Saying “I do” in Aspen is meant to be amazing, but saying “I do” in the exact spot you had your very first date? Magical. Which is why Michelle and Andrew spent weekend after weekend diving into clean up projects to make their meaningful locale all their own. The results? A drop-dead gorgeous soiree planned to perfection by Bluebird Productions with amazing details throughout. See it all captured by Becky Schwartz here in THE VAULT.
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From Bluebird Productions… Michelle and Andrew are truly some of the sweetest people (and most IN LOVE people) we’ve come across! Their wedding was a perfect labor of love. They chose to get married in Aspen as Andrew was raised here and, as a couple, they have spent a ton of time in the Aspen area together. Their wedding was at the Smuggler Mine, a historic mine that is a huge part of Andrew’s family history in the area. The moment they got engaged, they immediately knew they wanted to get married there. Their first date was even at the mine (a tour of the mine!!). For them, it was the perfect venue: unique, rugged but elegant, has expansive and amazing fews, has great meaning and history for them and is the most authentic “Aspen” venue one can find.
From the Bride… We spend countless Saturdays at the Mine doing various clean up and building projects- planting flowers, building the arbor, painting fences, and laying gravel. I wouldn’t trade these memories for anything. It made our wedding day feel so magical because we built the magic that our guests felt at our ceremony. We were sharing with them a piece of our lives that means so much to us, and I loved that.
Photography: B. Schwartz Photography | Wedding Planner: Bluebird Productions | Floral Design: Prema Style | Wedding Dress: Watters | Ceremony Venue: Smuggler Mine | Reception Venue: The Viceroy | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Revolve Clothing | Hair: M Salon | Groom's Attire: Thomas James | Ceremony Music: Natalie Spears | Painter: Jenny Lou Art | Paper: Tasha R | Rentals: Premier Party Rentals | Wedding Ring: Hadley's House Of Diamonds
Can a wedding totally change your mood? Why yes, yes it can. Because if Emma + Nish’s Aspen wedding is any indication, you’re about to be beaming from ear to ear. For this culturally chic and colorful celebration is beautiful beyond measure and it’s all thanks to the talented Bluebird Productions. A day graced with gorgeous hues and a lush outdoor ceremony, Lacie Hansen is sharing it all in The Vault!
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From Bluebird Productions…Emma & Nish’s Aspen wedding was the perfect reflection of everything that makes them the fabulous couple they are. The couple exchanged vows and danced the night away at Emma’s childhood Aspen home. Looking up at Pyramid Peak, this home is one of the most splendid locales in Aspen and a place so many of Emma’s friends and family had visited over the years. Nish’s heritage filled the space just as equally though; the décor, floral, tent, and attire all were an expression of Nish’s Indian culture.
Guest arrived at their residence and wound their way over the hill to Emma’s backyard. A sitar player filled the glen of trees with music and guests were greeted with chai tea as they wondered through a sanctuary dripping with marigolds to the ceremony site and its jaw dropping backdrop. Emma and Nish’s first child, their adorable dog Harper, was part of the processional along with bridesmaids, who wore a variety of bright burgundy dresses, and groomsmen, who wore jackets tailored in the traditional Indian style.
Guests found their escort cards hanging in the air interspersed between marigold chains and then entered the tent with a custom silk lined ceiling of gold stars and mirrors and cascading gold lanterns. Emma’s custom dress was two pieces, which made it easy for her to switch her chiffon floor length skirt for a playful tulle tea length reception bottom. She and Nish flawlessly executed a choreographed first dance that quickly morphed into a Bollywood dance where all of their bridesmaids and groomsmen ran onto the floor and joined along with all of the steps they had learned to celebrate the couple!
The menu was designed to show a perfect melding of the families’ traditions. There were three buffet stations with aptly paired selections: Indian, Colorado, and Southern (for Emma’s Georgian roots). Being part of their celebration was a true honor. Both families could not have been more kind or supportive of the marriage and the celebration of Emma and Nish’s love and commitment to one another. If there’s one wedding that a planner wants to do over and over again, it’s this one!
Photography: Lacie Hansen | Wedding Planner: Bluebird Productions | Floral Design : Bloom | Cake: d'Elissious | Stationery : Brydon Paper Design | Jewelry: Bhavani | Rings: Jangmi Jewelry | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Various | Catering: Aspen Culinary Solutions | Makeup: Vanessa Vieni | Hair : Nicole Popp | Groom : Mohan's Custom Tailors | Groomsmen attire: J.Crew | Officiant : Family Friend | Ceremony Music: Silver City Strings | Bride ceremony skirt: Emily Riggs Bridal | Bride reception skirt: Anthropologie | Gown Top: The Outnet | Reception Music: Elan Artists | Rentals: Premier Party Rentals | Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals : Halcyon Productions | Rentals : RAJ Tents | Sitar: Ustad Roshan & Jamal Bhartiya
While I may be a bit biased (I said “I do” amid the mountains as well), one look through Laura Murray’s pics and I doubt you’ll disagree when I say mountain weddings are kinda extra special. Bluebird Productions knows exactly how to tap into that magic, with Carolyn’s Flowers and A Day In May adding the most perfect touches to this summer celebration. Start with these colorful bouquets below and keep on going because our Vault has many more pretty pics to pin to your heart’s desire!
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From Bluebird Productions… Emily and Dan are a truly amazing couple! They are not only deeply in love but they are fabulous people: focused, determined, caring, thoughtful and have a real sense of integrity. It was an absolute honor to work with them to bring their wedding to life. The couple lives in San Francisco but she is a New Yorker and he is originally from Germany. Guests came from all over the world to celebrate this amazing couple and take part in joining of their two cultures.
Emily and Dan selected the top of Aspen mountain to celebrate their wedding. Guest experience and comfort was a top priority and we took great care to ensure their guests received amazing attention from start to finish. Unique traditions, such as the saw cutting tradition from Germany, were incorporated to share elements from each person’s heritage.
Photography: Laura Murray Photography | Event Planning: Bluebird Productions | Floral Design: Carolyn's Flowers | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: d'Elissious | Stationery: A DAY IN MAY DESIGN | Hair: Mi Hair | Band: Tunisia | Ceremony Music: Silver City Strings | Wedding Venue: The Little Nell | Audio Visual: Halcyon Productions | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Party Rentals By Premier Rentals Of St. Louis