Real Wedding: Ali + Ian’s Rustic Ranch Wedding

I’m so excited to share this gorgeous wedding photographed by the super talented Tec Petaja. Ali + Ian are the cutest couple and there are so many great details to their day. They were married in Colorado at the Devil’s Thumb Ranch.

ranch wedding

The bridesmaid dresses are J Crew’s silk chiffon in Deep Rose and Light Shell. The groomsmen wore the J Crew Aldridge suit in Heather Grey with black ties from Brooks Brothers. Ali’s dress by Christos – Julianna, belt from J Crew. Gorgeous hair flowers by Muscari Designs.

ranch wedding

ranch wedding

I love her bouquet – and her hair – simply stunning! Flowers were by Plum Sage.

ranch wedding

ranch wedding

ranch wedding

ranch wedding

Pies were from Teacup Bakery out of Denver. Twelve all-organic, all-natural pies. Ten flavors – pumpkin, apple caramel, chocolate cream, banana cream, mixed berry, peach, blueberry peach, blueberry, cherry, and apple.

ranch wedding

Love this last photo.

ranch wedding

Invites by Parrott Design Studio (photos of invites by Sarah, the designer).

ranch wedding

From Sarah, Ian is an artist & drew the horse for the save the dates, which I incorporated into the invitation design by using it on the main return address on the envelope & the hang tag. The invitations featured two swallows in flight. Swallows mate for life & I think they are a perfect motif for wedding invitations. For the RSVPs Ian drew an amazing barn & fence & I added the little swallows to continue the theme. Some of the invitations included an invitation to the rehearsal dinner which featured the always-lovely peony. Ali loves peonies, but they are not in season for her wedding so we decided a peony on paper is the next best thing. The final piece of the suite is the map, also drawn by Ian, featuring various landmarks surrounding the wedding location. I designed the frame around the map, adding a few western touches along with the little heart. The maps were goccoed on to 14 x 14″ handkerchiefs, which I then pressed & folded to 5 x 7″ so they would fit right behind the invitations.

Ali also writes on the weddingbee blog, so check out all her recaps of the day and planning here. Thanks so much Tec for letting me sharing this beautful wedding today!

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A beautiful reminder about what it is all about by the talented Jonas Peterson.

Check out more of his beautiful photos on his blog.

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What are Your Bridesmaids Carrying?

I’ve been loving how brides are getting so creative with what their bridesmaids carry down the aisle. Who says they have to carry a bouquet! Why not pretty parasols?

parasols
top photo by Necessary Photography, bottom by Oh, Darling!

Or maybe some fun hearts?

bridesmaids holding hearts
photos by Our Labor of Love

Or keeping with a vintage theme, cute clutches!

bridesmaids holding clutches
found on Once Wed, photos by Raya Carlisle Photography

Or beautiful fans?

bridesmaids holding fans
photos by Our Labor of Love

The possibilities are endless! Be creative with your theme or location. I could see carrying tea light candles in small vases for an indoor winter wedding or pinwheels for a outdoor spring wedding. Are any of you planning on having your bridesmaids carry something non traditional?

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