Growing up, Sarah Holcomb and Frederick “Fritz” Woelfel delighted in spending their summers in Colorado. So when destiny brought them together, their love of the outdoors was something they had in common. Thus, their various trips as a couple to the Rocky Mountains included hiking, biking, rafting, and fly-fishing. “Through our time there, we have created so many amazing memories that Aspen seemed like the perfect place to get married!” exclaims Sarah.

In addition to her wedding coordinator’s assistance, Sarah found Mindy Weiss’ books – The Wedding Planner & Organizer and The Wedding Book – along with Inside Weddings, extremely helpful resources to craft the memorable event. After the couple's traditional Catholic ceremony, guests headed to new heights for the reception on the sundeck of The Little Nell hotel. As they arrived, the evening’s summer sun filtered through the many surrounding windows of the space. Ivory draping cascaded from the walls as well as the 30-foot pitched ceiling.

Floral elements reflected the couple’s affinity for nature and the setting’s landscape. Above the dance floor, a wooden trellis was intertwined with leafy garlands, suspended bundles of white, coral, and crimson roses, and dotted with glass vessels containing votive candles. Round tables were decorated with tall and low centerpieces composed of greenery, vanilla roses and hydrangeas, as well as roses in various shades of pink. A pale blush rose also accented each elegant place setting. Aspen trees were placed around the room to give the space “a mountain feel,” explains Sarah. “Our florist, Beth Gill from The Aspen Branch, is truly an artist! She was able to bring my vision to life. Our reception room felt absolutely magical and so personalized on our wedding night.”

Following the delectable dinner, loved ones were given slices of a three-layer cake decorated with gold ribbon and a drizzle of pink rose petals. The couple desired a traditional, but tasty, treat. “And amazingly delicious it was, as we had guests asking for seconds and thirds,” notes the bride.

As the festivities came to an end, a canopy of dazzling stars in the velvet sky accompanied the sparkler send-off. “Some of our guests even spotted shooting stars,” says Sarah with a smile.