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About the Cover 4 Steamboat Venues 6 Wedding Stories 16 Catering 32 Lighting 34 Jewelry 36 For Grooms Only 38 Map 40 Calendar of Events 41 Wedding Resource Directory 42


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elsie Robinson’s sheer joy on the occasion of her marriage to Nicolai Buccino is contagious – the jury who selected the couple’s portrait as the cover of the 2015 edition of Steamboat Springs Wedding Guide chose it for that very reason. “With a husband that sweeps me off my feet, of course my smile reflected photographic love!” says Kelsie. The wedding was held in Strawberry Park at Euzoa Bible Church, where both Kelsie and her husband are ministers. Another winning element of the photo is the bride’s dramatic, classic style. The pearl necklace was made for Kelsie by Semra Ascioglu, an artist in Istanbul, Turkey. The single flower tucked behind her ear was a simple daisy, “a timeless flower, in my opinion,” Kelsie says. Portrait photographer Kel Elwood shot the winning image. “One of the reasons I enjoy shooting weddings is because everybody’s happy,” Kel says. “Everybody’s excited to be there.” Kel’s enthusiasm for wedding photography Kel offers a few tips to make began when she volunteered to shoot a bridal photos stand out: friend’s wedding in 2011. “I realized that I love weddings!” she says. At the time, she was most 1. Wear your normal makeup, but put it known for her senior and family photography, on a little heavier. a genre that requires many of the same skills as 2. Consider a bridal session two weeks wedding photography. before the ceremony, complete with Kel’s style leans toward editorial makeup and hair. photography, which means shooting every detail from beginning to end of the day. She generally 3. Try to forget the photographer is at the wedding. “Don’t even act like I’m there,” takes 2,000-4,000 images during an eight- to Kel says. 10-hour day. She shoots everything from the bride getting dressed in the morning to the 4. Have fun! Let the photographer capture reception in the evening. But her favorite part is you in your element. the ceremony itself. 5. Walk through the day’s schedule with “As the photographer, you have certain the photographer so he/she knows what creative freedom,” she explains. to anticipate. Sometimes it’s the unexpected moment 6. Select a package that includes a that turns out to be the most memorable. wedding book. Brides often think they can “Moments they didn’t anticipate…When he do it themselves, but they underestimate couldn’t get the ring on her finger – and they the amount of time it will take, running laugh. They’re really priceless!” the risk it won’t be finished. It’s a Kel’s style can be described as clean, conversation starter on the coffee table and a keepsake for future children. organic and fresh. “That’s the truest form of photography,” she says.

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wedding stories June 7, 2014

Anya Allen & Josh Bryan


looked like a celebrity wedding last June when Anya Allen married Josh Bryan at a private ranch just outside of Steamboat Springs. A classically beautiful blonde, Anya chose an elegant form-fitting Champagne gown and a vintage birdcage veil that added to the allure. She arrived with her parents for the ceremony in a 1950s-era, Champagne-colored Cadillac, lent for the occasion by Donald Braden, a neighbor. The groom added his own debonair air to the day, dressed in a dark suit with a check pattern bowtie. The couple’s infectious smiles and photogenic styles could not help but evoke red carpet moments. Anya is a fifth-generation Yampa Valley resident; her grandfather and great-grandfather started Allen’s Clothing, one of Steamboat Springs’ oldest stores, in 1949. So when she and Josh decided to have their wedding in Steamboat, it was only natural that renowned local personages would contribute to their wedding day. Nancy Kramer, owner of the fondly remembered In Season Bakery, provided the cake and individual desserts. Brent Rowan, celebrated Nashville country songwriter/guitarist, provided the entertainment, along 16

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with Loose Change, an established band that comes first to minds of locals when they are looking for authentic Steamboat music. Suzanne Bostrom, a florist of long-time standing, created the elegant pink, white and ivory bouquets. Although early June can be a bit iffy weather-wise, the Bryans’ wedding day was lovely. “We got very lucky,” Anya recalls. “It was the perfect temperature.” The ceremony took place on the bluff at Marabou Ranch, a private community just west of Steamboat. Approximately 200 guests attended the wedding. Both of Anya’s parents, Todd and Robin, walked the bride down the aisle, to the sound of Brent’s guitar. Anya had 11 bridesmaids, who wore an array of blush, pink, and Champagne-colored dresses; some of the groomsmen wore suits from Allen’s Clothing. The reception followed at the Lodge at Marabou, where yet another longtime local legend, Billy Hamil of Steamboat Meat & Seafood Company, provided appetizers for guests to enjoy while the bride and groom took a short timeout from the festivities to cast their rods into the Elk River. Fly fishing is a passionate pursuit

