Jordan & Oige | June 3, 2017
From the bride: Oige and I met in Durango and there was no question that we were going to have our wedding in Durango. We moved to California about a year before the wedding so it was slightly like a destination wedding for us, which was fun. Our wedding style was very simple but elegant. I had my heart set on a small number of guests to keep it as intimate as possible.
We did a first look with the wedding party watching us.
We held the ceremony in a small grass field with the river and mountains in the background. The most amazing moment during the ceremony was when Oige surprised me with a special ring. My aunt had passed away years ago and all the girls in the family received a ring made of hers and it was something we all treasured. I was planning on just using this ring as my wedding band. Oige and my mom managed to get a duplicate of the ring without me knowing. At the end of the ceremony, the officiant announced that there was a special ring. At that moment all my bridesmaids (sister and cousins whose mother it was) were overcome with emotion. It was the most beautiful surprise and one of the best memories of the wedding day.
The highlight of the night was the Irish dancing. Oige’s best friends from Ireland came all the way over to be his best men at the wedding. Once the music came on and everyone was on the dance floor, the show began.
My advice would be to enjoy every single day with your fiancé. Don’t stress about setting a date or trying to get things planned. Let things happen naturally, don’t rush into any decisions, talk about things as a couple. Go find a location together and when you fall in love with a place, find a way to make it work because the location of your wedding will be something that you will treasure for the rest of your life. Sometimes the stress of a wedding can really take a toll on a relationship and it should be the exact opposite. Have fun together during the whole process and it should bring you closer and make you both so excited to share your big day with the ones you love.
Planning Resource: I used the Durango Weddings Magazine website to try and figure out the different locations Durango had to offer and to help me pick and choose what vendors fit my style best. It was very helpful reading some of the other stories and seeing what other couples loved about their weddings.
Photographer: Shutterfreek. They are hands down one of the most talented set of photographers I’ve seen. Paul was so laid back and put up with me changing my mind so much and was so helpful. The whole process seemed to be overwhelming but when I would talk to Paul he would calm my nerves and make me so excited about the day. He captured the most amazing pictures that we will cherish and we were so proud to share them with everyone.
Venue & Caterer: Dalton Ranch Golf Club
This floral focused shoot was adorned with hot saturated colors in a breakaway from the contrasting New Mexico desert. The hand-selected flowers were very feminine and fun with bold splashes of red, pink, orange, and chartreuse. The armature is a kinetic and industrial form that added movement and energy to the florals.
THE STYLE TEAM
Photographer: Jamie Jauriqui Photography | Second Photographer: Shayla Edenfield Photography | Flowers: Hong-Elder Floral Workroom and Floral Farm | Custom Artistry, Hair and Makeup: Katie Baca-“Fiery Ones”
This pretty stylized shoot was set in one of the most beautiful spots in Durango (the “secret meadow” just past Turtle Lake). We absolutely LOVE the amazing floral bouquet designed by April’s Garden. The greenery runner and individual cakes adorning the rustic farm table creates a simple yet elegant tablescape perfect for any southwest Colorado celebration.
The Style Team
Photographer: Candace Cross Photography
Design & Decor: Bride + Tribe
Floral Designer: April’s Garden
Cake Designer: Fig & Bloom Cakes
Dress Designer: Pronovias
Hair & Makeup: The Chair
Jewelry: Old Gold
Rachel & Kevin | October 9th
From the bride: I was very nervous the day of our wedding because it was raining all morning. We really wanted to get married outdoors but it rained right up until we were about to start taking pictures. I don’t know what or how, but the clouds opened up and gave us an absolutely perfect fall day. We were able to hold our ceremony outside facing the stunning La Plata Mountains.
Kevin made a two-tiered rustic standalone destressed popcorn bar with chalk acsents, which included apple baskets to hold six types of candy on the top level and three type of popcorn on the lower level.
Shop around for vendors and go with the people that make you feel the most comfortable. I do wish I would have paid extra to have someone come out to do my hair so I didn’t have to worry about going back to town. This would have allowed me to spend more time with my wedding party to relax a little more.
Photographer: Illuminarts. Drew and his team were more than I could have imagined. From start to finish, it was absolute perfection. He took the time to get every little and important detail. I received so many compliments on how professional they were from countless guests and family. Drew was able to capture moments that I will hold close to my heart for the rest of my life. I would recommend IlluminArts to any and everyone – it was the best service I have had in Durango.
Lodging: Blue Lake Ranch housed all of our family and some guest and it was wonderful. The rooms and grounds are absolutely wonderful. You cannot beat the vsiews of the La Plata’s and the charm of the all of the cabins and casitas. The breakfast is die for as well.