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Contents About The Cover


Wedding Album


Wedding Stories Alix Grant & Nick Hawes 12 Ann Robbin & Tommy Lefere 18 Katrina Brodsky & Thomas Reese 24 Lauren Pierpoint & Justin Hellwinkel 30 Danielle Fenoli & Nathaniel Silva 36

Wedding Trends


Groom Details


Getting to Steamboat


Calendar Of Events


Wedding Resource Directory


Special Thanks


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2020 Volume 10 www.SteamboatWeddingDay.com Published by Ski Town Media, Inc. Andrew Bisbee Alesha Damerville Christina Freeman Dan Greeson Danielle Lyn Hubler Sandy Lindsay Jacobs Deborah Olsen Melissa VanArsdale The Steamboat Springs Wedding Guide is published annually by Ski Town Media, Inc. For advertising rates, write: Ski Town Media, Inc., P.O. Box 880616, Steamboat Springs, CO 80488. Phone: (970) 871-9413. Website: www.SteamboatWeddingDay.com. No portion of the contents of this publication may be reproduced in any manner without the written permission of the publisher. Š 2020 Ski Town Media, Inc. All rights reserved.

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About the Cover Kate spent her 20s traveling the world as a flight attendant, and decided to couple her adventurous spirit with a career in photography eight years ago. “I loved street photography and just remembering all the moments. I have always had this feeling that life is going to pass me by – so ate Salley documenting it felt captured the important!” joyful glow of As Kate’s passion for a bride on her photography grew, wedding day in she focused more on shooting couples. this edition’s cover“Over the last four winning photo. The years, I have focused shot features Ann on building my Robbin, who wed wedding photography business and been in Tommy Lefere at search for those madly La Joya Dulce this in love, adventurous past summer. (See couples,” she says. page 18 for the full “Being a part of wedding story.) someone’s wedding Wedding photographer Kate Salley day and love story “That particular gives me so much photo was taken right after Ann and life, and I truly think I have the best Tommy's first look,” says Kate, the job ever.” Denver-based photographer who runs Kate’s advice for capturing great Kate Ivy Photography. “She looked wedding photos? “At the end of the stunning, and was beaming after just day, what matters the most is that the seeing Tommy. Tommy had run to go couple trusts you as a photographer,” grab the groomsmen for bridal party she says. “My relationship with them photos, and I couldn't help but take a up to their wedding day has been a few of just Ann in all her glory.” sequence of building trust. There have Ann’s sunset photo was just one been times when I have pulled the piece of an incredible wedding. “I still couple from dinner for golden light talk about Ann and Tommy’s wedding photos. I would say, ‘Hey, I know that as being one of my favorite weddings you are still enjoying dinner and I to date,” Kate says. “We met up for a hate interrupting that, but if you are drink a few months before the wedding, willing to step out for five minutes, the and I immediately felt like we were light is perfect right now and I know best friends. They invited Taylor, my the photos will look amazing!’ If I am second shooter, and I to their rehearsal excited, then they are excited.” That dinner and we did a shoot with them trust and excitement shines through in at Strawberry Park Hot Springs the day Kate’s cover-winning photo. before. They were super laid-back and Learn more about Kate Ivy Photography the shoot turned out awesome.” at www.KateIvyPhotography.com. l

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Alix and Nick incorporate Western and Scottish traditional styles in their wedding.

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Wedding stories

Alix Grant & Nick Hawes

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he wedding of Alix Grant and Nick Hawes was an intriguing combination of contemporary American fashion, classic Colorado cowboy styling and Scottish tartan attire.

provided the ensembles. “It was like herding cats,” Alix recalls. “It was probably the most complex thing leading up to the wedding.” At the event, however, the kilts may also have been the most entertaining. “It was hilarious to see the guys dancing in a ‘skirt.’ They were just loving When bride Alix told it,” Alix says. her family in Scotland The couple's dog, Stewart, serves as Nick added his that she was engaged, their ring-bearer. own touch – a cowboy they responded that they hat – to the outfit. He hoped she was planning and Alix share a love a Scottish wedding. of Steamboat Springs; both their families While she says the event spent time here while they were growing wasn’t as traditional as some guests up. They chose Lake Catamount as their may have expected, it definitely wedding venue because it’s their happy reflected her heritage. place, Alix says. Wedding planner Lindsey Grannis Six bridesmaids dressed in a deep of One Fine Day Productions found a shade of teal accompanied the bride, bagpiper in Denver to perform for the who wore a Haley Paige ballgown that occasion, and a Scottish quaich was part of consisted of multiple layers of tulle with the ceremony. The quaich, a two-handled a beaded back. “It was a lot more dress vessel, is used by Scottish couples to toast than I thought I wanted,” Alix says, their new lives together. acknowledging that Paige may be her The men’s outfits consisted not only of all-time favorite designer. Tiny white a kilt made in the Grant family tartan, but flowers were woven throughout Alix’s also of a vest, short jacket, scarf, kilt hose, long curls, and the bridesmaids had sporran (pouch that serves as a pocket and crowns of greenery. may have originated as a place to conceal Alix’s whole family participated in the a flask, Alix surmises) and a short-handled wedding. Her younger brother officiated, knife. Each man’s measurements had to be while her older brother performed the sent to the Scottsdale, Arizona, firm that quaich ceremony, and her parents walked www.SteamboatWeddingDay.com | 13

