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2012 Volume 2

Guide 2012

Published by Ski Town Publications, Inc. Christina Freeman Sandy Lindsay Jacobs Karin Kagan Dave Lawler Jennie Lay Deborah Olsen

wedding What’s Inside Wedding Album 6 Destination Wedding Checklist 18 Three Steamboat Weddings 20 Creative Ideas 34 Fancy Footwear 40 Ask the Experts 42 Activities 52 Grooms 56 Wedding Resource Directory 58

Art Director Julie Hebard The Steamboat Springs Wedding Guide is published annually by Ski Town Publications, Inc. The 2013 edition will be published in October 2012. For advertising rates, write: Ski Town Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 880616, Steamboat Springs, CO 80488. Phone: (970) 871-9413; fax: (970) 871-1922. Website: No portion of the contents of this publication may be reproduced in any manner without the written permission of the publisher. © 2012 Ski Town Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.

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about the cover

Kelley Klobetanz

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hotographer Jack Klobetanz has traveled the world from Mongolia to Bolivia, but Steamboat Springs has captured his heart. “I’m so excited about Steamboat that I want to share that enthusiasm with my clients,” he says. Jack’s excitement for his subject matter shines through his work. Case in point: the June 2011 wedding of Lisa Buck and Ryan Adams atop the gondola at the Steamboat Ski Area. The Adams’ wedding is showcased on the cover of the 2012 edition of the “Steamboat Springs Wedding Guide.” “That was a really fun wedding to shoot,” Jack recalls. “They’re a greatlooking couple and they had a great group of friends.” The couple chose Steamboat for their ceremony because they had skied here previously. Their wedding on a mountain peak was special in itself, but Lisa was


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also feeling on top of the world because the Oklahoma Thunder basketball team, for which she works, had just made the playoffs. Jack found common ground with Ryan, who is a fireman, as he has had training as a firefighter himself. “I really respect those people,” he says. The Adams’ wedding day was a little cool – ski corp. employees had just pushed the last of the snow off the lawn on Thunderhead Peak the previous week – so the ceremony itself was held indoors. “But we really wanted to take photos outside,” Jack recalls. “She was a little chilly, but she was so excited, it all worked out.” Jack takes a photojournalist’s approach to portraiture. He began his career as an art director for CBS, transitioning into a position as partner of a design firm in Steamboat. “Throughout my career as a visual artist, I’ve mixed in rich life experiences like working as a kayak guide on the Atlantic Ocean and being a ski patroller in the Rockies,” he says. Jack books weddings through his studio, 970-736-8354, or visit to get in touch.

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wedding checklist You’re engaged. The first step is to relax and enjoy the moment, then share the news with close family and friends. When it’s time to start planning your wedding day, don’t let the details block the big picture. Remember those feelings when you became engaged, and keep them squarely in your view.

p p

Set the date

Set a budget and determine who will be contributing to the wedding

p Plan an engagement party p Consult with bridal party and select their wedding attire

p Hire a caterer and plan menu(s) p Hire a photographer and


p Book the entertainment p Book your honeymoon (early is

better for affordable airfare/hotels)

p Find a hairstylist/makeup artist p Insure your engagement ring pSet aside rooms for out-of-town p Discuss the style of wedding you’d guests like: formal, casual, church, outdoors p Select a destination for your wedding p Check in with bridesmaids and groomsmen to make certain they’ve been measured for and/or ordered attire

p Hire a wedding planner p Reserve a venue for the ceremony p With wedding planner and caterer,

and reception

finalize rental list (tents, tables, etc...)

p Set up a website and send a “save p Book a wedding night hotel room the date” postcard with the web p Choose accessories (shoes, address on it. p

Select an officiant (most local ministers will request pre-ceremony meetings)

jewelry) for bridesmaids


Decide on wedding favors or welcome bags

p Talk to honor court p Choose the bridesmaids, grooms- pre-wedding party plans

men, flower girl and ring bearer


p Gather honeymoon documents p Start your guest list p Start shopping for wedding dresses p Schedule wedding dress fittings p Hire a florist and choose flowers p Work out details of ceremony: p Choose wedding invitations and readings, vows, music, etc. p Arrange day-of transportation personalize the wording pStart your registry, and post links p Submit newspaper announcements on your wedding website p Confirm out-of-town guest reservations p Have engagement photos taken 18 Steamboat Springs Wedding Guide 2012

p Buy gifts for members of the wedding party

p Decide on a guest book p Get marriage license p Pick up wedding rings, dress p Take bridal portraits pPractice walking in wedding shoes pConfirm dates, times, costs with all vendors

p Compile a “must-take” list for photographer

p Rehearse the ceremony and enjoy

welcome dinner

p Thank your parents p Set aside a private moment with the groom

Marriage Licenses

Routt County Courthouse Clerk & Recorders’ Office 522 Lincoln Ave (P.O. Box 773598) Steamboat Springs, CO 80477 970-879-1710 Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (M-F) When applying for a marriage license, bring identification (one of the following: driver’s license, birth certificate, passport or military service record) and $30. If either party is divorced, that party must attest to the date and name of court in which divorce was final. There is no waiting period. License is good for 30 days. No blood test is required.


Most area churches require premarital counseling. Please call individual churches for requirements.

