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An Intimate Valentine’s Day Wedding

Bonnie & Brad  |  February 14th  |  Durango, Colorado

From the bride: My wedding at Durango Mountain Resort was an absolute dream, truly.  We chose Valentine’s Day for several reasons: it’s my husband’s birthday, it’s the day we got engaged, and it’s been my favorite day of the year since I was two. We met at Durango Mountain Resort and fell in love at first sight. When we decided to get married, we knew we wanted to get married at the exact spot where we met. I was finishing nursing school, so we decided to have a very tiny and special ceremony.An Intimate Valentine's Day Wedding - Durango Colorado An Intimate Valentine's Day Wedding - Durango Colorado An Intimate Valentine's Day Wedding - Durango Colorado An Intimate Valentine's Day Wedding - Durango Colorado An Intimate Valentine's Day Wedding - Durango Colorado An Intimate Valentine's Day Wedding - Durango Colorado An Intimate Valentine's Day Wedding - Durango Colorado An Intimate Valentine's Day Wedding - Durango Colorado An Intimate Valentine's Day Wedding - Durango Colorado

Looking back, my itty-bitty wedding was everything I hoped it would be. Durango is a magical place and I will treasure my romantic Valentine’s Day wedding memories for life! An Intimate Valentine's Day Wedding - Durango Colorado

Bonnie’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

VENUE & LODGING: Durango Mountain Resort (more info). We stayed right at the base in a beautiful condo where we held our wedding. The staff was amazing.

Photographer: IlluminArts Photography  //  Flowers: Blossom of Durango

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Outdoorsy Flair at Evergreen Lake House

Gretchen & John  | October 19th | Evergreen Lake House

From the bride: One of my favorite wedding moments was my father’s speech and toast. He is a big fan of hunting and fishing. Little did I know, our wedding was scheduled on the opening day of Pheasant Season in South Dakota. For the last 30 years, my father has packed up the dogs and his hunting gear in his Ford pickup truck and headed to opening day. This was the first time in 30 years that he missed it.

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I wrapped my grandmother’s pocket watch around my bouquet.  She passed away when I was 14, so it was nice to have something that represented her.

A Wedding with Outdoorsy Flair at Evergreen Lake House

 For years, my father has been collecting pheasant feathers from his hunting trips. Instead of the usual floral arrangements, we had our florist include his pheasant feathers in the centerpieces to give the space an outdoorsy flair.  John has since taken up pheasant hunting and as a surprise we included a feather in his boutonniere.

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THE VENDORS
Rockstar Venue: THE EVERGREEN LAKEHOUSE  {more info}  //  Photographer:  Rene Tate Photography  //  Floral Designer: Blooms Floral Design

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Love & Laughter at Flying Dog Ranch

Kearstin & Luke  |  Flying Dog Ranch 

From the bride:
The vision for our wedding began with my shoes. That may be unusual for some, but being a fan of fabulous footwear, I knew I found our colors when I locked eyes on a pair of tangerine and fuchsia peep toe heels. Both colors are bright, bold, and scream “Happy!”

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Like many, we viewed our wedding as a great cause for celebration. Fun, playful, welcoming, and full of details reflecting our personalities were the feelings we wanted to evoke in our guests. Speaking of guests, aside from our dear friend Anne, who served as our officiant, we consciously chose not to have a wedding party. We felt that all our guests (friends & family) were there to support us and filled that role.

A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado

My grandmother’s favorite brooch was placed at the base of my wedding bouquet. A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado

Having planned and designed many friends’ weddings, ranging from flowers, decorations, coordinating with vendors, and even baking a cake, it was exciting to now be able to create our wedding. I enjoy coming up with creative ways to use or re-purpose things. This began with our handmade invitations, which were playful in their wording and interactive.

A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado

 Guests were greeted by our hand crafted lemonade stand, complete with a tasseled awning and a few engagement photos strung along brake cable from a bike.

A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado

Mason jars with hand etched stripes, ribbon, and a bike charm awaited guests to enjoy drinks pre and post ceremony; not to mention serving as a fun take home gift.

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 Bike cogs served as our napkin ring holders. They were the perfect size and spoke (pun intended) to our love of bikes. The cogs were a big hit; we were pleasantly surprised to find that most guests took them home.

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Being lovers of food, especially dessert, we offered our guests a dessert buffet comprised of our favorite sweet treats: fruit pies from Wisconsin, smiley face cookies from my hometown bakery, a three tiered Rice Krispie treat cake, creamsicles, a variety of candies like orange sherbert Jelly Bellys, Twizzlers, cotton candy, M & M’s in an antique gumball machine in our wedding colors served in and on antique glassware. And last, were the chocolate salted caramel cupcakes served up on a three tier bicycle wheel cupcake stand.

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I can’t help but smile when I reflect on our wedding day. It was amazing to see and feel so much love and laughter from those near and dear to our hearts.

A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado

My advice: Don’t sweat the small stuff and go with the flow; guests tend not to notice and are unaware of unfinished details. Unexpected events, like an umbrella catapulting into the pond at our ceremony site, only add to the conversation of the day; no one was hurt. At the end of the day it is about the union of two people who love each other, so have fun, and don’t forget to eat!

A Bike Wedding at Flying Dog Ranch - Aspen, Colorado

Kearstin & Luke’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

{Luxe Mountain} Venue: FLYING DOG RANCH {more info}.  We wanted a venue that not only felt intimate, but showcased the beautiful Roaring Fork valley. Flying Dog Ranch allowed us the perfect setting.

Photographer: David Gillette Photography. In addition to being talented, and creative, Dave loves his job and he is wonderful to work with.

Catering: Pan and Fork Supper Club. Chef Phillip is an artiste in the kitchen, the food was delicious and the service impeccable. Susan is great to work with and paid attention to details like having their staff wear orange serving aprons to match our colors; a fabulous touch.

Linens: Purchased from The Tablecloths Factory.  Great quality and selection. Since I was doing all the set up and I didn’t mind washing them after our wedding, purchasing the linens saved money and allowed us to order more linens to design with than if I rented them.

Wedding Gown: Augusta Jones

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