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 lo

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

Jessica had an open mind when she went dress shopping in New York City. After trying on different styles, she fell in love with a floral lace imprinted Amsale mermaid-style gown with a sweetheart neckline.
Jessica wore her hair pulled back in a sleek bun.
Jessica's simple yet elegant style matched the modern vibe of the Aspen Art Museum in Aspen, Colorado.
Jessica gave her florist free rein with flowers, as long as they were in the white, blue and gold color scheme. Her bouquet consisted of anemones, with a dark blue ribbon to match the overall decor.
James and the groomsmen wore crisp white button-downs, ties and suits.
The three groomsmen wore blue suits; James wore a suit in a slightly different shade.
The museum's staircase was designed to re-create the experience of Aspen skiing and to open the museum to the beauty of nature.
Jessica and James opted for a Celtic hand-fasting ceremony to symbolize their bond—literally "tying the knot" in front of friends and family at the Aspen Art Museum in Aspen, Colorado . The ribbons were wrapped around their hands in an ancient Celtic knot pattern, symbolizing their commitment to each other and acknowledging that their lives and their destinies are bound together.
The bridesmaids chose their own dresses for the wedding. Jessica asked only that the dresses be in some shade of blue.
The officiant retold the story of Jessica and James—as written by the couple—to personalize the ceremony at the Aspen Art Museum in Aspen, Colorado .
Scenery in the ski city of Aspen, Colorado, made for beautiful photo backdrops.
Tables were decorated in tall white vases holding arrangements of blue delphiniums.
"We both enjoy art, so the art museum was an easy choice for us," Jessica says.
Long tables were decorated with hand-dyed blue and white table runners, blue flowers, white vases, artistic blue table numbers and blue glassware.
James and Jessica's first dance song was to "Sweet Disposition" by the Temper Trap.