Seeing the photos from Kelsey and Jon’s Bonanza Creek Ranch wedding makes me wish I could have been there to experience their special day in person! From the awesome custom photo booth by *Talitha Tarro Photography, to the whimsical lights and paper star lanterns and strung across the dance floor in the old barn where the reception was held, you’ll love this very fabulous ranch chic wedding, including an inside scoop from the bride!
Location: Bonanza Creek Ranch, Pond House Location
Colors: Brown (every shade from ivory to chocolate and including golds and coppers), teal and coral.
Inspiration: Etsy and Pinterest for sure, but also Jon’s and my unique kind of love!
From the bride: The ceremony took place outside under a huppa constructed by my now husband and my two little brothers. The huppa was placed under a cottonwood tree in its full golden glory. Our wedding reception was in a big lovely old pole barn that we decorated with string lights, paper star lanterns and colorful bunting. Keeping in theme with our fun western style wedding, we had a chuck wagon caterer that served brisket, chicken, beans, slaw and biscuits from a dutch oven as well as two different kinds of cobbler.
-Marquee lights that spelled out LOVE
-Homemade favors of Pear Honey and Applebutter
-Bunting that hung from the rafters in the barn
-All the Bouquets and butineers (my bouquet was made with wooden flowers)
-All of the signs (a directional pole sign, pick a seat not a side sign)
-Escort cards and frame they hung from
Some of the things that made our wedding so different:
:: I rode in on a hay ride that was used to transport guests to the ceremony site beforehand.
:: Our wedding party all danced down the isle to Bruno Mars, Marry You.
:: My mom and dad both walked me down the isle.
:: My dad was the one that actually married us.
:: We did traditional Scottish Rites. My mom gave Jon a sword with our family’s clan crest on it that she told him should be used to protect me with and my dad was the one that actually married us.
:: My mom, Jon’s mom and Jon’s dad performed a hand tying ceremony using pieces of our clan tartans.::We had a ring warming ceremony where everyone got to hold our rings and see them before we did. We didn’t see our rings until they were placed on our fingers by each other at the ceremony.
For our reception, we served water flavored with berries and watermelon juice with alcohol.
Our cocktail hour consisted of popcorn and peanuts that were in big galvanized buckets and we had old fashioned carnival/circus bags to put them in. All of the beer served at the wedding was new mexico made. For toasting, Jon and I toasted with cans of wild cherry pepsi as that is my favorite thing to drink.
Our cake had a pear honey filling and we also packaged some delicious pear honey as our favors.
We had an old fashioned candy bar with candy cigarettes, pop rocks, big cherries and candy sticks. We had mini desserts to supplement our wedding cake as not everyone likes cake!
Our photographer, Talitha Tarro provided a wonderful custom photo booth backdrop and setup with extra shooter, Kira Jarmer taking photos!
The best part of our wedding though, was that you could feel all the love Everyone that I have seen since the wedding has commented on how much love there was and how much fun they had!
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