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A Fall Wedding in Silverton

From the bride, Jacqueline:  Our inspiration was the beauty of fall in the mountains. It is definitely our favorite season with the warm sunny days and cool nights, and the changing of the aspen leaves to glowing gold. We wanted to bring that feeling into our wedding day while complementing the mountain lodge architecture of our venue, and keeping in mind Silverton’s Victorian/mining history.

Silverton, Colorado wedding

Silverton, Colorado wedding

Silverton, Colorado wedding

Silverton, Colorado wedding

Silverton, Colorado wedding

 Silverton, Colorado wedding

Our wedding arch was hand built by my dad, with downed aspen trees that my husband, parents, and I had collected earlier in the summer.

Our wedding arch was hand built by my dad, with downed aspen trees that my husband, parents, and I had collected earlier in the summer.

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We held our ceremony at 4:00 pm, outside on the deck of the Kendall Mountain lodge, with beautiful mountain views, and golden aspen trees in every direction. We wrote our own ceremony (short and sweet).

We opted to turn on the chairlift on Kendall Mountain, so guests were able to ride up and down for the lovely views and photographs!

Our guest book was a painting by my mom, of an aspen tree and two lovebirds.

Looking back, if I would do anything different, I would have tried to be more decisive along the way. I second-guessed every decision and tried to research every possible option, instead of going with my gut feel. I also might have reconsidered the timing a bit. We wanted a fall wedding so were only engaged for 9 months, which seemed like it would be plenty of time, but I quickly learned that wedding venues and vendors book very far in advance!

My advice would be to ask for and accept help both in the planning process, and the day of! It takes a small army of people to set up a wedding, especially depending on the staff and services provided by the venue. Also try to keep in mind that while the planning may be a challenge, the day will be perfect! Planning can feel like an endless amount of details and decisions, but having help and remembering the big picture can really help with the stress.

I’d also suggest to have at least a day or two to decompress after the wedding before traveling for a honeymoon. Not only were we exhausted after the wedding, we had so many last minute details and packing to do for the wedding, I can’t imagine having to be packed for the honeymoon too! Plus we were able to take day-after wedding photos, which we love.

A Fall Wedding in Silverton, Colorado

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Venue: Town of Silverton, Kendall Mountain Community Center {more info}. The venue was basically a blank slate so it allowed us to completely customize the day. From selecting our vendors, to shopping for all of our table décor, to deciding the setup and flow for the space, we were able to personalize every aspect.

Caterer: Durangormet {more info}. Jimmy catered absolutely delicious food for our wedding, and provided staff and bartenders. During cocktail hour we served appetizers of bacon chipotle shrimp, empanadas, and an avocado salsa & chips. Our dinner was served family style, by each table, which we loved compared to options of a buffet line, or serving individual plates, as it allowed everyone to have food at the same time. Our dinner menu was seasonal, with a locally sourced salad, steak and salmon, with roasted seasonal vegetables and fingerling potatoes, all with a southwest inspiration. We received so many compliments from our guests on both the food and the servers; many people commented that it was the best food they’d ever had at a wedding!

DJ: Mr. Soul Entertainment {more info}. I would definitely recommend Steve; he did a great job DJing our wedding! He was able to organize two setups for us for the ceremony and reception, listened to our song requests as well as general likes/dislikes into account, and helped us with our wedding timeline. His selections definitely helped create a great vibe for the night!

Florals: April’s Gardens  //  China, Flatware, Glasses: Durango Party Rental {more info}  //  Cake: Skillfully Decadent  // Photographer: Caroline Colvin Photography

Honeymoon Location: Three weeks in South Africa! We started in wine country, spent some time in Cape Town, traveled along the Garden Route, and finished our trip on safari in Sabi Sands, at Kirkman’s Kamp. 100% amazing. Trip of a lifetime!