Anya Allen and Josh Bryan were married on the grassy bluff at Marabou Ranch, a private community west of Steamboat Springs. 17

Bridesmaids chose pink, blush or Champagne colored, tea length dresses to complement Anya’s gown.

for Anya and Josh. They were fly fishing in Silverthorne one day in December 2013, when Josh proposed. During their reception, the water was still high due to late spring runoff, but it was a great photo opp. The bride donned hip waders over her Elizabeth Fillmore gown for the pictures. The guests enjoyed lawn games and a fire pit as the sun set over the valley. The wedding was timed perfectly, as the following day, winter returned to Steamboat. Friends gathered at the Allen house for Sunday brunch, the weather bringing the group together indoors. The storm didn’t daunt the guests, many of whom came from Minnesota for the occasion. The honeymoon is still in the planning stages, the couple having Anya Allen is a fifth-generation member of a prominent Steamboat Springs family.


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Anya and Josh greet guests at Marabou Ranch. Anya is wearing a chic, form-fitting silk gown by Elizabeth Fillmore.

decided shortly after their wedding to move back home to Steamboat. It is, after all, a perfect place for romance.

Venue: Marabou Ranch Wedding planning: One Fine Day Flowers: Suzanne Bostrom, Alpine Floral Music: Brent Rowan (ceremony), Loose Change (reception) Bridal gown: Elizabeth Fillmore Officiant: Paula Salky, Say I Do Catering: Steamboat Meat & Seafood Company Groomsmen attire: Allen’s Clothing Cake and desserts: Nancy Kramer Rehearsal dinner: Aurum Food & Wine Photographer: Andrew Vick Party rentals: Colorado Event Rentals

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Morgan Niedelman chose autumn tones for her bouquet to complement the brilliant fall colors.


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wedding stories Sept 20, 2014

Morgan Niedelman & Matt Whiteman


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lazing fall colors formed a dramatic backdrop for the wedding of Morgan Niedelman to Matt Whiteman last fall atop Thunderhead Peak at the Steamboat Ski Area. The bride’s choice of reds, yellows and gold, contrasted by navy blue, complemented the autumnal scenery. Many longtime locals cannot remember a year when the leaves were as vividly colorful as last fall. “We just got really lucky,” Morgan says. “It was really beautiful – 80 degrees without a cloud in the sky.” A childhood friend of the groom played the guitar for guests arriving from all around the country – Denver, Chicago, New York, New Mexico, California, Oklahoma – plus Canada. For many, it was their first-ever gondola ride, and Morgan’s only regret is that she couldn’t see the looks on their faces after their scenic journey. She was getting ready for the ceremony; she and her groom decided that they wouldn’t see each other until the service began. Morgan’s parents escorted her down the aisle, where officiant Paula Salky performed the ceremony. “She

did a really, really good job,” the bride says. “Paula told our story well.” The couple came from mixed religious backgrounds, and blending their two families’ traditions was important. The bride’s mother explained the significance of the chuppah, the canopy under which a couple stands during a wedding. She also sewed the quilt covering for the chuppah, which depicted aspen colors blending into blue skies. The flowers, designed by Lindsey Grannis of One Fine Day, also played off the fall splendor. Texan friend Dan Elwood read a Biblical passage from 1 Corinthians, “Love is patient, love is kind,” representing the groom’s Episcopal roots. Guest seating on Thunderhead lawn offers scenic views of Mount Werner. 21

Bridesmaids’ navy blue dresses and Western jackets added a Steamboat touch to this mountain wedding. The rich brown color and rose accent on the bride’s belt added contrast to the sweetheart bodice of her gown.

swam, golfed… Steamboat Springs is a community. Everybody works together with everyone else. It made the whole process so relaxing and easy.” Her advice to other brides: “Just take advantage of the beauty of Steamboat. I hope it means as much to them as it did to Matt and me.” Wedding planner Lindsey Grannis brought the fall theme indoors for the reception dinner in the Champagne Powder Room.

