Rustic Fall Wedding at Priest Creek Ranch
September 8, 2015
Southwest
RusticRustic WeddingsReligious Institution
I've been to Steamboat Springs and let me tell you, this place is special. So it's no surprise that these SoCal cuties chose it to say "I do." And this celebration of theirs was "them" to a tee, with donuts for dessert and the Groom's grandfather officiating the ceremony. With Bare Root Flora's pretty petals and Andy Barnhart's pics to bring smiles for years, this bash is giving Steamboat's beauty a run for its money.
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From the Bride... From the beginning Kyle and I knew we wanted a unique, low key, intimate wedding, surrounded by close friends and family. Both being from Southern California and having been dating for nine years we knew the only way to make this happen would be to have a destination wedding. Steamboat Springs was a natural fit. My husband's family has a beautiful home just outside of town - set on the hillside surrounded by nature and wildlife. Our first trip as a couple was to Steamboat Springs and I vividly recall standing on the 2nd floor balcony looking out into the backyard thinking - we will get married here. Fast forward nine years to our white tent, rustic decor, and perfect sunset!

Priest Creek Ranch was the perfect setting. We had our ceremony at an old, rustic chapel on the property. Both being religious, this was the perfect backdrop. My favorite part was all of the animals on the ranch - dogs, goats, chickens, donkeys and horses. We choose rustic flowers to compliment the natural beauty of the ranch. We had our guests sit on wooden benches which made the event feel both intimate and casual.

A few details helped us keep our wedding intimate and unique - my bridesmaids dressed in white and wore flower crowns in lieu of the typical bridesmaids dress and bouquet. I rode in on a horse drawn carriage. My husband’s grandfather officiated the ceremony and we wrote and read our own vows. We had a close friend and local Steamboat native create my bouquet which was so special. I had very little guidelines and let each of my vendors lead the conversations on details. The most important thing for both of us was to make sure that our guests had fun and that we got to enjoy the party as well. We served Mexican food - not so traditional at a farm wedding, and donuts for dessert. The table settings were rustic, natural and organic. My dad made the centerpieces which served as thank you gifts for our close family. Our flowers were natural and each vase had a vintage western belt buckle around it. We also added baby horseshoes to each table setting to incorporate some of the Western feelings of Steamboat. It was a perfect day and we were so lucky to celebrate with great family and friends. All of our vendors, especially our amazing photographers, made our special day absolutely perfect.