites with you!

October in the Rocky Mountains. Scenes from Fall in and around Breckenridge, Colorado. | photo[stacysanchez]

The Breck Connect Gondola, The Breckenridge Ski Resort - October in the Rocky Mountains. Scenes from Fall in and around Breckenridge, Colorado. | photo[stacysanchez]

I’ve watched the leaves change colors here since 1996, and this gondola wasn’t here when I first showed up in town.  I stayed at the Fireside Inn, and then camped out a few nights before landing a place in Blue River.  I taught skiing by day to kids, worked at the spa in the afternoon, and worked the door at a bar at night.  I was where I wanted to be.  And, for you, all that should matter is that you want to get married in the mountains.  And because of that, you will.  The numbers will fall into place (after long, mind-numbing nights of detail-oriented focus by the way), the right vendors will make their way into your plan, and the details will not work out the way you originally thought they would.  They will be better than you ever imagined.  

The Warming Hut - October in the Rocky Mountains. Scenes from Fall in and around Breckenridge, Colorado. | photo[stacysanchez]

The couple we worked with earlier in September had a tent put up on the back deck at the Warming Hut, our neighbor to the north.  Please tell Stacey you saw this post and maybe she’ll be extra sweet, which will be hard, she’s super nice and they serve a nice bourbon slushy.  That was recommended via a fellow tweeter from the Vail Valley.  I’ll tell you more about him at another time.

Main Street in Breckenridge, Colorado - October in the Rocky Mountains. Scenes from Fall in and around Breckenridge, Colorado. | photo[stacysanchez]

The image above got some retweet love from the ol’ twitter feed from the ski area.  Thanks Breck.  We love ya.  Our sign is just beyond the thrift store sign and after a short walk through the garden, you’ll find the barn, our basecamp for adventure wedding planning.  

Peak 8 Sunset - October in the Rocky Mountains. Scenes from Fall in and around Breckenridge, Colorado. | photo[stacysanchez]

Smoke and other stuff in the air makes for fun photos sometimes, but I always wonder how things are going where the smoke is coming from.  It was a helluva start to fire season this year, and our hearts and thoughts are with those who are still rebuilding.

Katie and Victor Girtman of Studio Kiva - October in the Rocky Mountains. Scenes from Fall in and around Breckenridge, Colorado. | photo[stacysanchez]

Victor and Katie Girtman of Studio Kiva, a Breckenridge-based wedding photography company, make final preparations before Kristye and Bill’s wedding on Boreas Pass.  This alternative wedding venue had no solid structure for the event, but instead, was created by the natural surroundings.  Check back for more photos from this event!

Kristye and Bill at Boreas Pass - October in the Rocky Mountains. Scenes from Fall in and around Breckenridge, Colorado. | photo[studiokivawedding.com]

Arapahoe Basin, Black Mountain Lodge - October in the Rocky Mountains. Scenes from Fall in and around Breckenridge, Colorado. | photo[stacysanchez]

The image above and a few below are from the Arapahoe Basin.  The Black Mountain Lodge gets booked up pretty quickly, so ask us how to get it all dialed in once you’ve secure this location.  And if you want remote, mountain valley settings, we’ve got a few more in mind. Please contact us to learn more and start the dialogue regarding your custom special event.

Arapahoe Basin, Black Mountain lodge - October in the Rocky Mountains. Scenes from Fall in and around Breckenridge, Colorado. | photo[stacysanchez]

 The musicians and DJ get the sounds just right, moments before the ceremony, which happens at the top of nearby chairlift, the Black Mountain Express.  For wedding favors that are darn right practical for this type of alpine venue, we’ve seen other couples give out mini-lanterns for the end-of-the-night-good-luck-riding-that-chairlift exit, to a nice warm, fuzzy, fleece blanky, or the not-so-stylish-but-very-functional Elmer Fudd-type hat, while looking kinda dorky, keeps your ears very warm.  

Arapahoe Basin, Black Mountain Lodge - October in the Rocky Mountains. Scenes from Fall in and around Breckenridge, Colorado. | photo[stacysanchez]

Meredith, from the Araphaoe Basin wedding team, checks on vendors and the bridal party as part of the normal pre-wedding routine.  

October in the Rocky Mountains. Scenes from Fall in and around Breckenridge, Colorado. | photo[stacysanchez]

Oh, and did we tell that we did the flowers for the Procycling event that came through town this year, and last?  

The Keystone Ranch - October in the Rocky Mountains. Scenes from Fall in and around Breckenridge, Colorado. | photo[stacysanchez]

Here’s a quick sneak peek of some of the other places we worked this past summer.  The image above is of the Keystone Ranch, just west of the ski area, with a nice private valley setting on the golf course.  And below, Vail’s Donovan Pavillion.  We worked with a bride who blogged about her whole planning experience, and hope to have her and other brides share their stories as we share the best venues, vendors and planning resources for Breckenridge, Summit County and now, the Vail Valley.  Check back soon to learn more about how we’ll be spending more time in Vail and Beaver Creek, touring venues, talking to vendors, and learning more about all the good stuff the valley has to offer.  Thanks for reading!

