Granby Ranch Wedding

Vista Ridge Wedding at Granby Ranch, CO 8Have the mountaintop ceremony you have always envisioned at 9,000 feet above sea level at Granby Ranch. Your guests will ride the chairlift to the magnificent summit of Vista Ridge for your ceremony, surrounded by the peaks of the Colorado Rockies. With breathtaking views of the Continental Divide, Headwaters Golf Course follows the natural landscape of the meandering Fraser River.

Or have your wedding with the sun casting beautiful hues of pink and red on the rolling greens of the 18 hole championship golf course. Your loved ones will celebrate your marriage overlooking Strawberry Hill, with wide-open views under the Colorado sky.

Contact us for more information: 970-887-5143

I’m A Bride on Skis!

We took two runs after the ceremony. The first one, was with about 20 of our friends and it was absolutely the most fun ski run I have EVER done. Everyone was cheering (including people we didn’t know on the mountain and on the ski lift above us) and the energy was just off the charts. It was an absolute blast!!

When we got to the bottom, we were welcomed by a huge crowd of our non-skiing guests, all hooting and hollering for us!

Steve had scoped out a run for us that had some fun little obstacles (for the kids) and we had a blast skiing through them together!

Did you notice yet that I’m wearing pink skis to match my wedding dress? My friend Randi hooked me up from the ski shop she works at! I LOVE THEM!

Ok, I’m not quite the extreme skier that other bride was, but to give me some credit, those pictures were taken the day after her wedding! At the time we took these ones, I still had to go inside and our formal portraits, and make it to my reception in one piece! BUT We had a TON of fun on our two runs – it certainly made for a memorable day, and between the bridal party yoga (at 7am) and the two ski runs, I’d say I got more exercise on my wedding day than the average bride! Not too shabby!

Sara and Nathan’s Lovely Winter chairlift wedding at Granby Ranch, CO


A Snowy Granby Ranch Wedding | Sara & Nathan

Sara and Nathan chose January 1st at the charming Granby Ranch in Granby, Colorado to have their wedding celebration. They and their family and friends came all the way from Kansas City for the mountain wedding experience! I was thrilled to be going back to Granby after the summer wedding I was able to shoot there and couldn’t wait to be there for this snowy winter event.

Sara’s beautiful Gavin Michael’s gown was found at Natalie M. in Overland Park, Kansas.

True to snowy-ski-resort-bride style, Sara wore these fun Sorel snow boots for our trip up the mountain.

Her ceremony shoes were a lovely pop of something blue. On the left is the bride and groom’s rings plus a sweet gift for Nathan’s daughter, a ring with her birthstone in the center flanked by Sara and Nathan’s. A symbol of the new union for her to wear.

Nathan’s suit was by Jones New York.

Sara’s gorgeous bouquet was done by Margaret’s Garden. I couldn’t resist bringing it and her gown outside into this perfect snowy scene for a few minutes!

Sara and Nathan got ready at one of Granby’s charming lodges, the plentiful light was wonderful.

We chose to do their first look inside the lodge because it was oh, about zero degrees outside:

Then from the cozy lodge out into the sunny but zero degree day we went!

Granby’s main lift lets off at the top of the mountain where a gorgeous aspen grove, perfect for photos, awaits!

The view on the first day of 2013 looked like something out of a painting. Not a bad tradeoff for such low temperatures :)

They even braved the cold sans outer layers for a few photos!

A “keep me warm!” snuggly set.

I love how you can see Nathan’s breath, that hardly demonstrates just how intense the cold was!

Sara was a stunning classic beauty of a bride – and dedicated to these photos, too! Brr!

Sara and Nathan’s ceremony and dinner took place in the Alpine Club at Granby Ranch where the decor was dreamed up and created by Sara with the help of family and friends.

Beautiful burlap and lace runners topped with baby’s breath, pine cones and pillar candles made for a soft and cozy ambiance.

The ceremony was officiated by Leon Weece, pastor at the church where Sara grew up.

Nathan’s daughter was presented with the triple birthstone ring during the ceremony and she also helped the officiant with the exchange of rings for Nathan and Sara.

A first-of-the-year wedding – it’s a very romantic notion :)

Gary caught the new Mr. & Mrs. in their handshake after signing the marriage license :)

Someone was really enjoying her party dress :)

Rather than a traditional wedding cake the couple chose four cheesecakes from Granby’s own Ian’s Mountain Bakery.

Perfect for a chilly new year’s day, a hot chocolate station! My favorite.

Sara and Nathan, thank you for welcoming Gary and me into your lives and for having us document your new beginning! We so enjoyed our time with you and your families in Granby and wish you nothing but the very best.


Real Colorado ski lift wedding: Carly & Marc by Exquisite Weddings Magazine

Carly and Marc were married on top of a mountain at Granby Ranch in Colorado. You can see from their photos, the property has some of the most amazing views. To compliment the location, Carly chose some rustic elements for decor including mason jars for the flowers and tree slices as an addition to centerpieces. My favorite part has to be their “getaway car.” The two rode down the mountain on the chair lift accompanied by  an adorable “Just Married” sign.


