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All Aboard on the Durango Love Train

Nell & Nick  |  May 13, 2017  |  Durango, Colorado Wedding

 

From the bride: Our wedding inspiration was our shared love of adventure. We wanted our wedding day to fit us and to take everyone on an adventure to celebrate our marriage. Nick and I started dating in the mountains, we fell in love in the mountains, and it felt right that we got married in the mountains.

 

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THE DRESS

I’m still in love with my dress!  Trying to think of somewhere else I could wear it.

 

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THE CEREMONY

Our ceremony started at 9 AM at The Durango Depot. There was coffee and donuts and guests chatted while my friend played guitar. I walked down the aisle to Somewhere Only We Know and cried even though I promised myself I wouldn’t. My Aunt Carla was a judge for many years, she has married most of my cousins, I love that she married us too!

 

Ceremony at the Durango Train Depot, Durango, Colorado Happy bride + groom in front of the Durango & Silverton railroad car, Durango, Colorado

FAVE MEMORY

Nick and I really wanted to connect and celebrate with all of our guests. We walked up and down the train to personally pass out our cupcakes and chocolates, giving us a moment to visit with our family and friends. It is one of my favorite memories of the day!

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LOOKING BACK

I loved everything about our wedding day! Durango Colorado wedding couple in a vintage car

ADVICE

Too many options caused us stress in the beginning, choose a concept and run with it. Also, you will not make everyone happy, do your best to make the two of you happy.

 

Durango Colorado wedding couple in a vintage car

THE DURANGO WEDDING TEAM

Photographer: Illuminarts. Drew is an artist. So happy we chose him. He captured the happiness and lightheartedness of the wedding. I cannot tell you how many compliments I have gotten on our wedding photography!

Floral Designer: April’s Garden. Colleen is amazing. I asked her for things like “symmetrical but not too symmetrical” and “big but not too big”, she gave me exactly what I wanted. Everyone commented on how beautiful my flowers were!

Caterer & Cake: The Yellow Carrot. Everything was delicious, our boxed lunches were the cutest!

Reprinted from the 2018 issue

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A Rustic Glam Barn Wedding at Triple J Ranch in New Mexico

Peyton & Jacy   |  September 29, 2017  |  Kirtland, New Mexico

 

From the bride: Our wedding day had a boho, earthy-glam style with a neutral color palette.

 

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THE CEREMONY

It was an absolute downpour of rain the hours leading up to the ceremony, but right before it was time to walked down the aisle, the skies cleared and were bright blue. The ceremony was intimate with an earthy feel, which we loved. Everything came together so perfectly.

 

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THE RECEPTION

We had Mexican food for dinner and then had dessert and danced in a wood barn lit with string lights and chandeliers.

 

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THE DECOR

The decor consisted of reclaimed wood, gold accents, and lots of fresh eucalyptus.

 

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FAVORITE DETAIL

Our cookie bar! We made hundreds of different homemade cookies and hand-stamped cookie “to go” bags with our wedding logo.

 

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HANDMADE DETAILS

My dad built our dessert, gift and s’mores table by hand from reclaimed wood. This added a sentimental and unique touch to our wedding. Everyone loved them!

 

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A kiss at sunset

ADVICE

Don’t let the stress of planning a wedding get to you! In the end, your wedding day flies by so you should sit back and enjoy every second of it and not let little things get in the way.

 

 

THE WEDDING TEAM

Photographer, Video & Photo Booth: Shutterfreek
Venue: Triple J Ranch

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A Fun Backyard Wedding in Durango

Hannah & JD  |  August 19, 2017  |  Durango, CO

 

From the bride: My family and I have vacationed in Durango for over 20 years. It is a very special place to us and it felt right to have our wedding on my parent’s lawn in Hermosa.

 

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THE STYLE

Our Durango wedding was simple, elegant, and rustic with ivory and natural wood colors.

 

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THE CEREMONY

We held the ceremony at sunset on the west lawn of my parent’s home. My favorite memory was having my godfather marry us in front of our loved ones.

 

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THE RECEPTION

The backyard was set with wooden tables, white linens and lots of flowers and lights. Having the wedding at my parent’s home felt very personal and intimate. It was so nice to have our favorite people in our favorite place.

 

A backyard reception on the lawn in the Animas Valley of Durango, Colorado

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MEMORABLE MOMENT

My favorite part of the night was all the dancing!

 

Dancing under the tent at a wedding in the Animas Valley of Durango, Colorado

 

ADVICE

Take your time planning and enjoy it! Looking back, I wanted more time for pictures and dancing.

 

A tent wedding in the Animas Valley of Durango, Colorado

THE DURANGO WEDDING TEAM

Photographer: Illuminarts  |  Cake & Caterer: The Yellow Carrot

Reprinted from the 2018 issue

 

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A Destination Wedding Under the Stars

Jamie & Eric  |  August 12, 2017  |  Purgatory Resort

From the bride: Durango and the southwest corner of the state is our favorite area to go camping, hiking, and rafting. We live just outside of Denver, but try to travel to Durango as much as we can. We knew we wanted a summer wedding in the mountains in Durango with vibrant colors, flowers, and a meteor shower.

 


THE CEREMONY

The ceremony was held on the edge of Dante’s Peak amidst a beautiful mountain backdrop. The weather couldn’t have been better. My longtime childhood friend was our officiant and we wrote the ceremony together to ensure what we felt was said. It highlighted nature, love, and our human connection with the earth. Also included were a few Native American blessings and the Apache Wedding Blessing.

 

 

Reading our vows to one another was a truly breathtaking experience.

 

Eric made name card holders out of aspens in our yard.

THE FAVORS

We had stemless wine glasses engraved with “Kiss Me Under the Light of a Thousand Stars…”

 

 

THE FIRST DANCE

Our first dance was the Dirty Dancing song, ‘Time of My Life”. We totally nailed it considering we had not practiced and our dancing consisted of random twirling, dipping, and lifting.

 

MEMORABLE MOMENT

At 10 pm hiking half-way down the mountain in my wedding dress to get our picture taken under the Milky Way with the meteor shower.

 

ADVICE

Take your time, enjoy your engagement and the commitment you just decided to make to one another. Make sure to plan everything just the way you want it. If everything resembles you, as a couple, it will be that much more meaningful.

 

The Durango Wedding Team

Venue, Caterer & Lodging: Dante’s at Purgatory Resort. Purgatory Resort was an absolute amazing place to hold a wedding! The resort gave our guests restaurant options, outdoor summer activities, clean nice lodging, and a ride to and from the wedding site. Sitting in the middle of the San Juan mountains you get great views everywhere!! The wedding ceremony & reception were held at Dante’s Peak which is an absolutely beautiful place on the backside of the mountain. They also had great food. We wouldn’t have wanted to celebrate our wedding weekend anywhere else!!

Linens: Durango Party Rental. We rented a few accent table cloths, runners, and napkins from Durango Party Rental. They were very knowledgeable & helpful in what we needed and at a very reasonable price! The pick up & drop off were super easy & all of the accents looked great!

Photographer: J. La Plante Photo  |  Flowers: Linnaea Farm

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