Mountain Mayhem: One ‘Fly’ day |

Mountain Mayhem: One ‘Fly’ day

May Selby
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

Michael Kennedy, center, presides over the wedding ceremony for Valerie Alexander and Fletcher Yaw.

Valerie Alexander and Fletcher Yaw of Aspen celebrated their wedding on Saturday, Sept. 13. Staged on their friend Andrew Meeker’s property in Old Snowmass, the wedding setting was just as the happy couple had always envisioned it. For Val, a landscape architect and a partner at BlueGreen Landscape Architecture, the outdoor aesthetics were especially important. For Aspen native and great outdoorsman, Fletcher, aka “Fly,” getting married under a fall sky was only natural.

As if made to order, the weather was perfect and the aspen trees were ablaze with color ” one “Fly” day, one could say. To access the serene setting, guests drove or were shuttled to the site of the reception, then either walked or were transported by ATV to the ceremony.

As the clock struck six, the formally attired wedding party made its way down the aisle ” the men sporting tuxedos and the women dressed in black strapless gowns.

“It’s a lot of fun to be in the woods in a tux,” noted the groom.

Bridesmaids included Kim Kourany, the sister of the bride; Lindsay Yaw, the sister of the groom; and friends Sarah Ferrell and Anne Codding. The groomsmen included fellow Aspen natives Andrew Meeker, Ryan Smalls, Matt Holstein and Noah Shore. The groom’s nephew and nieces, Chapin, Lacey and Natalie Newhard, proudly joined the wedding party. Michael Kennedy, a longtime friend of the Yaws, assumed the role of officiant.

Following the ceremony, all retreated through a grassy meadow to the reception tent where appetizers and drinks were served. Local band Jes Grew drew guests to the dance floor throughout the night with their rockin’ tunes.

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Friends and family members contributed to the evening to make it especially special. Mother of the bride, Lauren Alexander, made the wedding cake and arranged all of the floral decorations. Fletcher’s older sister, Kir Newhard, recited an Elmer Fudd-style poem, which may have been esoteric to some, but was easily understood by the groom. Another sister, Lindsay Yaw, crafted a poem comprised of tales and tributes from members of the wedding party who each took turns reading it a portion of it aloud.

As the day turned to night, a bonfire enticed guests outside of the tent. (The fire, of course, fueled and manned by none other than the pyromaniacal groom himself.) Stories were shared and laughs carried across the field.

The newlyweds eventually retired to a specially decorated camper on loan for the evening from friends Barney and Paula Eaton ” the perfect ending to a perfect day.

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