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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  

 

 

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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

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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 |

Putting Together the Perfect Aspen Welcome Bag

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You will likely have guests visiting Aspen from near and far to celebrate your special day with you. Traveling to a wedding can be costly – in both time and money. Surprise your out-of-town wedding guests by putting together a creative welcome bag. When they arrive to the hotel after a long day of travel, your gift will be a nice treat and a great start to the wedding festivities. It is a thoughtful, fun way to thank your guests for attending.

So, what goes into a welcome bag? With help from TheHELLOtote  we have rounded up everything you need to know about putting together a great welcome bag sure to impress your guests.

Story By: Kelsey Stamps

 

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  1. Make it personal

The Hello Totes says, “Every wedding is unique and we can honestly say no two wedding welcome bags or gifts have ever been the same. We love to talk to the bride and groom and get a feel for their wedding. Is it mountain casual or city chic? Big and formal or an intimate gathering of family only? We then look at their wedding suite thus far, such as colors and fonts and decor, to get a feel for the wedding overall. Together with these details, we then determine any special places, interests, or passions of the bride and groom.

For example; a Texas bride marrying a New York City groom might mean their welcome bag has a big chocolate horseshoe, with some taxi cab cookies. Including items from places they have lived or loved often gives a great personal touch. And of course, we always include a welcome letter from the couple!”

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  1. Include local specialties.

Share some of your favorite local Aspen eats with your guests. Whether a seasonal snack or decadent treat there are so many options. The golden rule that TheHELLOtote uses for food is “to include something salty and something sweet – often these two can be one item (think chocolate drizzled sea salt popcorn).”

Some of our favorite local eats for inspiration are:

  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate factory (You can’t go wrong with chocolate!)

  • Boulder Chips

  • Colorado Salsa

  • Mountain Man Nuts and Fruits (Trail mix is a great snack!)

  • Mountain America Jerky

  • Cinnamon Rolls (Colorado’s State Snack)

  • LaMar’s Donuts

  • Colorado Salsa

  • Colorado Coffee Co.

  • Rocky Mountain Popcorn Co.

  • Justin’s- (Love the pretzel and almond butter snack packs!)

 

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Image by Parrot Design Studio

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  1. Don’t forget the necessities.

You want your guests to be feeling their best, so provide some things to keep them feeling good! TheHELLOtote advises, “The most important aspects of a welcome bag are to encourage guests to hydrate, acclimate, and recuperate. This is theHELLOtote motto! Water bottles are a great item, as are any energy (think Vitamin B and C) supplements to adapt to altitude changes for high altitude weddings. Our Mini Hangover Kits are very popular, which always include pain medicine and stomach soothers! Snacks are lifesavers for airport arrivals and late night munchies.”

Consider the weather and location of your wedding as well when choosing these items. TheHELLOtote shares, “S’more kits are fun year-round for mountain, farm, or lakeside weddings. Hand and foot warmers are winter essentials. Beach weddings are another great place to include sunscreen, face misters, and maybe one extra pair of sunglasses!”

Many of your out-of-town guests won’t be used to the altitude, so these things can help make them more comfortable. Here are a few ideas.

  • Reusable water bottle or bottled water

  • Sunscreen

  • Lip balm

  • Gum or mints

  • Mini oxygen canisters

  • Acli-mate energy supplements

  • Face misters

  • Sunglasses

 

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image by Robin Proctor Photography

  1. Consider the packaging.

How you put all of these things together is very important. “For all of our events, we love a custom tote bag. It is easy for guests to tote around town and is a fun (and easy) item to pack up and take back home,” says theHELLOtote.

Here are a few additional things we love to include:

  • A personalized map showing key spots

  • Important event information

  • Reusable tote bag that they can keep

  • Provide a list of tips for high-altitude

  • Write a personal note thanking the guest for attending

 

  1. Deliver it!

You have enough to worry about during your busy wedding weekend. Don’t let the totes be a hassle. Distribute bags to everyone during a welcome party or have them delivered to your guests hotels. (TheHELLOtote offers full-service delivery to local hotels in Aspen, Denver and beyond.)

The totes should at the very least be given to wedding party members to thank them for their duties and for traveling to be a part of your day. TheHELLOtote recommends, “for destination weddings where more than three-quarters of the guests are traveling from afar, it is a fantastic way to welcome everyone to the wedding weekend. Even locals should receive a welcome bag, as they are most likely helping out-of-towners navigate – they might even be hosting some of your guests at their home.”

 

Whether you welcome your guests with a bottle of water and some snacks, or a personalized tote full of treats and necessities, your guests will appreciate the gesture.

 

Love these ideas? Share with us: What would be your number one “must” to have in your guests welcome bags?

 

Sincere thanks to Erin and Amy of theHELLOtote for their contributions to this post. If you are interested in learning more about how they can design a unique welcome bag for your guests visit their website here.

