A Winter Elopement in the Mountains
From the bride, Margaret: We wanted something different than a beach wedding, or just a typical outdoor wedding. We both love the mountains and we also wanted to see snow. Since we are from Louisiana, we don’t get to see either one. I picked Colorado, just because I heard a lot of great things about the ski resorts. Once we started researching, we both fell in love with the pictures we saw of Breckenridge and both knew this was the place!
Our ceremony was at Sapphire Point on a bright and beautiful, snow covered day in 20 degree weather. The overlook was a frozen Lake Dillon, with snowcapped mountains all around us. We had an elopement-type ceremony, which made for a very intimate and powerful bonding.
Looking back, we would have made sure our trip was longer; we just didn’t have enough time to fully enjoy Breckenridge and the surrounding towns. There are so many things to see and do.
My advice: Consider a wedding and/or honeymoon in Colorado. It’s absolutely beautiful, the people are wonderful and I highly recommend the vendors we used.
Margaret & Robin’s
Ceremony Site: Sapphire Point. An absolutely beautiful place in the winter with snowcapped mountains all around you as you overlook Lake Dillon.
Photographer: Kristina Lynn Photography. She is an amazing and talented woman! We talked to her on the phone, told her what types of pictures we were wanting to capture and to our astonishment, she emailed us pictures before the wedding so we could see some different settings. She nailed it with what we were wanting! She took pictures at our lodge before the wedding, drove us to Sapphire Point and then after the ceremony she drove us to different locations and helped us get spectacular pictures. She was extremely professional, personalized the photographs and the day just for us, and listened to our requests. She made sure we were her top priority and we definitely felt it.
Lodging: Mountain Thunder Lodge. Conveniently located to everything, and the setting was breathtaking with mountains all around the backside of the lodge. We were able to bundle the car rental, ski lift tickets and the lodging all together for a discounted rate. The heated underground parking garage was wonderful and a lifesaver in the winter. There was a beautiful, cozy fireplace in our room, as well as a big and spacious balcony. The employees were very courteous and helpful to us. I highly recommend this lodge.
Hair & Makeup: Hair & Weddings by Kylee. She did an outstanding job with my hair and makeup! I absolutely loved it! I emailed her before the wedding asking her opinions on hair styles and hair accessories and she would respond by attaching pictures for her suggestions, which made it very easy for me to see what would look best. She opened up early for me (8:30 AM) and made me felt like I had known her for many years. She asked my thoughts on different things as we went along and made sure I was her main focus and was happy with the outcome.
Gown Designer: Belsoie by Jasmine. This is an absolutely beautiful and elegant dress that flatters and makes a “WOW” statement without being extravagant. It is actually a bridesmaid dress, but I love the fact how easily it turns into a simple bridal gown. I didn’t want the traditional big poufy gown with beads, so this dress was a perfect choice for me.
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse // Officiant: Gretchen Abernathy
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