Blaguna & Mike | July 23rd
From the bride: The mountains and the majestic views were our inspiration for the day. We wanted to bring the outside in and incorporate a blue color palette.
I wore 3 antique blue buttons on the back of my dress from Mike’s great aunt – she was an established button collector. It was such an honor to have them sewn on.
We got married at 10,000 feet on Purgatory Mountain. The aisle was lined with hanging flowers, which led to a beautiful arbor decorated with flowers. Our guests were seated to live acoustic music. The wedding party walked down to a live version of “In my Life” by The Beatles. Our minister who is a great friend of ours, said our names for the first time during the Native American Blessing and not a second later, a loud crash of thunder was heard.
The reception was at Dante’s, about 100 feet away from the ceremony. Having a live band was a huge highlight. The decor was earthy with moss and flowers on the tables. Our escort cards were hung on driftwood from the Animas River.
Our décor was earthy with moss and flowers on the tables.
THE WEDDING TEAM
Photographer: Drew from Illuminarts felt like an old friend. He blended into the day, half the time I did not even know he was taking pictures. He kept in contact throughout the whole planning of the wedding and we love how he likes to tell the story of the whole day. Drew and his assistant were the friendliest people to work with. We had so many compliments about them. They did not make me feel awkward about any pictures, which made us feel so comfortable that we could be ourselves.
Flowers: Marje from Linnaea Farm Design was really easy to work with. We were out at the right time in March as she was just starting to plant her flowers and she let us choose what we wanted and planted them for us. She asked many questions as to what we wanted and what we didn’t. We put full trust in her and the flowers turned out beautiful!
Rehearsal Dinner: Sow’s Ear at Silverpick Lodge. We had about 50 people and everyone was well taken care of. The food was amazing and George couldn’t have been more accommodating for our large group.
Venue, Caterer, Lodging: Durango Mountain Weddings at Purgatory Resort
Reprinted from the 2017 issue.