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An Intimate Mountain Ceremony

From the bride, Liz: We have always enjoyed the outdoor spaces that we get to explore here in Colorado. So, when it came time to pick a spot for our ceremony, it was fitting to pick a mountain setting with a backdrop of the continental divide! Our location was about 30 minutes, west of our home in Denver, in the foothills, at Genesee Park. The edge of the park provided the perfect setting for our small group and had all the features we had hoped to find when we first started looking. The majority of our guests were from out-of-state.
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PERSONAL TOUCHES
Josh drove his 1966 GMC truck and I hand painted the Just Married banner. It was really special to use my grandmother’s jewelry instead of purchasing something new.

A Mountain Ceremony in Genesee Park

A Mountain Ceremony in Genesee Park

 

A Mountain Ceremony in Genesee Park

THE CEREMONY
The weather was spot on, the guests were happy, a deer crossed my path as I walked toward Josh. My husband-to-be fumbled the line in the vows about listening, and no joke, an eagle screeched as the officiant read the ceremony! My favorite part was getting to hold eachother’s hand and look each other in the eye while we recited vows.

A Mountain Ceremony in Genesee Park

A Mountain Ceremony in Genesee ParkOur unity painting was also a lot of fun.

A Mountain Ceremony in Genesee Park

A Mountain Ceremony in Genesee Park

A Mountain Ceremony in Genesee ParkTHE FIRST DANCE
Before we entered the reception, the neighborhood ice cream shop began playing music and we had a spontaneous first dance in front 50+ strangers.

A Mountain Ceremony in Genesee Park

THE CAKE
Our cake was left in the walk-in cooler a little too long, so Josh and I had to cut through a very cold cake with a very warm knife which ended up being very entertaining for us.

A Mountain Ceremony in Genesee Park

Credits: Photographer: Taylor Jones Photography //  Ceremony Site: Genesee Park  //  Cake: Mulberries Cake Shop

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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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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.

Durango Weddings Magazine - 2014 issue

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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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View/order the 2014 Magazine!

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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