Following the ceremony, guests adjourned to the Thunderhead balcony to watch the sunset. Dinner was served in the adjacent Champagne Powder Room, followed by dancing to the sounds of the Nacho Men. The wedding was stress-free, not only because of the planning efforts of Morgan’s mother-in-law, in conjunction with Lindsey Grannis and Lindsey Yochem, but also because of the couple’s decision to have their wedding in Steamboat. “Our guests had the best time,” Morgan says. “They hiked, fished, 22

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Venue: Atop the gondola Reception: Champagne Powder Room Wedding planner: Lindsey Grannis, One Fine Day Venue coordinator: Lindsey Yochem Rehearsal dinner: Olympian Lodge Rehearsal dinner catering: Steamboat Meat & Seafood Company Entertainers: Yampa Valley Boys (rehearsal dinner), Nacho Men (reception) Flowers: One Fine Day Cake and brownies: Cupcake Mini Bar Sunday brunch: Steamboat Grand Officiant: Paula Salky, Say I Do Videographer: Erin McDaniel Media Invitation: Ruby the Fox Paperie, Denver Bridal gown: Emma and Grace Bridal Studio, Denver Photographer: Andy Barnhart Photography

wedding stories September 28, 2014

Kailey Fischer & Eric Gillane Photography by: Cali Frankovic


verything about Kailey Fischer’s marriage to Eric Gillane centered around their love of the outdoors and Steamboat Springs, from their custom “Rockin’ E&K” brand to Eric’s unique proposal. They climbed a mountain – literally – on the evening they became engaged. It was New Year’s Eve and two of Eric’s brothers, her sister, mom and dad joined them for a hike from the base of the ski area to the top of the gondola, where he proposed. “Then we all slid down Vagabond,” Kailey recalls. Twenty-two months later, their wedding weekend began on Thursday with yoga class on the family’s deck, followed by a barbecue. It continued on Friday with an early-morning drive up Buffalo Pass with out-of-town guests to watch the sunrise and enjoy the incredible fall colors, which happened to be at their peak that weekend. Then came a rehearsal dinner at Eureka, one of the new hot spots on Yampa Street’s restaurant row. Saturday began with a bridal shower, followed by a second, huge barbecue. After that party, Kailey and her 10 bridesmaids had an old-fashioned sleepover on her parents’ living room floor, reminiscent of the days when she was growing up in Steamboat. 24

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The ceremony itself took place on Sunday at Alpine Mountain Ranch, an exclusive, private community just east of Steamboat. Kailey’s father, architect Lee Fischer, designed the guest ranch, and Kailey thought when she visited the property for a pumpkin-carving contest as a little girl, “I would love to get married there some day.” Her good fortune continued during the wedding, when she received a downpour of good luck – literally. The clouds broke open just as the couple said their vows; everyone moved in close and started laughing. “It was the highlight of the whole wedding,” Kailey says. “It made it feel close and intimate. It was fun to see how happy everyone was.” The storm passed in time for Kailey and Eric to cruise through town in her father’s red Jeep, arriving at Howelsen Hill in true Steamboat style. The many flags hanging from the rafters in Olympian Lodge added a festive feel to the party. And Olympian Kerry Lynch, one of the guests, was on hand to tell the story behind them – each one represents the country in which a local athlete competed at the Olympics. “Growing up in Steamboat, I went Kailey and Eric enjoy a quiet moment by the Yampa River.

to so many events in Olympian Hall,” Kailey says. Floor-length white tablecloths, plus lots and lots of flowers, added to the décor. Kailey inherited about 500 antique bottles from her grandfather, and each one contained a flower. Fabric

that Kailey and Eric brought back from India draped the head table. The party began with the Old Town Pickers, appetizers and Champagne. Dinner was served family style, followed by a two-tiered, red velvet and vanilla bean, pink ombré 25

The bride’s gown was made by renowned Hollywood designer Deborah Lindquist, dubbed “the Green Queen” for her eco-sexy fashion. Pink ombré frosting decorated the red velvet cake.

wedding cake and chocolate, vanilla and carrot cupcakes. DJ Steve provided the après-dinner entertainment, accompanied by a light show and a late-night taco bar. Guests came from 13 states, plus Austria, for the occasion. “It was nice to have everybody there,” Kailey says. “Everyone I love was around me.” Although the honeymoon had to be postponed when Eric got a chance to land his dream job as a wildfire fighter in Los Angeles County, the celebration continued. The couple held 26

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Antique bottles inherited from the bride’s grandfather added a personal touch to the reception.

a second reception at Eric’s parents’ home in the hills above San Diego. The old adage is true: rain during your wedding brings good fortune.

