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6 Creative Spring Wedding Ideas

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Springtime is about a month away, a you are likely deep into planning if you are saying “we do” this spring. Here are a few fun, creative spring wedding ideas that will make your wedding unique.

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  • Tea for two
  • Tea parties are very “spring”- pastel colors, feminine tea cups, and pretty flowers. How about giving tea for your favors, you can make your own loose leaf tea combinations or flavors.

 

  • Put a crown on it

How ethereal does a flower crown look!? Instead of a veil, wear a flower crown that compliments your bouquet and wedding colors.

  • Pretty in pastel Perfect shades of blush, pale blue, and other pastel colors give a soft, romantic vibe to your wedding. Your bridesmaids will look gorgeous in one pastel tone, or have a few different colors in a complimentary style.
  • Seasonal Sips Add two seasonal cocktails to a “his/hers” signature cocktail menu! We love the lavender lemon drop for her and the whiskey smash for him.

     

  • Simple decor Springtime blossoms are out, making your venue already gorgeous with little need for dramatic decor. Use pretty flowers, and spring time details like little watering cans. How fun is this arrangement?!
  • Prepare for weather Springtime weather can really vary. You may have a warm, sunny and perfect day, or you could have wind and rain, or here in Aspen there could even be snow. Make sure you have a weather backup plan so on your wedding day you aren’t scrambling to avoid inclement weather. Offering your guest items specific to the weather is a fun idea as well. Have umbrellas on hand for a rainy day, a sunscreen/bug spray stand for “like summer” heat and blankets for an day that is unusually chilly.
  • Springtime is an absolutely beautiful time of the year to tie the knot. With gorgeous flowers and the weather beginning to warm up, it is a romantic setting. As you continue planning your Aspen spring wedding, we hope these ideas can help make your day as special as possible.

 

February 10, 2017 |

4 Tips for Writing Personalized Wedding Vows

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Writing your own vows isn’t for everyone, but if you want to speak from the heart for your Aspen wedding vows, that is a great way to make your ceremony more personalized. It also will be very meaningful to both you and your future spouse. Sharing your promises to each other in front of those you love is definitely romantic! Not all of us have a way with words though. Where do you even start? Here are some tips for finding motivation to write your vows, and ways to make them personalized to you as a couple.
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    1. Pick a structure that you can both follow.

 

      Even though you will likely be writing your wedding vows separately, and hearing them for the first time on your special day, it is a good idea to decide a structure to make them similar. You can specify how long you want the vows to be, and choose specific phrases to base them on. I.e. Sharing four promises with the starting phrase “I promise to.”

Choosing a length is key as well. You don’t want one of your vows to be 10 pages long and the other only three sentences. Choosing a word count can help you make them balanced and flow better.

 

  • Be yourself.

 

Write your vows for you and your partner! If you are not a romantic person don’t feel like you need to be in your vows. If you are funny, humor is ok! They should sound like you. Think of symbolic moments and important pieces of your relationship. What are things your partner would love to here you promise? What do you love about your relationship?

 

  • Don’t be afraid to research.

 

Pulling your entire vows out of thin air isn’t necessary! Research other people’s wedding vows, romantic poetry, books, movies, etc. Take notes on things that connect with you. You can “borrow” other people’s words, it isn’t plagiarism when you are using their words for wedding vows.

 

 

  • Practice reading them.

 

 

Your wedding ceremony should not be your first time reading them through. read them aloud and think about how they sound. Do they flow well? Are your words easy to understand? Does the tone fit what you are hoping for? You may not want to share them with anyone else but if you do it could help to get feedback from a close friend or family member. You don’t have to memorize them, but you definitely can. However, keep a copy nearby. Wedding day jitters could have you forgetting them. It is also a good idea to send a copy to your officiant. They can have a backup copy on hand in case you misplace yours.

We hope these tips will help you begin to write your own personalized wedding vows. Don’t stress out, have fun and take the time to think about what you want to say. Don’t be afraid to have many drafts and edit them over time. Happy Writing!

January 24, 2017 |

2017 Wedding Trends

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Happy New Year! For those of you tying the knot in 2017, it is probably an exciting milestone to get to your special year! Although we are all for planning a wedding based on your taste and unique personalities as a couple and not only going off of what is “hot” in the wedding world, we thought it would be fun to highlight a few wedding trends you should expect this year.

