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A Christmas bride

May Eynon

Kristi Kavanaugh and Jeffrey Bradley tied the knot just before the holidays. On Saturday, Dec. 18, the Aspen couple were married at the St. Regis in the company of friends and family. Ivory rose petals paved the way to the fireplace in the Mill Street Club (formerly Whiskey Rocks), which served as the altar. Stockings hung by the chimney with care (sewn by guest Jane Somerville), candles on the mantle blazed warm hues, and mistletoe hung above the happy pair.Prior to the winter wedding ceremony, the bride skied Aspen Mountain while the groom spent the day on the slopes at Highlands. Wearing a white velvet gown that night, “K2” greeted her groom at the altar. “JB” donned a dark suit, accented by a red rose boutonniere. They avowed to spend the rest of their lives together skiing, doing crossword puzzles, going to concerts and watching football (she’s a Hokie, he’s a Michigan fan).

“I love her more than Steve Yzerman [the captain of the Detroit Red Wings],” said JB. “She’ll know that means a lot coming from me.”At approximately 4:20 p.m., the groom sealed the deal as he kissed the bride.Close friends participated in the ceremony – Alan Zismor was the officiant, Steve Comeau and Carolyn Sackariason bestowed special blessings upon the Bradleys, and William Travis performed an acoustic solo of a song by Hot Tuna.

Retired Rear Admiral Jack Kavanaugh also wished his daughter and her new husband happy days ahead. Slightly shifting the familiar naval blessing, “Fair winds and following seas,” the admiral offered, “Fair winds and fresh powder.” (For the record, both the bride’s and groom’s parents have been married for more than 35 years.) A reception followed at the Caribou Club, which was private to wedding guests.

“This wedding was among the best we’ve ever been to,” said Reid Thompson of Denver, who attended with her husband Marshall. “It was so personal and everyone felt so included in the ceremony.” Following their honeymoon in Telluride, the Bradleys will live at their new apartment at the Aspen Business Center. JB will continue to work as the librarian at Aspen Middle School, and the bride will return to her group sales job at the St. Regis.To contact May to send info, insight or invites, e-mail allthewaymaymay@hotmail.com