Ceremony on the Golf Course

Photography by IlluminArts Photography

From the bride, Crystal:
Our ceremony was held on the lawn of the golf course at the (private) Glacier Golf Club in Durango Colorado.  We had 200 of our closest family and friends there to celebrate our special day.  The highlight of the day was walking down the grassy aisle towards beautiful mountains and seeing my future husband waiting for me at the end of the aisle. Our baby Tucker (dog) stood by our side during the vows.

I absolutely loved my bouquet from April’s Garden!

MEMORABLE MOMENT – My dad sang ‘Butterfly Kisses’.

Perfect Paisley at Silver Mountain Guest Ranch

Photography by Kyla Jackson Photography

From the bride, Kerry:
Our wedding was held at Silver Mountain Guest Ranch. The ceremony was short and sweet just like we wanted, but long enough for a bridal party of twenty to get down the aisle. The lighting was perfect and we couldn’t have asked for a better day or place, especially with the pond in the background and Silver Mountain shadowing our day.
Our reception was held on the ranch in the large, log awning which was absolutely beautiful and housed a wonderful dinner as well as a great dance floor.  We danced our first dance to “I Do” by Mark Wills, then our band tore it up as guests had their share of great country dancing.
We made our centerpieces, on top of bandanna wrapped posts, with the help of my family! We also mixed up the table décor by alternating brown tablecloths with blue runners and vice versa as well as using
different table sizes. Some tables were tall cabarets and others were large eight seaters.

My three older sisters put on a hilarious dance skit.

I wished we would have hired a “day of” planner just to keep things on track.


Photographer: Kyla Jackson Photography //  Venue & Lodging:  Silver Mountain Guest Ranch

Autumn Romance at Blue Lake Ranch

Photography by Allison Ragsdale Photography

From the bride, Amber:
Our inspiration was Fall in the country.  Our color palette was chocolate brown, ivory, green and yellow. I tried very hard to personalize every aspect of my wedding by having lots of handmade items.  This not only cut down on costs, but also included family and created a wonderful personal feel for our special day.  For example, my aunt handmade every single escort card; each card had green and brown papers with a twig and ribbon.

Our wedding took place at Ridgewood Event Center.  The location was absolutely perfect; it had a barn-like building for our fall theme and a breathtaking view. Our outdoor ceremony was amazing; we were even fortunate enough to have the first snow of the season on the La Plata’s!
We had the first few dances outside on the lawn at dusk.  Our song was “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Calliat.

My ‘something blue’  was a small blue heart that my mom sewed on the inside of my dress. It had a special message for me on it.


Photographer:  Allison Ragsdale Photography //  Venue & Lodging:  Ridgewood Event Center //  Caterer: Norton’s Catering //  Floral: April’s Garden //  Tent & Rentals:  Durango Party Rental

A Tribute to Scottish Heritage

Photography by Allison Ragsdale Photography

From the bride, Teresa:
Family was our theme; he’s Scottish, I’m English, so we incorporated as much of each as we could.  Our color palette was hunter, navy, gold and red – the colors of the family plaid and crest.  We chose to marry at the historic mining lodge, the Eureka Lodge in Silverton, Colorado.  It is such a gorgeous setting.  The views are breathtaking.  There were so many different backgrounds for our pictures: the bridge, the mountains, the lodge, the river.   I can’t imagine a more perfect setting for our wedding  By renting the lodge for the weekend, we got to see most everyone that attended the wedding.  That was great!  We didn’t have to run over here or buzz over there to see anyone.  It gave us more time to visit.

The reception had a Scottish theme.  We hired a celtic band to play during the ceremony and reception.  One of the band members gave Scottish dance lessons to whoever wanted to learn.  There were pieces of the plaid and both family crests on the cake, tables, and decorations.  We had a Scottish food station with meat pies, whole salmon and Scottish eggs.  We also had a whiskey tasting bar and of course, a tea station for the English side of the family.

Photography by Allison Ragsdale Photography //  Caterer:  Elevated Fine Foods //  Favors:  5 varieties of little jellies and honeys from Honeyville

Spring in the Rockies

Photography by Carol Cardwell Photography

From the bride, Heather:
We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect setting with the Mountains, the Lake, family, friends and a big rainbow. Vallecito Lake has always been a special place for the two of us (we spent our first camping trip there). It was also the perfect compromise. I always wanted a church wedding and he wanted an outdoor wedding. By having it at the lake, we got the perfect combination.
Our ceremony was held at St. Columbus in Durango. The church was filled with wonderful music, beautiful colors, family and friends.

The one thing that I will never forget was the large rainbow over the lake when we made our entrance into the community center as husband and wife.  It was the picture perfect day.

Photographer: Carol Cardwell Photography. Carol and Tiffany are so wonderful to work with and everyone in the wedding party had such a great time with them. I have never seen someone
capture all of the great moments like Carol did. The photos were absolutely breathtaking. When I first saw the slide show, I immediately started to cry.

Reception: Vallecito Lake Community Center.  One of the best settings with the Mountains and the Lake. They provided tables and chairs, which was a perk.

Ceremony on the Pine River

Photography by IlluminArts Photography

From the bride, Mary:
Our ceremony was held outdoors with the river serving as the backdrop. The site was adorned with three large twiggy grape vine arbors draped in roses and wild flowers. After walking me down the aisle, my father presided over the ceremony and it was an extremely touching memory for both of us.  The reception was held under a beautiful cathedral tent on an absolutely perfect Colorado day.  We did not want to restrict where anyone sat, so we had open seating for our 50 guests.  The tables were draped in ivory and shimmery coral tablecloths accented with lily and rose floral centerpieces. I loved my four princess fairy flower girls!  Too cute for words!
My 90-year-old Nana shared a story from my childhood describing why I was one of the reasons they never sold the ranch. Even though Grandpa has since passed on, his memory lived on at the wedding.  His presence was felt everywhere and we all knew that he would be so proud to see his Granddaughter get married at his beloved ranch.

For many of the guests, this was their first time visiting Colorado, so for them it was not only a wedding, but from the feedback we have received, one of their best vacations ever!  Many of our guests extended their stay to enjoy all that Durango had to offer including  fly fishing, rafting and riding the train.


Photographer: IlluminArts Photography //  Caterer: Norton’s Catering  //  Florist: Wildwoods Fine Flowers  //  Tent & Party Rentals: Pine Valley Rental

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