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A Mountain Top Wedding

Oh, what a glorious day it was at Cement Ridge for a wedding! The sun beamed down, wrapping everyone in its warm embrace, while friends gathered to witness the most beautiful union. It’s not every day you get to see your friends pledge their lives to each other and let me tell you, it was nothing short of magical.

Cement Ridge Wedding

Wedding Day

I want to share a story that will warm your heart. It’s about a beautiful wedding I attended recently at Cement Ridge—a hidden gem right on the border of Wyoming and South Dakota. Now, I haven’t gone to too many weddings, but this one—oh, this one was something truly special.

A sky so blue it felt like stepping into a painting, Trees swaying gently in the breeze, and wildflowers adding pops of color to the scene. Cement Ridge, with its breathtaking views and serene atmosphere, was the perfect backdrop for two dear friends to share their vows and promise their lives to each other. And let me tell you, it was like a scene straight out of a fairy tale, but with a bit more grit and a dash of rustic charm.


As the ceremony began, there was a hush that fell over the gathering. The pastor stood there, his voice calm and assured, asking the couple what marriage meant to them. Now, here’s where it gets really good—both the bride and groom had these heartfelt, genuine answers that had me reaching for a tissue. They spoke about partnership, faith, and the wild adventure they were embarking on together. It was clear to everyone present that these two were made for each other. And let’s be honest, it was refreshing to witness something so profoundly real and beautiful.

But let’s not forget the hustle and bustle that went into making this day perfect. The meal cooked on the grill brought everyone together like one big family, every detail was a testament to the hard work and love poured into the event. I couldn’t help but think of all the moms out there who juggle so many responsibilities, yet still find time to craft, cook, and create memories that will last a lifetime. You are the unsung heroes, the glue that holds everything together, and this wedding was a shining example of that.

As the night wore on, the celebration only grew more joyful. There was laughter. I caught myself thinking about the wild and creative ways we celebrate love and commitment. Whether it’s a small gathering in a cozy backyard or an elaborate affair at a place like Cement Ridge, the essence remains the same—family, faith, and the joy of doing life together.

To the Moms and Brides out there;

So, to my hardworking moms out there, juggling kids, careers, and everything in between, take a moment to savor these beautiful milestones. Whether you’re planning a wedding, a birthday party, or just a simple family dinner, remember that your efforts create the magic that makes these moments unforgettable. And to the newlyweds whose vows inspired this post, congratulations on your wedding and the incredible journey that lies ahead. Your love story is a reminder to us all that the wild and creative path is often the most rewarding.

In the end, weddings like the one at Cement Ridge aren’t just about the couple—they’re about community, about everyone coming together to celebrate something bigger than themselves. So here’s to all the moms, dads, friends, and family who make these moments possible. You are the heartbeat of every celebration, and your hustle doesn’t go unnoticed. Keep doing what you do best—loving fiercely, working tirelessly, and celebrating wildly.

Mountain Top Wedding

July 11, 2024

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