Donovan Pavillion - October in the Rocky Mountains. Scenes from Fall in and around Breckenridge, Colorado. | photo[stacysanchez]

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Emily + Chris: Ceremony and Reception at Timber Ridge in Keystone,colorado | Photos[paperantler.com]

 { Real Mountain Wedding } Emily + Chris: Ceremony and Reception at Timber Ridge in Keystone,Colorado  |  photos[paperantler.com]

 { Real Mountain Wedding } Emily + Chris: Ceremony and Reception at Timber Ridge in Keystone,Colorado  |  photos[paperantler.com]

 { Real Mountain Wedding } Emily + Chris: Ceremony and Reception at Timber Ridge in Keystone,Colorado  |  photos[paperantler.com]

 Ah, yes, a Labor day wedding weekend in the Colorado Rockies.  There may not be a more perfect weekend in the summer in the Colorado High Country. Typically, right about now the August monsoon moisture is usually drying up, the wildflowers are still vibrant and the aspen leaves are just starting to think about changing.  However, times aren’t typical.  We went from 500+ inches of snow to drought conditions.  So, right now, the leaves are already starting to change, about two weeks ahead of schedule.  

Regardless, the weather is always secondary to the event on hand.  And, that means, the party must go on.  Yes, rain, sun or snow, the Fall can bring unexpected, yet very brief bouts of weather.  The thunderstorms are getting less frequent, and there’s always a chance of snow with the right mix of conditions.  But, on the other hand, you can still wear flip flops and feel the warm summer sun, and have the best of both worlds.  A warm (or, as warm as its gonna get) mountain environment, perfect for traveling long distances to a destination wedding in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  It’s doable during the winter, just not as predictable as the summer months.  

 { Real Mountain Wedding } Emily + Chris: Ceremony and Reception at Timber Ridge in Keystone,Colorado  |  photos[paperantler.com]

Once you’ve decided (and accepted) that not all things can be controlled and you’re willing to being your adventure planning a wedding in the mountains, then you need to decide which area you want to spend time in.  Hands down, two of the most popular areas for Colorado is Breckenridge and the Summit County area.  Lots of couples choose wedding venues on the mountains themselves.  This is one of those stories.

Take Emily and Chris, who planned their  rustic mountain wedding at Keystone Resort’s Timber Ridge Lodge.  Timber Ridge is located at the top of North Peak, accessible via two gondolas.  Guests load the first gondola at the River Run Village, then walk across the ski slope to a second gondola that traverses Dercum Mountain to North Peak.  Once at North Peak, guests will walk by the Alpenglow Stube, another event venue here, yet smaller.  Once guests enter Timber Ridge, they witness a spacious mountain lodge atmosphere with cathedral ceilings and a two-story fireplace.  

 { Real Mountain Wedding } Emily + Chris: Ceremony and Reception at Timber Ridge in Keystone,Colorado  |  photos[paperantler.com]

 { Real Mountain Wedding } Emily + Chris: Ceremony and Reception at Timber Ridge in Keystone,Colorado  |  photos[paperantler.com]

Ceremonies at Timber Ridge have an outdoor wooden deck with magnificent views of the Ten Mile Range and Continental Divide.  Timber Ridge is a magical place to exchange your vows and celebrate with loved ones amidst the majestic Rocky Mountains.  You definitely feel small and are, somehow, just more lovable at altitude.  You can, literally, elevate your wedding experience above all the day-to-day stress and just enjoy a few precious moments with family and friends. 

Emily and Chris kept things simple and minimal since the views are simply stunning.  Over from the Petal and Bean side of things, we provided a mismatched collection of mason jars and vases for the tables at the reception to keep with the rustic, vintage feel that Emily and Chris wanted.

 { Real Mountain Wedding } Emily + Chris: Ceremony and Reception at Timber Ridge in Keystone,Colorado  |  photos[paperantler.com]

 { Real Mountain Wedding } Emily + Chris: Ceremony and Reception at Timber Ridge in Keystone,Colorado  |  photos[paperantler.com]

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Emily + Chris: Ceremony and Reception at Timber Ridge in Keystone,Colorado  |  photos[paperantler.com]

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Emily + Chris: Ceremony and Reception at Timber Ridge in Keystone,Colorado  |  photos[paperantler.com]

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Emily + Chris: Ceremony and Reception at Timber Ridge in Keystone,Colorado  |  photos[paperantler.com]

Lining the aisle were simple wildflower clusters attached to each chair.  Paper Antler,  a husband and wife photography duo who state on their website that,

“We understand that every relationship is unique.  We also understand how much time and energy goes into planning a wedding.  So if you want photos that honestly and creatively reflect your personalities, as well as the details and hard work that you put into your day, you’re in good company. 

