Katie Leeper and Tyler Campbell’s love story began in Nashville, but when it came time to plan their dream wedding, they set it against the spectacular backdrop of Katie’s childhood home in Boulder, Colorado. Katie and Tyler met in 2013 at Vanderbilt University — he played baseball and she was a cheerleader — and the couple got engaged in December 2020 at Percy Warner Park. They tied the knot on Sept. 4, 2021, on the polo field of the bucolic Ashlawn Estate, where Katie grew up.

“We wanted guests to experience a wedding design unlike anything they had ever seen,” the couple says. “We think we achieved this by building the wedding in the middle of a polo field surrounded by natural beauty and the sweet sentiment of an at-home wedding.”

Employing a monochromatic palette of white and cream for the ceremony, the setting was a dreamy contrast against the magnificent view of mountains jutting up in the distance. Katie, outfitted in a custom sheer lace gown by Galia Lahav, was escorted from the house by the groomsmen carrying white parasols to shield her from view of Tyler or the guests. A wall of white roses opened, cathedral-style, for her grand entrance. Continuing the monochromatic theme, Katie carried an all-white bouquet of roses, orchids and peonies, and her bridesmaids, also in white dresses, carried unique bouquets with flowers that best represented their personalities.

Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour with a Parisian garden theme. The bride’s mother, Kim, kicked off the festivities by sabering a bottle of Champagne and pouring it over a tower of coupes. Ballerinas performed around a fountain filled with blush and lavender flowers, and guests were given coins to throw into the fountain to make a wish for the newlyweds. The cocktail hour began to introduce soft pops of color, a prelude of the stunning reception to come.

With deep hues and rich jewel tones, the reception, held in a tent on the polo field, had a decidedly sexier vibe. Katie changed into a lace party dress adorned with Swarovski crystals, custom-designed by Baracci, for the reception, where guests dined on filet mignon and miso-glazed cod and danced to the tunes of a 15-piece party band called Blue Rhythm. As the party continued, guests enjoyed kobe beef sliders, miniature fig grilled cheese sandwiches, parmesan potato chips and tater tot poutine. A tray of warm chocolate chip cookies was passed around the dance floor, in lieu of a groom’s cake.

Katie — in a black, long-sleeved gown from Tom Ford — and Tyler departed the party down a runway lined with sparklers, capping a truly remarkable and memorable day. “We loved how the wedding felt like we took a piece of Nashville and brought it to the Rocky Mountains,” the couple says. “[It] turns out Nashvillians bring their Southern charm wherever they go!”

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White Wedding

A towering wall of white roses was constructed in the field to allow the bride and her father to make a memorable entrance. The white aisle was lined with more than 100 feet of baby’s breath, leading to a double picture frame altar, adorned with white roses, baby’s breath and strands of crystals.

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In Bloom

“The design concept for the ceremony was light, airy and heavenly, with an all-white and cream monochromatic motif,” the bride says. In addition to the glass-backed white chairs, some of which were personalized with guests’ names, and the white floral altar, one of the most striking flourishes was the selection of blooming cherry blossoms, potted in white boxes, that framed the ceremony site.

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Drinks From On High

During the reception, the signature cocktail of the evening was Kimmy’s Cosmo, named for the mother of the bride’s famous go-to drink. Adding to the drama of the party, the fun pink cocktails were served to guests in martini glasses by aerialist bartenders.

Photographs by Stephanie Sorenson