Tai + Stephen: Fall Wedding in Aspen, Colorado

Tai + Stephen: Fall Wedding in Aspen, Colorado | Image: J. La Plante Photo

First Look at the Maroon Bells

Today's post is all about Tai + Stephen: Fall Wedding in Aspen, Colorado with images courtesy of J. La Plante Photo. The Roaring Fork Valley is a classic place to visit with the iconic Maroon Bells as a favorite backdrop for couples in the area. There are then options for using traditional facilities, such as this couple did, for the reception or you can opt for a private home rental as part of the festivities for the week. Be sure to consider spending some time going up to Independence Pass and the Grottos for a few photos and some trail time.

Aspen Meadows Resort Reception

Hotels are an easy choice when it comes to reception, as they come with lots of amenities and posh options. The Aspen Meadows Resort, described as "Chic, Bauhaus-style resort with an outdoor heated saline pool" was the gathering place for family and friends to enjoy the evening. The golden leaves were shining in the sun and it looks like it was a beautiful day. But, that isn't always the case.

If no one's told you how often it rains during the summer, then let me be the first to give you fair warning. Typical afternoons have brief, yet intense, bouts of rain and clouds. Clouds make for great pics, so don't worry. Just talk it out with your team about alternatives if you need to adhere to a strict timeline. If there's some flexibility, extend cocktail hour, or just go for it with a few umbrellas being held by the maid of honor and best man.

Custom Colorado Wedding and Elopement Packages

Please contact us to learn more about how we can continue to share our expertise and experience when you choose one of our packages. Most are customized or tweaked a bit, so don't worry if you don't see one that's not the exact match for what you need. Everyone's day is usually different from others. Thanks for reading!

Tai + Stephen: Fall Wedding in Aspen, Colorado | Image: J. La Plante Photo

Tai + Stephen: Fall Wedding in Aspen, Colorado | Image: J. La Plante Photo

Tai + Stephen: Fall Wedding in Aspen, Colorado | Image: J. La Plante Photo

Tai + Stephen: Fall Wedding in Aspen, Colorado | Image: J. La Plante Photo

Tai + Stephen: Fall Wedding in Aspen, Colorado | Image: J. La Plante Photo

Tai and Stephen couldn't have asked for a more perfect day for their wedding. The aspens were in full color contrasting brilliantly with the red in the peaks and Maroon Bells and the dazzlingly blue Colorado sky. With the wedding details adding a pop of purple, Tai's favorite color, the result was a vividly colorful fall wedding in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Tai and Stephen customized their ceremony and reception with lots of personal details to make the day truly their own.

From the couple: "We love puzzles so tried to include that as a theme along with the beauty of fall in Aspen. The escort cards were 12 piece puzzles with a different picture of the couple on each table. Their guest book was a custom wooden jigsaw puzzle. Stephen hand drew the ketubah that included many personal details and a custom text meaningful to the couple.

We had our first look and signed the ketubah at Maroon Bells which is Tai's favorite place in the world. We created a modified version of the Jewish seven blessings to include in our ceremony and asked seven of our friends to participate by reading the different blessings."The first dance was very memorable as we created a custom dance to the Crystals 'Then He Kissed Me.' We surprised many family and friends as they were not expecting this from two introverts. We enjoyed the super blood moon total eclipse - an occurrence that won't happen again until 2033."

Tai + Stephen: Fall Wedding in Aspen, Colorado | Image: J. La Plante Photo
Tai + Stephen: Fall Wedding in Aspen, Colorado | Image: J. La Plante Photo
Tai + Stephen: Fall Wedding in Aspen, Colorado | Image: J. La Plante Photo
Tai + Stephen: Fall Wedding in Aspen, Colorado | Image: J. La Plante Photo
Tai + Stephen: Fall Wedding in Aspen, Colorado | Image: J. La Plante Photo
Tai + Stephen: Fall Wedding in Aspen, Colorado | Image: J. La Plante Photo
Tai + Stephen: Fall Wedding in Aspen, Colorado | Image: J. La Plante Photo
Tai + Stephen: Fall Wedding in Aspen, Colorado | Image: J. La Plante Photo
Tai + Stephen: Fall Wedding in Aspen, Colorado | Image: J. La Plante Photo
Tai + Stephen: Fall Wedding in Aspen, Colorado | Image: J. La Plante Photo
Tai + Stephen: Fall Wedding in Aspen, Colorado | Image: J. La Plante Photo
Tai + Stephen: Fall Wedding in Aspen, Colorado | Image: J. La Plante Photo
Tai + Stephen: Fall Wedding in Aspen, Colorado | Image: J. La Plante Photo
Tai + Stephen: Fall Wedding in Aspen, Colorado | Image: J. La Plante Photo
Tai + Stephen: Fall Wedding in Aspen, Colorado | Image: J. La Plante Photo

Photographer:  J. La Plante Photo//Event Venue:Aspen Meadows Resort//DJ:Dancin' Shoes DJ//Makeup Artist: Malle Gambuti//Location:Maroon Bells//Hair Stylist:Vent Salon//Jewelry: RedStart Design//Floral Designer: Susan's Flowers & Chocolates//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Last Minute Elopement to Colorado

Independence Pass: Aspen, Colorado Elopement Package

Colorado Wedding Elopement Packages

If you're ready to tie the knot and start your married life, then there's no time to waste when you can get started right away with the details for a Last Minute Elopement to Colorado! You'll arrive at Denver International Airport (DIA, as it's called), pass by Bluecifer and go through Denver on your way west towards the mountains. Once in the mountains, you'll arrive at one of the many mountain towns that are near world class ski resorts, like Breckenridge, Vail or Aspen. These winter playgrounds are superb choices for elopements as the Rocky Mountains are naturally romantic with dramatic ridgelines and vistas around every corner.

