Some weddings are a collection of enthralling moments that build on each other like the unfolding of a good love story, moments of delight and surprise that crescendo to a fullness of spirit bigger than one or even two hearts can contain, moments full of meaning best described in various tones of “wow” with numerous exclamation points. Laura and Greg had this kind of wedding, captured in exquisite beauty and fun by Paige Eden Photography.
The day began with a relaxing morning at Devil’s Thumb Ranch, a leisurely stroll with their black lab, a hearty breakfast at the lodge. Laura and her mom laughed and enjoyed each other’s company in the log cabin while getting hair & make-up done. Laura’s mom helped her slip into an exquisite Chantilly lace gown from Little White Dress. Greg and the dog made their way to the edge of a mountain pond as light rain freshened the late summer air, a prelude to the sweet moment when Laura joined her fiancé and the dog looked on as the two embraced.
Balloons framed wedding guests as they sat on wooden chairs in the meadow admiring breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains. A gentle breeze released one yellow balloon and it floated away in the distance, a whisper of the moment ahead. Having thoughtfully customized a twist to their unity ceremony, Laura & Greg’s officiant, Matt (Rocky Mountain Wedding Services), pulled out a helium tank and filled two earth-friendly balloons inside another clear balloon, then handed it to the couple to release, symbolic of their two unique lives now traveling together through unknown adventures ahead. Rob Drabkin and Dave Preston played “Over the Rainbow” as the balloons soared towards the mountains and out of view.
After cocktails on the lawn and graceful photos with grazing horses, guests found their place cards displayed in aspen logs on a bed of moss and were welcomed into a civil war era barn adorned in playful yellows and purples with lighted vine balls from Statice Floral Design suspended from hand-hewn wooden beams. Massive sliding barn doors were rolled back to introduce the newlyweds and general merriment commenced until, just when freshly presented entrees of bison and trout were served, excited exclamations drew every guest from their seat and out through the massive barn doors. A rainbow enticed cell phones from pockets as it became a double rainbow and then arched across the entire valley, framing the towering mountains beneath its graceful curve, almost too large to capture in its entirety. Friends and family lingered in appreciation of the unplanned climactic moment, exchanging incredulous remarks on timing and beauty and symbolism.
The colors slowly faded and guests returned to enjoy their bison and trout, a community graced with the unexpected, reveling in its splendor. Toasts led to cake and then dancing with abandon and fullness of heart, a basking in the beauty of love, friendship, and moments that built on each other to celebrate the best kind of love story.
The Creative Team
Event Planner: JA Special Events | Venue: Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa | Photography: Paige Eden | Floral Design: Statice Floral | Linens: Chair Covers & Linens | Ceremony Music: Rob Drabkin & Dave Preston | DJ: Elite DJ | Officiant: Matt Raynak, Rocky Mountain Wedding Services | Hair & Make-up: Crystal, CMP Bridal Hair & Make-up | Wedding Dress: Little White Dress | Alternations: Donna Beth Creations