When we are little girls, we had a perfect idea of our “dream wedding.” The majority of us envision a beautiful sunny day, a gorgeous long dress, perfect makeup, and a tiara…(hopefully not everyone grew up planning their wedding in the 80’s). Although some elements may change over the years, and passing trends like the tiara (ha), the concept and overall picture of our special day remains quite unchanged. As beautiful of an idea as that is, it just-doesn’t-always-happen. As wedding planners, it is a very hard reality that some things just cannot be controlled, especially for a mountain wedding. We’re talking to you, Mother Nature. We always have a “Plan B” for outdoor ceremonies but let’s face it, we all just want “Plan A”. This June we were fully tested as mountain wedding planners when the “perfect sunny day” was the exact opposite. We fought freezing temperatures, delayed gondolas due to lightning, and 3 ceremony site flips to try and find the perfect one. But, let us tell you, the pictures made it all worth it, and the reception was one for the books.
Here in Aspen, we feel so lucky to have the opportunity to work with some of the most amazing florists! Flowers are easily one of the most impactful details in a wedding and we are always bursting with anticipation to see what our florists will create. At Cody and Jennifer’s wedding this past June, we had the beautiful opportunity to work with flower extraordinaire Carolyn Riley of Carolyn’s Flowers. The team at Carolyn’s Flowers put together the most gorgeous arrangements, keeping it simple, yet elegant, with fuchsia and white peonies, green sprigs in bud vases, and large green leaves to add subtle drama to the bridesmaid’s bouquets.
Carolyn’s Flowers put so much thought into each piece and where it would live for the evening; contrasting the bright pinks against the dark brown of the groom’s cake, placing fluffy, vibrant white peonies on their structured, simple cream wedding cake, and keeping the dining tables decorative, yet simple for conversation with small whimsical arrangements. The bride and groom had a neutral color palette demonstrated in the stunning beige bridesmaids dresses, brown paper gift bags, and clean white tablecloths, making it the perfect canvas.
Wedding Coordination: Gold Leaf Event Design & Production
Floral: Carolyn's Flowers
Photography: Nine Photography