Bride: Megan Moroney, 29 – Landman
Groom: Chad Gunnufson, 37 – Radiographer
Date: June 22, 2013
Location: The Ridgewood Event Center at Blue Lake Ranch, Hesperus
Coming off a lovely but chill-inducing wedding in the snow, I would like to present something that feels like pure summer. Megan and Chad’s Blue Lake Ranch Wedding is colorful, warm, and full of succulents (a favorite of mine for sure). Also in contrast to the previous post, this wedding shows the variety of ranch venues in the state as this one is distinctly southwestern in feel. Megan and Chad seem to be a very chill couple and I think that probably helped them when some of their plans didn’t go according to…well..plan. My heart hurt for them when I read about some of their setbacks (See “Rolling with the Punches” below) but I want to give them a ginormous high five for dealing with surprises like total bosses. It’s clear that the most important part of the day to them was walking away together as husband and wife. Everything else was just icing on the cake. And because of that incredible attitude, their wedding day turned out fantastic and nobody would have ever been the wiser.
Chad and I were set up on a blind date! I had been working at my current company for only about 2 months when my boss came in and said she had the perfect guy for me. (Chad was friends with her Son-in-Law) We both decided to take a chance and met for appetizers and a game of pool. We hit if off right away and have been together ever since!
Chad proposed on May 7, 2012. It was simple and just the two of us at home. He’d asked me after over 5 years together to spend the rest of my life with him. Doesn’t get any more romantic than that! – Megan
Rolling with the Punches:
- “We had planned to have a family friend marry us, also the same man that married Chad’s brother and his wife. Unfortunately due to the forest fires in Colorado that summer, we found out he wasn’t going to be able to make it to our wedding 2 days before the ceremony! We were fortunate to find Roger Haney at the local United Methodist Church in town and he was so wonderful! He was willing to perform our ceremony, on his birthday none the less! When he began speaking the day of, he started talking about how everyone was gathered here to celebrate our union and then he jokingly said, ‘They are a wonderful couple. I would know; I’ve known them for a whole 2 days now!’ Everyone laughed and it just made the whole ceremony start off on a happy note.” – Megan
- The couple’s wedding flowers were delivered to another bride by accident and incorporated into that event before they could be retrieved! Can you imagine?! Megan, her mother, and the bridesmaids went to a couple of grocery stores and made do with what was on hand. I think the results were lovely anyway. Plus, her bridal bouquet was provided by another vendor so she was still solid on that crucial piece. Phew!
- “My first dance was supposed to be with my brother, Matt, since he was the one who walked me down the aisle. Matt was sitting in the back of the room and didn’t hear when the DJ called him to come up. My Grandpa didn’t miss a beat, he walked up to the dance floor, took my hand and stole the dance from my brother! Halfway through the song he shouted ‘get up here Matt’ and handed me off. It was special to get to share my first dance with both of them.” – Megan
- The wedding took place on the night of the “Super Moon” and the couple scored some sweet pictures with it.
- The bride’s dress was consigned. Take note ladies because that’s a great money saver and wedding recycling!
- Her something old was a pin Chad gave her that says “You are Loved”. (See photos) Her something new was her earrings – vintage and a gift from her mother. Her something borrowed was a monogrammed pendant from her paternal grandmother and an emerald ring from her maternal grandmother that was made by her grandfather. Finally, her something blue was an embroidered handkerchief from Chad’s great grandmother.
- The couple DIYed the centerpieces, table numbers, favors, programs, and ring bearer pillows!
- The tables at the ends of the aisles were handmade by the bride’s grandfather. (Cool!)
- Megan and Chad had a stone blessing ceremony. The stones are now on their mantel.
- They also performed a tree planting ceremony with soil from their childhood homes. They planted the tree at their home together. <3
- Their favors were little potted succulents.
The Best Part:
Venue: The Ridgewood Event Center at Blue Lake Ranch | Photography: Sabrina Brant of SAB Photography | Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal via The Altar Bridal Consignment | Earrings: Vintage via The Green Bride | Shoes: Adrienne Vittadini | Bridesmaid Dresses: Victoria’s Secret | Hair and Makeup: Hair Fusion Salon & Spa | Groom(smen) Attire: Occasions Bridal & Events Boutique | Rings: Gordon’s Jewelers | Catering, Cake, and Bridal Bouquet: The Yellow Carrot | Additional Floral Design: Lana Thompson (Friend) | Dj: Aiko Aiko Sound | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Officiant: Roger Haney, Durango First United Methodist Church
I was waiting at the head of the aisle for the flower girls to finish before I started walking. (They were redistributing the flower petals because they didn’t like that they were all clumped together – too cute!) I was smiling and looking at everyone. Then my eyes fell on Chad and I began crying. I couldn’t stop myself. I had been teasing him that he was going to be teary that day, and then here I am, balling like a baby. I guess the emotion of it all just caught up with me in that moment. – Megan