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A Sunset Ceremony on Top of Aspen Mountain Was Followed by a Night of Dancing at The Little Nell

By Shayna Seid | Photography by 

Sarah Falugo

|Planning by 

Augusta Cole

While leaving his house one day, Oliver Citrin triggered the alarm. When his girlfriend, Erin Smith, walked outside to investigate, Oliver was waiting on bended knee but “wasn’t thinking clearly and was 50-feet away from our front door,” he remembers. “Happy to say she ended up saying yes regardless.”

Since Aspen is a special place for the couple, the engaged pair decided to it was the perfect destination for their wedding weekend. Planner extraordinaire Augusta Cole helped bring their vision to life and highlight the vibrant colors of their surroundings, and Luna Leopold set the tone for the weekend with a watercolor invitation suite.

After trying probably 200 dresses on, the bride-to-be ended up choosing the last dress she found—an Oscar de la Renta long-sleeve lace design. Because the gown had a lot of detail work, Erin simply styled it with her grandmother’s vintage Dior pearls. On the morning-of, the bride got ready with Lacey Broughton, who gave the bride a naturally glam beauty look and a lovely bun with a few face-framing loose strands of hair.

On September 4, 2022, guests took gondolas to the top of Aspen Mountain for the sunset ceremony. Erin walked down the aisle to a string quartet version of Frank Ocean’s “Moon River” and met Oliver, who looked handsome in a clean and classic Prada tuxedo. Rabbi Nicole Guzik led the service under a beautiful chuppah, crafted by Aspen Branch. 

“We were both laughing a lot and very comfortable surrounded by family and friends,” Oliver recalls of the ceremony. “There was also a bee in Erin’s veil for the entire ceremony which she gladly was unaware of.” 

Once officially wed, guests headed to The Little Nell for the romantic reception. “Our favorite part of the reception was walking into the space after the ceremony,” the bride shares. “It was just Oliver and me, and we couldn’t believe how Augusta and Aspen Branch had transformed the venue. We had only seen it before as a cafeteria during ski season, so to see it done up in florals, a soft candlelight glow, and branches dancing from the ceiling was really something.”

The newlyweds had their first dance to “I Forgot to Be Your Lover” by William Bell; then the dance floor was full for the rest of the night with Élan Artists. After a delicious dinner, the gluten-free buttercream and berry wedding cake by d’Elissious was cut and enjoyed.

Once the reception came to a formal close, the Citrins invited their guests to the Aspen Mountain Club for an after-party with violin-playing deejay Grant Gardner. The bride donned a beautiful Danielle Frankel dress that her sister found for her at a sample sale. Ajax truffle fries and The Little Nell’s signature hot chocolate kept the energy high under the twinkling disco ball, before the couple’s loved ones took the gondola back down the mountain.