I would say that most people who live in Denver do so for one reason, the majestic mountains, which reside slightly west of the city. Every weekend, there is a steady flow of traffic headed down 70 west. These cars are filled with Denver locals looking for an escape in the Rockies. Chris and I are no exception to this behavior and often find ourselves exploring the mountains. I love the small towns scattered among the mountains. They each have their own character and draw for travelers. However, I must admit, that Aspen is my favorite. Chris and I have been to Aspen several times now. During each visit, Aspen more than exceeds my expectations of pristine beauty and mountain town feel.
As you approach Aspen, there is a round about where you can either go toward the Maroon Bells, a popular destination for hikers (pictured above), or head into town. At this intersection, there is a beautiful wedding chapel that always draws attention. It is the Aspen Chapel, and interfaith chapel built in 1968. What first caught my attention about the chapel is the bell tower, which extends far beyond the rest of the roof and is adorned with a delicate bird. The inside of the chapel is breathtaking, boasting a geometric design and an open, natural light against stone accents and a hardwood floor. Sections of the back wall and the upper half of the chapel contain stunning stained glass, while remaining neutral in tone. The Aspen Chapel is simple, yet contains stunning features, which make it stand out from the average mountain chapel.
A few minutes from the chapel, the town of Aspen is situated right against ski slopes, which exaggerate the feeling of height provided by the mountains looming overhead. There are dozens of delightful boutiques, high end retail stores, and five star restaurants in the area. I find myself easily wandering the streets for hours, breathing in the crisp mountain air and enjoying the ambiance. The Maroon Bells, only a few minutes in the other direction, provide a great day hike or place of reflection.
If you want to invite your guests to a truly Rocky Mountain Wedding, then look no further than the Aspen Chapel. The true mountain town feel and natural attractions which surround it, along with it’s breathtaking design, embody the mountains and will provide a day to remember.
Chancey Charm, Destination Wedding Planner
Chancey Charm, Denver Wedding Planner
photo via ryan ray