Venues: Alpine Mountain Ranch (not open to the public for special events), Olympian Lodge at Howelsen Hill Wedding planning and flowers: Last Call Floral + Events Music: Old Town Pickers, DJ Steve Bride and maid-of-honor dresses: Deborah Lindquist Eco Couture Bridesmaid dresses: Free People Catering: Circle R Gastropub Hair and makeup: Waterside Day Spa Cake/cupcakes: Mountain Brew Rehearsal dinner: Eureka Photography: Cali Frankovic Party supplies: Colorado Event Rentals

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Ashley Knape & Tod Matuga Photography by: Andy Barnhart Photography


arry the Camel greeted guests at the wedding of Ashley Knape and Tod Matuga. Family and friends arrived in top hats, wool vaquero jackets, vintage fur coats and cowboy hats, having been encouraged to wear whimsical attire to this Winter Carnival-themed wedding. At the snowy outdoor venue at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp just outside Steamboat Springs, they enjoyed “Hotty Tods,” aka hot toddies, and “Classy Ashleys,”


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aka Champagne cocktails, while they waited for the ceremony to begin. Guests sat on hay bales, decorated with colorful flags and red-and-white plaid Turkish towels. The bride walked down the aisle on a burlap runner on which her mother – an artist - had hand-lettered “Step Right Up to the Greatest Love Show.” The bold colors of Ashley’s bouquet stood out against the grayand-white winter landscape. Ashley wore a simple yet elegant

Larry the Camel lent to the carnival theme of Ashley and Tod’s wedding.

tiered gown by BHLDN, adorned with a braided gold belt, her great aunt’s pearls, a fur jacket from her childhood and a pearl tiara. She completed the ensemble with cowboy boots from F.M. Light & Sons, Steamboat’s oldest retail store. “You can’t have a Steamboat wedding without cowboy boots,” Ashley says. After the ceremony, she donned a knit hat from Anthropology that she and her mother had seen during a shopping trip. Ashley admired it, but another customer had already purchased the store’s only one. Later, as mom and daughter left the store, the buyer came up to her and said, “Here, I want you to have this hat.” The groom’s attire included a cashmere jacket, vest, tweed tie and scarf from J. Crew. He complemented his ensemble later with a fur hat and ear flaps. Following the ceremony, which was set against a backdrop of Mount Werner, guests adjourned to the Steinberg Pavilion, where large white helium balloons were suspended over the colorfully decorated tables to achieve the carnival effect. Old-fashioned carnival booths like a ring toss for beer and a sweets counter offered unique opportunities for

wedding stories reception fun. The photo booth was popular, with instant photos to share. The event program resembled a carnival invitation, and the menu was on an old-fashioned chalkboard. Steamboat’s Winter Carnival, which was held the same weekend as the wedding, inspired the carnival theme. “I wanted to do something different, something unique, fun and whimsical, ” Ashley says. “I wanted our family and friends to experience Steamboat.” Ashley, along with her mother and sister, created much of the wedding décor. “We’d craft all day over several weekends. It was just so much fun,” Ashley says. Their DIY efforts not only helped to make the wedding uniquely theirs, but it also helped the couple to stay within their budget. Combining expectations of a traditional wedding with the desire to host an event that was both exotic and unique – and pulling it off with elegant style – might have been a

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A colorful bouquet stood out against the bright white winter backdrop.

challenge. But wedding planner Lindsey Grannis, who understood Ashley’s vision from the onset, had fun helping turn it into reality. Looking back on the planning process, Ashley recalls some initial trepidation on the groom’s part, knowing that many of the couple’s Midwestern friends and family might be taken aback by the unusual approach. In the end, though, the guests thoroughly enjoyed their Steamboat experience, from the Lighted Man at Howelsen Hill to meeting Larry the Camel. “It was the most special, fun day of our lives so far, and we wouldn’t have done it any other way,” Ashley says.

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The Wedding Feast


rides often choose to be married in Steamboat Springs to introduce their guests to the area. To that end, sourcing local ingredients for the wedding feast allows family and friends to enjoy the flavors of Northwest Colorado, from locally grown vegetables to trout, beef, lamb and elk. A couple’s menu expresses their individuality, as well as their personal style and story. A bride and groom may want to include a flavor reminiscent of their first date, for instance. For Italian, think antipasto platters instead of traditional hors d’oeuvres. A particular spice could represent Southern, Middle Eastern or Asian heritage or a country

where the wedding couple has traveled. If the wedding style is casual, the reception could feature hors d’oeuvre buffet stations open throughout the evening with cocktail table seating. Bill Hamil of Steamboat Meat and Seafood Company suggests inventive options like shrimp, avocado and gazpacho shooters, candied-apple sliced pork belly skewers, or artichoke and goat cheese beignets. Each appetizer can be paired with a beer or wine to create a “tasting room” atmosphere. Trends are shifting from the traditional sit-down meal to familystyle service, where platters of pasta, fish entrées and roasted vegetables

