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REAL ASPEN WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Meredith and William’s Colorado Ranch Wedding

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Transforming a barn into a beautiful reception space is always the best way to start with a blank canvas to express the story the couple would like to tell on their wedding day. This stunning, romantic event considered all the details from the s’mores pit to the lounge area and down to the farm tables and the result is magical.

Submission by Becca Polan from Gold Leaf Events. Contact Becca at becca@golfleafevent.com or visit goldleafevent.com for all of your wedding planning needs.

You can view the highlights of their wedding day on a video by BTX Productions here:

Meredith & William | Wedding Highlights from BTX Productions on Vimeo.

Wedding Date: 06/11/2016
Bride and Groom: Meredith Maroone and William Knowles

Where did you have your ceremony?
Chaparral Ranch

How did you decide on this location?
Meredith loves riding horses and loved the bringing her family and friends to a beautiful outdoor ranch in Colorado. Her family also had a home in Snowmass she had been coming here her whole life.

Where did you have your reception?
Chaparral Ranch

How did you decide on Chaparral Ranch for your reception?
Meredith loves riding horses and loved the bringing her family and friends to a beautiful outdoor ranch in Colorado. Her family also had a home in Snowmass she had been coming here her whole life.

Where did you have book your accommodations?
Limelight, Little Nell and Hotel Jerome

What was the mood at your wedding?
The outdoor ceremony up against the beautiful pond backdrop at Chaparral Ranch.

What is your best memory?
The fire-pits and make your own s'more station for dessert where guests were able to enjoy the beautiful Colorado sky and observe stars they had never seen before coming from big cities in Florida and California.

Meredith Maroone, Do you have any advice for a bride planning a destination wedding?
The fire-pits and make your own s’more station for dessert where guests were able to enjoy the beautiful Colorado sky and observe stars they had never seen before coming from big cities in Florida and California. Remembering why your destination is unique to who you are as a couple and why you have brought all of your guests together there. This special early summer weekend wedding in the beginning of Aspen’s summer season was a wonderful way to share in the quiet town before Food and Wine hit the next weekend.

Although the weather can be iffy- booking on off-peak times ensured guests would have affordable lodging options. Using a planner who can make the last minute calls for weather would make the bride's day stress free as we covered and uncovered outdoor furniture minutes up until the ceremony started. Luckily the weather cooperated just perfectly for this special couple.

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Vendors:
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Chaparral Ranch
Rehearsal Dinner: Caribou Club
Sunday Brunch: BB’s Kitchen
Photographer: Laura Boggs
Wedding Planner: Gold Leaf Event Design & Production
Florist(s):
Carolyn’s Flowers
Aspen Branch
Hair/Makeup- Salon Tullio
Lighting- Halcyon
Decor- House of Yonder
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Band- Ground Control
DJ- Who Is Chris Lewis
Ceremony Music- Wendy Larson Silver City Strings
Cocktail Music- Chris Bank
Caterer- Caribou Club
Transportation- CTS
Photo Booth- Go Photo Booth
Videographer- BTX Productions

November 21, 2016 |

REAL ASPEN WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Katie and William’s Rosebud Wedding

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This special Memorial Day weekend wedding in the beginning of Aspen’s summer season brought guests from St. Louis and Chicago to the beautiful Rosebud Ranch in Old Snowmass. This was mountain elegance at it’s finest using all local vendors to transform a family’s ranch into an unforgettable wedding venue.

Submission by Becca Polan from Gold Leaf Events. Contact Becca at becca@golfleafevent.com or visit goldleafevent.com for all of your wedding planning needs.

Wedding Date: 05/28/2016
Bride and Groom: Katie Clark and William Feuerbacher

Where did you have your ceremony? Rosebud Ranch (Private home)

 

How did you decide on this location? This was Katie’s family’s ranch in Old Snowmass.

 

Where did you have your reception? Rosebud Ranch (Private home)

 

How did you decide on Rosebud Ranch (Private home) for your reception? This was Katie’s family’s ranch in Old Snowmass.

 

Where did you have book your accommodations? Most of their guests stayed at Hotel Jerome, Ritz Carlton, Limelight, Roaring Fork Club and The Gant

 

What was the mood at your wedding? Katie was her father’s only daughter and it meant so much to have her wedding on their property that their family had spent so much time growing up there in Old Snowmass- it was a somber occasion as her mother had passed a few years earlier so it was bittersweet to have their loved ones back at the Ranch. There was a special rose ceremony to commemorate her mother while the ceremony took place in the garden she loved- it was built with Katie’s wedding in mind many years before. There was also a charcuterie board hanging from the ceiling of the family’s barn which also sported a custom made bar with local Aspen Brewery beer on tap.

