REAL WEDDING - The Timeless Snowy Wedding of Tatiana and Taylor at Spruce Mountain Ranch, Colorado, Captured by Tamara Gruner Photography

13th March 2020


The Timeless Snowy Wedding of Tatiana and Taylor at Spruce Mountain Ranch, Colorado, Captured by Tamara Gruner PhotographyThis love story begins in Tatiana and Taylor’s home town of Basalt near Aspen, Colorado. They love to go on regular road trips, and one day when they were on the Vermilion Cliffs of Arizona, Taylor proposed. They had found the perfect spot to take a photo with their puppy Bodie for their annual Christmas card. They set up the tripod ready to take their perfect picture when Taylor surprised Tatiana by dropping to the ground. At this point, Tatiana thought he had slipped, so she knelt down with him. He grabbed on to her hands, shaking a little (which Tatiana thought was unusual because as a mountaineer, he is usually fearless!), and it took a few more seconds for her to register what was going on! 

As keen hikers, the couple wanted a mountain location and natural theme for their wedding day. They chose Albert’s Lodge at the Spruce Mountain Ranch, which had the Colorado vibe they wanted while remaining easy to access for all their wedding guests. Six months after their engagement, they tied the knot on October 26th 2019, with a light snowfall on the ground to complement their timeless colour palette of white and green, offset with light grey and just a few burnt orange seasonal touches.

The Bride

The Timeless Snowy Wedding of Tatiana and Taylor at Spruce Mountain Ranch, Colorado, Captured by Tamara Gruner Photography - bridal styleThe Timeless Snowy Wedding of Tatiana and Taylor at Spruce Mountain Ranch, Colorado, Captured by Tamara Gruner Photography - bridal styleTatiana describes how and why she chose her dress:

"Sareh Nouri makes beautiful wedding gowns, and the Mercer gown was simply elegant. I wanted to pick a dress that wouldn’t distract from myself or the wedding. I wanted to be wearing the gown, not it wearing me. It is simple yet stunning. I had tried on a lot, everything from lace everywhere to beading and patterns, and nothing felt right. I thought I was going to have to settle for something really girly and not so much me until I slipped the Mercer gown on and started to tear up. I knew it was the one right away. Also, my husband is an architect and has a very clean-lined and minimalist taste, so that was in my mind the entire time as well."

Her hair accessory, earrings and bracelet were by Swarovski and she wore her Great Grandmother’s wedding ring on her right hand. Her engagement ring and wedding band were designed by the Groom and made in partnership with Hyde Park jewellers in the State capitol, Denver.

It's hard to resist the odd wedding day splurge, and the Jimmy Choo shoes were just that; however, choosing a colour and style that can be worn again and again (as Tatiana did), is the sensible choice.

The Bridesmaids

The Timeless Snowy Wedding of Tatiana and Taylor at Spruce Mountain Ranch, Colorado, Captured by Tamara Gruner Photography - bridesmaidsThe bridesmaids wore simple light grey dresses, with a standalone lace dress for Tatiana's Maid of Honour.

The Groom and His Groomsmen

The Timeless Snowy Wedding of Tatiana and Taylor at Spruce Mountain Ranch, Colorado, Captured by Tamara Gruner Photography - the groom and groomsmenThe groom stood out in his light grey Hugo Boss suit (which, like the Choo's, can be worn many times over) against the dark grey hired suits of his groomsmen. With them every minute of the day was their 'third musketeer', their pup, Bodie.

Special Details

The Timeless Snowy Wedding of Tatiana and Taylor at Spruce Mountain Ranch, Colorado, Captured by Tamara Gruner Photography - stationeryTheir guest invitations and bridal party gift bags continued the mountain theme of the day.

The Venue

The Timeless Snowy Wedding of Tatiana and Taylor at Spruce Mountain Ranch, Colorado, Captured by Tamara Gruner Photography - venueThe Timeless Snowy Wedding of Tatiana and Taylor at Spruce Mountain Ranch, Colorado, Captured by Tamara Gruner Photography - venue detailsTheir venue has some lovely outdoor spaces, which they decorated in their colours, and which serve as a great spot for photos and for meeting your escort down the aisle! 

