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Highlands Ale House Wedding Rehearsal Dinner in Aspen Colorado

Highlands Ale House Wedding Rehearsal Dinner in Aspen Colorado

Aspen Highlands Alehouse Rehearsal Dinner

 

 

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Aspen Colorado Rehearsal Dinner

 

Alexa and Dan kicked off the wedding weekend with the rehearsal and welcome party with all of their guests at Highlands Ale House. Guests feasted on brick fire pizzas after Colorado brews and cocktails. The style was casual and laidback and in the theme of the first flowers Dan gave Alexa. Bouquets of sunflowers were the centerpieces on outdoor tabletops. Guests enjoyed watching the Avalanches play hockey and pizza. It was such a wonderful way to gather all the guests who had come from all over to be at their wedding.

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Aspen Colorado Wedding at The Little Nell

Aspen Colorado Wedding at The Little Nell

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The Little Nell Wedding Deck

Alexa and Dan chose The Little Nell Wedding Deck as the place they wanted to bring 100+ friends and family to celebrate their marriage. The Little Nell is the only five star ski-in/ski-out, five-star and five diamond hotel in Aspen. Every guest room is unique and so is every wedding. Alexa grew up in St. Louis and visited Aspen every year, skiing with her brother and parents. It was there that she dreamed of getting married at the tip top of Aspen Mountain. It’s pretty hard to beat the views from the The Little Nell wedding deck!

Alexa always thought Aspen would make a great wedding location. So that’s where she married Dan; the man she met in Arlington, VA; the man who proposed to her while snowboarding Snowmass Mountain; the man who now said “I do” at the top of Aspen Mountain. The Little Nell is one of the most beautiful and sought after venues in the world.

 

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Three years ago I wrote a list of all the wedding venues that I wanted to photograph a wedding. Well, I got to cross the one at the top of my list off this year. Not only that but kick off my 2022 wedding season with this gorgeous Saturday wedding over Memorial Day weekend in one of the most fun places to be over the holiday weekend. Friday night started with the Rehearsal and Welcome Party at Aspen Highlands Alehouse since most family and guests were staying next door at The Ritz-Carlton Club.

 

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Aspen Colorado Rehearsal Dinner at the Caribou Club

Aspen Colorado Rehearsal Dinner at the Caribou Club

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Rehearsal Dinner at Aspen Caribou Club

This Aspen Colorado Wedding Rehearsal Dinner at the Caribou Club was most fun and memorable for Hewitt-Anne and Andy. If you haven’t yet seen Hewitt-Anne and Andy’s gorgeous wedding at the Aspen Meadows Resort, stop scrolling and head there now. If you have, welcome to the precursor to their gorgeous day: an intimate rehearsal dinner at the Caribou Club. Hewitt-Anne and Andy’s guests gathered downstairs at the hidden member’s only club in downtown Aspen. This speakeasy style restaurant entrance to one of the most exclusive dinner reservations in Aspen. It is an experience all on its own. The door is marked “Private,” and the door mat is only marked with their signature Caribou antlers to let guests know they’re in the right place.

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Wedding Weekend Portraits in Aspen, Colorado

Aspen, Colorado is a ski town that is known for their luxury shops, world-class restaurants, and rare art. It’s always an inspiring place to me no matter how many times I photograph my couples here. I always love when I capture the rehearsal dinner and we get to fit in some time for portraits. While guests enjoyed cocktails in the lounge, Hewitt-Anne, Andy, and I went around the cobblestone lined streets to take some pre-wedding day portraits in their favorite place.

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Inside the rehearsal dinner at the Caribou Club

Capturing the rehearsal dinner is my favorite way to start the wedding weekend. I love the excitement and energy the couple has on the night before their wedding. This is usually the first time they are seeing their guests. For a destination wedding, the rehearsal dinner, or welcome party, is where you finally get to see everyone together. As the wedding photographer, I take the opportunity to shoot the rehearsal for more relaxed portraits with guests and candid moments. 

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River Bottoms Ranch Utah Wedding Venue

River Bottoms Ranch Utah Wedding Venue

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River Bottoms Ranch Utah Wedding Venue

Rivers Bottom Ranch is the perfect destination for a Park City, Utah wedding. The light filled wedding venue is quickly accessible from Park City (only 20 minutes away) but also situated on a quiet river road making you feel totally secluded in the mountains. I’m in awe of this venue. Every time I walk in, its airy design is the perfect backdrop. Outside it’s even better. Horses in the fields, trails, ponds, you name it, this high end venue has it.  The grounds are pristine with 360 degree views. I had the opportunity to shoot here twice in the fall and let me tell you, late September and early October are a dream!

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For this particular shoot, we had an incredible amount of talent working on the team to make it this beautiful. From the stylist, planners, and florists, everyone has a specific gift and artistic talent that is high touch and refined. I wanted to really stretch myself as a visual artist so I committed to only shooting film. Yep, no digital back ups, and it was at least 10 days before I would even get a preview of what I captured. Scary, right? Yes, it’s scary, but I found that this was the perfect time for me to take this risk. No one’s wedding was at stake, and I wanted to push myself. I think it paid off, but I’ll let you be the judge of that.