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wedding stories

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ne of the most memorable moments in Trista Hofschulte’s wedding to John Ehrichs came when she first saw her groom waiting for her under the arbor atop Thunderhead Peak at the Steamboat Ski Area. Trista was never nervous or anxious the entire day, until she saw her handsome husband and 125 guests awaiting her walk down the aisle. At that

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Trista Hofschulte and John Ehrichs share a moment of newlywed bliss.

John Ehrichs

July 30, 2011 Top of the Gondola Photography by Dreamtime Images

point she whispered to her father, ‘”OK Pops, now I am nervous, and I might cry!”’ She recalls her dad trying to brighten her already wide smile on this momentous occasion. “He tried so hard to make me laugh,” Trista says. Trista and John wrote their own vows, but added an innovative, personal touch to exchanging them. They had them delivered to one another in their getting-ready 21

Trista had five bridesmaids and two junior attendants. rooms. before the ceremony. Trista, whose favorite flowers are peonies, knew they were out of season in July. So she was surprised when John’s vows arrived with a bouquet of peonies. Her wedding planner, Lindsey Grannis of One Fine Day, had found a few rare blooms for the occasion.


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Trista chose a strapless, handembroidered gown by Lazaro. The dress buttoned up the back and was adorned with crystals. “It was very detailed,” Trista says. Her five bridesmaids wore gowns by Jim Helm, also of Lazaro. Junior bridesmaids wore Brooks Brothers’ dresses. At the reception, elegant silver vases held pink and ivory flowers and a touch of green. Votive candles complemented the arrangements. Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. chefs catered the dinner, and a Boulder-band provided the music. “They tear it up!” Trista says. “The dancing and the toasts – how fun it was! People were on the stage singing with the band while others were dancing the night away.”

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essica Fritz grew up in Steamboat Springs, and her groom, Stefan Hoerschelmann, lived here for a while, too. So having the ceremony at Concordia Lutheran Church, which she attended as a child and where her parents are still involved, made it especially meaningful.

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Trista Hofschultz and John Ehrichs share a moment of newlywed bliss.

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Aug. 28, 2010 Photography by April O’Hare

160 guests came from other states, and some of Stefan’s relatives traveled from Germany. The couple decided to forego the traditional rehearsal dinner in favor of a barbecue at Olympian Hall for all their guests. Pastor Dave McKnight officiated at the ceremony. After both the bride’s parents walked her down the aisle, the couple exchanged traditional vows.


Concorda Lutheran Church holds childhood memories for bride Jessica Fritz. One light-hearted moment occurred when the ring-bearer suffered stage fright and threw the pillow, allowing the rings to roll under a pew. “I didn’t see it, but the picture sequence is hilarious,” Jessica says. The newlyweds rode in a private gondola car to their reception atop Thunderhead Peak, where cocktails were served on the deck, followed by dinner and dancing in the Champagne Powder Room. “Lindsey Yochem and the staff at the mountain did a fabulous job putting everything together,” Jessica says. “My dad put together a slideshow for the father-daughter dance. It was so special and heartfelt – I think everybody got a little teary-eyed,” Jessica says. “We also did a choreographed dance with our wedding party – kind of flash mob style. My sister and I came up with it not even a week before the wedding. The performance wasn’t totally perfect, but everyone had a ton of fun putting it together and I think the guests enjoyed it. Two 28 Steamboat Springs Wedding Guide

of our friends got married recently, and we re-enacted ‘The Dance’ so I think it will live on,” Jessica says. Jessica’s advice for brides-to-be is to plan realistically. “Figure out what your priorities are and what you’d be willing to forego. The day is supposed to be about celebrating your love with your friends and family, and it’s supposed to be FUN! I would definitely recommend hiring a wedding planner. She helped us turn our wedding vision into a reality – from flowers to linens to the schedule of events. I didn’t want to sweat the small stuff, and I didn’t want our moms or families worrying about those details either,” Jessica says. Jessica didn’t have to worry about what was happening behind the scenes. Instead, she and her husband danced the night away. “The dancing, oh the dancing, was so memorable!”

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egan Ormston and her groom, Tyson Slater, explored Steamboat Springs’ Western heritage with their family and friends in the days leading up to their wedding. Hiking was among the most popular activities, and the men in the group went shooting at a friend’s ranch. They also enjoyed a beer or two at a locals’ bar. The wedding party spent a day by the river, celebrating with a meal at a riverside restaurant; they had their rehearsal dinner in Old Town, and strolled from gallery to gallery at Steamboat’s First Friday Artwalk. Many of the 200-plus wedding guests came from elsewhere in Colorado, while about 40 people came from other states. “People made a real vacation out of it,” Megan says. Most of their guests stayed at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort, where the concierge staff helped planned guests’ activities. Steamboat was the only venue the couple considered. Both had lived here previously. “We couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else,” Megan says.

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The ceremony and reception were at Catamount Ranch’s Heritage Cabin. After unusually variable weather in late spring, the skies cleared on June 4 for the ceremony. “We lucked out big time!” Megan says. “Always have a contingency plan,” she advises. At Catamount, a huge party tent provides cover in case the weather doesn’t cooperate.

