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FIRE ON THE MOUNTAINS
Lisa Firestone has spent her summers in Sun Valley since she was a little girl—traveling from Scottsdale, Arizona, to enjoy the long summer months for as long as she can remember, first as a regular performer in the Sun Valley Ice Shows and later in ice hockey camp. But it was a winter wedding that captured both her and her husband-to-be’s, Caspar von Winterfeldt, hearts. And they were married in the midst of a snow-filled and magical Sun Valley night on February 19, 2011.
The jet-setting couple met on New Year’s Eve on the island of St. Bart’s while on vacation with different groups of friends. And although they both lived in Los Angeles at the time, their paths had never before crossed. A whirlwind romance followed and Caspar, in a moment of perfect timing (he is a film producer), proposed less than a year later at La Colombe d’Or in Saint-Paul de Vence while they were traveling in the south of France. The ring, which had been in the von Winterfeldt family for five generations, was a stunning black pearl with diamond heirloom.
The couple’s deep love of Sun Valley led them away from the sand and surf of Santa Monica and toward the snow-covered slopes of Sun Valley Resort. The wedding theme was focused around the winter wonderland of Sun Valley and featured a full week of events that ranged from dinners and cocktail receptions to skiing and relaxing in the outdoor pool at the Sun Valley Lodge. “Many of our guests were traveling internationally from Paris, Madrid, Germany and Chile,” says Lisa, “and we wanted them to enjoy all that Sun Valley Resort and the area had to offer and know why we both love it.”
A cocktail reception was held at the Sun Room in the Lodge, the mountain played host to organized ski days with après-ski at the outdoor pool at Sun Valley Lodge, ice skating at the outdoor rink and bowling in the Lodge added authenticity, and The Sun Club hosted the rehearsal dinner on Friday night. Special touches included a cocktail reception on Thursday night at the home of Alex Kuczynski and Charles Stevenson, and a Wednesday night dinner at the Roundhouse restaurant for 100 that was snowy, intimate and magical. “The history and tradition of the lodge created such a unique atmosphere,” Lisa says, “and riding the gondola at night was incredible.”
The wedding and reception for 120 was held at The Valley Club and silver tablecloths, delicate and glittering tinsel and glass snowflake cutouts, elegant white orchids, roses and lilies, and silver drapery echoed the winter wonderland theme. Aisha Duyen Davis, a good friend of the bride, married the couple, and international superstar DJ Max Chipchase, another good friend of the couple, got the party up and on its feet. “Max had everyone rocking, from the 7-year-olds to the 70-somethings,” Lisa recalls, “he was amazing and really made our wedding a huge success!”
And in one final nod to Sun Valley and all things snow, the crowning moment of the night was the cutting of the cake. “It was a highlight of the night and very special to us,” Lisa recalls. The cake was a towering and whimsical skier’s cake that reflected the passions of the bride and groom—a one-of-a-kind creation from Cristina’s that featured a gondola made out of graham crackers and special trails dedicated to the bride (Firestone Trail) and groom (von Winterfeldt Way).