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Rustic Elegance on the Animas River

Kolby & Travis  |  June 24, 2017

 

WHY DURANGO

I am from Durango and it has always been a dream to get married there. Our reception was actually held at a home my family built. When selling the home my mom had mentioned to the buyers that I dreamed of being married there and they said call us when you need it!! Sure enough we did!

 

We have so many friends who had never been to Durango before and all of them have talked about returning to spend more time. Not only was it so nice for all of us to get out of the Texas heat, but it’s such a special community that offers something for everyone!

 

 

THE STYLE

We really wanted a rustic chic farm to table wedding that was simple yet elegant and not too casual.

 

 

 

THE CEREMONY

We held the ceremony at St. Marks Church as it was really important to us to have an extremely traditional ceremony. I LOVED our ceremony, it was VERY meaningful, very spiritual and I think the guests appreciated a how traditional it was.

 

 

THE DÉCOR

We had a palette wall backdrop in the tent, which made the tent feel very warm.

 

 

 

THE AFTER-PARTY

We wanted to spend as much time with our guests as possible. So many people had traveled HUNDREDS of miles…California, Arizona, the East Coast and even CANADA! So…after the reception we decided to take the party back to town. Travis and I left earlier to check into the Strater and when we went back downstairs we walked into a HUGE group of our friends and family at The Office. The bar staff was incredible and the other customers were friendly and seemed happy to be a part of the celebration! It was a great way to end the weekend!

 

 

ADVICE

Take it all in! Slow down! The wedding is very exciting and you want it to GET HERE, but once it does all you will want to do is slow down time…and on the big day really be present! Stop and look around…take moments to breath and really enjoy the people around you! It could be the only day ever when that specific group of people is together, so really appreciate!

 

THE WEDDING TEAM

Photographer & Videographer: Illuminarts
Event Design, Tent Rental & Linens: Durango Party Rental
Caterer: Durangourmet
Ceremony Site: St. Marks Church  |   Reception Site: Private property  |  Event Planner: Heirlooms  |  Hair & Makeup: Hair Fusion  |  DJ: Aiko Aiko Sound  |  Band: True to Life  |  Officiant: Reverend Debbie Shaw |  Transportation: Buck Horn Limousine

 

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10 Handmade Seating Charts

Seating charts direct your guests to their assigned tables and individual seats. This can be a fun DIY project to incorporate your theme, hobbies and/or interests. Here are a few ideas from recent weddings to spark your creativity.

 

1. This seating chart was made from a window pulled from the family barn in Massachusetts, flown all the way out to Durango to bring in a piece of home.  See more of this Durango wedding.

Above images by Photo Divine

 

 

2.  This handmade seating chart incorporated pieces of driftwood collected from the Animas River. See more of this Durango Mountain wedding.

An Earthy Wedding on Durango Mountain, Durango Colorado

Above images by illuminarts

 

 

3.  At this Colorado wedding, a shiny red bike held seating cards for each wedding guest.

Above images by IN Photography

 

 

4.  Guests found their seats using a constellation themed seating chart and table names. At each place setting, every guest had a custom star chart depicting the actual night sky above the venue location.  See more of this Colorado wedding.

Above images by Ali & Garrett

 

 

5.  This DIY chart used hand-drawn lift tickets with the couple’s mountain logo that hung from nails on a stained wood pallet. The tables were named after the couple’s favorite Colorado ski runs. View this Colorado wedding.

Above mages by Brinton Studios

 

 

6.  For this travel themed wedding, tables were named after airports the couple, both pilots, have flown into.

Above images by Lori Kennedy

 

 

7.  This seating chart was a piece of hand stained wood with matching table numbers that were placed atop wooden boxes.  See this rustic elegant Colorado wedding.

Above images by Melissa Yocum

 

 

8.  This seating chart was a list of mountain peaks the couple had climbed together.

Above images by David Lynn

 

9.  A fun and whimsical DIY seating display.  View this Colorado wedding.

Above images by Jennie Crate

 

 

10.  For this elegant vineyard wedding, gold photo frames listed the seating arrangements at each table.  View this wedding.

