Aspen Weddings

May Eynon

Erin Elizabeth Pigman and Zachary Cronland Lentz were married June 12 atop Aspen Mountain. “There were two bagpipers playing music for the ceremony, which gave such an amazing feel to the top of the mountain,” said Erin. (The bagpipers were a way to celebrate Zach’s Scottish heritage.) Guests then downloaded in the gondola and headed to the reception at T-Lazy-7 Ranch. For their honeymoon, the couple went to Belize, where they went scuba diving (and dove the famous Blue Hole at Ambergris Cave). “If you ever go, stay at the Victoria House, owned by Old Snowmass resident Brown Rice,” said Erin. “It is amazing.”Erin works at Promo Inc. and Zach is a realtor with Carol Dopkin Real Estate.On July 24 in their back yard in Basalt, Rally Dupps and Kathy Kroger tied the knot. Opting for a simple arrangement, they invited just 12 guests, mostly comprising their family members. “We tried to give everything personal, sentimental touches,” said Kathy. “My wedding dress was made with fabric that I bought in India; the yard was decorated with tapestries that we bought in Thailand and Bali; and my wedding-engagement ring is a $5 silver band from a shop in Laos.”Chef Randy Placeres catered the affair, a guest brought a homemade ice-cream cake, and a friend took the pictures. “The best part of our wedding weekend was having our two families here [from South Carolina and Arizona] and sharing with them all the things we love to do,” said Kathy. Their initial honeymoon in July was spent with their puppy Simon on a road trip through the Southwest. This week, the Duppses left their beloved pug with friends and left for a 21-day trip to Turkey. Tersia Verena Ernst and Hein Lieven Brutsaert were married by his father on Sept. 18 in Old Snowmass. “Dad did a great job,” said the groom. Tersia’s children took part in the ceremony with her daughter, Emma Rose, dressed in white as her flower girl. The weather was cooperative, with a rainstorm holding off until guests were inside the tent for dinner. Conundrum Catering provided the delicious feast, and Seventh Hour played music. The newlyweds live in Aspen’s Snyder Park neighborhood.Tom Egan officiated at the marriage of Mary Sue Bonetti and Jace Lou Michael in a Native American Ute ceremony at The Given Institute. The Sept. 25 wedding was a celebration with friends and family. The buff bride’s rigorous training schedule clearly paid off as she was extremely fit for the big day. Jace owns JLM Contracting and works at Pomeroy Sports in the winter; Mary Sue works at The Frame Center and is a freelance photographer, often shooting other people’s weddings. (Though Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner were married the same day up Independence Pass, the Bonetti-Michael wedding probably had more photographers, with many of her friends and colleagues working it.)European Caterers served memorable appetizers and dinner, and Jes Grew played several sets, inviting the bride onstage for a rockin’ rendition of “Me and Bobby McGee.”Jace and Mary Sue are off to Italy this week for a fortnight in Tuscany. Arrivederci!To contact May to send info, insight or invites, e-mail


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