Summer ceremony |

Summer ceremony

May Selby
Leigh Gillette and Kevin Kolb with best dog Hyland on their wedding day.

Kevin Kolb and Leigh Gillette moved from Aspen several years ago to settle down in Durango. Having lived on the backside of Aspen Mountain, caretaking a house halfway up Little Annie’s Road, and commuting to work in Basalt and around the valley, they were ready for the next chapter.

Last fall, after 10 years together, Kevin decided it was time to make Leigh an honest woman. “We went to seven weddings last summer, so I knew I was in trouble,” Kevin joked. He was bound to succumb to marital bliss.Sure enough, on the day of one of those weddings, Kevin cracked down and bent down on one knee. A jubilant Leigh accepted, and they were on their way to the altar. The two tied the knot last weekend near a lake north of Durango with 50 friends and family members by their sides.

Longtime friend Rick Lofaro, the executive director of The Roaring Fork Conservancy, where Leigh last worked before moving to Durango, officiated the Sunday morning ceremony. Lofaro and his wife, Lindsay, were especially proud to be a part of the ceremony as they were celebrating their first anniversary. “You look stunning,” a friend said to the bride as she smiled for photos “I feel stunned,” Leigh shot back.The wedding was followed by a champagne brunch at the Cascade Lodge where the happy couple paid tribute to their parents and friends for joining them on the beautiful bluebird day.

And then they were off for a honeymoon on the coast of Oregon.

Local nonprofit Aspen Youth Experience hosted its annual Summer Program last month. Approximately 50 at-risk youth from around the country and the Roaring Fork Valley participated in the week-long program, which was staged around the valley. Mid-week was spent camping in teepees in Marble by night and participating in a ropes course managed by day. To contact May to send info, insights or invites, e-mail