By Bennett Owen
Given his brand name, you might expect a parade of polo ponies, but Ralph Lauren has chosen a western wedding fiesta for the marriage of his son David and Lauren Bush…granddaughter of president number 41 and niece of President number 43. ‘41’ won’t be attending because of the altitude…’43’ reportedly is.
The wedding is being held on Lauren’s 17-thousand acre Double RL ranch near Telluride. Security is tight but word has it a western saloon has been set up along with Tipis and cabins, not to mention mountain scenery right out of the John Wayne version of True Grit. Country singer Michael Martin Murphey leads the entertainment line-up.
The dress code is described as ‘black tie with a western twist…’ I guess if you’re going to tie the knot it may as well be a sturdy cowboy bowline. By the way, the bride says she’s eager to take on the name Lauren Bush-Lauren…”I’m sort of old-fashioned that way,” she swoons. Guests will also be invited to a Labor Day rodeo at nearby Ouray County Fairgrounds. They’ll be sitting out on the grandstands…no air conditioned box seating at this event.
Ralph Lauren is one of the world’s richest men with an estimated fortune of $6-billion. But locals describe him simply as “the nice guy who owns the Double RL Ranch.” He recently told Oprah Winfrey, “I’m not a cowboy and don’t pretend to be one, but I love the West.” Which makes him an honorary member of the My-West family.