A Boho Forest Wedding at River Bend Ranch

MaKaila & David  |  July 7th

 

From the bride… My husband is a HUGE Broncos fan. The second question he asked me when we met and before we started dating was, “whose your football team?” good thing I was raised a Broncos fan!

 

Bride & Groom fishing

 

THE PROPOSAL

David actually proposed to me at the Denver Broncos season opener in front of the stadium before the game. We try to make it to a Broncos game every year so you could say the Broncos play a special role in our lives. I refused to have an orange and blue wedding, but I still wanted to incorporate a few Broncos details in a special way.

 

 

Wedding details

 

THE VISION

We were both born in Colorado and share a love for the outdoors. We felt a mountain wedding was the best fit for us. Our envisioned a forest bohemian wedding with deep green and blue jewel tones.

 

 

Ceremony hoop covered in greenery & white florals

 

 

THE DRESS

I knew the second I put that dress on that it was the one for me. It was the second dress I put on, at my first appointment of three that day. After trying a few more, I knew I was sold on that lace beauty and canceled the rest of my appointments!

 

 

Bridal party in navy blue

 

My favorite detail was the circular arch. My aunt, cousins, and a family friend spent a lot of time decorating the arch with greenery and florals.

 

 

Ceremony aisle decor

 

 

 

THE CEREMONY

The ceremony took place on the edge of a pond, in front of a breathtaking red mountain face.

 

 

Ceremony at River Bend Ranch, Durango Ceremony kiss

 

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT

 

After we exited the ceremony, David and I took a ride around the venue in the carriage to have a quiet moment together to reflect on what just happened. It was so nice to have that special moment together after the ceremony before getting back to the party.

 

Bride & Groom in horse-drawn carriage

Bride & Groom at River Bend Ranch, Durango Colorado

 

THE RECEPTION DECOR

Greenery, succulents, wood slices, macramé hangings, bohemian dream catchers, and gold accents.

 

Reception details - centerpiece Reception details - cake

 

My mom and I spent hours hand making hundreds of gum paste succulents for the cupcakes.

 

Reception details - cupcakes

 

 

LOOKING BACK

I would have not gotten so stressed about the little things. It all comes together in the end and it was absolutely beautiful.

 

Bride & Groom at River Bend Ranch, Durango Colorado

 

ADVICE

Enjoy the planning process! It seems like a lot to do at first but if you need help organizing and visualizing it all, find a wedding planning template and make yourself a binder. It really helps!

 

Bride & Groom at River Bend Ranch, Durango Colorado

THE WEDDING TEAM

Photographer, Video & Photo Booth: Shutterfreek
Venue: River Bend Ranch
Décor: Something Borrowed
Officiant: Bud Rouset (Fun Fact: also married the bride’s parents)
Band: After Midnight
Bar: Toast

Honeymoon Location: Caribbean Cruise

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