A Modern Art Museum Wedding at the Aspen Art Museum in Aspen, Colorado

Jessica Moennich (32 and a medical professional) and James Olander (30 and a business owner) met on a dance floor Halloween night in 2011, but they lost touch (James was living in California at the time, and Jessica was in Denver). Then they reconnected a year later through common friends. Their first date—playing tennis in the park—was also the location of their engagement. Not big fans of planning, Jessica and James hired a professional planner to help them handle the details. Jessica drew inspiration from a Pinterest board, deciding on a palette of white, blue and gold. Their planner and florist took it from there. Both Jessica and James appreciate and enjoy art, so they chose the Aspen Art Museum in Aspen, Colorado, as the location of the ceremony and reception. According to Jessica, the venue was “an easy choice.” Stunning Aspen scenery created a beautiful backdrop during the outdoor ceremony—complete with a gold-folded screen altar and meaningful Celtic hand-tying ceremony, while the beauty of contemporary art (and award-winning architecture) could be appreciated from indoors. A French swing band played during cocktail hour, and guests ate and drank while overlooking Aspen from the expansive roof deck. The decor was “simple and sleek to match the art museum feel,” Jessica says. It featured tablescapes of hand-dyed blue and white table runners and tall arrangements of blue delphiniums. The celebration, Jessica says, was a great way to “share the start of our lives” with close friends and family. —Chrissy Sorenson