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A destination wedding perfectly styled for a luxury mountain mansion in Colorado

A destination wedding perfectly styled for a luxury mountain mansion in Colorado

Breckenridge, Colorado Styled Luxury Wedding

Style is such an important and personal part of any wedding. From the home, designer gowns, and jewelry, every element was curated and hand selected by myself and the incredible owners that I had the honor to work along side. At Arendelle Castle, a private estate in Breckenridge, Colorado, the luxury styled wedding was the perfect way to bring my vision of what an opulent wedding at a private mountain residence could look like. Working alongside some amazing local Colorado vendors for this styled wedding was an honor to pull together. I’ve been in the wedding industry since I was old enough to work. My very first job was styling brides and bridesmaids in my hometown wedding boutique. I didn’t know at the time that it would shape what I love doing today. 

For this Breckenridge styled shoot, I was the stylist, designer, planner, and last but not least, the photographer. I am a multi-passionate entrepreneur who has dabbled in multiple areas of the wedding industry. I’m a full time, fine-art, destination wedding photographer who loves every aspect of weddings. 

 

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Bride in Monique Lhuillier Gown

All the fine touches were taken care of by an incredible team of vendors and planners. I got to flex my creative muscles in the off season by creating the design board and visiting each person who wanted to collaborate on this styled shoot. I was honored to collaborate with Little White Dress Bridal in Denver, Colorado,  Logan Ellis with Divine Beauty Artists, and Nikole owner of DonLo Mercantile for this editorial shoot. They’ve each written some details meant for brides planning their wedding in this article.

The Monique Lhuillier “Wish” ball gown was selected because it was perfectly appropriate for the breath-taking sophisticated luxury, elegance and grandeur of the Arendelle Castle in Breckenridge.  The Monique Lhuillier “Wish” ball gown is from the designer’s Fall 2020 collection, and it is romantic, grand and elegant in its own right.  The gown features shimmering silver and white floral lace embroidery throughout, a full ball-gown skirt, a contemporary styled plunge sweetheart neckline, and a cathedral length train.  The gown completed an elevated presentation in a spectacular setting. -Cate Carpenter, Little White Dress Bridal

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Hairstyle for a Colorado bride in a strapless dress

For the  [Monique Lhulillier]  gown I believed that going all up with the hairstyle would be the best way to go. A traditional low bun hair style is perfect for this strapless gown. Soft romantic curls framing the face with rolling waves adds texture and an airiness to this updo. -Logan Ellis, Divine Beauty Artists

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A casual, luxe, and ultra-feminine styled wedding atop Breckenridge Colorado mountain

A casual, luxe, and ultra-feminine styled wedding atop Breckenridge Colorado mountain

Casual & Luxe Wedding atop a mountain in Colorado

My vision for this Breckenridge Styled Wedding was inspired by the design of the home that sits atop a mountain with panoramic views of all of Breckenridge Ski Resort. Afterall, small, intimate weddings in homes have become popular since 2020 forcing us all to think outside of the norm for weddings. Once I stepped foot into this luxury mountain home, I could envision the rest of what a wedding day could look like here, so I collaborated with the owner and designer and other local artisans to make it come alive. 

Most people think of Breckenridge as a winter destination, but let me let you in on a little secret. The summers are where it’s at. That’s why over 2000 couples come from all over to get married here for our evergreen, snow-capped mountains and high alpine temperatures to beat the heat. You’re guaranteed not to *sweat, and that makes a lot of Southerns like me excited to have their wedding in the mountains. (*disclaimer: OK, you may sweat a little on your wedding day. It happens to the best of us.)

All the fine touches were taken care of by an incredible team of vendors and planners. I got to flex my creative muscles in the off season by creating the design board and visiting each person who wanted to collaborate on this styled shoot. I was honored to collaborate with Little White Dress Bridal in Denver, Colorado, Logan Ellis with Divine Beauty Artists, and Nikole owner of DonLo Mercantile for this editorial shoot. They’ve each written some details meant for brides planning their wedding in this article.

SAVIN London wedding dress for Colorado Mountain Wedding

Bride in SAVIN London Gown

The Savin London “Vivia” gown with matching veil were selected to showcase a spring-time or summer Colorado mountain meadow look and style within the spectacular mountain setting of Arendelle Castle.  The Savin London “Vivia” gown is a soft, romantic A-line style with a plunge neckline and sheer back and is from the designer’s “Springtime” 2020 collection.  This special gown and matching veil immediately capture your attention with dozens of multi-colored beaded floral appliques on a light ivory background.  -Cate Carpenter, Little White Dress Bridal

 

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Hair accessories for your Colorado Wedding

Don’t forget the hairpiece when completing your look. I’m partial to a long veil. And since the hair is such an important part of the bride’s style and beauty, it is an important element to tie it all together. It can totally elevate your wedding day attire. Whether you go with a hair piece or veil, just do it!

The Maria Elena hair ornament used in this photo shoot features crystalized fabric leaves and florals with delicate beading and pearls. The cut and clarity of the crystals is exceptional and captures the light from every angle.  Maria Elena Headpieces are hand-made in Miami, Florida.  Maria Elena started her business 30 years ago by making a headpiece for her own daughter’s wedding, and each piece is heirloom quality and uses only the finest of materials and craftsmanship.  – Cate Carpenter, Little White Dress

 

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Hairstyle for a Colorado bride in a flowy, and floral dress

This dress was so perfect for the venue that it deserved two hairstyles. For the ceremony look we chose to go with the pulled back look with light face framing pieces. For the reception and dancing, a down all down and soft wave was the exact casual look we were trying to achieve.

The  [Savin London]  gown I found to be a little more playful. Pulling the hair out of the face to see the gorgeous soft glam makeup but still having the hair mostly down in the back to emphasize the back of the dress made the look complete. -Logan Ellis, Divine Beauty Artists

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