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Aspen Peak - 2016 - Issue 2 - Winter

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154  ASPENPEAK-MAGAZINE.COM PHOTOGRAPHY BY RICCARDO SAVI (SKIS); ROBIN PROCTOR PHOTOGRAPHY (ASPEN MEADOWS COUPLE); LANE DITTOE (INTERIOR); JAMES + SCHULZE (LITTLE NELL COUPLE, SUNDECK); ALICE KOELLE PHOTOGRAPHY (MOUNTAIN CEREMONY) Although photos are the standard way to preserve wedding memories, both Slossberg and Glavas say many couples now prefer to give their guests souvenirs—but not just any old tchotchkes. They're branding everything with the wedding's signature or hashtag, then sending guests home with items they can use: water bottles, tote bags, even spirits, like a branded bottle of whiskey from the valley's Woody Creek Distillers. (The hangovers, sadly, come unbranded.) Of course, one of the most memorable parts of a wedding in Aspen is the setting itself, and some couples are taking full advantage of the scenery by holding their ceremonies atop 11,212-foot Aspen Mountain. Both the Nell and EKS Events orchestrate weddings on the summit, transporting guests by gondola to an unforgettable event amidst the breathtaking views of the Elk Mountains. Closer to sea level, the sprawling Aspen Meadows Resort (845 Meadows Road, 970-925-4240; opens for weddings starting in the fall, and organizers say the emphasis here is definitely on the scenery, with the Aspen Highlands and beyond providing an unbeatable backdrop for ceremonies. But the property is also home to exquisite Herbert Bayer-designed buildings and guest rooms, giving couples the flexibility to shift between the great outdoors and the Bauhaus-inspired interiors. It practically guarantees a plethora of social media-worthy moments— before and after the focus shifts to the event's true purpose: marriage! . clockwise from top left: EKS Events created custom skis for a couple's first run as husband and wife; Meadows Road; a decorated venue at Aspen Meadows; a couple returns from their nuptials at the Sundeck (bottom left) atop Aspen Mountain; a Little Nell ceremony staged on Aspen Mountain. SPACE BRIDAL

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