Buena Vista colorado private ranch wedding photos of lexi and pat

Oh, friends. I don’t think we could be any more elated to share this amazing couples wedding day with y’all! We met Lexy and Pat through our wonderful mutual friends, Carrie and Alex (who ironically also introduced and setup this couple at their own wedding). It’s crazy the parallels in our lives before we ever even met! Pat and I grew up about 45 minutes from each other, and we all now live in the same small Colorado town that Lexy grew up in. Unbeknownst to us, Pat also bought a dirt bike from Mike before we ever met…we were super embarrassed to find out he was “THE PAT?!” after the sale took place. Since their eclectic and intimate wedding at Lexy’s parents home, we’ve quickly developed our friendship. We were so excited when Lexy was our labor and delivery nurse just a few weeks after their wedding when we had our son, Dawson, and we feel so thankful to have them in our lives! Lexy’s parents deserve some serious praise! Her mama is an insanely talented designer and envisioned and executed the over all classy yet boho look of their reception. What’s more is Lexy’s dad and Pat actually built the barn they had their reception in! It was truly one of the most beautiful days and we are honored to have been the ones to capture this amazing time for them. Love you guys! Mike &  Tay

Buena Vista, Colorado ranch wedding photographera

Buena Vista Colorado ranch wedding in the fall

Buena Vista Colorado ranch wedding in the fall

Buena Vista Colorado ranch wedding in the fall bridal party

Colorado fall wedding in Buena Vista Colorado

Colorado fall wedding in Buena Vista Colorado

Eclectic bride in fur at ranch wedding in Buena Vista, Colorado

Eclectic bride at ranch wedding in Buena Vista, Colorado

Eclectic bride at ranch wedding in Buena Vista, Colorado

Eclectic ranch wedding in Buena Vista, Colorado

How did the two of you meet?

“We met and Carrie and Alex Junker’s wedding here in BV. Carrie had been trying to set us up for years and finally her wedding was beginning of our relationship!! About an hour after I saw Pat I grabbed Carrie at the Lariat and said, “I’m going to marry that man.”

Tell us about your first date!

“So our first date was really a week long trip. I was living in Denver at the time, and Pat was living in Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania. I quit my job to go on a Grand Canyon river trip and had some extra time before setting off on the grand. Me and two friends drove from BV straight to Ohiopyle and we spent five days back east. Pat arranged what he calls the “living the dream tour”. We rafted the Upper Yough, the Gualey and then spent three days on Summersville Lake. It was really the perfect trip.”

Pat, how did you propose?

“Lex and I went on a spring break trip to my parents beach house on Key Largo. Two of our close friends had just met us and we were getting ready to head out on an adventure to the Everglades. At sunset I asked Lex to walk out on the Jetty to watch the sunset. If you ask her though, I suggested that she change out of her bright green melanzana before, which elicited some sass from her. We walked out on the path and I got down on one knee as the sun was going down and asked her to marry me!”

How did you guys choose to have your wedding at your folks ranch in Buena Vista, Colorado?

“It’s a really special place for both of us. Our first winter dating we lived in the guest house on my parents property. Lexy grew up hiking and camping up there, before the Cranes built any structures. The land is so beautiful – we couldn’t have thought of a better place to start our marriage.”

What was the most fun part of wedding planning for you?

“We really lucked out with wedding plan. Lexy’s Mom is great at that stuff and really did most of the work for us. The most special part of the entire wedding was that Pat and Lexy’s Dad, Randy, built the entire barn from the floor up. It was awesome watching Pat learn from my dad and work together to get the barn ready for the big night.”

Tell us about your first look! Having done one, would you do it again?

“Having a little alone time with each other was so important. The day of the wedding is really a huge blur, between getting ready and the ceremony and reception – there really is very limited time to spend alone with one another. It was probably my most treasured moments of the entire day. It was also nice to get some of the pre-vow jitters out as well. I would HIGHLY recommend doing a first look to everyone.”

What was your most memorable moment from your wedding day?

“There were so many special moments. My uncle married us, which was awesome. Almost everything that formed the day was local – the caterer is a friend of my mom’s, the florist was one of my best friends from high school, our best friends introduced us to the band in Gunnison, the beer was from a local brewery, the photographer is a local :). All of those were amazing pieces of the puzzle. Probably one of the coolest things that happened was during the final moments of the reception. The band asked everyone to surround Pat and I and hold hands while they played the final song. All of our friends and family danced around and showered us with their love!! Also one of Pats groomsmen fainted during the ceremony – and to be honest, looking back on that moment is pretty funny today. Just a reminder to not take life too seriously :).”

What are you most looking forward to in marriage?

“I feel so lucky to know that I get to wake up next to my best friend for the rest of my life. Marriage offers so much solace just knowing that I have one other person to share the highs, lows and everything in between with.”

If you could pick one word to describe your wedding ceremony, what would it be?


What advice do you have for couples planning their wedding now?

“Don’t stress out. No one will even know if you plan something and it doesn’t happen. The only thing that really matters is that the two of you are happy with the plan. Stick up for what you want. Don’t be mean to your mom, she’s just trying to be helpful. And have the BEST time you possibly can on the day of your wedding!”
VENDORS for Buena Vista Ranch Wedding
Catering: The Kalamata Pit
Flowers: Ysabella Rankin, Fay and Maye
Band: The Floodgate Operators
Table Rentals: Colorado Party Rentals