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Aspen, CO Wedding at The St. Regis Aspen Resort

Aspen has always been a destination I dreamed about, so when I see a wedding hosted in that gorgeous mountain town, I drop everything I am doing to soak in every second of the soiree. And when that Aspen wedding happens to be captured by the one and only Samuel Lippke Studios, well I set aside an entire afternoon to get lost in all the gorgeous. Because a wedding this stunning needs some serious attention, and you can join me in the swoon-fest right here.

From Samuel Lippke StudiosAlexa & Brett were married on August 31st of this year at The St. Regis Aspen Resort. Their wedding was an absolute dream. The day was complete with unimaginable mountain views and the most delicate florals in a neutral color palate. The bride, Alexa, designs custom jewelry, which she & her bridesmaids all wore for the big day. We love her ability to find beauty in simplicity! Of course there was a brilliant team on board for the day including coordinator – Jane Floyd, event designer – The Aspen Branch, and Samuel’s right hand man, assistant Micah Cordy. Samuel Lippke Studios was so honored to be part of Alexa & Brett’s wedding! Please enjoy our favorite moments form the day!

Photography: Samuel Lippke For Samuel Lippke Studios | Videography: Creative Mountain Images | Stationery: Sloane Madureira Design | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Rings: Kwiat Jewelry | Hair: Christina B | Lighting: Halcyon Productions | Groom's Suit: Ralph Lauren Black Label | Bride's Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Bridesmaid's Jewelry: Alexa Leigh | Coordination: Jane Floyd | Decor: The Aspen Branch | Hotel: The St. Regis Aspen Resort | Makeup: Christine Morris-Assalone & Casey Batey Fisher For Full Circle Aspen | Music: Starkey Productions | Tenting: Premier Party Rentals

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Aspen Wedding from Kate Holstein + Bluebird Productions

If there were ever a day to save a little extra time for a gallery, today is it. Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my absolute honor to be the one to introduce you to the most beautiful wedding in Aspen. Not surprising since Bluebird Productions was behind the planning and the bride’s mother’s silver trophies, overfilling with gorgeous flowers, were acting as centerpieces. Add in a supermodel-esque couple, and Kate Holstein Photographs has filled our gallery with beauty!

From the lovely bride… Jack and I fell in love, whirlwind style, through a mutual friend when I was living in NYC and he was California dreamin’ in San Francisco. After 8 months of a bi-coastal courtship filled with creative Skype dates, taking turns doing the whisking off to romantic destinations, and becoming “locals” in both locales, we decided to plant roots on the W(B)est Coast. Jack proposed a year later on the most breathtaking viewpoint with sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay from the International Orange of the Golden Gate to the lapping shores of Tiburon. During our engagement trip to Napa, we decided to tie the knot in Aspen, where I had grown up, and where Jack and I had shared so many amazing memories hiking, skiing, and eating our way through town. Although not the easiest place to get to, we knew it would be the best mid-point for our guests who would be flying in from all over the country and the world.

We wanted a wedding that was intimate, filled with details unique to Jack and me, Aspen elegant, and most importantly, a great party. On the night that we got engaged, our family friends graciously offered the use of their exquisite private properties in the Roaring Fork Valley as our wedding gift, and we knew instantly that our three day pseudo-destination extravaganza would kick off with a rousing barn burner “rehearsal” at the Last Chance Ranch followed the next day by a black-tie wedding along the river at the Coldstream Trout Lodge and ending with a gorgeous brunch celebration at my parents’ home. This would be the first wedding and reception at the Coldstream Trout Lodge, and we would need to bring every single element from a full caterer’s kitchen to the tent to the power generator onsite. It was worth all the effort, creativity, and meticulous planning, and I cannot thank my mother and the fabulous women at Bluebird Productions led by founding partner, Virginia Edelson, enough for truly making our dreams a reality.

The morning of our wedding, I hiked with 30 girlfriends and Jack shot skeet with friends before we got to the our separate corners of the lodge to get ready. With the typical Aspen afternoon showers, Virginia advised us to initiate our rainy day plan: moving our ceremony from the banks of the Roaring Fork River to the great room of the 10,000 square foot exposed log cabin on property. It was fate. Bluebird transformed the mountain lodge into the most intimate, dramatic sanctuary in which Jack and I could exchange our vows in front of 165 black-tie clad guests comfortably (and dryly). My father and I descended the main staircase, which was covered in heart shaped florals, and my mother and father both walked me down the aisle. I could not have felt more gorgeous (thanks you Oscar de la Renta!) or loved, and could not wait to take Jack’s hand. He looked amazing in a custom Burberry Prorsum tux. Framed by 8 foot Aspen trees in front of a monstrous fire place (and under the watchful gaze of a stuffed moose head and two carved eagles), Jack and I exchanged personal promises; we thought that we were the only two standing in the room. Luckily, the rain passed immediately after the ceremony, allowing our guests to have cocktails as planned next to the roaring river. 

