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Eternal Bliss at 10,200 Feet

Melissa & Grant  |  July 19th  |  Durango Mountain Resort

From the bride: 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. Durango Mountain 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.

Eternal Bliss at Durango Mountain Resort, Durango Destination Wedding

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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Melissa’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Venue, Caterer & Lodging: Dante’s Peak Durango Mountain Resort  {more info}. 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!  

Cake: Skillfully Decadent Desserts {more info}. The MOST delicious dessert bar!  I wish I would have ordered more, everything was truly skillfully decadent! I loved working with Jocelyn and highly recommend her!

Linens: Durango Party Rental {more info}. Loved DPR!

Photographer: Ashley Sawtelle Photography

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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.

LePlatt's Pond Wedding Venue, Durango Colorado

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.

LePlatt's Pond Wedding Venue, Durango Colorado

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.

LePlatt's Pond Wedding Venue, Durango Colorado

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.

LePlatt's Pond Wedding Venue, Durango Colorado

 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!

LePlatt's Pond Wedding Venue, Durango Colorado

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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Contact Information:

LePlatt’s Pond

Bayfield, Colorado  |  website   |  (970) 759-0748  |   featured weddings

 

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

Kelly & Cory | October 4th | Creede, Colorado

From the bride: 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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Kelly’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Tent Rental: Southwest Party Rental {more info}

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

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