A bagpiper from Denver adds a Scottish flair to the occasion.

her down the aisle. The couple’s dog, Stewart, who was there when Nick proposed to Alix, served as ringbearer. The couple loved being able to share Colorado with Alix’s family, who came from Scotland for the occasion. Alix and Nick greeted their guests at a welcome party at Aurum Food & Wine, alongside the river. Their visitors attended the rodeo, went on an alpaca trek, hiked, fished and rafted during their stay. Many stayed on through the Fourth of July, where they were treated to fireworks and a parade. “They thought the patriotism was unbelievable,” Alix recalls.

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The wooden arch, with offset floral arrangements, was custom-made for Alix and Nick.

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Although it snowed 20 inches a week before the wedding – remarkable even in Steamboat – the sun came out the night before the wedding and blue skies prevailed throughout the weekend. “The light was perfect,” Alix says. “It all goes by really fast.” To quote Ziggy Marley, to whose song the couple had their first dance after the ceremony, “A lifetime isn’t enough to love you.” The couple had a traditional cake for the cutting ceremony; mini-cupcakes were also served.

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Wedding stories

Ann Robbin & Tommy Lefere

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he beauty of a bohemian wedding was on full display at Ann Robbin and Tommy Lefere’s wedding last summer at La Joya Dulce.

Ann, a Chicago native, and Tommy, from Jackson, Michigan, met while both worked at a logistics company in Chicago. During a camping trip at Rollins Pass, Tommy proposed at the edge of an alpine lake. The couple set their sights on the rustic ranch setting of La Joya Dulce, which would provide a venue for their ceremony and rehearsal dinner. Ann and Tommy arrived in Steamboat the Wednesday before their wedding, giving them plenty of time to settle in. “We met with La Joya Dulce when we arrived and got everything decorated to our liking,” Ann says. “We went there and picked out all the decorations and set everything up, making sure it was the vision and style we were hoping for.” The day before their wedding, Ann and Tommy snuck away with photographer Kate Salley for an intimate pre-wedding photo shoot at Strawberry Park Hot Springs. The rehearsal dinner was held at La Joya Dulce, followed by a pizza-andbeer welcome party and lodging at Glen Eden Resort. “I definitely recommend a welcome party to anyone thinking of

doing a wedding where a lot of guests are traveling,” Ann says. For the bridesmaids, the wedding day started with a private yoga session facilitated by Yoga Center of Steamboat. “I wanted to make sure to center myself for the wedding day,” Ann says. “I would recommend that to anyone.”

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Ann's bridesmaids wore an eclectic selection of dresses, adding to the bohemian feel of the wedding.

From there, Ann and the bridesmaids went to the bridal suite to have their hair and makeup done. Once she was ready, Ann slipped away to share a first look with Tommy. “It was really special,” she says. “I was super emotional and so was he, and I think if we saw each other for the first time walking down the aisle it would have been kind of stressful. I felt so much more at ease after that. The first look was very emotional, very beautiful and intimate for Tommy and I.” Ann’s best friend, Katie Collins, officiated at the ceremony, and the couple’s parents spoke. “It was very personal and amazing,” Ann says. “The ceremony was touching – having a friend write it about you, it was very emotional.” “One of the coolest things I remember about their wedding was the ceremony,” 20 | Steamboat Springs Wedding Guide 2020

Salley says. “As Tommy walked down the aisle, everyone cheered – like, went crazy. I got teary-eyed behind the camera. How cool that everyone was so excited for these two to be together? You can imagine how excited they got when Ann came down the aisle.” Immediately after the ceremony, La Joya Dulce ushered the couple to a private spot to relax, eat and sign their marriage certificate – a peaceful moment that allowed them to catch their breath. “After that, we hopped into happy hour and it was party on!” Ann says. While Ann served as her own wedding planner, she credits La Joya Dulce’s Mandy Crabb for helping the day go smoothly. “Mandy was amazing – If anything bad happened, she didn’t tell me, which is great, because I didn’t want to know,” Ann says with a laugh.

