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Spring Ski Wedding – Mountaintop Snowmass

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Unique and Intimate Colorado Mountaintop Wedding

Alison + Adam  03.25.18

 

ALISON SHARES HER WEDDING DAY STORY:

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The best memory from the wedding day was skiing down the mountain in our formal wedding attire together.

Riding up to the ceremony site with my dad.

How we chose Snowmass and Aspen for our wedding:  I have never been interested in having a large wedding and Adam always envisioned a traditional wedding. So When Adam and I got engaged, we had to think through how to celebrate the day in a way that would work for both of us. Since we are both avid skiers and so are our families, we decided to have a ski wedding!

I have been coming to Snowmass since I was 10 years old and Adam joined our family for the first time during Christmas 2017. He fell in love with Aspen just as I expected and even asked my Dad if he could marry me while going up the Campground Chairlift. We wanted our wedding to be something special so we were able to get permission to have a ceremony at the top of the Elk Camp chairlift with just immediate family (10 people only, including the groom and I). The ceremony was performed by one of my brothers and Adam’s sister. Following the ceremony, we skied down with the photographer in our wedding attire. We had a happy hour at Ajax Tavern and dinner at Table 47 at Element 47, both of which were amazing. Although the top of the mountain was chilly for spring skiing, the entire day was flawless and we both agree that it was the perfect non-traditional wedding for us!

We both love the views of Maroon Bells from the top of the Elk Camp Chairlift in Snowmass and couldn’t imagine a more beautiful backdrop for our ceremony.

   

Ajax for cocktail hour!

Element 47 for the Reception: I have been coming to the Little Nell for dinner since I was little (long before the restaurant was Element 47). The level of service that the Little Nell provides is incomparable and we knew they would have the most amazing dinner for our family.

Wedding Details:

Wedding Planner – Jane Floyd and Associates   Wedding Venue – ASC Catering and Mountain Wedding Venues    Photographer – Robin Proctor Photography    Florist – Aspen Branch   Restaurants Ajax and Element 47   Hair/Makeup – Kendra Lauren
Transportation – Snow Limo

April 9, 2018 |

Submit Your Wedding to Aspen Wedding Guide

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Immortalize your wedding day and give recognition and thanks to local wedding vendors in the Aspen area; a win-win for everyone involved. 

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Whether you’re a couple, wedding planner or vendor, the wedding planning process always seems to take eons and then boom, the big day is over in the blink of an eye. Perhaps unbeknownst to you, there’s a super easy way to make weddings last much longer than the date on the invitation. 

 

Aspen Wedding Guide makes it simple for you to submit your wedding to our blog for everyone to see. It really is as easy as one, two, three.

  1. Click “Submit A Wedding” on our homepage.
  2. Fill in the form that takes 10-15 minutes, tops!
  3. Submit! (We usually review and post weddings within a couple of weeks)

Yes, we promise it’s that simple. Submitting your wedding is a great way to cherish those special memories forever and it also provides inspiration for other couples going through the tedious wedding-planning process. Not only will other couples read your post and use it for inspiration, it is also a chance to give recognition and thanks to local wedding vendors in the Aspen area; a win-win for everyone involved. 

We kindly ask that you share any social media handles of vendors, giving credit where credit is due. Your vendors will be over the moon that you took the time to acknowledge them.

From your flower arrangements to your food, we want to know the nitty gritty of your wedding day and what made it special to you. Submitting a wedding to our blog is a unique opportunity to immortalize one of the most important days you will experience. Our goal is to publish the beauty of every wedding that takes place in the Aspen, Snowmass and surrounding areas. What are you waiting for? 

“SUBMIT A WEDDING NOW”

 

“Are you a vendor? Use our email template as an easy way to encourage your clients to submit their big day to the Aspen Wedding Guide.”

 

 

August 18, 2017 |

Annual Spring Wedding and Event Industry Mixer and Showcase

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A BIG Thank you to everyone that came to the Annual Spring Wedding and Event Industry Mixer and Showcase

held at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum on June 7th!

 

WE HOPE YOU HAD AS MUCH FUN AS WE DID

It’s been a little over a week since the Annual Spring Wedding & Event Industry Mixer and Showcase. I’d like to take full and complete credit for single-handedly putting on the entire production. Just kidding! 

If everyone in the event industry can agree on one thing, it’s that teamwork makes the dream work. No event is possible without the help and expertise of a ton of amazing individuals (more on those in a bit), some good luck (thank you Mother Nature for being on our side that day), and the guests (because without you there is no party). 

Hi Love Events flew in from Chicago and helped me with day-of set up and close down (thank you, you seriously rock)

The setup looked amazing – it was a circle of a few vendors underneath Premier Party Rental’s Sailcloth TentThe whole thing had dreamy hippy-circle vibes, but in that elegant yet intimate way only Aspen can pull off. It was the perfect time to get touchy-feely with the vendor’s products. Makeup and hair stylists had guests sit in their chairs to get dolled up, Chef Elissa of D’Elissious Cake Studio shared her to-die-for cupcakes, and Meat & Cheese brought a board of (yup, you guessed it) meat and cheese.  

