Picture this: a breathtaking mountain venue nestled along the river, surrounded by majestic peaks, and filled with the joyful anticipation of Lauren and Christian‘s Blackstone Rivers Ranch Wedding in Idaho Springs, Colorado. The stage was set for a day filled with laughter, tears, and a touch of whimsy. And guess what? It was the first rain-free wedding day of the year! Mother Nature was clearly a fan of this incredible couple.
The day began with Lauren and her squad of best friends and family, taking over the bridal suite. As they sipped mimosas and giggled, the bride even found time to strike a pose in the adorable clawfoot tub. Because who says getting ready can’t be a photoshoot in itself? It was all about those picture-perfect moments, and the bride knew how to make a splash—literally!
As the moment approached for Lauren to step into her wedding dress, a perfect song played softly in the background, filling the room with love and reminding her of her own beauty. But amidst the excitement, tears welled up in her eyes as she realized her father wouldn’t be there to share this precious day. With her heart full, Lauren shared a wordless embrace with her mom, their tears speaking volumes. It was a poignant reminder that love can be bittersweet.
We whisked the bride and groom away to Juniper Pass, a place so high up that you could practically touch the clouds. Surrounded by the grandeur of Mount Evans, Lauren and Christian exchanged heartfelt letters, building anticipation for the moment they would see each other. The backdrop was nothing short of awe-inspiring, a perfect metaphor for their love reaching new heights.
Before the ceremony, Lauren sought solace in a time of prayer with her brother and mom. In a touching gesture, her brother handed her their late father’s handkerchief, a symbol of his presence and an anchor for her emotions. And as if that wasn’t enough, her mother gifted her a beautiful handkerchief from a trip to Europe when Lauren was just a little girl. Talk about meaningful moments woven into the fabric of the day!
Ashley from Something Styled, did a superb job at keeping the day moving and coordinating all the details. Not only was she lovely to work with, but her team also did an amazing job finishing the night off without a hitch.
Sarah Lee Welch worked her floral magic, decking out the ceremony arch and adorning the wedding party table with lush white florals and verdant greenery. Gold accents and flickering candles added a touch of whimsy and romance to the entire space. Every detail, meticulously designed, transported guests into a fairy tale where love reigned supreme.
In the presence of tall pine trees, Lauren and Christian stood before their loved ones, exchanging vows and partaking in communion. With her mom by her side, Lauren’s heart overflowed with gratitude as her brother lovingly gave her away. The natural beauty of the setting only amplified the profound love shared between them.
Lauren and Chase were no strangers to the dance floor, and they showed off their moves during their mesmerizing first dance. Suit and Tie DJ’s very own Brandon spun the perfect tunes, creating an electrifying atmosphere that kept everyone on their feet. It was a night of celebration, laughter, and memories in the making.
Now, let’s talk about the real heroes of any wedding—the catering team. And let me tell you, Lauren and Christian hit the jackpot with the incredible Bold BBQ Catering. Brace yourselves for a taste sensation like no other. I’m not exaggerating when I say that their BBQ was probably some of the best we’ve ever had.
From the moment the scent of smoky goodness wafted through the air, we knew we were in for a treat. The Peach Bourbon Beans were a heavenly blend of sweet and savory, the meats were tender and succulent, and the white sauce added a tangy kick that elevated every bite. And let’s not forget about the cornbread casserole—it was a melt-in-your-mouth masterpiece. If you’re lucky enough to have Bold BBQ Catering at your wedding, please, I beg of you, invite me. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
Instead of a traditional father-daughter dance, Lauren crafted a heartfelt tribute to her late father. With a slideshow of cherished memories playing in the background, she danced first with her uncles and then with her brother. The sweet strains of “My Girl” filled the air, bringing tears to every eye present. It was a testament to the bond they shared and a beautiful homage to a father who was there in spirit.
To cap off an unforgettable day, Lauren and Christian embraced their love for the movie Top Gun. Donning custom jackets with nicknames like “Goose,” “Maverick,” and “Iceman,” they grooved their way out of the reception. Led lights lined their path like a runway as the iconic Top Gun music played, creating a scene that will forever be etched in their guests’ minds. Love, laughter, and a dash of movie-inspired pizzazz—it was the perfect grand finale.
Lauren and Christian’s Blackstone Rivers Ranch wedding was a magical journey through the mountains, a celebration that showcased their love, their faith, and their desire to make every moment count.
Lauren and Christian Congrats! We’re so proud to know you and wish you the very best life together.
VENUE | Blackstone Rivers Ranch
PHOTOGRAPHER | Britni Girard Photography
PLANNER | Something Styled
CATERER | Bold BBQ Catering
FLORIST | Sarah Lee Welch
HAIR & MAKEUP | Orchid Salon and Spa
DJ | Suit and Tie DJs
DRESS | Essense of Australia from Dora Grace Bridal
BRIDESMAIDS | Birdy Grey
SUITS | Joseph Abboud from Mens Wearhouse
STATIONARY | The Knot
CAKE | Cake The Bakery
SIGNAGE | Green Ace Designs
JEWELER | Sather’s Jewlers