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A Tribute to Scottish Heritage

From the bride, Teresa:
Family was our theme; he’s Scottish, I’m English, so we incorporated as much of each as we could.  Our color palette was hunter, navy, gold and red – the colors of the family plaid and crest.  We chose to marry at the historic mining lodge, amazing location than the Eureka Lodge in Silverton, Colorado.  It is such a gorgeous setting.  The views are breathtaking.  There were so many different backgrounds for our pictures: the bridge, the mountains, the lodge, the river.   I can’t imagine a more perfect setting for our wedding  By renting the lodge for the weekend, we got to see most everyone that attended the wedding.  That was great!  We didn’t have to run over here or buzz over there to see anyone.  It gave us more time to visit.

The reception had a Scottish theme.  We hired a celtic band to play during the ceremony and reception.  One of the band members gave Scottish dance lessons to whoever wanted to learn.  There were pieces of the plaid and both family crests on the cake, tables, and decorations.  We had a Scottish food station with meat pies, whole salmon and Scottish eggs.  We also had a whiskey tasting bar and of course, a tea station for the English side of the family.

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Venue: Eureka Lodge  //  Photography: Allison Ragsdale Photography //  Caterer:  Elevated Fine Foods //  Favors:  5 varieties of little jellies and honeys from Honeyville

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Saying “I Do” at Andrews Lake

From the bride, Melanie:
We held a small and intimate wedding ceremony at Andrews Lake on Molas Pass surrounded by the beauty of the mountains overlooking the lake. Our wedding party was our dog Brewster as the ring bearer and his sister Dallas as the flower girl. The intimacy and personalization of the ceremony itself was very important to us. There were so many moments when I had to close my eyes to focus on the moment and the tremendous feelings that were overwhelming me. Something else very special to us was all the wildlife we were greeted by during and after our wedding ceremony. In the middle of our vows, an osprey flew overhead squawking for attention. It was a precious moment. Also, as were walking down a path to take more photos, a chipmunk came out to greet us. Finally, on the way back to the car, we turned to find three ducks in tow. How perfect!

MEMORABLE MOMENT when Chris read me his vows that he had written, I cried and wanted to kiss him right then and there; everyone laughed when I almost did and had to back away.


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All of our vendors were so amazing that I could never give them a high enough rating or say enough positive things about them. They made everything perfect and we were so lucky to meet such wonderful people. The people and vendors of Durango made our dream wedding come true and there is no amount of planning you could ever do to make this happen. Thank you Durango!!

Photographer:  Photo Divine. Kyla and Wesly are true gems and they felt like guests at our wedding.
Officiant: Chessa Gill. Chessa is the most genuine and compassionate person we have ever met. The vows she prepared for us and the entire ceremony were just enchanting!

Florist:  April’s Garden  // Hair & Makeup:  Michele Campbell //  Pianist: Lacey Black

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Destination: Durango

Photography by Kyla Jackson Photography

From the bride, Jessica:
The weather could not have been more perfect.  Trees, flowers, and white dusted mountains were enough to make anyone smile. Our guests were overwhelmed by the beauty of the area and Colorado itself.  We definitely tried to make the entire wedding our own, something very personal and meaningful.  We are pretty laid back people and were not hung up on details, and it is hard to mess up nature.


PERSONAL TOUCHES
-We had a friend officiate the wedding.  He did a great job and so many of our guests commented on the intimacy and meaningfulness of that decision.

-I had both my parents walk me down the aisle.

-We had so many children attending that we decided to hire someone who did face painting and balloon animals.  There was plenty of room for all the children to run around and we provided bubbles and hula hoops.  The kids were happy, the parents were happy, and quite honestly it was adorable and made for some unique wedding photos.  The parents really enjoyed having activities planned for their children and the contention and freedom that came along with it.

-Instead of the traditional champagne toast, we served local honey meade.  It supported a local business and felt much more Colorado to us.

-Our guest book was a large coffee table book featuring outdoor landscape pictures of Colorado.  We asked people to sign the pages.  We love it and it is much more fun to look at than a traditional guest log!

 

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We were very lucky to have found some amazing vendors. I must mention that the cost of the wedding, for the quality of services received, was at least half of what it would have been had I been married in my home state of Connecticut. My two best friends, one who is a wedding planner in CT, planned most of my wedding here in CO. We used all local vendors and my friend in the industry said she would have priced things 2 to 3 times higher back east (in CT). The venue alone was about 1/8 of what a similar location in CT goes for according to her. And again, the natural beauty of Colorado can not be beaten.

Photographer: Kyla Jackson Photography. Kyla and Wesley were amazing. We decided early on to prioritize the photography of our wedding. They did a great job and were not even noticeable. We ended up with over 700 fantastic shots. So many guests were shocked to see all the photos, especially photos of themselves, because they had not even noticed the photographer. When I mentioned there were actually two, people were astonished. They are so non intrusive and natural, capturing both traditional shots and candid documentation of the event. Above all, the quality of their work is difficult to rival. We loved the photos and so pleased we chose them and made it such an important part of our budget.

Accommodations and Venue: Blue Lake Ranch (lodging and rehearsal dinner) and Ridgewood Events Center (ceremony and reception) Most of our out of town guests stayed at Blue Lake Ranch for 3 nights. The rooms were unique, comfortable and very nicely done. Breakfasts were very enjoyable, the food well prepared and choices plentiful. The grounds are amazing and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their stay there. Ridgewood Event Center was just a charming, aesthetically beautiful place for a wedding. Everything from the grounds to the wood reception hall is quintessentially Colorado. The services were just right and the price is incredibly reasonable. We maxed out the number of guests that the indoor part of the venue can accommodate at 125 people, but it was still comfortable and very manageable with more than enough room outside. Did I mention the amazing view of the snow capped La Plata Mountains!

About Durango:
Colorado is an amazing place to live and have a wedding, and for those not residing here, it is certainly as worthwhile destination for such a monumental event. The surroundings and activities in and around Durango were perfect. All of our guests enjoyed the area and activities ranging from riding the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, to visiting Mesa Verde National Park, rafting the Animas River and hiking on several scenic trails.  The food in town was also enjoyed by our visitors’, as they explored many local dining options during their stay.

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