It’s crazy to think that it’s been 5 months since my husband Alex and I got married at Spruce Mountain Ranch! Alex and I were engaged for two years, and we took the extra engagement time to our advantage, and took our time planning every little detail. We took the first year of our engagement to relax, and not plan any heavy details of the wedding. We wanted to enjoy our engagement, especially since we heard how much work weddings can be. I am currently going to school to obtain a degree in Communication, which I hope to use to become an event planner. Because of this, I chose to plan my own wedding, to give me some first hand experience. I can’t tell you enough, hire a planner! It will take so much stress off of you!
Alex and I began planning around September 2010. The absolute first thing we did was book our venue at Spruce Mountain Ranch! The moment I stepped on site, I knew Spruce Mountain would be the perfect location for our wedding. I grew up on a farm, and it definitely has a farm feel; Alex grew up in Palmer Lake, which is a few minutes away from the Ranch. It was perfect.
Our wedding day was September 25, 2011. We could not have asked for better weather. The temperature was in the mid 70’s, and it had not rained that day. That was most definitely a good thing, since we had chosen the mountainside ceremony site. There was a slight breeze to keep everyone cool. As wedding favors, we made custom “W” and “B” water bottle for everyone, and had them placed in their seats at the ceremony site (My last name is Weber, his is Bowen).
The ceremony was a record 14 minutes, including everyone in the bridal party walking in and out. After the ceremony, guests made their way into the cocktail hour, while Alex and I ran around the ranch and enjoyed our first hour as husband and wife.
The reception was so much fun! We had a smaller wedding, with about 60 people in attendance, but we still wanted to use Albert’s Lodge as our reception site. After dinner, we went into cake cutting. I leaned in to tell Alex I was not going to smash cake in his face, and he seemed confused; that’s when I struck! I feel bad because he never smashed cake in my face. I had make-up I could not risk ruining, right?
After that, we made our way outside to our first dance, “Crazy Girl” by The Eli Young Band. Then we began dancing all night and the rest is history. It was such a great wedding day. I had family that I had not seen in years come across state lines to be here for me. I had friends that flew from Northern Ireland and Switzerland to help Alex and I celebrate our special day. It was truly a magical day. Of course, little things can go wrong, like in my case, my dress was a little longer than I wanted… (completely my fault). But those things go unnoticed. Alex and I spent our wedding day with good food, amazing friends, and perfect memories.
A HUGE thanks to Spruce Mountain Guest Ranch, A Music Plus, Buffalo Gals Catering, Magnifica Bella, and Rene Tate Photography!