A Vibrant, Laid-Back Fourth of July Wedding at Windy Point Campground in Dillon, Colorado

Lindsay Rader (32 and a florist and waitress) and Jeff Lehmann (33 and a ski patroller and bike-trail builder) planned a festive weekend extravaganza

Lindsay Rader (32 and a florist and waitress) and Jeff Lehmann (33 and a ski patroller and bike-trail builder) planned a festive weekend extravaganza for their Fourth of July wedding in Dillon, Colorado. “Upon moving to Summit County in 2006, Windy Point was one of the first little places we explored on a short, snowy hike,” Lindsay says. “We had been engaged for over a year, and no venues were really fitting our vision for the perfect party. One day, an acquaintance mentioned his own wedding at that location, and it just clicked.” 

The couple took full advantage of all the venue had to offer, renting out the campgrounds for the weekend and treating their guests to plenty of fun-filled events, including a Sunday afternoon variety show where friends and family played music, told jokes, Hula-Hooped and performed magic tricks. 

Since Lindsay is a florist, she took all the florals into her own hands. She and a team of assistants brought the venue to life with bright red and pink blooms such as proteas, kangaroo paws, garden roses, astilbes and freesias. She and Jeff also called upon their talented friends and family members to help with everything from the stationery to the wedding cake and even the ceremony itself. After exchanging vows in a customized ceremony on the shores of Lake Dillon, the couple whisked their guests off to Windy Point’s lakeside pavilion for a barbecue feast, lots of dancing and Fourth of July fireworks, of course. 

A tip from Lindsay: “Make sure your event is well documented. It’s impossible to remember all the details that made it so magical. Even if you don't have a videographer, ask a friend to record your ceremony. We're so grateful that one of ours thought to record ours on her iPhone.”

Lindsay wanted to wear a short dress and started her hunt for a frock that would spin well on the dance floor. But finding the perfect gown wasn’t as easy as she’d imagined. After a few failed shopping attempts, she took to the Internet. “On a whim, I ordered a knockoff designer dress made in China, knowing that one can never go wrong with a classic A-line. I figured that for that price it was worth a shot, and it fit like a glove right out of the box. And it had just the right amount of twirl," she says. "The lace sleeves were an added bonus that cut the chill of the mountain air once evening set in, as well as adding elegance to a fun little dress.”
For the wedding party, Lindsay and Jeff went for a coordinated, mismatched look. The bridesmaids donned convertible Dessy dresses in siren red, while the guys paired dark denim with button-down shirts and red ties.
The florals were the crowning jewel of the day, infusing life and energy into the decor. Lindsay, a florist, took all the wedding’s flowers into her own hands and, with the help of her assistants, created standout arrangement after standout arrangement. “My favorite thing about a bouquet is texture—lots and lots of texture,” Lindsay says. “So I chose classic bridal blooms like peonies, astilbes and garden roses, and threw in unexpected items like proteas and kangaroo paws to add a little spice.”
The couple enlisted the talents of their family members and friends to give the day a personalized feel. Lindsay’s mother baked the wedding cake in her kitchen in Kansas, froze the layers and drove them to Colorado, where she thawed and assembled them with buttercream frosting. Lindsay and her mother then dressed up the naked cake with rich purple, pink and red blooms for dramatic effect.
After exchanging vows in a waterfront ceremony overlooking the surrounding mountains and calm waters of Lake Dillon, the newlyweds and their guests enjoyed make-your-own cocktails and delicious barbecue complete with spare ribs, baked beans and sliced watermelon at Windy Point Campground. Guests sipped on beer and wine and crafted their own cocktails, including the couple’s Lehmannade, a mix of vodka and lemonade, and the MargaRader, a twist on the classic margarita.
“Since it was the Fourth of July, we wanted to honor the holiday in our color theme without being too over the top,” Lindsay says. “We chose claret red as our main shade and accented with neutrals, including white, cream and coffee.” To add a pop of vibrant color to the vast waterfront ceremony space, Lindsay created arrangements of pink and red blooms and styled them alongside bright white lanterns that added romance as the sun began to set.
Lindsay and Jeff gathered their families and friends along the shores of Lake Dillon for a lighthearted, outdoor ceremony that perfectly reflected the couple’s relationship. The pair exchanged vows under a pine wedding arch that Jeff constructed, and the couple’s close friend officiated. “Not being particularly religious, choosing ceremony details was by far the hardest part of the whole affair,” Lindsay says. “It’s what people come to see, and there’s a lot of pressure. So we decided to place all that pressure on our good friend Greg, who officiated. Equal parts serious and silly, he knocked it out of the park, and my dad still comments on what a great job he did.”
Choosing a first-dance song was no easy feat for the laid-back pair, and they didn't decide until the morning of the wedding. “Nothing was really hitting the spot, and endless Google searches weren’t very helpful,” Lindsay says. “I threw on a record while we were freshening up that morning at home, and there it was, with just the right amount of groove and affection—‘Kissing My Love,’ by Bill Withers." To keep the long pauses that typically go with the mother-son and father-daughter dances, Lindsay and Jeff combined them into one song, “Deeper Than the Holler,” by Randy Travis. “We had a series of cut-ins that ended up with each set of parents coupled up, and Jeff and me dancing together,” Lindsay says.
“When planning a wedding, you realize how much talent your friends and family have,” Lindsay says. “If it weren't for them, this affair wouldn't have been so amazing.” The pair enlisted Jeff’s sister to create custom wedding invitations. The playful suite featured a red rent and a campfire set against a backdrop of mountains and forests, setting the tone for the casual affair at Windy Point Campground in Dillon, Colorado.