By Adair Maxwell, Bride
“Why are we going to a gymnastics meet?!?” asked Big Al Zdroik to his son, Bradley, a few
months into his freshman year at Stanford. Used to NCAA swim meets, he noticed Bradley
suddenly knew about the importance stuck dismounts on bars. Adair and Brad met in the
first week of college in their freshman dorm and seven years later, a sixteen-person
wedding party with groomsmen mostly over 6’3″ and bridesmaids mostly under 5’2″ met
on top of Aspen Mountain to celebrate the wedding of Adair Maxwell and Bradley Zdroik.
It was not possible to sit still in Aspen over the three-day weekend. The fun began with a
rousing whitewater trip for sixty guests, followed by a night to remember at the Caribou
Club. The gem-colored dresses of the guests and Adair’s corseted gown by Alex Perry set
off beautifully against the tartan carpet of the club. Surrounded by pillows of baby’s breath illuminated by hundreds of candles, toasts brought everyone to happy tears.
Adair and Bradley selected The Little Nell for their wedding location because of its
incredible mountain views on top of Aspen Mountain. Engaged in Jackson, Wyoming, they
added elements of both Rocky Mountain towns to their wedding from handcrafted bears, to antler chandeliers and dripping greenery.
Planned by Lindsey Morgan of Bello & Blue Events and photographed by Leila Brewster,
additional details included escort cards shaped like die cut bees with calligraphy floating in varying heights above mountain florals for the escort display, hand-carved bears at each place setting, and an bugling Elk with a dangling Z beautifully illustrated by South Carolinian artist and stationer Julie King.
Adair wore a Mira Zwillinger gown with flowers, a deep V-neck and dramatic embroidered
tulle veil. It was the second dress she tried on at Mark Ingram Atelier and even the bride-
next-door knew it was the one. The amazing Sara Rothan of Los Angeles altered the dress
to perfectly fit her while maintaining the delicate and sheer details of the dress.
The groom wore a midnight blue tuxedo with black lapels from The Black Tux, a white
tuxedo shirt, a black bow tie, and Birman Black shoes. To personalize his outfit, Bradley
accessorized with his father’s watch and a mountain inspired acorn and blueberry boutonniere.
Adair’s sisters India and Gracey wore custom Galvan London silk dresses in icy blue. Her
bridesmaids matched in floral blue dresses by BHLDN, which they topped at the last minute with practical white umbrellas.
The ceremony took place at The Little Nell the top of Aspen Mountain—at an elevation of 11,212 feet!
The on-mountain gondola ended up presenting a challenge to the wedding, however, when a
mountain cloudburst closed the gondola for an extended period separating the wedding party up above, from their guests down below.
Adair and Brad decided the lightning was not going to keep them apart on their
wedding day and proceeded with an intimate ceremony with family and wedding party with white umbrellas providing shelter and beautiful light. Teammate, and ready-to-get-this-party started friend Liam Egan created a special moment for Adair, Brad, and their closest family and friends as Officiant. As their guests at the bottom of the mountain toasted their marriage, Adair and Brad said “I Do” in the clouds.
After the rainy ceremony, the skies parted, and guests uploaded the gondola to join the wedding party inside the AspenX Mountain Club for a cocktail hour.
Guests enjoyed an assortment of canapés from tacos served between two lime wedges, to bite-sized fried chicken biscuits.
Their signature cocktails were “For Better”, a French 77, and “For Worse”, an Old Fashioned.
However, the star of the night was the espresso martini!
At dinner, the head table was a farm table accompanied with handcrafted bears and antler
candelabras between blue taper candles and lush arrangements of local Ranunculus, Dahlias, and Garden Roses. The round tables were dressed with lace linens and blue hemstitch napkins.
Each setting included a hand painted menu by Julie King.
Despite the rain, looking back on their big day, the couple believes their wedding was a unique and intimate event. Guests arrived in time for the raucous reception and enjoyed a memorable dance to
Blue Suede Shoes by the bride and her father, a celebration of their hometown of Memphis.
Showered by festoons of silver sprays at midnight, the newlyweds and their friends
continued the celebration at a private after-party at Hooch Aspen.
They say rain is good luck on your wedding day, and after this wonderful celebration these two are feeling lucky in love heading into happily ever after!
Venues, Bar & Beverage, Catering | The Little Nell
Beauty | GR – Gambuti Robson
Cake | Coppélia Cake Design
Cinematography | Elysium Productions
Rehearsal Dinner | Caribou Club
Stationery | Julie King