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Vintage Nordic Mountain Elopement

The inspiration for this shoot was a combination of the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains paired with elegant details, including vintage Scandinavian glassware and traditional food & drink.
Vintage Nordic Mountain Elopement in Washington

Vintage Nordic Mountain Elopement in Washington

Vintage Nordic Mountain Elopement in Washington

Vintage Nordic Mountain Elopement in Washington

Vintage Nordic Mountain Elopement in Washington

Vintage Nordic Mountain Elopement in Washington

Vintage Nordic Mountain Elopement in Washington

Vintage Nordic Mountain Elopement in Washington

Vintage Nordic Mountain Elopement in Washington

Vintage Nordic Mountain Elopement in Washington

Vintage Nordic Mountain Elopement in Washington

Vintage Nordic Mountain Elopement in Washington

Vintage Nordic Mountain Elopement in Washington

Vintage Nordic Mountain Elopement in Washington

Vintage Nordic Mountain Elopement in Washington

Vintage Nordic Mountain Elopement in Washington

Vintage Nordic Mountain Elopement in Washington

Vintage Nordic Mountain Elopement in Washington

Vintage Nordic Mountain Elopement in Washington

Vintage Nordic Mountain Elopement in Washington

Vintage Nordic Mountain Elopement in Washington

Vintage Nordic Mountain Elopement in Washington

Vintage Nordic Mountain Elopement in Washington

Vintage Nordic Mountain Elopement in Washington

THE STYLE TEAM:  Photographer: Suzanne Rothmeyer Photography  //  Apparel: Butcher & Tweed  //  Floral Designer: Flowers by Shamay  //  Bakery: Hoffman’s Fine Cakes and Pastries  //  Culinary: Old Ballard Liquor Co.  //  Personal Stylist: Rainchild Stylist: Prop-Set-Wardrobe  //  Invitation Designer: Robinson Paperie  //  Design and Decor: Silk & Willow  //  Equipment Rentals: Vintage Ambiance  //  Dress Store:Wai Ching Studio  //  Hair Stylist: Kelsey Ekstrom Hair & Makeup Artistry

Love at 10,022 Feet

From the bride, Elizabeth: Our destination wedding was centered on the idea of bringing family and friends from Texas and Arizona together to celebrate our love for Colorado and for each other. Our love story began five years prior in Silverton so, Colorado was an obvious destination — we invited our loved ones to join us in the place we first fell in love for a small, intimate wedding in the mountains. Destination Wedding at 10,022 Feet in Telluride, Colorado Destination Wedding at 10,022 Feet in Telluride, Colorado Destination Wedding at 10,022 Feet in Telluride, Colorado Destination Wedding at 10,022 Feet in Telluride, Colorado Destination Wedding at 10,022 Feet in Telluride, Colorado

The most unforgettable memory was being surrounded by our friends and family sharing tears of joy as we pledged our love to each other with a breathtaking 360-degree mountain view with Mt. Wilson as the backdrop.

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Our wedding design comprised a vintage theme with classic elements characterizing Colorado. We incorporated lace, mercury glass, and candle light with subtle shades of blush, ivory, and beige. Destination Wedding at 10,022 Feet in Telluride, Colorado

Each table illumined with mercury glass candle holders, softly lighting the room and providing a graceful romantic feel. The tall floral centerpieces with hints of pine cones and spruce branches gave the rustic room a very stylish, refined wedding atmosphere.

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Our wedding favor included sweet caramel apples from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and S’mores for our Roast and Toast.

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ADVICE: Always remind out of town vendors and guests to follow the main highways in Colorado; otherwise, Google Maps may send them for a wild ride across rugged 4-wheel drive mountain passes.

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VENDORS:  Photographer: Allison Ragsdale Photography // Venue & Caterer: Gorrono Ranch // Event Coordinator: Jackie Shaw // Cake: The Yellow Carrot  // Wedding Gown Designer: Kenneth Winston // Bridesmaid Dresses: Bari Jay

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A Traditional Hindu Wedding

Chicago residents Geeta and Adarsh wanted a traditional Hindu religious ceremony against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains and nature.  They both wanted their friends and family to not only share in the joy of them embarking on their marriage but also spend the week in a glorious unique setting exploring and making their own memories.
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VENDORS:  Venue, Caterer, Lodging:  Crested Butte Mountain Resort // Photographer:  Third Eye Photography  //  Event Designer: Prashe Decor  // Event Planner: Princess Productions  //  Floral Designer: FloraEventi  // Dress Designer: Studio East6

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Styled Shoot: Rose Quartz Chic

Rose quartz is considered the “love” stone for the ages. It vibrates of unconditional love, joy, warmth and healing. Its energy is powerful and resonates with heart chakra. It gives a soothing vibration that bestows a peaceful and calming sense. When held in a hand it will enhance the use of positive affirmations.

