Jessica & Michael

July 29

Aspen, Colorado


Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

It was the middle of winter when we found the T Lazy 7 Ranch. The grounds were covered in snow up to our knees, but when we drove up to the meadow and saw the maroon bells, we knew right then that we had found our place. I just could imagine how beautiful it would look in the summer, if it looked this breathtaking in the winter. We loved the natural beauty of the property, and the intimate and warm feeling it had even in the middle of January! That’s exactly what we had hoped to find!

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

We really made it a point of adding a lot of special details. One of my favorites was the beignets and cannolis that were served as part of the dessert bar. Michael is from Louisiana and grew up eating beignets as a kid, and I come from a big Italian family where cannolis are the most devoured dessert, so it was a really fun personal touch to have incorporated. The photo wall when you walked into the ranch was probably my favorite detail though. My Mother- in-Law and I selected old family photos that included grandparents on their wedding day, family reunions and other memorable times that included everyone at the wedding. It was a nice way to show everyone there how much we appreciated them being there and being a special part of our life. The day before the wedding my Dad had tried to convince me that I should ride up on a horse from the stables on the property. I thought it sounded like a crazy idea and went to bed thinking no way! The next day literally minutes before the wedding ceremony was about to begin, my bridesmaids and Dad convinced me to do it. So, off I went in my full wedding gear on top of this beautiful horse with my dad stabilizing me on the one side. I’m happy I did it because it was such a special thing!

3. Give us the one moment from your wedding that you cannot stop thinking about. 

I can’t stop thinking about when we read our vows. We wrote our own based on the idea of “promises.” It was such a special moment and a wonderful way to personalize the ceremony. Everyone there mentioned to me how much they loved that we had written our own vows.


Photography: Cara Leonard Photography | Venue: T Lazy 7 Ranch | Floral Designer: Harrington Smith | Dress Designer: Theia | Dress Store: Nordstrom | Hair & Makeup: Kendra Gross of Salon Tullio Aspen | Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Lela Rose |Bridesmaid Dress Store: Baton Rouge Bella Bridesmaid | Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Brooks Brothers and J. Crew | Cake Designer: Elissa Buckley of d’Elissious Cake Studio | Caterer: European Caterers | Band: Raising Cain Band | Stationery: Beacon Lane | Equipment Rentals: Premier Party Rentals