Tyson Slater June 4, 2011

The most touching personal moment at Megan and Tyson’s wedding came during the ceremony itself. The couple wrote their own vows, and a friend officiated. “He recounted our memories and personal anecdotes. It made it perfect,” Megan says. The bride wore a sweetheart gown with a

small train and buttons up the back, designed by Priscilla of Boston, while her eight bridesmaids wore silk taffeta dresses by J Crew. The bride carried a bouquet of mixed flowers – “they almost looked like wildflowers,” Megan says. Dark Pacific colors, navy and purple, added an air of elegance to the décor. 31

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Catamount catered appetizers and dinner, but the bride brought her own favorite dessert, fruit tarts. “They fit right in with the whole wedding,” she recalls. With such a large outdoor ceremony, a problem or two wouldn’t have been a surprise. But that didn’t happen at the Slater wedding. Megan recalls asking her wedding planner’s assistant a few days before the wedding if there were any concerns. “No,” was the reply. “If there is a problem, you’ll never know about it,” the planners assured her. Megan’s number-one piece of advice for brides at destination weddings: Hire a wedding planner with local connections. In addition to One Fine Day’s staff, Megan and her mom

did most of the planning. Her father, whom she describes as “very businesslike,” also wanted to be involved in organizing his only daughter’s wedding. “He was so pleased with Lindsey and Catamount,” Megan says. He told her, “I will never forget the way you look tonight.” “Our wedding day ended up being just perfect,” Megan says.

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Fill a basket with flip-flops so the ladies can kick off their heels and dance after the ceremony. – Bride Jessica Fritz


Begin the celebration with a cocktail hour, allowing guests and the wedding party to mingle prior to the ceremony. – Bride Chrissy Costello


Name the reception tables after places that are special to the bride and groom. Paint little signs with the table names so that they looked like the signs on the ski mountain. – Bride Jessica Fritz 34 Steamboat Springs Wedding Guide 2012

creative ideas

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When your dog’s an important part of the wedding party, add flowers to its collar. – Florist Cathy Vogelaar, Steamboat Floral & Gifts Create hand-blown glass terrariums for table decorations. – Bride Sarah Nelson


Take advantage of talent in the family. If your brother’s a carpenter, have him create the wedding arbor. – Groom Joe Koonce


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Personalized directional signs tell the stories of the bride and groom – and help guests get where they need to be. – Wedding planner Jill Waldman, The Main Event

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Use vintage photos from the family albums for escort cards. – Bride Heather Toothaker

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Customize shoes for the groom and his men by adding nicknames or initials. – Bride Katie Herb

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riscilla of Boston, Lazaro, Vera Wang… Steamboat Springs’ bridal parties wear fashions by some of the world’s most renowned designers.

And more often than not, there’s a pair of cowboy boots in the mix. If the ladies don’t wear them, the men do. You don’t have to plan a rustic, country wedding to make a statement with stylish cowboy boots. “At almost every one of my weddings last summer, someone was wearing cowboy boots,” says designer Cathy Vogelaar of Steamboat Floral & Gifts.

“I’ve had whole wedding parties come in here to pick out boots,” says Michelle Bauknecht, buyer at F.M. Light & Sons, Steamboat’s Olivia Latham and Brad Spinuzzi in fine Western style. historic Western apparel store. “Boots are really, rewedding, but colors are currently in ally in style for weddings. You don’t vogue. More than one bride has worn have to wear a Western-style dress a formal, white, strapless dress with to wear boots. Brides wear them with red boots. Others select footware to sundresses, short dresses and formal match their décor. Old Gringo handgowns.” tooled, embroidered boots, which Some brides choose traditional off-white or cream boots for their 40 Steamboat Springs Wedding Guide 2012

Michelle describes as “works of art,” are suitably fancy for weddings.

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For generations, grooms and their men have worn cowboy boots with formal attire. Today, some go with traditional black or brown boots, while others choose colors and styles to complement the bride’s footwear. Exotic materials like ostrich are also popular. The children in wedding parties don boots too. Little girls especially love the pink ones, Michelle says. “I hear stories all the time: ‘my kids had boots just like this!’ It’s so cute, the kids walk out of here in shorts and their new cowboy boots.” Whether they’re ornately detailed with hand-embroidered designs, or sleek and polished leather, when it’s time to say I do, cowboy boots are made for weddin’.

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ask the experts Color Makes a Bouquet Pop Cathy Vogelaar is the owner of Steamboat Floral and Gifts.


Q. What about wildflowers? A. Steamboat brides always want the natural look. I’m often asked about wildflowers, but those just don’t last. Plus, the Forest Service frowns on picking them, because many kinds are protected. We can create the look, though, with blossoms that won’t wilt. Q. What makes a great bridal Kara Stark’s bridal bouquet bouquet? A. I love all-white bouquets, but for Q. Where else can a bride showcase photos, a touch of color really makes flowers? the bouquet stand out. In the midst of A. Everywhere! I’ve done weddings all the green in Steamboat, a colorful this summer that had two arches, one to usher people into the venue, and flower really pops. the other where the couple takes their Q. How do you know who should have vows. Brides wear flowers in their hair, a bouquet or boutonniere? and cakes are adorned with them too. A. Especially with big extended families Flowers are the focal point of arrangeand stepfamilies, you really need to ments at the reception, and we keep all make a list. You don’t want to look back the loose pedals to be strewn throughand be sad that someone was excluded. out the venue. 42 Steamboat Springs Wedding Guide 2012

Are fresh flowers available in Northwest Colorado? A. Every season, we have incredible flowers, but not all flowers are available all year. For instance, peonies, lilacs, cherry blossoms and forsythia are rare except in spring.

ask the experts DĂŠcor Sets the Mood Lora Reichley is the owner of Last Call Productions.


