Thank you to all who attended the 16th annual Durango Wedding Expo. It was a fun afternoon filled with smiles, laughter, and lots of oohs and aahs. A special thank you to Lilia Floral Design, April’s Garden and Durango Party Rental for creating this year’s stunning inspiration lane, our favorite to date. We hope you had the opportunity to attend the great planning workshops from Dale Garland of Aiko Aiko Sound, Colleen Clausen of Lilia Floral Design, Emily Spencer with the Strater Hotel, and Kyla Jenkinson of Photo Divine. We are already planning the next show on January 13, 2018. In the meantime, enjoy all the pretty images from IlluminArts.
The following tablescape by Durango Party Rental.
The following tablescape designs by Durango Weddings Magazine.
Custom floral menu cards designed by Custom Creations.
Vintage bike stationery designed by Custom Creations.
Next show: January 13, 2018!
From the bride, Paige: Carl grew up in Durango, I grew up in Tucson, AZ and we both went to school in Seattle. Seattle was very far away for most family and guests, Tucson is WAY too hot in the summer, so we chose Durango for our wedding!
The ceremony was held on the lawn at Ridgewood Event Center at 4pm. It was a perfect sunny day. Carl and I wrote our own vows and read them to each other and we served each other communion as our first act as a married couple. We then served communion to our wedding party and had a few friends serve it to the rest of our guests. One of our good friends and one of Carl’s cousins read scripture for us. My aunt played the harp during the processional – “Can’t Help Falling In Love” and “Marry Me” by Train.
Our gift table included wooden pallets containing all kinds of local produce, jams, jellies, succulents, herbs and flower seeds that guests could fill up paper bags with.
ADVICE: Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Our parents and wedding coordinator did so much work, which was a huge blessing for both of us since we were still students and out-of-state.
Venue & Flowers: Ridgewood Event Center was the perfect venue for us. The beautiful outdoor location with fantastic views and charming gardens was just what we wanted and represented so much of what we love. Joan Alford’s coordinating services were a great option for us – we couldn’t have planned an out-of-state wedding without her!
Photographer: Shutterfreek. AMAZING! They had exactly the style we wanted at an incredible price.
Bouquets & boutonnieres: April’s Garden
Honeymoon Location: Red Frog Beach Resort in Panama – a beautiful, relaxing, private location with amazing beaches and plenty of fun activities.
Inspired by the Colorado Rocky Mountains, this Bohemian styled elopement marries vibrant colored flowers and ethereal attire with the natural landscape of Colorado. A beautiful day for an intimate ceremony in the mountains to celebrate life and love in nature.
Let the champagne flow. Walk the show, snap pictures of things you love and get to know local industry pros. Browse breathtaking floral and decor displays, view the hottest trends of 2017. Attend wedding planning workshops, sip on cocktails, listen to music & sample decadent sweets, browse aisles of gorgeous exhibits, find all your wedding day vendors, enter to win fabulous door prizes. Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon dedicated to planning your wedding.
Come prepared to shop, sample and plan your dream wedding!
The 16th annual DURANGO WEDDING EXPO
TODAY– Saturday, January 14, 2017 from Noon – 3PM
La Plata County fairgrounds, Durango, Colorado
Admission: $5 per person (kids under 12 free)
This romantic shoot has us dreaming of spring. We love the backdrop of white flowering trees, the romantic Claire Pettibone gown, and the pretty bouquet and floral crown incorporating Pantone’s 2017 color of the year, greenery.
From the bride, Stephanie:
We were fully inspired by the mountains! We love being deep in the woods and wanted to share that magical experience with our guests! Our colors were navy blue and tan, and our decor was a lot of wood pieces and candles, creating the romantic woodland fairytale we envisioned. Almost everything in our wedding was made by my mom!
We wanted the ceremony to completely reflect us, and our love. We both wrote our own vows in very special locations a week prior, and the day of the wedding our officiant had them printed into a binder so that we could read them to each other while he held it up.
