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Relaxed & Fun at Durango Mountain Resort

Melissa & Steve |  July 15th  | Durango Mountain Resort

From the bride, Melissa:
We knew we wanted a non-traditional outdoor wedding that was both relaxed and fun. I found bright retro bridesmaid dresses that inspired our colorful color palette.

IlluminArts Photography01IlluminArts Photography02IlluminArts Photography03Our ceremony was very intimate.  We planted a tree with dirt our parents brought from our hometowns.  We said vows to our daughter, which was very special and we included a Dr. Seuss quote that fit us to a tee.
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IlluminArts Photography13IlluminArts Photography14We wore Chuck Taylor shoes, something that is so ‘us’ and every time we wear them, we think about our wonderful day.IlluminArts Photography15

Rockstar Venue: Durango Mountain Resort
Rockstar Photographer: IlluminArts Photography
Caterer: The Yellow Carrot
Event Planner: Celebrations

**This wedding was featured in the 2013 issue of Durango Weddings Magazine.

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Rustic Picnic Wedding

Véronique & Jake  |  August 4th  |  Vallecito Lake, Colorado

From the bride, Veronique:
We really wanted the whole event to be laid-back and playful, representing our relationship, and to showcase the beauty of the Colorado mountains that we had both grown up in. Our goal was to be environmentally-friendly.  We vintage picnic blankets and baskets, vintage glass bottles, built the bar and all of the event signs out of old wooden pallets, and purchased recycled napkins and compostable cups.
We were so very lucky to have a family friend that allowed use to their ranch in Vallecito Lake.
hc02I wore a very nontraditional green dress from Anthropologie. hc03As Jake and I were getting dressed in the woods, one of the horses came up to us and stood there as we changed. It was hilarious and very unexpected.
hc04 hc05We held our ceremony in a little field surrounded by large pines, a pond and a meandering creek. We collected picnic blankets from the thrift stores in town and spread them out in the field. Each group got a basket filled with baguettes, grapes, cheese and crackers.
hc06Jake and I said our vows to each other with the granite peaks in the background. We all enjoyed a quick picnic with some wine and then the rain shower began. I had bought some beautiful paper umbrellas to serve as sun protection, which turned out to be extremely useful for the rain. The rain was beautiful and added to the fun of the day.

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hc11 hc09 hc12 hc13We had a large, open tent surrounded by lawn games (corn hole, lawn darts, croquet, extreme croquet, and ladder ball). My best friend is extremely artistic so she painted all of the signs and handmade all of the game directions. The guests absolutely loved having the games and we found them to be a perfect activity to help everyone become acquainted.
hc15 hc16We collected vintage glass bottles and used them as centerpieces.

hc17My dad made the bar with old wooden pallets.hc18 hc19We served homemade pies rather than a cake.
hc20Instead of handing out wedding favors, we donated money in the names of all of our guests to the National Resource Defense Council and to Ellicott Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Colorado Springs to help the animals injured during the terrible wildfires over the summer. We thought something like that would be more meaningful to everyone there.
hc14Jake is a fighter pilot for the Air Force so we wanted to do a little something to honor him. His sister and mom folded 50+ paper airplanes of an assorted variety of colors and patterns. We then hung them inside of the tent. They were amazing. Later in the afternoon, a big group of us pulled them down and flew them.

hc21My advice: Enjoy the wedding planning process and, most importantly, try to stay relaxed about it all the day of the wedding. Some of the things you aren’t planning for, like rain, turn out to be the most wonderful addition. You just have to stay flexible and remember, it is supposed to be a fun and wonderful day. hc22

Tent & Party Rentals: Durango Party Rental. They were great and very easy to work with.

Photographer: Chowen Photography.  Heidi and Daniel are amazing photographers! They documented the day in a perfect way that reflected the playfulness and beauty of the day. They were so easy and fun to work with. We couldn’t have asked for better photographers.

Honeymoon Location: We are planning to take one later this summer in New Zealand. We want to do an adventure trip where we hike, canoe, or something along those lines.

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A Blissful Mountain Wedding in Ouray

Kate & Tim |  August 17th  |  Ouray, Colorado

From the bride, Kate
The weather was perfect for our morning ceremony at the beautiful St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ouray.  It was an exciting and wonderful day. All our family and friends loved traveling to the mountains for our wedding.

I was named after my great grandma Virginia and I used her old leather bible as my ring bearer pillow.

On the back of my husband’s tie, I had embroidered the words, I Love You.

I had a strawberry pink champagne wedding cake on top of an emerald glass cake stand. My mother in law bought the cake stand for me at my bridal shower. The cake was delicious and the pink and green was so pretty together.

Photographers: Photography by Julie & Jurgita Lukos   //  Venue: Secret Garden B&B  //  Florist: Willowcreek Floral 

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