 

What is your best memory? The rose ceremony. There was also an astronomer who came and set up telescopes for the guests to marvel at the stars after dessert.

 

Katie Clark, Do you have any advice for a bride planning a destination wedding? The rose ceremony. There was also an astronomer who came and set up telescopes for the guests to marvel at the stars after dessert.Using a local planner who is on-site and in town way before you and your guests arrive. Remembering why your destination is unique to who you are as a couple and why you have brought all of your guests together there.

Do you have any additional thoughts or photos you would like to share with us?

This special Memorial Day weekend wedding in the beginning of Aspen’s summer season brought guests from St. Louis and Chicago to the beautiful Rosebud Ranch in Old Snowmass. This was mountain elegance at it’s finest using all local vendors to transform a family’s ranch into an unforgettable wedding venue.

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Vendors:
Photographer: Rachel Havel
Wedding Planner: Gold Leaf Event Design & Production
Florist: Carolyn’s Flowers
Hair/Makeup: Salon Tullio
Lighting: Halcyon
Decor: Eclectic Hive Rentals: Premier Party Rentals
Ceremony music and band: Moment’s Notice
Caterer: Roaring Fork Club
Transportation: CTS
Cake: d’Ellisious
Astronomer: Bryan White Photo booth: Social Light
Ceremony Location: Rosebud Ranch (private home) Reception Location: Tent at Rosebud Ranch (private home)
Rehearsal Dinner: Chef’s Club

November 14, 2016 |

Intimate Mountain Top Aspen Wedding

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Congratulations Kristi Bowden and Mike Wheeler

Married on September 12, 2015

This outdoor chic wedding happened on top of Aspen Mountain.  This intimate destination wedding centered around close family members.

Wedding and Event Planner: Burns & Madsen

Wedding submitted by Illinois photographer Salvatore Cincotta Photography

Ceremony Venue: Aspen Mountain Wedding Deck      Reception Venue:  Hotel Jerome     Florist and Decor:  The Aspen Branch    DJ: Naka G     Cake:  Elissa Buckley     Sound and Lighting:  Halcyon Productions

 

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November 9, 2015 |

Winter Wonderland Wedding in Aspen

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Congratulations to Bryna and Geoff, married on December 12, 2014

Bryna shares her best advice for a bride planning an intimate destination wedding in Aspen, as well as her favorite moments from her wedding day.

 Geoff and I wanted our wedding to be a low key, fun, family oriented celebration. Neither of us are into big affairs and certainty didn’t want to feel awkward, rushed, or calculated on our big day. We wanted to get ready together with our families, see each other before our vowels and really celebrate with every one who has helped make us the people we are today. We both love the mountains and the snow, which is why we chose to have our wedding in Aspen during winter. We both imagined snow covered trees, friends and family bundled up with hot cocoa and blankets! We said our vowels in front of a breathtakingly beautiful snow covered creek, with soaring Aspen and Pine trees surrounding us. It was everything we could have dreamed of. Our violinist played as guests were arriving, and as I walked down the show covered stairs with my dad to my groom. Even after the officiant warned him the previous day, my dad stepped on my veil, which allowed for a big smile and giggle among the adrenaline and nervous!! Hand in hand as were were saying, “Amen”, snow dropped from the sky onto Geoff and I as if He was giving us his blessing. As all of our guests were snuggled, holding hands, and taking in the backdrop Geoff and I exchanged traditional vowels (which was what we both had always imagined). We said our “I DOs” kissed, and were off! The cocktail hour was filled with yummy crab cakes, German meatballs and caprese skewers while everyone got warmed up inside by the fire! Our amazing chef prepared a Churrasco style dinner with the best chimichurri sauce ever!!! He also had our cake made by a local baker which had layers of vanilla and chocolate ganache. The evening was filled with dancing, laughing, and catching up with the most important people in our lives.

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How did you decide on your wedding and reception location?
We wanted to find a large home for both of our families to stay in together.  We wanted to pick a place that once all the guests arrived, they didn’t have to go anywhere! We happened upon our house through VRBO.  Since it was a low key celebration, my aunts decorated the entire basement with paper snowflakes and twinkle lights; and the property manager, who is also an amazing chef, catered our dinner!!!