Flowers make fabulous centerpieces, but what would you suggest to accompany them? A. Tall lanterns with candles are fabulous. Willow branches with dangling flowers (use fishline and a needle to thread) elegant. Q. Could you share an idea or two for memorable party favors or items for a welcome bag? A. Steamboat favors in gift bags/baskets are great souvenirs for guests, as

are wildflower seeds. Things good for the earth are awesome! Q. How best to light tables at an evening, outdoor reception? A. Flameless candles add mood lighting, and you don’t have to worry about them blowing out. Strands of big clear, round bulbs set the mood as well. Q. What options are there to traditional guest books? A. Try a signed plate/dish, or a flowerbox windowpane.


ask the experts Destination Weddings: Entertaining the guests Wedding planner/floral designer Lindsey Grannis is the owner of One Fine Day Productions.


Since so many guests travel to destination weddings, there must be lots of questions about logistics, climate and activities. How best to handle that? A. Once a couple has set the date and booked their venue – very important in Steamboat to do this early because venues are limited – the next thing

they should do is set up a website and send out a ”Save the Date” postcard with the website address. Q. What should be on the website? A. Besides photos, a link to their bridal registry and a schedule of events, lots of logistical information: how to get to Steamboat, links to hotels, rental car companies, taxi service, the Chamber and the ski area. Q. Who’s responsible for guests’ travel expenses?

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A. Everyone pays his or her own way.

Q. What about planned activities? A. That’s the beauty of Steamboat. There’s a lot to do. Brides can plan group outings, and let guests choose whether to go their own way or join the organized activity. Guest arrival bags are a good idea. Q. What about spending time with guests on the days surrounding the wedding? A. The traditional rehearsal dinner is being replaced by a casual welcome

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What are the current trends among Steamboat brides? A. I try to create trends, not follow them. I really look at each individual bride and groom and their families to design a custom theme for them. Q. Can you give us an example? A. One bride told me that the most important thing to her was family, not only those who would be attending the ceremony, but also her ancestors. We created a Victorian theme, and

used vintage family photos as table placecards. The guests loved seeing the family photos made into unique centerpieces. Q. What about trends in color? A. I caution brides not to pick such an unusual, trendy color that when they look back at their wedding pictures in future years, they’ll say, “Oh, what was I thinking?” Neutral colors are best, Then add a stronger color as your accent. Q. What about wedding dresses? A. Here, too, it’s best to choose a style that’s timeless, with clean lines. You want to look classic and classy. Think Princess Catherine, not Princess Diana.

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ask the experts Atop the gondola

Lindsey Yochem is food and beverage special events manager for the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp.


What are the logistics of having a wedding atop the gondola?

A. We have two venues: Hazie’s, an elegant, intimate restaurant, and the Champagne Powder Room for up to 250 guests on the top floor of the Thunderhead building. It includes use of the veranda. Either venue at 9,131 ft. – 2,000 feet above town – has incredible views and the sunset is untouchable.

Q. What’s the best time of year for a wedding atop the gondola? A. Any day on the mountain is beautiful! But the gondola doesn’t operate in spring and fall. Q. What about weather? A. Don’t fret about the weather! We have wonderful shuttle drivers that will get you and your guests to the top of the mountain if necessary. Q. How do we get everything else to the top?

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828 lincoln Ave.


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it’s hard to go wrong with experience. Allen’s has been steamboat’s premier tuxedo dealer for over 30 years. our supplier is the largest in the u.s., with overnight service to steamboat. the groom’s tuxedo is free with five paid rentals. We are here to make your tuxedo rentals go smoothly.

Q. Where do the bride and groom get ready for the ceremony? A. We provide rooms for both the bride and groom, if they choose the

A. The Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. will provide the food and beverages. Other vendors will work with us to arrange delivery.

Stephanie and Ben Danek on the veranda atop the gondola.

Champagne Powder Room as their venue. We also have a band room. Q. Can we decorate a gondola car? A. Absolutely. Use the paint we provide and bring your own fun things to send the bride and groom off happily ever after! Photo by Corey Kopischke

Steamboat’s Premier Event Rental Company

Tables • Tents • Chairs • Linens • Tableware 970.871.6786 •


ask the experts Every Bride Loves a Smart-Dressed Man Todd Allen is the owner of Allen’s Clothing Company in downtown Steamboat Springs.


How far out should a groom and his men reserve their formal attire? A. Ideally, four to five weeks. That’s not to say it can’t happen quicker than that; it can happen right up to the end. Q. How do groomsmen who live in other parts of the country arrange a long-distance tux rental? A. They get by someone who’s in the suit business. It’s so important to be measured by a pro.

Q. What happens if there are lastminute problems? A. They can be handled in-house or via overnight delivery. Q. What are the latest trends in men’s wedding attire? A. Steamboat weddings vary so much; we see all kinds of things from supercasual to pretty darn formal.. But definitely, black tuxedos are still by far the most popular. Q. How should a tux fit? A. Right now, everybody’s sizing them for a fairly tailored look.