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Appetizers ranging from fresh fruit to tomato/mozzarella skewers add color to the reception decor.

are passed around the table. Long communal tables give the celebration an intimate, fun feel. Another option is to serve a plated entrée with family style sides. A pareddown version could be to serve bread sticks or baguettes in vases or jars with dishes of herbed butters, dipping oils or assorted olives. The latest fun trend is food trucks that serve street-style cuisine or woodfired pizza. The trucks offer a relaxed

way to serve appetizers and even dinner. Finally, nothing says thanks for celebrating with us better than a surprise late night snack. Indoor s’mores bars are available—no fire pit needed. A taco bar, pizzas or bagel platters are great for parties that flow into the wee hours. Whatever your menu, creativity delights guests. It makes the celebration even more memorable. Jill Waldman is an event planner and owner of The Main Event, based in Steamboat Springs. She has been planning weddings and events in Colorado and across the country since 1996.

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Light Up the Night Setting the mood


rom simple votive candles to crystal chandeliers in the reception tent, lighting sets the tone for weddings in 2015. “Lighting is really in right now,” says Steamboat Springs’ wedding planner Lindsey Grannis. “You can really get creative with it.” From the moment guests arrive at a wedding, the mood can be set with lights and candles. Lanterns, from western to Japanese, hung in trees at an evening wedding add magic before the ceremony even begins. Hundreds of votive candles – or Mexican luminarias – can be arranged in elaborate patterns on the lawn to light a walkway or create a border around the wedding area. A tableau of candles at various


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White chiffon fabric draped with warm white twinkle lights and a dimmable lighting package at the Steinberg Pavilion.

heights in different kinds of candlesticks can create an interesting focal point at the entryway to an indoor wedding. At indoor weddings, stage lighting and/or twinkle lights and draped fabric complement flowers to add a dramatic flair as the couple says “I do.” “Lighting is completely unique to every wedding,” says Torey Wodnik of Colorado Event Rentals. For a classic style, crystal chandeliers can be hung in the reception tent, twinkle lights can drape the ceiling or create a backdrop. “The tiny lights create a fairytale look – romantic, soft, elegant,” Torey explains. For a more rustic look, weave grapevine balls into branches, Torey suggests. For one wedding last fall, she

lighting: often colored bulbs and stage lighting that pulsates with the music. Guests holding sparklers can light the way to the limo as the bride and groom say good night at the end of this memorable day.


and her crew turned a ladder on its side and hung Edison bulbs from it, using vintage woven cord. For another, more contemporary wedding, Torey set the reception tent up to look like an Italian piazza, relying heavily on lighting to create the effect. Bundled stick candles, tied with ribbon and set into tall vases, create a mood-setting centerpiece at dinner tables. Floating candles under large floral bouquets not only call attention to the flowers, but also add drama to the table. Lighted balloons add a magical touch to the reception area, as do floating paper lanterns in a rainbow of colors, hung at various heights from the ceiling of the reception hall/tent. To get the dance party started after dinner, bands bring their own

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Sparkling on your most important day he jewelry a bride wears on her wedding day will become a keepsake, perhaps to be passed down for generations. Custom jewelry is a surprisingly affordable option that gives brides the chance to make a statement at their wedding. It’s not uncommon for jewelers to do two or three fittings with a bridal gown or outfit. Trends in jewelry come and go. To make the best choice, several factors should be considered. It all starts with the gown. 1. Color a. Stark white: White pearls, diamonds, cubic zirconia, crystals with sterling or platinum. Be traditional or go for something with deep rich colors like amethysts, rubies, sapphires, tanzanite, blue topaz or emeralds. b. Warm white: Richer white or gold pearls, diamonds, cubic zirconia, crystals or warm gems like aquamarine or jade, in combination with the above. For summer weddings, shells can be gorgeous. Angelite and amazonite are soft blues and greens that would also be pretty with pearls. Pink quartz is soft and lovely. There are exquisite chalcedony stones in many shapes in soft blue-greens. c. Ivory: Ivory pearls, perhaps less sparkle at the neck, stones with muted tones that don’t detract from the dress.


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Bride Kelsie Robinson Buccino wears multiple strands of pearls in a custom-designed necklace by Semra Ascioglu, from Istanbul, Turkey.

