Notes from the photographer, Christa Tippmann:
On a warm and sunny day tucked away deep in the mountains West of Fort Collins, Sean and Dakota got married.
Dakota had a vision for her wedding day that started long before she and Sean were married. Vision is the key word here as Dakota’s wedding planning began 2 years prior to their engagement when Dakota made a special trip to Dallas to choose her wedding dress accompanied by her mother and Aunt. It's true, she picked the dress before the groom. Dakota understood that the right groom would understand her reasons why. Dakota’s mother suffers from glaucoma which has rendered her almost 100% blind. For Dakota, at that time, beyond choosing Mr. Right was knowing that her Mom could have the opportunity to see her perfect dress in the event she would not be able to see it on Dakota’s big day. Dakota’s Mom will tell you that Dakota’s dress carries a very specific sound. A luxurious swishing of its featherweight blush tulle. Family and friends would hear Dakota walking down the aisle towards her groom.
Stove Prairie Ranch was a gorgeous venue for a spring wedding. Guests enjoyed a hayride tour though the winding property to the wedding site, known as The Amphitheater.The ceremony was even officiated by her eldest brother and supported by their close family and friends.A breeze blew through the pines as guests took in the beauty of this picturesque property surrounded by herds of horses, Llamas and even the resident bobcat.
No details was spared for their celebration. They fully succeeded in creating a relaxed atmosphere where their guests felt comfortable. Dakota and Sean both contributed to the handmade creation of their perfect day from designing and constructing their own crystal votive, geode centerpieces to the geometric altar backdrop which was constructed by the groom himself! The centerpiece of the ceremony was dripping with the bride’s favorite flowers in various shades of pink provided by the one-and-only Lace and Lilies. Every detail had meaning right down to the charm on Dakota's bouquet written in braille.
Guests dined on pizza from the couple’s favorite food truck, The Rollin’ Stone, and their preferred Walrus Ice Cream flavors in lieu of a traditional wedding cake. Following a spectacular, and gentle, cotton candy Colorado sunset, and surrounded by vast pastures of horses, the couple and their guests danced the night away under the stars in the front lawn of the ranch.