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Meghan and Tom Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Colorado Winter Wedding

Meghan and Tom Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Colorado Winter Wedding

New Years Eve Wedding at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Ski Resort

What a way to go out on the craziest year in our lifetime! Meghan and Tom were married at the Park Hyatt on New Year’s Eve 2020 for this Beaver Creek Colorado Winter Wedding. I know planning a wedding in 2020 has caused hardships for lots of couples and their families. This couple is incredibly resilient, and together they decided to make their wedding the period to end the year that is 2020. I am so thankful that they chose me and trusted me to capture their winter wedding in beautiful Avon, Colorado!

Winter Wedding at Beaver Creek Ski Resort

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Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Wedding in Winter

Glamour at Tiffani's Exhale Spa Hair and Makeup Artist

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Beaver Creek Wedding Photograprapher

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First, please notice Meghan’s elevated taste for shoes! I mean, three pairs of shoes and some custom pieces added such style to this small, intimate Beaver Creek Colorado Winter Wedding.

Bella Belle heels for the ceremony, red suede boots for walking in the snow during her newlywed photos, and custom Airforce Ones with the bride and grooms initials and NYE to signify their wedding day.

I’m a sucker for a great heel but having the option to kick ’em off and have comfy and warm options should be a requirement for your wedding day!

Bella Belle Luxury Wedding Shoes

Meghan’s room overlooked the Village at Beaver Creek. It was so fun to watch all the ice skaters on the rink! Keep scrolling for some of their portraits on the ice rink at twilight.

Beaver Creek Colorado Winter Ice Rink

Winter Wedding Ceremony on the Spa Deck at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

The ceremony took place on the spa deck at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek. It’s a gorgeous secluded spot for a small, intimate wedding. They had less than 20 guests, and I’d say that was the perfect amount of a ceremony in this location. I love how my favorite venues have pivoted to make new locations gorgeous for small weddings.

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Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Wedding in Winter

Best Beaver Creek Wedding Photographer Andrea Stark

Meghan and Tom Winter Wedding

 

Wedding Party at Beaver Creek Resort

Mountainside Bride and Groom Portraits at Beaver Creek Ski Resort

Following their intimate ceremony, we went to one of my favorite mountainside locations for newlywed pictures. My favorite part of this time with just Meghan and Tom was when all the skiers and snowboarders were yelling congratulations at them as they made their way back to the base of Beaver Creek Ski Resort.

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Winter Wedding with skiing at Beaver Creek Ski Resort

Mountainside Wedding at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek Colorado Ice Skating Rink

Downtown Beaver Creek at Christmas

Wedding Reception Dinner at The Crooked Hearth

The quant reception was held in the Crooked Hearth Restaurant at the Park Hyatt. Holy wow! It was such a perfect spot for their friends and family to gather. Just before the first course was served, all the guests went out on the deck to watch the New Years Eve fireworks that Beaver Creek Ski Resort puts on each NYE. I love that the ski resort still puts on a fireworks show each New Year’s Eve because it’s such a special way to ring in the new year. If you happen to have a wedding at the Park Hyatt on New Year’s Eve, then you get a complimentary fireworks show! Not a bad deal right?

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Vendors:

Venue: Park Hyatt Beaver Creek @parkhyattbc

Photographer: Andrea Stark Photography @andreastarkphoto
Bridal Shoes: Luxury Wedding Shoes Bella Belle @bellabelleshoes
Hair and Makeup: Exhale Spa @glamour_at_tiffanis
Bridal Attire: Weddings 826 Chicago @weddings826
Groom’s Suit: Suit Supply @suitsupply
Bridal Cape: Custom Made
Custom Air Force Ones: Nike by You @nike
Florals: Southern Blooms Company @southernbloomscoBridal
Jewelry: Holtzmann’s Jewelry @holtzmannsjewelry
Kelli and Tom Lodge at Breckenridge Wedding

Kelli and Tom Lodge at Breckenridge Wedding

Kelli and Tom had chosen a gorgeous home in Silverthorne, Colorado to rent for their intimate, family only wedding. A few weeks before the wedding, they lost their reservation due to COVID-19 precautions. Kelli and Tom reached out to me and let me know the change of plans and needed to find another ceremony location ASAP! 

They settled on staying at The Grand on Peak 8 and having the ceremony on the deck at The Lodge at Breckenridge which has a gorgeous wedding deck. On the day of their wedding, the sun was shining but the wind was blowing, HARD. Like 30+ miles an hour hard. So once we all arrived at the Lodge to get the computer set up to Zoom their family members in so that they could participate in the wedding ceremony, the difficult decision to move the wedding indoors was made. Even the kiddos had input and agreed that they’d all just blow away if they tried to do the wedding out on the deck. COVID couples are resilient, I’m telling you! 

The wedding was intimate, and joyous as the couple exchanged vows with each other and their kids. Family and friends were able to attend virtually, and even grandpa dressed up for the occasion. It was an extremely sweet and thoughtful ceremony to blend these two families together.

