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8 Romantic Valentine’s Day Wedding Ideas We Love

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Valentine’s Day, the holiday celebrating all things “love” is just a few days away. Although you may not be tying the knot ON Valentine’s Day, these ideas can help you up the romance factor at your own Aspen Wedding. Here are a few ways to make your wedding day full of love.

 

  • Light it up: Set the stage for a romantic vibe with different lighting. Chandeliers, candles, up lighting, or even a personalized monogram will add a special touch.

 

    • Engagement inspiration: Where did your significant other pop the question? Use this setting and any other fun touches to make your wedding day reflect your love story.

       

    • Choose the right hues: Pale pinks, whites, and reds are the typical colors of Valentine’s Day. For a softer vibe, choose pretty pastels. For a more passionate feel, deeper hues like a bold red or purple are a good option.

       

    • Share your love: Details of your relationship can add a creative and fun touch. Have your table numbers share something special about your relationship such as dating milestones (first date, favorite place..etc.) travel destinations, special quotes or poems, fun facts about each other- the options are endless.

       

    • Make it a family affair: Have a table with wedding day photos from your family members.. parents, grandparents, great-grandparents are all great to include.

       

    • Choose a song that means something: A song that is special to you or lyrics that remind you of your relationship are good options to include in your ceremony and reception.

       

    • Fit in some alone time: On your busy wedding day, making some time to enjoy the moment with just the two of you is important. Sneak off to a quiet corner for a champagne toast and soak in the fact that you are now married!

       

 

  • Grand exit: We love a fun getaway! Make a statement with a horse drawn carriage, vintage car, or your dream car.

 

February 12, 2018 |

Aspen Wedding Planning 101- Choosing Your Date

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Are you starting to plan an Aspen Wedding? Engagement season is nearly over, (Valentine’s Day is a very popular day to pop the question) and newly engaged couples are beginning planning for 2019 and 2020 weddings. Regardless if you have been planning the details of your wedding your entire life or if you haven’t thought about your special day at all, planning a wedding can be frightening. There are a lot of aspen wedding vendors to hire and lots of details and logistics to hammer out. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed or caught up in your to-do list. This should be an enjoyable process!

One of the first tasks you should do is choose your wedding date. You can’t really do much else without having this set in stone! While this date may change slightly do to venue availability, having somewhat of an idea in mind is key. Here are some tips for getting started.

  • Narrow the search: One way to quickly narrow down specific dates is to consider the day of the week you want to choose. Typically, weddings are held on weekends with Saturdays the most popular choice. This is most convenient for guests, but there are no hard rules about this! Fridays, Sundays and even other days of the week.
  • Decide on your season: There are lots of things that can be determined by the month you tie the knot in. First major factor, (although you can’t determine this exactly ahead of time!) the weather. Do you want a wintry wonderland with snow? Or are you envisioning a warm sunny day? Fall foliage? Spring blooms? Consider the local weather, Aspen obviously has more weather differences then if you were to get married in a more mild climate. Of season weddings can provide some cost benefits and vendor availability will be higher, but you may have to sacrifice things like type of flower due to seasonal availability.
  • Consider special dates and holidays: 4th of July, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve, religious holidays, Father’s/Mother’s Day, etc. are usually not the best choice. While a holiday wedding can still be fun, but guests may not want to cancel their holidays celebrations and traditions to attend your wedding. The cost of travel can also be significantly higher during these times and you may have guests coming from out of town. A plus is that Some holidays fall on long weekends and this can make it more convenient for people to travel.

    Other special dates you may want to rule out (or not!) are anniversaries, birthdays of close relatives or friends. You may WANT to choose your grandparents anniversary or the day you met.

  • Think about timing: Is there a busy season at work that would be impossible for you to focus on your wedding prep? Is there a time of year which is more convenient to take time off? For example, if you are a teacher with summers off this would ideal. If you are an accountant, right before tax day would be less than ideal.
  • Give yourself plenty of time: You don’t need to rush with the planning process (unless you want to!) Make sure you will have enough time to book vendors you want and figure out all the details. Many vendors book up qucikly and are currently booking for a year or even more ahead.
  • Be flexible. While you may be set on a particular day i.e. September 22nd, your venue may not be available that day. Have a few dates in mind and if you aren’t willing to compromise, you can choose to prioritize your day instead and find a new venue/vendor etc.