Aspen Event Imprints printed custom trucker hats for each guest (a huge hit) while Home Team BBQ catered the event and kept our bellies happy. Marble Distillery and Wine Bar kept the drinks poured and conversation flowing.

 

All in all, this note is a long-winded, and heartfelt thank you. You all made this year’s unofficial-official wedding season kickoff another one for the books. Get the details on the sponsors and showcased businesses below (or check them out on The Aspen Wedding Guide). 

Cheers to an amazing summer ahead!

 

THE LOWDOWN ON THE SPONSORS

 

Aspen Historical Society

They say copying is the sincerest form of flattery – so go ahead, you too can rent out the gorgeous Wheeler/Stallard Museum (or any of their other locations) for your next event.  ⇨ Contact Travis McDiffett at travis@aspenhistory.org 
 

 

Premier Party Rental

We have Premier Party Rental to thank for creating the perfect setting underneath their gorgeous Sailcloth Tenting. They also provided the bars, tables, and glassware – they really are a one stop shop and the best in the biz. ⇨ Contact Kayli Pace at kayli@premierpartyrental.net 
 

 

Josh Rogan – Musician

Music is key to setting the mood. Josh’s live tunes are your ticket to good times and amazing wedding vibes. ⇨ Contact Josh at joshroganmusic@gmail.com

 

La Tavola Linens

Remember those undeniably gorgeous blue floral linens? So many of you wanted to know what they were called so we tracked down their name: La Tavola’s Clifton Hall Opal linens⇨ Contact Sarah Granger-Twomey at sarah@latavolalinen.com 
 

 

Home Team Bbq

These folks provided and served the mouthwatering food. If you didn’t get to try the tacos, we strongly suggest youstop in at their restaurant inside the Inn at Aspen and treat yourself. ⇨ contact Amy Fortes at amyf@hometeambbq.com
 

THE OTHER BUSINESSES SHOWCASED

 

 
 
 
 
 

THE OTHER BUSINESSES SHOWCASED

 

June 15, 2017 |

Aspen Wedding Guide Event Mixer and Showcase

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We’re excited to announce the details of one of our biggest events of the year! Located at the beautiful Aspen Historical Society in the Wheeler/Stallard Museum, we’ll be hosting our Annual Spring Wedding and Event Industry Mixer and Showcase on Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

 

From 4:30 p.m to 6:30 p.m., network with some of the most talented wedding and event professionals the valley has to offer. Surrounded by the newly renovated Wheeler/Stallard Museum and top-notch businesses in the field, we guarantee you’ll be inspired. Take advantage of the business showcasing decor, food, drinks and much more.  

 

If you’re interested in showcasing your business, don’t hesitate to contact us and reserve a table. Act quickly, because space is limited. Attending businesses include Premier Party Rental, Home Team BBQ, Inn At Aspen, An Elegant Touch and many more.

 

This event is sure to be a success for everyone involved. Take advantage of it to ensure your next wedding is a success.  

May 21, 2017 |

Vendor Spotlight: Premier Party Rental

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A wedding in Aspen is one of the most breathtaking and picturesque places to tie the knot. It’s no wonder that we work with an array of talented, hardworking vendors that help transform wedding visions into reality. 

To kick off the 2017 wedding season in the beautiful state of Colorado, we decided to get to know our vendors on a more personal level. Our first vendor spotlight highlights the work of Premier Party Rental. We spent some time talking with them to get an inside scoop on what it takes to be a successful vendor.

Photo by: Jose Villa

Here’s what they had to say:

Q: How long have you been in business? 

A: We have been in business for 7 years and were established in 2010.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about working in the wedding industry?  

A: We love meeting with all the different brides and grooms that come to the valley and helping contribute to making their dream wedding come together!

Q: Do you have any favorite venues? What makes them unique? 

A: Anywhere in the Roaring Fork Valley is our favorite! We get to work in one of the most beautiful locations in the country, so wherever you choose to have your event, you’ll surely have the best views!

Q: How far in advance do people need to be planning and securing their rentals?

A: We recommend starting the process a minimum of 6 months prior to your event, not only does this help guarantee that your items will be reserved but ensure you have time to find the best style that fits your event! 

Q: What’s your number one tip when it comes to wedding rentals?

A: Plan early and estimate costs a little on the high side to be sure you’ll have enough of the items you want. 

Q: What’s your preferred wedding trend: rustic or modern? Why? 

A: The rustic is definitely the most popular trend we see here in the mountains and works great with our Rustic Farm Style tables and chairs, but we never shy away from a beautiful modern look or even a nice mix of the two! 

