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Love at 11,444 feet

Kaley & Zach  |  September 15th

From the bride:  Zach is originally from the East Coast and I am from the Midwest. We met in Colorado four years ago. Not only did we fall for one another, but we also fell in love with Colorado. Thus, it was important for us to have the wedding in Colorado. We wanted to share the place that we hold so dearly to our hearts with the most loved people in our lives, our guests. We chose to host a fall wedding, which is our favorite time of the year. The wedding date fell on the peak weekend of Colorado’s signature gold aspen tree foliage.

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 We had a neutral color scheme with accents of green and yellow to incorporate the earth tones of the mountain and Aspen trees.

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Before the ceremony, we had our first look and read our hand written vows to one another. This allowed for intimate moments that were sacred to us. In addition, we spent time taking pictures with just the two of us before the wedding party met us. The time together eased our nerves and alleviated pressure before the ceremony as we had time to be together to show our love and appreciation for one another and reflect on the meaning of the day.

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My cousins wrote and co-officiated the ceremony, which made it tremendously personal and meaningful for Zach and me. Our wedding readings were from our favorite book, The Alchemist.

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 The flower girls carried small boxwood wreaths.

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 An extra special moment was when our dear friend surprised us with the most unique 36” diameter Pin Oak wood slab monogrammed with our wedding logo. We used this as a focal creation for the décor of our reception.

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 Instead of doing the routine order of events, we decided to mix up the order of our reception. As soon as we were announced to the guests, we went to the middle of the dance floor and cut the cake and had our first dance. After the first chorus of our first dance, we invited all guests to the dance with us. It was a huge surrounding of love. After the first dance, we jumped right into the dancing for a few songs to start the night off on the right foot. The guests seemed to really like the mix-up events.

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My advice: Every wedding is beautiful and there is no wrong or right way to do it. Be true to yourselves as a couple, be mindful of the meaning of the day instead of getting lost in the details, and absorb all the love.

Wedding Love at 11,444 in Colorado
VENDORS: Photographer: Emilyanne Photography  //  Event Planner & Floral Design: Petal and Bean  //  Venue: Timber Ridge Lodge Keystone

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A Scottish Party in the Mountains

Gretchen & Duncan  |  September 6th  |  Steamboat Springs, Colorado

From the bride: We wanted a Colorado casual, welcoming and fun wedding day!  Our inspiration came from the groom’s Scottish roots and the wedding locations.

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The weather was somehow perfectly glorious, like that moment with the sun rays in the beginning of the Lion King movie.

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Everything about the day was personal. We deconstructed the traditional ceremony entirely and made our own. It felt very personal without being mushy. We wrote our vows together and said the same ones. I liked that because it felt traditional but personalized to us.

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My favorite DIY detail from the wedding were the gold antler table settings and chandelier. The groom’s parents scored a huge lot of antlers in auction in Missouri and I spent many happy afternoons lovingly spray painting them gold. Everyone was skeptical but they looked AMAZING. We split them among the family after the wedding and they make great decorations at Christmas.

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Looking back, we’ve never experienced anything like our wedding day—it is a cliché because it’s true. It was a day long adrenaline rush fueled by the biggest out pouring of love we’ve ever experienced. It rocked.

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My advice: Hire a day-of wedding planner and have a clear budget.

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Reprinted from Colorado Wedding Magazine

VENDORS – Photographer: Mark Creery Photography  //  Event Planner & Floral Designer: One Fine Day Productions  //  Venue: Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp

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A Destination Wedding at Silverpick Lodge

Katie & Mike | September 26th

WHY DURANGO
We chose Durango because we wanted a beautiful Rocky Mountain wedding specifically to capture the golden aspens of September, we also wanted our guests to get to experience some of the best of Colorado!  The Durango area also provided both us and our guests the activities that we love to do.  Mike was able to mountain bike with the guys at DMR the morning of the wedding, and the day after we got to hike and do some rock climbing. Another big reason was our venue, Silverpick Lodge, which was the perfect place for us, we researched and visited a lot of other venues in the surrounding areas and this one gave us the best feeling that fit who we are as a couple. We really valued the freedom of doing what we wanted for our wedding on our own timeline and having a laid-back atmosphere and Silverpick Lodge delivered just this. Not to mention the space for lodging is awesome, we did a three-day wedding weekend, and almost all our guests were able to stay in the main lodge or the condos on site, it was the best being able to walk down a flight of stairs from the reception to our rooms or to the after party at the outdoor fire pit. Could not be happier with our choice!

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THE PLANNING
I really loved the Durango Weddings Magazine, it made us feel great about our choices. I knew we had picked the right location when I saw all the amazing weddings in the magazine. I remember even mentioning to both my husband and our photographer, that it would be awesome to have our wedding featured in the magazine. It was also nice to have the Durango Weddings Magazine website, it provided more than one magazine could, but there is something to be said about being able to take a physical magazine into your favorite reading chair to look through and get ideas!

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Our colors centered around antique blues for glassware and pinks/peaches/creams for the dresses and flowers.

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Our ceremony was in a open field along the aspen tree line. My dad walked me down the aisle to a live version of “Wildflowers” by Tom Petty. I was awe of the mountain backdrop with the aspen colors. We wrote our own vows. The ceremony only lasted about five minutes, but it fit us perfectly.

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My favorite memory was walking/dancing back down the aisle with Mike after the ceremony to a bluegrass version of Led Zeppelins “Whole Lotta’ Love”.

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 Mike spent 9 months restoring the 1973 International Scout because I had this vision to have it in the wedding, he even let me pick the color to match the wedding.  Pulling up with my dad and then leaving with the wedding party in the Scout was a memorable way to enter and exit.

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Doing all the decor ourselves also really made the wedding more personal for us, after months of working long hours after work every night making all the details for the decor, it was great to see it all come together that day and in all the pictures (not that I would ever want to do it again!) DIY is time consuming but worth it!

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Mike and I attempted to choreograph our dance into the reception, we were half successful, ‘A’ for effort right? But the crowd was so into it! And he didn’t drop me!

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Mr Soul Entertainment started the dance party right after the Grand March. All our guests joined right in and we started dancing before dinner for about 3 songs (still daylight out). He played Sweet Caroline, which is a famous song they play at Wisconsin Badger football games and we all formed a circle sang the song and everyone joined in, this was all before dinner even started! The highlight of the night was the karaok.  Mr Soul Entertainment  passed around a half a dozen microphones while we were dancing and we did at least an hour of singing.  The best part is the video that was taken and how terrible we were, but it was so fun and different to have at a wedding.

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 My advice: Do what you want, it’s your wedding!

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 Katie’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Ceremony Site & Lodging: Silverpick Lodge  {more info} . Chris was great to work with!  There are multiple places on the property for a ceremony. We picked the meadow with the amazing mountain backdrop. The rooms at Silverpick Lodge are great, plus there are hot tubs, a fire pit, multiple kitchens, large living space.

Reception Site: Sow’s Ear Restaurant {more info}. The chef and restaurant owner George is amazing, besides creating the most amazing food, he really works with you so you get what you want, food was really important and George did not disappoint. I had so many people tell us that it was the best food that they ever had at a wedding. It was seriously so good, we can’t wait to go back and ask if they can make the same thing again for us.

DJ: Mr Soul Entertainment {more info}. Book Steve if you like someone who knows how to have a good time!

Photographer: Dylan Burr  //  Flowers: 3 Leaf Floral

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