I Love You to The Moon and Back
Cassie & Kyle | April 27th
From the bride…
We both love spending time in the mountains and have memories of Durango from our childhoods. We knew from our first vacation there together that we wanted to get married in Durango. It was on our second trip that we wandered into Sorrel Sky Gallery and found my dream engagement ring and there was no turning back from there. We were determined to get married in front of the beautiful, scenic mountains among the aspen trees. Durango has such a friendly atmosphere, all the vendors we worked with were amazing.
We wanted our wedding to be laid back and inclusive; to feel more like a family reunion or a gathering of friends than a formal wedding. Silverpick Lodge was the perfect venue to make it a reality. The owner, Chris Wing, understood our vision and the feel we wanted for our wedding. He went over the moon to make our wedding day a dream come true. We rented the lodge for two days, our guests were able to hang out with us all weekend. They raved about the lodge and all of its amenities.
I attended the Durango Wedding Expo (before Kyle even proposed) and found several of our vendors. I used the Durango Weddings Magazine while planning, I loved reading all the different wedding stories. It helped me choose my vendor team and was a great resource for planning our destination wedding.
We allowed the bridesmaids to showcase their style by choosing their own black attire. We also made the star and moon “baskets” that the bridesmaids carried.
We love to create and design things together, so it was important that we DIY as many things as we were able to. We designed our wedding arch together, and Kyle built it with help from one of his groomsmen, Jamie.
We were determined to have our ceremony outdoors and told people for months “rain or shine”. We also hoped that there would be snow on the ground, yet we didn’t expect the six inches on the ground when visiting two weeks before the wedding. We were prepared to arrive with shovels in hand, and Chris surprised us with a clear ceremony site the day before our wedding. Then came the rain, a steady downpour throughout the whole ceremony. Chris brought umbrellas to our guests, and we had our wedding outside like we’d dreamed.
MEMORABLE CEREMONY MOMENTS
My favorite ceremony memory is when we read our vows and said, “I do” Kyle forgot to put the ring on my finger. As a little girl, it was a moment I thought would be absolutely magical on my wedding day, instead, it was a moment of comedy. I had to ask him for my wedding ring!
Kyle: My favorite ceremony memory is when we first joined hands at the altar and I asked Cassie if she was cold because it was pouring rain. She said no and we smiled, I got tunnel vision and it felt like we were the only two people on the planet (hence forgetting the ring).
We had our reception dinner in the Sow’s Ear restaurant at Silverpick Lodge. Chris worked with us to create a custom menu. The restaurant is gorgeous as is; we didn’t add many decorations to it besides our celestial table numbers and place cards.
We designed and built the photo backdrop. Together we painted and hung the stars from the frame.
We took the party downstairs to the Columbine room with drinks, dancing, corn-hole, and light sabers.
THE DESSERT TABLE
Baking is a huge part of my childhood and it just makes me happy. I really wanted to bring together family recipes and favorite desserts instead of a traditional wedding cake. I baked a galaxy swirl cheesecake to match the celestial theme and baked a carrot cake using my grandma’s recipe because it was both Kyle and my dad’s favorite dessert. My dad baked his famous chocolate chip cookies and my friend Tamara baked the beautiful space-themed sugar cookies. Kyle created a plasma-cut, metal cake topper that his groomsman Matt helped design.
Stay true to your vision. It is hard to plan a wedding because everyone has their own idea of what a wedding should be. This is a day for you and your partner, make it what you want it to be and have fun doing so!
THE WEDDING TEAM
Venue, Caterer, Lodging: Silverpick Lodge
Photographer: Jenne Anne