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 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.”