Not your average wedding weekend. Photo Courtesy of Mark Metzler

special wedding party pricing Brent Romick Arena-Howelsen Hill, Downtown | 50 Steamboat Springs Wedding Guide 2012

Jessica Maynard

Wedding Coordination & Design

Andy Barnhart

Rachel Murphy

Special Event Planning

Rehearsal & Wedding Day Assistance No wedding is too big or too small. We handle the details...You make us your Last Call! | 970.819.3668 51

Deborah Olsen


Sports Steamboat Springs’ moniker, “Ski Town USA,” has been expanded recently to include “Bike Town USA.” Winter or summer, the Yampa Valley is the heart of recreational activity in Northwest Colorado. The city’s two ski areas – Steamboat Ski Area and Howelsen Ski Area, combine to offer skiing and riding for all ability levels, night or day, and often on Champagne Powder®. Guided backcountry ski trips are also offered. Snowmobiling, ice-fishing, hockey, ice skating, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, ice driving and ice climbing are among the other winter sports possibilities. In the summer, hundreds of miles of mountain-bike trails, plus wellestablished road biking routes, local, regional, national and international competitions, an emerging downhill bike park and two major bicycle manufacturers – Moots and Kent Eriksen Cycles, comprise Bike Town USA. On beyond two wheels, the valley also offers hiking, horseback riding, blue-ribbon flyflishing, indoor and outdoor tennis, rock-climbing, golfing, kayaking, tubing, swimming, hunting, sporting clays, ATV tours, kayaking, boating and canoeing…to name a few. 52 Steamboat Springs Wedding Guide 2012

Hiking on Mount Werner is a popular summertime guest activity.

Arts and Culture Steamboat Springs is ranked as one of the U.S.’s top 100 art towns, where visual and performing artists find inspiration and an appreciative audience. At the center of the local art world is the nonprofit Steamboat Springs Arts Council, the umbrella organization for the arts. The city boasts more than a dozen art galleries, the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra, Strings Music Festival, Steamboat Dance Theatre, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp, First Friday Artwalk, Steamboat All Arts Festival, Art in the Park,

Emerald City Opera, Tread of Pioneers Museum, Steamboat Art Museum and Seminars in Steamboat…plus live music almost every weekend and throughout the year at clubs downtown and on the mountain, and a yearround Free Concert Series.

Activities In addition to sports and the arts, Steamboat visitors enjoy activities ranging from summer fun for families like miniature golf, a maze, the Howler Alpine Slide, water slides, the ProRodeo Series, and two skateboard parks. Year-round, kids enjoy drop-in gymnastics, open skating sessions at the indoor rink and storytime at the library. Hot-air balloon rides, hay and sleigh rides, dog sled rides, bowling, photo tours, adults’ and children’s pro-

grams at the library, nature walks and scenic drives delight visitors to the Yampa Valley. Relaxation, beauty treatments and exercise classes are abundant in Steamboat Springs. The bridal party and their guests can choose from full-body and foot massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, steam treatments, hair styling and makeup. Yoga, pilates, dance and exercise classes, spinning and zumba clases are among the many options for workouts in this health-conscious town. For more information and complete activities listings, see the Steamboat Springs Visitors’ Guide. Call 1-970879-0880 for free copies, or visit the chamber online at

Weddings at their Finest!

Voted “Best of the ‘Boat” Caterer 2011

Specializing in fresh customized wedding and rehearsal dinner menus, the drunken onion offers traditional fare as well as refreshing alternatives.

Located in Wildhorse Marketplace | | 970.879.8423


map & directions Steamboat Springs Mileage Chart Denver


Colorado Springs


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New York City


Salt Lake City Los Angeles

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Grand Junction


a The drive from Denver International Airport takes about four hours. a Yampa Valley Regional Airport, 25 miles from Steamboat, is served yearround by United Express. Winter jet service includes nonstop flights from seven cities on major airlines. a Shuttle services run daily from DIA, or go by limo, car service or rental car. a Bus service within the city is free. Lodges offer shuttles, and taxis are available.

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calendar of events - 2012 Cowboy Downhill, Tuesday, Jan. 17, Steamboat Ski Area, 970-879-6111 Steamboat Springs Wedding Expo, Saturday, Jan. 28, Sheraton Steamboat Resort, 970-879-0880

Winter Carnival,

Resort Association, 970-879-0880

Hot Air Balloon Rodeo and Art in the Park,

Saturday-Sunday, July 7-8, Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, 970-879-0880

Wednesday-Sunday, Feb. 8-12, Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, 970-879-0880

Steamboat Wine Fest,

Steamboat Marathon, Sunday, June 3, Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, 970-879-0880

All Arts Fest , Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 16-19, Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, 970-879-0880

Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup, Thursday-Sunday, June

14-17, Steamboat Springs Chamber

Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 2-5, Steamboat Wine Festival, 303-777-6887

This is a partial list of Steamboat Springs’ events. For the full list, see the official “Steamboat Springs Visitors’ Guide.” (970-879-0880)

Chef David Demos Creating culinary memories for Steamboat since 1996.

Specializing in fresh local foods prepared on site using local meats, cheeses and Colorado fruits and vegetables.

970-870-0291 Photos by Jack Klobentz Photography


grooms arrived at the ceremony in a float boat, while Joe Koonce of Boulder asked his nephews to carry the rings down the aisle on pillows stuffed in cowboy hats.

Groom’s Special Day? Everyone says a wedding is the “bride’s special day,” but a groom and his interests should also be represented.


rooms leave their owns stamps on this special day. Steamboat resident Andrew Jacoby

“One groom brewed his own beer – Wedding Day Wheat,” says Jill Waldman of The Main Event. She has also tasted gin, home-brewed by the groom for the occasion. At the wedding of Lisa Buck and Ryan Adams, the groom had his own cake, adorned with shot-gun shells. A groom’s cake has its roots in the American South and can be served at a separate table during the reception, or at the rehearsal dinner.

