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Casual & Fun in Durango

Robyn & Kris | June 14, 2014

From the bride:  We wanted our day to be casual, classy, and fun. I tried to add details unique to Durango. We  made cufflinks out of bike chains and had the groomsmen wear camelback flask ties. Our color palette was navy blue, bright yellow, fuscia, and Kelly green.

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My favorite detail was our ski arbor!  Kris and I met in Vail where we lived before Durango. We met on the last day of the season.  I grew up skiing at Purg and it is one of Kris’s passions. Over the years we have talked about making a ski adirondack chair so the idea just came to me to have my dad build us a wedding arch. Using skis from his old collection and some that we found at thrift stores here and there, my dad constructed the arbor. One of the pairs of skis had my dads name on them, a gift from my mom back in the day!

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For our guestbook, my dad made drawings of us so people could write our thoughts.Moosehead0115

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We made our centerpieces out of vinyl records.  

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What went wrong: I bought three dresses, and the one I wore was overnighted to me the Tuesday before the wedding! I was soooo, soooo, soooooo, stressed. We were only engaged for 6 months so by the time I started dress shopping, I already felt rushed and pressured by the stores.  I bought a dress I thought I liked and when it came in about a month before the wedding I just didn’t like it! I am the girl that watches all the wedding shows and the dress really mattered to me. I went searching online and found a dress by a reputable designer in my size, and ordered with about four weeks to spare.  When I got it, it was too long and needed some minor other alterations. The person I took it to, altered the dress in a way that it no longer fit well, or was comfortable.  I could have made it work, but it just didn’t seem right, So, once again I turned to online shopping and found a J. crew dress that seemed like me and that I figured would fit well and it did. 

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My advice: Enjoy the ride, its over before you know it and even though it is impossible to remember this while planning, your most likely the only one that notices the mistakes on your day. Just be true to yourselves and do what you want to do, do things that will remind people of you.

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Robyn’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Caterer and Rentals: THE YELLOW CARROT {more info}. The food was delicious!

Photographer: Tamara Hogue, Moosehead Design  //  Venue: The Smiley Building  //  Musicians: Robbie Overfield and the Breaks  //   Wedding Gown:  J.Crew  //  Bridesmaid Dresses: Betsy Johnson, Macy’s  //   Men’s Wear: Express and ties from Urban Market

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Wedding Style: Rustic Glam

This week’s wedding style combines rustic glam with vintage touches in a neutral color palette. The seven bridesmaids are dressed in blush, taupe and metallic.  The gorgeous bouquets combine pine cone and greenery elements to reflect the season. You got to adore the fleece hoodie worn by the couples dog, and we are pretty sure this is one of the happiest grooms we’ve ever seen!  View more images and read the entire wedding day  story over on Luxe Mountain Weddings.
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View more images |  Photography by Brinton Studios

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From the Magazine: A Sci Fi Romance

Ou & Lance  |  July 7th  |  Mancos, Colorado

From the couple: We chose Durango for our destination wedding because the area is very beautiful and mountainous, and it was important to us to hold the wedding outside and to incorporate the environment as a backdrop.

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We composed the ceremony script ourselves, with the wording inspired by Ancient Greek ritual, Vulcan marriage rite and a few key points from our shared knowledge of fundamental physics.  

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The idea was to keep the ceremony focused toward our exchanging vows and completing the unity ritual, which was mixing wine (actually single malt scotch and a unique type of strong rice wine from China).  We linked arms to drink, which is a tradition from Chinese wedding ritual.   Durango wedding - Sci Fi Romance in Durango

We were pronounced husband and wife with a physics inspired blessing: “May the dimensions be with you… Always”.

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Our most memorable moments were being able to take a little alone together, while having our “couple” photos taken with various backgrounds around the property.

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 Quotes from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy were handwritten on all the cocktail napkins.

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Our Advice: Relax and take time to enjoy other things besides thinking about the wedding.  Plan and communicate all the details/schedule with your wedding party.

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Ou & Lance’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Photographer: IlluminArts Photography {more info}  //  Event Planner: Celebrations {more info}  //  Tent: Durango Party Rental {more info}   // Venue: Willowtail Springs

Honeymoon Location:  Los Alamos National Lab, and Tibetan Himalayas.

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