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From the Magazine: Casual at Durango Mountain Resort

This week’s featured wedding from the 2014 Magazine is all about casual fun in Durango.

From the bride, Amanda:
I really wanted to be married in Durango as it was my hometown and I miss Colorado desperately (I’ve been living in Seattle for the past six years). My husband, Jesse, was onboard with one condition: he wanted to be married against a backdrop of mountains and at a location that could accommodate lodging for our out-of-town guests. Durango Mountain Resort seemed the perfect location. From there, we wanted to have a casual style that would work effortlessly with the venue so we wouldn’t be forcing anything to match, and having a rustic design and look seemed to work perfectly with the outdoors and the wood and stone palettes found in Purgy’s. 


Since we were getting married at the end of September, I wanted to embrace the fall season and use fall colors as my main inspiration in the flowers and décor – reds, golds and ambers. My invite suite was completely themed around aspens and their golden fall color. I also chose a deep plum color to act as a subdued contrast to the fall colors, and it complemented everything perfectly.

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Our ceremony took place outside at DMR’s Engineer site among the aspens with Engineer as a backdrop, and it was close to perfect. Despite having snowed the night before during the rehearsal dinner (which was a treat in itself for many of our out-of-town guests), the day was sunny and the wind died down right before the ceremony at 4:30. We had minimal décor details at the ceremony site by choice, as we really just wanted the forest and mountains to be the main attractions. We had a violist and violinist to supply the music before and after the ceremony, as well as the processional/recessional. The string musicians were a great touch that added to the ‘rustic nature’ aspect.


The ceremony itself kicked off with the song “You and Me” by Dave Matthews, and it was sung by my cousin who was accompanied by a family friend on the guitar. Our officiant told the story of how Jesse and I came to fall in love, and it was very personal and heartwarming with some jokes weaved in. We lit a unity candle, during which my cousin sang another Dave Matthews song, “Steady as we Go.”  Jesse and I are both big Dave Matthews Band fans, and the songs made the ceremony that much more special as we also got engaged at a Dave Matthews Band concert. We wrote our own vows and barely kept it together while we were reading them. Overall, the ceremony was very beautiful, personal and heartfelt.

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I loved the aspen tree painting that my bridesmaid did for us as our guest welcome book. While I’ve seen the idea at many weddings, the fact that my best friend painted it for us made it very special and will be something we can hang in our house forever. That it was aspens also carried with our wedding theme and location. AmndaJesse20 AmndaJesse21 AmndaJesse23

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Amanda & Jesse’s

Rockstar VENUE, CATERER & LODGING: Durango Mountain Resort {more info | website}.  The food and service was great and our wedding was truly everything we hoped it would be and the staff at DMR had a large role in that.

Rockstar PHOTOGRAPHER: IlluminArts Photography {more info | website}.  I loved working with IlluminArts. They were very detail-oriented, made sure that I got all the images I wanted and were very thorough. They were completely unobtrusive during the ceremony and reception and we got along with them great!

Cake: Skillfully Decadent Desserts   //  Bride’s Gown: Allure  //   Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff 

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“You and Me, Come What May”

From the bride, Hilary:
We took a trip to Telluride about a year into dating and had such a great time. Telluride is the epitome of us as our motto is “You and me, come what may.” 

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My Dad had orange and black umbrellas made for our ceremony…just in case. PhotobyJulie03 PhotobyJulie04Our ceremony was held at San Sophia Overlook (10,000 feet). I Walked down the aisle to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, one of my husband’s favorite songs.


A District Court Judge I clerked for in law school came from Nebraska to marry us. PhotobyJulie06 PhotobyJulie07 PhotobyJulie08 PhotobyJulie09 PhotobyJulie10 PhotobyJulie11

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Venue & Catering: Telluride Ski Resort.  The staff at Telluride Ski Resort did an incredible job, and I would highly recommend this venue to anyone.  It was the perfect rustic, with elegance setting.  They allowed us to customize the menu, do any and all decorations we wanted, and even accommodated our iPod and song list. Such a cozy place!  Holli Owen and Lacey Downing were simply amazing. They were so easy to work and had every last detail taken care of.  They stayed at the reception to make sure we had everything we wanted.  Awesome!

Photographer: Photography by Juliewonderful to work with.  Great pics!  Second shooter: Carrie Johnson

Wedding Gown: D’Anelli Bridal  //   Hair & Makeup: Shayla Wilkes, YX Salon   //  Nails & Tanning: Studio G  //  Cake: The Butcher & Baker Cafe  //   Rentals: Viking Rentals

Guest Lodging: Hotel Columbia. The staff here bent over backwards for us….there was never a request they could not handle ….from putting my flowers in water when they arrived, to allowing my husband to wash his Ford Bronco in their driveway, to placing gift bags in our guests’ rooms, so simply being wonderful….they did it all!

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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.



We got married outside on the lawn next to the river on a beautiful day! There were trees and mountains all around us.






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

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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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