Say I Do Personalized wedding ceremonies designed and officiated just for you

Paula Salky

Wedding Officiant 970.819.2170

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And lest we forget, all the effort the bride puts into creating her special day is done in anticipation of the look of joy on her groom’s face when he sees her walking down the aisle.

Even if the wedding does truly belong to the bride, traditions leading up to the day of the ceremony definitely emphasize fun for the groom. In Steamboat Springs, the traditional bachelor party is often replaced by, or at least accompanied by, a guys’ day on the golf course, at the fishing hole or at the shooting range. Kayaking, hunting, horseback riding and watersports also make for ideal groom’s day activities in the summer, while skiing, riding and snowmobiling are time-honored winter standards.

“Wedding Day Wheat,” home-brewed beer.


wedding resource directory Activities Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series Romick Arena, 970-879-1818

See ad, p. 50

Steamboat Springs Wedding Expo Sat., Jan. 28/Sheraton Steamboat Resort, 2200 Village Inn Court, 970-879-0880

Inside Back Cover

Treat your friends and family to the full Steamboat experience! Steamboat Pro Rodeo is now offering special wedding packages.

Free admission, food tastings from local restaurants & caterers, Champagne tastings, honeymoon giveaway. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Attire F.M. Light & Sons 830 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-1822,

See ad, p. 41

Established 1905. We’ll fit you in the perfect boots for the perfect celebration.

Baby Business

Baby-sitters L LC

Baby Business 970-879-6645

See ad, p. 25

Your very first choice for quality childcare! Owner Naomi Hopkins has provided her outstanding baby-sitting and nanny services for more than 25 years of her 35 years in Steamboat.

Cakes Life Is Sweet 442 Oak St., 970-219-3560

See ad, p. 69

Making tasteful memories. Owner Kendall Silverberg makes custom wedding cakes, specialty cakes, cupcakes and much more.

Catering The Butler Did It 970-879-5154

See ad, p. 71

Full-service event company, exceptional cuisine, years of experience, dedication to details and creative staging for your special event. 58 Steamboat Springs Wedding Guide 2012

Drunken Onion Wildhorse Marketplace, 970-879-8423

See ad, p. 53

With custom menus, fresh local ingredients and a great reputation, Drunken Onion will take care of all your catering needs.

Marno’s Custom Catering 970-879-4214

See ad, p. 35

Whatever the occasion, at Marno’s Custom Catering we ensure you the very best in quality and service.

Steamboat Meat & Seafood Co. 1030 Yampa St., 970-879-3504

See ad, p. 17

Specializing in extraordinary food and event services for 29 years. All you need for your special day under one roof.

Ski Town Gourmet 970-870-0291

See ad, p. 55

Specializing in fresh local food prepared on site using local meats, cheeses and Colorado fruits and vegetables.

Stay At Home Chef 970-871-9757

See ad, p. 36

Specializing in fine dinner parties and rehearsal dinners in your select location. Recreating a quality restaurant experience at home. Now offering Routt County pig roasts.

Steamboat Smokehouse 912 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-7427

See ad, p. 22

Steamboat character prevails in our rustic, Western banquet room, perfect for rehearsal dinners. Or let us cater an outdoor, down-home BBQ for your guests. 59

wedding resource directory Entertainment No-Bull Entertainment 970-471-6144

See ad, p. 54

Top Shelf 970-819-4401,

See ad, p. 43

Bring the excitement of mechanical bullriding to your event. Safe, family entertainment that will leave the urban cowboys wanting more!

At Top Shelf Entertainment, we provide sound, lighting, props, and entertainers with years of experience, between djs and live acts for all occasions. Bringing good music to good people.

Teri Rose – Harpist, Flutist and Vocalist 970-871-7958

Celebrating over 25 years of elegant music. Choose from Bach to Beatles for your wedding, reception, party or corporate event.

Keri Rusthoi – Soprano 917-282-1704

Professional opera singer-musician Keri Rusthoi makes your special day elegant and classy. NYC-trained, with national and local contacts, she’ll help envision your perfect musical theme.

Flowers Alpine Floral & Atrium Pine Grove Centre, 970-879-2682

See ad, p. 29

One Fine Day Productions 442 Oak St., 970-871-7431/970-846-5680

See ad, p. 1

Offering only the freshest, highest quality flowers and creative floral design. Under the same ownership for 35 years, the longest established Steamboat florist.

Offering everything from complete wedding planning to floral design as well as a wide selection of wedding accessories in our downtown studio. 60 Steamboat Springs Wedding Guide 2012 61

wedding resource directory Steamboat Floral & Gifts 435 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-1424

Focusing on mountain weddings for 15 years. We provide personalized, professional service for all budget sizes. Fresh flowers and gifts for all occasions.

Tall Tulips Flower Shop 685 Marketplace Plaza, No. 6, 970-879-0555

Voted the very “Best in the Boat” and featured in “Martha Stewart Weddings,” we design weddings to fit your artistic style.

Hairstylists/Makeup Acqua Salon 414 Oak St., 970-761-2048

See ad, p. 15

Immersive beauty – big day ahead, pamper yourself. Full-service salon and spa, cosmetics, lashes, hair, massage, facials, nails, large groups.

Shear Passion 1890 Loggers Lane, Unit G, 970-879-1141

Full-service hair care, up-dos and mother-of-the-bride styling. We gladly allow you to bring food and Champagne to celebrate your beautiful day.

