Real Wedding: Mindy & Kyle

Today’s beautiful wedding comes to us from photographer Katy Gray, and Mindy the bride was kind enough to share all the details:

I knew from a very young age that I would get married on the ranch I grew up on, I just had to find the right guy. Words cannot express how lucky we are to have been married in such an exquisite place. I was inspired by the location, the people, the history, everything that makes the CM Ranch what it is. I am a true Wyoming native and I really think our wedding reflected what the Wyoming spirit means to our families.

My mother planned a special surprise for us. Toward the end of the ceremony, I noticed some of the ranch wranglers riding around in the next field over with about 60 horses. Because of the way the ceremony site was positioned, nobody but my bridesmaids and I could see that something was up. After Kyle and I were pronounced husband and wife, we walked down the aisle and the wranglers chased the horses out of the field and they galloped right by the ceremony! Everyone started crying and cheering – it was magical and such a special surprise.

I now know why weddings are not just about the bride and groom.¬†Our wedding day was very emotional day as my father wasn’t able to attend, but the love and support of all our friends and family filled a void that almost broke our spirits. A wedding is not about an expensive wedding dress, the cake or what your hair looks like. It’s about sharing an intimate moment with people who would do anything in the world for you. I threw all my worries out the door when I woke up that morning, and we had a flawless day.

Photography: Katy Gray

Venue: CM Ranch in Dubois, Wyoming

Bride’s dress: Sophia Tolli

Music: Jalan Crossland Band

Congratulations Mindy and Kyle! See tons more from this wedding over on Katy Gray’s blog, here and here.


  • The shot of the horses is amazing! It seems like this was such a beautiful, special wedding. Congrats to Mindy and Kyle!

  • Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! What a gorgeous wedding. My favourite image is them walking in the field. So epic!

  • Ashley says:

    I just want to say that mindy’s description of her day was absolutely beautiful and the way everyone needs to feel. I see so many brides completely obsessed with the fact that the day is supposed to be all about them and its refreshing to see it switched. I feel the same way about my big day, its a huge celebration for my family to enjoy, im just lucky to be the one throwing it. Thank you for the fantstic post, these images and details were amazing!!

  • Kelly says:

    what an AMAZING wedding and story. It makes me want to go to Wyoming and stay there forever!

  • I really adore country style wedding! And specifically for this cool wedding, I love the drama in the photography! My favorite is the picture of the guests with the horses in the background. It’s breathtaking!

  • correy says:

    Oh geez… you didn’t even have to explain the horses, I saw the photo and started crying. What a beautiful surprise!

  • Wow, that is such a lovely surprise, I would have been in tears as well seeing the horses… Congratulations Mindy & Kyle… and kudos to you for realizing what is really important on your wedding day…

  • Mindy P. says:

    I just came across this post and read all the comments. This was in fact my wedding and Kyle and I will be married for 5 years this year. I’d forgotten that I had wrote this for Snippet and Ink and reflect back to that incredibly emotional day. Everything was absolutely perfect, but not because I planned it that way. I was emotional unable to finish planning my wedding so I could support my mom in the absence of my father (who has since rejoined our family since and my mother and him couldn’t be happier!). I remember every single person pitched in and helped, and I cannot express how thankful I am for them. But above all, my incredibly strong and brave mother was our gift that day and still is. I cannot imagine my life without her and I am just so thankful for all she’s done. You think the horses are great? You should see what she does for our family in the most selfless ways.

    Thank you again Katy Gray for capturing the day exactly how I remember it. I can still feel the sun on my cheeks and the cool Wyoming fall floating through Jakey’s Fork Canyon.

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