We strove to accentuate and incorporate the beauty of the location and the town we love so much in every way possible; every detail could not have been more deliberate or more perfectly executed. For example, after our very mountain-chic ceremony, guests grabbed their custom water-colored aspen leaf escort cards from a “grove” of aspen trees matching the groves around us. The leaves looked amazing as they blew in the wind. The paper products from the save the date with high resolution images of the actual barn doors where we held the barn burner to the invitations/wedding paper suite, letterpressed with a customized gold Aspen leaf design, perfectly captured our theme of Aspen elegant.

Jack and I are big foodies, and delighted in selecting a menu that would showcase Colorado’s wide range of exquisite locavore food culture through every morsel, including Colorado lamb and, of course, trout, as our entree selections. The biggest compliment of the night was that guests could not believe that 170 entrees had been created in a make-shift tent kitchen, as it tasted as good as it would in a top-star restaurant. It was a not just a celebration of Jack and my love, but also a love letter to Aspen.

Walking into the massive tent for the reception, the mastery of the execution of every precise detail took my breath away. My very favorite elements of the entire celebration were the floral arrangements. Each table had stunning unique florals of the softest pastels using flowers I had never even seen before! Every enchanting piece teemed out of an antique sterling silver trophy which held special sentimental value: each had been hand selected by my mother from her silver trophy collection from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As I inspected each table, memories of coming home from college to rosebuds next to my bed in a women’s golfing trophy from the 20’s or seeing the giant Best in Show from the 1890’s filled with lilies in the foyer of my childhood home rushed back. It was such a personal and beautiful touch, and signified the love and effort that my mom contributed while simultaneously creating a glamorous focal point for each table. I hope to do the same for my daughter one day; this Christmas, mom started my trophy collection with my first silver piece. The lighting, linens, midsummers-night’s dream-like floral chandeliers, hanging lanterns, and perfectly tied seat bows produced the most dreamlike-gorgeous event I’d ever seen. It was the perfect backdrop for our band, Syndicate, with its three lead crooners, to bring down the house. Not one person could stay in their seat, and twenty-somethings had dance-offs with octogenarians. After Syndicate’s final tune, we had aperitifs and a cheese course in the lodge, and then jumped in buses to the Caribou Club, where guests nibbled on buffalo sliders and grilled cheese sandwiches, and danced the night away.

Jack and I cannot thank enough the many many people who made our wedding such a perfect celebration of our union, both by helping us to execute the ideal evening and by coming from around the world to celebrate with us!

Planner: Bluebird Productions | Photographer: Kate Holstein | Caterer: Aspen Epicure | Venue: Private Residence | Floral Design: Harrington Smith | Rentals: Alpine Party Rentals | Lighting and AV: Halcyon Productions | Wedding Band: Syndicate via Starkey Productions | Cake: D’elissous Cake Studio | Linen: La Tavola | Officiant: Jill Pidcock | Transportation: CTS Transportation | Papergoods: Express Yourself Basalt

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Colorado Wedding from Kevin Von Qualen and Jason + Gina Photographers

I love Colorado for many reasons.  The breathtaking scenery, the majestic mountains, the plethora of outdoor fun to be had.  But my favorite thing about Colorado?  The weddings.  The weddings that simply scream rustic elegance with every ounce of their being.  And this gorgeous day filmed to absolute perfection by Kevin Von Qualen is the perfect example of just what I mean.  It’s two beautiful sweethearts meets the uber-gorgeous stylings of Bella Design meets a stunning Diamond J Ranch setting, aka, all kinds of Colorado lovely.  Click play to soak in all of the pretty.

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From the Bride… Jeremy and I met through mutual friends while I was in medical fellowship in Chicago and he was working in Indianapolis.  We had a whirlwind romance; he drove up to Chicago every weekend for six months until we moved together to Portland, Oregon for new jobs.  We were engaged two months later when he popped the question after a (very long and sweaty) eight-hour hike!  For Jeremy and me, our dream wedding was a relaxed weekend, with close family and friends, in a stunning location.  We felt that having a wedding in the Rockies reflected us both individually and as a couple.

