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A Mountain Romance

Kelly & Cory | October 4th | Creede, Colorado

From the bride: We met in Creede and our first date involved a long drive over Stoney Pass, a big truck in 4-wheel drive, a large (and very jubilant) yellow dog, a fly rod and a steady fall into a life filled with joy and love.  Although we live in Bayfield, we knew we wanted to be married in the mountains where we met, fell in love and got engaged.
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A good friend gave us both new fishing reels, so during our first look, we drove down to the creek and cast a few flies. It was a fun way to do something we love together before all of the festivities.

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For the ceremony, we lined up some hay bales and covered them with burlap. We wrote vows to each other, which were both humorous and sincere. Rio – our dog – was the ring-bearer and managed to fit in a sweet nap while his parents said their nuptials. The setting was perfect and the weather was spectacular.

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For our unity symbol, we had a brand made and branded a slice of Aspen, which will hang on our wall.

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My favorite moment was our first dance to “Swept Away” by The Avett Brothers. A couple of our friends learned the song and played it for us. It was such a beautiful rendition, and so special to have it played by people we love.

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My girlfriends and I set up an outside photo booth, decorating with antlers, Cory’s grandfather’s old fly-fishing vest, an old chair and some other trinkets. Guests could take their picture and sign a card that would later have their picture glued to it. This served as a guestbook and a place to add a personal message for us.

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We love sky lanterns, so we had 100 of them for everybody to light after we finished the first dance and toasts. It was so cool!

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My advice: Enjoy being engaged.  Choose a couple of elements that are really important to you and be willing to let some of the less important details go. Looking back, I do wish we would have hired a videographer.  

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Kelly’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Tent Rental: Southwest Party Rental {more info}

Photographer: Moosehead Design  //  Flowers: April’s Garden  //  Caterer: Tommyknocker Tavern

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From the Magazine: Homegrown in Mancos

2015 Durango Weddings Magazine

 Emily & John  |  September 24, 2014

From the bride: Our meeting was love at first sight 6 years ago, in the very spot we got married! We wanted to do things ourselves and keep the wedding in tune with who we are. Simple became our catch-phrase when deciding things. We grew all the flowers ourselves, all 160 napkins were from my late grandmother, and our favors were homemade (“made with love!”) calendula salve. Every dinner plate was different (a collection of old family plates, thrift store, and borrowed plates).

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We wrote our own vows on yellow lined paper up in the mountains, and as we read them to each other our dog came up to the altar and laid down beside us!

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We planted a plant with our parents to symbolize our families coming together.

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It rain during the reception, which was beautiful, especially since we were safe in the tent.

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Our favors were customized bottles of really good olive oil from friends in Italy who couldn’t make the wedding.

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Emily’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Photographer: IlluminArts Photography {more info}. Drew is an incredible photographer, and a seasoned warrior with wedding photography. We appreciated his experience and calm commanding presence within the buzz of our wedding day. He was patient and professional with our changing schedule and ideas. And he took beautiful photos on our wedding day.  All our guests have continued to rave about how awesome Drew was, and what pictures he took! I highly recommend IlluminArts.

Caterer: Durangourmet {more info}. AMAZING. We all loved working with Jimmy. He took our whole experience above and beyond what we expected. From our first meeting, to sampling the meal and appetizers, to negotiations for local food, to the final weekend meal presentation, Durangourmet was fabulous to work with. I would highly recommend Durangourmet to all, for any occasion.

Tent & Rental: Durango Party Rental  {more info}. They have an extensive supply of everything celebration! We appreciated the choices and options available to customize our wedding.

*See more of this wedding in the 2015 issue – Order a copy HERE!

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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.

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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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