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Engagement: High School Sweethearts Reunite

Will you go to prom with me?

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 A high school romance turned to wedding bells after David first laid eyes on Kristin during passing period at Arapahoe High School. The two high school sweethearts were Warrior basketball players. Summer love flew by in a breeze and before they knew it they were headed in opposite directions for college. They decided to go their separate ways and pray there was a chance in their future. Kristin went on to be a registered nurse while David graduated with a chemical engineering degree. Years had passed with out seeing or talking to one another.

Golden Colorado Engagement Shoot - High school sweethears reunite

Kristin was visiting a friend in San Francisco and learned that David had moved there after college for work. They met, shared their stories and hopes and dreams. He shared with her that not a day had gone by that he didn’t think of their adventures and her smile. Kristin went back to Colorado and David continued to show his love for her. They knew this relationship would be difficult unless one of them moved. Kristin applied to a job in San Francisco and before they knew it they were finally in the same city and in love. 

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After being in San Francisco for a couple years David proposed. He said,”You are my best friend, my love, and I could not imagine a day in my life with out you. Will you marry me?””Yes!” They celebrated with a bottle of champagne and took in the beautiful day as it would be one to remember forever and ever.”

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Photography by: Taylor Jones Photography  //  Location: Clear Creek History Park

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Rustic Barn Wedding Inspiration

A rustic barn in Tennessee set the stage for this casual mountain wedding filed with simple DIY details.

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Location:  The Barn at Chestnut Springs   //  Photography by: Eden Bliss Weddings

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Styled Inspiration: Barn Elegance

This pretty styled shoot in Georgia from Vitor Lindo Photo + Video takes place in a beautiful barn adorned with sheer fabric, tree branches, greenery and lost of twinkle lights. Tall silver vases overflowing with florals and a moss runner with succulents beautify the rustic table.  These nature-inspired details bring the outside in and add visual interest.
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2017 Durango Wedding Expo

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 The 16th annual Durango Wedding Expo is THE wedding show of the year!

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Saturday, January 14, 2017
La Plata County fairgrounds, Durango, Colorado


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EXHIBITORS: Now accepting a limited number of new vendors, call (970) 882-3049 or debbie@durangoweddingsmagazine.com for an application.

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A Surprise Proposal in the Park

From the photographer, Amy Caroline:  When Sean contacted me and let me know that he wanted to propose to Stephanie and that he wanted me to photograph it, I was over the moon. The two of them are from Texas, but have family they were visiting in Denver.  We landed on Cheesman Park in downtown Denver as the backdrop for this big event. With its big columns, rose gardens and rolling green hills, it’s the perfect park to pop the question. 

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 Sean was taking Steph out on a fancy dinner date, and just told her he was taking her on a walk through one of Denver’s city landmark parks beforehand. They strolled through the park; Steph oblivious to what was coming next.

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 Sean had them sit down on a park bench, and read through posts from his journal. In it, he had written so many special moments that he and Steph had shared, the laughs, the tears, and mostly the joys they had had in their dating years. Lastly leading her to the page where he talked about how he knew he had wanted to marry her from the very beginning of their dating lives. He took her hand and led her to the next spot where he dropped down on one knee, officially asking her to be his forever. Steph was still so surprised, overjoyed, and shocked. With absolute joy and tears she said yes!

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 We strolled around the park, capturing the newly engaged couple. Stephanie couldn’t stop looking at her new bling, and smiling up at her darling fiance.

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Venue Spotlight: Silverpick Lodge

From the stunning mountain views to the incredible food, Silverpick Lodge is the perfect weekend destination wedding location. Here’s a look at three beautiful Silverpick Lodge weddings featured in the 2016 issue:

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A Rustic Meets Modern Colorado Wedding

From the bride: We were married in a meadow with the mountains as our backdrop. We adorned the ceremony structure with clusters of sunflowers and a crystal chandelier. During the ceremony, one lonely cloud showed up and dumped on us so umbrellas were hastily handed out as we exchanged vows under the raindrops. Fortunately, as a bride, I was so happy to be getting married that I giggled instead of cried. A Rustic Meets Modern Wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch | Colorado Weddings Magazine A Rustic Meets Modern Wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch | Colorado Weddings Magazine A Rustic Meets Modern Wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch | Colorado Weddings Magazine A Rustic Meets Modern Wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch | Colorado Weddings Magazine A Rustic Meets Modern Wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch | Colorado Weddings Magazine A Rustic Meets Modern Wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch | Colorado Weddings Magazine A Rustic Meets Modern Wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch | Colorado Weddings Magazine A Rustic Meets Modern Wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch | Colorado Weddings Magazine A Rustic Meets Modern Wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch | Colorado Weddings Magazine A Rustic Meets Modern Wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch | Colorado Weddings Magazine