Wildhorse Salon 690 Market Place Plaza, No. 4, 970-879-1222

A beautiful wedding begins with a beautiful bride. Start your special day with our team of wedding style professionals. Beauty is in the detail.

Liquor Steamboat Discount Liquor 500 S. Lincoln Ave., 970-879-2191

Steamboat Liquors carries a full line of wine, spirits, Champagne and beer. Let us help keep your stress level low. 62 Steamboat Springs Wedding Guide 2012

Lodging Highmark Steamboat Springs 2525 Village Dr., 877-879-6555

See ad, p. 45

The Porches 866.992.0600

See ad, p. 37

Steamboat Resorts 800-525-5502

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Experience the definitive peak of alpine luxury at Highmark Steamboat, offering lavish 2- to 4-bedroom suites as well as 4-bedroom penthouses.

Our spacious homes are the perfect lodging choice for families and groups. Located on 20 acres at the base of mountain.

Steamboat Resorts, the wedding lodging specialist. Value to luxury, studios to townhomes, one call for lodging, transfers, airfare, and activities.

Nails Exclusive Nails & Tanning 1815 Central Park Plaza, 970-870-7870

See ad, p. 65

A perfect spot for your wedding party! Professional nail care for ladies and gentlemen. Visit us for natural looking nails at affordable prices. Located next to City Market.

Officiants Say I Do! 970-819-2170

See ad, p. 56

My speciality is delivering a meaningful wedding ceremony that is personal, compassionate and memorable.

Photographers Andy Barnhart Photography 303-246-9508

The dramatic images and visual story captured by Andy will serve as a lifelong memory from your momentous celebration. 63

wedding resource directory IN Photography 970-333-0594

Mark and Michele are a husband-and-wife photo team that passionately describes their clients as couples with a love of life, each other and the outdoors.

Kate Z. Photography 970-846-9852

I specialize in weddings, capturing the memories of your day while being creative, professional and fun to work with.

Jack Klobetanz Photography 970-736-8354

See ad, p. 3

I enjoy documenting the moments between a couple and the connection between family and friends. Please browse through my portfolio online.

Corey Kopischke 211 Oak St., 970-846-2141

See ad, p. 47

Creative and unique lifestyle photojournalism. We’ll make your wedding a fine-art experience. Working globally.

Jessica Maynard 970-846-6127

Jessica Maynard — photographer, but really a storyteller. Jessica makes time stand still and in that moment, a story is told.

Natural Light Images, Paula Jo Jaconetta 970-846-5940

Capturing what inspires me and making my clients glow with excitement. Keeping things fun, unique and artistic… invest in an artist! 64 Steamboat Springs Wedding Guide 2012

Rife Photography

Joe and Sue Rife have been photographing weddings since 1994. They deliver twice as many photos from two different perspectives.

Photo Booth Rentals

Flow Photography, LLC 970-471-6144 / 970-471-3102

See ad, p. 24

Capture unforgettable fun moments at your event with our stylish, sophisticated photo booth. Unlimited hi-resolution photo prints in seconds.

Planning Last Call Productions 970-819-3668

See ad, p. 51

Effortless event planning. We have wedding packages suitable for all weddings from start to finish or day of services. We’re your Last Call.

Let us treat you during your wedding weekend. Professional Nail Care For Ladies & Gentlemen For Natural Looking nails at affordable prices.

Walk Ins and Appointments Always Welcome Located in Central Park Plaza - Next to City Market • 970-870-7870 65

wedding resource directory The Main Event 303-570-6570

See ad, p. 72

Full-service wedding and event planning, including event design, linens, live music, day of coordination and more. Specializing in destination wedding weekends.

One Fine Day Productions 442 Oak St., 970-871-7431/970-846-5680

See ad, p. 1

Offering everything from complete wedding planning to floral design as well as a wide selection of wedding accessories in our downtown studio.

Portable Restrooms Royal Flush Industries 1605 Shield Dr., 970-870-6500

See ad, p. 39

Quality outdoor events are a specialty at Royal Flush Industries. Specialized equipment for that special event.

Specialty Desserts Coldstone Central Park Plaza, 970-879-0202 Curve Plaza, 970-879-0707

The Ultimate Ice Cream Experience! Portable Ice-Cream for parties, weddings, receptions or any events. We Bring Our Coldstone to You.

Tents Colorado Event Rentals 970-871-6786,

See ad, p. 49

Colorado Event Rentals is Steamboat’s premier local wedding rental company, specializing in tents, chairs, china, flatware, glassware and much more.

Transportation Go Alpine Airport Shuttle/Taxi/Limo/Charters 970-879-2800

See ad, p. 23

Proudly serving the community of Steamboat Springs and the surrounding area with reliable, safe transportation since 1984. 66 Steamboat Springs Wedding Guide 2012

Allen’s Clothing

Tuxedos Allen’s Tuxedo Rental 828 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-0351

See ad, p. 48

Allen’s Clothing has 31 years’ experience in the tuxedo rental business. We are here to help make your rentals easy.

Bushwackers 810 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-2970

See ad, p. 44

Helping couples plan their special day for over 26 years. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be there for you.

Venues See ad, p. 19

Bella Vista Estate 970-879-4449

Imagine yourself in a private, gated mountainside estate, exchanging vows before your loved ones with endless views and breathtaking sunsets.