2. Neckline a. V-neck: Go long into the décolletage; don’t break the beautiful line from neck to the v-neck. b. Halter: Emphasize earrings and perhaps a bracelet. Dangle or longer earrings look pretty with halters. c. Sweetheart: Almost anything works with this style, from a pearl and/or stone choker to something really bold with multiple pieces on one strand. Multi-strand necklaces might detract from this dress. Another option is to forego a necklace and focus on dazzling earrings.

4. Who else? a. Bridesmaids b. Mother of the bride c. Mother of the groom d. Grandmothers 5. Classic Stones a. Pearls: Not just white pearls but gorgeous teardrops, baroque pearls, coin pearls or keshi pearls. Pearls are now dyed and come in hundreds of colors. They can be dainty or large. b. Diamonds: Is this the piece you borrow?


3. Wedding theme a. Classic: Pearls and diamonds/ cubic zirconia. b. Modern: Anything goes. c. Western: Mix turquoise and pearls for a stunning look.

Chalcedony and crystal necklace by Marion Kahn

c. Cubic zirconia or crystal: These come in many shapes, sizes and colors. They can add just the right touch of sparkle to a piece of jewelry, and at an affordable price. d. Other? Turquoise with pearls, agate, jasper Marion Kahn is a custom jeweler in Steamboat Springs and a member of Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America. Her jewelry is available at the Center for Visual Arts and Mountain Outfitters in Steamboat.

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Fun, adventurous ideas for groomsmen in Steamboat


hen guys get together for a day of adventure in Steamboat Springs, the only problem may be where to start. People say weddings are all about the bride, but the groom and his men have plenty of options for fun too. Here’s our top-10 list for 2015.

Brew Tour

• The BARley • Butcherknife Brewing Company • Mahogany Ridge Brewery & Grill • Storm Peak Brewing Company Fly Fishing

• Tailwaters of Stagecoach Reservoir

• Yampa River through downtown • Public access locations along Elk River north of town on County Road 129 Watersports

• Waterskiing • Wakeboarding • Tubing

• Kayaking • Rafting • Stand-up Paddleboarding Western Fun

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• Emerald Mountain • Mad Creek Trail (County Road 129) • Rabbit Ears • Steamboat Bike Park • Steamboat Ski Area Live Music

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Close-to-Town Hikes

• Fish Creek Falls • Mount Werner (Gondola) • Sarvis Creek Wilderness Area • Spring Creek Adrenaline Activities

• Rock climbing • Hot air ballooning • Zip line Leisure Activities

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Bowling Howler Alpine Slide Miniature golf Tennis Pickleball

It’s hard to go wrong with experience. Allen’s has been Steamboat’s premier tuxedo dealer for over 35 years. Our supplier is one of the largest in the U.S., with two day service to Steamboat. The groom’s tuxedo is free with five paid rentals. We are here to make your tuxedo rentals go smoothly. 39

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

One less thing to worry about ... GO Alpine fulfills multiple wedding transportation needs from in & out of town shuttles for wedding parties & guests, rehearsal dinner shuttles, airport transfers and more!

For Information and Reservations:

970-879-2800 2063 Snowbowl Plaza


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2015 calendar of major summer events Sunday, June 7

Tuesday-Sunday, Aug. 11-16

marathon, plus 10K.

vocal, musical, visual, literary and culinary arts.

Steamboat Marathon, full and half-

Thursday-Sunday, June 18- 21

Annual Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup, featuring scenic mountain

tour, autocross, Show & Shine car show.

Thursday-Sunday, July 2-5

Cowboy Roundup Days, featuring

parade, fireworks, rodeo and ski jumping.

Saturday-Sunday, July 11-12

Balloon Rodeo and Art in the Park,

featuring hot air balloon festival and extensive regional art show.

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Steamboat All Arts Festival, featuring

Friday-Tuesday, Aug. 14-18

USA Pro Challenge, featuring top

cyclists from around the world racing through nine host cities. The Bike Town USA速 stage on Monday, Aug. 17, is the overall start of the race.

Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 5-6

Wild West Air Fest and Labor Day.

Friday-Saturday, Sept. 18-19

OctoberWest, music, food, beer and a

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w e d d i n g r e s o u r c e directory Attire

F.M. Light & Sons


830 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-1822 Since 1905, this Western clothing store has been owned and operated by the Light family. C’mon down – we’ll fit you with boots for any occasion. See ad pg. 30

427 Oak St. 970-879-7846 Mountain Brew offers creative gourmet cupcakes, cakes and handmade desserts. Well-known for our fabulous flavors, our creations are both beautiful and delicious.



