Leah and Dustin in the Ice Castle in Breckenridge, Colorado

In this amazing image you see Leah and Dustin in the Ice Castle in Breckenridge, Colorado. Katie Girtman of Studio Kiva Photography, a Breckenridge wedding photographer,  took the couple to this surreal location in downtown Breck this past weekend. Great job!

{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

{ 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.  

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Arapahoe Basin, Colorado

I first met Joe back in the 90′s and he was one of the main adaptive ski instructors at the B.O.E.C., or Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center.  He now heads up the Keystone branch of the adaptive ski program.  When Joe isn’t helping folks hit the slopes, he’s guiding rafts and is great behind the lens.  He shoots mountain weddings, but now has a new focus for his lens, his young daughter.  This collection of photos is courtesy of Joe Kusumoto Photography.

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  { Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

Located on the west side of Loveland Pass,  is the Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin .  Inside the mid-mountain lodge, high vaulted ceilings supported by immense raw cut timbers rise above the spacious dining room where towering windows offer you and your guests incomparable views of the Continental Divide.

Outside, the lodge’s spacious deck extends above the mountain terrain and is the perfect setting for you and your guests to enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, or for you to hold your entire wedding ceremony.  All at 11,550 feet above sea level.  Arapahoe Basin is known for a clientele of hardcore, yet relaxed folks that like simply to ski.  This special mountain is where Jessica and David choose to hold their wedding and reception. 

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

{ Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

Jessica wanted a laid back, yet elegant style for her gathering.   She chose to have only white and green flowers, with hints of lavender and rosemary.  Jessica is a girl who knew what exactly what she wanted when it came to her flowers and decorations.  She said she loved white flowers because they are “clean, simple and rich looking.”   She wanted a simple, no fuss, approach to her wedding. She just had to have Petal and Bean as her florist.  However, we were already booked for the day of her wedding.

Jessica and Dina, lead designer at Petal and Bean, hit it off so well that Jessica insisted that Dina do her flowers.  They struck a deal with the Basin so that the flowers could be delivered the day before.  Dina made sure the flowers were just what Jessica and David wanted, and the staff at Petal and Bean took care of the rest.  There aren’t any other more perfect accessories for a bride than love in her eyes and a big, beautiful smile.  

  { Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

Jessica, the bride, having a blast on her wedding day!

  { Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

  { Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

Their yellow lab  seemed right at home in the middle of  everything wearing a flowery dog collar 

  { Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

Jessica’s  bridal bouquet was created using  white flowers with touches of green berries and leaves. It was a natural garden style tied off with a sheer white ribbon. 

  { Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

Jessica + David 

  { Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

Clearly a couple after my own heart, they opted for Daylight Donuts instead of  a traditional wedding cake or  trendy cupcakes.  Mmmmm… Daylight donuts.  Warm, light and luscious.  Pillowly plump and satisfyingly sweet.  Who doesn’t love a donut?   

  { Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

Jessica and David wanted fresh lavender sprigs for their champagne flutes.  We were able to obtain fresh organic lavender grown right in Colorado.  How sweet is that?  Simple and beautiful. 

  { Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

Joe Kusumoto was the photographer that Jessica and David chose and he really did an amazing job.  There were so many photos I wanted to include but I had to narrow it down to these. He and second shooter, Jeff  Shane, who also provided a photo booth and costumes for their guests to enjoy.  It was such a fun night for everyone! 

  { Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

Photo booth shenanigans!

  { Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

  { Real Mountain Wedding } Jessica + David: Black Mountain Lodge // Joe Kusumoto Photography, Joe Kusumoto, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, A-Basin, The Basin, The Beach, Beachin' at the basin

Guests took the chairlift up to the Black Mountain Lodge.  There is no lodging here, so other arrangements need to be made for lodging, transportation, and all the other details that go into planning a wedding.  Let us know if you’d like help bringing it all together for your Arapahoe Basin wedding!  

// VENDORS

Venue / Catering: Black Mountain Lodge

Photography: Joe Kusumoto Photography

Florist: Petal and Bean

Donut Tower: Daylight Donuts

{ Bridal Bouquets } A Collection of Flowers for Weddings in the Colorado Rocky Mountains

I post lots of photos on my various social feeds, but in case you missed our bouquets, I’ve collected them into one post.  Now, you can see a quick summary of what Dina, the Flower Maven, has been up to in her designer floral kitchen.

Each bouquet we make at Petal and Bean is a one-of-a-kind special order.  We bring your dreams to life.  But, we can do much more than create your dream bouquet.  We are now offering planning services to fill all your wedding and event needs.  Contact us to learn more!

{ Bridal Bouquets } A Collection of Wedding Flowers for Colorado Rocky Mountain Weddings  |  Breckenridge florist, wedding planner, Colorado wedding blog

{ Bridal Bouquets } A Collection of Wedding Flowers for Colorado Rocky Mountain Weddings  |  Breckenridge florist, wedding planner, Colorado wedding blog

{ Bridal Bouquets } A Collection of Wedding Flowers for Colorado Rocky Mountain Weddings  |  Breckenridge florist, wedding planner, Colorado wedding blog

{ Bridal Bouquets } A Collection of Wedding Flowers for Colorado Rocky Mountain Weddings  |  Breckenridge florist, wedding planner, Colorado wedding blog

{ Bridal Bouquets } A Collection of Wedding Flowers for Colorado Rocky Mountain Weddings  |  Breckenridge florist, wedding planner, Colorado wedding blog