{ Engagement } Ashley + Damian // Vail, Colorado Engagement Shoot By Selah Photography

In today’s blog, we are celebrating the engagement of Ashley and Damian with an engagement photo session in Vail, Colorado by Selah Photography. The yellow aspen trees gave way to light that bounced off the fresh snow starting to cover the ground. This engagement session shows off the infectious love between Ashley and Damian that can’t be denied.

Best of all, Selah Photography documented a fun and romantic side of the couple’s personalities. Selah Photography share five tips on how to get the best engagement photos on their blog while showing us Ashley & Damian’s fall to winter engagement session. If you’re planning on taking your engagement pictures soon, take a look at their very practical tips like not canceling your session due to the weather.

Embrace mountain weather conditions like snow and rain because that usually means you have a chance of getting magical light and flurries just like these photos captured.

Thanks to Jackie Zoeller from Selah Photography for sharing the mountain engagement photography tips and this gorgeous couple!

{ Engagement } Ashley + Damian // Engagement Photo Session in Vail, Colorado by Selah Photography

{ Engagement } Ashley + Damian // Engagement Photo Session in Vail, Colorado by Selah Photography

{ Engagement } Ashley + Damian // Engagement Photo Session in Vail, Colorado by Selah Photography

{ Engagement } Ashley + Damian // Engagement Photo Session in Vail, Colorado by Selah Photography

{ Engagement } Ashley + Damian // Engagement Photo Session in Vail, Colorado by Selah Photography

{ Engagement } Ashley + Damian // Engagement Photo Session in Vail, Colorado by Selah Photography

{ Engagement } Ashley + Damian // Engagement Photo Session in Vail, Colorado by Selah Photography

{ Engagement } Ashley + Damian // Engagement Photo Session in Vail, Colorado by Selah Photography

{ Engagement } Ashley + Damian // Engagement Photo Session in Vail, Colorado by Selah Photography

{ Engagement } Ashley + Damian // Engagement Photo Session in Vail, Colorado by Selah Photography

{ Engagement } Ashley + Damian // Engagement Photo Session in Vail, Colorado by Selah Photography

{ Engagement } Ashley + Damian // Engagement Photo Session in Vail, Colorado by Selah Photography

{ Engagement } Ashley + Damian // Engagement Photo Session in Vail, Colorado by Selah Photography

{ Engagement } Ashley + Damian // Engagement Photo Session in Vail, Colorado by Selah Photography

{ Engagement } Ashley + Damian // Engagement Photo Session in Vail, Colorado by Selah Photography

{ Engagement } Ashley + Damian // Engagement Photo Session in Vail, Colorado by Selah Photography

[planning Tip] Have A Back Up Plan for Any Outdoor Portions of Your Destination Wedding

If there’s anything I want to share one thing over and over again when it comes to mountain weddings is to “Have a back up plan for any outdoor portions of your destination wedding.”  More than likely it will rain.  And get windy.  So, to keep guests comfortable, it helps to plan ahead and have some protection from the elements in place, like a tent.  Those can be rented and customized with lighting and heaters and matching decor.

The second option is to have an alternate location for an outdoor ceremony if it were to be a downpour.  If you can be flexible, just let the rain do its thing and move on.  Colorado storms move fairly quickly and can be sunny in about an hour or so.  Extend cocktail hour until there’s a break in the weather, or just use your inside alternative and keep the party on schedule.  It’s really a discussion between production staff like caterers and others who have time-sensitive products and services.

Please contact us to learn more about making sure you’re covered when it comes to mountain weather, temporary event rentals like tents,  and what you’re up to.  We’ve worked in a lot of different venues and know them better than most.

[Planning Tip] Have a back up plan for any outdoor portions of your destination wedding

Why Choose A Destination Wedding? Tips and Advice From Invitation Designer Stephanie Mckean of Pier 9 Designs. [guest Blog]

Why choose a Destination Wedding?  When my husband and I first starting planning our wedding and the idea of having a destination wedding came to mind, we immediately started thinking about the expense.  So then our thoughts went back to thinking about a traditional wedding.   Hmmm….  This really got us to thinking.  We knew we wanted to go Maui, Hawaii for our honeymoon.  That was part of our wedding expense too.  Right?  In 2006, being a destination bride was such an amazing experience and the unbelievable memories will always be a cherished.   We still enjoy looking at our photos and all the memorabilia.

