A Rainy Day Wedding at the Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado

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Outdoor Wedding Ceremony In Mountains

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Freshly relocated to Fort Worth, Texas, Ryan met Lindsey through mutual friends who "thought we would be perfect together," Lindsey recalls. Turns out, their friends were right.

Two years later, as Lindsey ran past her childhood home, she spotted a suit-clad Ryan standing on the stoop, clutching a bouquet and their freshly-groomed Labrador. "He was supposed to be in another city that morning, so I knew something was about to happen," Lindsey confesses about the proposal. "It was an amazing feeling."

Wedding Ceremony In The Mountains

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Lindsey and Ryan envisioned a "secret garden motif" for their wedding deep in the mountains of Aspen, Colorado, the bride says.

Mermaid Style Wedding Gown

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But while their wedding was filled with rustic flare, the bride's gown was anything but country. Lindsey paired her Amsale one-shoulder sheath with a shear cathedral-length Toni Federici veil and Jimmy Choo pumps—a combination that exuded urban chic.

Jade Green Bridesmaid Dress

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Lindsey's sisters—including her twin—served as matron and maid of honor. They donned Roland Mouret and Derek Lam dresses in jade and tangerine hues.

White and Green Bouquets

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White bouquets of ranunculus, roses and peonies popped against the bold-colored bridesmaids dresses.

Coral and Green Outdoor Wedding Ceremony

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From the deck of The Little Nell, Aspen Mountain served as the dramatic backdrop for the couple's outdoor reception.

Coral and Green Ceremony Arch

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An arbor made of branches, orange and green blooms and dripping Spanish moss was the centerpiece of the couple's ceremony site.

Yellow and Orange Ceremony Decor

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At the entrance of The Little Nell's deck, guests were greeted by towering branches adorned with orange, yellow and green flowers, succulents and Spanish moss.

White and Brown Wedding Programs White Rose Corsage

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Programs by Lauren Pointer Blake Designs, LLC were tied with brown ribbon and pressed with a mix of typewriter-like and script fonts.

Unique Outdoor Mountain Wedding Outdoor Wedding In Rain

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Rain threatened the couple's wedding ceremony. But white umbrellas shielded guests from the worst of the drizzle.

Umbrellas For Wedding Ceremony

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The bride was escorted down The Little Nell's deck by her father—and an umbrella-toting attendant.

Rain During Outdoor Wedding Ceremony

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Cloud 9 Rock String Quartet played during the ceremony and into the cocktail hour.

Black and White Suit

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Ryan wore custom made rose gold cufflinks by Nicholas Varney Jewels. The accessories were molded in the shape of the couple's Labrador, Rudd.

Red Bridesmaid Dress

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The matron of honor—donning her tangerine Roland Mouret dress—helped to shield the couple from the storm as they exchanged their vows.

Low Bun Wedding Hairstyle

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Lindsey also wore diamond, pearl and mood stone earrings from Nicholas Varney Jewels and carried an heirloom handkerchief bearing her new monogram.

Mountain Wedding Venue

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The stunning view of Aspen Mountain joined the guests indoors for the couple's reception inside The Little Nell.

Black and White Escort Card Display

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Guests found their seat assignments displayed on a mesmerizing black and white board with diamond-patterned details.

Ceiling Draped With Fabric

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The couple's color palette of orange, green and white continued from the ceremony and into the reception space, which was decorated in color-coordinated fabrics that hung from the ceiling.

Tall Branch Wedding Centerpieces

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The tallest centerpieces were made from branches dripping with Spanish moss.

Terrarium Wedding Centerpiece

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Design Works also used bird cages and terrariums in their colorful arrangements of orange and cream-colored blooms and succulents.

Green and Coral Wedding Reception

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The head table took on an eclectic note with mismatched chairs, a mix of plush white arm chairs and Chivari seats covered in burlap.

Fuchsia Napkins

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Lindsey and Ryan's wedding menu included free-formed ravioli, braised short ribs and New York strip steak and wild-caught mountain trout.

Late Night Snack For Reception

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Guests were also treated to a late-night snack.

Herb Wedding Favors

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From small woven baskets, guests could scoop out their own favors—a mix of fresh herbs to take home in Kraft paper bags.

White Bow Wedding Cake

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The couple's dog, Rudd, was depicted in the groom's cake, while their wedding cake was a towering white confection with lace and bow details.

Lighting For Reception Dance Floor

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Lindsey and Ryan danced to Songbird by Fleetwood Mac, played by Over Soul'd.

Backless Ivory Wedding Gown

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The couple chose classics when it came time to dance with their parents. Lindsey and her father danced to I Can See Clearly Now by Johnny Nash, while Ryan and his mother swayed to My Girl by The Temptations.

Champagne Toast At Wedding Reception

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A sommelier attended the reception and served guests a variety of libations.

Father of the Bride

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To cap off their wedding celebration, Lindsey and Ryan also held at farewell brunch at The Little Nell.

—Jillian Kramer

Wedding Planner: Mountain Occasions || Ceremony Venue: The Little Nell || Reception Venue: The Little Nell || Bride's Wedding Dress: Amsale || Bride's Veil: Toni Federici || Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Bride's Accessories: Nicholas Varney Jewels || Groom's Tux: Ralph Lauren || Groom's Shoes: Ralph Lauren || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Roland Mouret and Derek Lam || Bridesmaids' Shoes: Brian Atwood || Bridesmaids' Accessories: Jimmy Choo || Florist: Design Works || Caterer: The Little Nell || Stationery: Lauren Pointer Blake Designs, LLC || Cake Baker: d'Elissious Cake Studio of Aspen || Entertainment: Cloud 9 Rock String Quartet and Over Soul'd || Videography: Hello Super 8 || Photography: Erik Clausen

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