Genevieve & Brian | May 20, 2017 | Durango, Colorado
From the bride: We come to Durango several times a year to ski, hike, and spend time with family. We both love the mountains and knew we wanted to get married in a mountain town. We picked Durango because it is beautiful.
It snowed six inches in the two days before the wedding. It was 20 degrees when we arrived at the Silverpick Lodge on Thursday night. We began to worry we wouldn’t be able to have the ceremony outside because the forecast called for more storms. On Friday morning, the sky was completely clear and the sun was so bright that the snow sparkled. By 3 pm on Saturday, the snow melted, the ground was completely dry, and the weather warmed up, so we kept the original outside location at the meadow. There was still snow on the mountains in the distance, the storm ultimately made for beautiful pictures.
We stood in between aspen stumps, they acted as a make-shift altar with a view of the mountains behind us. The cellist played Morning Has Broken by Cat Stevens as I walked down the aisle. It’s the same song I sang when my cousin walked down the aisle 15 years ago. It was a very moving moment. We wrote our own vows and made each other laugh, especially after both mentioning that Brian now eats more vegetables.
Our table numbers, escort cards, save-the-dates, invitations, and programs, all followed the same color scheme and theme. They perfectly matched our ceremony location; snowy mountains with yellow aspens, and forest greens, blues, and browns.
We held our reception at the Silverpick Lodge. It included a cocktail hour, followed by dinner, speeches, pie-cutting, and dancing. After the reception, we went downstairs for the after- party with a fire pit, s’mores, and hot chocolate.
We chose to have pies instead of cake because we really like pie and it felt much more welcoming. We didn’t want to limit ourselves and our guests to just one kind of pie, so we served ten different flavors.
It is perfectly okay to ask your friends and family for a reasonable amount of help. People really want to be a part of your wedding, take them up on it. We sent out a very detailed spreadsheet assigning the roles and responsibilities to those who expressed interest in helping. On our wedding day, the only thing we had to worry about was getting ready and setting up chairs. By the time the reception slowed down, we smelled pizza in the oven and saw the fire pit was lit for the after-party. These and many other small tasks were all taken care of for us by our friends and family.
We highly recommend getting a video and audio recording of your ceremony. It is an important moment that goes by quickly, and you won’t remember everything you said. We are really happy we have a video that we can show our kids in the future.
Venue: Silverpick Lodge. The views are magnificent and the aspens are beautiful. Almost everyone stayed at the Silverpick Lodge and had time to get to know each other before the wedding actually happened. Everyone loved the lodge, it is such a cool building, and there was so much for guests to do. The restaurant space is beautiful, and the food was amazing. All the guests were raving about the food.
Photographer & Video: Illuminarts. Drew and Laura were very professional and extremely helpful prior to the wedding and during the event. We talked and met with Drew several times before the wedding, he helped us to think through our day-of timeline and priorities. Our wedding images are stunning and really captured the beauty of the day. Illuminarts also filmed our ceremony after deciding at the last minute that we wanted a ceremony video.
Pies: The Yellow Carrot. The pies were delicious. My friends tried every flavor, and said the pies were the best wedding dessert they have ever had.
Reprinted from the 2018 issue.
Amy & Gabriel | July 29, 2017
From the bride: We met at an annual memorial snowboarding trip that happens every year in honor of a mutual friend that passed away. Gabe proposed to me on our first international trip we ever took to Chile. It was personal, beautiful and a moment I’ll never forget.
We wanted to do a destination wedding but our families asked that we kept it in Colorado. We chose Durango because it is so beautiful, has great food, and there’s so much to do. Our friends and family had so much fun visiting a part of Colorado that many of them had never visited.
We love simple and we love the mountains. I’m slightly obsessed with skulls, specifically Day of the Dead art so there were little skulls in many parts of the whole day. We had a neutral colors, wood, and greenery with small pops of deep colors.
The ceremony was the most important part to us. The reason why we were there. My older brother married us, all of our nieces and nephews held a role in the ceremony including ring security. For me, my favorite memory was walking down the aisle with my father to meet my soulmate. I seriously loved every minute of the ceremony. It was so incredibly special.
Dinner was outside under the tent. The only time it rained was during dinner which was perfect and so beautiful. The sun was shining and the rain was falling and all the kiddos were playing in it.
We both LOVED all the dancing!
The day is about committing your life to each other and not about all the little details. If something doesn’t happen that you planned, no one else will know it didn’t happen except you so don’t worry about it.
THE WEDDING TEAM
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Kolby & Travis | June 24, 2017
I am from Durango and it has always been a dream to get married there. Our reception was actually held at a home my family built. When selling the home my mom had mentioned to the buyers that I dreamed of being married there and they said call us when you need it!! Sure enough we did!
We have so many friends who had never been to Durango before and all of them have talked about returning to spend more time. Not only was it so nice for all of us to get out of the Texas heat, but it’s such a special community that offers something for everyone!
We really wanted a rustic chic farm to table wedding that was simple yet elegant and not too casual.
We held the ceremony at St. Marks Church as it was really important to us to have an extremely traditional ceremony. I LOVED our ceremony, it was VERY meaningful, very spiritual and I think the guests appreciated a how traditional it was.
We had a palette wall backdrop in the tent, which made the tent feel very warm.
We wanted to spend as much time with our guests as possible. So many people had traveled HUNDREDS of miles…California, Arizona, the East Coast and even CANADA! So…after the reception we decided to take the party back to town. Travis and I left earlier to check into the Strater and when we went back downstairs we walked into a HUGE group of our friends and family at The Office. The bar staff was incredible and the other customers were friendly and seemed happy to be a part of the celebration! It was a great way to end the weekend!
Take it all in! Slow down! The wedding is very exciting and you want it to GET HERE, but once it does all you will want to do is slow down time…and on the big day really be present! Stop and look around…take moments to breath and really enjoy the people around you! It could be the only day ever when that specific group of people is together, so really appreciate!
THE WEDDING TEAM
Photographer & Videographer: Illuminarts
Event Design, Tent Rental & Linens: Durango Party Rental
Ceremony Site: St. Marks Church | Reception Site: Private property | Event Planner: Heirlooms | Hair & Makeup: Hair Fusion | DJ: Aiko Aiko Sound | Band: True to Life | Officiant: Reverend Debbie Shaw | Transportation: Buck Horn Limousine