Cruising to Durango to Get Married

From the bride, Kelly: We asked our guests to bring their motorcycles out to Durango because we knew they had no idea of the beautiful scenery they would experience. The day prior to the wedding, we all rode the Million Dollar Highway to Telluride and, needless to say, they all loved the area and want to come back to Durango.

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Our decor was simple and romantic with lots of candles and a soft color palette of gold, champagne and Tiffany blue.

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I wore a Sottero and Midgley dress.

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I walked don the aisle to “Someone Like You” by Van Morrison.  My two-year-old son gave me away. The ceremony was very intimate with just close friends and family.  My favorite memory was the smile Jeff had on his face the entire time.

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The reception was very relaxed. No cake cutting, special dances or bouquet/garter toss – just great friends and great food and music.

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My advice: Enjoy the time, enjoy the day. Don’t stress about the details. What is important is that you are getting married!



Photographer: Illuminarts. Drew was so very patient and so very, very helpful.

Venue: River Bend Ranch Durango. Gorgeous setting and very accommodating!


Durango Wedding Expo: T-5 Months!

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Saturday, January 16, 2016
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Peacock Chic at Purg

From the bride, Alyssa: I have lived in Farmington most of my life, but I always knew I would get married in Durango.


Our dachshund wore a wedding dress made from scraps of my reception dress.


Our theme/color palette was peacock. Everything was color-coordinated, font-coordinated, and theme-coordinated. We made sure there was a personal touch on literally everything. 



My bridesmaids all wore different colored dresses that fell in the peacock theme: royal purple, royal blue, teal, royal pink, deep red, silver, royal green, and my maid of honor wore a dress that was literally a peacock feather print.


The groomsmen wore coordinating ties. 


My flower girls wore the most adorable dresses ever.  They consisted of tulle tutu’s in peacock colors.  They also wore headbands with large purple flowers.


 Just as I was finishing getting ready, it began to rain! It POURED.  While part of me was panicking, the other half was elated because I truly believe the superstition that if it rains on your wedding day you will have a long, happy marriage!  Just as I stepped out of the car at the ceremony site the rain cleared and the clouds revealed the beautiful sun.  Everything was wet and the light caught the dew on all of the décor.  My husband-to-be was at the end of the aisle standing in a beam of sun.  The clouds literally cleared and the sun shone on my true love.  It was like a fairytale!


Our ceremony took place at Boyce Meadows at Purgatory Resort.  The scenery was STUNNING.  I would absolutely recommend this site if your heart longs for peace, beauty, and fresh air.



Our officiant was my grandfather.  He made the ceremony so special and it’s a memory I will never forget.


Our reception took place at Purgy’s.  It was the perfect venue for our 140+ guests. The view of the mountains from the wall of windows is beautiful.


We had Honeyville whipped honeys for our gifts.  This brought a local flaire to our wedding and our guests LOVED the variety of flavors and taste of the honey.  They also came in sizes small enough to qualify as an eligible “liquid” for flights.


We designed labels to put on top of the Honeyville jars that had our names and wedding date and then tied ribbon around them.  It was the perfect touch and everyone loved them! 


We had a GORGEOUS peacock cake. It was multi-tiered with each tier a different color applicable to our peacock color theme.  On top were beautifully sculpted peacocks-one male and one female representing me and Clay.  Their tail feathers draped down the edges. 


We designed an activity sheet that was placed at every place setting, which gave our guests a chance to write us special messages. We collected them all and now have them in a keepsake album! 


My advice: Focus more on your relationship than your wedding.  Wedding planning can put unnecessary stress on your relationship.  Always remember the reason you are planning the wedding in the first place and that is your love.  Also, don’t go into debt over your wedding! 



Venue & Caterer: Purgatory Resort  |  Favors: Honeyville  |  Photographer: Shutterfreek  | DJ: Mr. Soul Entertainment


A Simple & Relaxed Wedding in Vallecito

From the bride, Laura: Our wedding was at Blue Spruce campgrounds near Vallecito. The really awesome part was family and friends started coming into town the week before the wedding- we rented all their cabins, and several people camped out as well. It was a push getting all packed up and out there, but once we were all there it made for a relaxing, fun-filled weekend with tons of quality time with the people we love most.

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 Our color palette was green and pink (like a flower), accented by other neutral, natural colors.

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Several family members helped me decorate for the wedding, which brought a wonderful eclectic style to the tables and also this heartwarming, genuine sense of community.

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 It rained and hailed until about 1.5 hours before our ceremony, then miraculously cleared up! My younger brother passed away in 2010.  My parents inherited his dog, Foster, a minature Australian Sheppard who walked me down the aisle with my dad.  It was my way to honor and include my brother, whom I wish could have been there more than anything.