The Grand on Peak 8 is an incredible place to stay for your wedding. The suites are spacious and have lots of beautiful light and modern details which make for the perfect getting ready space. They have plenty of kitchen space to bring in a private chef for your reception dinner and if you want to have an outdoor space with gorgeous views of Peak 8, make sure to check out Elevate bar which would be the perfect space for a welcome party or cocktail party once we can gather in larger groups again.

Review for Andrea, Breckenridge Wedding Photographer

Read Tom’s review that left me speechless:

Andrea was incredibly helpful and responsive. We simply couldn’t have pulled off our wedding without her. Not living in Breckenridge presented some issues for us, especially with COVID shut downs limiting our ability for site visits. She jumped into action and helped us with introductions to other providers (flowers, bakery, lodging, venues, etc.). I felt like we definitely benefited from her local knowledge. When our first venue fell through two weeks before our wedding, she sent a great list of other indoor and outdoor locations which saved the day. She went well beyond her role as a photographer to make sure we had an amazing wedding. I was originally impressed with her ability to assess our location for where the sun would be (several months before our date) so we could finalize our schedule and have the best lighting for our photos. We wanted to capture the peak fall colors and mountain backdrops in our photos and she nailed the execution. We both teared up when we saw the first photos as they completely exceeded our expectations. If you are reading this, you have found your photographer! Book now before she is unavailable!

I am continually so grateful for these kind of reviews. I take great pride in helping my clients not just with photography, but helping them with planning and logistics. A lot of my couples don’t live here or even in Colorado for that matter so, I love to be their girl in the mountains and give them my local knowledge and education in the wedding industry to make sure the day runs just how they want it.

Now, hopefully the proof is in the pudding…or the pictures!

How did the wind miraculously stop once we got out at our final destination for the evening? It was a beautiful and special day and I’m so grateful to be apart of this!

Photographer: Andrea Stark Photography
Florals: Garden of Eden
Dress: Lulus
Hair and Makeup: Breckenridge Hair Company
Ceremony Venue: Lodge at Breckenridge
Accommodations: Grand Colorado on Peak 8
Transportation: Stage Coach Luxury Limo Inc.

Molly and Jake Micro Wedding at a Private Home Rental in Breckenridge, Colorado

Molly and Jake Micro Wedding at a Private Home Rental in Breckenridge, Colorado

In the age of COVID-19, weddings have transformed into something else entirely from what I’ve always known. The wedding industry has taken a huge hit with varying degrees of shut downs, businesses closing, couples choosing to cancel, and tons of layoffs or furloughs of planning and design companies.

I wasn’t immune to this, but I did have a much better year than what I could have ever imagined back in March and April. I have been able to do several micro weddings, or small-intimate weddings along with elopements and newlywed sessions.

What exactly is a “micro wedding” and how is different from a small, intimate wedding or elopement? Let me define what the difference between each of these are:

Micro Wedding

Micro wedding is a wedding designed and planned on a smaller scale. There’s still attention to traditional elements, and they usually include an officiant, floral design, day of planning, and wedding details. Micro weddings typically are still at a wedding venue or a private residence with a catered meal or private chef cooking for the guests.

Small, Intimate Wedding

Smaller guest count is the main difference between a micro wedding and a small, intimate wedding. Small, intimate weddings have a guest count of 10-20 and they can be a mix of your family or best friends.

Elopement

Elopements involve just the two of you or maybe even a few of your closest friends. Elopements take place in free spaces to get married. The great thing about getting married in Colorado is that you can self-solemnize or “marry yourselves” without any witnesses.

Newlywed Session

Whether you had a backyard wedding or the large affair, a newlywed session in your wedding clothes is a great idea. I’ve done several of these types of sessions recently and love it! You don’t have to worry about getting your dress dirty and you can literally let your hair down and relax with your new husband while finding a trail or two to adventure down in the mountains.

Molly and Jake’s Destination Micro Wedding in Breckenridge

Molly and Jake’s destination micro wedding was hosted at a rustic rental home right outside of Breckenridge, Colorado in the Sun Valley. The home has an expansive deck that overlooks a pond. The setting was gorgeous and had a unique rustic feel. The guests dined on the back deck together at a long family style table. I got to help them put together their intimate affair with planning out their timeline and sending them my all-star list of local vendors. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy doing this! When it all comes together on their wedding day, it makes me over-the-moon!

Read for yourself what Molly had to say about her wedding day:

“Save yourself the time and stress of looking for a wedding photographer and just book Andrea. Andrea photographed our small, family-only wedding and the photos are amazing! She was extremely well prepared and went above and beyond to get every photo on our list and made us feel comfortable in front of the camera. The photos are even better than I could imagine and are the perfect way to remember our day.

We decided to give Andrea a call because we wanted to a photographer that could capture outdoor and mountain landscapes. Not only did she deliver on the landscape shots, she also perfectly captured the close-up details. She was also extremely prepared and helped us before the wedding with a few wedding/flower prep details we had not considered. On the day of the wedding, she arrived early and scoped out the area to take all the scenery and detail photos while we were getting ready. She did a great job directing everyone for the group photos and was game for our goofy photo ideas.

