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A Telluride bride and her ranchhand

May Selby
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
May Selby Presenting Mr. and Mrs. Clay Patrick Lowery.

Jill Martin Perry and Clay Patrick Lowery tied the knot in Telluride last Friday at the historic Schmid Ranch. The bride decided on the date “08/08/08” shortly after getting engaged this winter and to celebrate the special occasion in Telluride since she lived there for many years. The ranch setting for the wedding especially appealed to the groom who has lived on an Old Snowmass ranch for the past 18 years and certainly knows his way around a pasture.

Though the forecast called for thunderstorms and high winds, the weather worked out just fine with perfect Colorado climes, bursts of sunshine and an occasional rainbow in the distance. The ceremony and reception took place at the base of Wilson Peak on Wilson Mesa. As the bride’s father escorted her through a grassy field to a tall stand of aspen trees, guests and the groom awaited her arrival. After the Lowerys exchanged vows, all meandered through the meadow to take in the views of the surrounding San Juan Mountains. While the younger guests took turns riding a pony around the property, several guests played a few rounds of cornhole with beanbags and others simply socialized under the vast sky.

Local restaurant La Cocina de Luz catered the affair, serving margaritas and cervezas along with appetizers including tempura- fried shrimp with sweet sauce, black bean and cheese quesadillas, and squash blossoms with a mild tomatillo sauce. For dinner, a buffet of pan-seared halibut, chipotle tamales, summer squash au gratin, and rice served with homemade flour tortillas was offered. The bride chose ribbon-wrapped cupcakes for dessert.

“I wouldn’t have believed this if I hadn’t seen it with my very own eyeballs,” said the groom’s cousin, Cobb Morgan of Lousiana, in describing the wedding. “Clay’s always had a jedi magnetism with the ladies, but this one clearly won him over. I wish them the best.”

After spending the weekend in Telluride, the happy couple returned to Old Snowmass. This fall they will be honeymooning on a three-week-long river trip through the Grand Canyon.

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