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Romance at Ridgewood

From the bride, Paige:
Carl grew up in Durango, I grew up in Tucson, AZ and we both went to school in Seattle. Seattle was very far away for most family and guests, Tucson is WAY too hot in the summer, so we chose Durango for our wedding!

A Romantic wedding at Ridgewood, Durangoshutterfreek0102 shutterfreek0103The ceremony was held on the lawn at Ridgewood Event Center at 4pm. It was a perfect sunny day. Carl and I wrote our own vows and read them to each other and we served each other communion as our first act as a married couple. We then served communion to our wedding party and had a few friends serve it to the rest of our guests. One of our good friends and one of Carl’s cousins read scripture for us. My aunt played the harp during the processional – “Can’t Help Falling In Love” and “Marry Me” by Train.

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Our gift table included wooden pallets containing all kinds of local produce, jams, jellies, succulents, herbs and flower seeds that guests could fill up paper bags with.

shutterfreek0106 shutterfreek0107 shutterfreek0108 ADVICE: Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Our parents and wedding coordinator did so much work, which was a huge blessing for both of us since we were still students and out-of-state.

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Venue & Flowers: Ridgewood Event Center  {more info} was the perfect venue for us. The beautiful outdoor location with fantastic views and charming gardens was just what we wanted and represented so much of what we love. Joan Alford’s coordinating services were a great option for us – we couldn’t have planned an out-of-state wedding without her!

Photographer: Shutterfreek {more info}.  AMAZING! They had exactly the style we wanted at an incredible price.

Bouquets & boutonnieres: April’s Garden

Honeymoon Location: Red Frog Beach Resort in Panama – a beautiful, relaxing, private location with amazing beaches and plenty of fun activities.

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A Fun Destination Wedding at the Eureka Lodge

From the bride, Lili: With snowy peaks and a beautiful river in the background, I can’t imagine a better location for a wedding. Our family and friends from Venezuela, Miami, Michigan, Washington, DC and California made the long trip to this remote place in Silverton, Colorado for our wedding. We blended two cultures, my Venezuelan one and Chris’ culture from Michigan, which mixed together, resulted in a pretty fun, colorful, and amazing celebration. A Destination wedding at the Eureka Lodge in Silverton, Colorado A Destination wedding at the Eureka Lodge in Silverton, Colorado A Destination wedding at the Eureka Lodge in Silverton, Colorado A Destination wedding at the Eureka Lodge in Silverton, Colorado

I started getting ready across the bridge, with my closest girlfriends, and at 3pm sharp was ready for the scheduled ceremony. A surprise to my American husband who always jokes that I am always running late on Latin Time.  However, when we sent someone across the bridge (over the river to the lodge) to look if the groom and guests were ready, my friend said, “Nobody is there”. Nervousness kicked in and thus champagne was key. Somehow within 15 minutes, the groom, families and 150 guests magically appeared.

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THE CEREMONY
Our ceremony was made of people who have been a part of our life’s stories and love story together. We did a hands ceremony in Spanish and English.

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THE RECEPTION
What started as a pretty standard reception, soon became a colorful scene with African-Venezuelan drums, Flamenco and baskets of carnival, which included masks, beads, colorful feathers, skirts, wigs, hats, sunglasses and more.

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The sunset turned into a stunning starry night, and stories of “the best wedding ever” filled the brunch table the next day.

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VENUE: Eureka Lodge {more info}.  A spectacular venue for weddings!   //  Photographer: Amy Bluestar Photography  //  DJ: Aiko Aiko Sound

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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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