From the bride, Laura: It was a beautiful September day in the Roaring Fork Valley without a cloud in the sky and a comfortable 70 degrees. The garden at Flying Dog Ranch was perfectly manicured with an array of natural colors and flowers. Guests enjoyed cocktails and a breathtaking view of Mt. Sopris and the valley while they waited for the ceremony to begin.

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The wedding party walked into “Good Day Sunshine” by the Beatles and I walked in with “Her Comes the Sun” by the Beatles (pretty appropriate for the day). The ceremony was held around the pond and was only about 8 minutes long.

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We loved the views he view of the roaring fork valley!

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We had lawn games setup around the garden for everyone to enjoy including a game called “Kan Jam” which incorporated throwing a frisbee which is how we met, playing ultimate frisbee.  

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We did our own photo booth. I bought a polaroid camera, props, and let people go nuts in our DIY photo booth. Everyone loved it. The photos along with a mini tree photo holder were their party gifts.

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Looking back, I wish I would have made sure to take a photo with every guest.

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ADVICE: Don’t stress too much it will all work out in the end.

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The Wedding Team

Venue: Flying Dog Ranch. Lydia was calm and very professional, and she kept things smooth throughout the whole planning process and wedding day!


Photographer: Cat Mayer Studio  //  Caterer: European Caterers  //  Floral Design: Diz’s Daisys

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From the couple: We visited all the popular venues in the Aspen area, but started feeling a little discouraged because nothing really matched our vision until we visited Flying Dog Ranch.  As soon as we walked onto the property, it was love at first site. Lydia gave us a tour and we kept looking at each other thinking, this is going to be way outside our budget. We were shocked to hear it was half the cost of the other venues we had seen, and we committed on the spot to having the wedding there!

Read the entire wedding day story HERE!

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Venue: Flying Dog Ranch  //  Photographer: Jason + Gina Wedding Photographers  //  Caterer: Pan and Fork  //  Cake: d’Elissious Cake Studio   //   Flowers: Carolyn’s Flowers  //  Wedding Gown Designer: Pronovias

Samantha & Stephen | July 2nd | Aspen, Colorado

With a navy blue and white color palette, this Aspen destination wedding pulled in all the natural elements while adding a fun pop of pink with a lovely bouquet of peonies. If you’ve ever visited Aspen, you’ll agree that the 360 degree mountain views on top of Aspen Mountain are truly breathtaking.  Factor in cool weather, the sounds of nature, snow capped mountains in July and you have pure magic!

Photography by Melissa Dunstan Photography

THE WEDDING TEAM
Photographer: Melissa Dunstan Photography  //  Reception Venue:  The Little Nell  //  Floral & Event Design:  Glamorous Occasions  //  Dress Store:  Mon Amie Bridal Salon  //  Hair & Makeup:  Full Circle