Photographer: Two One Photography
Floral Designer: The Ruffly Rose
Dress: Anna Be Bridal Boutique
Event Revenue: Granby Ranch



Colorado Weddings Magazine Features Granby Ranch chairlift venue

February 14, 2013 | Denver/Front Range | 0 comments

Alyssa & Scott |  September 29th  |  Ganby Ranch, Colorado

From the bride, Alyssa:
Immediately after Scott proposed I thought of a mountain wedding. We particularly wanted our wedding to be different because my sister had just gotten married five months before me in Nashville, where I grew up. It was the dead of winter when we rode the chairlift up at Granby Ranch Resort and saw the view overlooking the Continental Divide, but we couldn’t imagine any place else. When the event coordinator at Granby Ranch told us our weekend would be close to when the Aspens turn, I grew giddy and that was my bridezilla moment – I had to get married on this mountain.



My dress was a Jim Hjelm design that I bought at The White Gown, a fabulous boutique in an upscale neighborhood in Brooklyn. It was the perfect mix of old and new – the cotton lace was soft and a bit old-fashioned, but the sash with a flower that had a blue tinge made it look modern. To finish off the look I wore my cowboy boots – my nod to Nashville, where I grew up, and my grandmother’s tennis bracelet and diamond and gold earrings. She had just passed away two months before the wedding and I wanted her to be there with us in spirit on our big day. I carried my other grandmother’s small beaded clutch for the reception and wore the garter that she wore more than 60 years ago when she got married! It was special because my sister had worn it, too, five months earlier.

HIP20HIP18Before the ceremony, Scott and I did a first look. It was so nice just to be with him alone for about an hour, before all the craziness began.


Well, we’re both writers – Scott works at Fortune Magazine and I’m at the Wall Street Journal – so we were adamant about writing our own vows. The night before the ceremony, Scott received a special fountain pen from his favorite journalism professor, who had used it for a decade teaching before giving it to Scott, enclosed with a note saying “from the old school to the new school.” He decided to hand-write his vows with that pen for the day of the wedding.


Though it was a non-religious ceremony, we used a spice box that dates back five generations in my family at the beginning of the ceremony, that was filled with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, to remind us of the sweet smell of marriage.


 We also really enjoyed coming down the mountain for the reception. All our guests could see us coming down and started cheering for us. We waved back and held a sign that said, “Just hitched” made out of old barn board that my parents had made for us.


Six months before the wedding my father spent hours chopping down pine-beetle kill tree slabs to use as the base for our centerpieces and donut tower.  Under the slabs, we had burlap table runners and votives surrounding them. On top of the slab, we used mason jars filled with Gerber daises, yarrow, liquid leaves and aspen leaves for a fall feel. And instead of generic table numbers, we named our tables after our favorite ski runs at Winter Park: Derailer, Mary Jane, Sluice Box and more. My mom made the table number holders out of wine corks.


We ordered personalized chapsticks that read, “Atop the Mount, They Made It Count,” Alyssa & Scott, 9.29.2012. Then we got Alyssa and Scott York peppermint patties.


 Both of us are hockey fans; Scott grew up in Detroit so he’s an avid Red Wings fan and I’m a Nashville Predators fan. We used a jersey of each as the tablecloth and had a cupcake tower with red velvet cupcakes and white icing and blue icing with white cupcakes for the Predators. The tower was topped with a small cake that we cut and two fighting hockey players – one Detroit, one Nashville. It was a big hit among kids and adults alike.


Scott and I wanted something nontraditional, so we decided to skip a cake and do a donut tower, filled with the best donuts around.  We chose apple cinnamon, old-fashioned, pumpkin spice, plain, chocolate and several other flavors for people to choose from. We also had three different glazes for people to drizzle on their donuts: chocolate bourbon,  maple glaze and a lemon drizzle. They were delicious!


 My parents have been friends with Grammy-winning songwriter Mark D. Sanders for a long time. When Scott and I thought about a song that would be special to us, we kept coming back to “I Hope You Dance,” by Lee Ann Womack. Mark wrote that song (and won a Grammy for it) and we asked him to perform it live, for us. It was one of the most intimate moments of our day; Mark sitting in chair, strumming out the song, just for us. No microphone, no backup singers, just him. It was blissful.


