Natalie and Jeremy’s winter wedding at Devil’s Thumb Ranch was what I’d call feminine opulence with organic Colorado touches. The whole wedding day was so relaxed for everyone. Even for us vendors, it was no hustle and bustle and everything just flowed without any rush. That’s of course due to Brittany Tucker with Kelly Karli Weddings and Events planned the day flawlessly.
All the fine touches were taken care of by an incredible team of vendors and planners. The design team with Eclectic Hive set up the Broad Axe Barn like I’ve never seen it before. From the draping to the farm tables, flowy table runner and hand written acrylic menus, and roaring fire flanked by even more candlelight it was the most elegant design. La Rue Floral Design was responsible for the gorgeous dusty rose, mauve, and eggplant purple flowers and greenery draping from what felt like every inch of Broad Axe Barn. There was even a cozy fire pit and lounge on the deck for post reception cocktails, s’mores and cigars to end the night.
Devil’s Thumb Ranch and Spa Venue
Devil’s Thumb Resort and Spa is one of my favorite ranch venues in Colorado, especially in the winter months when you can see guests taking to cross-country ski trails and horses munching hay on the snow. Even the ranch horses made an appearance after their first look. It’s tucked away on sprawling acreage in Tabernash, away from the bustle of neighboring ski towns. Still close enough to get on the slopes at Winter Park or Granby Ranch.
I was honored to assist Sarah Porter Photography on this wedding and excited to share with you some of the images I took that day.
Kayla and Tom planned a winter wedding in Cordillera, Colorado, and I was honored to be their destination wedding photographer.
Kayla and her friends like to joke that everyone needs to pray for Tom, hence their wedding hashtag #prayfortom. See, Kayla is a former Marine and a professional dancer, and a straight up bad-you-know-what. C’mon, she’s fought in a war and she was a backup dancer for Lil’ Wayne. If anyone can handle this tiny package of awesome, it’s Tom.
Beaver Creek VRBO Wedding Venue – Cordillera
Kayla and Tom were married at a private home in Cordillera, Colorado. If you’ve never heard of Cordillera, it’s because it is a township right near Avon and Eagle. It’s the perfect spot to stay if you are skiing at nearby Beaver Creek Ski Resort. This home was tucked away at the end of a gated community with access to trails and gorgeous views.
Kayla was searching for a home on VRBO when she found this incredible home to host her downsized wedding. So she switched from her original venue of Donovan Pavilion in Vail, to this place where her family could stay and they could all be together and ski on their mini-moon.
To pull off an intimate wedding like this in a private home rental, you need an excellent team of vendors. The great room was turned over three times in order to create space for the ceremony, reception dinner, and dancing.
April Marie Events executed this flawlessly with an incredible design team from Elite Events who was there to help flip the space in record time while the guests went downstairs to enjoy cocktail hour.
In between dinner and dancing, they flipped the room for a last time while the cake was being cut. See below for all their vendors.
Planner: April Marie Events @aprilmarieevents
Photography: Andrea Stark Photography @andreastarkphoto
Venue: Private Home in Cordillera
Hair and Makeup: @allaboutlooksimage
Rentals: Elite Events of Grand Junction @eliteeventsgj
Catering: Gourmet Cowboy @gourmet_cowboy
Cake and Desserts: Sweet Kiwi @sweet_kiwi_bakery
DJ, lighting and sound: Griz Entertainment @griz_entertainment
Floral Design: An Exquisite Design @anexquisitedesignflorist
Transportation: Turtle Bus @turtlebuscolorado
Bridal Gown: Pronovias @pronovias
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
Venue: Park Hyatt Beaver Creek @parkhyattbc
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.