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A Sunset Ceremony in Telluride

From the bride, Allison:
Our ceremony was held at sunset on the deck at Gorrono Ranch.  It was perfect, very casual but very emotional, not one dry eye in the house!

The necklace I wore was a small diamond pendant that my dad’s mother had given my sister – that was my something borrowed. I also had a locket pinned into my petticoat that had a picture of both my dad’s parents.  My grandmother (the only grandparent that is still living on either of our sides) made my garter and I wore a six pence in my flip flop.

-My sister taking Jeff a letter and his brother bringing me a letter; we just wanted to remind one another of how much we loved each other.

-When my dad walked in and saw me for the first time, it was 10 minutes before the ceremony.  We both burst into tears; my dad has always and will always be my rock.

Venue:  Gorrono Ranch, Teluride Ski Resort  //  Photographer:  Kyla Jackson Photography  //  Floral & Decor:  Willowcreek Floral


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A Surreal Autumn Backdrop at Purg

Melissa & Jon  |  September 24th  | Durango, Colorado

From the bride, Melissa:
It was a perfect Colorado fall day. We were surrounded by blue skies and towering trees in shades of red, yellow and orange.  The mountain backdrop was surreal!  My mom walked me down the aisle to my future husband; it was very special to have the person who has always been there for me walk me to the man who will be there for me for the rest of my life.  John was in instant tears when he saw me coming towards him down the aisle, (he later said he was in awe of how beautiful I looked).  We wrote our own vows and put together a unity cross during the ceremony; it was very important to us to have a symbol of unity through God.

Durango Mountain ResortNot everyone can say they jumped over their wife on their wedding day…but John sure can!
Durango Mountain ResortWe made all the bouquets and boutonnieres for the bridal party which added a special touch to our day.  Pictures of my grandfather and the groom’s father were attached to my bouquet. Instead of corsages, we made
special lockets for our mothers and my grandmother.
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Durango Mountain ResortDurango Wedding | Colorado Weddings MagazineJohn had a hand in everything.  He chose the lime green and purple color palette and even helped with making the boutonnieres and bouquets.
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Our cake was amazing!!Durango Mountain ResortDurango Mountain Resort

I really loved my dress, the black sash and my veil.  And I loved John’s lime green converse shoes with ‘Married Man’ written on the side!

Just focus on the fun.  Planning a wedding should be fun, not torture.  If you are getting too worked up over things, step back, relax and remember the real reason for the day.


Venue & Food: Durango Mountain Resort { Rockstar Venue }  //  Photographer: Allison Ragsdale Photography

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Love in Silverton

Photography by Art & Soul Photography

From the bride, Jane:
Our wedding was held at the Eureka Lodge (an old coal miner’s lodge) just outside of Silverton.  My sister and a  wonderful friend were the masters of ceremonies.  We had very heartfelt, but humorous vows.  The ceremony was outside overlooking the most beautiful view.  The pulpit was an old whiskey barrel.
It started raining as soon as we finished taking our photos. Dinner (which my mom cooked with lots of help from our family and friends) was delicious.  Drinks were served in wine glasses and mason jars.  My dad sang “Don’t Worry Be Happy” for his speech.  During our first dance our 100lb German Shepherd joined in.  The rain let up just as the serious dancing started.  We removed the tarp from overhead.  The white lights and stars where beaming and the party began.  It was the best night of our life.
-Invitations were homemade on recycled paper bags.

-Our centerpieces were photo cubes with pictures of Scott and I with family and friends throughout our life.

-Instead of cake, we served milk and my mom’s homemade sugar cookies.


Photographer: Art & Soul Photography //  Venue: Eureka Lodge

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