We'll work with you to determine the right wedding package, with the right mix of vendors and services for your wedding experience. Want a quiet mountainside location? Downtown Breckenridge is convenient and has lots of Victorian buildings that will be forever captured in photographs from one of our partner photographers that we have personally vetted and recommended.

Yes, you could probably plan it all yourself, but like anything you do, it will take time and you won't be sure if you've never been up this way before. That's where we come in. We carefully screen websites, portfolios and rely on our past experiences of over 1,000 weddings and 20 years of living in the Colorado high country to find the qualified vendors and appropriate venues to match with our clients.

Click this link or the image below to see our newest location for mountain nuptials, Independence Pass near Aspen, Colorado.

Independence Pass: Aspen, Colorado Elopement Package | Image: Trystan Photography

Fall Colors and Holiday Getaways

It's the beginning of September, and if you're interested in Fall Colors and gorgeous Aspen trees as your backdrop, then you better hurry. The leaves peak around the middle of the month and will last until the end of the month. So, for a few weeks the hills are alive with the colors of green and gold. Then, the mountains are empty until the snow fills up the slopes.

The off-season or "mud season" as locals call it in the spring happen twice a year. Once in the spring after the snow melts, and after the colors peak, until the ski areas open. Fall is filled with a rare energy of anticipation as mountain enthusiasts watch the weather reports in hopes of early snow storms to come in and lay down the goods.

The mountain towns are always fun around the holidays, so pack your costumes and head up this way for a unique Halloween wedding elopement. Or, choose to be here for Thanksgiving where you can literally give thanks to your best friend as you exchange vows. No two weddings are ever the same, so check out some of our options like Sapphire Point, where there are panoramic views of the Ten Mile and Gore Ranges. You'd be hard pressed to find another outdoor ceremony location that has a nearby hiking loop that allows you to explore the mountains in such a way in less than a mile. It's a easy walk and is good for kids too. Click here or the image below to see the Sapphire Point wedding package, or click here to see the options included in our basic custom wedding elopement package.

Sapphire Point Wedding | Image: Marianne Brown Photography

Have Your Cake and Eat it Too

If all of this sounds good to you, then guess what? We have a special sweet treat just for you. That's right, we're gonna hook you up with a FREE small wedding cake as our gift to you. Sometimes it pays to wait until the last minute. If you haven't found the right package in the links above, then click here to see all our packages, and if you need some help or have more questions, then please contact us right now. Time's a wastin' so get to it.

Fall Color in the Rocky Mountains by Keri Doolittle Photography //

I saw some images from Keri Doolittle, a Denver based photographer who might just have one of the coolest web sites that I've seen in a while, that I really wanted to share with our readers.  This Colorado wedding blog is all about the off-the-beaten path kind of events, although we love showing the big and fancy, not everyone does the big and fancy.   So, for a smaller, but yet, elegant approach to a mountain wedding, you should definitely research the private home market.  
 
There are many property management rental companies here in Summit County, and many independent rentals that you have to dig through a mountain of links to find the right one.  If you want us to help you save time and money, then contact us to learn how we can help you find just one vendor, help design the event and source rentals, or core service, wedding flowers and decor.
 
Fall Color in the Rocky Mountains by Keri Doolittle Photography  |  photo[keridoolittlephotography.com]  Denver, CO wedding and portrait photographer
 
We say thanks to Keri for sharing these images with us!  Click your link of choice, or all of them to get to know the lady behind the lens.
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Fall Color in the Rocky Mountains by Keri Doolittle Photography  |  photo[keridoolittlephotography.com]  Denver, CO wedding and portrait photographer
 
These images are from a photo retreat that was held at a private home rental just south of Breckenridge, in Blue River.
 

"Fifteen photographers from throughout the country met up in the beautiful town of Breckenridge, CO.  Hosted by Denver wedding photographer, Keri Doolittle, the ladies came to learn about photography, talk shop and enjoy the surroundings of Breckenridge, CO.  The days were spent photographing some families and newborns and gathering into mini-sessions to learn about marketing, studio management and website/SEO." 

Fall Color in the Rocky Mountains by Keri Doolittle Photography  |  photo[keridoolittlephotography.com]  Denver, CO wedding and portrait photographer
 
Keri shares the link on the house they stayed:  " here is the rental property listing:  http://goo.gl/8OuVQ."
 
Fall Color in the Rocky Mountains by Keri Doolittle Photography  |  photo[keridoolittlephotography.com]  Denver, CO wedding and portrait photographer
 
"The photographers were able to spend an afternoon in the town of Breckenridge shopping, enjoying the sunshine, taking a group photo at the Old Time Photo shop and dining at The Breckenridge Brewery.  We even got to indulge in Fatty's Pizza the following evening.  The rental house in Blue River was a perfect setting to see the fall aspens in bloom!  Everyone had a blast and can't wait til we do it again in 2012!"
 
Fall Color in the Rocky Mountains by Keri Doolittle Photography  |  photo[keridoolittlephotography.com]  Denver, CO wedding and portrait photographer