Above images by William Innes Photography

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WEDDING PLANNING CHECKLIST

Wedding To-Do List

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12-9 months

__Decide on a budget
__Draft your wedding guest list
__Decide on a date
__Reserve your venue
__Hire a wedding planner
__Select your wedding party
__Book your photographer
__Book your caterer
__Book your floral designer

 

9-6 months

__Send out save-the-dates
__Purchase your invitations
__Take your engagement photos
__Buy your dress
__Choose the bridesmaids’ dresses
__Create a wedding website
__Reserve a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests
__Register at your favorite stores
__Book the officiant
__Finalize your guest list and request addresses
__Start planning your honeymoon
__Reserve any rentals you may need (chairs, tents, linens, etc.)
__Arrange Transportation
__Book your band and DJ
__Go cake tasting & order your cake
__Book your hair stylist & makeup artist

 

6-3 months

__Book the rehearsal and rehearsal-dinner venues
__Schedule hair and makeup trials
__Choose your processional music and reception playlist
__Go to your first dress fitting, order shoes and undergarments
__Purchase/rent groom’s attire
__Book accommodations for your wedding night
__Provide guest lists to maid of honor and best man for bachelor and bachelorette parties and bridal shower
__Finalize the menu, bar, and service details with your caterer or venue
__Print menu cards & programs
__Meet with your florist to finalize the florals
__Purchase your wedding bands
__Finalize the event schedule and day-of timeline
__Order your wedding favors

 

3-0 months

__Send out invitations
__Attend your last dress fitting
__Send out rehearsal-dinner invitations
__Purchase alcohol
__Create your reception seating chart
__Purchase wedding party gifts
__Write vows
__Call guests who have not yet RSVP’d for final head count
__Make seating charts & place cards
__Check on hotel room blocks
__Prepare welcome baskets for out-of-town guests
__Get your marriage license
__Distrubte duties & agenda to wedding party
__Outsource day-of tasks to family and friends
__Touch base with all vendors
__Meet with officiant and coordinate readings from friends and family as well as anything else to include in the ceremony
__Make sure groomsmen attire has been purchased/rented

 

ring image by illuminarts

A Starry Night Wedding in Pagosa

Alli & Quinn  |  July 1, 2017

From the bride: When we came to visit for Christmas we were just so enamored with the mountains and how beautiful the night sky looked we thought it would be a perfect setting for the wedding.

 

We wanted to make sure to incorporate the beauty of where we were and to be true to ourselves and not have something too austere or uptight. We wanted to surrounded ourselves with the people we love in a place we love.

The ceremony was in the back yard of Quinn’s grandfather’s home. We had beautiful florals that accented the chuppah, soft floral accents by the seats and multi colored flower petals along the aisle. My favorite memory was the first time we locked eyes while I was coming down the aisle, and just the look on his face. We both cried when I got to the end of the aisle and saw each other, after a five year engagement we were both so happy for the big day.

The décor was rustic bohemian with a large wooden head table and wooden centerpiece boxes for the flowers and candles. All the colored glasses, dishes, and china were mismatched, colorful vintage pieces.

The dance floor was outside underneath the stars. We also had tons of lights hung outside to add to the ambiance to the dance floor. All the lights in the trees made everything feel magical.

The most memorable moment was doing the traditional hora where they hoist you up in chairs.  They almost dropped Quinn.

ADVICE

Don’t sweat the small stuff, nothing in the world is perfect and as long as you both end up married and happy then it was a perfect day.

The Wedding Team

Photographer: Illuminarts  |  Flowers: April’s Garden  |  Venue: Private property  |  Event Planner & Design: Celebrations  |  Tent Rental: Pine Valley Rental  |  Caterer & Cake: T’s Smokehouse and Grill  | Hair & Makeup: Hanna Sparks from Beyond the Bridge

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