Bailess, Kay recite vows Aug. 20 in Colorado

Published 12:43 am Sunday, October 10, 2010

Robert Russel Bailess Jr. and Gretchen Helen Kay were married at 5 p.m. Aug. 20, 2010, at Gorrono Ranch in Telluride, Colo. The Rev. Patrick Sanders, cousin of the groom of Southaven, officiated at the mountaintop ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Caldwell Kay of Manhattan Beach, Calif., and Elsa Cremer Kay of Whispering Pines, N.C. She is the granddaughter of Sally Cremer Williams of LaCross, Wisc.; Glynn William Cremer of Seal Beach, Calif; Helen Kay Patterson of Green Valley, Ariz.; and the late George Benjamin Kay of Flossmoor, Ill.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Russel Bailess. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Pierson Waring Jr., the late Betty Jeanne Waring and Mr. and Mrs. Oren DeVaughn Bailess, all of Vicksburg.

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Given in marriage by her father, the bride’s chosen colors were soft shades of yellow, peach, gray and white. Classical and traditional selections were performed by Chuck Hugenberg, violinist, and Mike Pale, acoustic guitarist.

Maids of honor were Megan Leech of Richmond, Va., and Hilary Nims of Brooklyn, N.Y. Bridesmaids were Katherine Bailess of Beverly Hills, Calif., and Becca Bailess Stewart of Madison, sisters of the groom; Katie Cleary of Washington, D.C.; Jaime Petrus, sister-in-law of the bride, of Lesotho, Africa; Alana McDonough of Oakland, Calif.; and Kara Mealy of Seattle, Wash.

The groom’s father served as best man. Groomsmen were Clint Cook of Ouray, Colo.; Shannon Hosemann of Houston, Texas; Richard Johnson of Cincinnati, Ohio; Alex Kay, brother of the bride, of Lesotho; Dan Lowery of Oxford; Clark McLaurin of Fort Worth, Texas; and Matt Mitchell and John Michael Stewart, brother-in-law of the groom, both of Madison.

The groom’s golden retriever, Sadie, served as flower girl.

Poetry was read by Ryan Cook, cousin of the groom, of Ouray. Original readings were composed and read by Alex Kay and Jaime Petrus.

A dinner and dance followed the ceremony at the Gorrono Ranch lodge in the San Juan Mountains. Guests were entertained with music by The Fever of Boulder, Colo.

For a honeymoon, the couple traveled to Moorea, French Polynesia. They will make their home in Denver, Colo., where the bride is a doctor of veterinary medicine at Caring Hands Veterinary Hospital and the groom is a commercial banker with U.S. Bank.

Rehearsal dinner

On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner for members of the wedding party, family and wedding guests at Telluride Conference Center ballroom.

Bridesmaids’ luncheon

The maids of honor and the bride’s family honored the bridesmaids with a spa day and luncheon at The Peaks Resort in Mountain Village, Colo.

Early arrivals party

The bride and groom were honored with a Mexican fiesta in Telluride. Hosts were Mr. and Mrs. Dan Waring, uncle and aunt of the groom, Mr. and Mrs. Dean Andrews Jr., Dr. and Mrs. James Cook, Linda Harris, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hays, Mr. and Mrs. Ken Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Lambiotte, Mr. and Mrs. Mo Powers, Mr. and Mrs. Ken Rector and Mr. and Mrs. William Shappley.


The groom’s parents hosted a farewell barbecue for the newlyweds and wedding guests at The Legends Terrace in Peaks Resort. Guests were entertained by the Telluride Bluegrass Allstars.

Announcement party

The groom’s parents honored the bridal couple with a cocktail announcement party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Charles Waring, uncle and aunt of the groom. High Frequency of Jackson provided live music for guests.