The Harrison Ranch Wedding
Sometimes, My Big Day wedding planners are brought in at the last minute, for “day of” only help. Other times, we are fortunate enough to work with a couple, crafting and creating THE perfect day from start to finish. While we are always happy to fill either role, crafting a couple’s dream wedding vision from start to finish is always a labor of love and considered a privilege. Craig & Catherine Harrison had a vision for their Big Day, and we had the privilege of making that dream come true during their September 16, 2017 ranch wedding.
Craig and Catherine dreamed of celebrating with friends and family on their family owned ranch located just outside of Timnath, Colorado. Their expansive property was the perfect place to not only be wed to to each other, but to also combine their love of their new longhorn cattle herd operation and new show barn, with Catherine’s fondness of all things glamorous and shiny! Open pastures, bubbling brooks, and painted mountains provided the perfect backdrop for this dream wedding, and the newly constructed show barn offered the perfect spot for a festive cocktail hour and dancing.
As wedding planners, we always have an eye for detail - small details and touches pack a punch and can pull everything together. Catherine was all about the details - from the feminine and soft floral arrangements hand picked and held in family heirloom vases, to the old books and picture frames, repurposed as barn decor. She pulled this vision of “high sophistication with a rustic flare” together with antique furniture, lace and tulle, wine barrels, and candlelight provided by sparkly votive jars. The floral arrangements that were placed throughout the ceremony site, barn, and dining tent were simply stunning.
Our job of pulling all of the details together began early on September 16. Our team oversaw the set up the ceremony site and stage - complete with a hand made lectern provided by our groom, Craig. We worked closely with florist, Lace and Lillies as well as baker, Sarah B's Bakery, to place floral displays throughout the venue, as well as a delicious dessert bar, located in the barn. Caterers Juli y Juan, and their team worked to create flawless displays of tasty dishes, hand picked by the bride and groom for their guests. First look and pre-ceremony photos took place throughout the property, and were lovingly captured by Ash Meier Weddings and Arcadian Pictures.
Once guests arrived, we really got to work, making sure all the moving parts of the beautiful ceremony took place. The groom and all of the attendants (all grown children and grandchildren of both Craig and Catherine) departed to the far end of the ranch property to gather in the little truck, purchased and remodeled for the wedding celebration. Catherine and her little flower girl waited up at the couple’s home, ready to be brought down to the ceremony site in a beautiful horse drawn carriage, fit for a princess. The timing was perfect, and it was almost like a scene from a movie - the little red truck carrying the wedding party drove over a picturesque bridge to the ceremony site, arriving just in time for Catherine to meet them in her horse drawn carriage.
The ceremony was led by close friend, and match-maker Bill Warren, and guests watched as Craig and Catherine read their hand-written vows and exchanged rings. The acoustical music of the Jonathan Moody Band added the perfect romantic flare to the beautiful ceremony, set facing the setting mountain sun.
Once the ceremony concluded, guests made their way to the show barn for a generous cocktail hour - complete with 3 bars! Dinner was served in an adjoining tent, with beautiful table decor, placed lovingly by the bride, Catherine, and Juli & Juan’s staff. Following dinner, the party really kicked off with dancing and drinking under the light of the evening stars, right outside of the the barn. Guests could kick up their heels dancing to the Jonathan Moody Band, or they could choose to mingle around the wine barrel tables inside of the barn, or out near the fire pit, where a Cigar Bar was set for guests to try out.
The evening was full of fun, friends, family, and love! Craig and Catherine’s vision and dream was a success and perhaps, one of the most beautiful events we have had the pleasure of being a part of. We see many more parties and celebrations taking place in this beautiful spot, and we wish Craig and Catherine all the best as they begin their new life together!
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