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Durango Wedding Expo: T-3 Months!

SAVE THE DATE!  From locations and photographers to music and dessert, we’ve selected 35 of Durango’s finest wedding professionals. We’ve also partnered with Durango Party Rental to bring you a jaw dropping décor extravaganza. The 2015 show will be like no other!  Tickets will be available soon, in the meantime, join the event page on Facebook.

2015 Durango Wedding Expo - Durango's #1 Bridal Show

Exhibitor info: We are accepting a limited number of applications for placement on the wait list.  Call 970.882.3049 or email debbie@durangoweddingsmagazine.com

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A Casual Country Wedding at Echo Basin Ranch

Kelly & Andrew |  June 28, 2014  |  Echo Basin Ranch

From the bride: I am originally from a small town and have always been a country girl. I had never imagined my wedding to be anything but country. We are very laid back and and liked that Echo Basin Ranch has a casual country setting.

A Casual Country Wedding at Echo Basin Ranch I wanted my bouquet to have a very special meaning so we included my grandpa’s belt buckle and my grandma’s earnings. A Casual Country Wedding at Echo Basin Ranch

A Casual Country Wedding at Echo Basin Ranch

 Our color palette was turquoise, coral, khaki and brown.   A Casual Country Wedding at Echo Basin Ranch

The ceremony was held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. We are both catholic so it was very important to us that we marry in the church. Sacred Heart is a beautiful brick church built in the 1800s.  I really liked the church because it was small, narrow and intimate.

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 Most of our decorations were homemade. We had beautiful ceramic boot centerpieces that members of our family painted. We sewed the burlap table cloth runners, made the cupcake toppers and put together all of the bridesmaid bouquets, flower arrangements and centerpieces by hand.

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Our dance was the most memorable moment. A Casual Country Wedding at Echo Basin Ranch A Casual Country Wedding at Echo Basin Ranch A Casual Country Wedding at Echo Basin Ranch

 My advice: Enjoy planning and don’t sweat the small stuff. It may not feel like it at the time of planning, but EVERYTHING really does fall into place on the big day.

A Casual Country Wedding at Echo Basin Ranch

Kelly’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Reception Site & Catering: ECHO BASIN RANCH {more info}. We chose Echo Basin Ranch because it was affordable and in the country. We wanted the reception site to be very green, lots of trees and have a log cabin feel. We also wanted the site to be outside of Durango. We liked that our guests could bring their RVs and camp out. Our wedding party and family were able to stay in the cabins on site, which was awesome!    Th reception hall is country and rustic with a laid-back feel. They have a great bar and pool tables, which the kids loved! The outside patio seating was very popular as well as the grassy field and pond that was nearby. Echo Basin’s catering included everything from table linens; chair covers, silver ware and lights. It was nice that it was all included and we didn’t have to get any outside rentals. The food was great and right in our budget!

Photographer: Eppich Photography. Lindsay was the first person we met with, we fell in love with her right away! No one else we met with our talked with afterwards compared to her sweet and genuine personality.  //  Ceremony Site: Sacred Heart Catholic Church  //  DJ: Aiko Aiko Sound  //  Bride’s Gown & Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal  //  Men’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse  //  Makeup: Kitty from Lemon Head Salon

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A Country Wedding at LePlatt’s Pond

Michelle & Travis | June 14, 2014

From the bride: Travis & I were raised in the country and around hunting so we wanted an outdoor country wedding with camo flair.

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The most memorable moment for me was walking around the last row of chairs and starting down the aisle with my dad. Once I saw Travis, I stopped shaking and I could breathe.

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We got down the aisle and as my dad gave my hand to Travis I saw tears in Travis’ eyes! That is an image that will always stick with me since Travis is not very emotional and he told me time and time again that he would not cry.

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Our ceremony was short and sweet. The actual ceremony maybe lasted three minutes.

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 The reception was a down-home country party with our closest family and friends. Everything was perfect; the food, the band, the décor, and our cake. We would not have changed one thing about the reception.

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Travis and I danced to “God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton. We have danced together a million times, but this one was by far the best dance we have ever danced together. It was like nobody was there except him and I, it was magical!

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 I danced with my dad to “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw, and it was definitely a tear jerker. I had to keep a conversation going with my dad so I didn’t start bawling! At the end of the song, that was no longer an option. He gave me a hug and the tears started flowing.

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My advice: Enjoy EVERY minute of it! It flies by! I never believed this when people would tell me that and it definitely is true. I was so bummed by how fast our wedding day went by!

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Venue: LEPLATT’S POND. Perfect. Gorgeous views and we got to have the  outdoor wedding we wanted. Krii helped me make decisions throughout the planning process and would suggest different things to make it easier. She also did the day of coordination and that definitely helped things go a lot smoother.

Photographer: ILLUMINARTS PHOTOGRAPHY {more info}: They are thorough and very good at what they do.

Tent, Linens, Chairs, Tables, Dance Floor: : DURANGO PARTY RENTAL {more infoworked with us and helped us decide what we needed for our outdoor wedding.

Rehearsal Dinner Location: SKY UTE CASINO {more info}

Flowers: April’s Garden //  Band: The High Rollers //  Hair & Makeup: Hair Fusion

Honeymoon Location: St. Lucia

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