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
Hair and Makeup: Breckenridge Hair Company
Ceremony Venue: Lodge at Breckenridge
Accommodations: Grand Colorado on Peak 8
Transportation: Stage Coach Luxury Limo Inc.
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 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.
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.
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
Venue: Vacation Home Rental
Flowers: DIY, Sam’s Club
Catering: Bangkok Happy Bowl Thai Bistro, Breckenridge
Dress: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids Attire: Birdy Grey
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!
Take advantage of this amazing intimate wedding experience at the Lodge at Breckenridge this month. Petal and Bean, Officiant Phil Gallagher, The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Are you considering postponing your wedding? Love isn’t cancelled! Thank the Lord for whoever said that, and I’d credit them if I knew who first said that when all this COVID-19 craziness started happening. During this time, I’ve been listening to hours of webinars from professionals in the wedding industry. I’ve had so many phone calls with planners and picked their brains about how we can best help our clients and keep our business afloat not only during this time of uncertainty but also looking forward to 2021 events. While so many things are unknown during this time, I’ve gained a lot of optimism and hope because of these five things that I’d like to share with you.
If you are considering postponing your wedding this year, I’ve got five tips to consider:
1. Consider a Weekday Instead of a Saturday.
Years from now, no one is going to remember if you didn’t get married on a Saturday. Most of the guests make a vacation out of their destination wedding anyways, so it doesn’t matter if your actual wedding date is a Saturday. Venues usually have discounted rates, too for non-weekend weddings. Definitely something to consider if you’re having to postpone your wedding to make sure you keep all of your vendors. If you’re wanting to get married in 2021, secure your vendors now! Prime wedding weekends will be harder to come by the longer you wait.
2. Consider Inviting Less Guests and Live Stream Your Wedding.
If you want to live stream your wedding to your very important guests that now can’t make your wedding, let’s add it on as a service for you. When I got married, in 2015 my grandparents couldn’t make the wedding last minute, so we live streamed it just for them. We can live stream the ceremony to as many guests as you’d like, so let me know if you’d like to do this!
3. Consider Revising Your Guest Count.
My small, intimate wedding packages are perfect for weddings under 50 guests! I personally believe that this is going to be the immediate future of weddings and is inviting between 20-40 guests to keep the total count under 50. Yes, your vendors count as a part of your person count. If you have less guests attending your wedding now, you get a lower rate for your wedding, even full day weddings. Send me a note here to get information about my small weddings packages. I talk more about planning a small, intimate wedding here, so if you are considering this as an option, that post is a must read.
4. Secure Wedding Insurance.
Consider getting wedding insurance. In the age of coronavirus, you can never be too careful and the need to safe guard your wedding is important. Wedding insurance can help you do that. This article I found fantastic and it explains all your options and why you need wedding insurance. Wedsafe.com or Wedsure.com are two great options that I would highly suggest you research and choose the best policy to protect you.
5. Communicate New Date to Guests On Your Wedding Website.
Communicate with your guests as soon as you have chosen a new date. Make sure all your vendors are on board and you’ve signed any addendums from vendors for your new date. Quickly let your guests know. Keep it informal and post your update on your wedding website. Don’t have a wedding website yet? Let me create one for you! It’s something I love doing and is a great way to use your engagement pictures! I’m loving this post from Green Wedding Shoes on sending postponement invitations.
Please don’t feel guilty for having to postpone your wedding during this time. It’s not your fault that a pandemic happened in the midst of all your wedding planning. You are choosing to save lives by postponing your wedding. It’s one of the most selfless things you can do. And your wedding planning isn’t just getting thrown away or wasted because you postpone. I believe it is still valuable time that you will get back. You’ve invested in important people in this industry that will help make your wedding happen!
I’m here for you! Even if you’re not a bride, but a former client or another wedding vendor, please let me know how I can help you during this time of uncertainty.