Sunday, September 2, 2007

A wedding in western Colorado

This is the view from the windshield as we left Grand Junction yesterday for the wedding of (our nephew) Travis and Bridget. Mount Garfield is the prominent point of the Bookcliffs, the mountain range to the north of GJ.

The wedding itself was held in the back country, on some property that belongs to the bride's family. Guests were invited to come just for the day, or to bring a camper or tent and stay for the long weekend. They had fashioned an aisle and "altar" by using strategically placed canopy tents, with the congregation and wedding party facing an incredibly beautiful landscape of green hills and blue sky with an occasional puffy cloud floating by.
In true western Colorado tradition, the groom and his attendants wore black Wrangler jeans and black cowboy hats with their white shirts. The bridesmaids wore brown sundresses and carried bouquets of what looked like wildflowers in every color. The ring bearer had a vest made of hunting camouflage, and the tiny flower girls wore dresses of camo with white collars. The bride wore a more traditional gown of white satin with beaded lace accents and a train. It was a beautiful wedding in a beautiful setting. May Travis and Bridget have a long a happy life together!

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