It was the PERFECT setting. Placed on the hillside with the creek running behind it! And of course the Woody Creek Tavern in walking distance!

 What was the mood at your wedding?
Classic. Cozy. Romantic. All of our guests were welcomed with hot chocolate and serenaded by a wonderful violinist. On their chairs outside, each had their own cozy blanket to be snuggled up together outside in the snow for our vowels!

 What is your best memory?
Right as we were saying “Amen” during our prayer, snow fell down from the tree tops as if He was giving his blessing to us. It made us both tear up!

 Advice for a bride planning a destination wedding?

Don’t go into it with super high expectations. As long as you have what is going to make you HAPPY then everything will fall into place. To us, we wanted our wedding to be about our commitment, and as long as we had each other and our families there it was going to be perfect. When we arrived in Aspen, there was NO SNOW ANYWHERE (as I had pictured my wedding as a winter wonderland). However, the MOST important thing was that my family and friends made it safely. That evening it snowed 2 feet and all day the next day! Needless to say we had more than enough snow.

 
 
 
 

Wedding Vendors:  Jason and Gina Photographers  / Flowers – Harrington Smith  / Private Chef – Alexander Lehnen  / Officiant – Jill Pidcock

February 24, 2015 |

Intimate Mountain Wedding in Aspen

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Congratulations to Cara and Austin!  Married July 12, 2014 in Aspen Colorado.

Cara shares her wedding story and tips for a bride planning a destination wedding in Aspen.

Our Story:  Austin and I met our freshman year of high school, started dating in college and after 8 years we got engaged on a trip to New York City.

How we decided on the Ceremony location:  We took our time planning, even played around with the idea of a large, traditional wedding, but in the end we knew we wanted something less conventional. After a weekend vacation to Aspen, in particular Maroon Bells, we knew we had found the perfect place for an intimate mountain wedding. We invited 15 guests and it set the tone for the entire wedding process – everything felt very stress-free and comfortable.

Maroon Bells Amphitheatre is one of the most picturesque places we both have ever been. With snow still on the mountaintops, tons of wildlife (we even saw a moose) and a crystal clear lake, it was majestic and magical, the perfect location. During the months leading up to the wedding we worked with our amazing officiant to personalize the ceremony. It was a process we really enjoyed and we felt like in the end we were able to truly make it our own. One of the ideas we incorporated was a passing of the rings ceremony. Austin’s brother started the ring ceremony by sharing a blessing. We asked each of our guests to share a few words as the rings were passed from one person to the next and it was something we both will never forget as we laughed and cried with everyone’s sweet comments. We also incorporated a tree planting ceremonial, where we planted two Aspen trees after the ceremony to symbolize our growing relationship. It’s something we can always go back and visit during our future trips to Colorado.

Austin’s family lived in Colorado for many years and it’s a place that has a lot of meaning to him. We vacation there every year and always find ourselves wishing we were in the mountains. Having our destination wedding in Aspen was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made and everything else came easy after that. We also knew immediately that we wanted Stewart-Hunter Photography to be there. I’ve been a bridesmaid in weddings they have shot before and after seeing how beautiful their photographs were, I couldn’t wait to ask them to photograph our big day.

Our Reception:  We decided on the Limelight Hotel because they had the perfect space for us – a balcony that seated 15 people perfectly. We wanted the reception to have a cozy, intimate feeling, which is why we all sat at one table together surrounded by candlelight. We had a fire pit nearby to sit by afterwards and lights strung around the balcony. The customer service at Limelight was amazing, which made it an easy decision.

I’m lucky to have a very creative family who helped with a lot of the decorations. My sister hand-made the napkins and herringbone table runner and my dad cut a tree down at the family farm to create the name card and candlestick holders. I was really excited about the calligraphy too. We incorporated it everywhere we could – name cards, menus, small and large signs, etc. And finally, I wanted the florals to look natural with extra foliage and wispy stems added in, almost as if you picked them there. I was thrilled with how it all came together and I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful setup.

 



Best Memory from the wedding day:  During the months leading up to the wedding we worked with our amazing officiant to personalize the ceremony. It was a process we really enjoyed and we felt like in the end we were able to truly make it our own. One of the ideas we incorporated was a passing of the rings ceremony. Austin’s brother started the ring ceremony by sharing a blessing. We asked each of our guests to share a few words as the rings were passed from one person to the next and it was something we both will never forget as we laughed and cried with everyone’s sweet comments.  Our second favorite memory would be having our first dance at the base of the mountain. A close friend played the guitar and we danced to Jack Johnson’s Better Together.

