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!

Keystone, Colorado Wedding Venue: the Keystone Ranch

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

If you’ve been skiing or snowboarding at the Keystone Resort, you’ve seen the River Run Village and all the action that happens at the main base area where the gondola is located.  Unless you’ve been golfing here, chances are that you haven’t visited the Keystone Ranch Restaurant yet.  

We’ve collected quite a few images here and decided to show you a few different style used in the tent, inside the restaurant, and what the ceremony space on the lawn looks like.  And now, for some design tips and inspiration from the Flower Maven of Petal and Bean, Dina Sanchez, my wife.  

Hi everyone!  It’s Dina and I love this venue!  It feels like coming home when we work here, as the same faces have stuck around the mountains for as long as I have, and the staff is so accommodating even to the vendors, if we need something they are right there to help.      

the first thing you should know is that we have lots of experience working at the Keystone Ranch.  I have been working at the Ranch for the last 19 years. What I love about weddings at the ranch is that the venue is really cozy and romantic. The term that comes to mind is “rustic elegance.”  So, my suggestion is when you start to think about decorating the venue for your wedding is to compliment the space. The ceilings are low and the chairs and charger plates have a strong pattern, so keep your arrangements low and try to pick up a color that is present in the room to make everything blend well. 

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

This arch was made with hops because Marco the groom makes his own beer.  When I heard it was available though my supplier, I knew that it would be a really nice personal touch. The hops was great to work with, as it added a lot of texture and a great base for all the flowers. 

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

The tent is a great space for your cocktail’s and for dancing after dinner. Here you can decorate to what ever degree you want.  This is where your personality can come out. 

I can’t say that I have one favorite wedding over any of the others. They are all beautiful as they take on a different personality each wedding. One wedding we did do was a 50′s theme. It was very original and was a very large crowd so they weren’t even in the building. 

These large twig balls were suspended and are illuminated with little white lights from within. It looks really beautiful at night adding a warm glow to the tent.

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

This bridal bouquet was for a Keystone Ranch bride and was  made of orange Mokara Orchids, green Cymbidium Orchids, hot pink Gypsy Dianthus, cream Stock, finished off with bear grass loops.  

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

These flower girls were named Una and Usha, and  talked to me about how they felt like princesses wearing their beautiful sari’s. They were so cute!

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

The image above and below here show elements of an Indian-themed wedding.  

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

The stairs are to the right in the image above.  This is the upper lounge area, where the hallway leads to rooms used by the bride and her bridal party before the wedding.  

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

Inside the main dining room.  Low ceilings create a cozy, intimate space for dining on exquisite dinners prepared on site.  The mantle below can be used to hold vases, garland, and even lanterns or candles.  It’s up to each bride to decorate the venue in her own style.

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

The space above is a smaller room connecting the main dining room and the fireplace room.  The fireplace room and tent tends to be where the dancing and after-dinner hanging out happens.  

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

Pinecone place cards were ued to help seat guests, while the golf course is out the back door, helping create that laid back feeling.  In the image below, the valley stretches into the distance behind the groom and his friend posing for photos before the ceremony.

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

The bar adjacent to the main dining room has an outdoor patio to take in the views.  And in the image below, the dog-of-honor poses patiently for the photographer.  She really did a good job!  To see more pets in weddings, click here.

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

This tent provides a space that can be used for many different reasons. Number one, it’s a rain back up for your ceremony.  Sometimes the grass can be super wet and soggy and if it’s super dark and windy out, you won’t want to have your ceremony outside.  This allows a nice space to have the ceremony in case of inclement weather.  

Plus, you can then dress up this area to your liking.  In the image above the tent ceiling was lined and had lights strung behind the fabric.  You can see the bare option in the image below.  We also showed two different style of lanterns in this blog, one being a twine and another being a collection of multi-colored paper lanterns.  Both have their own look and feel, and there’s only personal preference and budget considerations to work out along the way.  

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

Several old barns and cabins line the property near the restaurant and further away.  Time it right and spend time taking photos near these rustic features for unforgettable images from your wedding day.  

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

In the image above you see the tent action a few hours before the ceremony.  Tables are being set up, DJ’s and musicians are setting up audio equipment, testing mics and speakers.  

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

While the bride creates the traditional drama of not being seen, the groom is usually the life of the party, as this one was, saying hi to all the friends and family, checking in with staff and planning help, but overall, having a good time, laughing and enjoying.  Most likely with beverage in hand.  Just have plenty of water and a small plate of food nearby to help everyone stay focused.

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

The staff at the Keystone Ranch monitors the weather prior to the event, and at some point, may have to make the call to dress up the tent for the ceremony.  If that happens, just roll with it, have fun and party on.  Just plan on taking more outdoor photos if the weather allows after the ceremony, or even the next day.  Just be flexible and it’ll all work out.

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.  Wedding venue, event location, tent, golf course

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.

[Venue] the Keystone Ranch Restaurant in Keystone, Colorado.

Well, that’s it.  I hope that these photos show you a few different ideas for the Ranch and Restaurant and what kind of space that this venue provides and how you can then start to imagine your own look and feel inside.  Please share this post with anyone you know planning a wedding at the Keystone Ranch.  Thanks for reading!

[video] Ned Archibald, Executive Pastry Chef at the Keystone Resort

When you choose a venue that is offered by the Keystone Resort, you’ll have an opportunity to work with longtime local and Executive Pastry Chef, Ned Archibald.  One of the most talked about things he does is create an entire village out of chocolate.  He’s a really nice guy and here’s an article to learn more about the history and background of this chocolate masterpiece that is unique to Keystone.  