The Ceremony

The Timeless Snowy Wedding of Tatiana and Taylor at Spruce Mountain Ranch, Colorado, Captured by Tamara Gruner Photography -  ceremonyThe Timeless Snowy Wedding of Tatiana and Taylor at Spruce Mountain Ranch, Colorado, Captured by Tamara Gruner Photography - aisleTatiana explains:

"We had a short Catholic ceremony the Monday prior to our Saturday wedding, so we were able to keep the ceremony at the venue short and sweet for our guests. We had Catholic readings, our own personal vows to each other, and our best friends and family up there as our wedding party." 

An open fire, candles and festoon lighting set the romantic atmosphere for their ceremony.

Portraits

The Timeless Snowy Wedding of Tatiana and Taylor at Spruce Mountain Ranch, Colorado, Captured by Tamara Gruner Photography - portraitsThe moments they had alone with each other were their most memorable; "We are best friends, and the moments we had to ourselves we will always cherish". 

The Reception

The Timeless Snowy Wedding of Tatiana and Taylor at Spruce Mountain Ranch, Colorado, Captured by Tamara Gruner Photography - receptionThe Timeless Snowy Wedding of Tatiana and Taylor at Spruce Mountain Ranch, Colorado, Captured by Tamara Gruner Photography - tablescapeThe Timeless Snowy Wedding of Tatiana and Taylor at Spruce Mountain Ranch, Colorado, Captured by Tamara Gruner Photography - speechesThe Timeless Snowy Wedding of Tatiana and Taylor at Spruce Mountain Ranch, Colorado, Captured by Tamara Gruner Photography - first danceTheir ceremony space was turned around for their BBQ wedding breakfast, making the very most of their floral decor; it also served as the perfect backdrop for their first dance.

Their table decor consisted of garlands of foliage with floral accents on light grey tablecloths; their favours were little packets of columbine (the Colorado State Flower) and pumpkin seeds (for another seasonal touch).

The Flowers

The Timeless Snowy Wedding of Tatiana and Taylor at Spruce Mountain Ranch, Colorado, Captured by Tamara Gruner Photography - flowersThe Timeless Snowy Wedding of Tatiana and Taylor at Spruce Mountain Ranch, Colorado, Captured by Tamara Gruner Photography - floral decorThe Timeless Snowy Wedding of Tatiana and Taylor at Spruce Mountain Ranch, Colorado, Captured by Tamara Gruner Photography - florals

As a couple who hike, camp and live in such a beautiful area, it was understandable that they wanted to include as many natural elements as possible. Tatiana confesses that the flowers were her greatest indulgence; however, they led the styling and the same arrangements were able to feature throughout the day (including reusing the bouquets as part of the top table decor). The Bride grew up in Georgia, so it was a lovely personal touch to include Southern Magnolia leaves in the arrangements.

The Cake

The Timeless Snowy Wedding of Tatiana and Taylor at Spruce Mountain Ranch, Colorado, Captured by Tamara Gruner Photography - cakeTheir wedding cake captured the spirit of elegant, classic simplicity which was woven throughout the day. The pure white, two-tier design was accented with falling Aspen leaves as a nod to their hometown and the season.

Credits

Wedding Feature Thanks to: Adorn Invitations

Dress: Mercer by Sareh Nouri from The Bridal Collection, Denver

Veil: Gwendolyn by Maggie Sottero

Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Accessories: Swarovski 

Rings: Hyde Park

Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bridesmaids - Lulus, Maid of Honour - Eliza J

Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss

Groom’s Shoes: Magnanni

Groomsmen Suit: theblktux

Cake: Sugarplum Cake Shoppe

Food: Buffalo Gals Catering

Flowers: A Design Resource

Photographer: Tamara Gruner Photography 

Wedding Venue: Albert’s Lodge at Spruce Mountain Ranch


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