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A Fun Celebration at Fox Fire Farms

Aspen & Manny  |  June 7, 2014

From the bride: Our wedding was very elegant and upbeat with a light pink, silver, and white color palette. Manny and I created and designed everything ourselves.

A Wedding Celebration at Fox Fire Farms

A Wedding Celebration at Fox Fire Farms A Wedding Celebration at Fox Fire Farms A Wedding Celebration at Fox Fire Farms A Wedding Celebration at Fox Fire Farms A Wedding Celebration at Fox Fire FarmsThe ceremony was very sweet, short and simple. Our Yorkie was the ring bearer with a tuxedo, which was adorable. My cousin married us and we signed our marriage certificate as part of our ceremony, which I think is a great idea so you do it all together.

A Wedding Celebration at Fox Fire Farms

A Wedding Celebration at Fox Fire Farms A Wedding Celebration at Fox Fire Farms

My favorite part and the highlight of our wedding was a baby deer that showed up to enjoy the day with all of our guests! I lost my dad in December 2013 unexpectedly, which of course was so heartbreaking that he physically couldn’t be at the wedding. I was talking with our family and the deer walked up to me. When I looked at the deer he had the bluest eyes, which reminded me of my father. I knelt down and stuck my hand out to the deer. I had my dog Alvin in my hand and the deer just stared at both of us wagging his tail. I have never seen a deer be so docile and loving.

A Wedding Celebration at Fox Fire FarmsDuring the toasts, this beautiful deer comes strolling into our tent walking inside checking everything out. Throughout the night the deer mingled with everyone and almost every guest got to pet the deer. A couple days after the wedding I found out that the deer was not a pet of Fox Fire Farms, in fact no one had seen the deer until our wedding day and it hadn’t left since.  A Wedding Celebration at Fox Fire Farms

My Advice: You have to do it all together. It will mean so much more in the end! I would definitely recommend a band and DJ at wedding. Gives the reception great flavor!

A Wedding Celebration at Fox Fire Farms

Aspen’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Venue: FOX FIRE FARMS {more info}. The views and energy are absolutely breathtaking and the staff is extremely helpful and take care of everything so you can enjoy your day!

Tent & Pink Table Runners: Durango Party Rental {more info}

DJ: Durango DJ & Audio {more info}. Ken Brott was wonderful to work with.

Photo Booth: Lamp House Photobooth {more info}. All our guest enjoyed the Photo Booth and it really added to the excitement of the reception!

Guest Lodging & Rehearsal Dinner: Sky Ute Casino {more info}. They were great!

Photographer: Allison Ragsdale Photography. She is the best and such a joy to work with.

Caterer: Hot Tomatoes. OMG yummy!!! Anything you want they can make it. Great advice on what works well taste and presentation wise. Ken and Robin are a joy to work with. All of our guests loved the food.

Band: Hello Doll Face. They were a huge highlight to our wedding.

Wedding Gown & Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal. Lots of options and you can customize what you want. Also if you have your wedding party in different states they can just go to their local store. Makes life easier!

Hair Stylist: Heather Chapman! There is no one else like her in the area. She has an eye for what looks good!

Men’s Wear: The guys bought suits at JC Penney for about the same cost of renting and now they own them for future use.

Florist: Igncaio Floral.

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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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