Effortless Fall Wedding in the Colorado Mountains :: Nellie & Ben

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Photography by Laura Murray.

When you have over a hundred years of family history in a stunning spot in the Colorado mountains, here’s a tip: pick a day when the fall colors will be the most amazing, and have your wedding there. Simple, right? Well, Nellie & Ben’s day honestly feels that effortless, and goes to show when you have such an incredible location, keeping everything else pared back and classic is just right. And it doesn’t get much more classic than cream, which is the color of three of my fave details from this wedding: the couple’s adorable labrador, Nellie’s tulle Monique Lhuillier gown (perfect for twirling in those incredible wide open spaces), and the bouquets and garlands of roses everywhere you look!

laura murray; the home ranch; colorado; horses in field;

laura murray; the home ranch; colorado; wedding bands on black and white invitation;

laura murray; the home ranch; colorado; labrador with wedding gown;

laura murray; the home ranch; colorado; bride and bridesmaids in robes; bride and bridesmaids in log cabin;

Don’t you love how the light filters through the layers of Nellie’s dress, and shows the subtle little pieces of floral appliqué?

laura murray; the home ranch; colorado; monique lhuillier tulle gown;

laura murray; the home ranch; colorado; bride with bridesmaids; bride and bridesmaids with small bouquets of roses; bridesmaids in dusty pink;

laura murray; the home ranch; colorado; groom and groomsmen in navy suits; groom and groomsmen in fall trees;

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laura murray; the home ranch; colorado; flower girl and page boy;

The Ceremony

Why did you choose this location for your ceremony? Ben and I have spent a lot of time in Steamboat over the past eight or so years. Every chance we get, we escape to Steamboat to spend time together with family and our yellow lab, Berkeley. The family history of Ben’s step-father, J, goes back over 100 years in Steamboat.

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laura murray; the home ranch; colorado; cowboy officiant; chuppah decorated with greenery and roses;

Who officiated your ceremony? How did you choose him/her? Ben’s step-father J officiated our ceremony. It was important to Ben and I that someone we both knew personally would marry us. We wanted it to feel personal. J is a big reason that Steamboat is a part of our lives and a special place to us.

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Your ceremony in three words. Rustic, chic and fun.

laura murray; the home ranch; colorado; outdoor ceremony; mountain ceremony;

laura murray; the home ranch; colorado; outdoor ceremony; mountain ceremony; bridesmaids in pink gowns;

laura murray; the home ranch; colorado; couple walk down aisle after ceremony; bride laughing leaving ceremony;

laura murray; the home ranch; colorado; couple kiss after ceremony;

Nellie says she and Ben were inspired by the mountains and the outdoors when they were planning. When you look at these shots you can sure see why – aren’t these mountains just the most amazing backdrop?

laura murray; the home ranch; colorado; bridesmaids in pink; bridal party outdoors; bridal party in mountains;

laura murray; the home ranch; colorado; bride twirling; bride in tulle gown; bride in mountains;

laura murray; the home ranch; colorado; couple holding hands;

The Reception

Why did you choose this location for your reception? We chose a venue where our ceremony and reception could be held in the same place. Our reception was outdoors and tented so we could take full advantage of our beautiful surroundings.

Did you have a signature cocktail? We served Moscow Mules and Cider.

laura murray; the home ranch; colorado; bride and groom in front of mountains; bride in tulle gown; bride and groom in field; bride and groom at sunset;

How did you go about planning your wedding? We relied on Pinterest and wedding magazines, and made sure to stay true to our personalities.

What was your wedding menu? The Home Ranch have a reputation for their local farm-to-table food. We had a buffet that included: Home Ranch Bread / Caprese of Local Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella & Basil Pesto with Bresada / Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower, Fennel, Shiitake Chips / Scallops over Chive Grits / Farro & Hazelnut Salad / Truffle Mushroom Risotto / Miso Glazed Black Cod, Baby Vegetable & Basil Spiked Israeli Couscous, Spicy Crab Broth / Filet with Signature Sauces: Chimichurri, Cherry Chutney, Home Ranch Horseradish, Ancho BBQ / Wedding Cake: Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Frosting / Cookies: Death by Chocolate & Macaroons.

laura murray; the home ranch; colorado; couple holding hands enterting reception; tent decorated with greenery and roses; garlands on tables; agrlands of greenery and roses; wooden tiffany chairs; farm tables; wooden block table numbers; white calligraphy table numbers;

laura murray; the home ranch; colorado; cocktail hour at log cabins;

laura murray; the home ranch; colorado; couple holding hands enterting reception; tent decorated with greenery and roses; garlands on tables; agrlands of greenery and roses; wooden tiffany chairs; farm tables; kraft paper menu tied with ribbon;

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? The speeches, the food and dancing.

laura murray; the home ranch; colorado; couple holding hands enterting reception; tent decorated with greenery and roses; garlands on tables; agrlands of greenery and roses; wooden tiffany chairs; farm tables;

laura murray; the home ranch; colorado; couple laughing during speeches;

laura murray; the home ranch; colorado; first dance; twinkle lights;

What was your first dance song? Our first dance song was Coming Home by Leon Bridges. It has an old time feel but hasn’t been overly done.

Colors

Style

Al Fresco

Season

Fall

Location

Mountain West

Vendor Credits

Photography: Laura Murray / Venue, Catering: The Home Ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colorado / Event Planning & Design: Alexan Events / Floral Design: Tall Tulips / Dress: Monique Lhuillier, purchased at Anna Be / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo / Groom Attire, Groomsmen Attire: Suitsupply Cherry Creek / Stationery, Calligraphy: Sugar Paper / Hair: Chrissy Neidig

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