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I started collecting fabric about a year ago, which I used for the arch. I sewed our initials into the fabric draped across the arch.

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I handmade all our decorations and used a lot of repurposed thrift store finds to keep us in budget and to reduce waste. All the figurines and vases were second-hand, and painted with a matte paint they mixed up for me at Krogers in my color scheme.  I made dozens of paper flowers out of dyed coffee filters and tissue paper.  At the end of the night, we gave them away as mementos to guests.

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Our favors were Honeyville honey jars that matched our color and theme perfectly – Mountain Peach. Our guests LOVED these – it was so cool to send a little sweet Colorado treat home with everyone.

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 I loved our guest book I ordered from the Etsy site, Mystic Wildcraft. Everyone signed this beautiful tree slice that they had wood-burned our details into and stained.  It will be a unique, beautiful piece of art we will always display in our home.

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I love, loved our cupcake tower that resembled a beautiful flower garden.  Nevada at Albertson’s bakery was so creative and accommodating, I highly recommend her. Guests loved the variety of cupcakes, and serving/ cleanup was simple.

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The reception was a blast. We hired this amazing blue grass band called Ruckus and the Rice Patties, and just asked them to do their thing. Everyone let their guard down and was dancing and having a great time- there was no pressure for certain formal dances or songs, and we didn’t do the traditional bouquet or garter toss which often can feel awkward or disrupt the flow of the night. A genuine good time was had by all, honestly- it was the best party I’ve ever been to!


My advice: Make sure to take a honeymoon. Worth it. Make it happen.



Photographer: Faith Photography by Bree Gonzalez. I wanted to have high-quality professional documentation and Bree delivered!

Favors: Honeyville. Our guests LOVED these and it was so cool to send a little sweet Colorado treat home with everyone.






A Romantic Proposal in Pagosa Springs

From the bride-to-be, Kaley: For New Year’s Eve, we were staying at a cabin in Pagosa Springs. Matt told me to get dressed up for dinner and as I came downstairs, a friend stopped me and said she had to read something to me. She showed me a picture of Matt and I and read a love note from Matt that was written on the back. I was totally caught by surprise! She told me to follow her and she led me from friend to friend throughout the house and they all read me love notes from Matt as they held up photos of the two of us. By the time I made it to the back door, I was teary-eyed and knew what was going on. I opened the door to the back patio and saw Matt standing there, all dressed up. He told me he loved me and that he wanted to fall asleep with me every night and wake up to me every morning. Then he got down on his knee and asked me to marry him!

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Photography by: Kolby Skidmore Weddings

Wedding Style: Luxe Gold & Red

Deep shades of red combined with candlelight and gold accents created this opulent color palette. View all the dramatic details from this stunning wedding on Luxe Mountain Weddings.

Images: Logan Walker Photography

Wedding Style: Luxe Gold & Red

Eternal Bliss at 10,200 Feet

From the bride, Melissa: We wanted to get married on top of a mountain and at a resort that was intimate so all our friends and family could come together for a few days and bond. We did not want the “wedding blur” that we have heard brides talk about after their wedding. We wanted a few days with everyone, together, in one intimate and beautiful spot. Purgatory Resort  was family friendly and affordable and had unbeatable mountain views.

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The Durango Weddings Magazine helped me locate great vendors and relieved a lot of anxiety.  I loved reading the stories and experiences from other couples.

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I watched the clouds and lightening roll in about 60 minutes before the ceremony started, I was worried the storm was going to hit. However, the sun broke through and the weather held up. It was beautiful and magical at 10,200 feet!

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We wrote and read our own vows and had a “tree planting ceremony”.  We have planted the tree in our yard.

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My uncle made the wooden holders to place our lanterns and flowers on for the centerpieces.

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Looking back, Durango is so beautiful and off the beaten path, I can’t imagine getting married at any other place. I still smile at the weekend memories.

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Venue, Caterer & Lodging: Dante’s Peak Purgatory Resort. Unparalleled to any venue with beautiful views with fresh crisp mountain air. Everyone was lost in all the beautiful moments at Dante’s Peak. The DMR staff and Sara Bath, specifically, were awesome and went above and beyond for us!  

Linens: Durango Party Rental . Loved DPR!

Cake: Skillfully Decadent Desserts

Photographer: Ashley Sawtelle Photography



Q&A with LePlatt's Pond

If you haven’t heard, LePlatt’s Pond is Durango’s newest and most sought-after wedding location. Event Coordinator, Krii Black, shared some fun details about this amazing venue.

