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Heather Campbell and Adam Richey hold a unique, elegant wedding at Steamboat Ski Area

Adam and Heather Richey at the top of Steamboat Ski Area
Heather and Adam Richey at the top of the Gondola.

The details

Dress: Breathtaking Bridal (430 Cottonwood Court, Broomfield, 720-887-2427

Flowers: Steamboat Foliage and Flowers

Reception food: Hazie's, catered through Steamboat Ski Area's event planner; top of the gondola at Steamboat Ski Area (871-5150)

Cake: Jean Wernig (879-6293)

Ring: Bride's ring came from Steamboat Jewelers (906 Lincoln Ave., 879-6332); Groom's ring was ordered online at http://www.titanium.com

Rehearsal dinner: Steamboat Yacht Club (811 Yampa St., 879-4774)

Lodging: Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel

(2300 Mount Werner Circle, 871-5500)

Photos: Jackie Owen Photography (3371 Apres Ski Way, 846-1901 or photo@springsips....

DJ and wedding ceremony music: Steve Boynton (846-8199)

Invitations: Ordered online

Adam Richey had planned a sneak attack.

He and then-girlfriend Heather Campbell were out to dinner at Antares for Richey’s birthday. During the celebration, Richey proposed to the girl he’s known since middle school.

“I didn’t have any idea – I thought we were going out to celebrate him,” Heather Richey said. After about a year and a half of planning, the Indiana-raised couple married the evening of Aug. 18, 2007, at the top of Thunderhead at Steamboat Ski Area.

“I just thought it was really unique, and obviously the backdrop was so beautiful,” Heather Richey said about the mountaintop ceremony and reception. Adam and Heather, who moved to Steamboat Springs six years ago, invited 150 guests from Indiana and elsewhere to ride gondola cars to the grassy wedding site.

“I don’t think they really knew what to expect,” Heather Richey said. “When they got here they were like, ‘Oh, we ride gondolas up – that’s a little crazy.'”

Heather was adamant about having the wedding at 6 p.m., and not in the afternoon.

“It was really important to me to have an evening wedding because I like that time of day,” she said. “Just the way the coloring is in the sky, it looked really pretty with the sun going down.”

The couple planned the ceremony and reception with a wedding coordinator at the ski area. The ceremony was on the lawn overlooking Rudi’s Run, and the reception was in a glitzed-up Thunderhead Food Court.

The wedding coordinator took care of catering – chicken or beef at a sit-down dinner, with appetizers including stuffed mushrooms, bruschetta and a cheese display. The ski area also handled the bar and the stemware and dishes, and it provided a dance floor and gondola rides to and from the wedding location.

The wedding party dressed up the cafeteria by wrapping taffeta around the columns in the room and under-lighting them. Floral centerpieces on each table featured long tubes of orchids, roses and calla lilies. The place cards were an added reminder of the wedding’s mountain setting.

“When we had people come in to find their table, we had the tables named after different ski resorts from Colorado,” Heather Richey said. “They had to find their destination and get there.”

Looking back, Heather Richey searched for one word to describe her Steamboat Springs wedding. Idyllic? Memorable? Picturesque?

“It was. Exactly those words.”

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