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“She is an extremely organized, selfsufficient, amazing, sweet person. She gave me a hug every time she saw me, and made sure I was doing okay.” For their honeymoon, Ann and Tommy travelled to southern New Zealand for 19 days in January. They currently live in Golden. Ann and Tommy meet one of La Joya Dulce's four-legged residents.

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Katrina and Tom celebrate their wedding day at Flying Diamond Ranch.

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lack-tie ranch” was the theme of the wedding of Katrina Brodsky and Tom Reese. All of the men were asked to wear black, while the ladies were all in white – guests and bridesmaids included.

Katrina's veil adds to the elegant, classic look of the wedding.

Katrina is in an influencer on Instagram. Posting under the handle @keller_rose, she has close to 200,000 foll0wers. In search of the perfect backdrop to provides lots of photos, the future Mr. and Mrs. agreed on a ranch as the venue for their big day. "Steamboat was just the place for it," Katrina says. “Flying Diamond Ranch was the perfect venue." "Steamboat has always had a big place in my heart. My family had a mountain home there when I was growing up," she says. "We spend every Christmas there, and we're there all summer. We both love the mountains, and we go to Steamboat as often as we can." Born in St. Louis, this Midwestern girl relocated to Los Angeles to pursue her passion for fashion, and that's where she found Tom. "I thought he was handsome, hard-working and talented, and those are things that are extremely important to me," Katrina says. “We have a lot of the same interests." Tom asked her out, and the couple headed to Malibu, where he took her to her favorite kind of bar: a dive bar. Eight years later, he proposed in a hotel next door to that same bar. Tom and Katrina continued to bond over new experiences. "He enjoyed surfing, until I introduced www.SteamboatWeddingDay.com | 25

An elegantly decorated tent serves as the space for Katrina and Tom's reception.

him to snowboarding – which he fell hard for,” Katrina says. “He rarely surfs anymore, and we find ourselves in the mountains as often as possible." The couple held their rehearsal dinner at their favorite local restaurant, Truffle Pig. Wedding planner Lindsey Grannis of One Fine Day Productions helped them to execute the wedding of their dreams at Flying Diamond Ranch. "I love horses; I grew up with them,” Katrina says. “Flying Diamond is a working cattle ranch, with cattle grazing right outside on the pasture. I asked the owner if it was possible to replace the cattle with horses. She was able to move all the horses up 26 | Steamboat Springs Wedding Guide 2020

and move the cattle to another pasture. Horses were grazing outside of the tent. I felt that was the most magical part of the wedding." "You don't really see a lot of black-tie on a ranch," Katrina adds. "It was extremely majestic. The wedding was set in an aspen grove, and it was perfect. People came from all over, and many of them didn't even know what aspen trees are." "The wind starting to blow the moment my dad and I started down the aisle was a pinnacle of the celebration," Katrina says. "People flying from all over to attend was extremely magical. We felt so much love."

Katrina and her bridesmaids wear varied dress-styles but stick to a white color scheme.

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Katrina and Tom went with a black-tie Western look for their Flying Diamond Ranch wedding.

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Justin and Lauren take a break from skiing after their wedding to visit one of their favorite spots at the Steamboat Ski Area.

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othing says Steamboat more than a group in full wedding attire skiing down the slopes of Mount Werner, and that’s exactly what happened following the wedding of Lauren Pierpoint and Justin Hellwinkel in early 2019.

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Lauren and Justin, both avid skiers, met at CU Boulder in 2010, and started dating in 2016 while Justin was attending the University of Colorado Medical School and Lauren was getting her doctorate at UC Denver. On a weekend ski trip to Crested Butte, Justin popped the question. “He completely surprised me,” Lauren says. “We were there with all of our closest friends, but I assumed it was just a normal ski weekend.” Both huge fans of Steamboat – and its ski slopes – the couple settled on a late-March wedding at the Steamboat Ski Area. Lauren’s maid of honor had once lived in Steamboat and been a member of ski patrol, so she suggested they use Olympian Hall at Howelsen Hill for the rehearsal dinner. “Everybody loved it!” Lauren says. Guests and members of the wedding party stayed at the Steamboat Grand at the base of the ski area the night before the wedding. The wedding day began with Lauren and her bridesmaids getting their hair and makeup done with a full view of the mountain right outside their windows. Meanwhile, Justin and his groomsmen hit the mountain for some pre-wedding skiing. “He had basically one rule, which was, ‘Don’t break your legs,’” Lauren says, laughing. She wasn’t really worried, though. “He’s an extremely talented skier,” she says. Justin and Lauren enjoy their "heavenly day" atop Thunderhead Peak at the Steamboat Ski Area.