Steamboat Babysitting 509-432-6312 – Jaiya, Reservations 970-846-1181 – Jessica, Owner Steamboat Babysitting Company provides professional, fun, reliable childcare for your wedding, large event or party. On-site services available or in your hotel, condo or home. See ad pg. 11


Cupcake Mini Bar 442 Oak St., 970-343-4533 We create custom cakes and cupcake flavors unique to each couple and their love story. “Life is uncertain, eat dessert first!” See ad pg. 14


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Amuse Bouche 970-819-7807 A Steamboat favorite for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons, cocktail parties and more. Unique, fresh, homemade cuisine. Personally tailored and professionally catered.

Marno’s Custom Catering 970-879-4214 Whatever the occasion, at Marno’s Custom Catering we ensure you the very best quality and service. See ad pg. 33

Flowers Steamboat Meat & Seafood Co. 1030 Yampa St. 970-879-3504 Specializing in extraordinary food for weddings and rehearsal dinners for 33 years. All menus are personalized for your individual themes and cuisines. See ad pg. 5

Last Call Floral + Events 111 E. Main St., Oak Creek 970-819-3668 From “Princess for a Day” to “Happily Ever After” planning services, we also provide contemporary and traditional floral design for every Bride’s vision. See ad pg. 23

Steamboat Smokehouse 912 Lincoln Ave. 970-879-7427 The Steamboat Smokehouse is a full-service on- or off-premise caterer. Specializing in wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, private parties and BBQs. See ad pg. 38


Rock the Boat Entertainment DJ Garrett Branson 303-264-7911 Get every guest out on the dance floor. Have a celebration you will always remember!

One Fine Day Productions 442 Oak St. 970-871-7431/970-846-5680 Offering everything from complete wedding planning to floral design as well as a wide selection of wedding accessories and invitations in our downtown studio. See ad pg. 1

Steamboat Floral 435 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-1424 We pride ourselves on the absolute best in floral design. Designs from simple mountain rustic to the elegant and sophisticated. See ad pg. 12 43

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Comb Goddess

Comb Goddess 1104 Lincoln Ave, Suite 102 970-871-0606 Let our professionals help you on your special day. Full-service salon for hair, nails, makeup, skin care and waxing.


Steamboat Discount Liquors 500 S. Lincoln Ave., 970-879-2191 Steamboat Discount Liquors carries a full line of wine, spirits, Champagne and beer. Let us help keep your stress level low.

Lodging Wyndham Vacation Rentals

Shear Passion at TriBeCa 1915 Alpine Plaza 970-879-1141 Start your special day with us! Offering full-service hair care, updos and makeup. Sip on Champagne while we pamper you. Visit us on Facebook.

855.359.0664 Your wedding lodging specialists. Studios to luxury townhomes, one call for lodging, airfare, transfers and activities. Ask about lodging and Torian Plum wedding venue packages. See ads on pg. 15 and back cover

Officiants Waterside Day Spa 1110 Yampa St., Suite 110 970-875-0271 A full-service day spa offering hairstyling, makeup, eyelash extensions, massage, facials, manicures and pedicures. Relax and let us help make your day special.


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Marlene H Fisher, Wedding Officiant/ Non-denominational Minister/ Celebrant 970-879-0004, 970-846-9911 Professional, unique, personalized, memorable ceremonies performed at the location of your choice in beautiful Steamboat Springs, Colorado! Live happily ever after!


Andy Barnhart Photography 970-846-1163 With warmth and style, husband-wife Andy and Emily create timeless art that will become an heirloom. Their imagery captures romantic moments and natural backdrops.

CJ Berg Studios 360-318-4133 This award-winning photographer offers unparalleled talent, personalized customer service, and reasonable prices to fit every budget. CJ offers a free engagement session when you book a wedding! See ad pg. 31

Jack Klobetanz Photography 970-736-8354 I enjoy documenting the moments between a couple and the connection between family and friends. Please browse through my portfolio online.

