Blaguna & Mike | July 23rd
From the bride: The mountains and the majestic views were our inspiration for the day. We wanted to bring the outside in and incorporate a blue color palette.
I wore 3 antique blue buttons on the back of my dress from Mike’s great aunt – she was an established button collector. It was such an honor to have them sewn on.
We got married at 10,000 feet on Purgatory Mountain. The aisle was lined with hanging flowers, which led to a beautiful arbor decorated with flowers. Our guests were seated to live acoustic music. The wedding party walked down to a live version of “In my Life” by The Beatles. Our minister who is a great friend of ours, said our names for the first time during the Native American Blessing and not a second later, a loud crash of thunder was heard.
The reception was at Dante’s, about 100 feet away from the ceremony. Having a live band was a huge highlight. The decor was earthy with moss and flowers on the tables. Our escort cards were hung on driftwood from the Animas River.
Our décor was earthy with moss and flowers on the tables.
THE WEDDING TEAM
Photographer: Drew from Illuminarts felt like an old friend. He blended into the day, half the time I did not even know he was taking pictures. He kept in contact throughout the whole planning of the wedding and we love how he likes to tell the story of the whole day. Drew and his assistant were the friendliest people to work with. We had so many compliments about them. They did not make me feel awkward about any pictures, which made us feel so comfortable that we could be ourselves.
Flowers: Marje from Linnaea Farm Design was really easy to work with. We were out at the right time in March as she was just starting to plant her flowers and she let us choose what we wanted and planted them for us. She asked many questions as to what we wanted and what we didn’t. We put full trust in her and the flowers turned out beautiful!
Rehearsal Dinner: Sow’s Ear at Silverpick Lodge. We had about 50 people and everyone was well taken care of. The food was amazing and George couldn’t have been more accommodating for our large group.
Venue, Caterer, Lodging: Durango Mountain Weddings at Purgatory Resort
Reprinted from the 2017 issue.
Kaitlin & Dean | July 30th
From the bride: We live in Fort Collins, but absolutely love the town of Durango with all the scenery and surrounding activities that southwest Colorado has to offer. We first visited Durango in 2013 and had made a few visits back, before we decided that it was the ideal wedding location for us. We decided on a Bohemian mountain wedfest theme. Some of our favorite things are mountains, good music, food, drinks and parties with our closest friends and family! So what better than a festival themed wedding in the mountains. We chose a color palette of dusty blue, sherbert orange, rose quartz and sea glass green.
We wanted a festival style invitation so a friend painted Dean and I, Lucy (our VW camper), the venue, the band, and our three dogs. It was amazing, personable and so us!
We had our ceremony in an intimate setting in the woods with the La Plata River as the backdrop. We were married under a beautiful aspen arbor with wildflower wreaths and draped garlands. Our band did an acoustic set and played the background and processional music while our close friend officiated the wedding. It was the most gorgeous setting for an evening ceremony.
After the ceremony ended, everyone followed us on a short nature trail walk through the woods to the event center. Along the way, we had rustic framed photos of us tied up to the trees. On the event center lawn, we had a full band and cocktail hour setup with lawn games under the huge Cottonwood trees.
Our 1988 Volkswagon Westfalia Vanagon camper van, Lucy, was our photo booth. She was looking SUPER, all decked out in wedding décor and the perfect photo booth for our guests. Everyone had a blast taking pictures in it… especially all the kids!
Have fun! Don’t sweat the small stuff, no one, seriously, no one will notice if anything is missing or goes wrong, except you. At the end of the day, you will still be married, so don’t let anything distract you from your beautiful, memorable day. Also, make sure to set aside some brief time with your husband/wife after the ceremony and during the night…. 5 minutes here, a few minutes there…. to step back and take a moment to appreciate it all together. It goes by so fast!
Venue, Event Design & Planning: Ridgewood Events Center. We absolutely loved this venue, it was perfect for us, beautiful scenery, serene and out in the country. Joan was our day-of coordinator and she was fantastic. She’s very creative and artistic, and listens to what you want. She created our centerpieces, helped decorate the altar, set up the dessert table, and set the tent with ribbon chandelier. She was wonderful!
Photographer: Illuminarts. Drew is super! He’s very professional and his work is top notch. He was wonderful to work with, and accommodated our wild group well.
Caterer: Durangourmet. AMAZING! Jimmy is so great, and his food is incredible. We did family style and everyone loved the food and the portions were perfect.
Flowers: April’s Garden. They did our wreaths at the altar as well as the garland. The bouquets were absolutely incredible. Natalie was amazing to work with, she listened to what I was envisioning and let me know her thoughts and came up with incredible designs that were just beautiful! The succulent and thistle boutonniere were very handsome.
