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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!

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

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Laura’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

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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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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From the Magazine: Engineers Unite

Train, engineer wedding in Durango

 This pair of engineers from Chicago self described as nerdy hippies who love the outdoors and any engine with moving parts chose Durango for their destination wedding. Rather than plan a traditional wedding they decided to build their wedding from scratch with their own meanings and goals representing their partnership. They approached planning their wedding the same way you would plan a theatrical show. They set the stage with the train museum and made props and decorations that represented all aspects of their relationship. We absolutely love the DIY bouquet and boutonnieres with gears, leaves, springs and spark plugs and the fun cake topper. The all-star vendor team included Norton’s Catering, Durango Party Rental and IlluminArts Photography. Read all about this wedding in the 2015 issue – order a copy HERE!

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