Though Bre Ladd and Luke Walton met as varsity athletes at the University of Arizona in 2002 (he played basketball, she played volleyball), they didn't start dating until three years later — and were together for another seven before Luke proposed on Christmas Eve. When they set August 17th, 2013, as the date, the couple decided to bring their 225 guests out west to The Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado to watch them say "I do" with the Rockies in the background.
Here are five ways the couple made sure their high-altitude nuptials went off without a hitch.
Trust the experts
Bre and Luke put the majority of their wedding in the hands of some incredibly capable vendors — and didn't have to look far to find them. "Luke's cousin is Harmony Walton of The Bridal Bar, and she offered to help us immediately after we got engaged," says Bre. "She's the one who recommended our planner, Brooke Keegan. Between the two of them, I was probably the least stressed bride of all time!"
Though Bre wears heels all the time, she opted for flat sandals on her wedding day. "I'm 6 feet tall, so I didn't need help making me look statuesque, or be unnecessarily uncomfortable," she says.
Remember the (not so) little details
When designing the ceremony, the couple's planner and floral designer had to make the arch extra-tall to accommodate the groom's height — he's 6'8"!
Make it personal
For their ceremony at the top of Aspen Mountain, Luke and Bre asked one of Bre's late father's closest friends to officiate. "We wrote him emails about our relationship, our history, and our future together, and he read them as part of our ceremony," says the bride.
Get friendly recommendations
During cocktail hour, musician Kelley James performed a mix of acoustic soft rock and rap. Says Bre, "Kelley is hysterical and so talented. He was having guests throw out topics for him to freestyle about, including a whole song about basketball and our bulldog, Gus."