Fire Can’t Stop The Love

Vanessa & Matt  |  June 2, 2018


From the bride… We originally planned our wedding to be a yard game kind of camping feeling at Chris Park but that didn’t work out with the 416 Fire, we were evacuated the day before our wedding. Our wedding day still turned out wonderful considering we came up with a Plan B and executed it within 10 hours. It was remarkable! We had a non-traditional wedding with our own touches and flare with Hispanic and Native American culture. It was a fun, dance crazy, loving and memorable time with family and friends from all over the country and Australia.



I wanted to incorporate both my Hispanic and Native American culture throughout the day. I had my dress embroidered with a traditional pueblo pattern at the bottom, very simple, I wore my moccasins and traditional sash belt, and I gave my bridesmaids/flower girls turquoise naja earrings. Matt and his groomsmen all wore personalized turquoise bola ties and pizza socks. My dad and my brother wore traditional ribbon shirts and their moccasins. In my bouquet, I pinned a brooch that was passed down from Matt’s great-grandmother to his mother.  The first drink I bought Matt when we first met was a tequila shot so it was fitting we had tequila bottles serving as water bottles on all the tables. And it just so happens our first shot as a married couple was a tequila shot.



After the ceremony and photos, Matt and I drove off in my late grandfathers restored and newly painted 1987 El Camino.



Video & Images: Kara Cavalca Photo + Video. Very professional and enthusiastic, she made the whole process easy and fun.

Ceremony Site: Rotary Park. Close to town and such a large area for an outdoor ceremony.

Reception Site: The Elks Lodge. A great centralized location. Our guests were able to walk downtown, if they desired. We also liked that it included a full bar & kitchen, restrooms, tables and chairs, and a stage.

Linens & Rentals: Durango Party Rental. They were super helpful and understanding of our situation. They were quick, professional, and great to work with.


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  1. Jay Woehlck on August 16, 2018 at 6:05 am

    This was a beautiful knitting of many hearts. It is a true testimony of love that will last. I was aware of the concerns that happened through Sara the day before the fire made other choices become your plan B . God always has a sense of humor, and you certainly made your mess become a message to others to roll with His plans . Congratulations to you both , and here’s looking at many many more years of dances and kisses.

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