A perfect setting for your wedding among the flowers, ponds, trees and natural beauty of Steamboat's Yampa River Botanic Park.

yampa river botanic park PO Box 776269 Steamboat Springs, CO 80477 Phone: 970-879-4300 Email: 67

wedding resource directory Catamount Ranch and Club 970-871-9300, 970-846-2083

See ad, p. 5

Delivering experiences as memorable as the views. Receptions/rehearsal dinners/special events.

Cottonwood Grill 701 Yampa St., 970-879-2229

See ad, p. 33

Catered events for 20-130 inside, up to 250 including deck and lawn. Very competitive custom pricing. Call or email for information.

Ghost Ranch Saloon 56 Seventh St., 970-879-9898

See ad, p. 46

One-stop shopping for rock’n’roll parties, weddings, brunches, receptions and rehearsal dinners. Full stage, sound system, band booking services. No site fees; custom menus.

Glen Eden Resort 970-879-3907

See ad, p. 38

Glen Eden Resort offers the perfect setting for a unique outdoor wedding, with Glen Eden family restaurant on site to cater your special day.

Midnight Ranch 970-870-3456

See ad, p. 61

Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp 40755 RCR 36, 800-430-ARTS (2787)

See ad, p. 11

The Midnight Ranch is the perfect setting for your unforgettable mountain wedding.

Steinberg Pavilion has a mountain backdrop and rustic, elegant architecture. Three walls of floor-to-ceiling windows let you have an “outdoor” wedding in any weather. 68 Steamboat Springs Wedding Guide 2012

ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals 855-802-3138

See ad, p. 57

New venue! Ceremonies and receptions at Torian Plum promenade (best views in Steamboat). Host guests at the luxurious Torian Plum condominiums or Trappeur’s Crossing Resort.

Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club 1230 Steamboat Boulevard, 970-871-6531

See ad, p. 13

Sheraton Steamboat Resort & Villas 2200 Village Inn Court, 970-879-2220

See ad, p. 13

A scenic location for your wedding ceremony and reception. Fish Creek flows through the course.

Located mountainside, the resort features over 25,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space for all types of wedding events.

Life Is Sweet! Custom Cakes & Sweets By Kendall Silverberg 970.219.3560 Making Tasteful Memories... 69

wedding resource directory St. Cloud Mountain Club 1865 Ski Time Square Drive, 970-879-6463

See ad, p. 2

Steamboat’s most luxurious and intimate space. Perfect for rehearsal dinners, welcome parties or cocktail receptions. Flexible options and affordable pricing.

Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. 970-871-5162

Inside Front Cover

It’s a day that you will remember forever; we will make it a place you will never forget.

Yampa River Botanic Park 970-879-4300

See ad, p. 67

A perfect setting for your wedding among the flowers, ponds, trees and natural beauty of Steamboat’s Yampa River Botanic Park.

Eat Fresh and Healthy! NEW! SubWAy FrESH Fit PlAttEr Veggie Delite • Black Forest Ham • Turkey Breast Subway Club • Turkey Breast & Black Forest Ham

FrEE! CookiE PlAttEr

With the purchase of ANy catering order!

GiANt SubS! We bring our delicious subs, chips, and cookies to you for any number of guests for your special event. Ask About our Special Group Pricing.

970-879-0202 Central Park Plaza 970-879-0707 Curve Plaza 70 Steamboat Springs Wedding Guide 2012

The Butler Did It C a t e ri n g

An eye for detail, meticulous planning and creative menus custom -designed to suit every taste have ensured The Butler Did It Catering Company a privileged place in the professional catering world. The team brings its creative flair to any occasion, from intimate cocktail parties and formal sit-down dinners to large scale events.

PO Box 772405 -Steamboat Springs, CO 970.879.5154 71

wedding resource directory Wedding Jewelr y Julia Alisa Designs 970-846-2021

One-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelry for every occasion. Created with all natural materials. Available at All The Jazz & Off The Beaten Path Bookstore and Coffeehouse.

Wedding Registr y Branches 624 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-2980

See ad, p. 16

Brides can register for everything from handblown glassware and high-end linens to distinctive home accessories. Finish and furnish your new home in style.

Jessica Maynard Photography

Paige Eden Photography

artist i photography

Guests will be wowed... by a wedding as unique as you. Wedding Planning | Event Design | Live Music | Floral Design | Rentals & Linens | 970-879-9020 | 303-570-6570 visit us on Facebook: The Main Event Colorado 72 Steamboat Springs Wedding Guide 2012

Save The Date Steamboat Springs Wedding Expo Saturday, January 28 • 10am – 2pm Sheraton Steamboat Resort 2200 Village Inn Court Food tastings from local restaurants & caterers Champagne tastings | Honeymoon giveaway | Free admission

Photo Courtesy of InPhotography

For more information contact Sarah Leonard

(970) 875-7006 | 73

deserve unforgettable stays

Steamboat Resorts makes your wedding plans one touch easier. From the moment you choose your special day, you can feel confident your guests’ lodging is well taken care of. Your very own customized link provides your guests a simple way to choose from 24 exceptional lodging choices. They can easily book online or simply give us a call. From the time your guests step foot in a Steamboat Resorts property, we make sure their experience with us is as extraordinary as the beautiful wedding they’ll attend.

Your wedding guests receive: Aveda bath products Free parking Free Wi-Fi Mountain or village location Outdoor heated pools


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