Mountain Mayhem: At Last
Megan Micheline Shean and Patrick Brennan O’Neil tied the knot on Saturday, June 5, in Boulder, surrounded by friends, family and the Flatirons. Megan lived in Aspen for many years, still owns a home here and her brother, Sean Shean, is a longtime local. Patrick moved to Boulder a decade or so ago where he has three wonderful children, Margaret, Finn and Addie, along with a golden retriever named Sugar.
Both the bride and groom come from Irish Catholic backgrounds with no shortage of relatives and an abundance of friends. Engaged just before the pandemic set in, they weren’t sure when they would be able to have a ceremony and reception in the style they wished. All worked out perfectly last weekend with the mask mandate lifted, mingling and dancing back on the docket and stunning summer conditions in Boulder with sunny skies, green meadows and wildflowers in bloom.
They chose Chautauqua Park at the base of the iconic Flatiron range for their destination wedding, welcoming guests from all over the country and even from as far away as Amsterdam. The rehearsal dinner was at the dining hall, the wedding reception was at the community house, and a Sunday brunch and array of other parties were at cottages scattered throughout the property. Most out-of-town guests stayed on property in the cottages, creating a campus or summer camp feeling throughout the weekend.
The importance of maintaining traditions, fostering genuine connections, upholding the virtue of hospitality and pursuing wanderlust with world travels were threaded throughout the entire wedding, reflecting the bride and groom’s values and shared appreciation for a fulfilling life together.
For the couple’s first dance, the classic love song, “At last,” was beautifully sung by the groom’s oldest child, Margaret O’Neil, and served as the perfect segue from being betrothed to being married.
The O’Neils are currently honeymooning in Santa Barbara, California, with plans to continue the celebration in Aspen, Ibiza, and beyond.
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