June 1, 2011

Wyoming Wedding

The ranch was amazing
Kevin and I spent a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend in Saratoga, Wyoming at Brush Creek Ranch for Renee and Dustin's wedding.  Allison stayed home with my parents, which was a different kind of adventure.

Friday before dinner - Kevin with TD & Holly

We arrived Friday morning, though our luggage didn't show up until late Friday afternoon - thanks Southwest.  From the Denver Airport we had almost a 5 hour drive to the ranch, but it was worth it!  The ranch is 13,000 acres, and all of it beautiful.  Mike, the ranch manager loaned us some jackets until our luggage showed up the next morning.

one of Kevin's many rainbow trout

Saturday morning we went fly fishing, just me, Kevin and the guide.  We went to one of the far ponds on the property, so got to see a lot driving out there.  Arriving at the pond we startled a dozen mule deer and got to see them move up the hill.  Kevin caught over a dozen fish, I got 8 - but only one on a fly rod.  I gave up and switched to a reel pretty early.  It snowed at least half the time, all the other groups went in early, but we stayed out on the pond for 3 hours.  After lunch Kevin went shooting with TD, Sara and Katie while I went horseback riding.

Rehearsal Dinner
The rehearsal dinner got moved inside Saturday night due to the weather, but we had a great time in the lodge.  Sunday morning the weather was perfect.  Kevin went fishing again and I hit the trails for a sunrise horseback ride.  After a big breakfast we both went out riding and got to see buffalo.  That afternoon I helped Renee and the bridal party get gorgeous for the ceremony.  
my beautiful friend and her groom
The wedding was outdoors and beautiful.  The wedding garden overlooked a pasture with horses, and Renee and her dad arrived in a horse drawn carriage.   The ceremony was lovely and the weather held out just long enough, though the wind blew Renee's veil around quite a bit.

Mr. & Mrs. Louderback 
Monday we had breakfast with our friends and took the scenic route back to the Denver airport.  On one stop we actually saw a moose.  It was a perfect weekend and such a happy occasion.  Renee and Dustin are spending the next two weeks in Italy for their honeymoon, and then will be moving to Texas by the end of the summer.  I can't wait to have them in driving distance.

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