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A Snowy Spring Mountain Wedding

Audrey & Bryce  |  May 23rd  |  Ouray, Colorado

From the bride: We wanted to have a big party with good food and good music that happened to have a wedding ceremony beforehand. We strived to create an experience that was casual, fun, and memorable for both us and the guests.

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The ceremony took place at a friends cabin on Hayden Mountain, just outside of Ouray. It was about a 15 minute drive up a Forest Service road so we had a Jeep shuttle available for friends that didn’t have four-wheel drive vehicles.

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We chose to not have chairs at the ceremony location to create a more intimate setting with everyone standing beside us. We didn’t have a backup rain location, but instead told guests to bring blankets and umbrellas.

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About halfway through the ceremony, big gentle snowflakes began to fall. Looking back, bad weather had been our primary concern about having an outdoor wedding on the top of a mountain in May. However, the snow became our favorite part of the day!

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The reception took place at my in-law’s house, down the mountain from the ceremony location. Because of the bad weather, all of the tables and chairs were moved inside at the last minute, resulting in a 100-person dinner party in their living room with the band set up in the kitchen. I wanted to keep the décor as simple as possible. We used white linens and white china and the centerpieces were glass vases filled with peonies, sunflowers, snapdragons, and columbines.

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Following the reception, we braved the cold for a bonfire on the lawn under the twinkling lights. We sang songs around the fire until the stars came out.

Snowy Spring Mountain Wedding, Ouray Colorado

CREDITS:
Photographer: Source of Light Imagery  //   Wedding Gown: Annelise Bridal Boutique  // Caterer: Have Cooker Will Travel  //  Linens: Grand Events

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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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Rustic Vintage in Ridgway

Jessica & Ben | Ridgway, Colorado

From the bride: We chose to get married in Colorado because we wanted a small wedding that would be memorable for ourselves and our guests.  Every detail of the day was handmade by myself or my parents. It was so much fun to see my vision come to life.
Rustic Vintage Wedding in Ridgway, Colorado Rustic Vintage Wedding in Ridgway, Colorado Rustic Vintage Wedding in Ridgway, ColoradoGuests were greeted by a pretty wooden table that my dad refinished, a piece of driftwood that had the words ‘welcome’ written on it and a large serving platter with sharpies that served as a guestbook.

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For all our signs, we found old cabinets and painted the inside with chalkboard paint then distressed them.

Rustic Vintage Wedding in Ridgway, Colorado

It couldn’t have been a more beautiful day. There was not a cloud in the sky and the sun was shining. This didn’t hold up for long. As the bridal party was waiting to march down the aisle, the wind picked up. Our pretty flower pales fell over and guests were trying to hold them upright. We had a cupcake tree under one of the pavilions, and all I heard was splat, splat, splat; cupcakes were flying off the tree left and right! Amidst all of the chaos from the wind, I knew that I was about to walk towards the most amazing man and become his wife.

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During the ceremony the wind would not die down. My groom’s uncle officiated the wedding for us and he would go from yelling to his normal voice. I was trying so hard to control this wild thing on my head that they call a veil. Finally, I interrupted the officiant and asked if someone could please take this thing off my head. This got every one laughing, which was a nice thing to hear. You could just feel the out-pouring love from our family and friends during the ceremony. As luck would have it, once the ceremony ended so did the wind.

Rustic Vintage Wedding in Ridgway, Colorado

Rustic Vintage Wedding in Ridgway, Colorado

We handmade the seed bomb guest favors. Each bag was stamped and dyed with tea.

Rustic Vintage Wedding in Ridgway, Colorado

Our sweetheart table was oozing romance. My dad handcrafted a wooden votive holder and soft pastels graced the top.

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The tables were draped with a midnight blue linen. Drriftwood (which we hand collected) dripping with bright flowers lined the center of the table.

Rustic Vintage Wedding in Ridgway, Colorado

I really wanted a sparkler send-off but the park had a fire restriction so I had to improvise. I made tinsel-shakers, that when waved back and forth, looked like sparklers in the photographs!

Rustic Vintage Wedding in Ridgway, Colorado

Jessica’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Venue: Pa-Co-Chu-Puk, Ridgway State Park  //  Design & Decor:  The Social Soiree  //  Photography: Captivated Studio  //  Flowers: Dahlia Floral Design  //  Catering: Camp Robber  //  Cupcakes: Dilly Dale’s Delights  //  DJ: High Altitude Entertainment

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