Tiffany and Nic’s Winter Wedding in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains
Tiffany and Nic
As a jewelry design director, Tiffany Bausch conceives original styles daily, and her serendipitous introduction to her now-husband Nicholas was so perfectly crafty that you’d think she schemed the whole thing from sketch to reality. But all she did was strike up a conversation (“incredibly uncharacteristic of me,” Tiffany promises) with the cute boy across the bar, and that was it.
Except it wasn’t that simple. At the time, Tiffany lived in Denver and was in New York on business when she met Nic Weld, a commercial real-estate broker. The evening may have ended, but their conversation did not: The two dated long-distance for one year before moving in together in Brooklyn. Four months later, the two were engaged, and four months after that, on February 22, 2014, they said their I do’s before 138 guests at Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.
Tiffany designed the stationery suite. She printed the invites and response cards on white paper and tucked them in dark brown bifolds. Each was then mailed in a khaki-lined white envelope.
Setting the Scene
Snow covered the grounds on the day of their nuptials at Devil’s Thumb Ranch, which is located in the Colorado Rocky Mountains about 65 miles from Denver.
Dressed to the Nines
Tiffany clutched a loose bouquet of greenery, ranunculus, hanging amaranthus, and roses.
Baby, It’s Cold Outside
The bride kept warm thanks to a fur wrap.
Tiffany completed her one-of-a-kind outfit with a Larkspur & Hawk necklace (she’s the company’s consulting creative director) and a strand of pearls from her father.
“My parents are amazing people, and they have played such an important role in my life, and there was no exception on my wedding day,” says Tiffany of her mom and dad.
Tiffany’s seven ladies wore jewel-toned Dessy dresses with feather hairpieces and jewelry designed and created by the bride herself. The matrons of honor -- her sisters -- wore sapphire, while the other attendants wore emerald. All kept warm against Colorado’s February chill with vintage fur stoles.
Nic’s seven guys shopped their closets for tuxes and paired them with Mackey Scottish tartan bowties.
The bride took a break to adjust her Sergio Rossi heels preceremony. Nic’s grandmother’s sapphire bracelet dangled daintily from her right wrist.
Cut a Rug
The venue lent the patchwork carpet to Tiffany and Nic for use as a ceremony marker. The bride decorated the altar-like table with family heirlooms, old vases, feathers, fabric trims, flowers, sticks with moss, and painted antlers.
The bride put her artistry to work to design the ceremony programs complete with a custom crest that topped the page. The couple searched for the simplest gold bands they could find, but Tiffany, who’s in the jewelry biz, ultimately asked one of her craftsmen to fashion the two rings pictured here.
The couple gifted Tiffany’s nephews (ages 2 through 8) these instruments for Christmas two months earlier, so the attendants could practice and really make some noise in celebration of the nuptials. Later, they fittingly dubbed this adorable crew “the ring bearer band” because they paraded down the aisle.
Tiffany’s 4-year-old niece, Josephine, and Nic’s 2-year-old niece, Penelope, tossed white feathers to prep the aisle for the bride.
Tiffany wore her sister Shannon’s veil for the ceremony. The bride’s brother-in-law read the poem “[i carry your heart with me (i carry it in]” by ee cummings before the couple exchanged vows.
Take a Seat
Guests found lyrics to Jimmy Buffett’s “Cheeseburger in Paradise” at their place settings and later referred to them for a predinner sing-along.
Center of Attention
Hobnail glass votives held candles that lit up the garden groupings of greenery, red dahlias, blush roses, coral ranunculus, and thistle.
Framed in History
Decorative gold frames held black-and-white wedding portraits of Tiffany and Nic’s relatives.
Dinner Is Served
Attendees dined buffet-style, enjoying prime beef, rosemary-and-lemon chicken, sea-salt-roasted potatoes, endive salad with Gorgonzola, and other delicious dishes.
Dancing the Night Away
The couple twirled their first number as Mr. and Mrs. to “I’ll Let Nothing Separate Us” by Otis Redding. The New Orleans-based band kept the music going and guests on the dance floor for the rest of the night.
An Italian Re-Creation
The couple’s tiered wedding cake mimicked millefoglie, the traditional wedding cake of Italy, which is made by alternating stacks of flaky puff pastry and rich Chantilly cream. Tiffany and Nic chose lemon as the lead flavor, making the dessert truly bravissimo.