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Dream Wedding at the St Regis Aspen

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Congratulations Meredith and Jordan on your dream wedding celebration!

Where did you have your ceremony? St Regis Aspen Fountain Courtyard

How did you decide on this location? The St Regis has always been near and dear to our hearts, being in a long distance relationship many nights were spent together in hotels and the St Regis quickly became our favorite. When we visited Aspen to select a venue, the St Regis quickly easily was #1 on our list.

Where did you have your reception? St Regis Monarch Hall

 

How did you decide on St Regis Monarch Hall for your reception? For some reason I have always had this strange, uncomfortable feeling with ballrooms, even though there are beautiful ballrooms throughout Aspen. I wanted a close, intimate, romantic feel and that is exactly what I got once we transformed the Monarch Hall inside the St Regis. The low ceilings and endless windows that overlook into the courtyard helped create the closeness and intimacy that we were wanting. I wanted to make it as easy as possible on our guests and after the ceremony they were able to just walk inside to the reception.

 

Where did you have book your accommodations? Limelight

 

What was the mood at your wedding? I would have to say the mood at the wedding was pure joy and happiness. Two families finally joining as one. Most all of the guests knew each other and we could honestly feel the love and encouragement in the room from everyone.

 

What is your best memory? It is difficult to narrow down to just one best memory but I would have to say our first look, when Jordan turned to look at me on the bridge for the first time and also me walking down the aisle. Both memories that we will never forget.

Meredith Finley, Do you have any advice for a bride planning a destination wedding? It is difficult to narrow down to just one best memory but I would have to say our first look, when Jordan turned to look at me on the bridge for the first time and also me walking down the aisle. Both memories that we will never forget.Be sure that you are ok with and understanding that some guests and potentially even some family members may not be able to travel to your destination. Given that our destination was in the mountains and high elevation, both sets of our grandparents and great grandparents were not able to attend.

Do you have any additional thoughts or photos you would like to share with us?

Jordan and I were high school sweethearts both born and raised in Amarillo, TX. After high school we went to different colleges and dated long distance for 12 years before he FINALLY popped the question.
I travel a lot for work and was traveling through Denver one day in December 2016. I went to collect my bags from baggage claim for my next flight and to my surprise Jordan was waiting in baggage claim and had planned a surprise getaway for us in Aspen. He had orchestrated the trip and planned everything perfectly, with the help of my sister and even my co-workers, my bags for the week had been packed for me. A horse drawn carriage picked us up at the Little Nell and under the Christmas lights downtown he got down on one knee. The following day he had hired a photographer to take engagement photos for us on top of the mountain. It was truly my fairytale engagement and after spending a week in Aspen we could not think of a more magical destination to return to and get married, surrounded by our closest friends and family.
The St Regis has always been near and dear to our hearts, being in a long distance relationship many nights were spent together in hotels and the St Regis quickly became our favorite. When we visited Aspen to select a venue, the St Regis quickly easily was #1 on our list. We were married on September 30, 2017 in the fountain courtyard of the St Regis. The rain parted just in time for me to walk down the aisle.

Wedding Vendors:

Wedding Ceremony/Reception: The St Regis Aspen
Planner: Bubbles & BowtiesJuls Sharpley 
Hair and Makeup: G.R. Hair + Makeup
 

    

April 3, 2019 |

How to Maintain Self Care While Planning a Wedding

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When you’re planning your wedding, there are a lot of things to think about. The invitations, the menu, the music, and transportation are just a small sample of the things that need to be taken care of before the big day. However, there is one other incredibly important thing that often gets overlooked as your wedding day approaches: self-care. It’s easy to become so focused on the details that you forget to make sure that you, yourself, are prepped and ready to go. After all, you’re the star of the show right? No understudies or substitutions are available. It’s your day and you need to be feeling your best.

 

Here are some easy ways to keep up with self-care while planning your wedding day…

 

Go To Bed Early

Having so many tasks to juggle while planning a wedding can make it hard to get yourself to bed on time, but getting enough sleep is one of the most beneficial things you can do to improve your health. People who get a good amount of sleep have been found to have improved concentration and productivity, which can certainly be a help to you when you’re choosing flower arrangements, or addressing the envelopes of those save-the-dates. Also, lack of sleep has found to reduce one’s ability to properly interact socially. Seeing as how your wedding will probably be the biggest social event of your lifetime, you may want to make sure you’re going to bed at a decent time.

 

Prep Your Body For Stress

We all know that planning a wedding can be stressful, but what does anyone really do about it? Stress can cause quite a bit of harm to your appearance, so you’ll want to do what you can to shield yourself its effects. For example, if you know that stress causes your acne to come back, then make sure you’re stocked up on Proactive. If cold sores are your main stress symptom, keep some valacyclovir on hand just in case. Stress has also been found to lower a person’s libido, which is definitely not something you want to deal with on your wedding night. If this is a concern for you, it’s possible that Addyi could be a solution for you.

 

Maintain Your Exercise Routine

Wedding planning may be taking over your life, but that’s no excuse to slack on your workout regimen. In fact, it’s a pretty good reason to stick to it even more! Studies show that regular exercise improves your mood, lowers your stress levels (see above!), and boosts your self esteem. And when it comes to exercise, every little bit helps. You don’t have to be running marathons to see a difference in how you feel. Workout apps like Aaptiv are perfect for designing a routine that fits your schedule.

 

Schedule Some Time Off

I know this sounds crazy, but the best thing you can do to improve your mental health while in the midst of wedding planning is to stop doing it. At least now and then. Giving yourself time to focus on other things will do wonders for your anxiety levels, and actually get you more excited to work on wedding stuff when the time is right. Take a break, watch some tv, go for a walk – anything to get your mind off the complexities of planning the biggest day of your life.

 

November 26, 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 |

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 |

Wedding Planner Questionnaire

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March 18, 2016 |

Wedding Venue Question Form

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March 18, 2016 |

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. 

Story written by Michele Cardamone Photography

 

June 22, 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

June 4, 2015 |

Romantic Wedding on Aspen Mountain and Hotel Jerome

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We came across this beautiful romantic Aspen wedding that was showcased on Borrowed and Blue and just had to repost and share.  The bride writes a beautiful love story and describes the creative details from her wedding.  

Below are some of our favorite images taken by IN Photography, to see the entire story on Borrowed and Blue, click here

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May 12, 2015 |
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