Congratulations to Jennifer and Bryan who celebrated their wedding on top of Aspen Mountain, The Little Nell on 09.27.14
They share their story and helpful tips for other couples planning a destination wedding in Aspen Colorado.
Bryan and I got married in late September at the Wedding Deck at the Little Nell. The colors of the leaves were stunning! We had about 100 guests who boarded the Gondola up to 11,212 feet for the festivities. It was a very personal and intimate ceremony. Our wedding party was made up of Bryan’s brother, my sisters, cousins, friends, our nephew as the ring bearer and three nieces as flower girls. We had a childhood friend of Bryan’s officiate the ceremony and each of my sisters chose a reading. The Silver City Strings led by Wendy Larson provided music for the ceremony and cocktail hour which was at Benedicts. Our photographer was Robin Proctor and Creative Mountain Images was our videographer. They both did such great jobs capturing the emotion and beauty of the day. The reception was at the Sundeck. The room has a very warm and rustic tone. We really wanted to keep the focus on the beauty of the mountains and our florist, Harrington Smith, helped us create a beautiful rustic fall decor that complimented the surrounding environment. We named our tables after places we have traveled together and as another personal touch, we had vintage postcards with a story from each trip on each table. After some speeches from the best man, Bryan’s brother, and my father, Syndicate band took the stage. They were amazing and had everyone dancing all night! At the end of the night our guests led us out with sparklers on our way to the gondola to head down the mountain. What a gorgeous view of the town lit up at night!
Location of Ceremony
The Wedding Deck at the Little Nell
How did you decide on your ceremony location?
We always knew we wanted an outdoor wedding and being skiers we are drawn to the mountains. The first time we went to Aspen we fell in love with the town so it was the perfect choice for our wedding. The views from the Wedding Deck are spectacular and being surrounded by the beauty of nature was exactly what we wanted for our ceremony. We had scattered showers on our wedding day which luckily held out for the ceremony and made the sky and clouds look interested and so pretty. Our photographer, Robin Proctor and her team, captured some gorgeous pictures which made the rain totally worth it!
Location of Reception
The Sundeck at the Little Nell
How did you decide on your reception location?
Just like with our ceremony, we wanted our reception to reflect the beauty of Aspen and the mountains so we decided on the Sundeck. Our cocktail hour was at Benedicts which has both indoor and outdoor space for our guests to enjoy. We loved the rustic beauty of the Sundeck with a charming rock fireplace and large windows overlooking the Maroon Bells.
The Little Nell, Limelight Hotel, Molly Gibson, Hotel Aspen, Aspen Square Condominiums, Aspen Mountain Lodge
What was the mood at the wedding?
Getting married in Aspen in and of itself is really special but taking a gondola up to 11,000 feet to get married certainly made for an even more unique wedding! I think it really upped the level of excitement for us and for our guests. It was like no wedding we had ever been to and I think the same goes for most, if not all, of our guests. Being surrounded by our family and friends in such a beautiful and surreal location was such a wonderful experience. There was so much love and happiness in the air, I get goosebumps looking back on that day. It was an amazing celebration.
Best memory from the wedding day
We love everything about Aspen and really wanted our guests to experience all the town has to offer. Since it was a destination wedding, we gave our guests a ton of recommendations on hikes, bike rides, trail runs, restaurants, etc. Throughout the weekend at the various wedding events it was so much fun hearing what activities our guests had done and how much they loved Aspen. We were hoping that everyone would get into the Aspen spirit and knowing that everyone enjoyed themselves during their stay is such an awesome memory we will always have. It made our wedding complete!
Any advice for a bride planning a destination wedding
If you can, get a full time wedding planner! Jane Floyd was our wedding planner and I don’t know how we would have done it without her. It really helps having someone onsite who knows all the vendors really well.
You have to expect/accept that some people will not be able to make the trip so give that a lot of consideration when choosing a destination wedding. The great part is, you get to spend a lot of time with the people who do make it since it’s not just a one night event. We had our rehearsal dinner Thursday night, a welcome cocktail party at the Ajax Tavern for all of our guests Friday night and then our wedding Saturday. It was so nice to have a few days with everyone and not feel like we had to spend the whole wedding night worrying if we spent enough time with each person who made the trip.
Aspen Wedding Vendors & Venues Photography: Robin Proctor Photography / Videography: Creative Mountain Images / Planner: Jane Floyd and Associates / Floral Design: Harrington Smith Floral / Ceremony String Quartet: Silver Strings / Hair & Makeup: Full Circle / Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Sundeck – Aspen Mountain; The Little Nell Rental Company for chairs, linens, etc: Premier Party Rental Wedding Cake: Delissous Cake Studio