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What is unique about your ceremony location?

LePlatt’s Pond is unique because it captures all that Colorado has to offer. Our 100 acre ranch has the Pine River running right through it, along with multiple winding streams, mountain views, towering cottonwoods, green meadows, whispering Pines, wide open fields and of course the 9 acre “pond” that most would consider a lake.  It’s everything a Colorado destination couple is looking for.

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What is unique about your reception location?

LePlatt’s Pond is unique because the ceremony and reception take place about 20 steps from one another.  Your entire event is in one special place, so your guests don’t have to travel and can enjoy themselves.  The reception tent is accessorized with a stunning tent liner, which is like a wedding dress for the tent.  The entire underneath is laced with twinkle lights, to add that extra sparkle.  To better describe it, during the day the tent ceiling looks like pillowy clouds, and when the sun goes down it’s transforms into a star filled night sky.  We think you will find it quite memorable.

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Maximum number guests?  

We can comfortably accommodate up to 200 guests, and all our pricing is based on this number.  But one of the unique things about LePlatt’s Pond is we can accommodate larger groups of up to 300. At that point we partner with our friends at Durango Party Rental to accommodate the larger party needs.  We have the space to add additional tents to make sure everyone is comfortable.

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What’s included with site rental?  

At LePlatt’s Pond the venue rental includes the reception tent, tables, chairs, ceremony site, reception site, lighting, restrooms, and parking for the day of your event.  You can also choose to add the “Loft at LePlatt’s” which is a cozy loft that sits at the highest point of the ranch.  With a birds eye view of the entire ceremony & reception site, brides can get ready, relax and watch the entire day unfold before their eyes.

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What time of year is LePlatt’s Pond exceptionally gorgeous?

LePlatt’s Pond is exceptionally gorgeous the end of May through the beginning of October, therefore those are our available months.

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 How far in advance should a couple book?

We generally book up a year in advance, so we encourage couples to plan ahead.  Some even go as far as two years out!

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Interesting fact?

One of the most unique parts of our venue is that when you hire our Certified Wedding Coordinator with our Day of Coordination package, you have access to the property for the entire weekend.  This is truly the “don’t lift a finger” package as we do everything for you from set up, to tear down, and all the details in between.  Couples can enjoy having the property to themselves, and not have to work at getting married!  They have the luxury of being a guest at their own event, and know that every detail is being handled by professionals.

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Anything else you’d like to share? 

People have been celebrating those larger than life moments at LePlatt’s Pond for over 40 years.  We love all things wedding, and have developed lifelong friendships with our clients.  People tell us all the time that it’s the most beautiful Colorado Wedding Venue they have ever seen, and we never argue with them!  We consider it an honor to host someone’s special day at our beautiful spot, and always look forward to the next truly unique wedding.

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 {above images courtesy of Allison Ragsdale Photography, Cardwell Aukerman Photography, IlluminArts Photography}

A Mountain Romance in Creede

From the bride, Kelly: We met in Creede and our first date involved a long drive over Stoney Pass, a big truck in 4-wheel drive, a large (and very jubilant) yellow dog, a fly rod and a steady fall into a life filled with joy and love.  Although we live in Bayfield, we knew we wanted to be married in the mountains where we met, fell in love and got engaged.

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A good friend gave us both new fishing reels, so during our first look, we drove down to the creek and cast a few flies. It was a fun way to do something we love together before all of the festivities.

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For the ceremony, we lined up some hay bales and covered them with burlap. We wrote vows to each other, which were both humorous and sincere. Rio – our dog – was the ring-bearer and managed to fit in a sweet nap while his parents said their nuptials. The setting was perfect and the weather was spectacular.

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For our unity symbol, we had a brand made and branded a slice of Aspen, which will hang on our wall.

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My favorite moment was our first dance to “Swept Away” by The Avett Brothers. A couple of our friends learned the song and played it for us. It was such a beautiful rendition, and so special to have it played by people we love.

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My girlfriends and I set up an outside photo booth, decorating with antlers, Cory’s grandfather’s old fly-fishing vest, an old chair and some other trinkets. Guests could take their picture and sign a card that would later have their picture glued to it. This served as a guestbook and a place to add a personal message for us.

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We love sky lanterns, so we had 100 of them for everybody to light after we finished the first dance and toasts. It was so cool!

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My advice: Enjoy being engaged.  Choose a couple of elements that are really important to you and be willing to let some of the less important details go. Looking back, I do wish we would have hired a videographer.  

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Photographer: Moosehead Design  //  Flowers: April’s Garden  //  Caterer: Tommyknocker Tavern


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