Stephanie McKean - Pier 9 Designs ]

Why choose a Destination Wedding?  Tips and advice from invitation designer Stephanie McKean of Pier 9 Designs. [Guest Blog]

Planning a successful Destination Wedding can be so fun and the possibilities are endless of what you can do.  A successful Destination Wedding needs a trusted and experienced wedding coordinator at the destination but also a reputable and trusted company to design your entire wedding invitation package.  Pier 9 will help you maximize the number of guests in attendance and embark them on a visual vacation through Pier 9’s custom designs in wedding stationery such as:

    • “Save the Date” cards - SO IMPORTANT!  Sent 8 months to 1 year in advance to ensure guests have ample time to make travel arrangements and budget for your special day.
    • Accommodations - Notify guests of accommodations closest to the wedding site. Include any discount coupon codes that may apply.
    • Pre-wedding Activities - Notify your guests of any pre-wedding activities taking place that you’d like them to plan their flights around. In my case, it was a Hawaiian Luau the night before the wedding.  Yours might be a sunset dinner overlooking the snow-capped mountains.

[ Stephanie McKean - Pier 9 Designs ]

    • Invitations - Have fun with your invitations by playing up on the location in an elegant way. Use the cool colors of the island or the earth tones of the mountains or stationery designed as a travel passport or round-trip ticket.
    • Directions and Maps – Traveling can be a little stressful.  Put your guests at ease by including a custom -designed map of the best route from the airport to the wedding site.
    • Other Activities – It’s very likely your guests will extend their stay turning it into their own vacation getaway. Maximize their experience by including a well designed postcard of the most popular must- see attractions.

Why choose a Destination Wedding?  Tips and advice from invitation designer Stephanie McKean of Pier 9 Designs. [Guest Blog]

    • Requested Attire – Often times when we travel, we think casual attire. If it’s important to you that your guests dress in a certain fashion for the venue or activity, be sure to include such terms on your correspondence.
    • Welcome Home Reception – Planning a reception party after you arrive home? Be sure to include this on your invitation. For a more formal event, create a separate invitation. Most brides would love to have all their family and friends attend their special day.  With Destination Weddings, many guests simply can’t attend. A Welcome Home reception is a perfect way for those guests to feel special knowing they too can enjoy your wedding celebration.
    • Thank-You Cards – I’m in love with creating two versions of Thank You cards for Destination Weddings.  For those guests who traveled the distance we can include wedding photographs of you and them at the wedding. Or create a custom designed CD case and burn wedding images of your guests from the event.
    • Pocket fold invitations are a great way to mail and present all these pieces together in a clean format.

Destination weddings are unique by nature.  Make sure your wedding stationary package follows suit.  Pier 9 allows you to arrive at your dream destination knowing that you have covered all key points.  For more ideas and inspiration, contact Pier 9 Graphic Design today for a free consultation and together we’ll set sail your dream wedding.  Please mention “Pier 9 on Summit Mountain Weddings”  and refer to this blog post when contacting us, thanks!

Why choose a Destination Wedding?  Tips and advice from invitation designer Stephanie McKean of Pier 9 Designs. [Guest Blog]

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[Photo Shoot Location] Mayflower Gulch: South of Copper Mountain, Colorado

You’re getting married in the mountains, and you deserve to utilize all the available opportunities to capture the mountain wedding experience to its fullest.  And that includes putting a bit of time and effort into a great photo shoot.  Yes, you can get the obligatory “walking down the middle of the street” shot, but for a backdrop that no one else has, there are lots of choices when it comes to your Breckenridge wedding photography, or whichever mountain town you choose.

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION]  Mayflower Gulch, south of Copper Mountain ,Colorado  |  photo[StacySanchez]

Not too far from Copper Mountain is a hidden gem, Mayflower Gulch.  A short walk, hike or even shorter drive will get you to a majestic alpine basin that is literally filled with wildflowers.  It took us about half an hour to reach the cabin at the lower valley, we then chose a steeper trail on a road that climbs to the right.

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION]  Mayflower Gulch, south of Copper Mountain ,Colorado  |  photo[StacySanchez]The backside of the Ten Mile range is what you see when you’re in the gulch, and you should take five minutes to pull out your map (you did bring a map and the ten essentials, didn’t you?) and figure out which peak is which.  

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION]  Mayflower Gulch, south of Copper Mountain ,Colorado  |  photo[StacySanchez]

You can actually drive back to the cabins, but I wouldn’t recommend it unless you have lots of clearance and a 4WD.  It’s an enjoyable walk, but a photographer with lots of equipment should use a vehicle to transport clients and items needed.  

