Blaine Bowen Muhl approached her engagement and wedding planning the same way she approaches her life: leisurely, easygoing, just let it happen.
While many brides-to-be would want to push full steam ahead after the storybook proposal—horse and buggy ride, hilltop summit, ray of light beaming down at the right moment, and a photographer hiding in the bushes to capture it all—not so for this free-spirited jewelry designer.
“People say I’m laid back to a fault. I wanted us to enjoy being engaged for a few months,” says Blaine. “We came home from Ireland after getting engaged. I wanted to enjoy the time and let it all settle down before we got in to everything.”
The couple’s two-year engagement culminated in a destination wedding over Memorial Day weekend at Brush Creek Ranch in Saratoga, Wyoming. The equestrienne bride and her sports marketing groom knew they wanted a ranch wedding with lots of activities, the better for the 130 guests to bond.
“I’m not a very organized person. I changed my mind a lot,” Blaine says. “Two years was ample time for me.” It was plenty of time to hire Todd Fiscus as her planner and find the perfect dress—a Pallas Couture gown she spotted on Instagram just two months after she got engaged. Blaine was determined to have the dress even though the company was in Australia and had no U.S. accounts. “By chance I was working at bridal fashion week and they were there. I popped behind the curtain to try it on, and it was perfect.”
Well, just about. She ended up taking a last-minute trip to Australia with her mom and sister last spring. “I thought, why not have my final fitting there? We ended up changing the length and the cut, completely customizing the dress two months before the wedding. I had three fittings in two weeks. It was perfect,” she says.
Blaine and Jordan were married in a meadow at the ranch overlooking a dramatic stone outcropping. Mother Nature added her own signature touch with perfect weather all day long—until just before the ceremony.
“Once my hair and makeup was done, we went out to do our first look, and wind was whipping out of nowhere. We got up to the main lodge. Todd came up and said, ‘We’ve got 15 minutes to beat the storm— we’re doing this.’ We did it,” Blaine said. “Right as Jordan and I walked off the ceremony platform, it started pouring.”
The downpour didn’t dampen the fun, as the party unfolded across two tents and two luxurious tepee lounges—one for dancing and one for the after-party.
It was the perfect start for this perfectly unmatched couple who met at a Halloween party in 2006 while at the University of Kansas. “I’m more like the hurricane to his meticulous and well-planned life,” says the bride. “I barely answer my phone; he sends calendar invites three months ahead of time.”
On a windswept meadow where every detail was at the whim of a Rocky Mountain storm, Blaine and Jordan proved that different beats create their own magic.
The downpour didn’t dampen the fun, as the party unfolded across two tents and two luxurious tepee lounges.
Ceremony & Reception Site
Brush Creek Ranch (Saratoga, WY)
James + Schulze
Bridal Gown Designer & Retailer
Nine Zero One Salon
Grace Crivello & Seama Eftekhari
Bridesmaids Dresses Designer/Retailer
Show Me Your Mumu
Flower Girl Tutu Retailer
Flower Girl Boots Retailer
Flower Girl Sweater Retailer
Color Box Design & Letterpress
Cake & Desserts
Gigi’s Cupcakes (Denver, CO)
Brush Creek Ranch (Saratoga, WY)
Con Brio Trio
Candle Light Films
Event Rents (Denver, CO)