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Michaela & Ken's Romantic Ranch Wedding

Our love story started seven months after we met when Ken randomly called me

to join him on a road trip to Utah to pick up his best friend. I couldn’t say yes fast

enough and 45 minutes later I was getting in the front seat of the truck to head to Utah.

Ken is a true cowboy; the last of a dying breed. He is part of a legacy of the wild west.

Meanwhile, at the time, I didn’t know the first thing about riding a horse, yet I found

myself getting on one to go gather cattle of the mountain while we were in Utah.

Two years later, while spending opening weekend turkey hunting, Ken proposed.

He had been carrying around my diamond ring in his pocket for the past four months.

He had been taking pictures of me with my ring, some while I’m reading on the couch,

others while I’m shooting my bow with him holding my ring behind me. The following

opening weekend of spring turkey season, we traded in our camo for a white wedding

dress and a suit. Here in Colorado, you never know what weather to expect in April;

snow storms or sunny and 75. Fortunately we were able to celebrate with our close

family and friends on a gorgeous sunny 70 degree day! Our venue was a private

residence in Longmont, Colorado, friends of Ken’s who had offered us their old barn as

a venue site. Ken and I chose to have our family and friends be part of our wedding in

meaningful ways. Our ceremony was officiated by a close friend who spoke from the

heart. Our first dance was not just a song, but a song my grandpa chose to sing for us

while he played his guitar. The song he chose to sing was “Many Reasons” by Isla

Grant. Our wedding cake and cupcakes were made in the kitchen of our AirBnB we

rented by my incredible sister and her husband. All of our food was prepared by my

extended family and my mom, who spent countless hours and days in the kitchen. My

dress was from Blushing Bride and was personalized by adding a custom hand-tooled

belt with our last name on it by our friend Ethan at Forester Saddlery. The belt was

paired with a gorgeous Royston turquoise belt buckle from Blue Roan Turquoise that

matched my great grandmother’s turquoise earrings, a heirloom that was handed down

to me. Our friend at Singe Wood Burning burned us three gorgeous pieces of walnut,

one with our initials for our guest book, another for our cupcake display and the final

piece that said our last name with our established date!

My day of hair was done by my best friend, but the color was done by Yana Metz

at Yana Behind The Chair in Fort Collins, Colorado. Our DJ from DJ Connection did a

great job starting the party and keeping it going.

Last but not least, our photographer Jasmine with Jasmine Mallo Imagery did an

incredible job capturing the moments of our special day for us to cherish forever.

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