Bridget and Jim celebrated their wedding in a gorgeous setting, with timeless and elegant style. One of our favorite details? They shared personal vows privately before the ceremony, then shared traditional vows in front of their guests. If you’re hoping for a beautiful wedding that is big on meaningful moments and low on stress, Bridget and Jim’s day is sure to inspire you.

Photography by Elizabeth Fogarty.

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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To relax, that it will be what it will be. Enjoy every moment because it goes by very fast. I really took this information to heart and tried not to get too wrapped up in the small details of wedding planning. I trusted my gut instinct on any and all decisions and I don’t regret anything.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  I would recommend speaking about the wedding limited times throughout the week. It can be very overwhelming to talk about it every day. Jimmy and I made it a point to get together two or three times a week (Sunday, Wednesday, Friday) to discuss details and options. This kept both of us sane and very excited!

 

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Did you include any traditions in your wedding? Before the ceremony I had a special moment with each of my parents. I wrote letters to each, gave my mother a bracelet and my father a handkerchief to use that I had personalized for him. Each were very touched and we all enjoyed these moments.

 

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“It was scheduled to rain all day, the day of our wedding,” shares Bridget. “I woke up early enough to watch the gorgeous sunrise, thinking it couldn’t possibly rain after such a bright and gorgeous morning – I was wrong and it did. I accepted the fact that we likely wouldn’t be married outside (this was okay with me; nobody, no rain was going to dim the sunshine I felt in my heart) so I went on with the day. Around 3pm, our coordinator Kate, told me that the rain had stopped and they would ensure we got married outside as we both had dreamed. I was so happy! The overcast setting was more than perfect for our venue – it was more magical, mysterious and gorgeous because of this. Not to mention the temperature was perfect for our guests. I am so grateful for how everything worked out!”

 

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Bridget’s bridesmaids wore matching mint green chiffon dresses. All of the ladies carried lush bouquets of white flowers and mixed foliage.

 

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Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We chose to have our wedding at Strong Mansion because to us, it’s a spiritual place. Jimmy and I love to hike, we love to breathe fresh air, we enjoy each other most when it’s in the presence of Mother Nature. To us Strong Mansion is a sincere reflection of who we are spiritually. With Strong Mansion being so close to our home, we have enjoyed many hikes here, walked to grounds countless times and both knew years before this day, that when the time was right, this would be where we would share our deepest commitment to one another, in our favorite “secret garden” with our closest family and friends.

 

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The Ceremony

“In order to work with Rev. Louis we had to complete no less than 5 sessions of pre-marital counseling. It was amazingly fun and eye opening. Reverend Louis helped us navigate the strengths and weaknesses of our relationship. He provided us with the tools we would need to have a successful marriage. He worked with us on our ceremony and had us sit down separately and together to select the verses that would be used at our ceremony. He made our ceremony extremely personal. Our favorite part of the ceremony was when Reverend Louis had us turn around and face our guests. We stood on top of Strong Mansion’s stone steps in silence for a moment and were able to really take in all of the love, really make eye contact and smile at all of our closest family and friends. It was truly, truly something special. We will never forget that minute.

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Sincere, traditional, emotional.

Who officiated your ceremony?  We found Reverend Louis Schwebius on The Knot, and boy did we luck out! He was amazing! We selected him because of his enthusiasm and passion for what he does. It was very evident in our first meeting that he loves love. We appreciated that he really wanted to get to know us as people and as a couple.

Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  We mentioned family members who have passed which meant a lot to our families.

What was your ceremony music?  We selected The Feather Theme from Forrest Gump for when I walked down the aisle. It was magical and very fitting for our venue.
When the ceremony was over, we left the stone steps to “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne. WE LOVE THIS SONG! Such a feel good song!

What were your vows like?  Our ceremony vows were very traditional. We promised in sickness and in health, rich or for poor… the traditional vows. Our intimate and private vows to one another were more raw promises of our life, love and future together. While both of our vows were very special and personal, seeing my husband cry and look deeply into my eyes as he read his intimate, private vows to me, will be a moment, I will forever cherish.

