Cecily & Nick | Ranch Wedding from Carrie Patterson

Having spent nearly every summer of my life in with family in Montana, Cecily and Nick’s summer ranch wedding just speaks to my heart – perfectly relaxed, sweet, and rustic.

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Both the bride and her bridesmaids wore simple white dresses. As a special touch, the bride wrapped a scrap of her paternal grandmother’s wedding dress around her bouquet.

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The playful invitation suite prepared guests for an easy going celebration.

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Guests were greeted at the ceremony with lemonade. “While this isn’t exactly a signature drink,” says Cecily, “I thought it was a really lovely touch. And it was especially good for a pregnant bride!”

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During the ceremony, guests sat on hay bales that had been harvested on the ranch and were later used to feed the horses during winter.

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From the bride: “Ron Kamp, one of the ranch managers, designed the flower boxes that were the centerpiece of each table, and branded the table numbers into them. Ron also cut up a log for pie stands. It helped create a simple, rustic look that complimented the flower boxes and some of the other wooden platforms we had around the wedding.”

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All white flowers, including garden roses and clematis, kept the look of the decor simple and romantic. Also, what’s a wedding without a whiskey bar!

From the bride: “My father drove me down to the ceremony in a 1972 Chevrolet Luv pickup truck that Lora Kamp, one of the ranch managers, has had since she went to college. We filled the bed of the truck with petunias.  The Luv, being blue, was something old, borrowed, and blue. The petunias were new.” (The truck also made for a nice photo op later in the day.)

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See all of Cecily and Nick’s rustic ranch wedding in the gallery.


Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  I have been going to our family’s ranch since I was 18 years old.  It’s a special place for me and for my poetry. Nick visited it once with me in the winter and loved the place. When we got engaged, we knew it was the location that most spoke to the non-urban sides of our personalities, and we were eager to share it with our friends and family.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  The Wyoming landscape is so exceptional that I wanted to make sure that the wedding didn’t try to compete with it. We tried to keep decor minimal, or at least relevant to the surroundings. So I suppose the western Wyoming landscape inspired us.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Dancing with Nick to our first dance, which was to the Sam Cooke song “Good Times.”

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  One friend in particular reminded me to steal away from the hoopla from time to time.  With Nick, of course.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Make sure your dress is comfortable. Even if you’re not pregnant at your wedding, you want to feel comfortable sitting, standing, dancing, eating, drinking, and laughing in your gown!

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  As a wedding gift to us, our friend (and one of the groomsmen) designed our wedding bands at New York Wedding Ring in Manhattan, using gold that was given to him as a gift while he was working as an arborist in French Guyana.

Vendor Credits

Photographer: Carrie Patterson / Event Planner: Kendra Hobson with Simply Grand Weddings & Events / Floral Design: Fleur de V / Venue: private ranch in Merna, Wyoming / Dress: Le Spose di Gio / Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Engagement Ring: Sarah Perlis / Hair, Makeup: Eternal Beauty by Leslee Anne / Grooms Suit, Shirt: Brooks Brothers / Tie: Dior / Shoes: Kenneth Cole / Bracelet: Giles and Brother / Stationery: Lynn Buckley / Rentals: Hunter Gatherer Jackson HoleCanvas Unlimited / Band: The Greg Glassman Experience / Catering: Jackson Hole Catering / Antler Chandelier: Wild West Designs

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