Real Aspen Wedding: Meg and Zach’s Destination Wedding Weekend0
Wedding Date: 09/03/2017
Bride and Groom: Meg and Zach
(From the Bride)
Zach and I met in Aspen, Colorado. Zach (originally from Orange County, CA) picked Me (Meg) up in the Gant Van from the airport with my mom. What we thought would be a mother-daughter vacation turned into the beginning of a wonderful love story.
After being in a long distance relationship for a year, I moved out to Aspen to be with Zach. We both lived and worked in Aspen until 2015 when we decided to move to California to be closer to family. We decided to have a destination wedding in Aspen because it is so near and dear to our hearts. We had an intimate wedding of 70 guests and had activities throughout the weekend. We had a welcome reception at the Gant Aspen and served vegan friendly options, bison sliders, and more. A selection of Colorado Bourbons (along with full bar) was also hosted at the Welcome Reception. We really liked having the activities planned because it gave our guests a chance to get to know one another before the wedding day. Once the wedding came around everyone knew each-other. The morning after the wedding we went Paragliding with Aspen Paragliding, then embarked on a 3 week honeymoon through Spain, Portugal, and Morocco.
Where did you have your ceremony? Theatre Aspen
How did you decide on this location? I wanted a ceremony location that was outdoors but had an easy plan for rain, because we all know how afternoon showers can come unexpectedly. I also liked that it was affordable, had a scenic backdrop, and was only a 10 minute walk for everyone from the center of town.
Where did you have your reception? Hotel Jerome
How did you decide on Hotel Jerome for your reception? The Hotel Jerome was a short distance away from the Theatre Aspen. I love how historical the hotel is and it definitely has the mountain chic vibe I was looking for.
Where did you have book your accommodations? The Gant
What was the mood at your wedding? Full of love and happiness!
What is your best memory from your wedding day? Seeing my husbands face when he saw me walking down the aisle (we didn’t see each-other before the wedding)
Meg, Do you have any advice for a bride planning a destination wedding? Plan activities throughout the weekend so the guests can get to know each-other before the big day. I had a small wedding of only 70 guests, but the dance floor was always full. I think the fact that everyone had met almost everyone else by the time the reception rolled around definitely helped. Also, I would advise people to definitely have an open bar! People come from very far and spend a lot of money to witness your marriage – you want them to enjoy themselves!!
Aspen Wedding Vendors
Venue: The Ute Terrace at The Gant Aspen
Food: The Gant Aspen
Music:Live music by Mark Nussmeier
Wedding Day Vendors:
PhotographerRoss Daniels Photography
Wedding PlannerMountain Events by Windy
Rentals: Premier Party Rentals
Hair & Makeup: Cheyenne Montoya
Ceremony Music: String Trio through Aspen Music Festival and School
DJ: DJ Ryan Griz
Paper / Invitations: The Hello Co.
Officiant: Reverend Jill Pidcock
Favors: Voluspa Vermeil Mini Tin Travel Candles
Wedding Dress: Marchesa
Wedding Dress Store: Saks 5th Avenue – Beverley Hills Bridal Salon
Mens Attire: Men’s Warehouse Rentals (Vera Wang)
Bridesmaid Attire Designer: Jenny Yoo
Bridesmaid Dress Provider: Bridesmaid Stylist Morgan Reubenson (Brideside)
Meg, thanks for sharing your special day with us! We wish you both a wonderful future together.