As we were announced husband and wife, the wind began to blow, and my veil wrapped around our heads as we kissed for the first time! It was so adorable!
We had already told our photographer, Katie, and the wedding party that we were going to take a few minutes alone right after the ceremony. This was one of the greatest moments of the night! Before seeing anyone else, we got to enjoy time together for the very first time as a married couple! We cried like crazy, and kissed and hugged! But most importantly we got a chance to be together, alone!
I am so thankful that we had two years to plan our wedding. It seems so long, but in the end, it was worth it! Taking the time to really make each detail the way we wanted, while also having the time to realize what we don’t actually need. So many things go in and out of style, watching my Pinterest feed change so often made me truly discover what I loved most, and what was a trend I was trying to follow.
Make a list of what is actually important to you, and stick to it. An open bar and great food matter a lot to us, so that is where we spent the money. If it looks and feels the way YOU want it to, you nailed it!
From the designer, Colleen of April’s Garden: Durango had just gotten fresh snow the week of Thanksgiving. As soon as the snow stopped falling and the sky opened to a beautiful blue, photographer Jenne Anne and I gathered dresses, make-up, flowers, a lovely model, and a couple of 4×4 trucks, and we headed up into the mountains to capture the best light. Winter greens fit so well for a holiday shoot and the color of the year GREENERY!!! is so exciting. It was a blast to use locally grown stems in a wedding wreath and flower crown. Glossy magnolia and vintage garden roses all were made to fit the setting and the look we were going for to highlight Colorado and the upcoming Durango Wedding Expo on January 14th, 2016. Hope to see you all there.
From the photographer, Jenne Anne: When some of the first snow of the season started to fly, I was thrilled and filled with ideas. Colleen (Lilia Floral Design) and I connected for a small styled shoot to kick off and capture the feel of the season. We wanted deep hues and texture to contrast against the beautiful white landscape with a soft romantic feel. Colleen always has an incredible vision, we can share our ideas and run with our creative freedom and really make an incredible team. We wanted to capture the soft delicate nature of this beauty in the snowscape and florals as well as make a statement for the holidays. We are really looking forward to sharing what we are bringing together especially for the Durango Wedding Expo on January 14th. Be sure to swing by and see us!
Inspired by the alluring Italian movie star, Sophia Loren, this wedding inspiration shoot showcases a timeless, romantic, and glamorous European affair with a luxurious vibe. To help capture the essence of Italian glamour, the couple was styled to the nines. With the groom in the most dapper steel gray tux, the bride donned diamonds, fur, Louboutins, and a Kelly Faetanini bridal gown before changing into a poppy red Monique Lhuillier party dress, perfect for dancing the night away! The shoot features a color palette of rich colors found in Italy’s wine region landscape: deep reds, purples, greens, gold, and a pop of Tiffany blue. The bride and groom arrived to their swanky soiree chauffeured in a restored vintage London Cab, and after dining al fresco, bid “Arriverdverci!” to guests, as they zoomed off on a cherry red vespa to Happily Ever After!
The wood feasting table-top featured custom designed menus and place cards, as well as cut crystal glassware, gold flatware, and the most beautiful mismatched teacups and china to add interest and detail making each place setting unique.
The elegance continued into soft seating vignettes accented by gold and crystal candelabras and to-die-for lush florals that included organic Tuscan inspired elements like real grapes, artichokes, and pears, in addition to an olive branch garland accented with deep-toned garden roses, anemones, and dahlias.
THE STYLE TEAM
Photographer: Daylene Wilson Photographic // Concept Design & Planning: Bello & Blue Events // Floral: A Design Resource // Rentals: Eclectic Hive & Colorado Party Rentals // Invitations & Paper Suite: The Paper Guppy // Cake: Gateaux // Transportation: Denver Celebration Taxi // Hair & Makeup: Brittany Will // Bride’s Styling: Emma and Grace Bridal // Groom’s Styling: Ted’s Clothiers // Shoot Location: Solterra // Models: Jessie Watson & Kelvin Kosbab