Sarah & Ed | September 23, 2017 | Durango, Colorado
From the bride: We love the outdoors, so we wanted to bring in as many natural elements like wood and flowers as we could. Our color palette had greens, golds, and purples. We incorporated Ball jars into a lot of our decorations since Ed’s last name is ‘Ball’.
My parents and I attended the Durango Wedding Expo. Being from out of town, it was so nice to have all the vendors we wanted to see in one spot. We had prints of most of the magazines and used the website for those that we didn’t. I had all the years’ issues I could get my hands on. Being able to see the work of all the vendors we were considering in real weddings was a big help. We did a lot of research online and through Durango Weddings Magazine, then narrowed down our list and visited those that we could in person. We wanted vendors that could work with our style and within our budget.
April’s Garden is amazing and I couldn’t be happier with how our flowers turned out. They worked with us to make sure our wedding florals were beautiful.
We held our ceremony next to the river. We almost had to move the ceremony indoors due to rain and hail that day, but the weather miraculously cleared up less than an hour before our ceremony was set to begin and we ended up having a beautiful evening. The river site is amazing – we wanted an outdoor ceremony away from everything, so it was perfect.
My dad made a light-up sign with Ed’s and my initials that we hung over our dessert table stand.
Most Memorable Moment
Getting picked up by a horse and carriage at the end of the night – a surprise from my parents.
Get your vendors early!
Genevieve & Brian | May 20, 2017 | Durango, Colorado
From the bride: We come to Durango several times a year to ski, hike, and spend time with family. We both love the mountains and knew we wanted to get married in a mountain town. We picked Durango because it is beautiful.
It snowed six inches in the two days before the wedding. It was 20 degrees when we arrived at the Silverpick Lodge on Thursday night. We began to worry we wouldn’t be able to have the ceremony outside because the forecast called for more storms. On Friday morning, the sky was completely clear and the sun was so bright that the snow sparkled. By 3 pm on Saturday, the snow melted, the ground was completely dry, and the weather warmed up, so we kept the original outside location at the meadow. There was still snow on the mountains in the distance, the storm ultimately made for beautiful pictures.
We stood in between aspen stumps, they acted as a make-shift altar with a view of the mountains behind us. The cellist played Morning Has Broken by Cat Stevens as I walked down the aisle. It’s the same song I sang when my cousin walked down the aisle 15 years ago. It was a very moving moment. We wrote our own vows and made each other laugh, especially after both mentioning that Brian now eats more vegetables.
Our table numbers, escort cards, save-the-dates, invitations, and programs, all followed the same color scheme and theme. They perfectly matched our ceremony location; snowy mountains with yellow aspens, and forest greens, blues, and browns.
We held our reception at the Silverpick Lodge. It included a cocktail hour, followed by dinner, speeches, pie-cutting, and dancing. After the reception, we went downstairs for the after- party with a fire pit, s’mores, and hot chocolate.
We chose to have pies instead of cake because we really like pie and it felt much more welcoming. We didn’t want to limit ourselves and our guests to just one kind of pie, so we served ten different flavors.
It is perfectly okay to ask your friends and family for a reasonable amount of help. People really want to be a part of your wedding, take them up on it. We sent out a very detailed spreadsheet assigning the roles and responsibilities to those who expressed interest in helping. On our wedding day, the only thing we had to worry about was getting ready and setting up chairs. By the time the reception slowed down, we smelled pizza in the oven and saw the fire pit was lit for the after-party. These and many other small tasks were all taken care of for us by our friends and family.
We highly recommend getting a video and audio recording of your ceremony. It is an important moment that goes by quickly, and you won’t remember everything you said. We are really happy we have a video that we can show our kids in the future.
Venue: Silverpick Lodge. The views are magnificent and the aspens are beautiful. Almost everyone stayed at the Silverpick Lodge and had time to get to know each other before the wedding actually happened. Everyone loved the lodge, it is such a cool building, and there was so much for guests to do. The restaurant space is beautiful, and the food was amazing. All the guests were raving about the food.
Photographer & Video: Illuminarts. Drew and Laura were very professional and extremely helpful prior to the wedding and during the event. We talked and met with Drew several times before the wedding, he helped us to think through our day-of timeline and priorities. Our wedding images are stunning and really captured the beauty of the day. Illuminarts also filmed our ceremony after deciding at the last minute that we wanted a ceremony video.
Pies: The Yellow Carrot. The pies were delicious. My friends tried every flavor, and said the pies were the best wedding dessert they have ever had.
Reprinted from the 2018 issue.
Amy & Gabriel | July 29, 2017
From the bride: We met at an annual memorial snowboarding trip that happens every year in honor of a mutual friend that passed away. Gabe proposed to me on our first international trip we ever took to Chile. It was personal, beautiful and a moment I’ll never forget.
We wanted to do a destination wedding but our families asked that we kept it in Colorado. We chose Durango because it is so beautiful, has great food, and there’s so much to do. Our friends and family had so much fun visiting a part of Colorado that many of them had never visited.
We love simple and we love the mountains. I’m slightly obsessed with skulls, specifically Day of the Dead art so there were little skulls in many parts of the whole day. We had a neutral colors, wood, and greenery with small pops of deep colors.
The ceremony was the most important part to us. The reason why we were there. My older brother married us, all of our nieces and nephews held a role in the ceremony including ring security. For me, my favorite memory was walking down the aisle with my father to meet my soulmate. I seriously loved every minute of the ceremony. It was so incredibly special.
Dinner was outside under the tent. The only time it rained was during dinner which was perfect and so beautiful. The sun was shining and the rain was falling and all the kiddos were playing in it.
We both LOVED all the dancing!
The day is about committing your life to each other and not about all the little details. If something doesn’t happen that you planned, no one else will know it didn’t happen except you so don’t worry about it.
THE WEDDING TEAM
From simple in the mountains to rustic elegance in the country, this fabulous new issue showcases 21 Durango weddings filled with inspiring ideas, helpful advice and memorable wedding day moments. Read it!