A Bohemian Wedding in Telluride, Colorado
Hannah and J. D.
Many people would think themselves lucky to have experienced one earth-shattering kiss over the course of a lifetime. Hannah and J. D. Gluckstern have shared at least three. The first came in the summer of 2005, after their freshman year of college in New York City. Hannah's second cousin invited her to see a reggae band; J. D. was the keyboardist and percussionist. The two flirted for weeks that summer, eventually pairing up at a post-gig house party. "It was one of those kisses where you just know," says J. D. That launched a summer romance, but there was one problem: Hannah was still involved with an on-again, off-again longtime boyfriend. "I was young and really struggled with moving on," she says.
So they reverted to friendship, much to J. D.'s chagrin. Not long afterward, he took a semester off from school to volunteer in India. In a surprise twist, Hannah decided to join him. "I loved the idea of doing some sort of adventure," she says. For the first two weeks, they tried to keep things friendly, but "obviously, I wanted more, and it was just hard," J. D. recalls. Then came one magical night in Jaipur—and with it, life-altering kiss number two. "We call it the kiss of Jaipur," says Hannah. "I started to cry." By the time they returned home, the two were inseparable.
"Our family was always asking, 'Don't you guys get sick of each other?'" says Hannah. In a word, no. Over the years the couple—he's a musician and DJ; she's a freelance fashion stylist —lived briefly in Australia (where they knew no one but each other) and frequently traveled to Telluride, Colorado, where his parents have a home, before settling down in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and opening Concrete + Water, a cutting-edge clothing boutique.
But it wasn't until nearly 10 years after the kiss of Jaipur, in Telluride, that a third mind-blowing moment took place. On June 25, 2016, under an arbor of peonies and olive leaves in an aspen grove dotted with wildflowers, and surrounded by 165 loved ones, Hannah and J.D. exchanged vows they'd written themselves and finally became husband and wife. They sealed the union, naturally, with the sweetest kiss of all.
The happy couple pose under an arbor of peonies and olive leaves. They stand atop a dowry rug that J.D.'s parents picked up in Turkey and was borrowed from the couple's bedroom.
The Blushing Bride
The Groom's Garb
A Well-Dressed Group
The bridesmaids wore shades of gray; the groomsmen, navy suits. Hannah's nephews and niece served as ring bearers and flower girl.
One Little Lady
Hannah's six-year-old niece, Aya, served as flower girl and wore a lace dress by Joanna August.
The Sounds of a Celebration
A bluegrass trio played some of the couple's favorite songs during the ceremony, including "Blue Sky," by the Allman Brothers, to which J.D. walked down the aisle with his parents.
The couple exchanged vows at an open-air ceremony officiated by J. D.'s mother, Judy Gluckstern.
A Cutting-Edge Gift
Time to Celebrate
Guests gathered and sipped beverages amongst the trees of an aspen grove.
On the Menu
Local cheese and charcuterie were laid out for nibbling during the alfresco cocktail hour.
Two of J.D.'s former band mates, brothers Etienne and Gab Bowler, mug for the camera during the cocktail hour.
The Escort Cards
Escort cards with magnetic backings were adorned with indigo watercolor hand-lettering and adhered to geometric wall art.
The groom's parents—themselves married for 43 years—shared a kiss.
The Place Settings
"I started to piece together this slightly bohemian, romantic feel," Hannah says of the reception's aesthetic. At each place setting, gold-rimmed dishes elevate a wood charger and add luxe contrast to the indigo-died fabrics on the tabletop.
The Reception Tables
For the reception, round and rectangular farmhouse tables and bistro chairs were arranged under a sailcloth tent. Indigo runners were made of vintage textiles, which the bride loves.
Then it was time to party. "Once we started dancing, we didn't want to stop," Hannah recalls. "It was just so special. I think a lot of our friends were very happy to see us finally get married after so many years."
Event production, Soirée Telluride
Catering and desserts, The Butcher and the Baker
Flowers and event design, Frannie Aura of New Leaf Design
Photography, Tec Petaja
Videography, Lovebrain Films
Stationery, Printerette Press
Tent and rentals, Premier Special Events/Viking Rentals
Bride's gown, Lihi Hod
Hair and makeup, Kelli Toal with American Belle
Makeup, Carmen Wolcott at Telluride Makeup Artist
Bridesmaids' and flower-girl dresses, Joanna August
Groom's suit, Burberry
Lighting, Snob Productions
Transportation, Telluride Express
Bar truck, WolfPig
Indigo flags and table runners, Apprvl
Sound Production, Dragonfire Productions
Teepee, Under the Sky Event Rental
Vintage rug in teepee, Aelfie
Paramedic, Telluride Fire Protection District
Pocketknives, Santa Fe Stoneworks