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Relaxed & Fun in Montrose

From the bride, Katie:
It was the perfect day! I got to marry my best friend and hang out with all the people who mean the world to me. We danced the night away and had a blast.
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We got married outside on the lawn next to the river on a beautiful day! There were trees and mountains all around us.

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My Mom made all the burlap table runners and signs as well as wildflower seed thank you gifts.

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Katie’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Venue: Trout River Ranch. I would highly recommend them! Not only did we rent the property, but we also rented the house for the night before and night of. It was great to be able to get ready on site and then not have to drive anywhere after the event. Denny and Jan were wonderful to work with.

Photographer: Rebecca Ellison Photography. Becca is the best! She has a great personality and works with you to make sure she captures the moments you want and then some. Everyone who attended the wedding complemented on how wonderful she was! She fit in well with the group and seemed to be at all the right spots to capture memorable moments. I highly recommend Becca she is so talented and professional, she made the day easy!

Tent & Rentals: Park Avenue Parties. Celeste was so wonderful to work with! She helped to get the tents, tables, and dance floor layed. Park Avenue had everything we needed to make a great party! They were on time with their setup and tear down. They worked with us on last minute changes and I never had to worry about a thing!

Cake: Butch’s Café Take the Cake. Kim was easy to work with and makes delicious cakes! We had a white cake with raspberry filling, a chocolate cake with chocolate filling, and red velvet.

Florist: Alpine Floral. They were very helpful on picking the right combinations and did a great job on all of the flowers. They listened to what we wanted and delivered just that! I highly recommend them!

Transportation: Telluride Express. Since the venue was outside of town we provided a shuttle for the guests. Laurie was great to work with; she has a lot of experience and helped us make sure everyone was picked up on time. The driver was very professional and nice!

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A Day Filled with Crafty Homemade Touches

Rachel & Dave  |  June 21st  |  Longmont, Colorado

From the bride, Rachel:
While we hadn’t intended to have a “Destination Wedding,” our guests traveled from 22 different states to join our celebration.  We chose Colorado so that my mom could help plan the wedding since Dave and I were living in Mississippi at the time.  It was such a gift to have so many friends and family travel so far!

Ashtonhoward01The personalization of our wedding really came from all the many hands who spent so many hours working on all the little touches that made the day so special.  From craft nights with our roommates to make all of the centerpiece jars, to friends spray painting frames and making mirrors, to my mom collecting forks from all over the country for our favors, to Dave’s mom designing our save the dates and invitations, to our dads building signs and handcrafting a ring box, to our family and friends making napkin rings, card boxes, banners, arranging flowers, baking the groom’s cake and then everyone helping to put all of those little pieces together was the best gift any one person could have given us to make the day so memorable!

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Our Advice: In all the planning, it’s easy to get so caught up in the many tasks and decisions and to-do lists that we found it important to have wedding-free nights every week too.  It’s easy to get so focused on the wedding, that you can lose sight of the marriage.

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Rachel & Dave’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer:  Ashton Howard Photography. Ashton shot our engagement pictures and wedding day and we could not have loved working with him or the pictures he took more.
Venue: Lone Hawk Farm.  Beautiful location!  Kristen and her family were so hospitable, we felt right at home!
Event Planner:  At Your Service Events Management.  While we didn’t have a planner, Jim and At Your Service did an incredible job making sure our ceremony, cocktail hour and reception ran smoothly.  They handled all of the rentals, oversaw the other vendors, and made sure that we were only worried about enjoying our day!
Caterer: Taco Mojo. Taco Mojo has the only menu that met our dietary restrictions (vegetarian and gluten free) while still offering a delicious and interesting selection for all our guests to enjoy.  The taco bar was a total hit!
Cake: Tasty Cakes Cakery. Kellie Manley was a delight to work with and the cake was fabulous!  She was able to take all our ideas and put them together into our dream cake.
Florist: a florae.  After just minutes of meeting Rachel Mann, she felt like an instant friend and someone I absolutely trusted to turn my stack of Pinterest pictures from ideas into reality.  And she did!  She even took all the centerpieces the week before the wedding so could deliver the flowers already ready to go.  And the arrangements were everything I’d imagined and more!

Honeymoon Location:  Disneyworld.  The all-inclusive Disneyworld package is perfect for couples who want to relax and have fun too!  We loved the meal plan, staying in the Animal Kingdom and having plenty of time to explore all the parks!

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A Dreamy Mountain Wedding

Amanda & Ryan |  September 29th  |  Edwards, Colorado

From the bride, Amanda:
We both love the mountains and skiing so we decided to plan a destination wedding to Colorado. The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera was the perfect location for us because it had an intimate feel and had breathtaking views of the mountains. We wanted to keep our wedding fairly small and had about 60 people in attendance, all family and close friends.

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The ceremony took place on the Overlook Lawn about an hour before sunset. The scenery was even more beautiful than we could have imagined since all of the aspen trees were changing color for fall.

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In lieu of a guest book, we had a vintage Colorado map for guests to sign.

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We created small wooden decorations that were a part of the table décor. We burned a heart with our initials into small tree stumps.

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We both attended Texas A&M University so we wanted some details to reflect this. The groom’s cake and bride’s garter were both A&M themed. We also had the DJ play the Aggie War Hymn at the reception. LauraLeeAnders14

  It was truly our dream wedding!

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RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: Laura Lee Anderson Photography  //  Event Planner: The Soiree Studio  //  Venue & Catering: Lodge & Spa at Cordillera  //  Cake: Delicious by Marleen  //  Florals: Vintage Magnolia  //    DJ: Vail DJ  //  Photobooth: Big Daddy’s Photo Booth

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  • Brooks Luby June 10, 2013 6:34 am

    What a lovely wedding! I love the vintage map idea - and those bridesmaids' dresses are gorgeous! They work so beautifully with the bouquets!
  • Matt June 24, 2013 9:23 pm

    This is epic. The shot of the ceremony and hour before sunset is unreal. Wow.
  • Rayna July 1, 2013 12:13 pm

    Totally loving the bouquet and bridesmaid dresses. Especially together! Beautifully done.