Q: What’s the hottest wedding-rental splurge people will be going for this summer?

A: Farm tables! We have them in two styles: both banquet and round. They are definitely a big hit for the summer!

Q:  Fill in the blank: “One thing most people don’t know about wedding rentals is ____.” 

A: They often times get forgotten or put off until last minute, but please don’t wait. It is very important to get rentals secured early on and ensure you have the items you desire for your event! 

Whether you’re working with Premier Party Rental yourself or attending an event adorned by them, you can’t ignore their quality and passion for creating a one-of-a-kind experience accompanied by memories that will last a lifetime. 

If you’re interested in using Premier Party Rental for your wedding…

Contact them:

Premier Party Rental

(970) 963-8368

62 Cty Rd 113

Carbondale, CO 81623

Give em a follow:

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#partywithpremier

May 21, 2017 |

Unique, Family Fun Wedding

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We love this family fun filled wedding.  To start, the location is very unique.  They chose the Aspen Recreation Center (first time a wedding has ever been held at this venue), it has gorgeous views, and lots of family fun activities like rock  climbing wall, batting cages, swimming and ice skating.  

Congratulations Lisa and Scott!  Thank you for sharing your story and wedding tips.

Wedding Story:  Engaged in October 2015 at the top of Independence Pass. Married in Aspen in front of more than 100 friends and family. Dated on/off for 7+ years. Have a daughter together. Lisa LOVES Aspen/Snowmass and couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else. 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.

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.

Vendors and Venues for this wedding:

Photography: Our Love is Loud      Ceremony and Reception Venue:  Aspen Recreation Center     Makeup: Full Circle Salon in Aspen    Caterer: EAT   Rental Company: Premier Party Rental     Florist: Modern West Floral Company   Bar: Garnish Bartending    Dessert: Sunshine and Moons   Lighting: West Side Lighting     Transportation: Aspen Valley School District         Rehearsal Dinner:  Highlands Ale House     Brunch: Westin Snowmass   Transportation – Shuttle: Aspen School District 970-429-6081  Music – 3 Piece Ensemble: Mike Facey  Limo Service: Aspen Limo Services  

 

 

March 14, 2017 |

Wedding Planner Questionnaire

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Wedding Planner Questionnaire

March 18, 2016 |

Wedding Venue Question Form

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March 18, 2016 |

Modern Luxury – Modern Aspen Weddings

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Have you seen the latest Modern Luxury Magazine – Aspen, Winter edition?

Inside you will see 4 highlighted weddings, dream venues with mountain splendor and tips and ideas for planning an Aspen wedding, including Pre-wedding pampering  for the groom!

Featured weddings include this one coordinated by Jane Floyd and Associates  and photographed by Otto Schultz at the top of Aspen Mountain, plus 3 more weddings featuring local wedding vendors.

 

See the Featured Weddings

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Check out the food & drink guide!  We’ve never seen a more complete and helpful guide.  SEE HERE

food and drink guide

December 27, 2015 |

Ana and Csaba Wedding – Intimate Wedding on Top of Aspen Mountain

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  An Aspen wedding at 11,212 feet on top of Aspen Mountain. Eat, drink and be married!

Ana and Csaba could easily be called the most loved young couple in Aspen.  They met while working at The Little Nell and tied the knot at the same location, the Wedding Deck at the top of Aspen Mountain.  When planning their wedding, the most important thing was to share with their closest family and friends their Aspen lifestyle and everything they love about living here.

Ana shares some tips and advice for brides planning a wedding in  Aspen Colorado.

How did you decide on your ceremony location?
     We wanted the most amazing view in Aspen – the Top of Aspen Mountain

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How did you decide on your reception location?
     Place where we met – Location:  Aspen Mountain Club
Accommodations
     The Little Nell & Snowmass Club
What was the mood at the wedding?
     We wanted a big feast that included the most amazing food and wine for a very intimate wedding with our closest family and friends.
Best memory from the wedding day
     The ceremony, when we first saw each other.
Any advice for a bride planning a destination wedding
     Think as if you will be the guest at your own wedding. What things you would like to do, what memories you want to take away, and most importantly what do you want to remember from the entire weekend.
Making it really special:  We focused on the memories and moments together. We wanted our guests to remember places, flavors and feelings of those moments. The Nature and Beauty of Aspen made it very special and memorable. We put together a week full of activities for everyone to enjoy with amazing meals, parties and adventures, highlighting the best of Aspen.

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Love the turquoise converse and captain hats!

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The evening was filled with singing at the table and lots of laughs.

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Csaba is an advanced sommelier, can you tell?

 

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Ceremony and Reception Site: The Aspen Mountain Club at The Little Nell | Wedding Planner: Jason Burns from Burns & Madsen | Flowers: The Aspen Branch | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Hair&Makeup: Full Circle Salon  | All Photography by: Robin Proctor Photography

December 14, 2015 |
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