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.

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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.

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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.

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Love this last photo.

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

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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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  1. love her dress and hair!

  2. I love all the animals on the invites, and super-cute bridesmaid colors! Gorgeous photography, gorgeous bride!

  3. WOW this is one beautiful wedding. I love the bride's hair color! So gorgeous.

    I also love when couples string up pictures of themselves showing their relationship. I think it's very sweet and intimate to have everyone looking at your personal pictures of milestones in your relationship.

    I'm definitely bookmarking this one for inspiration!

  4. I love the wedding invites, with the swallow and barn designs, simply unique and artistic. I also cant help but notice how beautiful the bride looks in the photos, especially with her fabulous hair and wedding dress. Overall, this is one ranch wedding, I would love to attend.

  5. I Love this wedding! All the details are amazing and so "in" right now!!

  6. I love the photos held up with clothes pins! Matches the theme and style of the wedding perfectly.

  7. I did a double take, since I follow her on weddingbee too. Ali is just so beautiful. You know every once in a while you see a person and you're like… if I could look like anyone, it would be them? That's how I feel about her after seeing these pictures! She pulls it off so effortlessly! And the wedding theme is so friendly and chic… amazing!

  8. Loving the color palette- it matches her hair!

  9. Wow, this wedding is ridiculously beautiful! I love the clothespins and all the rustic photo holders. I'd love to know where those are from. The whole thing, from start to finish, just looks so effortless but you can tell there was so much planning involved. Love it!

  10. I love the BBQ, beer and bluegrass to follow on their invites. Would love to see their reception photos – sounds fun!

  11. How exciting, I've been following Mrs. Cowboy Boot on Wedding Bee and it's so exciting to see her wedding photos. She's such a breathtaking bride. Gorgeous wedding!

  12. Thank you SO much for posting a Colorado wedding! I live in Colorado and am constantly searching for inspiration in Colorado for a wedding. I gives me hope that Tec Petaja photographed this wedding, that means maybe I have a chance that he will fly here for mine! :)

    Also, I love all the horse details! Fabulous!

  13. what an amazing looking wedding! her dress, the colors, the photos, all perfect! can i do mine over again??;)

  14. Love all the dresses! Such a fantastic wedding!

  15. i love, love how the rose and coral colors match her beautiful hair!! this is great, thank you so much for sharing!

  16. Ali & Ian's wedding is gorgeous! I had a wonderful time working with them for their wedding invitation suite. They had so many fantastic ideas & I love finally seeing all of the details come together!

  17. i am in love with that dress! that might be my favorite wedding dress ever!

  18. Could this couple be any cuter? I LOVE the bride's dress, the little pop of color at the waist is so pretty.

  19. Ranch Wedding? sounds interesting i like the idea,and i also like her wedding dress so gorgeous!


  20. Thank you Jen for including our name in your blog. We loved working with Alicia and making those yummy pies.

  21. Thanks to Alicia and Ian, Tec Petaja and Green wedding shoes. This wedding was spectacular! We love to have been part of it


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