Destination Wedding WyomingWords by Courtney Kellar
Photos courtesy of Otto Schulze Photographry
You never know when true love will come knocking. Such was the case with Alexi and Beno who met in the stairwell of a Hong Kong apartment building. Alexi was visiting a friend and Beno just so happened to live next door.
Fast forward and the two stand surrounded by 60 of their closest friends and family on a luxury dude ranch in Wyoming.
“We chose Brush Creek Ranch because we wanted a location where [the venue] cared about the environment, but was luxurious and rustic at the same time,” recalls the bride. “[We wanted] someplace where our guests didn’t have to think about anything other than having fun. We wanted our wedding to feel like a big family reunion with a wedding on top, like icing on the cake!”
In the days leading up to the wedding, the couple and their guests enjoyed endless vistas while fly fishing, horseback riding, barrel racing, archery and mountain biking. A welcome dinner held alongside a creek and illuminated by bonfire was followed by drinks and Karaoke in the ranch’s saloon.
Come W-day, Alexi entered the natural stone amphitheater on horseback admiring not only her handsome hubby-to-be, but the Medicine Bow Mountains. While guests sipped Moscow Mules, the couple’s signature drink, out of boot-shaped mugs, the bride’s closest friends handed her wildflowers as she made her way down the aisle, creating an organic, one-of-a-kind bouquet. After exchanging heartfelt vows, the newlyweds made their way up the aisle through showers of lavender.
The reception offered a warm and lively atmosphere in the ranch’s main lodge, capped with roaring fireplaces on either end of the room. Rustic, personalized touches reflected the theme of the day and a lavender Champagne toast transitioned the guests from dinner to dancing. After a long night of celebrating, guests were met with customized, bison-shaped chocolates on their pillows as a turn-down gift from the newlyweds.
When asked for her favorite moment of the day, this bride has a surprising and sentimental response, “I have so many favorites, but one of the top moments was having those precious ten minutes alone with my father as we rode into the ceremony site on horseback. Things were so rushed up until that point and it was nice to just slow it down before the actual ceremony. We hadn’t been out for a ride together in over 20 years.”
Photographer: Otto Schulze Photographers, ottoschulzephotographers.com, Wedding Planner: Heather Allen with Table 6 Productions, table6productions.com, Ceremony/Reception Site: The Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, brushcreekranch.com, Florist: The Perfect Petal, theperfectpetal.com, Event Coordinating, Makeup, Catering & Cake: The Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, brushcreekranch.com, Gown Designer: Romona Keveza, romonakeveza.com, Reception Dress Designer: BHLDN, bhldn.com, Groom’s Clothing Designer: J. Crew, jcrew.com, Bridesmaids/Groomsmen’s Clothing Designer: AllSaints, us.allsaints.com, Officiant: Pastor John Nadasi
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