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Once the wedding party was ready, they rode to the top of the gondola for a photo shoot with Travis and Jenna of Garner & Co Photography. “Travis did a great job, and so did Jenna,” Lauren says. “By then the clouds had cleared, and it was an amazing view and an amazing day. There was a lot of smiling involved.” The couple’s 104 guests rode the gondola to the wedding ceremony, which took place on the deck outside the Champagne Powder Room. “We started the ceremony, and the views – god, it was so amazing,” Lauren says.

After saying “I do,” it was time for the wedding party to hit the slopes. “Nobody changed – we just put on our ski boots and went,” Lauren says. “Steamboat groomed the run just for us, the temperature was amazing, and we had this awesome corduroy. We planned it with Travis Garner and took a lap with him and went to all the spots we thought would be good to shoot photos. There’s one of us standing on a rock with like a 20-foot drop on the other side, and Justin’s just picking me up and swinging me around.”

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“It’s not hard at all to ski in a dress,” Lauren adds. “I cut up some sweatpants and put them over my boots to keep the dress from getting caught on them.” After their ski run, the couple enjoyed a moment of peace and privacy as they rode the gondola back up to the reception. “It was a little intimate moment between the two of us,” Lauren says. The wedding party entered the Champagne Powder Room with style, as the song “Crazy in Love” by Beyonce played. “It’s incredible the way they transform the Champagne Powder Room into a reception area,” Lauren says. Festivities lasted late into the night. Lauren and Justin worked with Alex Mathison of SoulSpark Events Lauren and Justin's two-tier cake features a pair of tiny skiers.

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Lauren and Justin ski side-by-side following their wedding at the Steamboat Ski Area Champagne Powder Room.

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and Rachel Radetsky at the Steamboat Ski Area to plan their wedding. “Alex made everything very, very easy,” Lauren recalls. “There were a lot of things where we thought, ‘We can totally do that,’ and it turns out, we couldn’t. She was always on time, and kept us on time. I don’t know how she does it. She was calm and totally cool, and explained everything that was going to happen. She had suggestions for what would and wouldn’t work, but it still felt very much like our wedding.” The couple planned a heli-skiing honeymoon in British Columbia on their one-year anniversary. Fittingly, their wedding registry consisted of ski gear for that trip. Lauren finished her doctorate in epidemiology and Justin finished his residency – both in 2019 – and Justin is in residency at Columbia

University until 2024. “We want to move to Steamboat someday and live there,” Lauren says. The couple’s quiet gondola ride following their wedding, looking out over the town they might someday live in, might just have inspired that plan.

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Danielle and her father enjoy a quiet moment on a trail at Glen Eden Resort.

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Wedding stories

Danielle Fenoli & Nathaniel Silva Saturday, June 8, 2019 Photos courtesy of TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress"


ew York City found its way to Steamboat Springs last summer. Randy Fenoli, renowned wedding gown designer and one of Kleinfeld's bridal consultants on "Say Yes to the Dress” on TLC, brought his iconic personality to Glen Eden Resort.

Nathaniel and Danielle Silva live in Aurora, but have a special place in their hearts for Northwest Colorado. "My husband spent a period of his time growing up in Craig. He and his family spent their summers in Steamboat," Danielle explains. Persistence was the key to forming their relationship. "We met when I was waiting tables. Nathaniel and his coworker sat in The wedding my section and Randy attended quickly became had more regular visitors personal – every Friday meaning for night for the him than usual: next eight it was that of his months, to be niece, Danielle, exact," Danielle whose dress he says. "They helped to select became some on an episode of of my favorite the show. people, and we Danielle bonded from selected Randy’s Nathaniel grew up in Northwest Colorado, which is part of seeing each Serena dress, the reason the couple chose Glen Eden as their venue. other week which features after week." a drop-waist, A-line silhouette, a strapless "He was very shy – he never hit on me,” bodice and a sweetheart neckline. Venice Danielle says. “I actually ended up leaving lace appliques make up the midriff, while to work elsewhere. I later stopped back the skirt features subtle sparkles, and the in that restaurant to pick up a friend and sheer bodice has crystal beading. Tears ex-coworker and there he was, sitting on flowed at the end of the episode, when the patio." Randy surprised Danielle by saying the She joined his group and the dress was a gift from him. conversation ended with him asking www.SteamboatWeddingDay.com | 37

her out, taking advantage of the opportunity while he had the chance. Dinner led to romance, and romance to love. The Denver Botanical Gardens set the scene for Nathaniel’s proposal. During the winter months, the gardens feature an incredible winter lights show, but light-viewing wasn’t all the groom-to-be had in store. He rented a rooftop space above the greenhouse, and a bench surrounded by lanterns and candles greeted the couple upon their arrival. "It was cold but gorgeous," Danielle says. "You could see all of the holiday lights at once.

