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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are not very many winter wedding venues in Breckenridge, PERIOD, but The Lodge at Breckenridge is available for weddings year-round. It is a perfect, all-inclusive venue. The fact that the Lodge at Breckenridge can combine accommodations, ceremony and reception space at the same location, and offer you the rustic Colorado charm, regardless of the season, is reason enough to have your wedding here.
Best Qualities about The Lodge at Breckenridge for a Wedding
There are four factors that make this one of my favorite venues in Breckenridge:
- The all-season wedding deck on an overlook
- Multiple location options for portraits in the winter
- The reception space
Follow me on this journey of Tanya and Preston’s wedding while I showcase the best of The Lodge at Breckenridge wedding venue in the winter.
Accommodations at The Lodge at Breckenridge
The possibility to have your family and guests to stay on site during your wedding weekend is a huge plus. Not to mention they have a shuttle that will take you to town, which is a huge reason to not bring rent a car. If you’re going to be staying at the Lodge for a few days, I would highly recommend booking their luxury cabins. It is a private space for your entire wedding party and is such a nice space for getting ready photos. So many ideal places for hanging the dress.
They have 25 guest rooms that sit at the top of Boreas Pass Road. The Lodge is designed so that each room has incredible views of the mountains, and each has rustic features that are true to its Colorado vibe.
You can have up to 220 wedding guests at your reception, but ideally this venue would be best for 50-100 guests in the winter. The Lodge is also a dog-friendly wedding venue so don’t leave out your pups!
Wedding Deck Overlook
Regardless if you want to have a summer or winter wedding, you have to get married on their incredible wedding deck overlooking they Rocky Mountains. If it’s freshly snowed, they will snow blow all of the snow off the deck so that you and your your guests won’t have any trouble walking on the deck. Aisle runners or rugs also make a fantastic way to create your aisle on the expansive deck.
Worried about getting cold? Don’t! They have beautiful heaters for the deck. I’d also just go ahead and budget for blankets and hand warmers for your guests. They are a nice touch and keep everyone comfortable and warm.
Tanya and Preston’s wedding ceremony took place on the wedding deck in front of a gorgeous floral arch created by Petal and Bean.
Wedding Group Portraits
There are beautiful wooded spots around the lodge to take group portraits. The Lodge also has two decks: the wedding deck and the hot tub deck. Both have amazing views, and if your wish is to stay hidden from your wedding guests but to also get all your family portraits done before the wedding, the hot tub deck is your best friend. The is allows your guests to grab a cocktail before the wedding ceremony and mingle with other guests while you get your group pictures out of the way and hideaway for a few moments before the big “I dos.”
The other little tidbit of information about having your wedding at the Lodge is its proximity to the best portrait locations in Breckenridge. I’m not going to give away all my secret spots, but two fantastic spots for newlywed pictures are Boreas Pass Road and Baldy Overlook. Each of those locations are within a quick five minute drive from the Lodge.
The Reception Space
The Lodge has the potential for a sophisticated and elegantly designed wedding with rustic touches. You don’t have to go “totally rustic” in your wedding design with this venue. I love when couples opt for gold accents with white and greenery in their floral arrangements.
Vendor Credit List:
Venue: Lodge at Breckenridge
Florist and Planner: Petal and Bean
Photographer: Marianne Brown Photography, associate: Andrea Stark Photography