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Model AshleyВ AugenbergsВ and Ryan Moran met the old-fashioned way: On a blind date! "In June of 2012, Ryan and I had both just moved to Chicago," she recalls. "A mutual friend from college set us up, and while it wasn't the smoothest first date, we knew we'd found something very special." Six years later, on a random Wednesday afternoon, Ryan popped the question at the couple's home in Chicago.В В
"We started planning our wedding right away, knowing we wanted to get married inВ Aspen in the fall," Ashley says. They set the date for their mountain wedding for October 13, 2018-just five months after getting engaged!-and hurried to get the details into place. In fact, Ashley ordered her dress before they'd even finalized the HotelВ Jerome, an Auberge Resort, as their venue!В В
The couple loved the hotel's "classic Americana vibe" (the valets wear cowboy hats!), as well as the fact that it would be the perfect hub for a weekend with their 85 guests. "Being in the mountains of Colorado in the fall is so beautiful, and we were lucky enough to have golden aspen leaves, blue skies, and the first snow of the season all in one weekend," says Ashley. She and Ryan handled the details themselves until six weeks before the wedding, when she turned everything over to weddingВ coordinatorВ JulsВ Sharpley of Bubbles & Bowties and Christine Sills, the event manager at Hotel Jerome. "They helped connect me with the best vendors in the area, which made planning so much easier," says the bride.
With an A-team in place (including photographer RachelВ Havel and florist Aspen Branch), Ryan and Ashley tied the knot in sophisticated Colorado style. Keep reading to see the details below!ВPhoto by Rachel Havel
"The Hotel Jerome is such a unique and special space," says Ashley of the venue, which has been an Aspen mainstay since the town's silver-mining heyday in 1889. The couple had their mountain wedding ceremony in the courtyard, sipped cocktails in the Antler Bar, and danced all night in the ballroom.В
Ryan had one request when it came to Ashley's wedding dress: longВ sleeves! She says she felt like herself in this lace LihiВ Hod gown, which paired those requested sleeves with a V-neck and a plunging back. Ashley added baroque pearl earrings from Celine, a simpleВ veil by NymphiВ Design, and white Jimmy Choo sandals.В
The couple's oldest flower girl, Mae, had promoted herself to junior bridesmaid by the time she walked down the aisle. "We had an extra bouquet from the florist, which she claimed as her own!" says Ashley with a laugh. Mae and the other flower girls wore ivory dresses with ruffled necklines and sashes.Photo by Rachel HavelВ Photo by Rachel HavelВ
Ashley's bridesmaids wore navy column dresses with high necks, buttons down the back, and black hair bows. They carried white bouquets of roses,В lisianthus, ranunculus, and silver dollar eucalyptus.Photo by Rachel HavelВ
Ryan's groomsmen all matched the groom in classic tuxedos.В
"Ryan didn't wear any special accessories with his Brooks Brothers tux," says Ashley. "Unless you count his heart on his sleeve!"ВPhoto by Rachel HavelВ Photo by Rachel HavelВ
The couple's flower girls made adorable (and memorable!) entrances down the aisle.В Photo by Rachel Havel
Ashley's father walked her down the aisle to the white floral arch. "We had the most amazing backdrop of bright golden aspen leaves paired with a dusting ofВ snow," recalls the bride.
Ryan and Ashley wrote personal words toВ each another, butВ opted to exchange them as notes on their wedding morning instead of as vows during the ceremony. "We personalized our ceremony with a reading from Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet-the same one my parents included at their wedding!" says Ashley.Photo by Rachel Havel
Guests gathered in the hotel's Antler Bar for cocktail hour, where they sipped champagne as they found escort cards finished with a wax seal that revealed their table number.
Timeless ivory linens were dressed up with tall arrangementsВ ofВ magnoliaВ leaves, eucalyptus, and thistle. "We collected vintage silver pieces like cups and trophies to hold a few extra sprigs of greenery," says Ashley.В В
The seasonal dinner menu included creamy leek and artichoke soup with heirloom potato chips, pan roasted halibut with manila clam chowder, and coffee cured beef tenderloin with celery root mash.Photo by Rachel HavelВ Photo by Rachel HavelВ
Ashley says she has known the design team at Watters forВ years, andВ knew it wouldn't be her wedding night without a Watters creation. Her custom tea-length dress featured a corset bodice and point d'Г©sprit tulle, making it perfect for twirling on the dance floor!Photo by Rachel Havel Photo by Rachel HavelВ
After the couple cut their vanilla wedding cake, they didn't leave the dance floor all night. "Since we had a smaller wedding, we knew a DJ would be the best way to make sure someone was always dancing. The only slow songs were our first dance and the family dances, and then it was time to party!" says Ashley. The evening ended with guests in a big circle, singing Don McLean's "American Pie"-just like at Ashley's brother's wedding!
Wedding Coordinator: Bubbles & Bowties || Wedding Venue: Hotel Jerome || Officiant: Jill Pidcock || Bride's Dress: Lihi Hod || Bride's Reception Dress: Watters || Bride's Veil: Nymphi Design || Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Bride's Jewelry: Celine || Hair & Makeup: Kyrsten Bryant || Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN || Bridesmaids' Bows: Namjosh || Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers || Flower Girls' Attire: Juvie Moon Designs || Engagement Ring: Bashert Diamonds || Wedding Bands: Graff, Cartier || Floral Design: Aspen Branch || Paper Products: Crane || Catering & Cake: Hotel Jerome || Ceremony Music: Silver City Strings || Reception Music: DJ Trizz of Elevated DJs || Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen, NГјage Designs || Videography: Calvin Brue || Photography: Rachel Havel