 

 

 

September 10, 2015 |

15 Fabulous Fall Wedding Details

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 By: Kelsey Stamps

Congrats on your engagement, Aspen bride!  Fall is a beautiful time of year to host a wedding and this season in Aspen is magical.  The mountain backdrop with a gorgeous burst of colors is the perfect romantic setting.  If you are planning your fall wedding, look no further.  We have rounded up 15 fall décor details that will be perfect inspiration for your wedding day!

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  1. Light it up with lanterns.

  2. Vibrant florals pop.

  3. Pumpkins make cute escort cards.

  4. A rustic dessert bar is sweet.

  5. Wooden signs add a bit of personality.

  6. Leaves are a classic seasonal touch.

  7. Caramel apples are a huge hit.

  8. Pie is the perfect dessert!

  9. Hot (spiked) cider warms up your guests.

  10. Spell it out with pumpkins!

  11. Rich colors and metallic details add texture and warmth.

  12. Guest can snuggle up with blankets for an outdoor ceremony.

  13. Comfort foods are perfect served as mini appetizers.

  14. A white (fake) pumpkin guestbook can be seasonal décor for years to come!

  15. A firepit will warm you up and be the perfect spot for a late night s’mores.

 

These are just a few of our favorite fall details. Décor ideas for this beautiful, colorful season are endless. Using these ideas as inspiration, you will be sure to create a fall Aspen wedding that will impress your guests. If you need help planning your Aspen wedding, find a local wedding planner here.

Are you having a fall wedding? Share your favorite seasonal touch below.

 

 

 

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August 24, 2015 |

U.S. Air Force Couple Elope in Aspen

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I think it was serendipitous that I photographed this small and intimate wedding in Aspen a few days after Memorial Day. I have so much respect for this beautiful bride and groom as they have both been serving in the U.S. Air Force for over 20 years! Although you would never guess it from looking at the portraits of this beautiful and ethereal bride, they initially met at a combat skills training course while they were both serving in the military. After they both served a tour together in Iraq they separated ways but continued to remain friends and managed to stay in touch over the years. After the groom retired from the Air Force, after proudly serving for 25 years, they coincidentally ended up living in the same town. The rest, of course, is history. Rather than have a traditional wedding, they decided to elope to Aspen and had an intimate ceremony at the Hotel Jerome in the flower-filled garden on a beautiful day in early spring. Bride and groom were so intelligent and elegant yet so joyful, playful and fun and we enjoyed running around the hotel and Aspen taking photos. 

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June 22, 2015 |

Summer Destination Wedding in Aspen Colorado

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Wedding planner Jane Floyd shares one of her favorite weddings from last summer. 

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July 26  |  Aspen, CO

Photographed by: James Christianson

We’re sharing some of the highlights that were featured on the website “Inside Weddings, the insider’s guide to wedding inspiration.”

See the entire story here: Rocky Mountain Wedding

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See original story in its entirety here:  Inside Weddings

Resource List:

Wedding Planner:  Jane Floyd and Associates

Photographer:  James Christianson

Florist:  The Aspen Branch

Reception Venue:  The Little Nell – Sundeck

 

 

 

June 10, 2015 |

Top Five Bar Menus in Aspen Colorado

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Aspen Magazine lists the top bar menus in Aspen, from fish ceviches, steak and eggs to house-spun gelato!

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1. Jimmy’s Bodega
Only in summer does Bodega bust out a bar menu. Situated at the intersection of the Grand Tasting Tent during June’s Food & Wine Classic and the pedestrian mall, it’s ground zero for alfresco nibbles like market fish ceviches ($15), seafood plateaus ($26 to $120) and Baja fish tacos ($12). Take advantage of this mezcaleria’s extensive bar offerings (it’s owned by Jimmy Yeager of Jimmy’s restaurant fame and a celebrated mixologist in his own right) and order a boutique agave served neat or, if you’re with a group, go for the signature BOC on BFIC (i.e., Bucket of Cocktails on Big F-ing Ice Cubes). There are worse ways to spend a sunny afternoon. 307 S. Mill St., 970.710.2182

2. Steakhouse No. 316
Inside this historic 19th century former home, the atmosphere is sexy and moody, just as a proper steakhouse should be. After a day of outdoor adventure, indulge in a jumbo lump crabcake with citrus slaw and whole-grain mustard cream ($12); steak and eggs ($17); or the 316 Bistro filet with chimichurri, housemade steak sauce and hand-cut fries ($19). 316 E. Hopkins Ave., 970.920.1893

3. Cache Cache
If it’s a full-on dining experience with all the bells and whistles you want, then, by all means, eat in the dining room. But locals love the sleek, seductively lit bar for its mellower vibe; fly-on-the-wall potential; exquisitely made cocktails; and Chef de Cuisine Nathan King’s earthy yet refined fare, made with local produce, meat and wild foods King forages himself. The housemade pastas are standouts. 205 S. Mill St., 970.925.3835

– See the entire list at: http://modernluxury.com/aspen/story/top-five-bar-menus#sthash.tAog8l7M.dpuf

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