After the wedding when it was time for us to view our photos, we were blown away by the quality of the photos. I highly recommend choosing Andrea as your photographer!”

-Molly, the bride

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Venue: Vacation Home Rental
Flowers: DIY, Sam’s Club
Arch: DIY
Catering: Bangkok Happy Bowl Thai Bistro, Breckenridge
Dress: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids Attire: Birdy Grey

Newlywed Session, Sapphire Point and Windy Point Breckenridge, Colorado

Newlywed Session, Sapphire Point and Windy Point Breckenridge, Colorado

Sara Sunshine (yes that’s her real last name) and Kevin were married while on a bike ride around Dillon Lake. They currently live in Brooklyn, NY, but are working remotely now due to COVID and decided to see some gorgeous places while they had the freedom to do so. In Colorado you can have a self-solemnization wedding ceremony so they pulled off the rec path, found a beautiful spot, said their vows, and made it official!
I met up with them at Sapphire Point for their newlywed session a few days later to capture some beautiful portraits of them together for them to remember this amazingly special time in the mountains.
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Say “I DO” in Breckenridge this July With an All-Inclusive Wedding Package

Say “I DO” in Breckenridge this July With an All-Inclusive Wedding Package

I am so excited to announce a collaboration with Petal and Bean and an all-star creative team to bring you an intimate, all-inclusive wedding package!

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Take advantage of this amazing intimate wedding experience at the Lodge at Breckenridge this month. Petal and Bean, Officiant Phil GallagherThe Cake Maker and myself as the exclusive photographer are collectively coordinating this special event. Let me capture this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have an all-inclusive and stress-free intimate wedding.

Choose Your Wedding Date and Time

July 19 and July 24, 2020

11 AM, 2 PM, and 5 PM

What You Get in Your All-Inclusive Package

You will arrive to stunning ceremony florals with your own personals created by Petal and Bean. Your all-inclusive wedding package will feature perfectly curated details for your small celebration courtesy of the floral and coordination team from Petal and Bean. 

Say your vows in front of your closest loved ones from the Lodge’s panoramic wedding deck. Celebrate with champagne and toast to your love! Enjoy a beautiful 2-tier white cake, with vanilla frosting and chocolate ganache filling. They even take care of all the serviceware including the cake stand and cake server. You don’t have to worry about a thing!

Then, head out for a private portrait session with me. I’ll take you to Breckenridge’s most jaw-dropping mountain backdrops. You get a total of 2.5 hours with me. That’s the perfect amount of time for a first look, full coverage of the ceremony, family and group portraits, first dance and cake cutting, and newlywed portraits nearby. 

This is an incredible opportunity for anyone still wanting to get married this summer in the mountains. This team is phenomenal, and every last detail has been taken care of. You’re in the best hands with these vendors!

How to book your ultimate, intimate wedding package

To book or find out more, please reach out to kayle@petalandbean.com. This package can be booked through Petal and Bean  but make sure that the time slot you want is still available before booking! There’s only 6 spots available and booked on a first come basis. 

Elopement Locations for Displaced Wedding Couples for Sapphire Point Closure

Elopement Locations for Displaced Wedding Couples for Sapphire Point Closure

We found out recently that Sapphire Point has closed as a Small Wedding Venue until 2021 due to the pandemic. It was one of the best elopement locations in Colorado. Now we will have to explore other options. Thankfully, there are several around Summit County and Colorado.

Benefits to Eloping

  • When you elope, your own relationship and experience becomes the primary focus.
  • Eloping in the mountains can really give you epic jaw-dropping backdrops in some of the most beautiful spots in the country.
  • It can be almost anywhere you want. Some are even free and don’t require a permit or reservations.
  • This place will become your spot, the place where you two sealed the deal and had one of those pic mountain top moments. Hopefully, actually on top of a mountain 🙂

Elopement Locations in Colorado

There are a ton of location options for eloping! I know it can be daunting trying to figure out the best spot when you don’t live here. I’ve helped my couples for years choose a location that is perfect for them and accessible for their older family members. I gave them even the nitty gritty details like when the sun goes down in that exact spot for the dreamiest golden hour lighting. 

In June 2020, I received an email from a couple very quickly after they received the cancellation of their wedding ceremony reservation at Sapphire Point. We’ve all gone through so much change and uncertainty that the closing of Sapphire Point until 2021 felt like another low blow to couples who just want to get married. 

I quickly put together a resource for any couple looking to get married in my area. I’m happy to share my elopement location guide to help my 2020 and 2021 couples see all of the options for locations in Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail, and Beaver Creek. Some of these locations don’t even require a reservation. Some are completely free to have your small ceremony.

This guide would be helpful even if you weren’t looking to get married at Sapphire Point. It offers great ideas for elopement locations around the county

Download My Elopement Location Guide

Most of my couples didn’t know how many places existed or were even an option here! I’m keeping this guide updated in real-time, so be sure to bookmark it if you are still making plans.

To download my Elopement Location Guide click here

Once you book with me, I get so excited to share my favorite wedding vendors and accommodations in the area with you! If you’re considering having a small, intimate wedding or eloping in the Colorado Mountains, please let me help you!