Danielle & Nathaniel | August 4, 2017
From the bride: Nathaniel and I love the outdoors and the mountains so we wanted to tie that in with our wedding. The décor was simple and minimal.
We had a huge wooden cross that was the centerpiece of our ceremony that was built by one of our church members.
Our ceremony minister was our church pastor from our college. Nathaniel and I first met at this church. The ceremony was very personalized, as our church pastor already knew us both. He had our whole audience laughing.
We had wooden slices of pine and aspen tree trucks.
Our favors were coffee grounds in a little paper bag that said “the perfect blend” with our name and date.
We displayed a collage of many of our pictures. We also had hung pictures on twine with mini clothes pins in unique areas around the venue.
The first dance was completely magical!
The dancefloor and party held after dinner could have gone all night, WE ALL WERE HAVING SO MUCH FUN ON THAT DANCE FLOOR.
Don’t get too overwhelmed in the small details, think about the big picture and the things that will last forever, the memories and the pictures! I would advise everyone to use a day of coordinator, that way all your family can relax on the big day and everything will flow so smoothly.
THE WEDDING TEAM
RESOURCE: We had several copies of the Durango Weddings Magazine circulating throughout the family for all members to look at. The magazine was especially helpful for finding a photographer and florist and it was the inspiration for our rustic romance style. We had family friends of ours attend the Durango Wedding Expo as we were still in college in Las Cruces, NM. Their feedback was very helpful, especially in cake tasting.
VENUE & FLOWERS: Ridgewood Event Center. The most magical site you will ever see is this place lit up at night! Joan was our day of coordinator! Completely recommend! Couldn’t have done it without her!
From the photographer, Amy Bluestar Photography: Whitney and Josiah’s story is what dreams are made of, high school friends turned into sweethearts. The two met in biology class while attending high school in their hometown of Anchorage, Alaska. It wasn’t until a year later when Whitney reached out over social media that the two started chatting and began dating shortly after. Four and a half years later, the two have been inseparable, even attending college out of state together in Colorado.
This past New Years when the couple was visiting their families in Alaska, Josiah found the perfect moment to surprise Whitney and on New Year’s Eve in front of all of their close family and friends, Josiah got down on one knee and asked Whitney for her hand in marriage. Of course she said yes, she couldn’t have been more happy with the way he proposed.
We drove up to Molas Pass to take the couples engagement photos. The session was filled with wind-blown hair, laughter, snow-capped mountains and SO much love.
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Move over cupcakes, pies have become the most popular dessert spread at receptions this year. Whether served instead of or in addition to cake, here are a few fun ways to incorporate pie into your wedding day:
1. Serve pies that are family favorites like Grandma’s Palisade peach pie or Aunt Erma’s Southern pecan pie.
2. Create a signature pie that matches your signature drink. Example: Jen & Jim’s First Date Apple Pie + Spiced Caramel Apple Cider.
3. Find a unique display item to showcase all your pies like a rustic cart or vintage Armoire.
4. Label each pie with a sign that ties in with your theme/wedding colors.
5. Name each guest table after a favorite pie. Include a story about why it’s your favorite. Did you eat pie on your first date? First trip together? Anniversary? Night you were engaged? It’s mom’s secret recipe?
6. For your table signs, take a fun picture of both of you eating the flavor of pie that corresponds to the table name… sure to be a fun conversation starter!
7. Collect pie recipes from family & friends to create a family pie cookbook. A meaningful favor your guests will love.
8. Pie Place Cards. Serve individual mini pies at each place setting. When sending out the invites, have guests RSVP the flavor of pie they love then include at their seat.
9. As guests leave the reception, give them boxed slices to take home for a late-night snack/breakfast treat.
Don’t forget to serve homeade vanilla ice cream and whipped cream!
Tiffany & Ryan | July 29, 2017
From the bride: We love being in the mountains and under the trees. We wanted that intimate elopement feel surrounded by our family and close friends. We got married on Lime Creek Road in the San Juan Mountains, which is one of our favorite places to hike around, and the views are just perfect for a romantic mountain ceremony. Purgatory Resort is close by so all of our guests stayed in condos there.
Our dog passed away a few days before the wedding. She was the best ever and was supposed to walk down the aisle with her own flower crown. She was supposed to walk down the aisle with our daughter. We attached a beautiful photo of her to Maxine’s flower girl basket.
When our daughter found her flower girl dress, she decided to “hide” it from Daddy (just like I did) so she could have her own “first look” with him.
The morning of our wedding, my grandmother and I picked all the Hollyhock flowers around my home to place in the flower girl basket. My grandmother said this was a memorable moment she will cherish forever.
It rained all morning, poured all day, and my mom was concerned it was going to be too much for our guests. But, when it came time for the ceremony, the rain stopped for the full two hours of the ceremony and photos, and then started raining and lightening as soon as we were finished. It was perfect! I would have kept it the same even if it poured the entire time.
We had our really great friend marry us. He quoted the Apache Wedding Blessing and kept it about our love and our journey together.
The Apache Wedding Prayer
Now you will feel no rain, For each of you will be shelter to the other. Now you will feel no cold, For each of you will be warmth to the other. Now there is no more loneliness, For each of you will be companion to the other. Now you are two bodies, But there is one life before you. Go now to your dwelling place, To enter into the days of your togetherness. And may your days be good and long upon the earth.
My favorite memory was getting through my vows without losing it!
Plan together! It’s more special knowing you worked on everything together and that there are touches of each of you on your day.
We rented out a condo at Purgatory Resort to have everyone back to after the ceremony for dinner and cake.
The Wedding Team
Reception Site & Lodging: Purgatory Resort
Makeup and Eyelash Extensions: Jasmine, Spaaah Shop and Day Spa
Photographer: Tara Shupe Photography | Hair: Autumn Pierce, Shampoo | Ceremony Site: San Juan National Forest | Wedding Gown Designer: Essense of Australia | Flowers: City Market
The Honeymoon: Our family spent the week after the wedding exploring our favorite places in Durango!