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  As mentioned above, Rev. Louis made sure we turned around and took in all of our closest family and friends, the love was SO evident in the room in this moment. It was our favorite moment of our ceremony, perhaps of our entire wedding.

 

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The Reception

“How would I describe our reception? Magical would be the word that comes to mind. When the sun set and the beautiful white twinkly lights light up Strong Mansion’s trees and tent. The candles burned in the fireplace and dimly lit the inside of the mansion. It all felt magical.”

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I was inspired by Lauren Conrad’s wedding. Her wedding was gorgeous, classic and timeless. I tried to emulate her wedding as much as I could.

Please tell us about any special details from your reception. I loved our escort cards/favors. We used houseplants in terracotta pots. These directed our guested to their assigned table for dinner and was their special keepsake for attending. Hopefully everyone’s plant is still flourishing and every time they water it, they think of our special day.

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  I enjoyed dancing with my family members and friends. My older brother requested a special dance for us, and this was a big deal to me and really warmed my heart. Also the dance I shared with my Uncle Dalton. He looks just like my Grandpa whom passed away, who I know was with us in spirit that day. It was special to him and special to me.

Special songs:
First Dance: Elton John, Your Song
Father/Daughter: Van Morrison, Tupelo Honey
Mother/Son: James Taylor, Sweet Baby James

What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  Four tiered almond flavored cake with chocolate filling in one layer and raspberry filling as the other.

Did you have a signature cocktail?  We did not have a signature cocktail however we made sure that our favorite drinks were there! Mine favorite is Sauvigon Blanc and Jim’s is Blood Line, IPA.

 

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If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  I wouldn’t change a thing. Best day of our entire lives.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Just know that you can’t have it all, there will be compromises that have to be made but it will be beautiful no matter what because it’s your day. You will be lost in love anyway.

 

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Photography: Elizabeth Fogarty / Venue: Strong Mansion in Dickerson, Maryland / Day of Coordinator: Kate Landro / Floral Design: Candlelight Floral Designs / Dress: Allure from Couture by Posh Bridal / Shoes: Ivanka Trump  / Veil: Couture by Posh Bridal / Jewelry: Nadri / Bridesmaid Dresses: J Crew / Suit: Mens Warehouse / Shirt, Shoes, Tie, Accessories, : Vera Wang Collection / Groomsmen Attire: Mens Wearhouse / Stationery: Minted / Calligraphy: Noteworthy Design / Hair, Makeup: Rosebrook Studios / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Officiant: Reverend Louis Schwebius / Music: Shew-sical / Catering, Cake: Canapes Catering / Cinematography: Studio Nine Thirteen /

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As much as I love this time of year, it’s such a treat to be transported to lush green gardens and warm May weather with this lovely wedding. Though they live in California, Angela and Kenny chose to hold their wedding in Virginia so that Angela’s 97-year-old grandmother could attend. Despite the challenges of planning a wedding from afar, with the help of friends, family, and adept professionals, the day was beautiful and fun and full of love. And donuts!

Photography by Marissa Joy.

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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  As cliché as it sounds, but don’t sweat the small stuff. You might be obsessed over something during the planning time, but the wedding day truly goes by like a blur. My advice would be to do your homework early on, and maybe do 3 selections for each categories max. Once you make a decision, trust your gut and don’t second guess yourself. There will always be other options out there, but at the end of the day, it’s the love, laughter and the twinkle in your husband’s eye that you will remember.

 

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What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  If your budget allows, don’t hesitate to hire a month-of coordinator. It allows you to be involved while giving you the freedom to tackle other important issues on your big day. For us it lessened the stress significantly and it was like being in both California and Virginia at the same time. Especially if you’re planning a wedding remotely like we were. I definitely would not do without. Also don’t forget to get your fiancé involved. I thought I could do it all by myself in the beginning, but as the task list grew, so did the burden of responsibility.