We hope these tips will help you get started on choosing a date for your wedding!

January 16, 2018 |

14 Cozy Ideas for an Aspen Winter Wedding

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The chill is in the air, but your winter wedding day doesn’t have to be icy. With snow and wintry temps here to stay awhile in Aspen, it can be difficult to imagine and warm and cozy winter wedding, but it is possible. Keep your guests comfortable with these details that everyone is sure to love!

Don’t get the blues.
While winter whites and icy blues are a popular (and pretty) palette choice for many winter weddings, it isn’t your only option. Tone down the chilly factor with some warmer tones.

  • Go rustic with wood tones, plaid, and warm textures.
  • Shine on with metallic details, and rich jewel tones.
  • Classic neutral browns and pastel blue hues pair perfectly with pinecones and snow.
  • Festive holiday red makes a statement and can match with many neutrals for a fun vibe.

S’more love.
Who doesn’t love s’mores? A fire will keep things hot as you dance into the night!

  • A firepit outside the reception will keep everyone toasty for the night.
  • Setting up a s’more bar is a fun favorite. Elevate the average s’more with flavored marshmallows and different chocolate/toppings.

Light it up.
The darkness of winter doesn’t have to be depressing. Adding fun lighting can give your special day a personal touch and create the atmosphere you want- whether it’s playful or romantic.

  • Place lots of candles to add romance. This is a simple decor detail that makes a big impact (budget friendly!)
  • String twinkle lights over the dance floor for a magical touch.
  • Unique lighting fixtures- chandeliers, uplighting etc. are a fun statement piece and can change the vibe of your wedding.

Bundle up.
Nothing says warm and cozy like winter layers! Soft knits and faux fur are the perfect touch.

  • Place warm, soft blankets or shawls around for guests to wrap up in.
  • Add winter accessories to your wedding day style. They will not only look cute but keep you warm and toasty too!

A whole latte love.
Keep the hot beverages coming through the night! Why wait until dessert for warm beverages, your guests will love the option to warm up with a steaming mug.

  • Serve hot cider, coffee, tea or a hot cocoa bar with all of the fixings!
  • Personalize your drinks by having a signature bride/groom drink, special cups or straws.
  • Hire an espresso stand to come whip up coffee confections!

We hope these cozy ideas will keep your Aspen winter wedding warm!

Photos // Premier Party Rental
Robin Proctor Photography , Robin Proctor Photography, Premier Party Rental, Eat Catering , Bundles

December 11, 2017 |

Winter Wonderland: 5 Musts For a Winter Wedding in Aspen

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Snowy mountain peaks in the background, toasty fires and rich hues make winter weddings in Aspen so gorgeous. While a winter wedding is a magical thing, there are also lots of details to consider to ensure your day goes off without a hitch!

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Photo by Robin Proctor Photography

Here are some important things to consider when planning your Aspen winter wedding.

  1.  Bundle up!
    1. If you are desiring outdoor photos, make sure to have a plan. Dressing warm enough is crucial! You don’t want to be frozen during your vows. Wearing cozy winter accessories like a faux fur coat, scarf, mittens, and many more can be a great way to look fashionable while staying warm.

You (and your bridesmaids) can also wear tights under your dress. If it’s long, no one will even know and you can stay warm and toasty during photos. Watering eyes, chapped lips and skin will not look great in photos, so be sure to have chap stick and tissues on hand.

2.  Be wary of the weather. Aspen weather can be unpredictable- sunny one day and then a snowstorm moving in the next. Have backup plans for anything you are hoping to host outdoors. If you have guests coming in from out of town, there is a possibility of delayed or cancelled flights. Make sure they have a little wiggle room and if possible leave a few days between when they fly in and your wedding day.