 

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The Dress: Many 2017 brides are saying yes to off the shoulder gowns. Both long sleeved and short sleeved looks are popular. Lace and tulle are still big, with lace becoming bolder and tulle being mixed with other fabrics. Blush gowns are also still a popular choice.

For bridesmaids dresses, bold colors and brighter shades are popping up. Pinks, purples, greens and yellows are favorites.

 

The Food: For cocktails, bartenders are seeing a move to serving more classic cocktails including moscow mules, Pimm’s cup, and the sidecar. Having passed appetizers with a complimentary drink is also a popular choice. Such as mini tacos with a mini margarita. The nostalgic tiered wedding cake is coming back after years of cupcakes, pies and assorted desserts being favored. Having a nighttime passed dessert “hour” similar to cocktail hour is also seen as a great way to keep the party energy flowing. Local flavors are also a main event. Serving special local area foods and drinks is fun for the guests.

 

The Photos: Social media integration is definitely key for many 2017 couples. Photo booths that share directly to social media, instagram videos, drone photography, and custom Snapchat filters are popular.

 

The Flowers:Romantic, soft blooms are still big. Peonies are still popular along with garden roses, ranunculus and dahlias. Loose petals mixed with greenery as a type of garland runner down farm type long tables is a huge trend for table decor.

 

The Palettes: Soft colored neutrals like charcoal, blue-greys and browns are creating a sophisticated trendy feel. Strategically places metallics are also big. Brides are still loving copper, rose gold, pewter but using them to create shine in certain special areas.

 

What do you think about these 2017 wedding trends? Will you be incorporating any of these things into your own special day? What details are you most excited about for your own wedding? Source:Huffington Post

January 7, 2017 |

REAL SNOWMASS WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Adam and Jennifer’s Intimate Destination Wedding

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Wedding Date: 07/01/2016
Bride and Groom: Jennifer Hassett and Adam Peters

Where did you have your ceremony?
Aspen Wedding Deck

How did you decide on this location?
We were in Aspen for New Years Eve and fell in love with the view from the top of Aspen Mountain so we did some research, found the gorgeous wedding deck and inquired about dates. They had two available dates left in the summer, one of which happened to be the day we got engaged so it was an easy decision!

Where did you have your reception?
Viceroy Snowmass Village

How did you decide on Viceroy Snowmass Village for your reception?
We wanted to go a less traditional route and have a small, intimate dinner party following our wedding ceremony. We went to visit the Viceroy Snowmass and saw Eight K and knew that was what we wanted. The private area of the restaurants had the exact look and feel we wanted. It could only only accommodate 54 people so that kept us in line when it was time to make the guest list.

Where did you have book your accommodations?
Viceroy Snowmass Village, The Westin and The Stonebridge Inn

What was the mood at your wedding?
Happy, celebratory, fun and intimate!

What is your best memory?
The ceremony. It was raining that morning and I was so worried people wouldn’t be able to appreciate the beautiful view from the mountain top but luckily the clouds parted for the ceremony and gave us the most beautiful backdrop. Walking down the aisle with my Dad and seeing Adam’s face for the first time that day was the best moment of my life.

Jennifer Hassett, Do you have any advice for a bride planning a destination wedding?
Do what makes you happy. It’s impossible to pick a location that will please everyone and at the end of the day it’s about you and your partner – make it exactly what you want and enjoy every second of it! The best part about having a destination wedding is that most people stay a couple of days so you get bonus time with all of your favorite people.

Do you have any additional thoughts to share with us on having a destination wedding?

I’m from New York and Adam is from the San Francisco Bay area so choosing a location while keeping our friends and families in mind was not the easiest task. After much back and forth on which coast we should get married on, we decided to have it in the state we now call home. Once we decided on Colorado we know we wanted it to be in Aspen. Most of our friends and family had never been and it’s such a special place we knew everyone would love it.

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Aspen and Snowmass Wedding Vendors:
Ceremony Venue: Aspen Wedding Deck
Reception Venue: Viceroy Snowmass Village
Photographer: Robin Proctor Photography
Wedding Planner: Marcy Kneiper at Little Nell for Day of Coordination
Wedding Officiant:  Rev. Jill Pidcock

Florist: Carolyn’s Flowers
Hair/Makeup: Full Circle Salon/Christine Morris
Transportation: Shuttle buses provided by Viceroy.
Welcome Reception: Ricard Brasserie in Snowmass Village
After Wedding Party: Eric’s Bar, Aspen

December 19, 2016 |

REAL ASPEN WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Great Gatsby Wedding- Mickey and Teresa Dunn

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Aspen Mountain Wedding and The Hotel Jerome

Wedding Date: 10/03/2015
Bride and Groom: Teresa (Ground) Dunn and Mickey Dunnrealwed3

(From the Bride)   

How would you describe your wedding? Destination Platinum wedding with three days of events, with a 20’s (Great Gatsby wedding) theme, and the best, most beautiful event ever.