Day of coordinator: Rami Carter, Pick Me! Weddings  //  Photographer: From the Hip Photo  //  Venue:  Granby Ranch  //  Florist: Margaret’s Garden  //  Donut tower: Lamar’s Donuts  //  Officiant: Ava Chappell, Celebrant  //  DJ: Denver DJ Services  //  Decor: Pink Monkey Solutions

Published in: on February 25, 2013 at 11:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

Jenna and Dalton Smith’s Winter Ski Wedding at Granby Ranch, Colorado


Granby Ranch -Winter Wonderland Wedding

I recently had the opportunity to photography an outdoor winter wedding. Not only was it outdoors with snow all around, but on top of a mountain in Colorado. Such a stunning day. The bride and groom decided to get married on top of Granby Ranch Ski Slope in January and than end the ceremony by snowboarding/skiing down the mountain. What an adventurous way to begin the rest of your life as a married couple!
Wedding pricing starting at only $500!!!
Here are some photos from the beautiful day!

Such a beautiful day and lovely couple!

Ashley Olson Photography

Published in: on February 25, 2013 at 11:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

Now Booking Holiday Parties at ski area near Winter Park, CO

Holiday Party private room overlooking ski area near Winter Park, Colorado

Reunions, Birthdays and Groups in Colorado MountainsImage

Host Your Reunion, Holiday Party, or Birthday in the Rockies

Granby Ranch, located near Winter Park, CO, is now booking company Holiday parties in the Rocky Mountains. With four seasons of activities that include skiinggolfingmountian bikingfishing, and hiking, your guests will love a getaway at Granby Ranch. You’ll find meeting and banquet space to accommodate up to 250 people in our cozy mountain lodge, a professional catering staff, and plenty of personalized care from our event planning team.

For guests with kiddos in tow, we offer inner tubing, two family golf holes, family mountain biking trails, and chairlift access to miles of hiking trails.

  • Meeting and event space for up to 250 people
  • Full banquet services
  • Discounted lodging
  • Transportation
  • Private night skiing & snowboarding events
  • Mountain biking
  • Golf outings
  • Guided and group fishing trips
  • Chairlift access to hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Close proximity to shopping, hot springs, and Rocky Mountain National Park

Take a Site Tour!

Visit Granby Ranch to learn more about planning a mountain adventure for your group. With four seasons of amenities and a personalized touch, our professional event planning team will help you create an exhilarating retreat from the ordinary. Contact us at 970.887.5143 for more information or to schedule a site tour.

Granby Ranch is located just 90 minutes from Denver, Colorado and 20 minutes from Winter Park and the western entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park. Get directions, then visit us to start planning!

Published in: on August 12, 2012 at 7:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

Winter Wedding Poem

A flake of snow in flurry thro’ the air
Had landed as a kiss upon my cheek:
A secret message, just for me to share;
To take to heart but never dare to speak
About or presuppose to other eyes
Your open feelings – distant though they are.
And so, upon your lips, my OWN surprise:
A flake of snow returned from me afar.

By: Mark Slaughter

Wild Sunflowers

My sunflower is a beautiful sunflower,

The most beautiful love I have ever known
My sunflower is a sweet sunflower,
The sweetest heart I have ever known
My sunflower is a passionate sunflower,
The most ravenous love I have ever known
And she warms me with her love
    and her smile
    and her laughter
And she loves me with her kisses
    and her hugs
    and the fire in her eyes

The soft touch of her hands in mine
The comfort of our legs wrapped together
The gentle caress of her soft skin
My sunflower is my desire

Her joyous and fun spirit
Her forgiving and understanding nature
Her caring and nurturing heart
My sunflower is my savior

And she loves me with her love
As I love her with mine
Written by: Joe K. 

Published in: on July 10, 2011 at 4:15 am  Leave a Comment  

Colorado Wildflower Inspiration Palette

A sight to behold

Not just a story to be told
A beauty of our own Grand County things
of the past of here and now

A sight that will forever last
Field, and fields everywhere down low
More growing the higher we go

Our beautiful Colorado mountain flowers
The prettiest of anywhere
All of those colors

Scattered among the trees
Swaying in the breeze
Yellow, purple, blue, pink and red

Tiny little heads
Names of them all I do not know
Just that here they grow
Making a wonderful show!

Oct 2006

Published in: on July 10, 2011 at 3:37 am  Leave a Comment  

Burlap, Antique Mason Jars, Vintage Buttons, Lace

Burlap, antique mason jars, vintage buttons and lace, a rustic aspen log arbor, and a stained glass window from home, log benches, an old church pew, a borrowed altar, and combined talents from family and friends, all came together to make our wedding day more beautiful than we had dreamed.  

The reception was time to celebrate the newlyweds! Vintage tags, strung up with old wooden clothespins, directed guests to their tables. A DIY photo booth complete with old wood  picture frames, paper bow ties and mustaches made for a a fun keepsake. Vintage typewriters for typing a message to the Bride and Groom added to the guest book that was created from engagement photos. Old wedding photos of parents and grandparents and great grandparents were hung on rope.  An old blue suitcase from the 50′s, found at a Thrift store, held favor bags of freshly ground coffee, labeled  Jenna and Mark’s Blend,  from the local Roastery. We were showered with lavender buds as we drove away.

–Aimee from Smitten Photography



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