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  I thought it would be romantic to have the guests toss lavender at us while we exited the ceremony procession, but I didn’t consider the material of my dress, so all day long I had lavender buds stuck underneath my tulle dress. Not a big deal, but it was very messy.

 

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The Ceremony

“Kenny and I met and reside in the San Francisco Bay Area, so we knew from the beginning we wanted a venue that would allow for a non-traditional and outdoor ceremony. Due to my Grandma’s age, health, and limited travel mobility, we ended up needing to have the wedding in my hometown of Virginia. We were originally a little disappointed, but our worries quickly dissipated when we visited Riverside on the Potomac. It has the rustic chic California vibe we were looking for – you could say it was love at first sight for the both of us.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Magical, intimate and romantic.

How did you go about planning your ceremony?  One of Kenny’s friends is a wedding officiant aside from her day job. She drafted the majority of the ceremony script after a lengthy chat with us. She left a few parts blank for my uncle (our actual officiant on the East Coast) to personalize. We knew we wanted an “unplugged” wedding ceremony after a discussion with our photographer, so we made sure that was announced at the very beginning of our ceremony.

Who officiated your ceremony?  My uncle was our officiant. He watched me grow up and is well respected within our family. He is fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese, so it was helpful when he needed to translate certain phrases for our out of town guests from Taiwan and China.

Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  We didn’t include any particular Chinese traditions on the day of the wedding, but we did have a tea ceremony the day prior. It is a ceremony where we served tea to the parents and the elders in the family to show respect and thanks.

 

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Ceremony music:
Prelude: “We Bought a Zoo” by Jonsi
Processional: “I’m Yours” by Vitamin String Quartet
Bridal Entrance Song: “A Thousand Years” (Instrumental) by Piano Guys
Recessional: “Best Day of My Life” by American Author

What were your ceremony readings?  “Love is a Friendship that has Caught Fire” by Ann Landers.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  The long walk from the main house to the waterfall patio where we held the ceremony. It gives you time to reflect on the many fond memories of your relationship to that very moment.

 

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The Reception

“Our reception was fun, dreamy, and enchanting. We wanted to create an atmosphere with a good balance of refined and rustic elements, so our guests can feel special but still feel relaxed and very much at ease. This is reflected throughout the reception, from the décor down to our menu selection (dressed up adult comfort food).”

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Once I picked my bridesmaid dresses, many of the design decisions derived from that. I knew I wanted a soft and muted color palette with mixed metallic colors. Our home was also a source of inspiration. We love neutral color in architectural details, but always added interests and pops of colors by introducing textural fabrics, fresh arrangement and metallic accessories. The Barn was a perfect backdrop for us to execute our vision.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  During our cocktail hour, we had our guests sign a silk embroidered art work with the Chinese character of “double happiness.” This character is commonly used as a decoration and a symbol of union for two. In modern Chinese weddings, many couples opt for a large silk cloth with embroidery design for the guests to sign their names and well wishes, we decided to have this artwork instead, so we could actually frame the piece after the wedding.

Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  Wanting lots of DIY details for a destination wedding is a crazy idea, but we were able to make it happen with the help our loved ones. A few months prior to the wedding, my bridesmaids from Virginia were busy collecting empty wine and beer bottles. A few weekends leading up to the wedding, they helped spray paint the bottles in various shades of gold and copper. I was so ecstatic when they texted me the finished product. The bottles were used to hold the small chalkboard table number signs, which turned out amazing and were definitely well worth upcycling.

 

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Menu:  Mac and Cheese Bar: Lobster Mac and Cheese / Three Cheese Mac with Various Toppings // Summer Grill Station: Lamb Lollipops with Mint Yogurt Sauce / Grilled Vegetables // Country Station: Country Fried Chicken & Waffles / Crispy Baked Brussel Sprouts

 

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What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  We had a small 2-tier buttercream cake for cutting, and my talented cousin is an amazing baker – she created four custom flavors of French macarons that complimented our reception: Black Sesame, Passion Fruit, Lemonade Curd and Vietnamese Coffee. They were a hit at the dessert table, and no one believed that they were homemade. The true star of the night was the donut truck parked outside the barn. Funny thing was, we didn’t even get to sample the donuts prior to booking them due to our busy schedule! We sent my brother out for a tasting in Virginia and retained their services upon his approval. I tasted them for the first time on the day of the wedding and, needless to say… they were little soft pillows of happiness and amazingly good!

