Natalie and Dustin’s Intimate Aspen Elopement0
Natalie and Dustin were planning a wedding in their hometown of Columbus, Ohio when they decided to drop everything and elope! The groom chose the reception location on the day of the wedding. What a special day! Read on for more about their wedding day.
Wedding Date: 07/08/2017
Bride and Groom: Natalie and Dustin
From the Bride: Dustin and I got engaged in Feb. 2017. Immediately after, the wedding planning began! In the beginning Dustin and I planned a wedding with a guest list of 130 people in our hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Everything was planned and set up and we were about to get our invites out when (drop the mic) we pulled the plug on that plan! When they say wedding planning is stressful, now I know every meaning to that saying. Things were getting a little out of hand and I realized what we were doing was not what we really wanted. It was always my dream growing up to get married in a super small and simple setting. That is just not what was happening and it was creating a lot of anxiety for the both of us.
Then the idea of Aspen, Colorado came up and we made the plans within two weeks and we were on a plane. We had some of our loved ones there, it was simple, everything we wanted and more. The elopement was drama and stress free. I look back today and know in my heart that we made the best decision for us as a couple. We also planned a party back in our hometown with all of our family and friends. I loved sharing all of our memories and photos with everyone. It was a great celebration and I could not have asked for a better outcome with the elopement and party! Now, it is off to Hawaii!!!
Where did you have your ceremony?
My now husband, Dustin decided on the location. We flew into Aspen that Friday. Saturday as I was getting my hair and make up done. He went exploring for the perfect location! I had no idea where we were going and I was totally surprised!
Location of Reception?
St. Regis, Aspen (where we stayed)- It was just us and two other couples. We all went there after and had a little cocktail hour. Then had dinner reservations at the Little Nell.
How did you decide on your reception location?
Everything was planned day of! After Dustin found the location him and his friend went to the St. Regis for a drink. The bartender actually recommended the Little Nell.
Where did you stay?
St. Regis– What an amazing hotel! We had a suite and when we got there they had roses on the bed, champagne, and music! It was so lovely.
What was the mood at the wedding? Unique and different?
Very unique and different. We decided to elope 2 weeks before we went to Aspen after planning a big wedding in Columbus, Ohio. Turns out we did not want that “big” wedding. Our wedding was casual and easy going. I was comfortable and so happy about how intimate it was. I could really focus on Dustin and our relationship – outside of all that wedding day drama and nerves.
Best memory from the wedding day?
When we gave our vows to each other. We married ourselves, Dustin took the lead by starting the ceremony off with a poem that blew my mind and made me smile the biggest I have in my whole life. I loved how intimate the situation was and having our friends there to witness, it brought so much joy to me on that day. The next day, we went paddle boarding as a group! It was the perfect adventure the day after getting married! Then we had another dinner celebration at The Grey Lady.
Any advice for a bride planning a destination wedding?
Try and stay calm. I would get so worked up about the littlest things and my husband would take my hand every time and say, everything is going to be perfect- no matter what.
Aspen Wedding Vendors
Photographer:Robin Proctor Photography
Hair: Salon Tullio
Makeup: Bride’s Cousin Jade
Flowers/Decor: Mountain Flowers of Aspen
Thanks to the Bride, Natalie for sharing your wedding story with us! We wish you and Dustin a wonderful life together.