Breckenridge & Keystone Wedding PhotographerTying the knot in Summit County?
I photographed my first wedding in Breckenridge in 2006 and shoot many weddings there year after year, both there and the nearby Keystone resort area. The region surrounding Breckridge is host to many beautiful wedding venues like One Ski Hill Place, The Sevens, The Maggie, Mountain Thunder Lodge, and, my personal favorites, Breckenridge’s TenMile Station and Timber Ridge at Keystone. Both TenMile Station and Timber Ridge are on the side of high mountains with insane views out over the Continental Divide and offer some of the very best wedding photography backdrops in the state. You can read more about the town on Wikipedia.
I actually started visiting Breckenridge and Keystone when I was in college, since Summit County was where my friends and I went skiing every weekend. I grew to love the town, and now, as a wedding photographer, Breckenridge and Keystone are one of my favorite areas in Colorado to shoot weddings. There’s great food, awesome skiing, epic venues with amazing views, and a real fun, vibrant and arty downtown, all relatively close to Denver International Airport but also far enough away from I70 but far enough away to keep things a little more quiet.
There’s really nowhere else in Colorado like Breckenridge for wedding photography, as it’s an interesting mix of Colorado ski towns and, in many ways, winds up with the best little bits and pieces all of them have to offer. For more visual inspiration, check out my Pinterest pages on the area.
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How Are Keystone and Breckenridge for Wedding Photography?
Spectacular! That’s the best word to describe it: Keystone and Breck are both spectacular for wedding photography. And you’ll know it as soon as you drive into town. There are many ways to get to Breck, but most people will exit I70 in Frisco and take about a 15 minute drive over to town. As you drive in, you’ll be in a wide valley with huge ski mountains everywhere. Keystone will be far off to the left, along with Arapahoe Basin, and Breckenridge is straight ahead. You’ll see immediately that there are dozens of places to shoot amazing pictures. Get a better idea at the mountain’s YouTube channel here.
As opposed to many of the other areas in the region, the mountains of Breckenridge are not super densely forested, which means areas with grand vistas are easy to access. A great example is Boreas Pass Road, which exits the town and heads up to nearly 11,500 feet en route to Como in the South Platte. Boreas Pass is a gravel road, though in the late summer and fall you can drive it with 2 wheel drive just fine. It passes through incredible aspen groves and is an amazing place to see fall colors and make gorgeous bride and groom portraits.
If you’d rather shoot closer to town, there is a lot of low lying open space as you enter town, and many of the wedding venues in Breckenridge are close to or have immediate access to the mountains themselves.
Like the other areas in the central mountains, the weather is pretty amazing year round. Read more here at Weather Underground.
Where to get married in Breckenridge and Keystone
You can’t really go wrong, but I’ll start with a few of my favorite venues. TripAdvisor has a lot of info as well.
- TenMile Station TenMile Station is located part way up the mountain side and can hold about 200 guests. Access is fairly easy, and people will be able to drive strait up to the wedding. There’s typically a big parking area out of side of the venue for guests, but you can also hire transport. The western inspired architecture looks awesome, and there’s a concrete outdoor ceremony site just to the side of the building. There are few places in Colorado that offer a wedding deck literally adjacent to a venue that guests can drive to.
- Timber Ridge This place is insane!! Just getting there is a blast! You have to take 2 ski lifts to get there! It’s located waaay up Keystone Mountain on a ridge top in the middle of a gigantic field of wild flowers in the summertime. It’s a pretty big venue (it can hold about 350), which means that if you have a wedding from 150 to 250, the venue will feel like it’s the perfect size. Lots of couples choose to get married just of the back deck with views looking straight into the Continental Divide. I love this place. It’s one of my favorite mountain venues anywhere.
- The Sevens: Another favorite in Breck, the Sevens is a fairly modern venue at the base of one of the peaks. There’s a great deck just off the front of the bar where you can get married and it sports a beautiful view across the valley.
Best Wedding Vendors in Breckenridge and Keystone
I have had the absolute pleasure of working with many talented wedding vendors in Breckenridge. Here are some colleagues I highly recommend:
- Bella Design and Planning: Emily Campbell is a wonderful planner who I’ve worked with for a long time. She’s a local to Summit County and I highly recommend her.
- All Events and Catering: Give these guys a call for awesome wedding food!
- Petal and Bean: Some of the finest wedding florists in Breckenridge. Also do planning.
- Bloom: I LOVE photographing wedding bouquets from Bloom! Beautiful!
- Sugar: One of the top wedding bakeries serving Breckenridge and Summit County