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Love at 10,022 Feet

From the bride, Elizabeth: Our destination wedding was centered on the idea of bringing family and friends from Texas and Arizona together to celebrate our love for Colorado and for each other. Our love story began five years prior in Silverton so, Colorado was an obvious destination — we invited our loved ones to join us in the place we first fell in love for a small, intimate wedding in the mountains. Destination Wedding at 10,022 Feet in Telluride, Colorado Destination Wedding at 10,022 Feet in Telluride, Colorado Destination Wedding at 10,022 Feet in Telluride, Colorado Destination Wedding at 10,022 Feet in Telluride, Colorado Destination Wedding at 10,022 Feet in Telluride, Colorado

The most unforgettable memory was being surrounded by our friends and family sharing tears of joy as we pledged our love to each other with a breathtaking 360-degree mountain view with Mt. Wilson as the backdrop.

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Our wedding design comprised a vintage theme with classic elements characterizing Colorado. We incorporated lace, mercury glass, and candle light with subtle shades of blush, ivory, and beige. Destination Wedding at 10,022 Feet in Telluride, Colorado

Each table illumined with mercury glass candle holders, softly lighting the room and providing a graceful romantic feel. The tall floral centerpieces with hints of pine cones and spruce branches gave the rustic room a very stylish, refined wedding atmosphere.

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Our wedding favor included sweet caramel apples from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and S’mores for our Roast and Toast.

Destination Wedding at 10,022 Feet in Telluride, Colorado

ADVICE: Always remind out of town vendors and guests to follow the main highways in Colorado; otherwise, Google Maps may send them for a wild ride across rugged 4-wheel drive mountain passes.

Destination Wedding at 10,022 Feet in Telluride, Colorado

VENDORS:  Photographer: Allison Ragsdale Photography // Venue & Caterer: Gorrono Ranch // Event Coordinator: Jackie Shaw // Cake: The Yellow Carrot  // Wedding Gown Designer: Kenneth Winston // Bridesmaid Dresses: Bari Jay

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A Vintage Wedding in Pagosa

Carrie & Cade   |   June 13, 2015   |   Pagosa Springs, Colorado

From the bride: I love lace and pearls and wanted a classic vintage feel, something timeless for our wedding day with a blush, champagne, gold and neutral color palette.

 My brother built our wedding arbor. One of our best friends, who was a part of us meeting, married us. 

Dinner was inside the grand living room, which was completely transformed into a vintage romantic dream and accommodated 67 people for our sit down dinner. Each table had roses and peonies, gold accents, candles and lace.

We wanted an eclectic collection of vintage china on the tables, so we started shopping at second hand stores a year before our wedding date. We used my grandmother’s vintage cloth napkins at each table setting.  For our favors, I  made all natural vanilla soy candles.

We were very involved in the planning of our food and dessert table. We are vegetarian and love sweets. Everything had to vegetarian, egg free and we also wanted gluten free options for a few of our friends. We wanted everyone to be able to eat whatever they saw no matter their diet restrictions.

There was a moment, Cade and I sat back in our chairs and just took everyone/thing in. Our guests were eating, laughing and enjoying themselves. The décor was beautiful and everything we hoped for. We were married and surrounded by the people we love and care about most.

Looking back, I hated when it was all over. The whole day and weekend went by way too fast. I loved all the food. I loved seeing our family and friends all together in one place. I hated the feeling of not having enough time to sit and talk with everyone there for more than a few moments. But, so happy we planned a weekend full of events leading up to the big day, which gave us more time with everyone. 

My advice: Pre-marital counseling was something we both wanted to do and it was great. We learned more about each other and also confirmed things we already knew. We learned new skills and techniques that will help arm us for a long successful marriage. I would recommend it for ANYONE who is engaged. My other advice is no one tells you just how long, hard and emotional planning a wedding can be. Everyone says enjoy it! No matter if you are paying for it yourself or you have help, you deal with so many people, so many opinions and so many personalities, it’s tough. You love everyone but at the end of the day, you have to make the top priority about you and your fiancé. After all is said and done, it’s your day together and it should be exactly the way you two see it, not everyone else.

RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Event Planner: Many Winn, Celebrations // Photographer: Rachael Kruse // Caterer: Degelman’s Classic Catering  // Cake: The Yellow Carrot  // DJ: Aiko Aiko Sound // Hair & Makeup: Tiffany Aukerman // Venue: Keyah Grande

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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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