Natural Light Images, Paula Jo Jaconetta 970-846-5940 Let us capture your love story. Contemporary Wedding Photography by Paula Jo Jaconetta. Invest in an Artist! See ad pg. 13

Cali Frankovic Photography 406-539-8665 My approach to photography is simple. It’s vibrant, genuine and enjoyable. I strive to have my photographs tell a story...your story. See ad pg. 35

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. 45

directory Planning Steamboat Meat & Seafood Co. Last Call Floral + Events 111 E. Main St., Oak Creek 970-819-3668 From “Princess for a Day” to “Happily Ever After” planning services, we also provide contemporary and traditional floral design for every Bride’s vision. See ad pg. 23

1030 Yampa St., 970-879-3504 We now offer full-service wedding planning. Let us take care of your wedding details from start to finish. Our expertise is available for your consultation. See ad pg. 5

Portable Restrooms

Royal Flush Industries One Fine Day Productions 442 Oak St. 970-871-7431/970-846-5680 Offering everything from complete wedding planning to floral design as well as a wide selection of wedding accessories and invitations in our downtown studio. See ad pg. 1

1605 Shield Dr. 970-870-6500 Quality outdoor events are a specialty at Royal Flush Industries. Specialized equipment for that special event. See ad on Inside Back Cover


Colorado Event Rentals SoulSpark Events Alexandra Mathisen, 970-819-3360 Locally owned and operated, SoulSpark Events is Steamboat’s premier event and wedding planner. We bring dreams to life. Let us plan your next unforgettable moment.


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970-871-6786 Colorado Event Rentals is Steamboat’s premier local wedding rental company, specializing in décor and lighting installations, tents, tables, linens, chairs, china, flatware, and glassware. See ad pg. 32

Transportation Go Alpine Airport Shuttle/Taxi/Limo/Charters 970-879-2800, GO Alpine is Steamboat’s one stop for wedding transportation: In and out-of-town shuttles, rehearsal dinners and parties, limousines and airport shuttle service. See ad pg. 40



Allen’s Tuxedo Rental 828 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-0351 Allen’s Clothing has over 35 years experience in the tuxedo rental business. We are here to help make your rentals easy. See ad pg. 39

Venues Aurum Food & Wine 811 Yampa Street, 970-879-9500, An exceptional riverfront venue in the heart of downtown. We bring a one of a kind, gourmet restaurant approach to wedding events, offering New American Seasonal cuisine and two decks overlooking the river. See ad pg. 2

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

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Catamount Ranch and Club 970-871-9300, 970-846-2083 Delivering experiences as memorable as the views. Receptions, rehearsal dinners and special events. See ad pg. 3

Elk River Guest Ranch 29840 County Road 64, Clark 970-879-1946 With a mix of open pasture, lush meadow, private river frontage and an aspen hillside, Elk River Guest Ranch is a scenic setting for your outdoor event. See ad pg. 41

Flying Diamond Ranch 970 846-9229 Picturesque aspen groves and fields framed by forests and mountains, with majestic views of Steamboat Ski Area. A stunning private ranch space to host magical Colorado weddings. See ad pg. 37

Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. 970-871-5162 A day you’ll remember forever; choose a place you’ll never forget. The Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. staff will take care of every detail. See ad on Inside Front Cover

Wyndham Vacation Rentals 855-359-0664 New wedding venue at the base of Mount Werner in the newly remodeled Torian Plum promenade, close to lodging and nightlife. Lodging/venue packages available. See ads on pg. 15 and back cover

Yampa River Botanic Park 970-879-4300 A perfect setting for your wedding among the flowers, ponds, trees and natural beauty of Steamboat’s Yampa River Botanic Park. See ad pg. 47


Glen Eden Resort 970-879-3907 Glen Eden Resort offers the perfect setting for a unique outdoor wedding, with Murphy’s Tavern on-site to cater your special day. See ad pg. 27 48

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KPA Productions 970-734-4321 KPA Productions is an audio/visual production company offering video editing, projection systems and equipment rentals.

Royal Flush Industries, Inc. Elegant Restrooms for Special Occasions

Easily accommodates 1500+ people Heat • Air Conditioning • Roomy Interior Hand Wash Sinks w/Mirrors Stereo Sound System

Give your guests the best! 1605 Shield Dr

(970) 870-6500

deserve unforgettable stays

Wyndham Vacation Rentals 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. Steamboat’s newest outdoor wedding and event venue in the Torian Plum Plaza, located at Steamboat’s newly remodeled base area, provides the ideal venue offering a mountain of possibilities. From the time your guests step foot in a Wyndham Vacation Rentals property, we make sure their experience with us is as extraordinary as the beautiful wedding they will attend.

Wedding Services Include: Wedding & Group Sales planning assistance Tented wedding venue space Preferred rates on lodging & wedding venue packages Studio through 6 bedroom townhomes Suites with private hot tubs & outdoor fireplaces Aveda bath amenities Free Wi-Fi Mountain or village locations Outdoor pools, hot tubs & bbq areas


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