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Mountain Mayhem: At Last

May Selby
Mountain Mayhem
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick O'Neil on their wedding day - June 5, 2021.
The future's so bright, you've got to wear shades - Christy and Ted Mahon, Lea Tucker, Sean Shean.
Megan Shean O'Neil, Rabbi Igael "Iggy" Gurin-Malous and Patrick O'Neil.
Andreas Jungwirth and Corey Reardon traveled from Amsterdam for the wedding, winning for farthest afield in attendance.
Sweet siblings Addie, Margaret and Finn O'Neil at their dad's wedding to Megan Shean.
Bridgett Niekamp, maid of honor Quinn Shean and Jill Wynne.
Aspen family Janice, Wesley, Ezra and Madison Louthis.
The Shean-O'Neil wedding party from program attendant to ring bearer to best man.
Tara Seracka and Therese Sissel break it down at cocktail hour.
The parents of the bride and the parents of the groom - married for more than 50 years each and role models for romance.
Florals by Blossom Flower Farm in Louisville, Colorado, paired well with travel-themed seating like the Ibiza table, shown here.
The cute-as-a-button ringbearer Francis who is the nephew of the bride.

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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