This floral focused shoot was adorned with hot saturated colors in a breakaway from the contrasting New Mexico desert. The hand-selected flowers were very feminine and fun with bold splashes of red, pink, orange, and chartreuse. The armature is a kinetic and industrial form that added movement and energy to the florals.
THE STYLE TEAM
Photographer: Jamie Jauriqui Photography | Second Photographer: Shayla Edenfield Photography | Flowers: Hong-Elder Floral Workroom and Floral Farm | Custom Artistry, Hair and Makeup: Katie Baca-“Fiery Ones”
This pretty stylized shoot was set in one of the most beautiful spots in Durango (the “secret meadow” just past Turtle Lake). We absolutely LOVE the amazing floral bouquet designed by April’s Garden. The greenery runner and individual cakes adorning the rustic farm table creates a simple yet elegant tablescape perfect for any southwest Colorado celebration.
The Style Team
Photographer: Candace Cross Photography
Design & Decor: Bride + Tribe
Floral Designer: April’s Garden
Cake Designer: Fig & Bloom Cakes
Dress Designer: Pronovias
Hair & Makeup: The Chair
Jewelry: Old Gold
Rachel & Kevin | October 9th
From the bride: I was very nervous the day of our wedding because it was raining all morning. We really wanted to get married outdoors but it rained right up until we were about to start taking pictures. I don’t know what or how, but the clouds opened up and gave us an absolutely perfect fall day. We were able to hold our ceremony outside facing the stunning La Plata Mountains.
Kevin made a two-tiered rustic standalone destressed popcorn bar with chalk acsents, which included apple baskets to hold six types of candy on the top level and three type of popcorn on the lower level.
Shop around for vendors and go with the people that make you feel the most comfortable. I do wish I would have paid extra to have someone come out to do my hair so I didn’t have to worry about going back to town. This would have allowed me to spend more time with my wedding party to relax a little more.
Photographer: Illuminarts. Drew and his team were more than I could have imagined. From start to finish, it was absolute perfection. He took the time to get every little and important detail. I received so many compliments on how professional they were from countless guests and family. Drew was able to capture moments that I will hold close to my heart for the rest of my life. I would recommend IlluminArts to any and everyone – it was the best service I have had in Durango.
Lodging: Blue Lake Ranch housed all of our family and some guest and it was wonderful. The rooms and grounds are absolutely wonderful. You cannot beat the vsiews of the La Plata’s and the charm of the all of the cabins and casitas. The breakfast is die for as well.
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!!!