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A Chic Engagement Shoot in the San Juan Mountains

Ashley & Ryan  |  Dolores, Colorado

Surrounded by the beauty of the San Juan Mountains on a warm autumn day, this stylish engagement shoot is filled with love and laughter, fashion and fun, mountains and teepees… all the elements that encompass the beauty of southwest Colorado. With illuminarts behind the camera and Dunton Hot Springs as the backdrop, we are 100% in love with these stunning images!

 

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Durango Wedding Expo

SHOP, SAMPLE, PLAN!

In one afternoon, you can book your event planner, photographer, floral designer, DJ, and ceremony, reception & rehearsal dinner locations. Shop for favors, linens, rental items, liquor, transportation, and gifts for your wedding party. You’ll find everything for your wedding day, all in this one incredible event!

 

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A Durango Campout Wedding

Erica & Morgan  |  September 3, 2017

From the bride: I wanted a big elegant mountain wedding, he wanted a backyard wedding. So we came up with a big campout wedding.

 

April’s Garden beautifully dressed the arbor in flowers and lined the walkway with Eucalyptus.

 

We held the ceremony in a meadow off of Old Lime Creek Road.  We had all our guests standing, since it was going to be a short ceremony. It rained for 30 minutes as everyone was arriving, but then 10 minutes before I was to go down the aisle, the sun came out and it made for a picturesque ceremony with the shining mountains as the backdrop.

 

 

We held the reception at Chris Park campground. This was the perfect spot for our campout wedding. It has a beautiful pavilion with picnic tables for 152 people. A private location that everyone could access and a big fire pit and outside game areas.

 

We served blueberry cake doughnuts.

 

I loved having most of our guests staying at the campsite so they could really relax and enjoy themselves all night.

 

Looking back, I would have hired a wedding planner sooner! We could not have done it without our wedding coordinator.


THE WEDDING TEAM

Planning Resource: The Durango Weddings Magazine helped me pick my vendors, like April’s Garden and helped me see the latest trends in the Durango area for weddings.  I sent the Magazine to my family and friends helping me with the wedding to see ideas I was wanting for my wedding. I also got a lot of inspiration for things at the Durango Wedding Expo and I found my photographer, Jenne Anne who helped me set up my whole wedding.

Flowers: April’s Garden. They exceeded my expectation! Colleen was a huge help.

Photographer: Jenne Anne Photography  |  Rehearsal chairs & tables: Durango Party Rental  |  Event Planner: The Day Of   |  Caterer: Serious Texas BBQ  |  Liquor: Star Liquors Durango  |  Rings: Old Gold Jewelry  |  Doughnuts: Doughworks  |  Guest Lodging: camping and Purgatory Resort

Honeymoon Location: Bali, Indonesia

 


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A Simply Elegant Durango Wedding

Jordan & Oige  |  June 3, 2017

From the bride: Oige and I met in Durango and there was no question that we were going to have our wedding in Durango. We moved to California about a year before the wedding so it was slightly like a destination wedding for us, which was fun. Our wedding style was very simple but elegant. I had my heart set on a small number of guests to keep it as intimate as possible.

 

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We did a first look with the wedding party watching us.

A Simply Elegant Irish Wedding at Dalton Ranch, Durango Colorado A Simply Elegant Irish Wedding at Dalton Ranch, Durango Colorado

We held the ceremony in a small grass field with the river and mountains in the background. The most amazing moment during the ceremony was when Oige surprised me with a special ring. My aunt had passed away years ago and all the girls in the family received a ring made of hers and it was something we all treasured. I was planning on just using this ring as my wedding band. Oige and my mom managed to get a duplicate of the ring without me knowing. At the end of the ceremony, the officiant announced that there was a special ring. At that moment all my bridesmaids (sister and cousins whose mother it was) were overcome with emotion. It was the most beautiful surprise and one of the best memories of the wedding day.

 

A Simply Elegant Irish Wedding at Dalton Ranch, Durango Colorado

 

The highlight of the night was the Irish dancing.  Oige’s best friends from Ireland came all the way over to be his best men at the wedding. Once the music came on and everyone was on the dance floor, the show began.

 

 

ADVICE

My advice would be to enjoy every single day with your fiancé. Don’t stress about setting a date or trying to get things planned. Let things happen naturally, don’t rush into any decisions, talk about things as a couple. Go find a location together and when you fall in love with a place, find a way to make it work because the location of your wedding will be something that you will treasure for the rest of your life. Sometimes the stress of a wedding can really take a toll on a relationship and it should be the exact opposite. Have fun together during the whole process and it should bring you closer and make you both so excited to share your big day with the ones you love.

 

 

RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Planning Resource: I used the Durango Weddings Magazine website to try and figure out the different locations Durango had to offer and to help me pick and choose what vendors fit my style best. It was very helpful reading some of the other stories and seeing what other couples loved about their weddings.

Photographer: Shutterfreek. They are hands down one of the most talented set of photographers I’ve seen. Paul was so laid back and put up with me changing my mind so much and was so helpful. The whole process seemed to be overwhelming but when I would talk to Paul he would calm my nerves and make me so excited about the day. He captured the most amazing pictures that we will cherish and we were so proud to share them with everyone.

Venue & Caterer: Dalton Ranch Golf Club


 

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