From the bride, Amanda: The mountains are so beautiful and help set the mood for an extremely special and important day. I am quite traditional and wanted a lot of the traditional aspects of a wedding. Since we had it in the mountains, I wanted a bit of the rustic appeal, but nothing overboard. Because it was a fall wedding, we made sure to have the theme fit the season with a palette of fall colors.
We planned a day wedding with the ceremony and reception on top of the mountain. We followed this with an after party at the hotel. We wanted to make sure we got to spend the entire day with our friends and family as well as be able to cut a rug without any worries about obligations.
The ceremony was on the Aspen Wedding Deck on the top of Aspen Mountain. The views are gorgeous but you could not see them. We literally had rain, hail and a thunder and lightning bolt that hit 30 feet away.
We had to stop the ceremony half way through and run inside to avoid getting soaked any further.
After we ran inside to escape the storm, my husband & I spent 5 minutes collecting ourselves before we went back out to start the ceremony again. Yes, that’s hail in my veil. There may have been a shot of whiskey involved to warm us up, but this was my favorite memory of the ceremony.
We had a good friend be our officiant. He did an amazing job, twice, since we had to start over.
When the clouds finally parted, it was pretty magical. I loved everything except the weather. A few tears were shed, but looking back, it made for a very memorable experience.
THE WEDDING TEAM
Honeymoon Location: The Viceroy, Riviera Maya
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