The Winding River Ranch in Grand Lake is one of our all-time favorite locations so when Tara and Eric told us that’s where their wedding would be we were thrilled! The ranch is rustic, beautiful and full of charm (plus, the owner, Melissa, is a dream to work with). The buildings, various animals, incredible views, bridges, and streams on the property really gives this wedding venue a unique vibe.
The day was full of intense emotion and it was impossible to deny the love between Tara and Eric. It was written all over their faces and I (Anna) was crying my eyes out during their ceremony. It’s not just that they were in love it’s that you could feel their love.
Tara and Eric chose to have their respective children as their wedding party and it was such a neat thing to see. To be a part of a wedding that joined two families so perfectly was an honor. Both Eric and Tara made this day not only about their love and commitment to one another but about their love and commitment to their kids.
The weather was a photographer’s dream – slightly overcast with just a little bit of a breeze. As Tara approached Eric for their First Look he couldn’t contain his emotions and it made for a truly memorable moment. An equally touching moment was when Tara’s son walked her down the aisle. He couldn’t have been more adorable with his bow tie and he took his job very seriously! :)
After the ceremony we were able to take photographs throughout The Winding River Ranch property and some wild horses made an appearance zooming by us all when we were in the field by the barn! The animals really added a cool element to the day – one particularly sassy horse even tried to eat the groom’s boutierre and the brides bouquet! Never a dull moment, folks. Guests enjoyed a Cocktail Hour via the ACE Bar Bus, and the cake was incredible. It was adorned with Tara and Eric’s signature flying pig (their flying pig “logo” made appearances throughout the entire wedding from their invites to the alter. We love Tara and Eric’s sense of humor, their excitement for one another, and their contagious happiness.
Be sure to follow this link to see their engagement session.
Vendors: VENUE: The Winding River Ranch in Grand Lake, Colorado; CEREMONY OFFICIANT: Chris Gilmore; FLORIST: Holly Kerr of Love Letters Floral Design; CAKE ARTIST: Michelle Carmona of Gateaux Pastries; HAIR STYLIST: Lannhi Duong of Blondies the Beauty Shop; MAKEUP ARTIST: Sameera of Makeup by Sameera; BAND: So What Brothers; CATERING: Catering by Design; BAR BUS: ACE Bar Bus – Ace Eat and Serve; JEWELER: Jay Feder engagement ring and Trice Jewelers wedding bands; BRIDE’S GOWN: Little White Dress which was designed by Liancarlo; MAID OF HONOR DRESS: BCBG Max Azria
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