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION]  Mayflower Gulch, south of Copper Mountain ,Colorado  |  photo[StacySanchez]

Towards the higher slopes in the basin you’ll see thousands, if not millions of wildflowers of all shapes, sizes and colors.  North-facing slopes still hold snow in the windy, alpine terrain.  You can feel the air temperature drop as you reach the ridgeline.

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Rocky Mountain Wedding Photos at Mayflower Gulch, Copper Mountain, CO

Dina looks to the north and the Gore Range that is in the distance.  We ran from Silverthorne to Vail once, over Red-Buffalo Pass and had a friend pick us up and bring us back.  There are amazing trails and terrain in the area near Summit County, and we hope you enjoy checking out this spectacular spot!

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Rocky Mountain Wedding Photos at Mayflower Gulch, Copper Mountain, CO

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Rocky Mountain Wedding Photos at Mayflower Gulch, Copper Mountain, CO

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Rocky Mountain Wedding Photos at Mayflower Gulch, Copper Mountain, CO

We dropped back down to the lower valley floor, and checked out the cabins for a few minutes.  We think this is really the best place to head to, as the higher ridgeline is a bit of a climb to reach.  So, please share your photos that you create with the advice and tips given from this blog and we’ll share it on our real weddings blog!  

[PHOTO SHOOT LOCATION] Rocky Mountain Wedding Photos at Mayflower Gulch, Copper Mountain, CO

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[Groom-er] Because It’s Not All About Her // Top 4 Things Guys Need to Know When Planning A Mountain Wedding

Ladies, grab your guy and show him this article as he drinks a beer after work, or just email him this link, so he’ll have it to look at later when he’s got time.  Introducing Groom-er!  This new blog installment on Summit Mountain Weddings is just for the mountain dudes.

GUYS: START READING HERE.  Where do you start when planning a mountain wedding in a town where you don’t even live?  Even if you did live here, do you know the party and event scene?  Well, guys, you now have a resource to ask questions, find solutions and get things done.  

She’s planning the wedding in the mountains, so here’s an article by a guy just for the guys.  And we’ll keep it to once a week, y’know so, not to overwhelm or bug you with all this wedding stuff too much.  We’ll give you some homework and send you on your way.  Thanks for reading and be sure to ask questions on our forum too!

Top 4 Things Guys Need To Know When Planning A Mountain Wedding  |   photo[© Katie Girtman]

What is this new website you ask?  Summit Mountain Weddings is the best online planning resource for guys getting married in the mountains because all of a sudden, you’re dealing with stuff you thought you’d never have to think about.  We’ll be sharing some guy-specfic stuff that only a guy would think of.  

Because face it guys, we’re just different.  What’s important to us, is not to them, and vice versa.  I’ve narrowed it down to a four general tips to get you started, so here’s what you need to start thinking about.  

Top 4 Things Guys Need To Know When Planning A Mountain Wedding

 1 – Determine your level of involvement.  

Do you really care what kind of linens go on the tables or should that be her decision?  Has she been dreaming about her wedding since she was 5, or is a bit more relaxed?  Find out where you can be of help and contribute there.  Check in with her weekly, and ask if she needs any help with anything.  Find out where she’s stressed and be the hero and problem-solver.  Your caretaker duties are calling big time here.

2 – Ask for help when you need it.  Find trusted professionals and ask for recommendations.

Find what does interest you and take charge of that area of the planning.  Find ways to satisfy the basics and splurge on what’s most important to you.  What would you like your guests to remember?  If you’re unable to find these resources on your own, ask for help.  It’s a good idea to make an investment in a professional planner who is familiar with the area if it works with your budget.

3 – Find a way for the guys to enjoy the mountains while everyone’s in town.  

You’re in the mountains for your wedding, so depending on the season, you should explore local options for fun and easy excursions.  Determine your posse’s fitness level, and if human or motorized pursuits are in your future.  Discover world-class skiing at the resorts, cross country skiing, rent snowmobiles, book a hut trip, or go snowshoeing.  

4 – Don’t let numbers scare you, be upfront and communicate about money and expenses.  

Yes, you can go big or you can go small.  It’s up to you and what’s really important.  Do you need everyone and their dog there?   If so, we do know pet-friendly lodging options and can steer you to those places where the dogs can relax and be a part of your mountain wedding near Breck.  And rest easy and know that creative, fun choices exist at all budget levels that look great.

We hope this is helpful, and know that there are some great online resources to planning a wedding, including using free online tools like Minigroup to collaborate ideas with vendors.  Let us know what you like, and what more you’d like to see from us in the future, thanks for reading!  And guys, good luck and know that we are just a phone call, email, and tweet away.  

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