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He popped Champagne and hired a hidden photographer, who got some great photos of the proposal." The wedding was a touch outside the box: there was no wedding planner, and no rehearsal dinner. The wedding party was tiny. "It was really fun planning it by ourselves – we just picked everything we loved. He loves green and I love lavender, so we just built off of that. Everything just fell into place. It's really easy to pick what you love, because you know what you love." The ceremony, with the Elk River running nearby, was the most memorable part of the day for the bride. "It was the most peaceful moment of the whole day," she says. "Our ceremony was quick. We had everyone we loved there. It was the calmest part of my day, and I got to marry my best friend." Participants and guests stayed at Glen Eden, which also did the catering. Having your wedding broadcast across

the nation isn't as stressful as one might think. "They did a great job being scarce," Danielle says. "They hid themselves in little corners, had a drone and stationary cameras set up over the alter. They put themselves in the background, and guests didn't even notice them. It honestly didn't seem like they were there." "It was exciting watching the episode and being able to see our whole wedding day from a different point of view," she adds. Traveling and enjoying each other's company are on the to-do list for this newly married couple.

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Personal Touch

21 Wedding Trend Predictions for 2021

1. Sustainable weddings Recyclable materials, minimal waste, environmentally friendly menu choices – couples will work in creative ways to do their part in saving the planet.


3. Charcuterie tables Fancy meat-and-cheese boards will take the place of more traditional sweets and dessert tables.



2. Micro weddings Trimming the invite list to 40-50 guests will allow couples to give more attention and resources to the select few who attend.

5. Repurposing flowers One idea: leftover flower arrangements can be donated to patients at a nearby hospital.

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Jennifer Kosmicki and Melissa Chandler share their vows at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Lauren Pierpoint includes her brother, David, in her side of the wedding party.

Why limit the groomsmen to just men, or the bridesmaids to just women?


6. Non-even wedding parties


Guests at Ann Robbin and Tommy Lefere's wedding dress to fit a bohemian theme.

7. Portable bars

8. Experiential weddings More interactive elements, like serveyourself food and drink bars, will take the place of guests passively being a part of the celebration. 9. A change of attire Brides will wear multiple outfits throughout the wedding celebration, opting for more comfortable attire when the ceremony transitions to the reception.

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On-the-go bars will cater specifically to the bride and groom’s tastes and the overall theme of the wedding.


11. The return of COLORS And bright ones – many couples will ditch the black, white and pastels for more eye-catching hues.

Natalie Kirchner's bridesmaids wear bright colors that complement their bouquets.



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12. Traditional wedding cakes


Ann Robbin sports a down-andnatural hairstyle.


14. Flowery hair decor Brides will add a personalized touch to their hairstyles through botanic beauty.

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Adam Klingenberg adds a personal touch to his attire with a wooden bow-tie.

16. Dried flowers Instead of letting the flower arrangements wilt, have them professionally dried and made into arrangements that will last for years.

17. Alternative transportation Guests and wedding party members will opt for more distinctive forms of transportation.

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Bridesmaids from Lauren Pierpoint and Justin Hellwinkel's wedding ride the Steamboat Ski Area gondola to the ceremony in the Champagne Powder Room.


Mandy Murphy wears a form-fitting gown for her wedding to Ryan Anderson.

18. Clean, simple gowns Staying away from lace and heavy details will allow brides more freedom to accessorize.

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Guests enjoy live music at Rachel Weinstein and Zach Paolillo's wedding.

20. Drone videography Drones will allow for sweeping, bird’s-eye shots of the wedding celebration.

19. Wedding bands over DJs While it’s fun to create a playlist of the couple’s favorites, a wedding band adds class and spectacle to the event.

21. Inclusive menus Vegan? Gluten-free? No problem – as diet preferences and trends evolve, so will wedding menus.

Perfect for engagement parties, rehearsal dinners and weddings.

Mobile Catering We bring our mountain town rustic experience to you!

