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A Rustic Meets Casual Wedding in Durango

Tori & David  |  June 29, 2019

 

From the bride:  My wedding vision was very laid-back. I wanted a rustic meets casual kind of wedding. The inspiration behind our style was DIY, so it would be our own and something no one else had. We decided to fix up a piece of the land David’s family owns by planting grass and building a pavilion and bar ourselves. Everything came together and expressed who we were without being over the top. It was truly a magical wedding!

 

Bride at Ridgewood Event Center, Durango Colorado

 

THE PLANNING

I attended the Durango Wedding Expo with my family, and it was so much fun! I definitely learned where to start and enjoyed chatting with all the different vendors around Durango. I also got a lot of great ideas from the Durango Wedding Magazine.

 

 

Bridesmaid at Ridgewood Event Center, Durango Colorado

 

THE ATTIRE

I, of course, had an amazing dress. The groom had a dark grey tux with a lavender vest, and the groomsmen had a light grey tux with a lavender vest. My bridesmaids all had different style dresses, and I told them to stick to a grey lavender color but to buy something they would wear again and be comfortable in. Surprisingly the colors matched very well, and they all looked amazing!

 

Ceremony at Ridgewood Event Center, Durango Colorado

Ceremony at Ridgewood Event Center, Durango Colorado

 

WALKING DOWN THE AISLE

My favorite ceremony memory was watching David’s face as I walked down the aisle. We did not see each other till that moment, and the love I felt rushing over me was amazing. The love I saw in his eyes made me know that forever with him is going to be the most amazing adventure.

 

Ceremony at Ridgewood Event Center, Durango Colorado

 

THE SETTING

We had a beautiful view of the La Plata mountains behind us. The clouds rolled in and created the most amazing lighting.

 

Ceremony at Ridgewood Event Center, Durango Colorado

Ceremony at Ridgewood Event Center, Durango ColoradoCeremony at Ridgewood Event Center, Durango ColoradoCeremony at Ridgewood Event Center, Durango Colorado

Bride & Groom at Ridgewood Event Center, Durango, Colorado

Reception at Ridgewood Event Center, Durango Colorado

 

THE DANCING

My favorite reception memory was the DJ, Steve with Mr. Soul Entertainment getting EVERY SINGLE PERSON at the wedding in a circle to dance with David and I. It was so memorable because even the guests we thought would sit out, got up and had a blast!

 

 

Reception at Ridgewood Event Center, Durango Colorado

Reception at Ridgewood Event Center, Durango Colorado Reception at Ridgewood Event Center, Durango Colorado

 

The highlight of the reception was David and I finally getting to sneak away to eat our cake, because boy are weddings busy for the bride and groom.

 

Reception at Ridgewood Event Center, Durango Colorado

 

Looking back, I wish we would have eaten more cake!:)

 

Wedding Cake Reception at Ridgewood Event Center, Durango Colorado

 

One of the most memorable moments of the evening was sneaking off into the fairylit trees to have a romantic kiss and moment with my new husband.

 

Reception at Ridgewood Event Center, Durango Colorado

 

ADVICE

Plan accordingly and book in advance. There were a couple of things that we would have been a little out of luck with if it wasn’t for last-minute cancellations. Book things way in advance in Durango.

 

Reception at Ridgewood Event Center, Durango Colorado

THE WEDDING TEAM

Photographer: Kara Cavalca
Caterer: Serious Texas BBQ
DJ: Mr. Soul Entertainment
Cake: Skillfully Decadent Desserts

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