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Country Fun at Ridgewood

Karie &  Randal  |  May 22, 2015  |  Ridgewood Event Center

From the bride: 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.

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

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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.

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 Kari’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Photographer, Video + Photo booth: SHUTTERFREEK {more info}.  They 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.

Cake: Sweet Cakes Bakery. The cake was one of the best cakes I have ever tasted. Our quests went on and on about how good it was. Ilene also made us chocolate covered strawberries that were very tasty. She also had great customer service and went above and beyond to make our day great. Highly recommended.

Hair & Makeup: La Roux Salon. Very professional and so much fun. They were such a blast to have around and we looked great.

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Wedding Style: Luxe Gold & Red

Deep shades of red combined with candlelight and gold accents created this opulent color palette. View all the dramatic details from this stunning wedding on Luxe Mountain Weddings.

Images: Logan Walker Photography

Wedding Style: Luxe Gold & Red

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Lucky in Love

Alexandria & Justin |   September 27th  |  Sky Ute Casino

From the bride: We wanted our wedding to be a reflection of our personal style. We had a traditional Navajo Wedding the day before, and this wedding gave us the opportunity to dress up and celebrate with family and close friends. My uncle officiated the wedding and incorporated our Navajo cultural traditions into the ceremony.

Durango Wedding: Lucky in Love at Sky Ute Casino

If you have a large family, Sky Ute Casino is the place to have your wedding. We struggled on finding a venue that would take our large family and we came across Sky Ute Casino. They had everything to make our day special and we did not have to go crazy on rentals.

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 My bouquet had two silver jewelry pieces that symbolized our Navajo heritage. Durango Wedding: Lucky in Love at Sky Ute Casino Durango Wedding: Lucky in Love at Sky Ute Casino

We were able to transform the room and create that WOW factor we wanted for our ceremony.

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After the ceremony, guests walked through an aisle with chandeliers and chiffon draping into the reception area.

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The entire reception was the highlight of our wedding. The whole night was filled with love, laughter, dancing and great food. We had so much fun Justin ripped his pants.

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My favorite detail was the centerpieces. I believe that it made the entire space look elegant and romantic. I am a fan of flowers and to be able to have these beautiful pieces on the table made me smile. I loved that guests were able to take the flowers home to enjoy.

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My advice: Please start planning early. As they say, the early bird gets the worm. This applies when it comes to planning your wedding. Most of all, take the time to enjoy being engaged with your fiance. Event though you may have so many wedding details to discuss, go on a date and leave wedding talk a home.

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Alexandria’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

VENUE, CATERER, LODGING, HAIR & MAKEUP:  Sky Ute Casino {more info}. The food was exquisite. The caterers made sure we were taken care of. Most importantly there was plenty of food to feed all our guests. The rooms were great! They were large and comforting. The salon located in Sky Ute Casino was also great! I showed a picture of what I wanted and they recreated it perfectly. My bridal party and I got compliments on our hair all night.

DJ: Durango DJ & Audio {more info}. I loved working with Ken. He knew the type of music to play to get the crowd going and did a great job making announcements to the guests.

Event planner: Celebrations  //  Photography: Allison Ragsdale Photography //  Flowers: April’s Garden //  Wedding Gown: Lillian West

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