Rossi-Carlson exchange vows |

Rossi-Carlson exchange vows


Saturday, June 13 dawned warm and clear, casting the perfect setting for the long-awaited marriage of Josie Rossi and Leif Carlson. Rossi, daughter of local ranchers Mark and Ceena Rossi, was born and raised in Routt County. Carlson, son of Kelly and Joy Carlson of Yampa, transplanted from Michigan in 2008.

The wedding was held outdoors on the Rossi ranch at 12:30 p.m. A horse-drawn wagon provided Zane and Ty Louthan made transportation to the ceremony at the top of a nearby hill. As guests found seats on rows of linen-covered hay bales, they enjoyed the strains of live music performed by flutist Belinda Rossi and harpist Margo Krimmel. The snow-capped Flat-Top Mountains created a pristine backdrop for the wedding scene.

The bride and her attendants were carried up to the ceremony in an orange 1956 Ford pickup, an iconic symbol of Rossi’s ranching roots.

The ceremony was performed by Kelly Carlson, father of the groom and pastor of First Baptist Church of Yampa. His charge to the couple was to find their true “home” in each other and in their mutual faith in God, regardless of their physical location.

The couple recited traditional vows in voices strong with hope and certainty. Their first act as husband and wife was to share communion bread and wine, accompanied by the music of vocalist Alexis Truax.

The bride’s attendants included her three sisters, Sarajane Snowden, Ceanna Rossi, Jessica Rossi, and sister of the groom Lucy Carlson. The groom was attended by three Army comrades, Paul Watson, Hunter Strosnider, Drew Young, and brother Schuyler Carlson. The groom and his three military friends served a tour of duty together in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.

The ladies were lovely in teal dresses and cowgirl boots, while the men sported pressed jeans and plaid western shirts. The bride, a talented seamstress, wore an up-cycled dress of elegant white chiffon.

The reception was full of joyful energy. Tables were arrayed with wildflowers and ranch-style decorations like barbed-wire hearts and horseshoe “C’s” in honor of the new Carlsons. The wedding cakes were made from scratch and designed to look like aspen logs by the brides Aunt Teffanie Rector and Joan Rector. Plenty of delicious food was provided by Parker Catering, deejay Cody Samuelson kept the dance floor lively, and Abby Martindale helped out the families by keeping the itinerary on schedule. Emceeing the event were uncle and aunt of the groom, Ron and Bonnie Emmorey of Michigan, while photographer Aly Burt artfully captured the scene through her lens.

The new Mr. and Mrs. Carlson quietly escaped around 4 p.m. for a brief honeymoon in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. They now reside together in Grand Junction, where they both work and attend School. Routt County anticipates their return to the community after they complete their education.

The family and friends of the Rossis and Carlsons offer their heartfelt congratulations on this long-anticipated union.

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