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A Fall Wedding in Silverton

From the bride, Jacqueline:  Our inspiration was the beauty of fall in the mountains. It is definitely our favorite season with the warm sunny days and cool nights, and the changing of the aspen leaves to glowing gold. We wanted to bring that feeling into our wedding day while complementing the mountain lodge architecture of our venue, and keeping in mind Silverton’s Victorian/mining history.

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Our wedding arch was hand built by my dad, with downed aspen trees that my husband, parents, and I had collected earlier in the summer.

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We held our ceremony at 4:00 pm, outside on the deck of the Kendall Mountain lodge, with beautiful mountain views, and golden aspen trees in every direction. We wrote our own ceremony (short and sweet).

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We opted to turn on the chairlift on Kendall Mountain, so guests were able to ride up and down for the lovely views and photographs!

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Our guest ”book” was a painting by my mom, of an aspen tree and two lovebirds. A Fall Wedding in Silverton, Colorado

Looking back, if I would do anything different, I would have tried to be more decisive along the way. I second-guessed every decision and tried to research every possible option, instead of going with my gut feel. I also might have reconsidered the timing a bit. We wanted a fall wedding so were only engaged for 9 months, which seemed like it would be plenty of time, but I quickly learned that wedding venues and vendors book very far in advance!

A Fall Wedding in Silverton, Colorado

My advice would be to ask for and accept help both in the planning process, and the day of! It takes a small army of people to set up a wedding, especially depending on the staff and services provided by the venue. Also try to keep in mind that while the planning may be a challenge, the day will be perfect! Planning can feel like an endless amount of details and decisions, but having help and remembering the big picture can really help with the stress.

I’d also suggest to have at least a day or two to decompress after the wedding before travelling for a honeymoon. Not only were we exhausted after the wedding, we had so many last minute details and packing to do for the wedding, I can’t imagine having to be packed for the honeymoon too! Plus we were able to take day-after wedding photos, which we love.

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Venue: Town of Silverton, Kendall Mountain Community Center {more info}. The venue was basically a blank slate so it allowed us to completely customize the day. From selecting our vendors, to shopping for all of our table décor, to deciding the setup and flow for the space, we were able to personalize every aspect.

Caterer: Durangormet {more info}. Jimmy catered absolutely delicious food for our wedding, and provided staff and bartenders. During cocktail hour we served appetizers of bacon chipotle shrimp, empanadas, and an avocado salsa & chips. Our dinner was served family style, by each table, which we loved compared to options of a buffet line, or serving individual plates, as it allowed everyone to have food at the same time. Our dinner menu was seasonal, with a locally sourced salad, steak and salmon, with roasted seasonal vegetables and fingerling potatoes, all with a southwest inspiration. We received so many compliments from our guests on both the food and the servers; many people commented that it was the best food they’d ever had at a wedding!

DJ: Mr. Soul Entertainment {more info}. I would definitely recommend Steve; he did a great job DJing our wedding! He was able to organize two setups for us for the ceremony and reception, listened to our song requests as well as general likes/dislikes into account, and helped us with our wedding timeline. His selections definitely helped create a great vibe for the night!

Florals: April’s Gardens  //  China, Flatware, Glasses: Durango Party Rental {more info}  //  Cake: Skillfully Decadent  // Photographer: Caroline Colvin Photography

Honeymoon Location: Three weeks in South Africa! We started in wine country, spent some time in Cape Town, traveled along the Garden Route, and finished our trip on safari in Sabi Sands, at Kirkman’s Kamp. 100% amazing. Trip of a lifetime!

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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.
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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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An Autumn Ceremony Turns into a Winter Wonderland Reception

At this gorgeous October wedding in Vail, an unexpected blizzard transformed the brilliant colors of autumn into a snow covered winter wonderland.

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Wedding Vendors:  Photographer: Blume Photography LLC   //   Floral Designer: Vintage Magnolia  //  Cake: Whole Foods Market

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