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Love, Laughter, and Libations

Tammy & Jeremy |  July 14, 2014

From the bride:  Our main inspiration was to make sure we stayed true to who we are. We didn’t want to get caught up in wedding bliss or family input. It was important to us to express our love and commitment to one another in the presence of God, family, and our closest friends.

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The atmosphere was very casual. People were able to walk around, enjoy their drinks, play games, catch up or get to know someone new. It was important to us that this was relaxed, we didn’t follow the traditional flow of weddings- no dances with parents, no bouquet or garter toss, we wanted it to run more like a BBQ and you would know you were at a wedding only because of my white dress. 

A Durango wedding filled with Love, Laughter, and Libations

I made all the floral decorations, including my bouquet with fake flowers.

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I used 63 pounds of coffee in the decorations. As a previous Starbucks employee I was privileged to receive coffee every week.  I also used 178 Mason jars (for drinking, lighting every path, and centerpieces) and over 200 tea light candles.

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My most memorable moment was just looking at Jeremy during the ceremony, nothing else in the world mattered at that moment.

A Durango wedding filled with Love, Laughter, and Libations

We are very religious so we incorporated our faith into the ceremony – although not everyone is, we felt it was important to express that this is a union of higher power and we are grateful for everything we have together. This also meant we wanted people to know our union was not something we took lightly, everyone was there that day because we were committed for life.

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My advice: Be excited, do it for yourselves, and love one another. Don’t lose sight of the end goal.

A Durango wedding filled with Love, Laughter, and Libations

 THE VENDOR TEAM

Photographer: IlluminArts Photography   //  Caterer & Cake: The Yellow Carrot   //  Venue: Edgemont Ranch Picnic Ground  //  Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

Honeymoon Location: Sandpiper Bay Club Med Resort in Florida. We spent almost a week in Florida and are already planning a trip to go back.

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Natural Simplicity at Durango Mountain Resort

Danielle & Brian  |  June 21, 2014  |  Durango Mountain Resort

From the bride: I wanted a simple, yet beautiful wedding that was low cost with several personal touches. I basically started with the bouquet and dress and built up around it with things that would tie us (people with man made things) into nature so that it would blend nicely (which was a bigger task than what I had originally imagined).

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I made was the piece of wood where we put our rings. I chose a thicker 3″ diameter slice of wood and burned “I do” into it. I strung burlap through to secure the rings, so that my 6 year old, Adilyn, didn’t have to worry about losing the rings in her flower girl basket. (She doubled as flower girl and ring bearer). 

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The ceremony was at Engineer Meadows, which faces a GORGEOUS mountain and lots of beautiful greenery with aspen and evergreen trees everywhere. It felt very private. The aisle was lined with the wildflower bouquets sitting on wood stumps my dad made. These stumps now sit our yard at home, and they have sentimental value. Love it!

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 I have a smart, beautiful, witty six year old who is as equally important in our new family as we are, so we wanted to include her. During the ceremony, we called her to the alter to receive a necklace from Brian as representation that he chose not just me, but her too. The necklace has three hearts with each of our birthstones in it, to remind her that she is an equally important part of our family and we love her very much.

A Natural & Simple Wedding at Durango Mountain Resort

Brian and I wanted to write each other vows, but didn’t necessarily want our mushy lovey stuff aired for all our family and friends. We spoke our basic vows “I do… as long as we both shall live”, etc., but then we also wrote our own private vows to one another on paper. During the ceremony, our officiant read ten values we wanted for our marriage/family and after he described each value, we hammered a nail into the wooden box that we put our vows into. We will open these vows on our 15th wedding anniversary-neither of us know what the other wrote! A Natural & Simple Wedding at Durango Mountain Resort

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The reception was at Durango Mountain Institute, right off the bunny slopes at the Durango Mountain Resort, which is where I first learned to ski, and where Brian enjoyed laughing at me falling.

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My advice: Do what YOU love and what you will love for years and years and choose together. Most importantly, find good people to help you with your wedding!
A Natural & Simple Wedding at Durango Mountain Resort

 Danielle’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Ceremony Site: Engineer Meadows at DURANGO MOUNTAIN RESORT {more info}. It is absolutely BEAUTIFUL and NATURAL and perfect. It is easy to get to and no one has to ride a ski lift or do anything crazy to get there, so it is a great place that both kids and older friends and family members could access easily.

Reception Site: Durango Mountain Institute at DURANGO MOUNTAIN RESORT {more info}. It is very cabin-style inside, equipped with a full bar, and several tables inside a very sunny room with lots of windows so that you can see the gorgeous outdoors without actually being outside to eat. Plus the catering and service is fantastic. This is an awesome place for a relatively intimate gathering in a convenient location.

Lodging: We stayed at DURANGO MOUNTAIN RESORT {more info}. We chose a simple room, because we were going on a big honeymoon the next month, and it was still pretty awesome plus, it was reasonably priced, a must for all things wedding! Less than $110/night with a full kitchen, living room, separate one bedroom, balcony, awesome bathroom and closets at the resort in the most magical area in the world isn’t too bad!

Photographer: Cora Kemp Photography  //  Flowers: April’s Garden  //  Wedding Gown: Oleg Cassini // Officiant: Earl Caudill  //  Cake: Luda Woodward

Honeymoon Location: St. Lucia “Grande” Sandals Resort

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Romance at Silverpick Lodge

Sarah & Paul | September 13th | Silverpick Lodge

From the bride:  I never expected to have a western rustic theme for our wedding, but it seemed really appropriate for the location.
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Prior to the ceremony, Paul and I did a first look. I was so glad that the two of us had a moment to ourselves prior to the ceremony; I would have lost it if I had to see him for the first time in front of all of our guests. I had so many butterflies; it was an experience I will never forget.

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Our ceremony was in an aspen meadow at Silverpick Lodge.

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The reception was at the Sow’s Ear restaurant at Silverpick Lodge. Our chef, George, was really easy to work with and customized a delicious and really healthy menu to meet our needs (jicama tacos and beet/arugula salad). Many of the guests are still commenting on how good it was!

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Horseshoes were our escort cards as well as gifts; each had a card attached with name, table number and food order.  A destination wedding at Silverpick Lodge, Durango Colorado

Our favors were homemade apple butter in tiny jars with red checkered cloth on top.

A destination wedding at Silverpick Lodge, Durango Colorado

My advice: Be yourself at your wedding; don’t let anyone tell you how to be or what you should do.  It is your wedding, and it is a chance to express yourself to your loved ones in a way that comes completely natural.  You won’t be able to do all of the things you want to do, but that’s completely okay.  Someone told me, “be a guest at your wedding”, I know it is a day to be the center of attention, but don’t try to please everyone or worry if things don’t go as planned. Take in the moment and don’t get too overwhelmed.

A destination wedding at Silverpick Lodge, Durango Colorado

Sarah’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Venue, Lodging & Caterer: Silverpick Lodge/Sow’s Ear {more info}. George is a great chef and works with you to create a unique meal for your guests. He will make just about anything you want!

Photographer: Photography by Julie  // Wedding Gown: JesseBridal from Etsy //  Hair & Makeup: Lemon Head Salon  //  Florist: Blossom of Durango

Honeymoon Location: Climbing in Kalymnos, Greece then to Barcelona.

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