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VENDORS: Venue, Caterer, Cake, Lodging: Devil’s Thumb Ranch  //  Photographer:  Frances Photography  //  Event Design & Planning:  JA Special Events  //  Floral Designer: DesignWorks

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Love at 11,444 feet

Kaley & Zach  |  September 15th

From the bride:  Zach is originally from the East Coast and I am from the Midwest. We met in Colorado four years ago. Not only did we fall for one another, but we also fell in love with Colorado. Thus, it was important for us to have the wedding in Colorado. We wanted to share the place that we hold so dearly to our hearts with the most loved people in our lives, our guests. We chose to host a fall wedding, which is our favorite time of the year. The wedding date fell on the peak weekend of Colorado’s signature gold aspen tree foliage.

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 We had a neutral color scheme with accents of green and yellow to incorporate the earth tones of the mountain and Aspen trees.

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Before the ceremony, we had our first look and read our hand written vows to one another. This allowed for intimate moments that were sacred to us. In addition, we spent time taking pictures with just the two of us before the wedding party met us. The time together eased our nerves and alleviated pressure before the ceremony as we had time to be together to show our love and appreciation for one another and reflect on the meaning of the day.

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My cousins wrote and co-officiated the ceremony, which made it tremendously personal and meaningful for Zach and me. Our wedding readings were from our favorite book, The Alchemist.

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 The flower girls carried small boxwood wreaths.

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 An extra special moment was when our dear friend surprised us with the most unique 36” diameter Pin Oak wood slab monogrammed with our wedding logo. We used this as a focal creation for the décor of our reception.

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 Instead of doing the routine order of events, we decided to mix up the order of our reception. As soon as we were announced to the guests, we went to the middle of the dance floor and cut the cake and had our first dance. After the first chorus of our first dance, we invited all guests to the dance with us. It was a huge surrounding of love. After the first dance, we jumped right into the dancing for a few songs to start the night off on the right foot. The guests seemed to really like the mix-up events.

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My advice: Every wedding is beautiful and there is no wrong or right way to do it. Be true to yourselves as a couple, be mindful of the meaning of the day instead of getting lost in the details, and absorb all the love.

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VENDORS: Photographer: Emilyanne Photography  //  Event Planner & Floral Design: Petal and Bean  //  Venue: Timber Ridge Lodge Keystone

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A Scottish Party in the Mountains

Gretchen & Duncan  |  September 6th  |  Steamboat Springs, Colorado

From the bride: We wanted a Colorado casual, welcoming and fun wedding day!  Our inspiration came from the groom’s Scottish roots and the wedding locations.

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The weather was somehow perfectly glorious, like that moment with the sun rays in the beginning of the Lion King movie.

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Everything about the day was personal. We deconstructed the traditional ceremony entirely and made our own. It felt very personal without being mushy. We wrote our vows together and said the same ones. I liked that because it felt traditional but personalized to us.

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My favorite DIY detail from the wedding were the gold antler table settings and chandelier. The groom’s parents scored a huge lot of antlers in auction in Missouri and I spent many happy afternoons lovingly spray painting them gold. Everyone was skeptical but they looked AMAZING. We split them among the family after the wedding and they make great decorations at Christmas.

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Looking back, we’ve never experienced anything like our wedding day—it is a cliché because it’s true. It was a day long adrenaline rush fueled by the biggest out pouring of love we’ve ever experienced. It rocked.

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My advice: Hire a day-of wedding planner and have a clear budget.

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Reprinted from Colorado Wedding Magazine

VENDORS – Photographer: Mark Creery Photography  //  Event Planner & Floral Designer: One Fine Day Productions  //  Venue: Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp

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A Colorado Ranch Engagement Session

Moments by Melanie captured this pretty e-shoot on a southwestern Colorado ranch with a stunning mountain backdrop and a cast of furry four-legged friends. This fun-loving, outdoor adventure-seeking couple plan to marry at this location next year.

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