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A Teepee Wedding in Ouray

From the bride, Carey: Paul and I really wanted our wedding day to be about us and our love for each other. We’re both very introverted and planning a wedding ourselves was very stressful at times. We wanted to share our big day with family and friends because they mean so much to us, but we had to keep reminding ourselves throughout the whole process that it wasn’t about them and it wasn’t about making anyone else happy but us.
Southwest Colorado wedding - A Teepee Wedding in Ouray

WHY OURAY, COLORADO
Ouray was a special spot for both of us separately before we even started dating – I liked the hot springs and Paul loves to ice climb. I said Ouray was one of my favorite spots in my Match.com profile and he totally picked up on that. It was one of our bonding moments. Since being together we have traveled to Ouray regularly and have decided we really want to move there someday. We are currently in the process of trying to figure out how to make that work, sooner rather than later. We almost instantly agreed that it’s where we should get married. It’s such a gorgeous little mountain town and we really wanted to share it with our family and friends.

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THE FIRST LOOK
The first look was so special and important for us. It allowed us to take a breath, recenter and refocus on each other, and have a really profound and beautiful moment just the two of us, before heading into the blissful revelry of the wedding.

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Driving away together as man and wife – best 25 minutes on the road ever!

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MY ADVICE
Have fun and make it about YOU and nobody else. Don’t stress the small stuff, but do as much as you can upfront so you don’t have to run around like crazy people on the days leading up to the wedding.

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VENDORS: Photographer: Taylor Jones Photography  //  Floral Designer: Dahlia Floral  //  Venue: Secret Garden

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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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Peacock Chic at Purg

Alyssa & Clay | August 30th | Purgatory Resort

From the bride: I have lived in Farmington most of my life, but I always knew I would get married in Durango.

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Our dachshund wore a wedding dress made from scraps of my reception dress.

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Our theme/color palette was peacock. Everything was color-coordinated, font-coordinated, and theme-coordinated. We made sure there was a personal touch on literally everything. 

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My bridesmaids all wore different colored dresses that fell in the peacock theme: royal purple, royal blue, teal, royal pink, deep red, silver, royal green, and my maid of honor wore a dress that was literally a peacock feather print.

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The groomsmen wore coordinating ties. 

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My flower girls wore the most adorable dresses ever.  They consisted of tulle tutu’s in peacock colors.  They also wore headbands with large purple flowers.

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 Just as I was finishing getting ready, it began to rain! It POURED.  While part of me was panicking, the other half was elated because I truly believe the superstition that if it rains on your wedding day you will have a long, happy marriage!  Just as I stepped out of the car at the ceremony site the rain cleared and the clouds revealed the beautiful sun.  Everything was wet and the light caught the dew on all of the décor.  My husband-to-be was at the end of the aisle standing in a beam of sun.  The clouds literally cleared and the sun shone on my true love.  It was like a fairytale!

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Our ceremony took place at Boyce Meadows at Purgatory Resort.  The scenery was STUNNING.  I would absolutely recommend this site if your heart longs for peace, beauty, and fresh air.

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Our officiant was my grandfather.  He made the ceremony so special and it’s a memory I will never forget.

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Our reception took place at Purgy’s.  It was the perfect venue for our 140+ guests. The view of the mountains from the wall of windows is beautiful.

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We had Honeyville whipped honeys for our gifts.  This brought a local flaire to our wedding and our guests LOVED the variety of flavors and taste of the honey.  They also came in sizes small enough to qualify as an eligible “liquid” for flights.

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We designed labels to put on top of the Honeyville jars that had our names and wedding date and then tied ribbon around them.  It was the perfect touch and everyone loved them! 

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We had a GORGEOUS peacock cake. It was multi-tiered with each tier a different color applicable to our peacock color theme.  On top were beautifully sculpted peacocks-one male and one female representing me and Clay.  Their tail feathers draped down the edges. 

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We designed an activity sheet that was placed at every place setting, which gave our guests a chance to write us special messages. We collected them all and now have them in a keepsake album! 

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My advice: Focus more on your relationship than your wedding.  Wedding planning can put unnecessary stress on your relationship.  Always remember the reason you are planning the wedding in the first place and that is your love.  Also, don’t go into debt over your wedding! 

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Alyssa’sRECOMMENDED VENDORS

Venue & Caterer: Purgatory Resort {more info}  //  Favors: Honeyville {more info}  //  Photographer: Shutterfreek {more info}  //  DJ: Mr. Soul Entertainment  //  Event Planner, Cake, Flowers: P&V Event Solutions

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