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.
Kelly Ann carried a bright and cheerful bouquet full of orange, purple, fuchsia, and pink flowers.
Floral Design by The Aspen Branch.
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.
“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.”
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.