Advice for brides planning a destination wedding:  We had quite the scare that bad weather would force us to move our reception location inside, but it missed us by an inch and left us with an amazing rainbow and even better sunset. The day went exactly how we had hoped – intimate and memorable. My advice to brides would be to have a plan B – just in case and to not overthink the weather. It’s out of your hands. Just enjoy your day and know everything will work itself out!

Vendors:

Ceremony Location: Maroon Bells Amphitheatre
Reception Location: Limelight Hotel
Cake: City Market
Macarons: Franck Thirion Bakery
Cookies: Paradise Bakery
Flowers: Mountain Flowers of Aspen
Photography: Stewart Hunter Photography
Calligraphy/Invitations: Caitlin Welsh of Charlie Whiskey
Bride’s Dress: Nicole Miller
Bride’s Shoes: Anthropologie
MOH’s Dress: Mod Cloth
MOH’s Shoes: Anthropologie
Groom’s Suit: Banana Republic
Shirt, tie, tie clip: J. Crew
Best Man’s Suit: Nordstrom

December 12, 2014 |

Liz and Chad: Summer Aspen Mountain Wedding

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Liz & Chad Gardner’s Aspen Mountain I Do’s!

Liz shares her wedding story:  We all know Colorado weather is unpredictable but as we all say, “if you don’t like the weather, wait 20 minutes.” Upon waking up the morning of our wedding to pouring rain, we were certain it would clear by 5 pm. Heading up the gondola in rain clouds at 4 p.m. we were starting to lose confidence our Wedding Deck ceremony would take place. But just in the nick of time and thanks to someone up above, the clouds finally started to part at 4:30 and with 170 guests wrapped in fleece blankets, we said our “I Do’s” with an incredible backdrop of clearing clouds and mountains behind us.

With the rain coming back in, we moved inside the Sundeck where the 11 piece band, Soul X, kept the party going and the dance floor packed the entire night. Guests noshed on late night sliders and fries, made their mark on our antique ski guestbook, and captured the evening in the photobooth.

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  Tips and Ideas from Liz:

How did you decide on your ceremony location?

We live in Denver but have spent a lot of time in the Aspen Valley over the years. Having exchanged our first “I love yous” in Aspen, the town has become very special to us and thus we knew we wanted to say our “I do’s” there.  After looking at a number of the amazing Aspen venues, we couldn’t turn down the opportunity to wed on the magical Aspen Mountain Wedding Deck. Anyone that steps foot up there knows how incredible and memorable of a spot it was for us and all of our guests.

How did you decide on your reception location?

With family and friends coming to Colorado from all over the country, we wanted to give them a one-of-a-kind reception experience. We knew that dancing the night away at 11,000 ft. would be unlike anything else people had experienced! Plus the service and quality of The Little Nell was truly second-to-none.

Accommodations

Little Nell, Hotel Aspen & Molly Gibson

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What was the mood at the wedding?

We wanted our wedding to truly be an event full of love, joy, lots of laughter, and a whole lot of fun!! From starting the weekend off with a Mexican themed rehearsal dinner at El Rincon to our wedding ceremony officiated by our brother-in-law, the wedding was all about fun and family.

Any advice for a bride planning a destination wedding?

Work with great vendors. We absolutely loved working with The Little Nell, Robin Proctor, Full Circle, Harrington Smith Florals and Jane Floyd and Associates. They helped to make our vision a reality and were so calming throughout the entire wedding day, despite the weather challenges. We would also advise to pick and chose your priorities. You could go crazy and spend endless hours on detail after detail that no one might ever notice. Decide what is most important to you for your wedding day and make those items your planning priority!!

 Best memory from the wedding day?

As we already heard the weather wasn’t exactly perfect for most of the day but just as we said our final “I dos”, kissed and made our way up the aisle to the sounds of cheers, for the very first time all day the sun broke through the clouds and beamed down on us. It was truly like our loved ones that could not be there with us in person were smiling down on us and giving us their blessing!!

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 Aspen Wedding Vendors Include:
Wedding Planner – Jane Floyd and Events    Ceremony and Reception Venue – The Little Nell     Photography – Robin Proctor Photography    Flowers and Decor – Harrington Smith
Hair and Makeup – Full Circle   Lighting and Audio – Alchemy   Wedding Band – Soul X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
December 8, 2014 |
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