Maureen McLochlin and Tom Bridwell’s Picturesque Colorado Wedding

Maureen McLochlin describes her wedding day as light and airy and filled with love.

The light and airy part came easy: She and Tom Bridwell married on September 21, 2013, atop a mountain in Basalt, Colorado. So did the love.

The couple met about three years ago at the Lakewood Landing, where they were both hanging out with friends during the NBA playoffs. They chatted a bit; Tom knew he was interested. “He chased me for a little while,” Maureen remembers.

For their first date, he took her to eat barbecue at Lockhart in Oak Cliff and then to see Eleven Hundred Springs at The Kessler. Many dates later, Tom asked Maureen to marry him during a walk around White Rock Lake. They held their wedding at the Roaring Fork Club, about 10 minutes outside of Aspen.

Maureen works for a hotel developer as an interior-design project coordinator. Tom is a recording engineer and owns Tomcast Studios. As a result, the setting, the design details, and the music were the most important tangible aspects of their vision for their wedding day. “I wanted classic and elegant but not stuffy,” Maureen says.

The ceremony took place outdoors, in a picturesque spot facing the Rocky Mountains and overlooking a valley. The week before had been a rainy one, and the landscape was lush and verdant. Fluffy white clouds dotted a bright blue sky so perfect it looked manufactured for the occasion. In fact, in photographs, the wedding setting doesn’t even look real, but rather appears as breathtakingly dramatic as a manmade movie set.

Because Mother Nature took care of the heavy lifting—“The backdrop was so beautiful, I didn’t want to fight against that too much,” Maureen says—the frills were kept to a minimum. She hired Rachel Omundson of Three Branches Floral Design to do her floral arrangements, which were a combination of white blossoms with greenery and grassy elements. The wedding arch, bouquets, and centerpieces were all very natural and understated. Paper products, including the die-cut menus shaped like aspen leaves, also reflected that theme.

After the ceremony, guests moved inside the lodge for cocktail hour. Dinner was in a tent near the lodge. And then there was the music and dancing. The couple chose Fort Worth’s Big Mike’s Box of Rock for the party, handpicking the set list themselves. When the wedding band took a break, the groom’s own band, Olospo, took the stage. “That was definitely one of our favorite parts,” Maureen says.

Around midnight, the newlyweds rolled away in a vintage car—hearts overflowing with happiness.

For their first date, he took her to eat barbecue at Lockhart in Oak Cliff.

Credits

  • Ceremony & Reception Site

    Roaring Fork Club (Basalt, CO)

  • Photography

    Jonas Peterson

  • Bridal Gown Designer

    Liancarlo

  • Bridal Gown Retailer

    The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus

  • Hair

    Mhairi Loeb (Aspen, CO)

  • Makeup

    Carmody Ward (Kansas City, MO)

  • Groom's Attire

    Brooks Brothers

  • Bridesmaids Dresses Designer

    Amsale

  • Bridesmaids Dress Retailer

    The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus

  • Flower Girl Dress Designer

    Sas and Asa

  • Flower Girl Dress Retailer

    Etsy

  • Flowers

    Three Branches Floral Design

  • Stationery

    Ellis Hill

  • Cake

    d'Elissious Cake Studio (Aspen, CO)

  • Caterer

    Roaring Fork Club

  • Band

    Big Mike's Box of Rock

  • Lighting

    Bethel International

  • Wedding Rentals

    La Tavola Fine Linen

  • Wedding Planner

    Gold Leaf Event Design & Production

  • Wedding Designer

    Three Branches Floral

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