A Country Ranch Wedding at a Private Residence in Bailey, Colorado


                                        Once Rachel Romer (27 and the founder of an education startup) and David Carlson (28 and works in health car

Once Rachel Romer (27 and the founder of an education startup) and David Carlson (28 and works in health care leadership) were engaged, it didn't take them long to know where they wanted to get married. Rachel's family's ranch in Bailey, Colorado, has been in the family since the 1960s and they have so many great memories there. It was absolutely perfect! Rachel and David exchanged vows in Rachel's favorite meadow before heading to a tented reception next to the original 1890s barn, and they even had the after-party inside the barn improved by a dance floor that David's father build for the occasion. The Romer Ranch, with its natural vistas and charming vibe, inspired all the decor. Shades of blue, gray and white colored all the details and pops of red added some boldness. Wood, baby's breath and burlap fit the rustic theme and brought all the details together for the shabby-chic soiree. One of our favorite details was New York Times columnist David Brooks, who officiated the ceremony. Although they had never met him, they were huge fans, and when he responded to their "intellectual love letter," they were so excited. See all our favorite details from this country ranch wedding, beautifully captured by Michele Hart Photography, below.

Rachel and David set the tone for their rustic ranch wedding with bold blue and white invitations. The natural palette was inspired by Rachel's family's ranch in Bailey, Colorado, where the couple exchanged vows.
Rachel wore a custom Modern Trousseau A-line lace dress for her wedding. She loved the sweetheart neckline, lace detailing and timeless feel. She found this dream dress at Anna Be Bridal in Denver, Colorado.
Rachel and David directed guests to different parts of the wedding with a wooden sign. The plank on the top said, "Happily ever after starts here," and the bottom said, "Drink, dine and dance 'til the cows come home."
Wanting to make Rachel's favorite meadow feel a little more intimate for the ceremony, she and David set up two white doors for her to enter through. They decorated them with baby's breath wreaths for a little rustic flair.
The flower girl wore a chambray top with a flowing white tulle skirt for the rustic-chic wedding. She completed her look with a pair of cowboy boots to match the wedding party and a metal pale to throw petals as she walked.
Once Rachel and David were engaged, it was easy for them to decide where they wanted to get married. The Romer Ranch has been in the bride's family since 1961 and holds so many great memories for her family.
Rachel and David's ceremony was officiated by New York Times columnist David Brooks, the couple's favorite writer. Although they had never met him before, they loved his writings about modern marriage and were ecstatic when he responded to their letter asking him to be part of their day.
Rachel's bridesmaids wore navy lace Adrianna Papell for the shabby-chic wedding while the groomsmen wore gray suits with blue checkered shirts. Everyone completed their look with a pair of cowboy boots to fit the ranch location and rustic theme.
After Rachel and David exchanged vows in Rachel's favorite meadow, they had their reception in a clear-top tent next to the original 1890s barn. The rustic wooden structure set the tone for the party and also held the after-party.
Guests found their seats at the reception with brown-paper escort cards that were displayed with mini clothespins. The navy stamped table numbers and red calligraphy matched the subtle patriotic palette.
Rachel's multitalented Aunt Marilyn graciously designed, ordered and arranged all the flowers for the wedding including the white sweet pea and tulip centerpieces. The arrangements were displayed on an unfinished wooden round with a chalkboard table number.
For dessert guests enjoyed a variety of cakes and pies. The biggest cake was a three-tier buttercream confection topped with fresh red cherries around each layer and on the top.