Lindsey Passen & Darwin Hunt

Saturday, July 28, 2018

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – One of the most beautiful Steamboat Springs weddings of 2018 started in an unlikely place – the dating app “Tinder.”

One night in late 2014, Darwin Hunt was leaving an NHL game in Anaheim, California and came across an appealing profile on the app: "Lindsey Passen – Midwestern girl looking for a gentleman. I love camping, snowboarding and fishing."

“I had just moved from Chicago to Newport Beach, and had been dating around a bit not looking for anything serious,” Lindsey says. When Darwin asked her out, she initially turned him down, saying it was getting late. “He said, ‘What are you, a pumpkin?’ And I said, ‘Challenge accepted,’” Lindsey says. The two met up at a Newport Beach restaurant and instantly clicked.

While on vacation at a family farm in Wittenburg, Wisconsin, Darwin hatched a plan to pop the question. He took Lindsey fishing by the lake and asked her there, while his brother-in-law, Jordan, secretly took photos from the tall grass nearby. The couple decided on Steamboat Springs for the venue because Lindsey had been coming here every year since the age of 2.

For the rehearsal dinner, wedding guests rode the gondola up to the Champagne Powder room atop Thunderhead Peak and donned semi-casual Western garb. “We wanted our guests to have the Steamboat experience,” Lindsey says. “The setting was incredible.” That night, the majority of guests stayed at the Steamboat Grand.

When it came time for the big day, members of the wedding party got ready in their rooms. “We really had being in the moment in the forefront of our minds,” Lindsey says. “I finished writing my vows that day, so that was the only stressful thing for me.”

The ceremony was held at the edge of Lake Catamount, and Lindsey was concealed by an entourage of people holding umbrellas as she walked to the location. “My favorite moment was seeing Darwin’s big tear roll down his cheek as I was walking down the aisle,” Lindsey says. To honor Lindsey’s family, the couple stood under a traditional Jewish huppa adorned with flowers provided by Lindsey Grannis of One Fine Day Productions.

“The flowers were insane!” Lindsey P. recalls. “Everyone was commenting on how gorgeous they were.”

At the wedding reception, held in a nearby tent, the couple danced to Elton John’s “Your Song,” played by their wedding band, The Groove Merchants. “They blew it out of the park playing that song for us,” Darwin says. “We were crying and singing along to it.”

In planning the wedding, the couple worked with Nikki Knoebel of Catamount and Lindsey Grannis of One Fine Day Productions. Lindsey P. works as a corporate event and wedding planner, so she was grateful to put the planning in someone else’s hands for once. “Nikki was amazing to work with – very accommodating – and allowed us to do a tasting of their food beforehand,” she says. “Lindsey Grannis’s attitude meshed with mine. She’s a go-getter; she just took my aesthetic and ran with it. Every time I said that I wanted something, she was like, ‘Oh, I’ve known that person for 25 years, I’ll get that set up.’”

“It was perfect,” Darwin adds. “Every aspect of it was so well executed, so well done.” The couple waited until February 2019 for an adventurous 2 ½ week honeymoon in Patagonia.

“We would recommend Steamboat to anyone,” Darwin says. “We want to come back there in ten years to renew our vows.”

Featured Vendors:
Photographer: Andy Barnhart Photography
Rehearsal Dinner: Champagne Powder Room at Steamboat Ski Resort
Venue: Catamount Lake
Wedding Planner & Florist: One Fine Day Productions
Cake & Cupcakes: Steamboat Baker
Rentals: Colorado Event Rentals