And, if this guy can bring a village to life using chocolate, take a second and just imagine what he will make for your wedding day.  It will be wonderful.  Please tell Ned you saw him on our blog!

If you’re looking for a cake maker, cupcakes, or other sweets, please contact us and let us know what you need help with!  We’re very familiar with all the vendors that service this area, and Ned is only available for Keystone weddings.  He’s exclusive to their properties.  

For more inspiration on wedding cakes, dessert tables or other fun wedding stuff, be sure to head over to Pinterest and explore our pinboards.  You can see our wedding bouquets here, venues here, and all about Breckenridge and Summit County by clicking here.  Thanks for spending time with us on our site!

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin at Warren Station in Keystone, Colorado

When watching the tweets fly around one day, I saw this Keystone, Colorado wedding from photographer Autumn Lee of Dash Photography  and I just had to share it with you all.  You see, there are lots of different ways to dress up and celebrate your day, so here’s today’s version.  A bold and beautiful red, white and black color palette was used throughout the event.  

Branding your event is a fun way to carry the theme of your wedding experience.  Let’s first take a look at some of the details of the wedding, which are best captured before the wedding, as all the various pieces come together.  

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

In the image above  the groom is seen wearing an all-white suit, in contrast to his groomsmen, making him stand out from the other fellas.  See more photos from this wedding on the blog for Dash Photography.  It looks like it was a fun night, and we’re thankful that the couple and photographer wanted to share these with you.  Check out Autumn’s social feeds through the links below.  Looks like she’s huge on Pinterest with over 1,000 followers over there.  We like Pinterest too.

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{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

The wedding ceremony was near the Snake River and was held outside in the Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre.  The reception was inside Warren Station.

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

I like to hear the stories from the day, and to share any feedback or lessons learned, so here’s what the bride had to say.

Q. Any funny or memorable moments from your wedding?

A. Well we did have a couple memorable moments throughout the week of our wedding. One of my bridesmaid got the wrong dress! It really was not a big deal and the dress was pretty and matched the other dresses just fine. The funny part about the mistake is that some close friends said “wow, you handled that really well, if I were you I would have freaked out!”. Another very memorable moment was that my husband lost his wallet full of cash the night of his bachelor party. He called me the next morning in horrible regret of how drunk he had gotten. 

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

Q.  Why the mountains?  What resources did you get inspiration or help from?

A.  My husband and I really love snowboarding and we enjoy the mountains and the laid back atmosphere it provides. To add a personal touch we labeled each table in our reception hall as a mountain we had boarded at (Vail, aspen, keystone, Breckenridge, copper, monarch, etc.). It was really cute. I got my inspiration from everywhere, I did not have just one or two resources. I also got a lot of ideas from oriental trader. I made a lot of our decorations and I got a lot of great ideas from oriental traders. 

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

Q.  Any “hindsight 20/20″ advice you have for couples?

A. The whole week of my wedding I felt I was walking on clouds and my maid of honor had to really keep me on track to stay on our schedule. If I could give one tip of advice for future brides it would be to concentrate on completely enjoying the week of your wedding and it only happens once. It is hard enough to remember this week in your life so you want to soak up as many memorable moments as you can. It is really easy to get caught up in all the little details you want to get done but you have to delegate your to do list and just enjoy being the bride.  Throughout the week I felt as though nothing could touch me, nothing could rain on my parade. I think it was that mindset that kept anything from invading my joyous week.

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

And then, some questions that I sent to the photographer, Autumn Dash.  Here’s what she had to say.
 
Q. What tips / advice would you give to a couple considering a destination wedding in Keystone or Summit County?
 
A. If you are doing a destination wedding-really make sure you make it easy and friendly for your guests…remember they are having to come from out of town as well. I don’t suggest breaking up your ceremony and reception into 2 separate parts of the day because your guests may not have anywhere to go for 2-3 hours while you are “breaking”.  If you are coming up to the mountains, really enjoy your stay and get into the relax mode that most of us have up here-go with the flow!

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

Q. What are some fun ideas for engagement photos shoots in the mountains?
 
A. I am a big believer in making your engagement photos about you. Doing something together tat showcases you as a couple is always great. If you are big skiers, maybe a shoot around a ski lift would be fun. If you guys are avid readers, set up a picnic and scatter books around. Anything that you can do to bring “you” into it always makes for a great engagement session.

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

Q. What kinds of questions would you recommend the bride and groom ask their potential photographers?  
 
A. What is your shooting style, how do you direct the day, how long is the turn around time for getting my photos and products. Most magazines and blogs will tell you to ask all the “business style questions-insurance, back ups etc” but if you are a professional, these are no brainers, already covered and in the contract. You want to make sure you connect with your photographer on a personal level-you will be spending the whole day with them :)

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

 Q. What’s the best way to work with wedding photographers?
 
A. Just be our friends-we don’t bite LOL

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

Q. Favorite part of Colorado?  Favorite Restaurant in Denver?  And, one more.  Last concert seen.
 
A. Being a Texas gal, I really enjoy the 4 seasons Colorado has (even though I am not a snow fan LOL). I have yet to find a good restaurant here (sorry!! But you guys have nothing on the good comfort food of home!!). Last concert seen was probaby Jamey Johnson at Red Rocks….it’s been awhile :)

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

{Real Mountain Wedding} Amber + Justin in Keystone, Colorado // Dash Photography, www.dash-photography.net

// VENDORS

Ceremony / Reception: Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre / Warren Station

Photography: Autumn Dash Photography

Flowers and Cake were DIY by the bride and her team!