Hair & Makeup: Hair Fusion. Amazing. They were lovely people and we were all so happy with our hair and makeup. They did a beautiful job.
Jennifer & Aaron | June 14th
From the bride: Aaron and I met at Fort Lewis College. After a 4th of July camping trip to Silverton we began dating. Since we lived in Durango at that time, we would use Silverton as our weekend spot where we camped, hiked, 4 wheeled, and snowmobiled. We decided to celebrate our wedding in the location where we fell in love, Silverton.
We wanted an eclectic antique meets mountain rustic chic wedding with unique items such as: mismatched antique candles and vases, old books, wood, and lace.
We held our ceremony in the meadow at the Kendall Mountain Community Center. It was a perfect day, not a cloud in the sky. I wanted the beautiful scenery to be on display during the ceremony. We had flowers lining the aisle and an aspen arbor covered in flowers. The ceremony was short and sweet.
Our thank you gifts were small bottles of homemade wine my parents made with custom labels
Don’t stress, you can’t make everyone happy, so just have your wedding the way you want to.
DJ: DJ CodeStar / Caterer: Thee Pitts Again / Bouquet: Willow Creek Floral / Makeup: Tiffany Aukerman / Hair: Rachel Dallmann / Wedding Gown Designer: Anais Anette A&Be Bridal Denver / Shoes:Toms / Men’s Wear:Jos. A. Banks
From the bride, Jacqueline: Our inspiration was the beauty of fall in the mountains. It is definitely our favorite season with the warm sunny days and cool nights, and the changing of the aspen leaves to glowing gold. We wanted to bring that feeling into our wedding day while complementing the mountain lodge architecture of our venue, and keeping in mind Silverton’s Victorian/mining history.
Our wedding arch was hand built by my dad, with downed aspen trees that my husband, parents, and I had collected earlier in the summer.
We held our ceremony at 4:00 pm, outside on the deck of the Kendall Mountain lodge, with beautiful mountain views, and golden aspen trees in every direction. We wrote our own ceremony (short and sweet).
We opted to turn on the chairlift on Kendall Mountain, so guests were able to ride up and down for the lovely views and photographs!
Our guest book was a painting by my mom, of an aspen tree and two lovebirds.
Looking back, if I would do anything different, I would have tried to be more decisive along the way. I second-guessed every decision and tried to research every possible option, instead of going with my gut feel. I also might have reconsidered the timing a bit. We wanted a fall wedding so were only engaged for 9 months, which seemed like it would be plenty of time, but I quickly learned that wedding venues and vendors book very far in advance!
My advice would be to ask for and accept help both in the planning process, and the day of! It takes a small army of people to set up a wedding, especially depending on the staff and services provided by the venue. Also try to keep in mind that while the planning may be a challenge, the day will be perfect! Planning can feel like an endless amount of details and decisions, but having help and remembering the big picture can really help with the stress.
I’d also suggest to have at least a day or two to decompress after the wedding before traveling for a honeymoon. Not only were we exhausted after the wedding, we had so many last minute details and packing to do for the wedding, I can’t imagine having to be packed for the honeymoon too! Plus we were able to take day-after wedding photos, which we love.
Venue: Town of Silverton, Kendall Mountain Community Center. The venue was basically a blank slate so it allowed us to completely customize the day. From selecting our vendors, to shopping for all of our table décor, to deciding the setup and flow for the space, we were able to personalize every aspect.
Caterer: Durangormet. Jimmy catered absolutely delicious food for our wedding, and provided staff and bartenders. During cocktail hour we served appetizers of bacon chipotle shrimp, empanadas, and an avocado salsa & chips. Our dinner was served family style, by each table, which we loved compared to options of a buffet line, or serving individual plates, as it allowed everyone to have food at the same time. Our dinner menu was seasonal, with a locally sourced salad, steak and salmon, with roasted seasonal vegetables and fingerling potatoes, all with a southwest inspiration. We received so many compliments from our guests on both the food and the servers; many people commented that it was the best food they’d ever had at a wedding!
DJ: Mr. Soul Entertainment. I would definitely recommend Steve; he did a great job DJing our wedding! He was able to organize two setups for us for the ceremony and reception, listened to our song requests as well as general likes/dislikes into account, and helped us with our wedding timeline. His selections definitely helped create a great vibe for the night!
Honeymoon Location: Three weeks in South Africa! We started in wine country, spent some time in Cape Town, traveled along the Garden Route, and finished our trip on safari in Sabi Sands, at Kirkman’s Kamp. 100% amazing. Trip of a lifetime!