Saratoga Museum – A beautiful location in South Central Wyoming
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Thank you to Hilary & Kel of Seedhouse Photography of Steamboat Springs, Colorado for sharing Lisa & Brent’s Big Day with us! They were joined in marriage June 11, 2016 in The Lodge & Spa at 3 Forks Ranch of Savory, Wyoming, a luxurious & elegant destination that you have to see in these pictures to believe! Their day included an emotional reveal, a gorgeous outdoor ceremony surrounded by God’s handiwork, and a fun, elegant reception. We have lots of beautiful images here to enjoy — what a day, and what a beautiful couple!
Congrats, Lisa & Brent! And thanks to Seedhouse Photography for the fantastic images!
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Pantone’s Color of the Year 2015 was Marsala, which I’m sure someone will say is different than burgundy, but I can’t see it. I do have to admit that when I saw that, I kind of had a moment to struggle with that choice. I’m a child of the 90s, and burgundy was all the rage when I was a teenager & in college. I had one of those dresses from Maurices in burgundy with the shoulder pads, the heavy fabric and the heart-shaped cut-out below the neckline with a little pearl dangling. I believe it was my husband’s brother’s first wedding (1995) that had burgundy as the main color. I guess I reflect on burgundy with the same conflict of emotion as I do when I see a teal suggestion, or the oh-so-popular-in-the-mid-2000’s black & red wedding (which was another husband’s brother’s wedding, in 2006). Funnily enough, when the first brother’s second wedding was held in 2009, their color was also red, and when my own brother was married in 2008, their color was black. Struggling to not have a moment again … What I would have given to have had a sister of my own to have some fun with color!
But don’t take my moment as a reason to have one yourself. The beautiful thing about colors and fuddy duddies like me is that we have a much broader ability now than we did 20 years ago to pair colors with variable neutrals and make them new again – and much, much more desirable. So with that in mind, I forced myself to pick up the study of burgundy and see what had evolved.
I was pleasantly surprised. Burgundy is being treated with the respect it deserves, yet the temperance it requires. Burgundy is a very color-rich jewel tone. It carries weight and, because of that, it screams ‘elegance’ – which I think is why it was seen as a perfect tone for formal gowns and weddings in the 90s. Weddings & elegance go hand-in-hand. But it can become too somber, *too* heavy, if one doesn’t pair it with some lighter colors. Enter today’s treatment of burgundy – and where it’s winning me over again … Scroll on, and click on the image for the website from whence it originated. (And thank God for Pinterest!)
Chelsea wore a pleated, strapless, empire waist gown from David’s Bridal — with POCKETS!! SOO COOL! Her shoes were a pair of navy blue Converse Chuck Taylors. Earrings were something borrowed from one of her bridesmaids, and she also wore a bracelet from Alex’s grandmother who passed away. Her sash on her dress was handmade by Alex’s sister Kari Dickson. Alex wore a pair of grey Carhartt pants, a white shirt and pink tie. The location was north of Lusk, Wyoming, on Gravel Pit Road. Donna Ruffing, from Lusk owns a ranch and the couple got married on a creek bottom with a grassy meadow, sandstone wall background and surrounded by cottonwood trees. Alex used to live there, and still likes to go elk hunting on the ranch. Chelsea’s mother walked her down the aisle, with the service performed by Joel Richardson. The reception was held at the well-known Pizza Place in Lusk, owned & operated by Brad and Melissa Wagner — the couple had their first date there, and it’s where Alex proposed to Chelsea.
Thanks to Ardent Photography of Laramie for sharing this beautiful wedding with us! Heather & Dustin were married in a beautiful and sunny summer ceremony at Snowy Range Livestock & Ranch. Their bridal party and wedding attire came from Laramie’s Mountain Valley Bridal, Laramie’s Party Pros Entertainment provided their rocking party afterward, and their cakes & cupcakes were made by Dustin’s sister, Christy … Congratulations Heather & Dustin!
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Congrats on your Beautiful Wyoming Wedding!
Kati Hime, Editor
—Chocolate Dipped Strawberries — $15/Dozen : Strawberries dipped in chocolate. Available by the dozen.
—Red Velvet Whoopie Pies — $20/Dozen & $10/Half-Dozen : Heart shapes bite-sized red velvet whoopie pies with cream cheese filling. Orders by the half dozen and dozen.
— Cakes for Two — $20/Each : Cake flavors available in vanilla bean, lemon chiffon or chocolate. Iced with white or chocolate buttercream or whipped cream. Add fresh strawberries or raspberries on top for $5 extra.
— Brownies — $25/Dozen : Heart shaped and dusted with powdered sugar. By the dozen.
— Sugar Cookies — $20/Dozen : Heart shaped cookies, frosted and decorated with sprinkles. Orders are by the dozen.