My grandfather stumbled upon the Fryingpan River Valley 40 years ago and built a log cabin there with the help of his friends.  My family has spent nearly every summer at the cabin since I was born – my sister and I grew up playing violin in the local church, riding horses at the Diamond J (our wedding venue) and hiking in the valley.  And my sister was married in the valley 10 years ago from the week that Jeremy and I were married!  I’m from New Orleans and Jeremy is from Minnesota… so, in addition to the Fryingpan being a place close to my heart, we thought it would be a beautiful destination for our family and friends to enjoy, as well.

My vision was a romantic chic wedding with a soft color palette (navy blue, pale pinks and pale apricots) and a casual, fun outdoor vibe.  Largely inspired by Style Me Pretty and other wedding blogs, we wanted to create a weekend with many personal touches.  For example, our table numbers were numbers that had significance to our relationship with an explanation below so that guests could understand.  One table was #6,222  (No. of miles that Jeremy drove between Indianapolis and Chicago to see Kathryn).  Another table was #1 (No. of questions that Jeremy got wrong as Kathryn’s “mobile shout-out” on Cash Cab Chicago).  Table #79 (No. of American Idol episodes that Kathryn “forced” Jeremy to watch).  Guests loved walking around to the other tables to read all of them – it was a great conversation starter!

Since we had guests travelling from all over (including Spain!), we wanted to show our appreciation for their devotion and how far they travelled to share our day with us.  Jeremy and I cut and painted old barn wood with the cities represented and their distance from the wedding location.  A few days before the wedding, we couldn’t find a post to nail them to, so Dad and Jeremy concocted a tri-pod made out of aspen tree trunks.  It ended up being so cute and unique!  People loved it and had fun posing for pictures in front of their city.

The night before the wedding we had a huge Pig Roast for all of the guests.  Jeremy is a horticulturalist at a large conifer nursery; he arranged to have 40 miniature conifers shipped from Oregon to Colorado to serve as the centerpieces.  We then gave one to each couple to take home with them and plant in memory of the weekend.  It’s been touching to see these little trees planted in the yards of our friends and family when we visit!

We had a photo booth, but instead of the standard photo booth props, we used props that reflected us – my grandmother and grandfather’s old hats that we keep at the cabin, Mardi Gras beads and masks that represent my NOLA home.  Apparently, on the day of the wedding, my Dad also rounded up shovels, pitchforks and picks from our cabin shed for the photo booth.  I had no idea, but had a great laugh when he posed with my bridesmaids and myself in the photo booth with all of the random yard tools!

Our favorite 10-year old Mountain Poodle, Macy, was in our wedding as the Best Dog.  After she walked down the aisle, she had to “say Hi!” to each of my seven Bridesmaids by walking by and licking each one before taking her rightful seat with our dog-handler on the front row.  Such a cute moment and so Macy!  Loved it!

For ten months, beginning the day after we got engaged, my mother worked on compiling a scrapbook that documented Jeremy and my relationship, from the day that we met until the day that we got married. It was the most beautiful, thoughtful, hilarious, and touching gift.  We displayed the (two-volume!) scrapbook at our reception, so that we could share our story with everyone.

Our favors were also very personal to us.  Every summer since I can remember, my mom spends hours at the cabin canning homemade jelly, made with fruit from the valley.  For our wedding, she made 140 jars of raspberry jelly and peach jelly, which we gave out as gifts to our guests.

Being from New Orleans, nearly every wedding I’ve been to has a Groom’s cake – a Southern tradition and one that my husband was clueless about.  This provided a great opportunity for me to surprise him!  I had his favorite cake, German chocolate, made into the shape of a giant Rainbow Trout, with a banner that said “This one’s a keeper!”  The pastry chef did an amazing job – it is one of Jeremy’s favorite things about our wedding to this day!

Wedding Photography: Jason + Gina |  Wedding Venue: Diamond J Ranch, Meredith, Colorado | Wedding Cinematography: Kevin Von Qualen | Flowers: Susan’s Flowers | Event Planning + Design: Bella Design | Invitations: Paper Bloom Studio | Cake + Desserts: Susan Keating | Wedding Dress: Marisa | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair + Makeup: Full Circle | Necklace: Kendra Scott

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