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  My favorite thing had to be being surrounded by our loved ones and seeing the smiles on my friends’ faces.

Special songs:
First Dance: “A Wink and a Smile” by Harry Connick Jr.
Father/Daughter and Mother/Son: “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra

Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception.  Two of our dear friends were married on the same day 7 years ago, so we had our DJ make a special announcement and had invited them up to re-live their first dance to their special song. Joining them on this memorable occasion was their 2.5 year old daughter who was also our flower girl for the day.

 

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Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  We took on the daunting task of planning a destination wedding. At first it was overwhelming, I’m not going to lie. But it was a true test of how our married life would be. Right away we got better at organizing, communicating, budgeting, time-management, and patience. It gave us an insight on how we could work well together under a time table with monetary constraint and highly induced stress. But it also showed us how much we’re both willing to sacrifice everything and anything for each other.

 

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Photography: Marissa Joy / Venue: Riverside on the Potomac in Leesburg, Virginia / Event Planning: Roberts & Co. Events / Catering: Corcoran Caterers / Floral Design: J. Morris Flowers / Dress: Bridal Gown Studio / Tailoring, Veil: Elegant Design Boutique / Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Earrings: Kate Spade / Bridesmaid  / Dresses: ASOS / Suit, Shirt: Hugo Boss / Tie: Burberry / Shoes: Allen Edmonds / Groomsmen Attire: H&M / Stationery: Minted / Hair, Makeup: Inhye Kim Hair and Makeup  / Photobooth: Hsupreme Photobooth

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Without love, what are we worth? Eighty-nine cents! Eighty-nine cents worth of chemicals walking around lonely. – Capt. “Hawkeye” Pierce (Alan Alda), “Love Story,” M*A*S*H, January 7, 1973

 

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Today’s wedding ceremony was a celebration in the clouds. Quite literally. The backdrop at Kelly Ann and Daniel’s Aspen wedding was jaw dropping beautiful with the snow capped mountains and the tallest trees peeking through the soft clouds. This cozy wedding is filled with so much cheerful color that perfectly popped against the grey day. And that view! A little slice of heaven on earth.

Photography by Kate Holstein.

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Kelly Ann carried a bright and cheerful bouquet full of orange, purple, fuchsia, and pink flowers.

Floral Design by The Aspen Branch.

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride? That once the weekend arrived to let everything go and not let it stress me out.

 

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The Ceremony

“The weather was incredible—all four seasons in an hour. We started up the gondola with rain, got to the top of Ajax with snow and as I came out to walk down the aisle, the clouds parted and the sun came out for a beautiful summer (yet chilly) sunset. This made for such a magical evening and more beautiful than we could have possibly hoped for. I know some of our guests were a little cold, but The Little Nell’s staff was so prepared with blankets and umbrellas for everyone to keep warm and dry with.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words. Magical, ceremony-in-the-clouds, intimate

Why did you choose this location for your wedding? We fell in love with the magical setting at the Sundeck. We have many memories together of picturesque days spent on Ajax Mountain during the summer and winter. When deciding on our location in Aspen, we wanted our guests to enjoy the beautiful, breathtaking views that the wedding deck has to offer.

 

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How did you go about planning your ceremony? My mother and father and Bluebird Productions could not have been a bigger part in helping me figure out everything for the ceremony and reception. We wanted to have some religious aspect as we both grew up in Christian families. We wanted the ceremony to be lighthearted as well and when we met our minister, Father Brice, we knew he would be perfect. He had a template that we followed for the service.

What was your ceremony music? 
Processional: “Canon in D” by Johann Pachelbel
Bridal processional: “Trumpet Voluntary” by Jeremiah Clarke
Recessional: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”

 

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Who officiated your ceremony? Father Jonathan Brice from Christ Episcopal Church in Aspen. We met with him and immediately knew he would take the time to get to know us and be able to provide us with a personal ceremony with traditional Episcopal ideas.

