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Allison Miriani: Behind the scenes

At Home in Steamboat Springs Editor Allison Miriani
John F. Russell

This is the 12th edition of At Home, and it’s my favorite one yet.

This issue is packed with great photos and interesting stories about local people – people like you. We pushed the envelope to get fresh photos beyond the typical posed shots.

Who knew it would be so easy to get someone to pose for us while literally kneeling in a pile of books? I wheeled a book cart around Bud Werner Memorial Library and filled it multiple times with books while photographer John F. Russell prepared the set so library Director Chris Painter could be surrounded by one of her favorite things -“brain candy,” as she calls them (page 64).

For the Q & A section, we didn’t want a city official simply sitting at his desk, and new City Manager Jon Roberts really let us have some fun with one of his favorite extracurricular activities. Roberts agreed to take a dip in the Old Town Hot Springs pool – while decked out in scuba gear. Immersing the aquarium to keep Russell’s camera dry for the shot was the tough part. Regardless, the result was worth the effort. (page 26)

Of course, there’s another reason this issue is so close to my heart – it includes the Wedding Guide. The special wedding supplement is geared toward local couples and regular Yampa Valley visitors planning their weddings in Steamboat Springs. It’s packed with information about local businesses and resources to help you plan the wedding you’ve always dreamed of.

By the time this issue hits newsstands, my own wedding will be over. (I got married April 4!) My big day hasn’t hit as I sit here writing this, yet I already feel a little nostalgic as I design this edition of At Home’s pages and look through the photos for this year’s guide.

I’ve been to five weddings in Steamboat, and each one was very special. Steamboat Springs has so many options for ceremony and reception locations, themes and activities for guests. No wonder so many couples choose to have destination weddings in Steamboat each year. From getting married in one of the many local churches, to planning an outdoor fete in the botanic gardens or a barbecue dinner at a ranch, our area offers beauty and charm that guests won’t soon forget.

Adam and Heather Richey are featured in this year’s Wedding Guide. (page 38) The Richeys married on top of Steamboat Ski Area. Their family, mostly from Indiana, came to visit and became a part of the lifestyle Adam and Heather have led since moving to Steamboat six years ago. The couple held wedding events including a local happy hour outside by the Yampa River, and the ride up the gondola allowed those who hadn’t been here in the winter a chance to see the mountain the couple enjoys so much.

What makes a Steamboat wedding extra special is when you are lucky enough to also call Steamboat Springs home. I am extremely excited that my family and friends were able to travel long distances to come support Matt and I. And I can’t wait to put together next year’s Wedding Guide.

– Allison Miriani

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