Real Colorado Wedding: Megan and Chad | Blue Lake Ranch Wedding

By Season Hurd |

Durango Wedding, Blue Lake Ranch Wedding, SAB Photography, Succulent Wedding

All photos by SAB Photography

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.

Their Story:

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 Details:

  • 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:

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

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
 
 
Durango Wedding, Blue Lake Ranch Wedding, SAB Photography, Wedding Paper Divas wedding invitations Durango Wedding, Blue Lake Ranch Wedding, SAB Photography, Succulent Wedding, Ring shot on wedding inviations Durango Wedding, Blue Lake Ranch Wedding, SAB Photography, Succulent Wedding Durango Wedding, Blue Lake Ranch Wedding, SAB Photography, Bridal party in robes, Bridesmaids in robes drinking margaritas Durango Wedding, Blue Lake Ranch Wedding, SAB Photography, Succulent Wedding Durango Wedding, Wedding at Blue Lake Ranch, SAB Photograph Durango Wedding, Blue Lake Ranch Wedding, SAB Photography, Ridgewood Event Center Wedding SAB Photography, Something blue, You are loved pin in bride's dress Durango Wedding, Blue Lake Ranch Wedding, SAB Photography, Succulent Wedding, Ridgewood Event Center Wedding Durango Wedding, Blue Lake Ranch Wedding, SAB Photography, Succulent Wedding Durango Wedding, Blue Lake Ranch Wedding, SAB Photography, Ridgewood Event Center wedding Durango Wedding, Blue Lake Ranch Wedding, SAB Photography, Succulent Wedding, Ridgewood Event Center Wedding, Bride and flower girls having a moment Durango Wedding, Blue Lake Ranch Wedding, SAB Photography, Succulent Wedding decor, old dresser program holder at wedding Durango Wedding, Blue Lake Ranch Wedding, SAB Photography, Succulent Wedding, Ridgewood Event Center wedding, wedding rock ceremony, wedding tree planting ceremony Durango Wedding, Blue Lake Ranch Wedding, SAB Photography, Succulent Wedding, Ridgewood Event Center Wedding Ceremony, Wedding snacks, Oh Happy Day wedding decor Durango Wedding, Blue Lake Ranch Wedding, SAB Photography, Ridgewood Event Center, outdoor wedding ceremony in Colorado Durango Wedding, SAB Photography, Closeup of groom putting ring on the bride, closeup of ring exchange Durango Wedding, Blue Lake Ranch Wedding, SAB Photography, Ridgewood Event Center, Outdoor wedding ceremony Durango Wedding, Blue Lake Ranch Wedding, SAB Photography, Succulent Wedding, Groom holding up the bride's train Durango Wedding, Blue Lake Ranch Wedding, SAB Photography, Succulent Wedding SAB Photography, Colorado Wedding Durango Wedding, Blue Lake Ranch Wedding, SAB Photography, Bride and Groom pinky swear Durango Wedding, Blue Lake Ranch Wedding, SAB Photography, Succulent Wedding favors Durango Wedding, Blue Lake Ranch Wedding, SAB Photography, Succulent Wedding, Ridgewood Event Center, Wedding Reception Durango Wedding, Blue Lake Ranch Wedding, SAB Photography Durango Wedding, Blue Lake Ranch Wedding, SAB Photography, Succulent Wedding, Ridgewood Event Center Wedding Reception, Yellow Carrot Catering Durango Wedding, Blue Lake Ranch Wedding, SAB Photography, Succulent Wedding Cake, Burlap bird wedding cake toppers, Yellow Carrot Catering Durango Wedding, Blue Lake Ranch Wedding, SAB Photography, Succulent Wedding reception decor Durango Wedding, Blue Lake Ranch Wedding, SAB Photography, The Ridgewood Event Center wedding reception Durango Wedding, Blue Lake Ranch Wedding, SAB Photography, The Ridgewood Event Center wedding reception Durango Wedding, Blue Lake Ranch Wedding, SAB Photography, The Ridgewood Event Center wedding reception Durango Wedding, Blue Lake Ranch Wedding, SAB Photography, Colorado Wedding, Night wedding shots, Supermoon wedding photography

4 Comments on Real Colorado Wedding: Megan and Chad | Blue Lake Ranch Wedding

  1. Megan Gunnufson
    March 11, 2015 at 9:52 am (3 years ago)

    Thank you for taking the time to highlight our wedding on your beautiful blog Season! This brings back so many wonderful memories for us!!

    Reply
  2. Sabrina Brant
    March 13, 2015 at 8:09 am (3 years ago)

    I loved re-visiting this awesome couple’s wedding. They are such an inspiration. And, I hear baby is on the way and they are traveling to Durango for a little fam session with SABphotography. Can’t wait and am honored!!!! Thank you Season for all you do… Sabrina

    Reply
    • Season Hurd
      March 13, 2015 at 10:10 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much for your submission and I’m delighted to hear that they are welcoming a little one! <3

      Reply

Leave a Reply