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Chocolate & Roses

Photography by Carol Cardwell Photography

From the bride, Meredith:
It POURED down rain right at the beginning of the ceremony and magically, everyone pulled out an umbrella. I was covered by my bridesmaids, but Stephen was left completely exposed to the elements. It must have been about 50 degrees, but you would never have known by the way he stood there that he was getting drenched in the rain! He was beaming the whole time. And then when we began the vows, low and behold, the clouds parted and it was beautiful throughout the rest of the ceremony.

Chocolate is an obsession of mine, so I made sure everyone got truffles. Also, I gave the bridesmaids chocolate pearl earrings to commemorate the day!

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A Relaxed Retreat in Durango

Photography by Kyla Jackson Photography

From the bride, Kaycee:
Durango was the perfect backdrop for our relaxed Destination wedding. Every single guest came from out of town, whether it was Pagosa Springs or Chicago, so it made our event more “vacation” like for all the guests. Our wedding was on a Friday evening, so most guests stayed in Durango through the weekend, which gave us the opportunity to spend more time with them beyond the wedding.

 

FAVORITE DETAILS
-Eric’s cousin played a special song on his guitar in memory of those who had passed.

-The day of the wedding was also Eric’s 31st birthday, so I surprised him with a small birthday cake and candles during the reception.

-We had a large format bottle of my favorite wine that all the guests signed. We plan to open it and drink it at our 10th anniversary party.

-My father had recently delved into chocolate truffle making. He made six different varieties of truffles.  Each flavor was put into a truffle box. I made the wedding “logo” and stickers, which were put onto red and white swirl lollipops and tied to the box.


MEMORABLE MOMENT

Our guests’ reaction to the flower girls and ring bearers walking down the aisle while wearing their movie star sunglasses.


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Photographer: Kyla Jackson Photography.  Kyla was amazing!
Venue: Ridgewood Event Center  //  Caterer: Durangourment

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Under the Pines With Personal Touches

Photography by IlluminArts Photography

From the bride, Reagan:
Our ceremony was held at my family’s cabin, just south of Vallecito lake.  My late grandfather and father built the log cabin in 1960 and it’s been a beloved family getaway ever since. We were married under the tall pine trees on the river, next to the cabin on a beautiful warm June day. It was magical. Our guests all signed a log post that will we use to build a gate on our ranch. PERSONAL TOUCHES
I was very involved in the process of planning our wedding and tried to make it as personal as possible. We only had family members in our wedding—our siblings were readers in the ceremony and my brother was my attendant, while my husband’s dad was his. Our wedding was small enough that we could visit with each of our guests, and also meant that we were able to include everyone in the rehearsal dinner (also held at our cabin), as well as a “farewell brunch” held the morning after the wedding. I used family names from our ancestors to name our tables at the reception, and displayed old family wedding photos that I searched for and found in both of our parents’ houses—it was fun looking through old books and trunks to find them, and the display turned out wonderfully at the reception.

 

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Photographer: IlluminArts Photography //  DJ: Aiko Aiko Sound //  Tent & Rentals: Durango Party Rental // Caterers: Norton’s Catering (rehearsal dinner).   1887 Catering (reception dinner)  //  Portable restrooms: Bob’s Johns //  Transportation: Outlaw Tours

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