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A Vintage Wedding in Pagosa

Carrie & Cade   |   June 13, 2015   |   Pagosa Springs, Colorado

From the bride: I love lace and pearls and wanted a classic vintage feel, something timeless for our wedding day with a blush, champagne, gold and neutral color palette.

 My brother built our wedding arbor. One of our best friends, who was a part of us meeting, married us. 

Dinner was inside the grand living room, which was completely transformed into a vintage romantic dream and accommodated 67 people for our sit down dinner. Each table had roses and peonies, gold accents, candles and lace.

We wanted an eclectic collection of vintage china on the tables, so we started shopping at second hand stores a year before our wedding date. We used my grandmother’s vintage cloth napkins at each table setting.  For our favors, I  made all natural vanilla soy candles.

We were very involved in the planning of our food and dessert table. We are vegetarian and love sweets. Everything had to vegetarian, egg free and we also wanted gluten free options for a few of our friends. We wanted everyone to be able to eat whatever they saw no matter their diet restrictions.

There was a moment, Cade and I sat back in our chairs and just took everyone/thing in. Our guests were eating, laughing and enjoying themselves. The décor was beautiful and everything we hoped for. We were married and surrounded by the people we love and care about most.

Looking back, I hated when it was all over. The whole day and weekend went by way too fast. I loved all the food. I loved seeing our family and friends all together in one place. I hated the feeling of not having enough time to sit and talk with everyone there for more than a few moments. But, so happy we planned a weekend full of events leading up to the big day, which gave us more time with everyone. 

My advice: Pre-marital counseling was something we both wanted to do and it was great. We learned more about each other and also confirmed things we already knew. We learned new skills and techniques that will help arm us for a long successful marriage. I would recommend it for ANYONE who is engaged. My other advice is no one tells you just how long, hard and emotional planning a wedding can be. Everyone says enjoy it! No matter if you are paying for it yourself or you have help, you deal with so many people, so many opinions and so many personalities, it’s tough. You love everyone but at the end of the day, you have to make the top priority about you and your fiancé. After all is said and done, it’s your day together and it should be exactly the way you two see it, not everyone else.

Event Planner: Many Winn, Celebrations // Photographer: Rachael Kruse // Caterer: Degelman’s Classic Catering  // Cake: The Yellow Carrot  // DJ: Aiko Aiko Sound // Hair & Makeup: Tiffany Aukerman // Venue: Keyah Grande

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A Rustic Wedding at Irma J Ranch

Tarah & Chris  |  September 27th

From the bride: 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 {more info }. 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  //  Invitations:  Wedding Paper Divas  //  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!

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Casual & Fun at Ridgewood

Claire & Marcus  |  June 1, 2015  |  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 { more info }
Caterer: DURANGOURMET { more info }
Photographer: Kelly Miranda Photography
Hair & Makeup: Lemon Head Hair Salon

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