A Chic Autumn Aspen Wedding Welcome Dinner

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February 10, 2022

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Driving into Aspen you tend to forget you are still in the states, instead you are transported to a space between the rising peaks of the Swiss Alps and the sophistication of the Italian countryside.  An Aspen wedding truly is a breathtaking experience. I would love to say that my favorite season is summer, with the sunshine warm on my face and the evening sun setting later behind our mountains.  Yet fall calls to me year after year reminding me that it is truly the season that stays with me the most.  The Colorado sun is still warm and late in the autumn skies, with golden leaves peaking all around from the aspen trees covering mountain tops and valley floors. Yes, I do think the fall is deeply my favorite season of all.  Weddings and celebrations in the fall have a gentle ease to them that is different from the rest of the year.  

Something about the changing of seasons and the changing of chapters in our lives forces us to slow down…to take it all in…to soak in the revelry of the magic around us.  Fall weddings hold this essence to their core.  Unrushed and holding on to every last moment, our couples tend to create a vision to their day that is paced from moment to moment with the focus on connection, laughter, and holding each other a little different.  Perhaps it is the slight chill in the air that makes them remember to walk a little slower, to linger a little longer at their guest’s table, and end the evening with a final dance. You know that feeling…summer holds a different pace.  

We are eager for more, hungry to experience things quickly before we head back to school, to work, or to winters snuggled in our homes.  Planning an Aspen wedding in the fall creates the dreamiest wedding portraits. The bridge between these seasons is like a breath of fresh air.  Floral arrangements are often tinted with warm fall hues, food sourced from local farms holds the season’s harvest, and somehow the wine just tastes a little deeper.  We find ourselves more open, adventurous and connected to the world around us, as the change of leaves reminds us how quickly life changes.   Every fall engagement, proposal, wedding, and welcome dinner has held this same ethos.  If you could weave a strand from one couple’s experience to the next in these autumn celebrations, you would find the theme woven beautifully through each couple’s story. There is a reason why they chose fall over all these other moments.  

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The Sohr family’s welcome dinner in the Aspen mountains in October held this same theme so dear.  Their Aspen wedding promised to be a stunner, and their welcome dinner was the kick off to the weekend’s long celebration. Their deepest longing for time with their most cherished relationships, good food and drink, and time to talk with one another.  Photographing such events carries a different level of closeness with my couples, and Bella’s family opened their home so beautifully so I was able to capture this special autumn evening.  With a dusting of snow on the ground and the promise of more to come, I was so grateful to find we were able to utilize their outdoor ceremony site for their family and couple portraits.  In 2020 like so many couples impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, Bella and Ryan made the choice to go ahead and tie the knot in an intimate fashion by eloping at her parent’s Aspen home.  

This wonderful Nashville family surrounded by their nearest and dearest celebrated Bella and Ryan’s marriage again the following year with the wedding of their dreams.  Their welcome dinner symbolized the celebration and joy they had waited so long to celebrate.  Stepping into their stunning custom home, I was greeted with warmth and kindness that I so miss from my Tennessee roots.  The details in each room of their home were created with a designer’s eye as Bella’s mother Lexie planned each phase of their design.  Lexie is an incredibly talented interior designer and their home reflected her impeccable taste.  Bella wore an elegant slip dress from Reformation while Ryan donned a chic cowboy hat and sweater for the evening. Their Aspen wedding could not have begun with a more wonderful evening. As guests arrived one after another wore chic hats and eclectic western apparel as a nod to Aspen and Nashville’s chic country western appeal. The evening was a perfect occasion for Bella and Ryan to enjoy much-needed time with their guests who arrived from all over the country.  

I am honored to share that their welcome dinner was featured in the 2022 Volume 7 print edition of Rocky Mountain Bride.  Their welcome dinner truly was a unique experience, and I loved getting to know their wonderful family. Creating a welcome dinner as your guests arrive for your wedding is a wonderful way to spend additional time with those you love.  Welcome dinners have quickly become one of my favorite moments for my couple’s wedding stories.  

Congratulations, Bella and Ryan!

Venue: Bride’s family’s residence 

Planning: Gold Leaf Events

Catering: European Catering

Florist: Carolyn’s Flowers

Photographer: Jenna Wren Photography

Videographer: Merge Social 

Welcome Bags: Bundles Gifts Co.

Welcome Dinner Dress: Reformation 

I would be honored to photograph your weekend long wedding celebration, so let’s save your date by inquiring here.

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