While on vacation in July 2008, Christin and Ben hiked to the top of Aspen Mountain—where Ben proposed. The couple decided to return for their wedding, which was held at the Aspen Mountain Club. The couple and their 68 guests traveled by gondola to the mountaintop to reach the club and its adjacent wedding deck.
For the ceremony set against the backdrop of the Elk Mountain Range, Christin wore a Rivini gown and her bridesmaids donned chocolate brown dresses by Badgley Mischka Bridesmaid.
The natural beauty of the setting was enhanced by an altar fashioned out of aspen branches and leaves, while arrangements of berries and red, orange, and yellow roses adorned the chairs that lined the aisle. "We wanted to use the autumn colors of the turning aspen leaves," says Christin. The programs were from Needle in a Haystack; Christin's mom added the copper organza ribbons.
The reception was held inside the club's dining room. "We wanted it to feel like a dinner party with our family and closest friends," says the bride, "so the warm, intimate atmosphere was ideal." The tables displayed a mix of high and low centerpieces; the low arrangements featured roses, berries, calla lilies, dahlias, and candles in vases wrapped with birch bark. All floral design was by The Aspen Branch. Menu cards provided by the club listed dinner offerings of Alaskan halibut and pan-seared beef tenderloin.
Following dinner, everyone hit the dance floor to the sounds of DJ Dylan Regan of Platinum Productions. Christin and Ben chose "At Last" by Etta James for their first-dance song.
There were two wedding cakes. The first, decorated with marzipan fruit, leaves, acorns, and berries, was created by Classic Cakes of Aspen. Ben's sister also made a traditional kransekake, a tall, ringed cake, as a nod to Ben's Norwegian roots. And later that night, guests received warm chocolate chip cookies to enjoy during the gondola ride back down the mountain.
Photos: Robin Proctor Photography
Photographer: Robin Proctor Photography || Ceremony and Reception Site: Aspen Mountain Club || Bride's Gown: Rivini || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Badgley Mischka Bridesmaid || Programs: Needle in a Haystack || Floral Design: The Aspen Branch || Reception Music: DJ Dylan Regan of Platinum Productions, 877-277-3635 || Wedding Cakes: Classic Cakes of Aspen
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