Location of Wedding Ceremony:  Aspen Mountain Wedding Deck

How did you decide on your wedding ceremony location?
I wanted the most breath taking view in Aspen, and that is at the wedding deck at the top of Aspen Mountain.

Location of Wedding Reception
: The Hotel Jerome

How did you decide on your wedding reception location?
Our wedding was a Great Gatsby wedding theme, the Jerome Ballroom was the perfect setting for a 20’s theme.

What was the mood at the wedding?
It was three days full of surprises and fun events for our guests.

Best memory from the wedding day?
Walking down the aisle to my husband, overlooking the great view behind the altar, then saying our vows.

Any advice for a bride planning a destination wedding?
You have to get the right planner that can lead you in the correct path to achieve your dream wedding.  An experienced Planner like Elizabeth at EKS Events already knows how to make things happen the right way, her standards are high.  Also, the Photography and Videography for a wedding has changed significantly over the past few years and only the right people can make your memory unforgettable. There is a lot of competition but the best by far is Robin Proctor and Fidelis Films.

 

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Wedding Planner: EKS Events

Ceremony Location:Wedding Deck Top of Aspen Mountain

Reception Location:The Hotel Jerome

Welcome Party/Rehearsal Dinner/Brunch:The Caribou Club and The Hotel Jerome

Photographer: Robin Proctor Photography

Videographer:  Fidelis Films

Florist and Decor: Aspen Branch

Event Lighting and Audio: Alchemy

Transportation:  CTS Transportation Specialists

October 27, 2016 |

REAL ASPEN WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Snowmass Club – Leeson/Verrills Wedding

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A Snowmass Club Wedding Story

Wedding Date: August 2015
Bride and Groom: Bethany Leeson Verrills and Edward Mackenzie Verrills

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From the Bride:

Edward and I chose a location that was steps away from where we met as employees for Aspen/Snowmass in 2010.  Our home towns were so far away from one another, so we decided to have our wedding in the town where we fell in love.  We planned the wedding by ourselves, as many of our loved ones were far away.  All the signs, table numbers, picture frames, favors, welcome bags, etc. were hand-made by the bride and groom.  We wanted our wedding to be elegant yet fun.  Our theme was rustic chic.  We had a Thursday meet-n-greet at The Maroon Bells, a champagne toast on top of Aspen Mountain for my bridesmaids on Friday and a Sunday doughnut send off so that our guests could experience all that Aspen/Snowmass had to offer.

Where did you have your ceremony?  The Snowmass Club – Lower Grass Lawn

How did you decide on this location?  It was steps away from where we met (at The Commons as employees of Aspen/Snowmass) and was all inclusive, which we knew we wanted for our guests so they could enjoy the beauty of Snowmass all in one place.  Beautiful views and Deborah Gerlach (day of planner at the Snowmass Club) was wonderful to work with!

Where did you have your reception?  The Snowmass Club Patio

How did you decide on The Snowmass Club Patio for your reception?  The outdoor patio made us feel like we were outdoor, yet we weren’t. We hired a clear top tent and had access to Sage’s indoor area as well. The views were wonderful and the venue added a rustic/lodge vibe and yet was still elegant and classy.

Where did you book your accommodations?  The Snowmass Villas

What was the mood at your wedding?  Our wedding was a destination wedding for 90% of our guests, so many were visiting Aspen/Snowmass for the first time.  We wanted our reception to feel warm, romantic, elegant and fun.

What is your best memory?  Our ceremony — surrounded by Aspen trees, saying our vows. It was perfect!

Do you have any advice for a bride planning a destination wedding?  Our ceremony — surrounded by Aspen trees, saying our vows.  It was perfect!  Be familiar with the area, as we (bride and groom) were locals.  Trust and ask for help from the venue manager and look for free and affordable ways to get your guests involved in the area.  We had a sunset Meet-n-Greet at The Maroon Bells on Thursday and a champagne toast on top of Aspen Mountain on Friday.  Wonderful ways to show off our beautiful town!

