In a stunning sunset ceremony on Ralph Lauren's Double RL ranch, Lauren Bush married David Lauren Sunday night.
Although details about the wedding have been very hush hush, the New York Post revealed the bride arrived in a horse-drawn carriage to an outdoor chapel made out of Aspen trees felled on the 17,000-acre ranch. She walked down the aisle, arm-in-arm with both of her divorced parents, Sharon and Neil.
Guests sat on carved wooden benches for the ceremony, which was conducted by Cantor Angela Buchdahl of New York's Central Synagogue as the sun set over the mountains.
The bride arrived in a horse-drawn carriage to an outdoor chapel made out of Aspen trees felled on the 17,000-acre ranch. She walked down the aisle, arm-in-arm with both of her divorced parents, Sharon and Neil.
The bride, 27, who is now known as Lauren Bush-Lauren, wore an embroidered Victorian-style gown designed by Ralph Lauren, the father of the groom. David, 39, wore a vintage Lincoln era-inspired tuxedo. Guests dressed in Western-themed black tie, featuring cowboy boots, denim and turquoise jewelry.
Afterwards, guests walked across a meadow to a nearby barn for the reception, featuring country singer Michael Martin Murphey. "The barn doors swung open to introduce the newlyweds for their first dance,” one guest told the Post. The wedding dinner included steak from the ranch.
The wedding party included Lauren Bush’s brother, Pierce, and her sister, Ashley, as well as David’s brother, Andrew, and sister, Dylan, with her new husband, Paul Arrouet. Guests included Lauren’s uncles, former president George W. Bush, with wife Laura and daughters Jenna and Barbara, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Her grandparents, former president George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush, did not attend for health reasons. But they sent a video message that was played at the Saturday night rehearsal dinner, in which expressed regrets for not being there but offered the couple best wishes for a bright future together.
The Durango Herald reports that a construction crew built the outdoor chapel and a softball field, where the wedding party played a game on Saturday.
The festivities continue today, where Ralph Lauren bought 100 tickets to a local rodeo (at $8 each) for wedding guests to attend. They will sit in the weather-beaten grandstand bleachers under a metal awning, Ouray Fairgrounds manager Susan Long told the newspaper.
"We don’t have box seats, but we’ll hang a rope around their seats so they’re all together. Mr. Lauren hired vans to transport them from the ranch to the fairgrounds,” Long said. “He and his wife, Ricky, come to the rodeo every year.”
Earlier on the day of the wedding, the bride tweeted, "Good morning world... I'm getting married today! Yay! Xo"