Breckenridge Photographers

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Arapahoe Basin Wedding Photographers

A wedding at the Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin.

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Arapahoe Basin Wedding Photography

Gracie’s Grove First Look, before a wedding at the Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin.

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Colorado Wedding Planning Ideas and Tips

As a professional wedding photographer, Colorado mountain destination weddings are my ultimate favorite!  To me nothing is more stunning than a couple together alone on top of a mountain!

Going the extra mile to help my couples have a wonderful day is one of my passions.  Feeling comfortable and looking beautiful in the mountains can be a tall order on some days in Colorado.  That is why I work closely with my couple during their planning process to ensure they are prepared for anything the mountains can dish out.  In case you didn’t know before, mountain weddings do require a bit more planning than an urban city wedding.  Iconic mountain weddings don’t just happen, they are meticulously planned!

Get your notebook out, I’m sharing all my tips, tricks and inside secrets!  Logistics is my middle name.  Here are my top wedding planning tips for a Colorado mountain wedding…


Consider the final product when choosing your wedding date and venue.

First imagine your perfect day and a photo of it hanging on your wall – what would that photo look like?  What season would it be?  What are a couple of adjectives that would describe your day?

If you can’t quite imagine your wedding day, start planning by imaging your dream honeymoon.  Next research what month is best to travel there before booking your wedding date.

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Always have a back up weather plan.

In the mountains the weather can change in an instant, a plan B for weather is a must!  Obviously for a rain free ceremony, but there are other things to consider with the changing weather.  Rain storms can drop the temperature quickly.  Everyone should consider the elements when choosing their wedding attire from head to toe (including hair and footwear).  Wind should always be a consideration as well, so layers are a must!  In Colorado, the weather has been known to drop 30 degrees in just 30 minutes!  I recommend that all ladies should always have a wrap or coat that compliments their dress (besides it doubles as great sun protection).  Additionally, consider having blankets and hot chocolate available for your guests if the weather is forecasted for temperatures in the 40s and below.  For early June weddings, be sure to have bug spray available, as the first warm air brings the mosquitos out.

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Provide your guests with items to help them cope with the altitude.

Guests from out of town may not be prepared for the elements at your outdoor ceremony in the mountains of Colorado.  Prepare your guests for the altitude, altitude sickness it real and not a pleasant feeling.  Suggest they arrive a day or two early and to stay at a lower elevation during that time.  Keeping them safe and comfortable should be a top priority.  Always have sunscreen and water available for your guests anywhere they are outdoors!  Hate sunscreen like I do?  Consider offering an alternate to sunscreen and rent some classy parasols.  Having cheap sunglasses on hand isn’t a bad idea either.  Also, don’t forget older and younger guests may not be able to walk far, so be sure to have alternate transportation options for them.  Lastly, always have oxygen available for older guests as a precaution.

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Mountain weddings always require some extra communication to educate everyone about the environment of your dream wedding location.  They also require extra padding in your timeline, like allowing time for the reception rooms to be reset.  Plan for the worst case scenario, I promise you won’t regret it!

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Keystone Timber Ridge Wedding Photography

At the top of North Peak at Keystone Resort, boasting majestic views of the Rocky Mountains lies Timber Ridge, Keystone’s most adventurous wedding site (they have 3 additional mountain wedding sites)!  Guests never forget a wedding at Timber Ridge, the huge mountain lodge with high ceilings and and a huge fireplace is reminiscent of an old national park lodge.  And getting there is not for the faint of heart, guests must take 2 gondolas from the base of the mountain resort at River Run Village to arrive at the final destination, nearly 20 minutes later.  Timber Ridge has a big deck on the north side for weddings, with views of the Gore and Ten Mile Ranges.  This is a gorgeous rustic lodge is a wonderful option for large destination weddings (up to 350 guests) in the summer or winter!

Year round lodging options for guests can be made though Summit Cove which has great Wedding Gifts Program, which gives the Bride & Groom cash back from every reservation made with the wedding!

Here are some photographs from the Loughrey wedding reception, a real winter mountain themed wedding…  I loved their wedding cake, designed to showcase why they love Keystone Resort in Summit County.

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Timber Ridge Wedding Photographers

Located a couple of gondola rides from the River Run Village, at the top of North Peak at Keystone Resort, Timber Ridge offers a truly magical place to exchange your vows!  The spacious mountain lodge, which can accommodate up to 350 guests year round, has gorgeous cathedral ceilings and a two-story fireplace. Ceremonies on its outdoor wooden deck have magnificent views of the Gore and Ten Mile Ranges, especially in the winter!  I love the special touches that went into this wedding to keep their guests comfortable – hot chocolate and blankets, so sweet!  Here are some photographs from the Loughrey wedding ceremony…

 

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Keystone Resort Wedding Photography and Videography

I had so much fun at Dana and Jason’s wedding making photos and videos all day for them at Keystone Resort yesterday.  Winter mountain weddings are my all time favorite.  I love working outside no matter how cold it is, even if it is negative six degrees for your ceremony, like it was for their 5pm Timber Ridge Lodge deck ceremony.  Here is a sneak peak from Thursday’s bride and groom wedding portraits at Keystone Resort
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Loveland Pass Wedding Portraits

Loveland Pass on U.S. Highway 6 in Colorado is so beautiful, it has always been one of my favorite drives, year round! Topping off at an elevation of 11,990 feet it is not for the faint of heart, but the 360 degree panoramas from the Continental Divide are unmatched!  It also doesn’t make a bad backdrop for a few quick wedding portraits.

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