A Sophisticated Mountain Wedding at Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colorado

Coordinated by Bubbles & Bowties

bride and groom kissing

Photo by Rachel Havel 

Model Ashley Augenbergs and Ryan Moran met the old-fashioned way: On a blind date! "In June of 2012, Ryan and I had both just moved to Chicago," she recalls. "A mutual friend from college set us up, and while it wasn't the smoothest first date, we knew we'd found something very special." Six years later, on a random Wednesday afternoon, Ryan popped the question at the couple's home in Chicago.  

"We started planning our wedding right away, knowing we wanted to get married in Aspen in the fall," Ashley says. They set the date for their mountain wedding for October 13, 2018—just five months after getting engaged!—and hurried to get the details into place. In fact, Ashley ordered her dress before they'd even finalized the Hotel Jerome, an Auberge Resort, as their venue!  

The couple loved the hotel's "classic Americana vibe" (the valets wear cowboy hats!), as well as the fact that it would be the perfect hub for a weekend with their 85 guests. "Being in the mountains of Colorado in the fall is so beautiful, and we were lucky enough to have golden aspen leaves, blue skies, and the first snow of the season all in one weekend," says Ashley. She and Ryan handled the details themselves until six weeks before the wedding, when she turned everything over to wedding coordinator Juls Sharpley of Bubbles & Bowties and Christine Sills, the event manager at Hotel Jerome. "They helped connect me with the best vendors in the area, which made planning so much easier," says the bride.

With an A-team in place (including photographer Rachel Havel and florist Aspen Branch), Ryan and Ashley tied the knot in sophisticated Colorado style. Keep reading to see the details below! 

Hotel Jerome
Photo by Rachel Havel

"The Hotel Jerome is such a unique and special space," says Ashley of the venue, which has been an Aspen mainstay since the town's silver-mining heyday in 1889. The couple had their mountain wedding ceremony in the courtyard, sipped cocktails in the Antler Bar, and danced all night in the ballroom. 

Photo by Rachel Havel 
beauty shot
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Photo by Rachel Havel
Bride beauty shot
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Ryan had one request when it came to Ashley's wedding dress: long sleeves! She says she felt like herself in this lace Lihi Hod gown, which paired those requested sleeves with a V-neck and a plunging back. Ashley added baroque pearl earrings from Celine, a simple veil by Nymphi Design, and white Jimmy Choo sandals. 

Bride and flower girl
Photo by Rachel Havel 

The couple's oldest flower girl, Mae, had promoted herself to junior bridesmaid by the time she walked down the aisle. "We had an extra bouquet from the florist, which she claimed as her own!" says Ashley with a laugh. Mae and the other flower girls wore ivory dresses with ruffled necklines and sashes.

wedding party
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Bridal party
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Ashley's bridesmaids wore navy column dresses with high necks, buttons down the back, and black hair bows. They carried white bouquets of roses, lisianthus, ranunculus, and silver dollar eucalyptus.

groom and groomsmen
Photo by Rachel Havel 

Ryan's groomsmen all matched the groom in classic tuxedos

bride and groom walking
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bride and groom
Photo by Rachel Havel 

"Ryan didn't wear any special accessories with his Brooks Brothers tux," says Ashley. "Unless you count his heart on his sleeve!" 

flower girl
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flower girl
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The couple's flower girls made adorable (and memorable!) entrances down the aisle.

bride walking down aisle
 Photo by Rachel Havel

Ashley's father walked her down the aisle to the white floral arch. "We had the most amazing backdrop of bright golden aspen leaves paired with a dusting of snow," recalls the bride.

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ceremony exit
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flower toss
Photo by Rachel Havel 

Ryan and Ashley wrote personal words to each another, but opted to exchange them as notes on their wedding morning instead of as vows during the ceremony. "We personalized our ceremony with a reading from Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet—the same one my parents included at their wedding!" says Ashley.

escort cards
Photo by Rachel Havel

Guests gathered in the hotel's Antler Bar for cocktail hour, where they sipped champagne as they found escort cards finished with a wax seal that revealed their table number.

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Timeless ivory linens were dressed up with tall arrangements of magnolia leaves, eucalyptus, and thistle. "We collected vintage silver pieces like cups and trophies to hold a few extra sprigs of greenery," says Ashley.  

The seasonal dinner menu included creamy leek and artichoke soup with heirloom potato chips, pan roasted halibut with manila clam chowder, and coffee cured beef tenderloin with celery root mash.

second look
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bride and groom dancing
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Ashley says she has known the design team at Watters for years, and knew it wouldn't be her wedding night without a Watters creation. Her custom tea-length dress featured a corset bodice and point d'ésprit tulle, making it perfect for twirling on the dance floor!

Photo by Rachel Havel
cutting the cake
Photo by Rachel Havel 

After the couple cut their vanilla wedding cake, they didn't leave the dance floor all night. "Since we had a smaller wedding, we knew a DJ would be the best way to make sure someone was always dancing. The only slow songs were our first dance and the family dances, and then it was time to party!" says Ashley. The evening ended with guests in a big circle, singing Don McLean's "American Pie"—just like at Ashley's brother's wedding!

Wedding Team

Wedding Coordinator: Bubbles & Bowties

Wedding Venue: Hotel Jerome

Officiant: Jill Pidcock

Bride's Dress: Lihi Hod

Bride's Reception Dress: Watters

Bride's Veil: Nymphi Design

Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Bride's Jewelry: Celine

Hair & Makeup: Kyrsten Bryant

Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN

Bridesmaids' Bows: Namjosh

Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers

Flower Girls' Attire: Juvie Moon Designs

Engagement Ring: Bashert Diamonds

Wedding Bands: Graff, Cartier

Floral Design: Aspen Branch

Paper Products: Crane

Catering & Cake: Hotel Jerome

Ceremony Music: Silver City Strings

Reception Music: DJ Trizz of Elevated DJs

Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen, Nüage Designs

Videography: Calvin Brue

Photography: Rachel Havel

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