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Snowmass Wedding Vendors:

Photographer/Photobooth- Amanda Lamb Photography

Videographer-Bosha Video/Kim McIntire

Rehearsal Dinner (Casual BBQ)- Venue-The Villas at Snowmass Club Private Room and Patio. Caterer- Hickory House

Wedding Ceremony/Reception/Cocktail Venue- The Snowmass Club

Caterer/Wedding Cake- The Snowmass Club Sage Restaurant

Accomodations- The Villas at the Snowmass Club

Transportation- (Bride/Groom Exit) Ultimate Taxi

Bride’s Dress– Essence of Australia Lacy Vintage Wedding Dress in Style d1679 from I Do, I Do, Morristown NJ

Bride’s Jewelry– Martin Flyer Engagement and Wedding Band ordered through Jules Fine Jewelry.

Groom’s Clothing- Michael Kors Tux Rental Stitch Works Inc.

Florist Accent on Wildflowers

Hair & Makeup-Makeup with Mel

Officiant-Charla Belinski with Snowmass Chapel

DJ- Kickin Aspen Entertainment

Guitar Soloist-Mack Bailey

Invitations-Always Wedding Invitation from Minted.

Favors-Personalized M&M Jars made by groom, bride, and her family

RentalsBethel Party Rentals 

October 17, 2016 |

Kid Friendly or Adults Only Wedding?

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Whether you wouldn’t say I do without the littlest guests or you envision an elegant adults-only occasion, plan ahead and let guests know early if their little ones are welcome. Here are a few things you will need to consider.

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First off, it is your wedding. You can chose to have it a kid-free event if you want. This may make sense if your event is formal or late in the evening. Also, consider if the majority of your guests live local. It can be difficult to exclude kids when travel is necessary.

Make sure the invitations make it clear that the parents are the only ones invited. If the kids are invited, include their names on the invite as well. You may want to make a phone call to let the parents know as well. Some people may get mad at you if you chose to not invite children, it is your choice, so don’t feel like you owe people an explanation.

Can you invite some kids and not others? This can be a tricky situation. Choose a rule and stick to it. If you are having a flower girl and ring bearer these kids should be invited to the reception in addition to their jobs in the ceremony.

If kids will be at your wedding you should serve a separate kid-friendly option. Good choices include chicken fingers, mac and cheese and fruit. For kids 7 and up, they should be fine at a separate kids table.

Another option is hiring a babysitter to watch the younger children in a separate room at the venue. Have activities such as coloring books, crafts or small toys to keep them busy.

Lastly, if you are having kids at the wedding, don’t sweat the small stuff! Kids bring a lot of fun and laughs to a wedding. Don’t throw a fit if one of the little ones isn’t behaving or is becoming the center of attention. You will likely have a lot of fun photos and memories to look back on.

Are you having a kid-friendly or adults only wedding? What made you to decide one or the other?

 

 

Photo: Robin Proctor Photography

September 30, 2016 |

Fall in Love: 11 Ways to Use Apples in Your Wedding

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Happy Fall! Fall is a beautiful time to tie the knot in Aspen. The trees look beautiful, the air is crisp and the colors and flavors are cozy and warm. Apples are a big part of fall, and can be used in a multitude of ways during your wedding. Nothing quite says fall than a visit to the apple farm and sipping on spiced apple cider. From apple foods to apples as part of the decor, we have 11 simple ways to incorporate this fall flavor.

Eats and Sips
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Favors

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Decor

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These are just a few ways to get the flavors of fall into your beautiful Aspen wedding. Adding seasonal touches can save you money on decor and create a cohesive wedding. Along with these ideas for food, drinks, decor, and favors, you can use the warm and cozy colors, plaids, and other symbols (pumpkins, etc.) to really add to your fall Aspen wedding.

What is your favorite thing about fall?

September 21, 2016 |

Creating Your Fall Aspen Wedding Menu

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As the weather gets cooler, many of us enjoy the comforting fall foods, hearty soups, sweet apple crisp, warm drinks, pumpkin spice everything! If you are planning a fall wedding, taking flavors from the season and putting them on your wedding reception menu is a great way to highlight Fall. If you are stuck on how to begin putting together a wedding menu, you have come to the right place!

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With advice from Katie Baum, Founder and Executive Chef at Eat, we have some top tips for choosing fall flavors and for putting together a special wedding menu that your guests will be talking about for weeks after the wedding.

