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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.

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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

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