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Elegant Fall Aspen Wedding

A mountain ceremony backdrop, acrylic signage, and intentional details? Yes please. From the subtle Christmas inspiration to the cat cocktail napkins, we had so much fun working on this elegant fall Aspen wedding. Because of the bride’s love of Christmas, we wanted to be sure we incorporated just the right amount of holiday—and we ended up using gold, silver and white balloons above the dance floor to mimic ornaments without being too literal. With a wintery color palette, a nature-meets-ballroom aesthetic, and a Kransekake to honor the groom’s Norwegian heritage (sign us up!), this one has us wishing everyone said I Do in the mountains.

That view!! I love that L&P decided to keep their ceremony florals low. They still create an impact, but don’t detract – or cut off – that spectacular view.

If you’ve spoken with me, we’ve probably talked about the form and function of wedding details. I got lucky that there was not one, not two, but THREE planners involved in this big day – design by moi, planning by my incredible virtual assistant (and the Maid-of-Honor) Julie, and coordination by Brianne Leigh Weddings – who all shared my personal obsession with making pretty functional. From acrylic box signage that wouldn’t blow away like traditional flat paper signs to the embroidered pashmina blankets, form and function were coming together all over this wedding ceremony.

Peep those flowers… can you believe they’re silk?!? Due to a severe allergy, the bride needed all faux florals for her elegant Aspen fall wedding. Thankfully that’s exactly what Compass Rose Floral specializes in. I was truly blown away by their work.

Reduce! Reuse! Recycle! It’s not just for going green at home. Ceremony floral can be a great source of reusable decor if, and only if, you have a conversation with your florist from the start about selecting decor with longevity. We don’t want to reuse wilting ground arrangements on tabletops, so be upfront and design with the logistics in mind. Here L&P reused their ceremony floral to spruce up their seating chart display.

One of the easiest ways to create a cohesive wedding day is through paper goods. Julie connected the bride with Molly Mask Lettering to create cohesion through the acrylic “paper goods”. From welcome signage, to seating chart, to place cards and more – this wedding felt harmonious because of the intentional, consistent design decisions.

Food is one of my favorite ways to highlight a couple’s heritage into their wedding day and this wedding did not disappoint. Prior to designing for this elegant fall Aspen wedding, I wasn’t familiar with the Norwegian tradition of the Kransekake, so just in case you were like me…

Literally translated “wreath cake”, this cone-shaped tower of pastry traditionally consists of 18 rings and is served at many holidays and celebrations in Scandinavia. One cultural tradition has the newlyweds lift the top layer of the cake and the number of rings that lift away with the top layer predicts the number of children the couple will have.

When it comes to metallics, it’s easy to become matchy-matchy fairly quickly. Avoid create a flat wedding look by creating subtle breaks in the color, for example using a clear charger with just the gold rim or using both silver and white balloons in addition to the gold above the dance floor.

Just in case you were afraid I’d leave you hanging on the cat cocktail napkins 😉

Vendor Credits

Coordination: Brianne Leigh Weddings

Design: Skylar Caitlin for Chancey Charm Weddings

Floral: Compass Rose Floral

Planning: Julie of Dallas Girl Friday

Photography: Melissa Brielle Photography

Signage & Calligraphy: Molly Mask Lettering

Venue: Aspen Meadows Resort

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