Island brides

May Selby
Olivia Daane and Eric Reische on their picture-perfect wedding day. Kristen Conklin/JMP photo.

While Aspen is a hotspot for weddings, another alluring alternative is to marry by the water’s edge. Several local brides had their special ceremonies over the past few seasons either ocean or lakeside, both indoors and out.Amanda Bartlett and Rick Head of Aspen tied the knot in the Caribbean last winter. Rick is a real estate agent with Carol Ann Jacobson, and Amanda works at Stewart Title in Aspen.The happy couple opted for an impromptu, intimate affair for their celebration during a sailing trip with friends around the Virgin Islands. On the evening of Dec. 2, they anchored their boat near the island of Anegada, piled into the dinghy and motored over to a secluded beach. The groom wore an oxford, sportcoat, Bermuda shorts and aviator shades. Amanda slipped out of her sailing attire and into her wedding dress in the privacy of nearby bushes once they landed onshore. Their friend and trusty captain, Don Sheeley, married the pair as their three friends served as witnesses. Afterward, the group feasted on lobster and danced the night away.

Jeffrey Wayne Kuhlman and Cari Dawn Britton of Aspen wed Jan. 14 at the Princeville Hotel on the North Shore of Kauai, Hawaii. Both work in commercial banking/real estate lending. Cari is the president of American National Bank in Aspen, and Jeff is a vice president with Bank Midwest financing large commercial development projects throughout the U.S.Approximately 60 guests were in attendance, most of whom flew out early to enjoy the wedding setting. Fortunately, Cari’s father was also able to be among them. A week and a half before the wedding, he suffered a small heart attack.”I flew to Wyoming to be with my dad while he had heart surgery,” Cari said. “We were all very worried that he would not make the wedding, but of course even more concerned about the surgery.” The operation was successful and she and her father were able to fly out as scheduled. “Best of all, he danced more than anyone else at the wedding!” she added.

The Kuhlmans spent their honeymoon on the South Shore of Kauai.Lauren Wolpin and Jay Maytin exchanged vows at Curtain Bluff Resort on Antigua in the West Indies on May 6. Exactly one year before, the pair planned a trip to Antigua and Anguilla to find their perfect wedding destination.”Once we arrived on Antigua we were met by an old friend of Lauren’s from her CU Boulder days,” explained Jay. “Charles, living on island for the past decade, was able to set us up like kings and queens all over.”

After staying at Curtain Bluff for a few days the owners offered their own home for Jay and Lauren’s ceremony and cocktail reception. They quickly bagged the trip to Anguilla and the planning was underway. Little did they know, a year later they would return with about eighty guests, many from the Roaring Fork Valley. The happy couple resides in Aspen. Lauren is an attorney and Jay works for Shamrock Foods.Sarah Blangsted and Jon Visnic of Old Snowmass married June 29 at Lake O’Hara in the Canadian Rockies of British Columbia. Having visited Lake O’Hara previously on a hiking trip, the two decided that was where they wanted to get married. Approximately 25 family and friends traveled to Canada to witness their casual mountain wedding, which took place on a boat dock at Lake O’Hara. Sarah wore hiking boots with a white ribbon, much to the surprise of Jon. After the ceremony the group made the 10-minute trek to the Elizabeth Parker Hut where everyone enjoyed a fabulous feast, spent time catching up with one another and watched the alpenglow.Sarah is executive director of the Aspen Youth Center, and Jon is the owner of Trailhead Property Management. Their honeymoon will be this fall hiking in Nepal.

Olivia Quartel Daane and Eric McLeran Reische of Aspen married on Martha’s Vineyard on Saturday, July 2. Olivia owns LivAspenArt gallery/working studio at Aspen Highlands and Eric is employed as senior snowmaker for the Aspen Skiing Co.The church ceremony was followed by an outdoor reception with dining under a sumptuous tent.Daughter of the bride, Ki-Lin Daane Black was best girl. At one point during the reception, she got onstage and sang “We are Family” with the 10-piece band Sultans of Swing.

Among the bride’s favorite moments were “overlooking Menemsha Harbor, everyone dancing to songs from the Black Eyed Peas to Sinatra, Alaska/Carbondale world-class skier Jessica Baker assisting with the Cape Air landing, former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker wearing a glow-in-the-dark stick through his eyeglasses at clambake rehearsal dinner, and godparents from Switzerland organizing al fresco lunches as only the Swiss can.”The newlyweds spent their wedding night at James Taylor’s brother’s Outermost Inn, which Eric had smothered with rose petals. The happy couple will honeymoon in October in Italy along the Amalfi Coast.Best wishes to the brides and grooms!