Winter Wedding in Aspen Colorado - Laura and Willi
I'm so excited to show off these images from Laura and Willi's winter wedding in Aspen Colorado! We had snow, snowcat rides and gondola rides, dogs, two ceremonies, best friends, black and white winter wear, cigars around the fire, and an elegant dinner at the St. Regis in Aspen to top it all off. Where shall we begin!?
The fun began on Friday night when Laura and Willi's closest friends gathered at Matsuhisa for sushi. It was then that I realized all the fun that was soon to be in store. There's just something about good friends coming together around two people for a destination wedding that can build incredibly deep bonds of friendship while creating memories that will last a lifetime.
And speaking of memories... Just a few hours later Willi surprised Laura, and all of us, with something we'll never forget. I was scheduled to begin taking photographs at noon but around 8:30am as I lay in my bed at the St. Regis I received a text from Willi - we may go to the top of the mountain in an hour, call the Maid of Honor. So now I'm wide awake and I give her a call. What's the word? Be in the lobby in 5 minutes! We're all going to ride the gondolas to the top of the mountain and we need to beat the Bride and Groom there for a surprise. Well, we made it! And shortly afterward, along came Willi and Laura. There at the top of the mountain in Aspen, Willi and Laura exchanged rings and a kiss and everyone signed the marriage license. His message to Laura - Enjoy this day! Really it's about you and me and these friends around us and getting married here at the top of the mountain. Now there's no more stress - we're married! It was quite spontaneous and romantic!
The rest of the day went as planned and there was still another wedding ceremony at the Aspen chapel. Soon after that all of us loaded up on some snowcats at the T lazy 7 guest ranch and we rode out to the Maroon Bells. With the snow really coming down we couldn't see the bells exactly, but the adventure was well worth it. Everyone had a great time!
Then it was back to the St Regis in Aspen for the wedding reception. The decor and the food was about as good as it gets and it was the perfect way to cap off the day - with an elegant celebration by night. Kudos to the St Regis team and Jen Ramsey of Simplecity for all of their outstanding work! There were cigars around the fire at one point and another highlight was when one of their dogs claimed his spot at the dinner table!
These are the moments to be treasured forever. Congrats Laura and Willi! Thank you for making me a part of such a special day!