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From the Magazine: Southwest Flair in Durango

Featured in the 2014 issue, this Durango wedding at Ridgewood Event Center {more info | website} has lots of handmade details along with a fun and vibrant color palette.

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From the bride, Kara: Our wedding was casual elegance with a southwest flair. We used lots of succulents, terracotta, coral, green and turquoise.

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My most memorable moment was walking down the aisle.

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The ceremony was short and sweet.

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We placed “John and Kara” trivia on each table, which the guests enjoyed.

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 We made our own colorful candy bar.

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 The reception was warm, fun and casual.

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Photography by Photo Divine

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Bliss at The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa

Lianna & Connor | August 10th | The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa

From the bride: The inspiration for our wedding was the natural beauty of Colorado combined with fun and bright summer colors.

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While the guests were shuttled back to the Westin for cocktail hour on the patio, Connor and I got to really embrace the idea of being newlyweds, as just the two of us rode up the Centennial Express chairlift to take photos at the top of Beaver Creek Mountain. We really appreciated this opportunity to spend this time together; it almost felt like we were able to slow the pace of the day before everything moved in a fast forward pace at the reception.

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Our one major DIY project was our escort card display and we were so proud of the way it turned out. We bought the wood and paint from Home Depot and then we found wood letters at Michaels and painted those to coordinate with our wedding colors. The hardest part was finding the perfect size clips to hold the cards.

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We tried to bring a part of nature inside by including trees with flower buds placed around the perimeter of the room. We kept the table décor simple with a single orchid plant sitting on top of a wood slice and we added lace to the burlap table runner.

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 We both have quite the sweet tooth and so our cake topper may have been our favorite detail. We enjoy giving each other cards for special occasions and we don’t quite remember who started this tradition, but at the end of every card before the signature, we say “forever and always.” The cake topper was custom made to represent this tradition.

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My advice: Don’t let planning a wedding consume your life. Still enjoy and appreciate the small events that happen leading up to the big day! Definitely go on dates where you don’t talk about anything related to wedding planning.

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{ROCKSTAR} Reception Site, Caterer & Lodging: THE WESTIN RIVERFRONT RESORT & SPA {more info | website}

Photographer: Matt Alberts Photography  //  Ceremony Site: Beaver Creek Chapel  // Florist: Alexan Events  //  DJ: A Great Time DJ  // Gown Designer: Casablanca Bridal from Blue Bridal Boutique // Hair & Makeup: Weemala Hair and Makeup

Honeymoon Location: Greece! Athens, Santorini and Crete.

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Simple Colorado Vintage

Rebecca & Matt | August 31st | Monument, Colorado

From the bride: My goal was to have a soft, simple yet rustic wedding that incorporated our beautiful Colorado location. We wanted our friends and family from the east coast to feel like they were getting the true Colorado experience. My three inspiring words became simple, vintage, and well, Colorado.

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I am a crafter. That being said, almost every aspect of our wedding was personalized.

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The ceremony took place on a family friend’s property just feet away from their old and gorgeous red barn. It was the perfect place to create the eclectic outdoorsy feel we wanted. We decided to use a large amazing tree as our backdrop for the ceremony.

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My Uncle, a wise man we both look up to, married us; his words of wisdom, encouragement, and truth from God’s word lead us through the ceremony.

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My most memorable memory was when Matt and I took turns washing each other’s feet. We stopped and sat before each other to remind ourselves and the witnesses sitting before us, that we were committing to serving one another other in love. My sister and our two friends sang an acoustic and tear-jerking version of, “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz during this time.

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We used burlap runners on the cream-colored table clothes, and lanterns filled with pinecones and glittered rocks. We used small vintage mint vases with baby’s breath to add pops of color through out the table. There was a wide array of tin buckets filled with baby’s breath and glittery willow twigs in vases.

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Above the candy table we created a Mr & Mrs Stevens sign, and hung it with clothes pins and hemp.

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One of my favorite details was the old oven cake display.  Since Matt and I are not big cake lovers, we decided that we wanted my mother’s famous “Special K” bars, and just a small cake to cut. The homemade bars were an absolute hit.

AndreaDahlberg0121My advice: Make the wedding your own. After telling my ideas like, having my mom’s special bars instead of cake, eating barbeque, and setting up a candy table for guests, to a few women who got married about 20-30 years ago, the one thing they said to me was, “I wish I had made my wedding my own.” Let your wedding shine on your personality and your relationship. In the end, it is about you and your spouse joining in a life long covenant, and celebrating with your closest friends and family.

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Photographer: Andrea Dahlberg Photography. She was AMAZING. Andrea and her family has been some of our closest family friends for a very long time, so I knew I could trust her and her artistic ability to shoot our special day. She captured the full emotion of the day, and created keepsakes that we will hold dear until the day we die.

Caterer: Front Range Barbeque. Unbelievable food. I would definitely recommend them to anyone who wants authentic good food to fit a barn setting. We had people coming up to us all night saying how amazing the food was. The staff was very easy to work with and did anything they could to help us with the day. 

Bride’s Gown: Pilar Aleece from Danelle’s Bridal

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