When Brytny Marquez and Kiley Grant first met, they were in wedding attire – seriously! “We met at a photography workshop, where Kiley was cast as the groom and I was cast as the bride. From that moment on, we were inseparable!” says Brytny. The couple dated for just over three years before heading to Paris for a romantic getaway. They spent a day riding bicycles around the city, stopping at a bistro for dinner before finding themselves at the foot of the Eiffel Tower as an acoustic guitarist played nearby. “As we sat in the grass and the Tower twinkled above us, Kiley turned to me and asked me to make him the happiest man on earth,” Brytny reminisces.
The couple wanted their wedding day to be a reflection of who they are as a couple, and opted for an untraditional plan. “We invited 40 guests to Aspen on July 7, 2016 and headed to the foot of the Maroon Bells at sunrise to exchange vows,” Brytny says. “We loved the symbolism of beginning our new journey together at the dawn of a brand new day.” They followed their ceremony up with an indulgent brunch, making the most of every moment of their first day as husband and wife.
Photographed by Shannon Von Eschen, this couple bucked tradition for a wedding day that was all their own. Keep reading to see more of their statement look—and Maroon Bells views!
“If you’ve ever experienced the majesty of the Maroon Bells, you’ll know why we chose to get married there,” says Brytny.
The couple invited guests to the dawn ceremony with a marbled invitation suite by artist Anna Tereshina. Deckled edges, gold flecks, and flowing calligraphy set the tone for the couple’s celebration.
Brytny bought a wedding dress online and hated it once it got to her house—but that didn’t discourage her. Her second dress was “The One”: a champagne-hued sequin gown with long sleeves and an open back by Parker Black. “I wanted something really unique, that felt like me,” she says. She accessorized the statement dress with a simple white tulle veil that flowed to the floor.
The groom wore a custom gray suit by Indochino, and had the couple’s names and wedding date embroidered inside. “We didn’t have a formal wedding party, but asked our closest friends to dress in black tie,” Brytny says. “Our daughter was my maid of honor, as well as the flower girl. She wanted me to carry her down the aisle, but settled on walking with her aunt.”
A friend’s partner played acoustic guitar through the ceremony, where the couple exchanged vows they’d written together.
The couple sealed their morning ceremony with a kiss!
After a trip up Aspen Mountain to take in the view, everyone gathered at The Gant for brunch. The table was decorated with cholla wood branches, air plants, and black candles in brass candlesticks.
Guests sipped smoothies and espresso drinks as they dined on brunch favorites—including chicken & waffles, in honor of Kiley’s home state of Louisiana! For dessert, the couple cut into a simple cake topped with fresh flowers.
“My bouquet didn’t actually make it in time for the ceremony,” says Brytny. “But as we drove up the mountain and saw the sun beginning to peek out over the horizon, I remembered that none of this was about the flowers, the dress, or any of the material details. Our wedding day was about celebrating the love we share with our daughter and our closest family and friends. The whole day was about love, and because of that it couldn’t have been more beautiful!”
Ceremony Venue: Maroon Bells Amphitheatre || Reception Venue: The Gant Aspen || Bride's Dress: Parker Black || Bride's Shoes: Coach || Bride's Jewelry: Courtney Bensik || Groom's Attire: Indochino || Flower Girl Attire: Tutu Du Monde || Floral Design: Brianna Belton Design || Paper Products: Anna Tereshina || Catering: The Gant Aspen || Cake: Whole Foods || Ceremony Music: Taylor Hatcher of The Arturo Complex || Videography: Andy Roberts || Photography: Shannon Von Eschen