 

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What were your ceremony readings? Song of Solomon 2:10-13; 8:6-7, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 (Love is patient and kind), Philippians 4:8 King James Version.

What were your vows like? Very traditional as per Episcopal Church guidelines, which worked because we wanted to keep that aspect very traditional.

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? The weather! The fact that we took the gondola up and it was raining, at the top of the mountain it was snowing, and when I stepped outside with my father to walk down the aisle the sun came out and stayed out the entire time. Also, the beautiful floral and Aspen branch cross that Aspen Branch made really was a focal point of the ceremony with the backdrop of the mountains.

Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony? We also included an Aspen leaf ceremony and as we walked up the aisle; our guests tossed dried Aspen leaves.

 

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Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Start a budget from the beginning. We started looking at other things first and planning. I think it would have been best to have a budget from the get go.

 

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The Reception

“At first, I wanted very rustic mountainy with a lot of antlers and shearling and, in working with Bluebird, I realized I really wanted it to be a little more modern and upscale. There were a few elements I was set on, such as the brightly colored wild flowers and the twinkle lights at the ceiling of the reception. I was on Pinterest a lot as well as browsing through Bridal Magazines and Bluebird was great about sending me ideas.”

 

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How would you describe your reception? Upscale mountain chic, turquoise and gold accents with bright mountain flowers.

What was your wedding menu? Appetizers: Mozzarella Burrata / Olive Oil and Red Chilies / Loaded Mini Mac and Cheese / Crispy Beef Short Rib Spring Rolls / Smoked Salmon and Caviar Napoleon / Shrimp cocktail // First Course: Rendezvous Farms Grilled Asparagus Salad, Balsamic, Treviso, Frisee, Bacon Emulsion // Main Course: Colorado Roasted Filet of Beef / Whipped Potatoes, Romesco, Grilled Onions // Late Night: Mini Double Double Cheeseburgers (an Ajax staple) / Mini Truffle Fries / Mini Cheese Quesadillas

Catering by The Little Nell.

 

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Did you have a signature cocktail? The Groom’s was a Colorado Mule (Moscow mule made with local colorado vodka), and the Bride’s was a Mint Mojito. We also served rosé Champagne, as it’s one of my favorite drinks.

What type of cake or dessert did you serve? Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Icing and a Raspberry Coulis, Vanilla Cake with Buttercream Icing and a Cream Cheese Filling, Lemon Cake with Buttercream Icing and Cream Cheese Filling. The groom’s cake was made of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and milk shooters. His favorite!

Dessert by Caribou Club.

 

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What was your first dance song? Father/daughter or mother/son dance?
First dance: “Queen of the Slipstream” by Van Morrison
Father/daughter: “My Wish” by Rascall Flatts
Mother/son: “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole

Reception Music by Tunisia.

 

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Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? We had monogrammed napkins and menus.

Did you include any other traditions in your wedding? We did something old, new, borrowed and blue; a six pence in my shoe, and we used my Godmother’s goblets to drink champagne out of after we cut our cake.

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? The first dance was our favorite because it was the first time we had seen everything put together! It was so fun to walk in and be twirling around on the dance floor, seeing all of our friends and family, and the decor all put together.

 

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Photography: Kate Holstein / Event Planning & Design: Virginia Edelson, Bluebird Productions / Venue, Catering: The Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado / Floral Design: Aspen Branch / Dress: Romona Keveza / Shoes: Christian Dior / Earrings: Dannijo / Bridesmaids Dresses, Groom’s Suit: Ralph Lauren / Hair & Makeup: Heather Curtin, Vanessa Vieni, Nicole Popp  / Reception Music: Tunisia / Stationery: Byrd & Bleeker / Rentals: Premier Party Rentals / Officiant: Father Jonathan Brice from Christ Episcopal Church in Aspen / Cake, Dessert: Caribou Club

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