This was a wedding that I’d looked forward to for almost an entire year! Not only because Aspen and Ashcroft are beautiful locations, but Paige and Justin are an incredibly nice and kind couple.
Last September when the fall colors had peaked, we took their engagement photos at the Maroon Bells which is one valley over from Ashcroft.
On the day of the wedding, we met early in the morning at the St. Regis Aspen where the wedding parties and families were preparing for the 11AM ceremony.
Windy Gillespie of Events by Windy kept everyone on schedule, moving from one location to another. Windy personally delivered Paige’s bouquet and Justin’s boutoneer a few minutes after their first look on the steps of the old hotel in Ashcroft, a historical silver mining ghost town 10 miles south of Aspen along Castle Creek.
Across the road is the Pine Creek Cookhouse, an Aspen legend known for gourmet cuisine and a panoramic view of Castle Peak at 14,018 feet, and the Elk Mountain Range.
The Smuggler Mountain Boys, an Aspen bluegrass band, played a medley of tunes as guests wandered toward the ceremony meadow and continued performing as the wedding party and families arrived, under blue skies mixed with puffy clouds.
Ashley Krest, Florist/Farmer, with Field Florals tastefully decorated both the ceremony site and the reception venue with her home-grown flowers.
Rev. Jill Pidcock officiated the ceremony which included the planting of an aspen tree.
A luncheon reception followed with great food, more music, dancing, toasts, and a fantastic wedding cake made by Aleece Gallagher, the executive pastry chef at the Hotel Jerome.
The party ended with Paige and Justin running out past their families and friends, waving as they got into a vintage 1934 Pontiac T-8, four-door sedan driven by Jeffrey Liddington owner of CTS.
Special thanks to my friend and guest photographer, Steve Peterson for helping me document “The Best Day Ever”.
Jaime and Gil were married at Aspen Canyon Ranch on June 10, 2013.
The ranch is out in the middle-of-nowhere between Breckenridge and Steamboat, which was exactly what Jaime and Gil asked for from their wedding planner Dina, with Pedal and Bean , who helped them plan their elopement-style wedding. Dina also provided the flowers that just happened to match the seasonal wild flowers in bloom.
This might have been the smallest wedding I’ve ever photographed. Jaime, Gil, Allen, their best man; Leon Littlebird, their officiant; and I rode horseback for about 45 minutes to a nice spot with a view overlooking the valley. Leon performed a heartfelt Native American ceremony, and accompanied his liturgy with several songs on his flute, before we headed back down to the ranch.
The real story behind this wedding tale begins ten years ago when the couple first met in the United States Marine Corps. Jaime then went on to become a California State Highway Patrol Trooper last year, and Gil graduated from the Colorado State Highway Patrol the week before their wedding. Allen, their best man, was a buddy from the USMC.
All their friends want them to apply to be on the Amazing Race and I wouldn’t be surprised if they were not only selected to participate – but win the race around the world!