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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.


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


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. 



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.


The groomsmen wore coordinating ties. 


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.


 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!


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.



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


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.


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.


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! 


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. 


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! 


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! 



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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A Simple & Relaxed Wedding in Vallecito

Laura & Gabriel  |  June 13th  |  Vallecito Lake, Colorado

From the bride: Our wedding was at Blue Spruce campgrounds near Vallecito. The really awesome part was family and friends started coming into town the week before the wedding- we rented all their cabins, and several people camped out as well. It was a push getting all packed up and out there, but once we were all there it made for a relaxing, fun-filled weekend with tons of quality time with the people we love most.
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 Our color palette was green and pink (like a flower), accented by other neutral, natural colors.

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Several family members helped me decorate for the wedding, which brought a wonderful eclectic style to the tables and also this heartwarming, genuine sense of community.

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 It rained and hailed until about 1.5 hours before our ceremony, then miraculously cleared up! My younger brother passed away in 2010.  My parents inherited his dog, Foster, a minature Australian Sheppard who walked me down the aisle with my dad.  It was my way to honor and include my brother, whom I wish could have been there more than anything.

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I started collecting fabric about a year ago, which I used for the arch. I sewed our initials into the fabric draped across the arch.

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I handmade all our decorations and used a lot of repurposed thrift store finds to keep us in budget and to reduce waste. All the figurines and vases were second-hand, and painted with a matte paint they mixed up for me at Krogers in my color scheme.  I made dozens of paper flowers out of dyed coffee filters and tissue paper.  At the end of the night, we gave them away as mementos to guests.

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Our favors were Honeyville honey jars that matched our color and theme perfectly – Mountain Peach. Our guests LOVED these – it was so cool to send a little sweet Colorado treat home with everyone.

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 I loved our guest book I ordered from the Etsy site, Mystic Wildcraft. Everyone signed this beautiful tree slice that they had wood-burned our details into and stained.  It will be a unique, beautiful piece of art we will always display in our home.

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I love, loved our cupcake tower that resembled a beautiful flower garden.  Nevada at Albertson’s bakery was so creative and accommodating, I highly recommend her. Guests loved the variety of cupcakes, and serving/ cleanup was simple.

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The reception was a blast. We hired this amazing blue grass band called Ruckus and the Rice Patties, and just asked them to do their thing. Everyone let their guard down and was dancing and having a great time- there was no pressure for certain formal dances or songs, and we didn’t do the traditional bouquet or garter toss which often can feel awkward or disrupt the flow of the night. A genuine good time was had by all, honestly- it was the best party I’ve ever been to!


My advice: Make sure to take a honeymoon. Worth it. Make it happen.



Photographer: Faith Photography by Bree Gonzalez {more info}. I wanted to have high-quality professional documentation and Bree delivered!

Favors: Honeyville {more info}. Our guests LOVED these and it was so cool to send a little sweet Colorado treat home with everyone.




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Eternal Bliss at 10,200 Feet

Melissa & Grant  |  July 19th  |  Durango Mountain Resort

From the bride: We wanted to get married on top of a mountain and at a resort that was intimate so all our friends and family could come together for a few days and bond. We did not want the “wedding blur” that we have heard brides talk about after their wedding. We wanted a few days with everyone, together, in one intimate and beautiful spot. Durango Mountain Resort was family friendly and affordable and had unbeatable mountain views.

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The Durango Weddings Magazine helped me locate great vendors and relieved a lot of anxiety.  I loved reading the stories and experiences from other couples.

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I watched the clouds and lightening roll in about 60 minutes before the ceremony started, I was worried the storm was going to hit. However, the sun broke through and the weather held up. It was beautiful and magical at 10,200 feet!

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We wrote and read our own vows and had a “tree planting ceremony”.  We have planted the tree in our yard.

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My uncle made the wooden holders to place our lanterns and flowers on for the centerpieces.

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Looking back, Durango is so beautiful and off the beaten path, I can’t imagine getting married at any other place. I still smile at the weekend memories.

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Venue, Caterer & Lodging: Dante’s Peak Durango Mountain Resort  {more info}. Unparalleled to any venue with beautiful views with fresh crisp mountain air. Everyone was lost in all the beautiful moments at Dante’s Peak. The DMR staff and Sara Bath, specifically, were awesome and went above and beyond for us!  

Cake: Skillfully Decadent Desserts {more info}. The MOST delicious dessert bar!  I wish I would have ordered more, everything was truly skillfully decadent! I loved working with Jocelyn and highly recommend her!

Linens: Durango Party Rental {more info}. Loved DPR!

Photographer: Ashley Sawtelle Photography

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