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Fun & Spunky at Ridgewood

Deborah & Ryan  |  June 15th  |  Ridgewood Event Center {more info | website}

From the bride:
Living in Albuquerque we were a little bored with the hotel ballroom weddings. We wanted to pick somewhere close enough for our Albuquerque friends to travel to but also enticing enough for friends/family who live further away (NY, Washington D.C., Seattle, Wisconsin, etc). Ryan proposed on the beach so we thought it would be nice to do the opposite (mountains) for our wedding. Since we had visited Durango before and enjoyed the nightlife, restaurants, rafting, fishing, and beautiful scenery we knew it would be perfect for our wedding.

Photography by Photo Divine {more info | website}

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Our style was a little shabby chic and rustic, but also a touch of elegance to keep it from being too trendy. We wanted a relaxed wedding day that was fun and spunky to match our personalities. PhotoDivine0102 PhotoDivine0103 PhotoDivine0104 PhotoDivine0105 PhotoDivine0106

Our ceremony was intimate to us because we wrote, organized and planned the whole ceremony/vows ourselves. Our friend was our officiant, my sister-in-law sang and played an acoustic guitar song for us and my brother read our scripture.

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We made all the lawn games: giant jenga, ring toss, and corn hole.

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We picked our favorite cocktail drinks and offered those at the bar (keeping the drink options to a couple beers, a red & white wine, and 3 specialty drinks made it so we could provide drinks for our guests all night without breaking the bank).

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 Our first dance was a swing dance to Hall & Oats, “You Make My Dreams Come True”.

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Looking back, doing things on our own may not save you a ton of money and are a little stressful, but I think having some DIY touches make the day more meaningful and memorable. Being able to brag about the fact that we made most the decorations made it worth the time and stress.

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My advice:
1.  Spend the extra money on a good photographer.
2. Something will go wrong and it will be out of your control, but don’t worry about it because it will make for good laughs later.
3. The day will fly by so make sure you take a couple minutes each hour to stop, take a big cleansing breath and enjoy the moment and your surroundings.

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Simple & Sassy at Ridgewood Event Center

Ashley & Cory  |  October 14th  |  Hesperus, Colorado

From the bride, Ashley:
Our wedding was simple yet elegant, sassy yet classy, with a sky blue and ivory color palette.

illumin19 illumin17illumin16 illumin15 illumin14 illumin13 illumin12 illumin11Cory and I had decided not to see each other before the wedding, so having to wait in the little back room at Blue Lake was really nerve racking.  I had no idea who was there or what anything looked like.  After putting so much work into planning not being able to see the finished product before walking down the aisle was incredibly hard.  When it was finally time, all the bridesmaids had gone out and my dad came to get me.  It was just us in the room and he could tell I was nervous.  I was able to peek around the door and finally see everything.  I heard the song Cory had written for me being played, saw all the people that I loved waiting, and got to see Cory at the end of the aisle.  My dad asked me if I was nervous and I was able to look at him and say not anymore.  All the nerves disappeared and I was able to love every second of the rest of the day!

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The ceremony was performed by a very close friend.  Cory and I met on a mission trip to Guatemala that was led by him, so it meant so much to us to have him perform the ceremony.  Cory’s brother Tim played the procession, which was a song Cory composed on the piano.  His brother Loren played “Marry Me” by Train on the guitar while we took communion.  For our unity ceremony, we wanted to do something unique and special to us.  We decided on a rose ceremony that pulled in both of our families and represented our relationship with Christ.  It was really important to us to honor our parents and our relationship with God throughout the entire day so this was special for us.

illumin06 illumin05 illumin04So many things went wrong!  The day started with me being late for everything!  Then as soon as we got to Blue Lake my sister dropped blush in the room we were waiting in and it got all over the bottom of my dress – of course we didn’t see it until we were lining up to walk down the aisle!  Cory was missing a page of his vows when he went to say them.  And last but not least Cory dropped a piece of cake down my dress in front of everyone when he was trying to feed it to me!

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 My Advice:  I know it seems like all the details are so important, but they aren’t!  The best times we had were getting engagement pictures taken or anything that we were able to just have fun and enjoy the process together.  After the wedding none of the details matter and at the end of the day you’re married no matter what!

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Photographer: IlluminArts Photography
Venue:  Ridgewood Event Center
DJ:  Aiko Aiko Sound.  They had us pick out what we would like and really did stick to it!  Aiko Aiko did a great job!
Hair & Makeup: Hair Fusion.  I loved working with them and felt beautiful all day!
Caterer:  Zia’s Taqueria. Zia’s is my favorite place to eat in Durango. Cory and I met in Guatemala and we went to Mexico on our honeymoon so Mexican food was very fitting.

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Simply Relaxed at Ridgewood

Kyra & Nathan |  May 25th  | Durango, Colorado

From the bride:
Our theme was basically stuff we like. We just wanted the day to be relaxing and intimate. Everything we chose fell in line with that idea.

Photography by SABphotography

Wedding in DurangoWe either hand crafted our details or ordered them handmade by artists. That made our special day completely unique to us. We have custom bunting burlap banners, invitations designed by a bridesmaid, hand sewn burlap runners, cheese plates that were wood burned with the our initials and wedding date, a custom cocktail, and an interactive guestbook.

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We decided to do a “first look,” so we were able to spend a private, intimate moment together before the wedding began.

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We wrote our own vows, so the ceremony was completely tailored to our personalities and style.

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We had a relaxed reception. We served artisan cheese with wine and beer pairings, as well as our signature cocktail (lavender infused vodka lemonade).  

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Our first dance was to “You and I” by Ingrid Michelson.

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My advice: Stick to your budget! Everyone kept telling us that there was no way we could ever have a wedding for less than $10,000, but we did and it was fantastic. We were able to have a beautiful wedding without bankrupting ourselves or our parents. Don’t worry about offending anyone by excluding certain traditions, like favors. We didn’t have favors and not one person noticed. 

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Our gateway vehicle was a race series Corvette my dad rebuilt.

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Photographer: SABphotography  //  Venue: Ridgewood Event Center  //  Hair & Makeup: Hair Fusion

Honeymoon Location: Vancouver, B.C.

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