Today’s woodland ranch wedding captured by Pepper Nix Photography, is a magnificent example of how pairing your wedding colors & décor to the surroundings (indoors & out) creates a wedding masterpiece. Their Utah fall wedding at Aspen Meadows was absolutely lit up with golden hues provided by the woodland landscape of Aspen trees. And their reception was décor was inspired by natural elements that coincided with the outdoors.
From the bride, Kelsey:
How did you and your spouse meet?
Working at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM for the Boy Scouts of America.
Who proposed marriage and how did that proposal happen?
Zac proposed to Kelsey on an evening hike after work at Philmont.
We hiked all over the area of Cathedral Rock looking for an Indian artifact that was rumored to be in the area. We never found the granary but we found a small creek with a waterfall and on a stepping-stone in the middle of the creek Zac proposed.
Describe your bridal attire & overall look:
I was going for an easy-going look that was more natural to my everyday look. My dress was a simple gown with Chantilly lace and rhinestone accents at the bust. The gown was a champagne color which added to the vintage/rustic look of the day. I wore turquoise stone earrings which was influenced by the state of New Mexico where we met. I kept my hair/makeup simple. I pulled all my hair to one side so the back of my dress could be seen. I also wore a flower crown, I made myself, to tie into the natural setting of the day.
Did you do a First Look before the ceremony?
We did the first look before the ceremony because we wanted to spend time with family and friends, after the ceremony, instead of being absent for an hour or two to take pictures. We were very happy with our decision because we were able to enjoy the cocktail hour with our guests and start the party.
Why did you pick that location for your ceremony?
It perfectly depicted our love for the outdoors and each other.
Favorite ceremony memory?
Exchanging vows and rings.
THE RECEPTION Talk to me about the decor!
We used simple decorations letting the venue stand out. We had a printed burlap table runner on eclectic wood tables. Our centerpieces consisted of cacti and succulents with wood pillar tea light holders we made ourselves.
Where did you get the inspiration for your color palette and design?
Describe your wedding flowers: I wanted my bouquet to have a wildflower look, like I went and picked them before the ceremony. We have some greenery with a few different kinds of flowers in white, peach, and pink. We chose cacti and succulents for the centerpieces because we met in the desert in New Mexico and because they are a plant that can be kept after the wedding.
Were there any Do it Yourself (DIY) projects?
We made the log pillars for our centerpieces. The wood was found in area creeks and dried out then cut to various lengths and drilled shallow holes to hold the tealights.
We purchased the cacti and succulents at a local store Cactus & Tropicals, we found the vases at thrift stores (DI) and planted them ourselves.
Describe your wedding cake: We did a small lemon cake with buttercream icing to cut with lemon cupcakes for guests.
What were some personal details you incorporated?
Our cake toppers were skiers and snowboarders handmade in Park City, UT to represent our love for the sport, we also used cacti and succulents because of our history in New Mexico.
Any advice you have for future brides?
Don’t over plan, no one notices the little things only the big picture. And get a good cocktail! Do your research to find the best vendors, then get out of their way. The are the best for a reason, trust them.
Your favorite moment of the day. Besides marrying the love of my life?
Our DJ, Rob, read our love stories, which we filled out separately and get read to us and the guests. It explained both of our views of meeting, first date and kiss, the proposal etc. to our guests and was a fun way to get the crowd laughing and the party started.
Three things you’re glad you did.
1. Not having a microphone or any metal/plastic/not natural items at ceremony/altar.
2. Getting the best vendors (Culinary, Pepper, Rob)
3. Not getting married in KY or FL but making our guests come to us.
Photographer: Pepper Nix Photography|Location: Aspen Meadows|Caterer: Culinary Crafts|Equipment Rentals: Diamond Rental|DJ: Life of the Party|Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero|Dress Store: The Perfect Dress