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A Winter Wedding in the Snow at Silverpick Lodge

Melinda & Jeff   |   February 10, 2018

 

WHY DURANGO

Jeff and I have spent time in southwest Colorado exploring the San Juan Mountains. We have been mountain biking and backpacking in the summer and chasing powder at Wolf Creek in the winter. We love the area and the mountains so when we found the Silverpick Lodge, we thought this was a great match – a place to explore more in depth, but with an airport that our friends and family could make a trip out of.

 

A Winter Wedding in the Snow at Silverpick Lodge

THE STYLE

We did everything simple. Our approach was to personalize the weekend with things that we love. First, came our family and friends – we kept coming back to the notion that everyone was traveling to celebrate us and we really wanted to celebrate them and share with everyone why we loved having them there. We griped about how at some weddings, you show up and there are so many people from other parts of the bride/grooms lives that don’t overlap, but no opportunity to connect the dots. And since we love when our friends meet each other and end up connecting, we shaped our wedding weekend to encourage exactly that.

 

 

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THE CEREMONY

We planned for an outdoor February wedding with the hope that snow would be everywhere. The day-of, it snowed 12 inches, our perfect setting. We hiked and skied down a small hill behind the Silverpick Lodge right into our ceremony.

 

A Winter Wedding in the Snow at Silverpick Lodge, Durango Colorado

Ceremony in skis | A Winter Wedding in the Snow at Silverpick Lodge, Durango Colorado

 

THE CEREMONY DECOR

All of our wedding guests added their skis and boards to our backdrop.

 

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FAVORITE MOMENTS

-The excitement of hiking up the hill in full wedding dress mode in ski boots.
-Skiing in and just trying to remind myself not to eat it too badly if I fall.
-The hoots and hollering from our wedding guests.
-Everyone was so positive despite the weather.

 

 

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THE RECEPTION

Looking back, we loved the speeches and all the dancing. Loved that my friends kept looking out for my mom (she has dementia) without me having to ask.

 

 

A Winter Wedding in the Snow at Silverpick Lodge, Durango Colorado

 

THE GUESTBOOK

Our signing book was an old snowboard refinished with a light birch wood veneer and a custom vinyl decal with our wedding logo.

 

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ADVICE

Less is more. We took on a lot of personalized things and DIYed a lot, which we had a ton of fun doing, but it was much more work. Remembering to enjoy as much as possible and do less.

 

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THE WEDDING TEAM

Venue, Caterer & Lodging: Silverpick Lodge. Chris is very communicative and prompt yet laid back and calm – the right amount of chill and hands off.  Chef George was AWESOME. He worked with us on our menu and was easy to keep in touch with from afar.

Photographer + Hair & Makeup: Jenne Anne

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What we’re doing now: Jeff and I both decided to ‘take the summer off’ and quit our jobs to travel the US for the summer. We have been living the #vanlife camping in our Suburban, mountain biking, and hiking.

A Simple Barn Wedding at Reising Stage

Elyse & Juan  |  March 27, 2018

 

From the bride: Our venue Reising Stage, was the overall inspiration for our wedding day. My parents were married in this barn seventeen years ago. Our theme was simple, rustic, and up-cycled with a ruby and blush color palette.

 

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FAVE MEMORY

Because we had our wedding on a Tuesday, I loved that people came dropped by all afternoon and evening.

 

A Simple Rustic Barn Wedding at Reising Stage, Durango, Colorado

 

MEMORABLE MOMENT

Honestly, just the fact that so many people came out to help clean and decorate to make the day more than I could have ever imagined, that was the best part.

 

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LOOKING BACK

I put so little effort into planning that I was amazed how beautiful the whole day turned out. I never wanted the stress of planning this event. I am so thankful to all the people who stepped up and did it for me. Also, I wasn’t disappointed with anything because I didn’t have any expectations and that was honestly a blessing.

 

 

A Simple Rustic Barn Wedding at Reising Stage, Durango, Colorado

 

ADVICE

Don’t sweat the small stuff!

 

A Simple Rustic Barn Wedding at Reising Stage, Durango, Colorado

 

THE WEDDING TEAM

Venue: Reising Stage  |   DJ: Mr. Soul Entertainment   |  Rentals: Durango Party Rental  |  Photographer: Ginger Moose Photography  |  Flowers: Adela Floral  |  Caterer: Hot Tomatoes

 

9 Stunning Southwest Colorado Ceremony Locations

Whether you are renewing your vows, tying the knot in an intimate ceremony or planning a destination wedding with 300 guests, southwest Colorado offers an exquisite array of jaw-dropping wedding sites. We’ve hand-picked nine fairytale locations with scenic mountain backdrops out of a storybook.

