When Lauren Bush and David Lauren said they were planning a western wedding, they weren't kidding.
The first photos of the September wedding, published in the December issue of Vogue, look as if the couple could have stepped out of the classic movie, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. In the black-and-white wedding photo, the bride wears a gown of antique tulle hand-embroidered with Swarovski Elements, beads, and pearls designed by her father-in-law, iconic designer Ralph Lauren. She told Vogue:
It was like a dream come true. We sat together and arrived at this silhouette. It isn’t Victorian exactly. I wanted something modern as well, so there is the high-necked collar and puffed shoulders with the large open back.”
She also told Vogue writer William Norwich that she wore cowboy boots to the wedding, held at the 17,000-acre Double RL ranch near Telluride on Labor Day. So did her five bridesmaids, who Lauren Bush said looked like characters from Little House on the Prairie in white linen blouses, vests and vintage prairie skirts.
In keeping with custom, the bride wore borrowed Victorian earrings with a new dress and boots, an old headpiece and something blue — her socks.
And in keeping with custom, she wore borrowed Victorian earrings with a new dress and boots, an old headpiece and something blue — her socks.
The groom wore a western-style tuxedo, also by Ralph Lauren, with gold chains hanging from the pockets.
After the outdoor ceremony, the newlyweds rode down the mountain in a horse-drawn carriage to a wedding dinner for 200 guests in a nearly 200-year-old barn decorated with flowers that were “all white, creams, and blues, and really fragrant,” Lauren Bush Lauren told the magazine. She originally wanted wildflowers but realized they don't last long after being picked.
The photos, which were released by Vogue on Thursday, show the bride in an antique horse-drawn carriage on the ranch and the couple dancing in a field with the Rocky Mountains in the background. The outdoor photos were taken by Houston native Mark Seliger.
Steaks from the ranch were served, but the bride doesn't eat meat, so the couple dined on vegetarian offering. Country singer Michael Martin Murphey performed.
Lauren Bush Lauren will make a personal appearance at Neiman Marcus on Dec. 2 on behalf of Judith Leiber. The famed handbag designer created a special clutch for Bush Lauren's FEED Project, which feeds hungry children around the world.