If you forgot to pre-order, stop by Sweets Cakes & Pastry and choose from the current selection of sweets for your sweetheart. We would love to get to know you!
—Kodi Davis, New Owner, Sweets Cakes & Pastry
Meet Katie and Zach. She’s a student at Sheridan college (part time vet clinic employee, part time Starbucks Barista), he’s a ranch hand at the Padlock ranch. They met in Jackson Hole while working on a dude ranch in 2014. These really sweet & hip engagement photos were taken at Rapid Canyon Ranch outside of Sheridan at the base of the Big Horn mountains, and their wedding will also be at the ranch (I like the date pic!). Thanks to our super cool friend Becky Picrel of Pickrel Art & Photography of Gillete for sharing!
Congrats to Desarae & Justin on their June 7 wedding, captured by Y-Cross Photography of Hulett, WY! The Wedding was located on the Starck Cattle Ranch in Lusk, Wyoming. “We had the ceremony looking out to one of my favorite spots on the ranch not far from the horse barn where the reception was held,” Desarae says. “The ranch is such a special place to us, we knew we wouldn’t want to confess our love for one another at any other location.” Justin’s parents had tossed around the idea of building a new horse barn. “When we expressed to them we wanted to get married on the ranch they thought there wasn’t a better time to start making the new horse barn a reality!” Desarae adds. “We spent nine months building the horse barn from his parents’ vision.” Most of the wood used was cut down and even saw milled by the couple from the ranch. “It was so special putting all that time and energy into something that when it was finished was just as amazing as you dreamed it would be. Plus it held a very special place in our hearts knowing our family pulled together and was able to build something so beautiful.”
Another big part of the wedding was the Annual Starck Cattle Branding:
“Before I met Justin, I was just a Colorado girl who had some horses, pigs, and chickens. I never had the opportunity to experience the ranching lifestyle. Once I got the opportunity through his family’s cattle ranch it didn’t take long for me to truly respect and love the ranching way of life. I believe brandings are one of the best times — there is such a great western camaraderie, always with lots of family and friends, oh and you can’t forget the delicious food after the work is done! I truly enjoy brandings and I wanted my wedding guests who never had the opportunity to see what a cattle branding was all about, to be able to experience it — so we decided to give an open invite for all our wedding guests to join us the day before the wedding for the Annual Starck Cattle Branding. It was an amazing time full of family and friends – we couldn’t have been more blessed! The next day with those same family and friends we shared our vows in their presence and confessed our love – it was a beautiful day, and one that we will never forget!”
Thanks Desarae for sharing, and to Y-Cross Photography of Hulett for the beautiful images! CONGRATS to Desarae & Justin!
Thanks Rachel Ellis for sharing this list with us! These are items from Rachel’s wedding that she has for sale … some gently used, some never used! Check ’em out, and at the bottom is Rachel’s contact. If you have gently used wedding items to sell, email us at email@example.com!
-I have a gold cake cutting set for sale, $10. Never used, we got a nice hand made one, and didn’t use this one.
-Bridesmaid Bouquets, I have 7 homemade bouquets, for $10 a piece, or $50 for all. I also have jars that match to put them in, for reception decorations that I will throw in for free.
-Davids bridal headband, Never worn, decided to go a different route, Paid $120, Still has tags on, asking $75
-I have 15 + coral boutonnieres, and one white. That we didn’t use, decided to go in a different direction.
-“Here comes the bride” sign. $10
-Bride and Groom/ Thank you Signs, White and black. $5 for both
-Lace Aisle runner, $15
-Tons of Votive candles, Ivory in color. At least $100 of them are still useable! Will sell all of them in a large box for $25
-Uplighting, I have 9 of them, brand new light bulbs in each, will sell for $8 a piece, They are 7.92 at walmart brand new!
-Box of Photo booth Props! Sombrero, hawaiian hat, masquerade mask, sunglases, mustaches, funny signs to hold up, and tons more!! Take the whole box for $40!
-Two 6 ft, greenery and peach roses garland! $25 for both!! Ordered online for 20 bucks each!
-brand new champagne glasses, never used. $15
-kraft paper sweet treat goodie bags, $5
-Square vase with gold sand, $5
Vases, (Flowers Sold) 4 brown, 2 pink/peach. $10 for all.
-Peach tulle, $5
-Mr and Mrs banner . $20
-Gold Bird Cage Card holder
Contact Rachel Ellis, Laramie Wyoming, 307-275-4193, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to Casper’s Beartooth Photography for sharing this beautiful wedding! Taylor & Breanne were married June 20, and I love their details … a little rustic chic combined with elegance. Love the gorgeous backdrop too… Great pick!