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!

Winter Wedding Elopement Visits A Cliffside Lodge and an Ice Castle in Breckenridge, Colorado

After a few days of arctic air that brought negative temperatures to the mountains, we were happy that the weather warmed up to double digits for a winter wedding elopment that visited a cliffside lodge and an Ice Castle in Breckenridge, Colorado. Yes, After the outside ceremony at 10,200 feet at the Lodge at Breckenridge, the couple visited the Rotary Park Snowplow Museum, and the Ice Castles for a series of photos to remember the day.

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[ Vendor ] Q&a W/ Katie Girtman of Studio Kiva Photography

Hiring a photographer for your wedding is one of the first things you start to plan as soon as you get engaged. Sometimes it can be a lengthy research process, with many emails requesting pricing lists, looking through wedding portfolios, or perusing through your friend’s Facebook wedding album to see who they used for their wedding day. Either way it’s a big decision because who ever you do choose will have that one chance to document your wedding and make sure to tell the best story of your day as possible. That’s why we wanted to ask  local professional photographer Katie Girtman of Studio Kiva Photography a few questions about the ins and outs of the her wedding photo business in the mountains.

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*Editor’s note: This blog is the first showing the photography from Andrea Parnell, media contributor.  She’s been busy posting on the new Instagram account for BreckWeddings, so click here to check it out!

Q and A with Katie Girtman of Studio Kiva Photography | Photos by Andrea Parnell

Q.  How many years have you worked as a wedding photographer?

A.   I have worked as a wedding photographer for 24 years and I am in my early 40s and still young and fun! The photographer is usually with you a lot of time with your wedding so it is good to like there personality and have some fun!

Q and A with Katie Girtman of Studio Kiva | Photo by Andrea Parnell

Q.  What’s your contingency plan?  Do you have a back up camera?

A.   We always carry 4 or 5 cameras to every shoot with us as a back up because even the most expensive ones can go down.  Speaking of that it is really good to have top of the line cameras and not just an SLR that does not have a two compact flash card system.  Reason?  Compact flash cards can also go bad and if you have a two card slot system you can back one up directly in your camera, because you can’t reshoot a wedding.  A lot of the photographers don’t have this because they don’t want to spend the money.  But to me this is all insurance.  We back up, back up and back up.  We have never lost images due to all our back up plans.  We also put back up copies at the safety deposit box at the bank and have had customers call us if they lose a disk or their house burned down in a forest fire we had the back up and made them another copy of their images.

Q and A with Katie Girtman of Studio Kiva | Photo by Andrea Parnell

Q.  Can we hire you only for the ceremony and part of the reception and not the full night?

A.   We have all types of packages from full day, half day and elopement type packages.  Couples that are looking for a photographer it is good to meet them in person and feel comfortable with that person along with having a local photographer that has the knowledge for shooting in the mountains.

Q and A with Katie Girtman of Studio Kiva Photography | Photos by Andrea Parnell

Q. What’s one thing you’d like to tell all the couples talking to photographers about a wedding in Breckenridge?

A.   I also would like to say not someone that is going to drive up from Denver and get stuck in traffic coming up here but someone who is local and knows the area and lives in the area to really get the feel of being here in Breckenridge and the mountains.  I also believe that a good photographer will give you the images and not hold them over your head since they took the time to shoot them all!  We give all our couples the photos in color and black and white and no hidden fees!!

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Q. Any unexpected or funny wedding moments recently?

A.    We could write a book on all the funny moments!  We stay in touch with our couples and they are life long friends.  One of the funniest moments is we had a woman forget to put her teeth in for the photos so we had to photo shop teeth!

Q and A with Katie Girtman of Studio Kiva Photography | Photos by Andrea Parnell

{ 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

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{ 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

[How To] Book Your Adventure Wedding Photo Shoot in the Colorado Rocky Mountains

Mountains = Adventure, and we now have Adventure Wedding Photo Shoot Packages that we’re offering with the top wedding photographers that are available for destination weddings in the Breckenridge and Summit County area.  We have worked with these photographers and can help you live your dreams and take some fun, dramatic images that can be shared via your engagement announcement, after the wedding, or even as a thank you card for guests who attended the wedding.  

We’ve come up with three ideas for settings and / or activities, so here they are:

    1. Horses, ranches and barns.
    2. Cliffs, rocks and rivers.
    3. Alpine, above tree line and panoramic vistas.

Please contact us to learn more about how we can match you with the right photographer, with the right setting, at the perfect time of year.  Last winter, we worked with Katie and Victor Girtman of Studio Kiva, a Breckenridge-based wedding photography business to help a couple from Sweden live out their dream of having a dog sled wedding.  

[How To] Book Your Adventure Wedding Photo Shoot in the Colorado Rocky Mountains  |  Katie Girtman, Studio Kiva Wedding, photo[studiokivawedding.com]

 In the image above, Katie Girtman leans over to get the shot.  She’s a true mountain girl that can you follow down the hill on skis, up on tall rock faces and almost anywhere you’re thinking about for “trash the dress” shoot or otherwise.  Let’s talk and plan some fun stuff!

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