A Casual Country Durango Wedding

Ashley & Josh  |  Cover wedding story


Durango Weddings Magazine - 2021 Issue


From the bride…

Our wedding was in the perfect spot, on the perfect day. The vibe was laid back, with lots of fun, booze, and TONS of dancing.


ashley & josh wedding


When we visited River Bend Ranch, we immediately fell in love with the property. The location, the owners, and the landscape are beyond spectacular! I wish we could have a party there every year!


first look with bridesmaidsbridemaids in purple and pink



Our ceremony was next to the pond with the red cliffs as our backdrop. The sun was in the perfect spot and it could not have been more beautiful.



country flower girl and ring bearers in cowboy boots


I wanted Josh and I’s first look to be at the altar. I was so nervous but when I finally saw him it was the best moment!!


Walking down the asile


My favorite memory was Josh’s vows. They were funny yet extremely thoughtful and authentic.


Groom reading vows


Josh made the arch which was the best!


Ceremony at River Bend Ranch


Wedding food



Zia Taqueria was AMAZING.  The food was so good and the staff was so great. I chose them because they are my favorite restaurant in Durango.


Wine bottle seating chart



Our seating chart was an array of wine bottles which I made labels for with the seating arrangements. For the table numbers, we had pictures of each of us at each age. (i.e. Table 9 was a picture of Josh and me at the age of 9).



Bride & groom dancing


Even though everyone was watching our first dance together, it felt like we were in our own world.


Bride & Groom kissing



I would have hired a videographer so I could remember all the special memories forever.



Bride & groom on the dock


VENUE: River Bend Ranch
RENTALS: Durango Party Rental
CATERER: Zia Taqueria
PHOTOGRAPHER: Kara Cavalca Photo + Video
HAIR & MAKEUP: Sarah York

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