 


 

1.  TOP OF LIFT ONE AT PURGATORY RESORT  |  Durango, Colorado

An alpine meadow where the Paradise, 7th Heaven, and Upper Hades runs intersect with incredible views of the San Juan Mountains.

 

Mountaintop ceremony on Purgatory Resort, Durango. Colorado

above images by Allison Ragsdale Photography

 



 

2. DANTE’S AT PURGATORY RESORT  |  Durango, Colorado

A secluded mountaintop setting with spectacular views of five surrounding mountain ranges.

 

above image by Allison Ragsdale Photography
above image by Ginger Moose Photography

 



 

3. CASCADE VILLAGE  |  Durango, Colorado

Hold your ceremony in a meadow surrounded by nature with stunning views of the Needles Mountain Range.

 

Ceremony site at Cascade Village, Durango, Colorado

above image by Jenne Anne Photography

Ceremony site at Cascade Village, Durango, Colorado

above image by Shutterfreek

 



 

4.  EUREKA LODGE  |  Silverton, Colorado

Once a miners hotel, now a rustic venue. This stunning location is on the Alpine Loop just above the ghost town of Eureka.

 

Eureka Lodge, Silverton Colorado

Weddings at Eureka Lodge, Silverton Colorado

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5.  TOWN OF SILVERTON  |  Silverton, Colorado

Tie the knot in this historic and charming alpine town high in the San Juan Mountains.

 

A Casual Summer Destination Wedding in Silverton, Colorado

Weddings in Silverton, Colorado

above images by illuminarts

 



 

6.  DOUBLE R RANCH  | Mancos, Colorado

This wilderness location above Jackson Lake is surrounded by thousands of acres of National Forest. You are off the grid with zero light pollution. Bring your tents or rent the log cabin and yurts.

 

Double R Ranch Weddings, Mancos Colorado

 



 

7.  RIDGEWOOD EVENT CENTER |  Hesperus, Colorado

Recite your vows on a lush lawn framed by cottonwoods facing the La Plata Mountains.

 

above image by illuminarts

A Simple Wedding at Ridgewood Event Center, Durango, Colorado

above image by Aspen Groen

 



 

 

8.  BOYCE MEADOWS AT PURGATORY RESORT |  Durango, Colorado

The Needles Mountain Range provides the backdrop as you exchange vows in one of Purgatory’s most peaceful settings.

 

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 above image by Shutterfreek

 



 

 9.  ENGINEER MEADOW AT PURGATORY RESORT |  Durango, Colorado

This location is nestled in an aspen grove framed by the rugged peak of Engineer Mountain.

 

Purgatory Resort Weddings, Durango Mountain Weddings

above image by illuminarts

 


View more ceremony locations

 


 

A Mad Hatter Tea Party Meets Carnivale Wedding

Lanee & Brian  |  July 15, 2017

 

From the bride:  Our wedding style was fun and whimsical with bright vibrant colors, balloons and pom-poms. The rainbow was our color palette from hot pink to lime green to purple to electric blue. We love to dance, so we got married under a disco ball. We also love to dress up and go to costume parties. We asked our guests to join in the fun and wear bright colors and fancy hats.

 

A Mad Hatter Tea Party Meets Carnivale Wedding in Durango, Colorado

 

THE CEREMONY

We got married at my grandmother’s house, where I spent part of my childhood. We crafted the ceremony ourselves. We asked only the kids in our family to be part of our ceremony. I walked down the aisle to the Sesame Street theme song, it was my favorite show as a little one. We wrote our own vows together and delivered them via alternating lines. We also did a handfasting, in which our parents laid the ropes over our hands.

 

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We LOVED getting married under a disco ball!

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THE RECEPTION

We had incredibly good food, served on farmhouse tables under a beautiful white tent, a last minute addition because of the threat of rain. The décor was simple with Peruvian striped colorful runners and tons of copper vases with wildflowers. Our table vases were all upcycled glass bottles we spray painted copper. The dessert table was decorated with our mascot: a rainbow colored unicorn piñata. We had an adorable and incredibly fun custom painted canvas as the backdrop for our photobooth. We also had square dancing, with a live band and caller, our guests loved it.

 

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ADVICE

Focus on what IS going right and not what isn’t. There will be SO much beauty, love, and fun to put your attention on.

 

 

A Mad Hatter Tea Party Meets Carnivale Wedding in Durango, Colorado

THE WEDDING TEAM

Photographer: Illuminarts
Caterer & Flowers: The Yellow Carrot
Guest Lodging & Transportation: Sky Ute Casino

 


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