WV Weddings Fall Winter 2020

A gondola ride to the top of Aspen Mountain was the setting for Laura and Trey’s romantic proposal

in 2019. The couple returned to Aspen and exchanged vows on the exact same day one year

later. The ceremony and reception were held at the historic Hotel Jerome.

a winter wedding The big day began much the same as the day of the couple’s engagement, with a 20-minute gondola ride to the top of Aspen Mountain, where Trey waited for the first look. Laura was accompanied in the gondola by her mother, Tawnya, and her father, Chip, who presented her with a pair of pearl earrings. Together, they prayed for the couple to have a good marriage and to put Christ and one another first. The couple prayed for snow on their wedding day, and they got their wish when it began to flurry during their first look. The groom’s black velvet tuxedo with hand-studded Swarovski crystals stood out in the winter wonderland, and the bride stayed warm in a white fur stole that fastened with a crystal closure. Guests arrived at the Hotel Jerome Courtyard dressed for the wintry weather. The mother of the bride wore a family heirloom—a vintage fur coat. Bridesmaids wore long black velvet dresses, black fur stoles with rhinestone closures, black fur muffs, and black satin gloves. The groomsmen wore black wool sports coats with white stitching. The bride was escorted down the aisle by her father. Her brother-in-law, Andrew, performed “This Is It” by Scotty McCreery before officiating the wedding, in which the couple exchanged traditional vows. “We loved that our close family and friends got to experience Aspen, the little town that Trey Hotel Jerome opened in 1889 during Aspen’s silver mining heyday. “We loved its classic Americana vibe,” Laura says. The newlyweds were welcomed with open arms to the cocktail hour; the bridal party entered the room in pairs before splitting apart to form a human arch for the bride and groom. The bridesmaids and groomsmen were then asked to accompany the newlyweds on the dance floor. The reception took place in the hotel’s Grand Ballroom, where the tables were decorated with greenery, white roses, freesia, and wisteria blooms. Antlers accented the floral centerpieces to pay homage to both Aspen and the couple’s home state. A warm cauliflower soup was served as the first course, followed by dinner and dessert—a three-tiered naked cake with fresh fruit on every tier. The evening’s entertainment was provided by the high-energy and interactive live band Raising Cain. Following the wedding, the couple spent their mini- moon in Aspen before returning to Bridgeport; they plan to honeymoon somewhere warm. and I fell in love with,” Laura says. black-tie optional

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