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A Ceremony in the Rain

Stephanie & Justin  |  July 8, 2015  |  Silverpick Lodge

From the bride: We wanted a wedding that was casual, fun, and not too stuffy. We wanted our style to mimic our personal lifestyle. It was important to have something small so total guest count was just 60. Justin grew up in Durango and we both love the mountains so a destination wedding in Durango was an easy choice for us.

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We held our ceremony in the meadow at Silverpick Lodge surrounded by aspen trees and a beautiful mountain backdrop.

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A few minutes into the ceremony it began to drizzle.  The rain got progressively worse and became a downpour. Everyone got drenched but no one moved…they accepted they would be soaked and just enjoyed the ceremony.

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I loved our kiss in the rain.

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The décor was simple black and white with a pop of color. Our pots for the centerpieces were hand painted by a family friend.

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My favorite detail was the Mr. and Mrs. sign for the sweetheart table. It was handmade from an aspen log that we found in Durango the first time we visited.

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Stephanie’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Venue, Food & Lodging: Ceremony Site: Silverpick Lodge {more info} They made the whole weekend so easy. The food was delicious, the service was great, and the décor was perfect. Plus, it was so convenient to have the ceremony, reception and lodging all in one place.

Photographer & Photo booth: Shutterfreek {more info}. The photo booth was a great addition. Everyone has so much fun!

DJ: Ken Brott, Durango DJ {more info}. Ken was great and very easy to work with. He was flexible and kept the party moving.

Honeymoon Location: South Africa and Zimbabwe. Safari, wine country and beach/whale watching. Amazing!

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Cruising to Durango to Get Married

Kelly & Jeff  |  June 18, 2015

From the bride: We asked our guests to bring their motorcycles out to Durango because we knew they had no idea of the beautiful scenery they would experience. The day prior to the wedding, we all rode the Million Dollar Highway to Telluride and, needless to say, they all loved the area and want to come back to Durango.

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Our decor was simple and romantic with lots of candles and a soft color palette of gold, champagne and Tiffany blue.

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I wore a Sottero and Midgley dress.

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I walked don the aisle to “Someone Like You” by Van Morrison.  My two-year-old son gave me away. The ceremony was very intimate with just close friends and family.  My favorite memory was the smile Jeff had on his face the entire time.

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The reception was very relaxed. No cake cutting, special dances or bouquet/garter toss – just great friends and great food and music.

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My advice: Enjoy the time, enjoy the day. Don’t stress about the details. What is important is that you are getting married!

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Kelly’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Photographer: IlluminArts Photography (more info). Drew was so very patient and so very, very helpful.

Venue: River Bend Ranch Durango (more info). Gorgeous setting and very accommodating!

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Eternal Bliss at 10,200 Feet

Melissa & Grant  |  July 19th  |  Durango Mountain Resort

From the bride: We wanted to get married on top of a mountain and at a resort that was intimate so all our friends and family could come together for a few days and bond. We did not want the “wedding blur” that we have heard brides talk about after their wedding. We wanted a few days with everyone, together, in one intimate and beautiful spot. Durango Mountain Resort was family friendly and affordable and had unbeatable mountain views.

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The Durango Weddings Magazine helped me locate great vendors and relieved a lot of anxiety.  I loved reading the stories and experiences from other couples.

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I watched the clouds and lightening roll in about 60 minutes before the ceremony started, I was worried the storm was going to hit. However, the sun broke through and the weather held up. It was beautiful and magical at 10,200 feet!

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We wrote and read our own vows and had a “tree planting ceremony”.  We have planted the tree in our yard.

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My uncle made the wooden holders to place our lanterns and flowers on for the centerpieces.

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Looking back, Durango is so beautiful and off the beaten path, I can’t imagine getting married at any other place. I still smile at the weekend memories.

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Melissa’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Venue, Caterer & Lodging: Dante’s Peak Durango Mountain Resort  {more info}. Unparalleled to any venue with beautiful views with fresh crisp mountain air. Everyone was lost in all the beautiful moments at Dante’s Peak. The DMR staff and Sara Bath, specifically, were awesome and went above and beyond for us!  

Cake: Skillfully Decadent Desserts {more info}. The MOST delicious dessert bar!  I wish I would have ordered more, everything was truly skillfully decadent! I loved working with Jocelyn and highly recommend her!

Linens: Durango Party Rental {more info}. Loved DPR!

Photographer: Ashley Sawtelle Photography

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