We serve up artisanal Neapolitan style pizzas and appetizers cooked on-site in our wood-fired oven, alongside locally-sourced salads and campfire s’mores for dessert. We pour a variety of fresh Mountain Tap ales and lagers, along with your other favorite drinks.

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For Grooms


It’s All In the Details


rooms and groomsmen don’t typically get as much attention as the bride and bridesmaids, but that doesn’t mean the men can’t show personal style and flair in their own way. The trick to upping your game as a groom or groomsman? It’s in the details.


1. The Measurements A well-tailored suit makes all the difference. Pro tip: you can now measure yourself more easily using measurement apps on your phone.

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Colby Dodson wears a dark green suit to his and Hannelore Van Orden's wedding at Marabou Ranch.


2. The Fabric When it comes to suit fabric, either go classic, or go bold and bright. Don’t shy away from color – it’s on trend for everyone, not just the women. Shades like green, pink, mustard and bright blue are surprisingly versatile. 3. The Shoes When it comes to shoes, classics are best – the Nike Air Force Ones might not be the best fit for the big day. There are plenty of great options, but stick with something practical. Overly pointy or square-toed shoes stand out in the wrong way.

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Neil Sullenberger wears a brightly colored tie and striped socks to complement Cristin Grimes' bouquet.

4. The Accessories From ties to pocket squares to cufflinks, accessories can be a great way to add a pop of color to your outfit.

Affordable . Easy . Delicious

Catering $ All Budgets! Full Service ! Drop-Off Weddings ! Rehearsals

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Robbie McGourty and his groomsmen wear cowboy hats.

5. Lean toward the classics, but know when to break the rules Try to strike a balance between the tried-and-true styles and the distinctly you. If you feel you’re going too much in either direction – too bland or too eccentric – an adjustment is in order. In Steamboat Springs, a cowboy hat often provides that personal touch, but it shades your face, so you may need to take it off for photographs.

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Map & Directions Bird's eye view of Lake Catamount, just south of Steamboat Springs

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Steamboat Springs Mileage Chart

Jeff Hall

Denver Colorado Springs Fort Collins Dallas Chicago New York City Salt Lake City Los Angeles Seattle Miami Grand Junction

160 240 160 951 1,171 1,991 339 991 1,190 2,269 196

• The drive from Denver International Airport takes about 3 1/2 hours. • Yampa Valley Regional Airport, 25 miles from Steamboat, is served year-round by United Express. Winter jet service includes nonstop flights from several cities on major airlines. • Shuttle services run daily from DIA, or go by limo, car service or rental car. • Bus service within the city is free. Lodges offer shuttles, and taxis are available.

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Signature Events Sunday, June 7

Steamboat Marathon, full and half-marathon, plus 10K. www.steamboatmarathon.com

Thursday-Saturday, June 18-20

Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup Hundreds of Ford Mustang owners display their cars on Lincoln Avenue over Father’s Day weekend. www.rockymountainmustangroundup.org

Wednesday-Sunday, July 1-5

Cowboy Roundup Days Get patriotic with special events at the Pro Rodeo, the Fourth of July Parade on Lincoln Avenue, and fireworks or a laser show at Howelsen Hill. www.steamboatsummer.com

Saturday-Sunday, July 11-12

Hot Air Balloon Rodeo and Art in the Park View a cloud of hot air balloons taking flight at Bald Eagle Lake, then take a short drive to peruse the creations of local artists. www.steamboatsummer.com

Friday-Monday, Sept. 4-7

Labor Day Festivities Celebrate Labor Day and cap off your summer at the Rocky Mountain PBR Bull Bash, Downtown Sidewalk Sale, Farmers Market and End of Summer Jam. www.steamboatsummer.com

Friday-Saturday, Sept. 11-2 Steamboat OktoberWest Sip on craft beers and sample food while listening to live music in downtown Steamboat. www.steamboatoktoberwest.com

Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 1-4 A balloon touches down on Bald Eagle Lake during the Hot Air Balloon Rodeo.

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rom tuxes to transportation, the Steamboat Springs Wedding Guide business directory has everything you'll need for your Steamboat Springs wedding.


Cakes & Cupcakes

Pedego Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Baker

345 Lincoln Ave., 970-761-5312 970-343-9911 pedegoelectricbikes.com/dealers/steamboat-springs/ www.steamboatbaker.com

The best way to see Steamboat: rent an electric bike. Also offering Billabong winterwear, Shinesty retro clothing, Carve sunglasses and goggles.


Steamboat Babysitting 509-432-6312 – Jaiya, Owner www.steamboatbabysitting.com

We provide professional, fun, reliable childcare for your wedding, large event or party. Services available on-site or in your hotel, condo or home.