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Styled Shoot: Rose Quartz ChicThe bride’s gown has an illusion lace back, sequin and seeded pearl lace straps to a sweetheart bust line. The body of the gown is scattered sequin and seeded pearl lace appliques on shimmery tulle flowing to a kick front skirt with a chapel train.
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The reception area is set with a mix of table sizes from rounds to white-washed farm tables. The round tables have a rose gold crush overlay with a silver candelabra with lush floral arrangements.

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The chair tie is a golden radiance shimmery tie.

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The farm tables have a rose gold crush runner that has deeper pink tones with the rose gold feel. On top of the runner, white washed metal candle lanterns with lush greenery and roses scattered with natural rose quartz stones.

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The place setting is a Saturn gold rim charger with savannah cream china and savoy gold flatware. The napkin is a rose quartz pink silk satin with a piece of natural rose quartz.

Styled Shoot: Rose Quartz ChicThe cake is painted in a shimmery rose.
Styled Shoot: Rose Quartz ChicThe signature drink is a cotton candy martini.
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THE STYLE TEAM
Photographer:  Silver Sparrow Photography  //  Event Planner: Wendie Bass  //  Design and Decor: Highlights Colorado and Candlelight Ambiance  //  Invitation Designer: Ella Vine & Co  //  Floral Designer: The Fresh Flower Market  //  Linens and Coverings: Allwell Rents Co  //  Bakery: Cupcake Libations  //  Dress Store: Brilliant Bridal  //  Beauty: Chloe Paige Beauty  // Makeup Artist: Magnifica Bella  //  Jewelry: Master Jewelers   //  Tuxedo and Men’s Attire: J. Hilburn Custom Menswear  //  Venue: Church Ranch Event Center

A Fall Engagement Shoot on a Motorcycle

What better way to enjoy the beauty of fall than on a motorcycle as the leaves of autumn rain down from the trees creating a road lined with gold. Stop for a picnic, snap a few photos and continue your romantic journey through the forest. Sounds like the perfect recipe for an unforgettable engagement session.

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CREDITS:  Photographer:  Kelly Kirksey Photography  //  Event Planner: Amy Deering Events  //  Location: Glacier National Park  //  Makeup Artist: La Vita è

A Boho Meets Modern Styled Shoot

Boho meets modern in this pretty styled shoot. Shades of pink, red, and green are displayed in every detail from the hand-painted floral wedding cake and invitations to the exquisite embroidery.  The boho inspired table decor includes deer antlers, amber goblets, white plates and silver flatware.

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THE STYLE TEAM
Photographer:  Kayla Feldman Photography  //  Event Planner & Floral Design: Something Styled  //  Cake Designer: Azucar Bakery   //  Invitation Designer: High Wing Creative Co  //  Embroidery Designer: Stay Gold Stitchery

From the Magazine: Romance at LePlatt’s Pond

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The gorgeous LePlatt’s Pond venue set the stage for this casual June wedding. The couple held a romantic ceremony under the towering cottonwoods followed by a fun reception filled with pretty mint and gold details captured by Allison Ragsdale Photography. Read the entire wedding day story HERE!

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See the entire wedding day story HERE!

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Styled Shoot: Inspired by Mountain Views

This gorgeous styled shoot was inspired by mountain views. The invitation suite was printed on handmade paper featuring watercolors that highlight the mountains. The table setting and decor combine the look of the natural surroundings with subtle modern gold touches in the candlesticks and with the slight shimmer of the table linen. These accents continue on through the cake table using natural greenery to highlight the gorgeous blush three tiered cake. Any couple searching for a way to combine the outdoors with a formal and classic wedding vision will certainly connect with the look of this wedding.MilkHoney0101

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THE STYLE TEAM
Photographer:  MILK + HONEY photography co.  //  Event Planner: Details Wedding Planning  //  Floral Designer: Willow Floral Boutique  //  Invitation Designer: Champagne Maker  //   Calligrapher: Kristen Henderson Calligraphy  //  Cake Designer: The Wow Factor Cakes  //  Location: Craggy Gardens, Blue Ridge Parkway

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Durango Weddings Magazine: 2017 Issue

This stunning new issue features 20 local weddings guaranteed to inspire! Plus, 20 pages of creative ideas, great tips, and helpful advice.

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