What should you consider when planning a menu?

KB: “Make sure when choosing a menu for your wedding that your caterer sits down with you and truly takes the time to get to know you, so that they can personally design a boutique menu for you and your guests. If quality is important to you, ask where the ingredients are coming from. Have your chef craft a menu specific to what’s in season and what you love!!”

What are your favorite ingredients to use in Fall?

KB:
“Fall is the time of year in Colorado where most of the produce is at it’s peak, and when you have the most ingredients readily available. I design all my menus for our events around the week’s harvest and what I can heavily source locally.

My favorite ingredients right now are the following: All herbs, Shishito Peppers, Hatch Green Chilies, Butternut Squash, Corn on the Cob, Peaches, Plums, Heirloom Tomatoes, Squashes, Pumpkin, Root Vegetables such as Parsnips/Beets/Rutabaga, all varieties of Melon, etc….. I love cooking with Citrus to make dishes vibrant, and adding fresh herbs to any dish makes it combine and elevate to a new level!!”

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What are some of your favorite dishes for a fall menu?

KB:

  • Toasted Farro with Roasted Hazel Dell Mushrooms, Cauliflower, Butternut Squash with Fine Herbs, Lemon & Toasted Pepitas
  • Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage Browned Butter & Hazelnuts
  • Harvest Soups – any thing you have in your pantry and refrigerator from your farmers market or CSA to make a lovely pot of goodness!!
  • Bonfire Coffee Rubbed Salmon (Wild Alaska Direct)
  • Meat & Cheese Boards / Charcuterie Platters
  • Cumin & Honey Roasted Farm Carrots with Herb Gremolata
  • Fresh Pestos & Chimichurri Sauces
  • Wild Rice Risotto with Blistered Tomatoes, Fresh Corn & Herbs
  • Juniper Berry & Bay Leaf Grilled Pork Chops (or Tenderloin) with Roasted Apples

What are some special local foods to add to the menu?

KB: At EAT, we spend time gathering our ingredients from all the local farms we are lucky enough to be surrounded by. My favorite local farms to use for ingredients are:
Two Roots Farm
Roaring Gardens
Merrill’s Family Farm / Cedar Ridge
Hazel Dell Mushrooms – Fort Collins

A few of my favorite (mostly local) products:

  • Bluegrass Soy Sauce
  • Banyls Vinegar
  • MM LOCAL Tomatoes
  • Justin’s Peanut Butter
  • Horsetooth Hotsauce
  • Colorado Beer Pickles
  • Sasso Salsa
  • Grains – farro, quinoa, millet, wheat berries, etc….
  • Red Wine/White Wine

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Other tips for putting together your menu and choosing a caterer:

  • Consider your budget, your caterer can work with you.
  • Choose your venue first. Many venues have lists of preferred caterers and will charge you a fee for using an “outside caterer.”
  • Ask your caterer where they source their food from.
  • Book early. Many of the best catering companies will book out at least a year in advance.
  • Find out about how they would work with dietary needs if you have any.
  • Find out what their services and fees include.
  • Decide if a buffet, plated or family style meal is what you want.
  • Work with companies that share your beliefs and ethics and ask where your food and ingredients come from.


    We would like to extend a special thank you to Katie Baum for her contribution to this post.

    Eat’s mission is simple. Healthy cuisine can be joyful, creative – and, of course – beautiful & delicious! To learn more about Eat, visit their website.

    **Photos via Eatcatering on Instagram

September 14, 2016 |

On Trend: Fall 2016 Pantone Colors In Your Wedding

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The Fall 2016 Pantone palette lays out ten gorgeous shades for a fall Aspen wedding. From the vibrant brights to muted neutrals and the pinks and blues in between, these shades are not only perfect for a wedding but many of them are unique choices. The shades touch on the typical fall colors, but with a twist.

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“Blue skies represent constancy as they are always above us. Grays give a feeling of stability, Red tones invite confidence and warmth, while the hot Pinkish Purples and Spicy Mustard Yellows suggest a touch of the exotic.” Leatrice Eiseman Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute™

Here are some of our favorite shades and how they are being used in weddings this fall!

Shades of Blue
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Bright and Loud
Lush Meadow, Spicy Mustard and Aurora Red
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Pretty in Pink(ish)
Bodacious and Dusty Cedar


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These are just a few of our favorite Pantone Fall 2016 colors! Which of these shades would you love to have in your wedding color palette?

August 28, 2016 |
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