Colorado Wedding Inspiration

From simple and intimate to elegance in the country, this new issue from Colorado Weddings Magazine features weddings from Beaver Creek, Buena Vista, Montrose, Niwot and Telluride. View all the Colorado pretty HERE!

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Saturday, January 16, 2016
La Plata County fairgrounds, Durango, Colorado

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A Rustic Wedding at Irma J Ranch

From the bride, Tarah: My mom and dad were actually married on the Irma J Ranch 28 years prior to my wedding.  A few years before my wedding date, the property was offered for sale and my parents purchased the land. They built a beautiful home on the property and restored several of the historic buildings including a circa 1890s cabin.

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A lot of the décor was either old, antique finds from my grandmother’s shed (e.g. old wheel barrels, milk jugs, crates) or other rustic pieces that I had bought or made (lanterns, chalkboards). 

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I did my own flowers (all the bouquets, corsages, boutonnières – lessons via YouTube) While this did save a lot of money, it was pretty exhausting the week leading up to the wedding. I have a whole new appreciation for floral work!SAB0108 The ceremony was performed behind the circa 1890s barn in a clearing that provided a spectacular view of the barn framed by the Hermosa cliffs.


My favorite ceremony memory was listening to my husband’s vows and trying not to cry.


Our officiant accidentally forgot to have us exchange rings before announcing us as  “husband and wife” and allowing us to kiss! We eventually did exchange rings, but it added a little humor to the ceremony.

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For our favors, I made little burlap sacks filled with coffee (Chris and I are avid coffee drinkers!). I made a tag that read “Love is brewing! – T+C” and attached to each of the bags.


The week leading up to the wedding, my stress level was definitely at its max. I wish I was able to relax a bit more and really enjoy the company of the people that mean the most to us. If I were to do it all over again, I would have delegated more tasks to relieve some of the stress I felt.


My advice: Get the big stuff locked in early, as venues, catering, and photographers book up fast. Once those big things are done, relax and enjoy the engagement! The details can be figured out later.


Venue: The Irma J Ranch. This was the absolute perfect place to get married. It was super special to me as it was the place that my parents were married! Even if that wasn’t the case, everything about this venue was easy, beautiful, and fun. It was very convenient to have the ceremony and reception site at the same location.

Photographer: Sabrina Brant  //  Catering + Cake: The Yellow Carrot  //  Alcohol: Carver Brewing  // Hair & Makeup:  The Chair

Transportation: We hired a friend of the family to drive a shuttle van to and from the wedding venue. We encouraged people to stay within a five mile radius of the Irma J Ranch.  There are  tons of amazing lodging options places between Tamarron, Silverpick, and Purgatory.

Honeymoon Location: We were planning to have our honeymoon in Cabo San Lucas after the wedding. However, a week prior to our honeymoon departure date, Cabo was hit by Hurricane Odile. We changed our plane tickets and decided to spend a couple honeymoon nights in Telluride and it was absolutely amazing!



Durango Wedding Expo: T-3 Months!

Be inspired at the 15th annual Durango Wedding Expo.  View the hottest wedding trends of 2016, sample mouth-watering food and cake, attend planning seminars, learn all about Durango’s amazing venue options, meet with local photographers, DJs, videographers and more.



Saturday, January 16, 2016
La Plata County fairgrounds, Durango, Colorado

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Wedding Style: Colorado Ranch Elegance

Rich gold glass accents, beautiful florals in blush pink and a gold embellished cake compliment the rustic feel of this Colorado ranch and is a wonderful example of how to bring elegance, romance and sophistication to a rustic venue.

Photography by Chris Loring Photography



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Casual & Fun at Ridgewood Event Center

There were lots of heel clicks, Lion King songs, funky socks and laughter at this Durango wedding. Claire and Marcus are avid backpackers so they chose to incorporate their beloved Nalgene bottles and backpacks in their photos with adorable signs that said “Just Married”.

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Marcus gave each of his friends a pair of funky socks to wear. As he gave each guy the pair of socks, he told a story about their friendship that coincided with what was on the socks.

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For their guestbook, a friend painted a tree on a canvas for their guests to sign and add a fingerprint. The couple plans to hang the art piece in their home.


The couple had their own version of Cards Against Humanity made specifically for them, which they called Cards Against Newlyweds. Each card contained funny stories and facts about the couple, which their guests used to play the game.

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Venue: RIDGEWOOD EVENT CENTER  |  Caterer: DURANGOURMET  |  Photographer: Kelly Miranda Photography  |  Hair & Makeup: Lemon Head Hair Salon


Durango Wedding Expo: T-3.5 Months!

There’s so much to see and do at the 15th annual Durango Wedding Expo!

View the hottest wedding trends of 2016, sample mouth-watering food and cake, attend planning seminars, learn all about Durango’s amazing venue options, meet with local photographers, DJs, videographers and more. It’s the one show you MUST attend!




Saturday, January 16, 2016
La Plata County fairgrounds, Durango, Colorado

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A Ceremony in the Rain

From the bride, Stephanie: We wanted a wedding that was casual, fun, and not too stuffy. We wanted our style to mimic our personal lifestyle. It was important to have something small so total guest count was just 60. Justin grew up in Durango and we both love the mountains so a destination wedding in Durango was an easy choice for us.

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We held our ceremony in the meadow at Silverpick Lodge surrounded by aspen trees and a beautiful mountain backdrop.

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A few minutes into the ceremony it began to drizzle.  The rain got progressively worse and became a downpour. Everyone got drenched but no one moved…they accepted they would be soaked and just enjoyed the ceremony.


I loved our kiss in the rain.

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The décor was simple black and white with a pop of color. Our pots for the centerpieces were hand painted by a family friend.

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My favorite detail was the Mr. and Mrs. sign for the sweetheart table. It was handmade from an aspen log that we found in Durango the first time we visited.

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Venue, Food & Lodging: Ceremony Site: Silverpick Lodge. They made the whole weekend so easy. The food was delicious, the service was great, and the décor was perfect. Plus, it was so convenient to have the ceremony, reception and lodging all in one place.

Photographer & Photo booth: Shutterfreek. The photo booth was a great addition. Everyone has so much fun!

Honeymoon Location: South Africa and Zimbabwe. Safari, wine country and beach/whale watching. Amazing!


Country Fun at Ridgewood

From the bride, Kari: We wanted our wedding day to be laid back and fun for all.


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 We held our ceremony outside facing the beautiful La Plata Mountains.

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 The photo booth by Shutterfreek was a huge hit. We all loved it and the pictures afterward were so fun.



 Looking back, I would have started the wedding a little earlier to give ourselves more time.  


My advice: Don’t get too tied up in planning that you forget to enjoy it. Don’t expect everything to go perfect. Decide what parts are most important to you and focus on that and relax on the rest.



Photographer, Video + Photo booth: SHUTTERFREEKThey did an amazing job on the pictures. The photo booth was so much fun and they were helpful the whole way through the wedding. Katie was like having a friend with me and I had just met her. She also helped me with a timeline of when we should do things like the first dance and bouquet toss. And they were all so nice to everyone. A complete joy to share our day with.Save


Durango Wedding Expo: T-4 Months!

Meet the Best in the Biz at the 15th annual Durango Wedding Expo!  We’ve gathered Durango’s most sought-after wedding professionals.  If you seek top-notch service, creativity and a stress free wedding day, this is the group you’ll want by your side!

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Saturday, January 16, 2016
La Plata County fairgrounds, Durango, Colorado

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