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The Couple

Alison Marie Pilsner

A native of Illinois, but an East Coast girl at heart, Alison spent the majority of her childhood in Harrisburg, PA. She grew up getting muddy on the soccer field, wearing a pink tutu on the stage, and spending weekends exploring with her family. Alison attended the University of Pittsburgh for both undergraduate and graduate school where she earned Psychology/Spanish and Master of Public Health degrees. While at Pitt, she played Division-I soccer, studying in Spain, and met her lifelong friends and bridesmaids.

After spending 6 wonderful years in the 'burgh, Alison headed to Washington, DC to pursue a research fellowship at the National Cancer Institute. The next 4 years were filled with new experiences, new friends, and the opportunity to travel and work around the world. In 2012, Alison followed her heart to Boulder, CO to start the next chapter of her life. Today, she works as a digital health strategist, is preparing to go back to school, and loves spending time on her yoga mat and exploring all that the Rockies have to offer!

Andrew Jason Cohen

Always the Southern gentleman, Andrew was born and raised in Richmond, VA. He grew up scrapping his knees skateboarding, riding BMX bikes, and playing soccer. Andrew attended George Mason University in Fairfax, VA where he obtained a BA in Graphic Design and spent most of college racing downhill mountain bikes along the East Coast.

Post-college Andrew stayed in the DC area working as an Interactive Designer, playing soccer at night, and mountain biking on the weekends. However, he always knew his heart belonged out west where the mountains were bigger. In 2011 after running his own independent design studio for a few years, he relocated to Boulder, CO and immersed himself in the startup scene. Today he works in Denver, CO at thoughtbot, inc. , loves bicycles, motorcycles, Arsenal FC, and hanging out with Alison and their dog in the great outdoors.

How We Met

Placed on the same co-ed soccer team in Washington, DC three years ago, Alison and Andrew quickly developed a special friendship on and off the field. When Andrew tore his ACL (the first time) Alison was there to help get him off the field. Not only did she bake him plenty of cookies, she provided laughs while Andrew hobbled around for months. As the months went on, Andrew knew there was something about his friend he couldn't shake. Four days before moving to Colorado, Andrew decided it was a good idea to bring Alison home to meet his parents, and ask her to date him long distance.

Distance couldn't keep them apart for long, because Andrew tore his ACL again and needed Alison by his side. After spending a week nursing him back to health Alison decided at the beginning of 2012 to pack her bags and move to Colorado to be with Andrew, essentially sight unseen!

Our Engagement

On January 18, 2013, Andrew popped the question under the Colorado sunset of Evergreen Lake! Alison had been begging Andrew to go ice skating with her for months, so she thought this was just another fun date night in the mountains. Not knowing what Andrew had in store, Alison hopped in the car after yoga class and believed all of the tricks. Wanting to take the perfect panoramic photo of the frozen lake, Alison walked herself right over to "the spot" Andrew was hoping to propose.

Thinking he was not cooperating for her photo, Alison's kodak moment turned into Andrew down on one knee. Excited and eager to try on the bling, Alison almost forgot to say "YES!" Sneaky Andrew even managed to propose where there was no cell phone reception so that they could enjoy a beautiful (and uninterrupted!) dinner at Willow Creek Restaurant overlooking Evergreen Lake. They arrived home to Alison's first wine club shipment on the front porch and celebrated as friends dropped off special surprises!

The Crew

Officiant

Adrian Schulte
Denver, CO

Ordained by the Universal Life Church (online), Adrian will be offering the couple words of wisdom and microbrews as the big day approaches.

Bridesmaids

  • Maid of Honor - Megan Pilsner
    Pittsburgh, PA

    Alison's younger sister and best friend since 1992. Always there to support Alison and select her outfits.

  • Bridesmaid - Shannon Barnickel
    Pittsburgh, PA

    Alison's friend since freshman year preseason Pitt soccer. Always there for a late-night Village Pizza run.

  • Bridesmaid - Ashley Boylan
    Atlanta, GA

    Alison's friend since day one of graduate school. Always up for an adventure and impromptu houseguest.

  • Bridesmaid - Jessica Leong Cohen
    Richmond, VA

    Alison's future sister-in-law who's always there to tell Andrew's childhood secrets.

  • Bridesmaid - Erin Eggebrecht
    Atlanta, GA

    Alison's 3-year college roommate and Pitt soccer teammate. Part of the 369 family. Ask her about it.

  • Bridesmaid - Natalie Sten
    Carlisle, PA

    Alison's freshman year college roommate. Always down for some "shoulder-shaking" salsa dancing.

Groomsmen

  • Bestman - Kevin Lamparter
    Washington, DC

    Andrew's friend since week one of college back in 2003. A member of the legendary EZ-GO 6. Ask them about it.

  • Groomsmen - Michael Dick
    Washington, DC

    Andrew's friend he met on the internet, seriously. Former Boulderite, still waiting on his Pinterest meal from Alison.

  • Groomsmen - Adrian Schulte
    Denver, CO

    Pulling double-duty, Adrian is not only marrying the couple, but also there to support Andrew with Banquet beer when needed.

  • Groomsmen - David Flodström
    Washington, DC

    Andrew's friend since week one of college back in 2003. Always there to supply a good time and quality food.

