From the photographer, Amy Bluestar Photography: Whitney and Josiah’s story is what dreams are made of, high school friends turned into sweethearts. The two met in biology class while attending high school in their hometown of Anchorage, Alaska. It wasn’t until a year later when Whitney reached out over social media that the two started chatting and began dating shortly after. Four and a half years later, the two have been inseparable, even attending college out of state together in Colorado.
This past New Years when the couple was visiting their families in Alaska, Josiah found the perfect moment to surprise Whitney and on New Year’s Eve in front of all of their close family and friends, Josiah got down on one knee and asked Whitney for her hand in marriage. Of course she said yes, she couldn’t have been more happy with the way he proposed.
We drove up to Molas Pass to take the couples engagement photos. The session was filled with wind-blown hair, laughter, snow-capped mountains and SO much love.
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Move over cupcakes, pies have become the most popular dessert spread at receptions this year. Whether served instead of or in addition to cake, here are a few fun ways to incorporate pie into your wedding day:
1. Serve pies that are family favorites like Grandma’s Palisade peach pie or Aunt Erma’s Southern pecan pie.
2. Create a signature pie that matches your signature drink. Example: Jen & Jim’s First Date Apple Pie + Spiced Caramel Apple Cider.
3. Find a unique display item to showcase all your pies like a rustic cart or vintage Armoire.
4. Label each pie with a sign that ties in with your theme/wedding colors.
5. Name each guest table after a favorite pie. Include a story about why it’s your favorite. Did you eat pie on your first date? First trip together? Anniversary? Night you were engaged? It’s mom’s secret recipe?
6. For your table signs, take a fun picture of both of you eating the flavor of pie that corresponds to the table name… sure to be a fun conversation starter!
7. Collect pie recipes from family & friends to create a family pie cookbook. A meaningful favor your guests will love.
8. Pie Place Cards. Serve individual mini pies at each place setting. When sending out the invites, have guests RSVP the flavor of pie they love then include at their seat.
9. As guests leave the reception, give them boxed slices to take home for a late-night snack/breakfast treat.
Don’t forget to serve homeade vanilla ice cream and whipped cream!
Tiffany & Ryan | July 29, 2017
From the bride: We love being in the mountains and under the trees. We wanted that intimate elopement feel surrounded by our family and close friends. We got married on Lime Creek Road in the San Juan Mountains, which is one of our favorite places to hike around, and the views are just perfect for a romantic mountain ceremony. Purgatory Resort is close by so all of our guests stayed in condos there.
Our dog passed away a few days before the wedding. She was the best ever and was supposed to walk down the aisle with her own flower crown. She was supposed to walk down the aisle with our daughter. We attached a beautiful photo of her to Maxine’s flower girl basket.
When our daughter found her flower girl dress, she decided to “hide” it from Daddy (just like I did) so she could have her own “first look” with him.
The morning of our wedding, my grandmother and I picked all the Hollyhock flowers around my home to place in the flower girl basket. My grandmother said this was a memorable moment she will cherish forever.
It rained all morning, poured all day, and my mom was concerned it was going to be too much for our guests. But, when it came time for the ceremony, the rain stopped for the full two hours of the ceremony and photos, and then started raining and lightening as soon as we were finished. It was perfect! I would have kept it the same even if it poured the entire time.
We had our really great friend marry us. He quoted the Apache Wedding Blessing and kept it about our love and our journey together.
The Apache Wedding Prayer
Now you will feel no rain, For each of you will be shelter to the other. Now you will feel no cold, For each of you will be warmth to the other. Now there is no more loneliness, For each of you will be companion to the other. Now you are two bodies, But there is one life before you. Go now to your dwelling place, To enter into the days of your togetherness. And may your days be good and long upon the earth.
My favorite memory was getting through my vows without losing it!
Plan together! It’s more special knowing you worked on everything together and that there are touches of each of you on your day.
We rented out a condo at Purgatory Resort to have everyone back to after the ceremony for dinner and cake.
The Wedding Team
Reception Site & Lodging: Purgatory Resort
Makeup and Eyelash Extensions: Jasmine, Spaaah Shop and Day Spa
Photographer: Tara Shupe Photography | Hair: Autumn Pierce, Shampoo | Ceremony Site: San Juan National Forest | Wedding Gown Designer: Essense of Australia | Flowers: City Market
The Honeymoon: Our family spent the week after the wedding exploring our favorite places in Durango!
Levana & Gabriel | May 29, 2017
From the bride: We held our small and intimate wedding at Antlers on the Creek Bed & Breakfast. The large home was filled with the sweet scent of homemade cookies and warmth. Our room for a few nights was attached to the home outside, giving us our privacy. The bedroom looked out to the gazebo, a field of grass and a pond with a small brook with the soft sound of rushing water filling the air. It was absolutely breathtaking.
I wanted a traditional white wedding. My mother is Hindu so I had henna done on my feet and hands.
A white carriage with two black horses waited in front of the Bed and Breakfast to take me down the grassy hill to the aisle.
The most memorable moment was my parents crying. My father is a huge softy, and my mother, who I have only seen cry once in my life, was weeping.
Weddings are a lot of fun and everyone should do it. Even though it’s costly, and you may think it’s not worth it, it is! Do something small and intimate, or something big and fun, no matter what, it will remain in your heart and memory.
Venue, Food, Cake, Lodging: Antlers on the Creek B&B took care of everything including decorating the ceremony and making an EXTREMELY delicious cake.
Bouquet: April’s Garden
Photographer: Eppich Photography
Officiant: Rev Chessa Gill
Carriage: D & K Wagon Rides