A Refined Winter Wedding at C Lazy U Ranch in Granby, Colorado

Super-committed to their winter wedding aura, Anne Wachtel (29 and a registered nurse in oncology and bone marrow transplant) and Andrew Lacelle (30 a

Super-committed to their winter wedding aura, Anne Wachtel (29 and a registered nurse in oncology and bone marrow transplant) and Andrew Lacelle (30 and an aquatic engineer) perfectly paired rustic and refined for their elegant nuptials. “We held our wedding at the C Lazy U Ranch in Granby, Colorado,” Anne says. “We fell in love with the ranch's cozy charm and rustic elegance. We also loved that it could host all our guests for the entire weekend, offering our mostly out-of-town guest list a true Colorado experience: horseback riding, pond hockey, backcountry skiing, trap shooting, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and even spa services for the indoors folks.” Many guests came to the snowy meadow ceremony site straight from the adventurous outdoor activities, so the couple provided cozy blankets and spiked hot drinks for a more intimate feel. Guests cleaned up during cocktail hour and enjoyed various local microbrews in front of a roaring fire before the seated dinner. “Kara and Rachel, from Love This Day Events, helped me execute my vision perfectly,” Anne says. “For the reception decor, I told Kara and Rachel the vibe I was going for was vintage hunting fabric meets gold sequins -- weird, I know -- and they totally got it. I mean, they really nailed it. My favorite detail was the deer antlers woven throughout the centerpieces that I had spent the past few months collecting for this purpose. The antlers were one small detail that really made the decor truly unique and personal.” Jamee Pierzchala from Jamee Photography gorgeously captured all the details of the day. One of our favorite parts was the gorgeous (and delicious) winter-mountain-inspired wedding cake. “We ordered our cake from Rachel at Intricate Icings, and worked with her to create a cake the matched our rustic elegant decor,” Anne says. “Rachel is a true artist and one of the only wedding cake bakers in Denver who would even attempt to deliver a non-fondant wrapped cake over a steep and snowy mountain pass to our wedding site in the mountains. Our cake was one of the only wedding cakes I have tasted that was actually good-looking and edible.”

A Lush Pink and Ivory Bridal Bouquet
The bridesmaids wore simple black dresses of their choosing with black tights and snow boots. They completed their look with gray scarves to keep warm. To add a pop of color to the otherwise neutral attire, the bridesmaids carried roses, dusty miller and astilbes in shades of pink, purple and ivory.
Winter Horse-Drawn-Carriage Transportation
“In truth, it was the first and only site we looked at,” Anne says.
Black Iron Lanterns With Pillar Candles
Ivory and Blue Ceremony Blankets
Anne and Andrew wanted their wedding to be about more than just the ceremony. They wanted it to be an entire weekend getaway. Many guests came to the outdoor ceremony straight from snowmobiling, skiing, sledding or skating. With that in mind, the couple served hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps, hot spiked cider and kiddie cocoa for the underage attendants.
“Oh, I should mention, the ceremony was outside in a snowy meadow in early March, and all our guests wore ski jackets and boots, so outfitting choices definitely had to take into account the need to stay warm in the elements,” Anne says. They provided guests with spiked hot chocolate and blankets to keep warm during the nuptials.
Anne’s father passed away from chronic lymphocytic leukemia when she was 17 years old. Since her father couldn’t walk her down the aisle, she chose to walk down the aisle by herself so that she could feel his presence there with her in the moment. “I arrived at our ceremony sire by horse-drawn sleigh, and as I got out I said, ‘Here we go, Dad, let’s do this,’ ” she says. “Walking out into the snowy meadow with the sun shining and the mountains all around, I truly did feel his happy spirit there with me blessing the day.”
A Winter-Inspired Evergreen and Antler Arbor
A Winter Wedding Reception in Colorado
Shabby Chic Brown Paper Escort Cards
“Kara and Rachel from Love This Day Events helped me execute my vision perfectly,” Anne says. They paired rustic deer antlers with white and evergreen centerpieces to match the shabby chic reception ballroom.
Anne and Andrew, with the help of Kara and Rachel from Love This Day Events, decorated the reception tables with lush ivory and green centerpieces including veronica, roses, hydrangeas and dusty miller. They also added mercury-glass candles, tea lights and gold table numbers to add a glamorous feel to the room.
Anne and Andrew enjoyed a three-tier white buttercream wedding cake decorated with pine and pinecone paintings. “We ordered our cake from Rachel at Intricate Icings, and worked with her to create a cake that matched our rustic elegant decor,” Anne says. “It was as gorgeous as it was delicious, and all of it free of fondant. Rachel is a true artist.”
Vintage Coyote Fur Stole