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A Destination Wedding at the Strater Hotel

Connie & Blake  |  June 14, 2014

From the bride:  We chose Durango for our destination wedding because we love the vibe of the city and it is such a beautiful place.  All our guests had such an amazing time. Not only did they get to enjoy a great wedding, they also got to experience white water rafting, hiking, fishing, bar hopping, and just the overall amazing feeling that only Durango can give. I would definitely recommend that any style of couple would be able to create their own unique and special day in Durango and feel so very grateful to have had the experience of getting to married there.

A Vintage Destination Wedding at the Strater Hotel, Durango Colorado

We tried to keep the wedding “theme” vintage with touches of pearls and lace so the Henry Strater Theatre was the perfect venue for us!  Two of my bridesmaids were pregnant, and I did not want to make them all wear one style of dress. Instead, they chose a black dress they liked, and I gave them all the 1920′s style of long pearls to match the theme. I tried to keep all the colors somewhat neutral and did not have a color theme. We accented everything with lace and pearls. The bouquets were baby’s breath, with lace ribbon and pearl accents.

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The wedding ceremony was at Rotary Park with the Animas River as the back drop! We didn’t even have to decorate the park, as the natural scenery was stunning!

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A Vintage Destination Wedding at the Strater Hotel, Durango Colorado

To tie the venue into the theme, we decided to use old movie titles instead of table numbers.  

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Connie’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
I have two vendors that were truly exceptional! As a girl, you dream of your wedding your whole life, and they both made it a reality. They are IlluminArts Photography and the Strater Hotel.

Venue, Caterer & Lodging: Strater Hotel {more info}: Emily Spencer at the hotel is the wedding coordinator and she is great! The hotel offers several packages that include the ceremony site, reception site, alcohol, food, flowers and center pieces, white glove butler service, champagne toast, cake, set up and clean up, bridal suite, honeymoon suite and I know I must be forgetting a million other things. To me, it was the most stress free and enjoyable way to do it! In addition, when you add up all that is included, it is a hell of a deal! It was invaluable having someone to book the cake, the flowers, bartenders, servers, set up, clean up etc. Everyone was asking if I was stressed during the planning process, and I thought it was a breeze because the Strater handled everything! They are so easy to work with, the food was delicious, and the staff was so accommodating. Not to mention, it is such a unique place to have a reception. It is such a gorgeous venue, and the guests can drink and stay the night!

Photographer:  IlluminArts Photography {more info}: Amazing! Drew not only served as a photographer, but he was almost like a wedding planner. He was so organized, stuck to the timeline, and most importantly, the photos were incredible. I had so many guests compliment me on how they turned out. I actually cried when I saw them, and I am not at all an emotional person .

Cake: The Flour Sack {more info}: Everyone loved  our salted caramel praline crunch cake. It was pretty to look at and fit in so perfect with the venue.

Hair Stylist: Hair Fusion: They did an absolute wonderful job and were so professional and talented.

Rehearsal Dinner: Ska Brewing, The Container: The food and beer was great! They had everything totally under control and provided such a great space for our 70 person dinner.

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A Handmade Wedding by the River

Maureen & Kelen |  June 14, 2014

From the bride: Our ceremony was held on the West Fork River. We had an amazing tented reception out in an open field. I am a DIY nut so much of our day was handmade.

A Handmade Wedding by the River in DoloresCoral is my favorite color, but I wanted pops of coral with teal and pink, and many shades of green. A Handmade Wedding by the River in Dolores

A Handmade Wedding by the River in DoloresIt was very windy before the ceremony, I was so nervous, but once I started to walk down the aisle, the wind stopped and the sun came out, it was amazing!

A Handmade Wedding by the River in DoloresI lined the aisle with plants that I potted. I found the arbor at a flea market. It was simple and elegant. I didn’t go overboard on ceremony details because I really wanted to spend the money on the reception.

A Handmade Wedding by the River in DoloresA Handmade Wedding by the River in DoloresA Handmade Wedding by the River in DoloresA Handmade Wedding by the River in DoloresA Handmade Wedding by the River in DoloresThe place cards were little African animals spray painted gold to add a nice touch for my husband who just traveled to Africa to hunt.A Handmade Wedding by the River in DoloresA Handmade Wedding by the River in DoloresMy favorite details were the antlers on the tables and the bar Kelen made.

A Handmade Wedding by the River in DoloresA Handmade Wedding by the River in DoloresA Handmade Wedding by the River in DoloresA Handmade Wedding by the River in DoloresThe reception was a lot of fun!  People danced, socialized and stood by the bonfire next to the river. 

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My advice: Make your wedding day about you!

A Handmade Wedding by the River in Dolores

Maureen’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Tent, Rentals & Event Planner: DURANGO PARTY RENTAL {more info}.   I would recommend Jill Davis in a heart beat, she was so easy to work with and made the day so relaxing.

Photographer: Allison Ragsdale Photography  //  Flowers: Blossom of Durango  //  Wedding Gown: Maggie Sottero  //  Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew  //  Men’s Wear: Jos. A. Banks  //  Transportation: Cortez Cab

Honeymoon Location: Osa Penninsula Costa Rica in December.

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Natural & Woodsy in Durango

Julie & Mike |  May 18, 2014

From the bride: Our wedding day was perfect! We had a rustic outdoorsy mountain theme with a natural color palette of tans. The majority of our guests came from out of town so it was really nice to have them experience everything Durango has to offer.

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Julie’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Catering & Cake/Cupcakes: THE YELLOW CARROT {more info}
Venue: RIDGEWOOD EVENT CENTER {more info}
Photographer: Eppich Photography // Flowers: Blossom

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