3.  Add seasonal elements. Whether you choose to decorate in “winter white” or a mix of rich, warm tones, adding greenery, plaid, metallics or other winter themed accents is a gorgeous touch. Candles also add a romantic, warm vibe to the room. Even during a dark, stormy winter night.

4.  Choose your location wisely. Having both the ceremony and reception at one location is ideal in winter. You don’t want to risk having to drive to a reception during inclement weather. Add in some extra time to travel to your ceremony in case weather is bad.

5.  Get creative. Special touches will make your wedding unforgettable. Have a hot chocolate station or blankets to warm everyone up. Serve comfort foods- soup shooters, mac and cheese, grilled cheese. Add a dessert display with your favorite holiday desserts or have horse and carriage or gondola rides to transport your guests to the festivities.

Photo by Tara Marolda Photography

Photo by Robin Proctor Photography

Winter Bridge

Photo by Robin Proctor Photography

Photo by Robin Proctor Photography

 Photo by Tara Marolda Photography

Winter weddings in Aspen are magical! These are just a few of our tips to make sure your Aspen wedding goes off smoothly. Are you having a winter wedding? Share your favorite winter wedding detail below!! Still planning? Find your top wedding vendors here.

October 11, 2017 |

Real Aspen Wedding: Esmeralda and Donovan’s Intimate Family Celebration

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Wedding Date: 09/09/2017
Bride and Groom: Esmeralda and Donovan

Words from their Aspen wedding photographer, Krissy Blackband: 

“I was so lucky that Esmeralda and Donovan found me for their gorgeous Aspen wedding. She was super sweet and it was fun to be able to help her pick her wedding spot! They didn’t know a lot about specific places in Aspen (preferably a lovely and private mountain setting for their small wedding), so I did a bit of research and she decided to go with the Ashcroft Ghost Town, which is AMAZING. It’s just a 12 mile drive outside of downtown Aspen, and it was so serene and quiet and just beautiful.

It was such a treat to be able to photograph a smaller, intimate wedding. While I love weddings of all sizes, it was really special to see such a close-knit group celebrate together. Everyone was either family or just like family, and you could see how thrilled everyone was to be there to witness these two tie the knot. They really made it an adventure as well, as they took the train out from Chicago and then drove over Independence Pass. It was the perfect way to get here and made the trip out even more special.”



 

Where was the ceremony?
Ashcroft Ghost Town. After a short bout of showers, the clouds parted just in time for their first look, followed by the lovely ceremony that took place in the middle of the meadow under the sun.

Family and friends formed a circle with the couple, which made it even more thoughtful and sweet. We took more photos in the very cool ghost town with old, dilapidated buildings as our backdrop – definitely something you don’t see every day! I would have stayed all day to take photos of them in such an amazing location. The leaves were just starting to turn, too, which added that extra touch of color.

What did they want for in a ceremony location?They were looking for a private space in the mountains/nature

Location of Reception?
The Limelight Hotel. The group headed back for a celebratory dinner at the Limelight Hotel in Aspen where they dined family-style and shared stories of the couple. Everyone was so kind and generous and treated me as part of the group, and it was such an honor to be there!

What was the mood at the wedding?
Small and intimate

 

Best memory from the wedding day?
As the photographer, mine was the gorgeous ceremony in the meadow



Aspen Wedding Vendors

Photographer:Krissy Blackband (submitted this wedding)

Florist: The bride’s sister made the bouquets and flower crown with flowers from Whole Foods.

Ceremony:Ashcroft Ghost Town

Reception and Accomodations:The Limelight Hotel Aspen

Thanks to wedding photographer, Krissy Blackband for sharing this special wedding with us. We wish the bride and groom a very happy future together.

September 27, 2017 |

Natalie and Dustin’s Intimate Aspen Elopement

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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

Reception: St Regis Aspen, Little Nell

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.

September 13, 2017 |

Snowmass Chapel: Wedding Venue Spotlight

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Snowmass Chapel, Located in Snowmass, Colorado, is a magical place to say “we do.” Gorgeous gardens, an intimate chapel and beautiful scenery make it the perfect Aspen Wedding venue. This stunning non-denominational Chapel has been around for 30 years.