  • Groomsmen - Matthew Klaman
    Richmond, VA

    Andrew's friend since freshman year of high school. A member of the legendary EZ-GO 6. Ask them about it.

  • Groomsmen - Matthew Pilsner
    Pittsburgh, PA

    Andrew's future brother-in-law who's always there to punch Andrew in the gut when the hiccups get bad.

Events

The Welcome Party

The Stanley Hotel
  • Fri. May 23, 2014
  • 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • 333 Wonderview Avenue
  • Estes Park, Colorado 80517
  • (970) 577-4000
The Event

We hope you will join us for a "Welcome to Colorado" party to kick off the weekend of festivities! Following the formal rehearsal dinner with the wedding party, we invite the rest of our fabulous guests to join us from 8-10pm to enjoy live music, drinks, hors d'oeuvre, and dessert as you relax & acclimate to Estes Park, CO! This event is kid-friendly.

Attire

Most of you will just be getting into town after long flights/drives, so feel free to come comfy and save the suits and stilettos for the next day! It'll be a casual affair, but please no athletic gear/baseball hats.

Parking & Directions

The Stanley Hotel has free parking on-site. If you do not have a car or prefer not to drive, please contact your hotel for taxi arrangements. The Stanley Hotel is is also an easy walk from most locations in Estes Park.

The Main Event

Della Terra Mountain Chateau
  • Sat. May 24, 2014
  • 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm
  • 3501 Fall River Road
  • Estes Park, Colorado 80517
  • (970) 586-2501
The Event

The ceremony & reception are adult-only. We love your kids, but unfortunately the venue does not permit minors on the property. If you will be traveling with children, please contact your hotel for child care arrangements, or let us know if you would like any recommendations.

The ceremony will be immediately followed by a cocktail hour on the balcony of Della Terra. The reception will start by 6:00 pm and end at 11:00pm. Obviously there is an open bar, and beyond that we have a few surprises in store. Come hungry, thirsty, and ready to dance!

Attire

The ceremony will be held outside on the grounds of Della Terra, which sits within Rocky Mountain National Park. Come prepared for any weather that Colorado may throw our way. May in the Rockies could mean 80 degrees and sunshine, or snow. The reception will be held indoors and outdoors, and the venue will supply umbrellas in the event of a light afternoon shower. Keep in mind that the elevation of Estes Park, CO is at 7,500 feet, so it gets chilly when the sun goes down. It's not a black tie affair, but please try to stick to semi-formal/cocktail attire.

Parking & Directions

We will be providing free shuttle transportation from Estes Park hotels to Della Terra. More details to come on shuttle times and locations. If you opt to drive, here will be valet parking on-site at Della Terra. There ceremony is a short walk from the parking lot. For anyone requiring special assistance, Della Terra will be providing special transportation from the parking lot to the ceremony site.

Farewell Brunch

The Bristlecone Inn
  • Sun. May 25, 2014
  • 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • 215 Virginia Drive
  • Estes Park, Colorado 80517
  • (970) 586-4370

Travel & Hotels

Estes Park, Colorado

We are so excited to be getting married in beautiful Estes Park, CO! Nestled right next to the headquarters of Rocky Mountain National Park, there is so much to to see and do. Downtown Estes Park is a short walk from our recommended hotels and there are a variety of family-friendly activities around town. From horseback riding in the mountains, to craft beer tasting at Estes Park Brewery, to relaxing at a local spa...we hope you'll take advantage of what this quaint mountain town has to offer!

Hotels

In Estes Park there's something for everyone! Due to the variety of lodging options, we want everyone to find something that works well for them. We do not have an official block of rooms at any given hotel, but we do recommend the hotels listed.

If you prefer another hotel/condo/cabin, please visit: Estes Park Lodging . However, keep in mind that the four hotels listed will most likely be the free wedding shuttle stops.

  • The Stanley Hotel
    • 333 East Wonderview Avenue
    • Estes Park, Colorado 80517
    • (970) 577-4000
    • Website
  • Rocky Mountain Park Inn
    • 101 South St. Vrain Ave
    • Estes Park, Colorado 80517
    • (970) 576-2332
    • Website
  • Best Western Silver Saddle
    • 260 Big Thompson Avenue
    • Estes Park, Colorado 80517
    • (970) 586-4476
    • Website
  • Estes Discovery Lodge
    • 1260 Big Thompson Avenue
    • Estes Park, Colorado 80517
    • (970) 586-4476
    • Website

Transportation

The majority of our guests will be flying into Denver International Airport (DIA). The best way to get from DIA to Estes Park is to rent a car and enjoy the towns in between (Boulder, Lyons); however, shuttle services are also available.

If you are interested in using the Estes Park Shuttle Service, please visit their their website for more info and to book your reservation online. The shuttle runs every couple of hours from DIA to your hotel and is ~$85/person roundtrip. For an additional 10% discount, please enter our wedding code when you make the reservation online: PILSNERCOHENPARTY

There will be a free wedding shuttle service to/from Della Terra and your hotel on Saturday, May 24, 2014. Pick-up will start at approximately 3:00pm and you will receive detailed information once you arrive in Estes Park. If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact Alison or Andrew.

Things To Do

Registry

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