A Glamour Meets Rustic Wedding on Durango Mountain

Chelsea & Justin | September 9th

From the bride: A couple came into my work in Phoenix, AZ who recently got married at Dante’s Peak in Durango. They showed me pictures of them standing at the altar and I, having recently gotten engaged, said, “I want to get married RIGHT there!”

My gorgeous bouquet contained white roses dipped in gold paint, mixed with greenery.

Justin made our ceremony entrance. It was two old wooden white doors with a big wooden sign painted, “What God has joined together, let no man separate” on one side and “Here comes the bride” on the other side.

As soon as I got up to the altar, the wind blew, and my veil was beautifully flowing up in the wind. Justin’s dad officiated and it couldn’t have been more special! My favorite memory was reading our personal vows to each other.

Justin made our altar arch from some old railroad ties and a chandelier of mason jars. The chandelier now hangs over our kitchen table.

The guest tables were adorned with sparkly gold table runners, candles, wine bottles painted gold and dipped in glitter, and tall skinny vases filled with white roses and dendrobiums.

Justin made a large sign that said, “The Hoese’s” (our last name). He found the letters at this special vintage yard sale that is hosted once a month in Phoenix. He then found a bunch of rustic wood and nailed them together to place the letters on. He put several light bulbs in each letter so it would light up similar to the classic “Las Vegas” sign. It turned out GREAT. He put the sign on 2 poles and then stuck those in cement inside some old whiskey barrels. Everyone walked under our sign to enter the wedding, “like entering the fair” as Justin said.



Venue: Dante’s Peak at Purgatory Resort. The breathtaking view speaks for itself and the wedding coordinators were great!

Photographer: IlluminArts. Drew is just a fantastic guy! He has a wonderful easy going personality and was very organized and detailed. Not to mention, his work is fabulous!

Hair & Makeup: Mary Beth at Hair Fusion was AMAZING!!!






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