While 17-year-olds might not get everything right, sometimes they do. Just ask Arianna and Jesse, high school sweethearts who met in May of 2003 and said "I do" 12 years later, on August 8, 2015. "We got engaged in June of 2012, right after Jesse finished his Medical Licensing Exam," says Arianna. The pair took a romantic vacation to Puerto Rico to celebrate, but Arianna had no idea that, in addition to studying, Jesse had also gone ring shopping with one of her friends and had asked her dad for her hand in marriage. "He proposed on the beach at sunset. It was perfect," says the bride.
They're both from California wine country, but Jesse and Arianna moved to Denver for the groom's orthopedic surgery residency and knew they wanted to invite their guests to their new home. During a drive from New York to Colorado, the pair went on an epic road trip, stopping in D.C., Charleston, Savannah, New Orleans, Austin, Santa Fe, and finally ending up in Telluride, Colorado, before moving to their new home. "We fell in love at first sight, and asked the hotel staff where people like to get married in town. They recommended Gorrono Ranch, and it was perfect!" The outdoorsy couple mixed Ojai and Big Sur's gardens and natural elements with their new mountain home, combining classic elements with the more rustic venue. The result? An airy, elegant celebration that would be at home in the mountains, on the beach, or in a country home. See all the soft, summery details, photographed by Taylored Weddings & Portraits, below!
Arianna fell for this English lace gown by Allure Bridals, citing the keyhole back and sheer neckline as some of her favorite details. "It was classic but with a little bit of a western vibe," she explains. Her flower girl matched in an ivory dress with a floral overlay and a sheer yoke. "I thought it was so adorable for her to match me in a younger version of the dress," says Arianna. The flower girl topped her look with a crown of baby's breath.
The bride added a pop of color with a bouquet of different rose varieties in ivory, cream, and soft pink, accented with hints of purple.
For her "something blue," Arianna wore Badgley Mischka peep-toe pumps, topped with crystal brooches. She and Jesse both keep their wedding rings in custom-carved wooden ring boxes.
The ceremony took place on Gorrono Ranch's sprawling patio, with views of the Rockies in the background. Arianna's father walked her down the aisle to the altar, where a friend of the couple officiated the personalized ceremony. "Our vows were love letters to each other," says the bride. "We talked about what we love most about each other, what we loved most about our 12 years together, and how excited we are to build our lives together."
After the first kiss, guests tossed rose petals and lavender, one of the bride and groom's favorite scents. "I incorporated lavender into as much of our wedding as possible," Arianna says.
Jesse and his groomsmen wore matching dark blue suits, a gift from the groom to his closest friends. Arianna's bridesmaids all donned light blue chiffon dresses that perfectly caught the mountain breeze.
"Jesse is so busy with his residency, so we made a point to make time to sit down and plan things together," says Arianna. "I didn't want him to feel like the wedding was a surprise party, but that it was something we created together."
Cocktails were served at Gorrono Ranch's vintage bar, which included a bourbon tasting station. "We both love it, so we knew we wanted to offer a few different types to our guests," Arianna says. At the reception inside the barn, tables were topped with a variety of centerpieces including tall silver candelabras, low arrangements of white roses and greenery, and urns full of baby's breath.
The pair put together a local Colorado menu that included produce like Palisade peaches, Haystack farm cheeses, locally raised steak, and Rocky Mountain trout. "We wanted our guests to have a real Colorado experience," the bride explains.
For dessert, the bride and groom cut into a lemon and lavender cake with buttercream frosting. "My grandmother passed away when I was in high school, but I have such good memories of eating lemon cookies with her. I know she would have loved eating our wedding cake!" says Arianna.
After a night of getting down to the DJ's tunes (including "Jesse's Girl," a special request from the groomsmen!), the pair made a sparkler exit — three times! "The first time was a regular run, the second time we danced our way through, and the third time Jesse scooped me up in his arms and gave me a kiss. Then we made it to our getaway car!" Arianna laughs.
She advises brides to keep the stress level as low as possible. "It will be the best day of your life, but at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is you and your husband."
Venue & Catering: Gorrono Ranch || Wedding Coordinator: Holli Owen of Telluride Ski Resort || Bride's Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals || Shoes: Badgley Mischka
|| Veil: Paris by Debra Moreland || Hair: Shayla Wilkes of YX Salon || Makeup: Alline Sloan Arguelles of Alpenglow Beauty || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters || Groom & Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A. Bank || Floral Design: New Leaf Design || Invitations amp; Paper Goods: Minted || Music: Soul Atomic || Cake: Jean-Louis Capelli || Favors: Telluride Truffle; Telluride Brewing Company || Photographer: Taylored Weddings & Portraits
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