Oktoberfest evokes images of weisens, marzens, fall colors and whole lot of spatzle. The Breckenridge celebration draws from the German tradition, which dates back to 1810 when the citizens of Munich convened for a blow-out wedding reception in honor of the local prince and princess.
Today in Breck, Oktoberfest serves as the reality check that summer is over and fall is, well, falling. No longer just a local party to usher in a new season, the festival sees visitors from across the country flocking to the mountains. Kurstyn Casey and Bryan Morrow are two such travelers and this year, they’re tapping in to tradition and getting hitched in Breckenridge during Oktoberfest. We sat down with Kurstyn to talk about becoming an Oktoberfest bride.
Q: Tell us a little about you and your fiancé.
We just moved to Denver from Dallas because Bryan’s job relocated us. We are both really outgoing and into anything adventurous. We love art and the rhythm life gives us and do our best to live each day with each other discovering something new.
Vagabonds – I think Bryan is more proud of that title then myself, but in the most grateful sense, we have had so many amazing experiences just being willing to take the next challenge head-on.
Q: Tell us about your first trip to Breckenridge Okotberfest.
Bryan talks about how amazing it was to witness the first time in my life that I got to see mountains. I always had a dream, vision and sureness of Colorado, mountains, mountain towns and the people; but had no clue it would be that amazing. The sweet town focused around Main Street and in the mountains was perfect. We discussed how much it was the place we envisioned living in Colorado.
Oktoberfest is my favorite. It utilizes the best of all worlds; the color orange, pumpkins, fall, seasonal autumn ales and German food. [My future brother in law] Dave says [the advice] from me was the best he had ever been given: “Get the smaller stein so that by the time your beer starts to get warm, it’s time to refill!”
Q: Why did you choose to get married at Breckenridge Oktoberfest?
We always knew we wanted to elope. We knew there wasn’t ever going to be a better reception for our marriage than an Oktoberfest [in Breckenridge]. We said, “Why not run around Breckenridge drinking beer and enjoying the German life on our wedding day?” Once we heard the tradition of Oktoberfest as the story of King Ludwig, we were completely assured we had made the right decision.
Q: What do your family and friends think about you getting married at Oktoberfest?
In a room of four people discussing the dates for the 2012 Breckenridge Oktoberfest one person made a joke, “We should just get married at Oktoberfest.” There was the immediate response of courteous agreement followed by simultaneous epiphany: “We should get married at Oktoberfest.”
Bryan’s parents would like to be there; they are excited for us. My mom says it will be pleasant and stress-free (and really wishes she could be here). My Dad said, “Only [you] could pull this off.” The whole beer and craziness is no problem. Friends want pictures, desperately.
Q: What are your honeymoon plans?
Who needs a honeymoon? We live in Colorado.
Well, we used all of our vacation time for this year while moving. So we agree that the fact that we live in the best state ever – Colorado – is close enough to a honeymoon for us.
Q: When are you going to suck it up and move here?
When it makes sense. Moving to Breckenridge is a goal of ours. Bryan has a great job in Englewood, but if that situation were to change to “Bryan has a great job in Breckenridge,” [moving] would be a distinct possibility.
Job offers, anyone?
See Bryan and Kurstyn tie the knot this Oktoberfest on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 11:45 a.m. in the Blue River Plaza, followed by the annual keg-tapping ceremony. In the words of Bryan and Kurstyn, “What better way to cut the cake than by tapping a keg?” Prost!
Interview compiled with the help of Angela Wirth and Kurstyn Casey.