Like a bad perm, choosing the wrong photographer can leave you feeling saddened and confused.  Unlike a bad perm, you have to live with your wedding photography for the next 60 or so years.  While we may cost a little more than our Great Clips counter-parts, it’s worth the investment.   

Ask anyone with a bad perm.”    

The bride commented on their blog posting of this wedding, saying

“Thank you so much Jonny and Michelle. The pictures are everything we could have hoped for and so much more! Everyone who sees them falls in love with your photography. Thanks again. You are the best photographers in all the land.”  

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Emily + Chris: Ceremony and Reception at Timber Ridge in Keystone,Colorado  |  photos[paperantler.com]

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Emily + Chris: Ceremony and Reception at Timber Ridge in Keystone,Colorado  |  photos[paperantler.com]

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Emily + Chris: Ceremony and Reception at Timber Ridge in Keystone,Colorado  |  photos[paperantler.com]

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Emily + Chris: Ceremony and Reception at Timber Ridge in Keystone,Colorado  |  photos[paperantler.com]

Martini? Yes, please.  This is certainly one way to get the party started especially at 11,444 feet!  Please remember that if your guests are not used to the altitude  you want to educate them that up here 1 drink is like 2-3 at sea level.  Encourage guests to drink one glass of water per alcohol beverage.  If you add together dehydration from traveling, the dry mountain air, the hot sun and alcohol,  it can give you a headache and induce other altitude-related illnesses.  Please exercise caution when in the mountains, period.  Just be careful kids.  I can’t say it enough.

 { Real Mountain Wedding } Emily + Chris: Ceremony and Reception at Timber Ridge in Keystone,Colorado  |  photos[paperantler.com]

That moment when you realize that you just got married.

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Emily + Chris: Ceremony and Reception at Timber Ridge in Keystone,Colorado  |  photos[paperantler.com]

This beautiful mountain inspired cake was made by Chef Ned Archibald , who is Keystone Resorts Executive Pastry Chef. 

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Emily + Chris: Ceremony and Reception at Timber Ridge in Keystone,Colorado  |  photos[paperantler.com]

 { Real Mountain Wedding } Emily + Chris: Ceremony and Reception at Timber Ridge in Keystone,Colorado  |  photos[paperantler.com]

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Emily + Chris: Ceremony and Reception at Timber Ridge in Keystone,Colorado  |  photos[paperantler.com]

And at the end of the night, after saying good bye to their guests,  Emily and Chris shared a quiet moment together in the gondola.  As wedding days go, they are over before you know it… a total whirl wind of events.  Lucky for them they’ll have a lifetime together to relive all the memories from this night.

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Emily + Chris: Ceremony and Reception at Timber Ridge in Keystone,Colorado  |  photos[paperantler.com]

 // VENDORS

Venue & Catering: Timber Ridge at Keystone Resort

Photography: Paper Antler

Flowers and Decor: Petal and Bean 

See more Keystone Colorado posts by clicking here, and more event locations by visiting our venues board on Pinterest!  If you were recently married in the Summit County or Vail Valley area, we’d love to show a few photos on this blog.  Please contact us to learn more.  

[Venue] Warren Station in Keystone Resort’s River Run Village in Keystone, Colorado

Just to the right in the image below is the Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre, located in the heart of the River Run Village at the Keystone Ski Resort.  Big parking lots (that are free) are just a short walk away from the Warren Station, an attractive option for a modern facility that’s in the base village.

On the outside, there’s an outside deck that guests can relax on, or you can choose to take photos next to the stream running next to the building.  There are some kid-friendly attractions in the base area that can keep the little ones occupied.  Or, you can even mix a mountain top ceremony on the Mozart deck, and then return to Warren Station for the reception.    

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[VENUE] Warren Station in Keystone Resort’s River Run Village in Keystone, Colorado

[VENUE] Warren Station in Keystone Resort’s River Run Village in Keystone, Colorado

Warren Station does not offer lodging, but there are several companies that offer private home rentals, some of which are off-the-beaten paths in quiet neighborhoods.  Or ask us how we can put you down in the center of the action!  Yep, a condo facing the River Run Village when a festival is happening sounds like some fun mountain wedding research.  Ask us how we can set you up with a condo to stay overnight, play in the morning and then continue with the wedding planning in the afternoon.

[VENUE] Warren Station in Keystone Resort’s River Run Village in Keystone, Colorado

Every venue and property is different, just like every wedding, so please contact us and let us know what you need help with!  We’re here to help problem solve, stretch your budget with creativity and passion, and to help you live your dreams.  It can be really hard, or really easy planning your destination wedding in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  We’re here to help you.  Thanks for reading!