Surrounded by the beauty of nature, Snowmass Chapel is a picture-perfect backdrop for your nuptials. It is truly stunning any time of year whether you desire springtime blooms, fall foliage or winter snow. It would truly be a perfect spot for your wedding day! We spoke to Jane Floyd about what makes this venue special.

 

 

 

Q: How long have you been in business?

A: The Chapel is celebrating 30 years of non-denominational worship. Although we are non-denominational, we are sanctioned by the Catholic Church to provide Catholic weddings.

Q: What makes your venue unique?

A:Beautiful stream-side location with both indoor and outdoor options. Our sanctuary has recently been refreshed with new entry tile, carpet, paint and upholstery.

Q: How many people can the venue accommodate?

A:215 in the sanctuary and 250 on the lawn. We also offer small gardens… the John Denver Memorial Law with 80 to 110 guests and Streamside Park with 30-40 guests.

 

 

 

Q:How would you describe Snowmass Chapel in three words?

A: Beautiful, Peaceful, Enchanting

Q: What does it include? (I.e. chairs, tables, linens, etc.)

A: Use of the grounds. We provide a preferred list of vendors for additional enhancements.

Q: How many hours are included in the rental?

A:Typically 4 hours or by special arrangement.

Q: What are catering options?

A: We welcome all approved caterers.

Q: What is a typical wedding day like?

A:Sunshine as guests cross the entry footbridge through quaking aspens. Beautiful music to set the tone, gardens in bloom. Memorable ceremony with our clergy or visiting clergy. Joyful exit.

Q: What are special touches you love?

A: We have a very capable staff to assist with all areas of planning this very special event. While this space can accommodate many guests, it remains an intimate setting.

 

Thank you so much Jane for your contribution to this post. Snowmass Chapel is an enchanting venue with many options to personalize and make your wedding special.

If you’re interested in learning more about Snowmass Chapel…

Contact them:

Email: Jane@snowmasschapel.org

Snowmass Chapel

970-300-1330

5307 Owl Creek Road,

Snowmass Village, CO 81615

P.O.Box 17169

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August 3, 2017 |

REAL ASPEN WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Lisa and Scott Tie the Knot at Aspen Recreation Center

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Wedding Date: 09/24/2016

Bride and Groom: Lisa and Scott

From the Bride: We were engaged in October 2015 at the top of Independence Pass. We got married in Aspen in front of more than 100 friends and family. We dated on/off for 7+ years and have a daughter together. I LOVE Aspen/Snowmass and couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else. It was the first wedding ever to be held at the Aspen Recreation Center. Our brothers officiated and married us- very personal and warm! We also read our own vows! Farm-to-cocktail drinks, exquisite food, climbing, batting and skating for all ages. A weekend of activities pre and post wedding event.

Location of Ceremony?: Aspen Recreation Center, Iselin Field

How did you decide on your ceremony location? We definitely wanted to be outside and Iselin Field provided us with a stunning outdoor location- perched between Aspen Highlands and Tiehack looking directly at Pyramid Peak. The grass was green, the trees were in their peak leaf changing phase and a dusting of snow recently hit the high peaks.

Location of Reception?Aspen Recreation Center

How did you decide on your reception location? We knew we were going to invite and welcome kids with our family/friends so we were looking for an untraditional site where there would be an overabundance of activities for the kids of all ages.

Where did you book your accommodations? Westin Snowmass and Destination Snowmass condos

What was the mood at the wedding? Unique and different. We wanted to have a very relaxed and comfortable setting that felt like us and allowed everyone to have a good time getting to know each other and with the food, drink and rock climbing/ice skating/batting cages as entertainment.

Best memory from the wedding day? How can I pick just one? Loved the final moments of getting my dress on with our daughter, my soon-to-be husband and our babysitter all working to zip me into my dress. We had a few minutes of unexpected calm before we headed over to the ceremony site which was quite lovely. My husbands personal vows were amazing- and us climbing the rock wall together- racing actually- made us smile (with all of our guests watching).