Cakes & Cupcakes

Decadent Delights decadentdelightsaab@gmail.com www.decadentdelightsaab.com

From "Will you" to "I Do." We believe that your wedding should be uniquely yours from start to finish. Gluten-free options available.

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Steamboat Baker specializes in creating memorable desserts – our wedding cakes, cupcakes, dessert tables and favors are deliciously handcrafted and beautiful.


Amuse Bouche/Chef Lulu Cox 970-819-7807 www.amusebouchechef.com

Steamboat’s favorite for receptions, bridal luncheons, rehearsal dinners, cocktail parties and more. Unique, fresh, homemade cuisine. Professional, personally tailored catering.

Marno’s Custom Catering 970-879-4214 www.marnoscustomcatering.com

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


Moe's BBQ 970-879-1615 www.moesoriginalbbq.com

Fresh from the pit smoked BBQ and made-fromscratch Southern sides. Wedding and special event catering for all budgets.

Hairstylists / Makeup / Spa

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Comb Goddess

Comb Goddess 111 11th St., Suite 104 (Old West Building), 970-871-0606, www.combgoddessco.com

Let our professionals help you on your special day. Full-service salon for hair, nails, makeup, skin care and waxing.

Mountain Tap Mobile

Lou Rose Salon

970-879-6646 events@mountaintapbrewery.com www.mountaintapbrewery.com/community/ private-events

303-887-3338, www.thelourose.com

We bring Mountain Tap Brewery to you! Our wood-fired oven cooks up Neapolitan-style cuisine, served alongside our handcrafted beers.

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

Specializing in extraordinary food for weddings and rehearsal dinners for 37 years. All menus are personalized for your individual themes and cuisines.

Lou Rose is one of the most experienced Bridal Hair Stylists in Steamboat Springs with over 15 years in the industry.

Hairstylists / Makeup / Spa

Life Essentials Day Spa 345 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-9543 www.massagesteamboat.com

Offering hairstyling, makeup, massages, facials and spray tans. Let Life Essentials pamper you on your special day! On- and off-site services available.

Flowers Rocky Mountain Day Spa One Fine Day Productions 970-871-7431/970-846-5680 lindsey@weddingsinsteamboat.com www.weddingsinsteamboat.com

Let us make your special day one of a kind. Steamboat Springs, prominent full-service wedding planning, event and floral design company.

970-871-6111 www.steamboatmassage.com

We love weddings! Offering hair styling, airbrush makeup, facials, nails, spray tanning and massage. We also offer catering.

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Directory Liquor

Planners The Main Event

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

Steamboat Discount Liquors carries a full line of wine, spirits, Champagne and beer. Offering full case discounts. Let us help keep your stress level low.

970-879-9020/ 303-570-6570 www.themaineventcolorado.com

Steamboat's premier wedding planning company for 19 years! Full-service wedding planning, event design, and day-of coordination. Specializing in destination weddings.

Lodging One Fine Day Productions Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. 970-871-5162 www.steamboat.com/weddings

Breathtaking views of emerald mountains in the summer or sparkling snow-covered terrain in the winter. Many venues to choose from for the perfect setting.

970-871-7431/970-846-5680 lindsey@weddingsinsteamboat.com www.weddingsinsteamboat.com

Let us make your special day one of a kind. Steamboat Springs' prominent full service wedding planning, event and floral design company.

Officiants Pink Diamond Events

Steamboat Mountain Weddings, Marlene H. Fisher,

Wedding Officiant/ Minister/Celebrant 970-846-9911 www.SteamboatMountainWeddings.com

970-692-1645 weddings@apinkdiamondevent.com www.apinkdiamondevent.com

Pink Diamond Events offers boutique style wedding planning and is the local resource to make your Colorado destination wedding come to life.

Professional, unique, personalized, memorable ceremonies performed at the location of your choice in beautiful Steamboat Springs. Live happily ever after!

SoulSpark Events Alexandra Mathisen, 970-819-3360 www.soulsparkevents.com

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Rehearsal Dinners Bésame 818 Lincoln Ave., Downtown, 970-761-2561 www.besamesteamboat.com

Inspired collection of Latin flavors from Cuba, Argentina, Portugal and Spain. Romantic experience with the fun and liveliness of an Old World familia dinner.

truffle pig

Truffle Pig 2250 Aprés Ski Way, Mountain, 970-879-7470 www.trufflepigrestaurant.com

American Alpine cuisine crafted from the finest ingredients. Creative, diverse menu for any occasion. Complement each item with wines or cocktails.

