Anderson Donajkowski Marriage
Aspen, CO Colorado
Corby Anderson and Sharon Donajkowski married at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School Barn in Carbondale on Saturday, July 7 (aka 7/7/7). A rowdy crowd of friends and family members gathered for the outdoor ceremony, which was performed by local “Pastor Mustard,” otherwise known as Dan Sadowski. The Andersons’ dog, Bear, served as the ring bearer for the wedding and was escorted down the aisle by Emma McCuiston.
Sharon’s family from Posen, Mich., made the journey west, taking their first trip to the mountains. Parents Gerry and Rita Donajkowski were joined by four of Sharon’s brothers, her sister and their families. Sharon has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for 10 years and is the executive assistant to Realtor Yalonda Long at Mason Morse in Carbondale.
Corby Anderson hails from Kernersville, N.C., and grew up in Concord, Calif. His parents, Phyllis and Glen Anderson visit regularly from their home in Kings Mills, Ohio, to see their two sons. Older brother Ody and his wife Noel live in Glenwood Springs. Corby and Sharon live in Bonedale.
Corby’s grandmother Martha Tullis and his aunt Carla Tullis were also in attendance. Rounding out the guest list were friends from near and afar as well as a cadre of current and former co-workers from his long time job, GrassRoots Television in Aspen, where Corby is executive producer.
Music was an important component to the celebration. The Natives, fronted by Steve Skinner and Billy Kahn, treated the crowd to “down home Colorado boogie and soul,” said Corby. Pastor Mustard, the emcee of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, sat in for the first set. Brother of the bride Ron Donajkoski took to the stage next, playing classic polka tunes to honor their family’s Polish heritage. His brother Mike played piano and Corby chimed in on vocals. A classic Carbondale band, the Ragged Mountain Meltdown, reconstituted itself as well, with Ody Anderson leading Walt Burger, Kurtis Sparrow and the groom in a spirited short set of originals.
Bob and Karen Fullerton of Desert Sky Catering provided a memorable dinner. Susie Burger, a friend of the Andersons who lives up the Crystal, made a three-layered cake wedding cake. In keeping with the lucky numbers of the day, the drink of the night was Seven and Seven.
Following the wedding, the newlyweds spent a weekend in Buena Vista soaking at the Cottonwood Hot Springs. Their official honeymoon will be this fall for a four-week-long adventure in Tahiti and New Zealand.
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