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Summer lovin’

May Selby
Aspen, CO Colorado

Newlyweds Jessie and Matt Jay stroll along the playa. MarySue Bonetti photo.

Jessie Berg and Matt Jay of Basalt married on Friday, May 18, in the Riviera Maya, Mexico. Approximately 100 guests gathered at Azul Beach Resort near Playa del Carmen, traveling from Aspen, Indiana, Wisconsin and elsewhere for the joyous occasion.

Over the long weekend, guests relaxed on the beach, visited nearby sights such as the ruins at Tulum, snorkeled in the crystal blue Caribbean and went deep-sea fishing. The night before the wedding, a welcome party was held on the beach. Everyone arrived festively dressed in bright colors for the barefoot affair. Maracas and oversized sombreros were distributed to guests and a donkey carrying beverages on his back especially appealed to the younger guests who posed for pictures alongside him.

On the days leading up to the wedding, the weather was clear and sunny. On the afternoon of the 18th, however, it poured cats and dogs. With the inclement weather, they moved the ceremony from out on the playa to under a palapa. “It rained softly for most of the ceremony, but just moments after we met at the altar a huge, vibrant rainbow appeared as our backdrop over the ocean,” said Jessie.

The wedding party consisted of all of their family members ” parents, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. In keeping with the Mexican traditions and local flair throughout the celebration, a mariachi band played at the reception, keeping guests in high spirits throughout the night.

Close friends of the Jays’ ” Frank Shine and Christine Poirier ” tied the knot several weeks later in Aspen. On Saturday, June 9, the happy couple married at Holden/Marolt Barn in Aspen.

Over the past 10 years, Frank and Christine have lived all over the Roaring Fork Valley, from Frank’s role as caretaker of Bonnie’s restaurant to residing together in Woody Creek. Though it may seem they still live here as they are often in town visiting, the Shines moved to Denver last year so Christine could pursue a graduate degree in landscape architecture at CU Denver. Frank is a freelance videographer/filmmaker and frequent fixture on the slopes, where he shoots ski vids with friends.

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In lieu of a traditional rehearsal dinner the night before their wedding, a pig roast took place at a friend’s house in Old Snowmass.

The 9th of June was an especially beautiful summer day. After an elegant and emotional ceremony officiated by a close friend of the couple’s, Rebecca Hill, Greg Topper of Topper’s presented an incredible buffet dinner. Bonnie’s signature pastry chef made a spread of confections for dessert including chocolate chip cookies, carrot cake, strawberries in chocolate sauce, and chocolate cake.

Guests enjoyed the music of Papa Mali throughout the evening. “We were fortunate to convince him to play for us at the wedding after he finished up at the Chili Pepper and Brew Fest in Snowmass Village,” added Frank.

Best wishes to both sets of newlyweds.