Carl’s Tavern 700 Yampa Ave, #103, 970-761-2060 www.carlstavern.com

Perfect for hosting parties from 15 to 150, Carl’s provides your guests genuine “Steamboat Hospitality” and from-scratch cooking in a comfortable and spacious setting.

Destination Hospitality

Snow Bowl 2090 Snow Bowl Plaza, 970-879-9840 www.snowbowlsteamboat.com

Bowling, craft food, specialty cocktails, local beers, and a huge outdoor space - Snow Bowl is the perfect destination for your Wedding Reception or Rehearsal Dinner!

Tents / Rentals

Various Locations, 970-879-9500 www.destinationhospitality.com

Three exceptional venues for events! An elegant riverside location at Aurum, upscale surroundings at Table 79, and breathtaking views at The Periodic Table at Catamount Ranch.

Colorado Event Rentals 970-871-6786 www.coloradoeventrentals.com

Steamboat’s premier local wedding rental company, specializing in décor and lighting installations, tents, tables, linens, chairs, china, flatware and glassware.

Ore House At the Pine Grove, 970-879-1190 www.orehouse.com

Wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, and more; our timeless menus, rustic atmosphere, and neighborly service will make your event truly memorable!

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Directory Transportation


Go Alpine – Airport Shuttle, Charter, and Taxi Service

970-879-2800 www.GOAlpine.com

Steamboat’s one stop for wedding transportation: In- and out-of-town shuttles, rehearsal dinners and parties, and airport shuttle service.

Glen Eden Resort 970-879-3907 www.glenedenresort.com

Glen Eden Resort is the ideal place, where nature provides an incomparable setting with on-site catering and comfy accommodations.

la joya dulce Storm Mountain Express

970-879-1963 www.StormMountainExpress.com

All your transportation needs: Airport shuttle services - special events - weddings and custom tours. Prompt. Professional. Preferred.

La Joya Dulce 970-879-7021 www.lajoyadulce.com

Dedicated to making your experience as incredible as our views. Rolling hills, secluded glens, and valley vistas for miles.

Venues Lucky 8 Ranch Bella Vista 970-879-4449 www.bellavistasteamboat.com

Perched 1,000 feet above the valley floor, Bella Vista is a place to call home for an unforgettable wedding weekend experience.

Catamount Ranch and Club Lauren deRoche 979-457-1233 Lderoche@catamountranchclub.com www.catamountranchclub.com

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970-846-5592 www.lucky8ranchco.com

Provides a unique outdoor wedding venue with endless panoramic views, rolling hills, vast hay meadows and Trout Creek.

Steamboat Art Museum 807 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-1755 steamboatartmuseum.org

Beautiful, unique setting in one of downtown Steamboat's historic buildings. Perfect for smaller weddings and pre-wedding events.


Steamboat Creates Depot Art Center 1001 13th St., 970-879-9008 steamboatcreates.org/depot-art-center/ facility-rental

Charming historic train station with elegance of an art gallery in ionic Steamboat location surrounded by parks and the river.

Strings Music Pavilion 970-879-5056, ext. 102 StringsMusicFestival.com/pavilion

A beautiful indoor reception venue located on the mountain in Steamboat Springs. Capacities up to 500. Limited availability late June-August.

Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. 970-871-5162 www.steamboat.com/weddings

For a day you’ll remember forever, choose a place you’ll never forget. We have many venues to choose from and a staff that will take care of every detail.

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Special Thanks


e would like to thank all of our 2020 featured photographers. Their stunning photography captures the beautiful settings in and around Steamboat Springs, and we are honored to share it with our readers.

Garner & Co. Photography www.GarnerCoPhoto.com

Kari Geha Photography www.KariGehaWeddings.com

Andy Barnhart Photography www.AndyBarnhart.com

Kate Ivy Photography www.KateIvyPhotography.com

Elizabeth Burgi Photography www.ElizabethBurgi.com

Seedhouse Photography www.SeedhousePhotography.com

Valorie Darling Photography www.ValorieDarlingPhotography.com

Preston Utley Photography www.PrestonUtley.com

Lillie Elliot Photography www.LillieElliot.com

Larissa Welch/We, the Light Photography www.WeTheLightPhotography.com

Cali Frankovic Photography www.CaliFrankovic.com

Danielle Zimmerer Photography www.DanielleZimmererPhotography.com

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unforgettable ranch weddings

Steamboat’s only barn venue Rolling hills Extraordinary views Private ranch

la joya dulce

Photo by Kristen Hennke Photography


www.lajoyadulce.com 970-879-7021

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