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A Destination Wedding at the Strater Hotel

Connie & Blake  |  June 14, 2014

From the bride:  We chose Durango for our destination wedding because we love the vibe of the city and it is such a beautiful place.  All our guests had such an amazing time. Not only did they get to enjoy a great wedding, they also got to experience white water rafting, hiking, fishing, bar hopping, and just the overall amazing feeling that only Durango can give. I would definitely recommend that any style of couple would be able to create their own unique and special day in Durango and feel so very grateful to have had the experience of getting to married there.

A Vintage Destination Wedding at the Strater Hotel, Durango Colorado

We tried to keep the wedding “theme” vintage with touches of pearls and lace so the Henry Strater Theatre was the perfect venue for us!  Two of my bridesmaids were pregnant, and I did not want to make them all wear one style of dress. Instead, they chose a black dress they liked, and I gave them all the 1920’s style of long pearls to match the theme. I tried to keep all the colors somewhat neutral and did not have a color theme. We accented everything with lace and pearls. The bouquets were baby’s breath, with lace ribbon and pearl accents.

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The wedding ceremony was at Rotary Park with the Animas River as the back drop! We didn’t even have to decorate the park, as the natural scenery was stunning!

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To tie the venue into the theme, we decided to use old movie titles instead of table numbers.  

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Connie’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
I have two vendors that were truly exceptional! As a girl, you dream of your wedding your whole life, and they both made it a reality. They are IlluminArts Photography and the Strater Hotel.

Venue, Caterer & Lodging: Strater Hotel {more info}: Emily Spencer at the hotel is the wedding coordinator and she is great! The hotel offers several packages that include the ceremony site, reception site, alcohol, food, flowers and center pieces, white glove butler service, champagne toast, cake, set up and clean up, bridal suite, honeymoon suite and I know I must be forgetting a million other things. To me, it was the most stress free and enjoyable way to do it! In addition, when you add up all that is included, it is a hell of a deal! It was invaluable having someone to book the cake, the flowers, bartenders, servers, set up, clean up etc. Everyone was asking if I was stressed during the planning process, and I thought it was a breeze because the Strater handled everything! They are so easy to work with, the food was delicious, and the staff was so accommodating. Not to mention, it is such a unique place to have a reception. It is such a gorgeous venue, and the guests can drink and stay the night!

Photographer:  IlluminArts Photography {more info}: Amazing! Drew not only served as a photographer, but he was almost like a wedding planner. He was so organized, stuck to the timeline, and most importantly, the photos were incredible. I had so many guests compliment me on how they turned out. I actually cried when I saw them, and I am not at all an emotional person .

Cake: The Flour Sack {more info}: Everyone loved  our salted caramel praline crunch cake. It was pretty to look at and fit in so perfect with the venue.

Hair Stylist: Hair Fusion: They did an absolute wonderful job and were so professional and talented.

Rehearsal Dinner: Ska Brewing, The Container: The food and beer was great! They had everything totally under control and provided such a great space for our 70 person dinner.

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From the Magazine: A Sci Fi Romance

Ou & Lance  |  July 7th  |  Mancos, Colorado

From the couple: We chose Durango for our destination wedding because the area is very beautiful and mountainous, and it was important to us to hold the wedding outside and to incorporate the environment as a backdrop.

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We composed the ceremony script ourselves, with the wording inspired by Ancient Greek ritual, Vulcan marriage rite and a few key points from our shared knowledge of fundamental physics.  

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The idea was to keep the ceremony focused toward our exchanging vows and completing the unity ritual, which was mixing wine (actually single malt scotch and a unique type of strong rice wine from China).  We linked arms to drink, which is a tradition from Chinese wedding ritual.   Durango wedding - Sci Fi Romance in Durango

We were pronounced husband and wife with a physics inspired blessing: “May the dimensions be with you… Always”.

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Our most memorable moments were being able to take a little alone together, while having our “couple” photos taken with various backgrounds around the property.

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 Quotes from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy were handwritten on all the cocktail napkins.

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Our Advice: Relax and take time to enjoy other things besides thinking about the wedding.  Plan and communicate all the details/schedule with your wedding party.

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Ou & Lance’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Photographer: IlluminArts Photography {more info}  //  Event Planner: Celebrations {more info}  //  Tent: Durango Party Rental {more info}   // Venue: Willowtail Springs

Honeymoon Location:  Los Alamos National Lab, and Tibetan Himalayas.

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From the Magazine: Southwest Flair

From the Magazine: Southwest Flair at Ridgewood Event Center {more info | website} by Photo Divine {more info | website}

Featured in the 2014 issue, this Durango wedding has lots of handmade details along with a fun and vibrant color palette.

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From the bride, Kara: Our wedding was casual elegance with a southwest flair. We used lots of succulents, terracotta, coral, green and turquoise.

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My most memorable moment was walking down the aisle.

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The ceremony was short and sweet.

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We placed “John and Kara” trivia on each table, which the guests enjoyed.

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 We made our own colorful candy bar.

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 The reception was warm, fun and casual.

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