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Aspen Mountain nuptials

May Selby
Aspen, CO Colorado

Tracey Clarke and Matt Osborne tied the knot on Aspen Mountain on July 21. Photo courtesy Tracey Osborne.

Tracey Clarke and Matt Osborne first met in May 2006 at the Antigua Airport as they were en route to their mutual friends’ wedding. From that point forward, the happy couple was head over heels.

A metal worker in his free time, Matt began working on an engagement ring for his bride to be, designed in platinum with diamonds and, in his own words, “Tracey proof.” He surprised her with the beautifully set spectacle last winter and they began to plot their own wedding day.

On Saturday, July 21, the pair tied the knot at the wedding deck on Aspen Mountain. In typical mountain fashion, the sky had shifted from clear and sunny in the morning to stormy in the afternoon. The outdoor ceremony, however, was timed perfectly with Mother Nature. Following the exchanging of their vows, a thunderstorm replete with hail, rain and lightning struck, which guests enjoyed from the confines of the Sundeck.

Tracey credited a team of wedding specialists who helped make the celebration perfect. Melina Glavas from The Little Nell ensured everything was just so at the Sundeck reception. Jennifer Tindall from Mountain Flowers did a beautiful job with the floral arrangements and decor and the band Euforquasta “was out of control,” said the bride. (In a good way.)

The Osbornes spent a week in Tulum, Mexico, following the wedding weekend. “The honeymoon was a great invention,” added Tracey. “We are going to take one every year!”

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Kirsten Bottcher and Chad Schmit married on Saturday, Aug. 24, atop Aspen Mountain. The evening ceremony took place on the music deck traditionally used by the Aspen Music Festival and School, which overlooks Highland Bowl. The view was especially significant to the couple as that’s where they had gotten engaged last Christmas Eve.

The path to the altar was cleared by the stepfather of the bride, and then lined with sunflowers. Each of the female guests was given a pair of flip-flops to navigate their way to the wedding setting.

Bobby Yang and his Unrivaled Players provided the music for the ceremony, playing “Sweet Child O’ Mine” as the bridesmaids and flower girls preceded the bride down the aisle. Kirsten’s father and stepfather graciously escorted the beaming bride to her beau.

The happy pair exchanged vows amidst friends and family members, then traipsed back down the aisle as guests threw rose petals.

After the ceremony, colorful pashminas were passed out to all of the ladies to keep the late summer breeze at bay. Dinner and dancing followed at the Sundeck, which had been transformed into a starry sight with twinkle lights hanging in clusters from the ceiling. Each table was named after a peak in the Elk Mountain Range and adorned in the bride’s wedding color palette of fuschia, lime green and orange.

Guests danced the night away thanks to the sound of Boogielicious and enjoyed the fun and festive event orchestrated in part by Denise Latousek of DL Event Planning. The Schmits plan to honeymoon in South Africa next fall.

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