A Long Distance Love in Pagosa
Aubrey & Jonathan | June 24th | Canyon Crest Lodge
From the bride: I love Colorado. My parents live in Pagosa Springs and offered the idea of having the wedding in Pagosa and we jumped on it! I chose a Bohemian and vintage style with a “bike” theme since we both have a love for cycling.
I wanted to go with more of a vintage look. I feel like things back in time had more detail and hard work put in them than the things made of today. I also love reading fantasy books so I wanted a fantasy kind of look. I chose a Bohemian look with the outdoors, natural flowers and colors that pop. I wanted “fairy tale,” but not princesses with big poofy dresses and pumpkin carriages kind of fairy tale, I wanted elves in the woods like Middle Earth and Narnia type of fairy tale, with beautiful mountain landscapes and trees, a flowy dress and flowers in my hair.
Because it was a small destination wedding, friends and family members came together to make this day so special for us. My mother-in-law baked pies, my dad hung the signs on the road, my cousin played the music for the ceremony, and my mom put together many of the details.
I had not given thought of writing vows and reading them during the ceremony, it was actually Jonathan’s idea and it turned out to be my favorite part of the entire wedding. It was very intimate and it gave our guest a closer insight into our relationship.
The best advice was given to both Jonathan and I by our officiant. He said something like… “Pick one moment you want to focus on, because after it is all over, it will just be a blurred memory, but if you focus on that one moment, it will be a memory that will stick with you forever.” That statement was very true. My focus point was saying our vows to each other and I remember every detail of it. Funny enough, Jonathan also chose to focus on that same moment.
My favorite detail was the green bike that my mom used to hold the “Welcome” sign by the sign-in table. She planted fresh flowers in the basket of the bike. We got a string of gold triangle flags from Hobby Lobby and I put a letter sticker on each flag to make the word “welcome.”
We held the reception in a large white tent at Canyon Crest Lodge. The tables had black table cloths and white chairs. We chose white plates with gold rims and gold flatware. We had black napkins tied with pink ribbon. The centerpieces had pink fabric overlaid with lace and pink, maroon, and blue flowers in vintage vases and a vintage bike was placed on each table.
One of my regrets was having the wedding so early. We started at 3:30 PM and we didn’t realize until the week of that our date was one of the hottest and the longest days of the year. Not only was it really hot, for Colorado, but we were really rushed, Jonathan and I wanted to do a “first look,” but we were very rushed to get through it and to get the pictures taken before the ceremony started. I think we even started the ceremony about 15 to 20 minutes late. If I could go back in time, I would have started the wedding around 5:00 instead of 3:30.
Another regret was not getting around to each table to say hello and talk to each one of our guests.
My advice to future brides is give yourself plenty of time to enjoy your day before even the ceremony starts. All of those moments are precious. Also, communication is key. If you want your makeup reapplied, then tell the makeup artist! If you want a type of icing on your cake, then tell the baker! If you want a certain song played, then tell the DJ! If you want pictures taken in a certain place or a certain way, then tell the photographer! There were several times when I said “I don’t care” or “do it your way” when I actually did want it a certain way, but I did not communicate it right. It’s not the vendors fault if you fail to communicate how you would like to do things.
THE WEDDING TEAM
Venue: Canyon Crest Lodge. I would totally recommend because the site is beautiful and had everything to offer! I knew that Valerie genuinely cared to make my wedding happen the way I imagined it. All I had to do was tell her what I imagined and she made it happen! I loved her! Valerie did everything for us, she put together the catering, the DJ, the tent and decorations. She even planted flowers to try to match our wedding colors. Not only did she put together the big stuff like the food and tent, but she focused on the little details such as planted flowers, lights and chandeliers strung in the tent, and small touches of decor everywhere. She was like a fairy godmother, everything she touched was fantastic!
Photographer: Jen Brazeal Photography | Officiant: Joey Dean, Pastor of Grace in Pagosa