Feb 3

Written by, Bride Kayla


“In early March of 2017, the Gardiner family was working cattle on their ranch when they began to smell smoke. Little did they know the largest wildfire in Kansas history was about to make its way across almost their entire ranch.

The Starbuck fire burned Ransom’s parents home, where him and his younger brother were also living, along with 42,000 acres, 7,000 bales, 270 miles of fence, and hundreds of cattle. After the fire my brother came down to Ashland, KS to help with what he could do, like many others did too. My brother went to Kansas State University where he took animal science classes with Ransom and his twin brother Cole.

Ransom and I met for the first time a couple weeks after the fire. He was a cute long-haired curly headed cowboy in my eyes. We dated for 3 years before he proposed on Christmas Day at his family’s Christmas celebration.

I have always envisioned having a fall wedding. I love the colors, the smells, everything!! And Ransom wanted to have the wedding on his family’s Ranch, so we knew we wanted to go with western/bohemian vibes. Who doesn’t love cowhides and pampas grass??

Our favorite part of our special day was the first look. It slowed the day down and was nice to have time just Ransom and I (and Daedra of course!) Right before the ceremony the wedding party realized nobody had the rings! They had left them at his parents house but there was no time to go back to get them. So we ended up borrowing two rings from anyone who would let us use them to make this important life promise with. Our family friend Donnell Brown who was officiating our wedding said “do we have the rings that you’ll be using to get married with?”. Smiling, Ransom said “I do”. I was the only one out of the loop. When Ransom pulled out a rose gold ring from his pocket, for a second I thought he bought me a new one for some reason. Then realizing it looked a lot like my sister-in-laws ring, he pulled out a gold ring out of his pocket that I put on his finger, I knew something was up. Looking at the groomsmen’s faces turning red trying to hold in their laughs, I couldn’t hold mine in anymore. Definitely turned out to be a memorable moment for our wedding day!” – Kayla


Dress: Dress Gallery

Designer: Chic Nostalgia

Boots: Boot barn

Ring: Mead Jewelers

Jewelry: Kendra Scott

Hair: Tessa Johnson


Suits: Men’s Warehouse

Tie: men’s warehouse

Boots: Justin

Hat: Greeley Hat Company

Ring: Lashbrook

Florals: Melanie Hink-Ashland

Catering: Webb’s food crew and bbq

Dj: Michael Shots-Ashland

Photographer: Native Roaming

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