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Devil’s Thumb Ranch Winter Wedding in Tabernash, Colorado

Devil’s Thumb Ranch Winter Wedding in Tabernash, Colorado

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.

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Kayla and Tom VRBO Winter Wedding in Cordillera, Colorado

Kayla and Tom VRBO Winter Wedding in Cordillera, Colorado

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.

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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.

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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

Videographer: @14KMedia

Bridal Gown: Pronovias @pronovias

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!

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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!

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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.

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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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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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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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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

Small, Intimate Wedding – Beaver Creek, Colorado

Small, Intimate Wedding – Beaver Creek, Colorado

Meredith and John had a small, intimate wedding in Beaver Creek this summer of 2020. They just didn’t want to let COVID get in the way of them still saying, “I Do” on their original wedding date. So with five close family members and an iPhone to virtually stream the wedding ceremony, they officially tied the knot with a Catholic ceremony at the Chapel at Beaver Creek on Saturday, July 11th. 

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The first look with her dad was the coolest Father-daughter first look I’ve ever been a part of. Her dad was waiting at the end of the street, and Meredith drove up in a convertible Porsche to surprise her dad! It was so funny how excited he was. Not only did he get to see his baby girl in her wedding dress, but he got to take her to the church in a gorgeous sparkling white Porsche! 

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The Chapel at Beaver Creek

The Chapel at Beaver Creek is one of those architectural gems in Colorado. Nestled at the base of Beaver Creek, surrounded by a flowing creek and aspens, the towering rock church is the perfect venue to say your vows. 

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Photos at the Top of Beaver Creek

After the ceremony, we got lift tickets to take the ski lift up to the top of Beaver Creek Mountain, and that’s where we got the amazing mountain vistas and purple wildflowers you see in some of my favorite pictures of the day. 

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Review From the Bride

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When our wedding plans changed this year due to COVID, we found Andrea last minute, and it was one of the best decisions we made. She worked with us on pricing and made our mountain vision come to life. She was so pleasant to work with and truly made the day as easy as possible. We went over our slated time with her, but it was clear she cared more about capturing the best shots, making them perfect and exceeding our expectations than focusing on the time. I could not be happier with how all of the photos came out! Truly perfection! From the dress and ring photos to the Chapel and on top of Beaver Creek, she took the time to make the pictures absolutely perfect.


-Meredith, bride