A Glam Mountain Wedding in Snowmass Village in Aspen, Colorado

Abril Loya Enriquez (24 and a technical writer) and Garner McCloud (27 and a software engineer) met in the fall of 2011 at the the Cap and Gown Club when they were attending Princeton University. Garner couldn’t understand Abril’s name over the din of the taproom (despite asking three times), went home and told his roommate that he had met the “most beautiful girl” but didn’t know how he was going to find her since he didn’t know her name. As luck (or fate) would have it, he ran into her again the following weekend and asked her out. They soon became inseparable. Garner moved to New York City to pursue a career in finance, and the couple dated long-distance for two years before Abril joined him after graduation. They lived together for a year and knew they never wanted to be apart again. In order to celebrate Abril’s American citizenship, the couple visited the Basquiat exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, walked through the botanical gardens, then went to dinner. Garner asked Abril how the exhibit made her feel, and once she had finished her thoughts, a waiter appeared with champagne. Garner got down on one knee, asked “How does this make you feel?” and proceeded to ask her to marry him. They considered getting married in Princeton, New Jersey, on the fifth anniversary of the day they met, but after visiting her parents in Colorado, they had a change of heart. They were struck with the beauty of the mountains in fall, “with their evergreens and their gorgeous bright yellow aspen leaves,” Abril says, and could picture getting married among that beauty. As their planning progressed, they decided on cream and dove gray, then added burgundy in the bridesmaid dresses and bridal bouquet. Distinctive elements included Abril's bouquet of red roses and baby's breath—the same flowers her dad buys her mom every anniversary; a nine-minute gondola ride to the top of the mountain; a large poster in lieu of individual programs; a rustic wooden arch; an aspen leaf ceremony (guests showered the newly married couple in aspen leaves, representing their love and well wishes); a cocktail hour on the patio with signature cocktails (his was a classic gin and tonic, hers was a champagne margarita); entertainment by a three-piece band; then dinner and dancing—and photo booth antics—inside the restaurant. Abril's advice to other couples is “don't sweat the small stuff,” she says. “Not everything will be perfect. At the the end of the day, what matters is that you marry your best friend.” —Chrissy Sorenson