From the bride, April:
Our ceremony was absolutely out of a storybook! We got married on September 18th, in a meadow at the T Lazy 7 Ranch. It was a really warm, sunny day. The aspen leaves had just started changing from green to golden yellow – exactly what we were hoping for. The meadow lines up perfectly with an epic view of Pyramid Peak, possibly the stateliest of all of the Colorado 14ers. The wedding party arrived in a wagon drawn by huge Belgian horses. We walked down the aisle of golden aspen leaves to beautiful bluegrass music. Our ceremony was sweet – a little personal, a little traditional, and performed by a great friend. When Brian and I kissed and the crowd clapped, it startled the herd of horses that had gathered nearby which resulted in a handful of them bolting across the pasture between the ceremony and the view of Pyramid Peak. Our guests literally laughed out loud at the shear “fairy tale” of it all!
I wore cowboy boots instead of heels (what’s a girl to do in a pasture in heels?), so all of my girlfriends wore cowboy boots too. We had a bluegrass band perform the wedding music, a nod to my Alabama roots. We had a double-wedding! Brian’s brother got married in the same meadow 45 minutes after us! My guests left the meadow and joined me for the cocktail hour at the T Lazy 7 Lodge, while Brian returned to the meadow and stood up for his brother. He and his brother’s guests watched two weddings then joined in for the giant double-reception! Our escort cards were river rocks we had collected from Maroon Creek.The tables were draped with brown cloths, burlap runners and decorated with candles and wildflowers in mason jars.We decided to have homemade pies instead of cake. Our friends made all the pies and they were delicious! They wrote the names of the pies on small place cards which stuck up from each pie. The names were creative and cute, ranging from Rocky Mountain Peach to Brown Butter Blackberry. The entire pie idea really added to the fun, casual atmosphere of the wedding. I always wanted to have a fall wedding outside, and fall in Colorado is one of the most beautiful scenes I have ever witnessed. The blinding yellow aspen leaves, backed by snow-capped rocky mountains is purely heaven.
-We held a welcome party for out-of-town guests instead of a rehearsal dinner. The party was barbecue style in a park in downtown Aspen. We had field games and picnic tables and lots of lounging in the grass.
-John Sommers, John Denver’s fiddle player, performed his world-famous song, “Thank God I’m A Country Boy”.
-We intertwined our love of Aspen and Colorado into little details, like the river rocks from Maroon Creek, the aspen leaves along the aisle, and the use of Aspen tree trunks as pie stands.
-We named the tables after places that were special to us and used personal pictures of us at those places to decorate the tables.
And we did all of this as a DOUBLE WEDDING! So instead of celebrating only one union, we celebrated two. And the energy and happiness doubled because of that.
OTHER VENDORS: Photographer: Lillian B Photography // Musicians: Frying Pan Bluegrass with John Sommers // Caterer: European Caterers // Wedding Gown: Mikaella, Style 1403 // Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew // Men’s Wear: Calvin Klein // Invitations/Programs: Wedding Paper Divas // Hair: Salon Tullio
Honeymoon Location: San Juan Mountains – Ridgeway and Telluride