Lisa not your typical bride. She’s beautiful. Her beaded snow white wedding gown fit her perfectly. She spent hours pouring over the details of her wedding day. That all sounds pretty typical, right? How about this one… She went mountain biking the day before her wedding. She also ran out of time to get her nails done because of said mountain biking. Oh, and her shins? All scraped up. Plus a lovely fading scar on her shoulder from a fall off her bike the previous week! Perfectly unceremonious for us. For Lisa and Adam, their wedding was a chance to do what they love, marry the one they love while surrounded by people they love. They didn’t get caught up trying to make themselves fit into a stereotypical mold. They molded their celebration around who they are. I’m glad they did. They were wonderfully at ease, had a blast, made their dogs part of the ceremony, and ran down the side of a mountain for pictures. She had more fun dashing down a grassy ski slope than I’ve ever seen a woman in a white dress have. The best part is… if she fell and ended up in a dusty ball with grass sticking out of her hair, she would still be laughing.
It’s hard to find a guy that loves fly fishing more than I do… but I think I found the group of guys that take the cake. Adam’s groomsmen would literally miss the wedding if an opportunity to fly fish presented itself. From trout skin colored flasks, to dry fly boutonnieres, these guys were totally legit. Lisa even convinced Adam to do an engagement session while fly fishing – perfect!
Adam is the type of person who’s lifestyle is a reminder to me that living your dream is not an option, it’s a must. His passion for the outdoors (and fly fishing) stirs my passions for fly fishing, backpacking, running, and my new love of flying (I just earned my private pilot certificate). Adam… thank you for the reminder.
Jason & Gina’s Take
We love all things Aspen, especially the jaw-dropping views at the Maroon Bells. Ashley and Arian, knowing the likelihood of an afternoon shower, planned a morning ceremony at the Maroon Bells to bypass any stress regarding the weather. Brilliant! Then, they enjoyed a relaxed afternoon tented reception at the Holden Marolt Mining Museum…But why are we still talking? We’ll let Zach and Michelle, our husband and wife partner photographers, share more from this wedding!
I’ve lived in Colorado for ten years now and we spend a lot of time up in the mountains, but I have never been to Aspen. Zach decided to take me on the scenic route over Independence Pass and all I can say is WOW. The scenery is breathtaking. Words and photos just can’t describe the feelings of wonder and awe. Our soundtrack in the car couldn’t have complemented our surroundings better. I’m not sure if this was planned or just purely coincidence, but the song that was playing while I was being mesmerized by all of God’s amazing creation was Lord Huron’s, “Ends of the Earth”. If you haven’t heard it, you must. ~ “There’s a world that was meant for our eyes to see.”
Groomsmen are always unique, but always show a some tangible emotion when getting ready. It was easy to tell that Arian was nervous. It was seriously hilarious hearing him and friends chat, over a glass of morning scotch, about all the ways to “not cry” during the wedding. The drive to the maroon bells was like no other and really embodies what a Colorado mountain wedding should be. It is absolutely stunning with views most people only ever see in movies or tv.
Another thing I love about mountain weddings is how casual and relaxed a reception can be… a great reception is a reflection of the personality of the couple. BBQ with friends under a tent, in the middle of a mountain pasture, is a perfect way to celebrate… and the drizzle of rain outside only added to sweetness of the evening.
** We would love to show some of the beautiful shots outside the Holden Marolt Mining Museum, but are restricted from sharing by the museum. We wish you didn’t have to take our word for it, but they were sweet.
Spending a weekend in Snowmass, a few weeks ago, only reinforced our passion for buying a second home in the Colorado mountains. Enjoying a couple of IPAs on the patio of Jessica and Andrew’s guest house while chatting about life, the wedding, and business was incredibly relaxing. Hanging out at the local coffee shop the next morning with their stellar wedding planner, Virginia (Bluebird Productions), was a perfect start to a Saturday morning. Yep, we left Snowmass with a sense of loss. It’s not that we don’t love where we live; we’ll never leave our cul-de-sac and our family-like neighbors. Rather, as we spend our evenings looking at mountain property, we can’t wait to invest in that second home – aka our place to retreat. It will be the place we kick off our snowboards in the Winter and hang our fly-rods in the Summer. It will be surrounded by Aspens. Oh, and of course, it will be stocked with good IPA, well-aged single-malt, plenty of firewood, and cozy blankets (for Gina).
What Jason failed to mention was that after the drinks and good conversation, we only had to travel all of 100 yards to take these pictures! Photographers would kill to shoot here… and it’s Andrew and Jessica’s backyard!
Jason and I have seen and shot at some of the most beautiful mountain homes and venues. We’ve been spoiled, really. Which makes it hard in our search for a second home. When you’ve experienced the best, it’s hard to see yourself in anything less! Our eventual goal is a place like Andrew and Jessica’s. Our right-now goal is to get a place in the mountains as soon as we can. I can’t wait to have a home-base in our favorite playground.
Jason Grubb, I love dreaming and planning with you.