"Just Plain Fun"

Photography by Illuminarts Photography

From the bride, Kelsey:
Our wedding day was just plain fun. It rained on and off all day, but the sun came out just in time for our ceremony and reception. Dark clouds hung over Silver Mountain in the distance; it was beautiful. Everyone was dancing up a storm all night.  We kept the party going until the wee hours of the morning with the biggest campfire I have ever seen.

Chris cut 16 log slices, one for each table. We laid a lace doily on each log and set a lantern on top. Every table had arrangements of local organic flowers done by the groom’s mother, as well as candles in mason jars and wooden table numbers. The escort cards were hand lettered and placed in a crate shipped to me from my grandparents’ farm in Wisconsin.
The cake resembled baskets of strawberries. Cake Cafe did an awesome job making this idea a reality! Plus, it was delicious.

-Chris made the arch that we were married under with logs from our cabin in the San Juan’s. He worked hard on it and it was a very special touch to our wedding.

-Our guestbook was a slice of wood in a shadow box that people wrote on. It looks awesome on our wall!


Photographer:  Illuminarts Photography Drew is awesome! He is very talented and one of the kindest people around. He thankfully helped me make the photo booth into a reality!

A Lush Garden Wedding Filled With Love

Photography by Kyla Jackson Photography

From the bride, Carrie:
We had the most beautiful wedding surrounded by flowers, the mountains and the beauty of Durango, Colorado.  Our day was absolute perfection!

A Fairy Tale Garden Wedding

Photography by Carol Cardwell Photography

From the bride, Janelle:
Our wedding inspiration was my mother’s gorgeous garden – I had always dreamed of getting married in her garden.  We had a flowers spilling from hanging baskets, pots and moss baskets in a variety of colors.  My mom kept coming up with ideas of what to plant.  She was really excited and couldn’t stop herself and before we knew it, we had a couple hundred flower pots around the property!
The groomsmen wore 6 shooter pistols at their hip and they fired them off when we kissed after saying I DO.
Fifty (50) pots containing dark purple, lavender and white flowers lined the aisle creating a breathtaking path to the altar.

-We had our longhaired Dachshund (Skeeter) as our ring bearer, although he was more interested in sniffing all the flowers than delivering the rings, so we had to coax him down the aisle with a dog treat.

-My grandmother gave me the earrings my grandfather had given her on their wedding day.

-We used antique milk bottles in our unity sand ceremony in memory of Zach’s grandfather who sold milk to Creamland in the 50’s.

The breaker tripped, shutting off the power to the reception during the end of our first dance (“Forever and Ever Amen” by Randy Travis.), so we finished our dance to the crowd singing and the only music was the drummer.


Photographer: Carol Cardwell Photography.  Carol was amazing and on top of things the day of the wedding.  She took AMAZING photos and is so warm and friendly while still controlling the situation to make sure you are being taken care of.  PERFECT!  I cannot believe how GREAT the photos turned out.

Golden Leaves & A Gorgeous Backdrop

Tara & Porter  |  October 3rd  |  Durango, Colorado

From the bride, Tara:
Our inspiration was all about fall, the mountains, friends, family and having one heck of a party!  We both love the mountains, so we chose Boyce Meadow at Durango Mountain Resort  { Rockstar Venue }. The location was gorgeous. The sun was shining on the golden  leaves and right before the ceremony started, a breeze blew through the clearing and cascading aspen leaves fell down on everyone – it was like rice being thrown for us by angels -pure magic!

Photography by Cardwell Aukerman Photography

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Perfectly Pink in Durango

Photography by Carol Cardwell Photography

From the bride, Laurel:
As avid hunters and fishermen, we love the outdoors so we knew we wanted an outdoor wedding in the mountains.  My dad drove me to the ceremony in his beloved red 1949 Dodge pickup, a truck I admired and loved as well.
We lined the ceremony aisle with vases of pink and green flowers hanging from shepherd hooks.  We had purchased 20,000 rose petals and were going to make mounds of petals on each side of the aisle, but we ran out of time and just quickly scattered them in the middle of the aisle.
Favors were small jars of honey from Honeyville accented with black and pink ribbon.

My dad handed me the keys to his beloved red Dodge, our wedding present!


Photographer: Carol Cardwell Photography //  DJ: Aiko Aiko Sound //  Floral:  April’s Garden

A Truly East Meets West Wedding

Photography by Alpine Wedding Photography

From the bride, Rosemary:
Our goal was to blend elements of a traditional Indian wedding (which is my ethnic background) with a traditional American wedding – although nothing was traditional about it! We love color and infused the wedding with reds, oranges, yellows, pinks and greens wherever possible. There was literally no white at all, including my wedding dress. Daisies and rosemary were another big theme, representing Lucas and I. Not only were they our wedding flowers, but they were also on the front of our invitations and in our favors for the guests.
It rained all morning, and we were very concerned that the wedding would have to be moved inside. Luckily, things cleared up in the nick of time and we had our ceremony on the slightly soggy deck as planned. We had both prepared ourselves for the mishaps that were sure to come, and were shocked at how smoothly it all went. Much of this is owed to our wedding coordinator at Gorrono Ranch who kept us stress-free and allowed us to enjoy the day.
For favors, we put together a small bag of loose soil containing rosemary & daisy seeds, and included a small flowerpot. Our flower choice is a bit of an inside joke – Lucas is a farmer, so plants and flowers are near and dear to his heart. We used copious amounts of rosemary (which of course, is me) and daisies (for Lucas) in the wedding. The scientific name for a daisy is “Leucanthemum,” which is the closest thing we could find to “Lucas” in the plant world. Daisies are bright and colorful, so we were happy to choose them as our wedding flower.

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