One Couple's Sophisticated Rustic Wedding With Monogram Details at Chaparral Ranch in Aspen, Colorado

Haley Burridge (31 and an educator and recent law school graduate) and Jason Chrestionson (30 and an antitrust attorney) met in <a href="https://www.t

Haley Burridge (31 and an educator and recent law school graduate) and Jason Chrestionson (30 and an antitrust attorney) met in Colorado and got engaged in the foothills of the Rockies several years later. So deciding to head back to the peaks to say “I do” on their nine-year anniversary was a simple choice. In a beautiful stroke of symbolism, the state also happens to be “almost exactly halfway between where we are each from: Chicago and San Francisco,” says Haley. Since most of the couple’s guests were coming from out of town, Aspen won out as the mountain town of choice, thanks to the many direct flights available. To make the weekend even more memorable for everyone making the trip, the couple hosted a welcome party with a Western theme as a festive nod to the locale. 

“I wanted to bring in ample color in addition to natural Colorado elements such as wildflowers, leaves and trees,” says Haley. The couple commissioned a personalized crest with “our initials, local wildflowers, sunflowers, yellow Aspen leaves, a bear, a bison and our wedding date,” says Haley. “The bison is an ode to the mascot of the University of Colorado Boulder, where we met, while ‘bear’ is what Jason and I call each other.”

“We incorporated several sentimental elements, from a Rupi Kaur poem in our ceremony to cocktail napkins that listed fun facts about us,” says Haley. For further customization, the couple named their signature drinks after their pets and pulled reception table monikers from places around Boulder that are meaningful to them. “I loved that our wedding decisions were intentional and special,” says Haley.

Haley and Jason met as sophomores at the University of Colorado Boulder, but didn’t become an item until their senior year—after Jason asked Haley out three times. They worked the college mascot, Ralphie, into their crest design and commissioned a cake resembling the CU logo. "Instead of a traditional wedding cake, we had a 'cake' made from stacked wheels of our favorite cheeses. However, we did have a Ralphie groom's cake for guests who wanted actual cake." In another nod to college and their favorite college bar, the couple served Irish car bombs out of custom shot skis and pizza with spicy ranch dressing.

“For favors, each guest left with a note from us thanking them for coming, a bag of Chicago-style popcorn, water bottles with cowboy-boot koozies and lightup silver-and-white sequined cowboy hats. The koozies were such a big hit that our wedding planner had to save two for us because so many people took them,” recalls Haley. 

Custom Wedding Invitations With Rustic Watercolor Illustrations
Bride With Pearl Earrings and Off-the-Shoulder Wedding Dress
Jason designed Haley’s platinum engagement ring, which has an oval center stone framed by tapered baguettes. He based it on one she saw in a magazine 15 years earlier and the jewelry her late grandmother wore.
Rustic Fall Wedding Bouquet With Orange Flowers
White Cowboy Books and White Headband
Lace With Custom Monogram Embroidery
Bride With Bridesmaids in Blue and Orange Dresses
Barn at Chaparral Ranch in Aspen, Colorado
Rustic Fall Wedding Arch With Orange Leaves
Wedding Ceremony With Rustic Arch at Chaparral Ranch in Aspen, Colorado
Dried Aspen Leaves for Wedding Exit
Guests tossed dried Aspen leaves as Haley and Jason exited the wedding ceremony.
Couple Portraits at Rustic Fall Wedding in Aspen, Colorado
“Instead of a traditional guest book, we created a wall that said ‘Love is…’ and prompted guests to write their thoughts. I’m glad we did this, because after the wedding, it was special to read all of the responses,” says Haley.
Barn With Rustic Wreaths at Chaparral Ranch in Aspen, Colorado
Reception Table With Aspen Tree Canopy and Green Linens
Water Bottle Wedding Favors With Cowboy Boot Koozies
Rustic Wedding Reception With Wood Chairs and Green Linens
Bar Menu Sign With Dog Illustrations
Rustic Place Setting With Monogrammed Napkins
Guests Sitting at Table Under Rustic Canopy of Leaves and Aspen Branches
Gourmet Popcorn Wedding Favors
Wood Chairs Under Aspen Tree Canopy at Reception Table
Custom Bar Decorated With Aspen Branches
Tea Light Candles and Greenery Hanging From Ceiling at Rustic Reception
Guests at WEdding Reception With Rustic Antler Chandeliers
Barn With String Lights at Chaparral Ranch in Aspen, Colorado
Custom Laser-Cut Monogram Sign Decorating Cheese Wheel Cake
University of Colorado Boulder Groom's Cake
Bride and Wedding Guests Doing Shotski Shots at Reception