Any advice for a bride planning a destination wedding? Be prepared to take many trips to that destination beforehand if you are eager to get all the pieces right. Luckily, the Roaring Fork Valley is my favorite place in the world so I had no problem heading there regularly sometimes with and sometimes without my now husband.

Aspen Wedding Vendors

Photographer: Our Love is Loud

Florist: Modern West Floral Company

Makeup: Full Circle Salon in Aspen

Lighting: West Side Lighting

Caterer: EAT

Transportation: Aspen Valley School District

Rehearsal Dinner: Highlands Ale House

Brunch: Westin Snowmass

July 31, 2017 |

Vendor Spotlight: Gwyn’s High Alpine

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Aspen is a beautiful place to get married. If you are planning an Aspen wedding there are many wonderful venues to choose from and vendors to help you put your dreams into reality. One of these amazing Aspen venues is Gwyn’s High Alpine. While this local restaurant has been known as one of the best on-mountain restaurants for 30+ years, this year is the first they are involved in wedding planning.

Gwyn’s boasts high quality cuisine and stunning mountain views. Located at 10,461 ft. on the mountain in Snowmass, it is an intimate and unique wedding venue in the Roaring Fork Valley. It would truly be a perfect spot for your wedding day! We spoke to Whitney and Gwyn about what makes their venue special.

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Q: How long have you been in business?

A: We have been in business for 38 years but have just moved into the summer Wedding and party planning business since our remodel this year.

Q: What makes your venue unique?

A: Our venue is very unique because it is mid-mountain on the ski area in Snowmass and was not accessible for summer events until this last year when the road was improved for remodel construction. We are one of the only family owned on- mountain operations in the Aspen area and the United States. We have a beautiful facility that is completely off the beaten path and yet complete with everything for any wedding or event.

Q: How many people can the venue accommodate?

A:Gwyn’s dining room seats 100 people but our famous Sailplane level will accommodate 150 people which is our max via the Forest Service.

Q: What does it include? (I.e. chairs, tables, linens, etc.)

A:Our venue pricing includes ceremony site fees and Food and Beverage costs. We are happy to accommodate any additional planning to make the event all-inclusive and worry-free for the couple.

Q: How many hours are included in the rental?

A:There are no hourly limits to the wedding venue. Transportation to and from the venue is the only hourly cost that is incurred.

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Q: What are catering options?

 

A:Our executive chef will work with Bride and Groom to provide the ultimate wedding culinary experience.

Q: What is a typical wedding day like?

A:The day for the wedding couple begins with a scenic ride up the ski area with the wedding party. We have multiple levels and areas for the couple and their parties to get prepared for the wedding. Guests will be escorted in Luxury Vans up the mountain and welcomed to our amazing venue at 10,461ft. Post ceremony, overlooking the Cirque, appetizers and cocktails will be served on our spacious upper deck as Wedding party and family take photos over an incredible vista of the Snowmass Valley Below. Dinner will be served in Gwyn’s Dining Room or on our Sail Plane Level. Conclude the reception dinner with a custom cake from one of our classically trained Pastry Chef’s. After toasts, dancing will commence in our grand entry. Gwyn’s is an incredibly unique and private venue with the most beautiful views.

 

Q: What are special touches you love?

A:We are very proud of our family restaurant and venue and will do everything to make the experience as perfect and personal as possible. We can provide just​ the venue and the catering or we can organize the entire event with wedding planning included to ensure that your wedding is perfect and stress free. We are known for our world class food and service and will make your wedding the most unique, spectacular and memorable day of your lives.

 

 

 

Thank you so much Whitney and Gwyn for your contribution to this post. Gwyn’s High Alpine is a beautiful venue with many options to personalize and make your wedding special.

If you’re interested in learning more about Gwyn’s High Alpine…

Contact them:

Gwyn’s High Alpine

(970)923-5188

100 Alpine Springs Lift,

Snowmass Village, CO 81615

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July 27, 2017 |
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