A Simple Durango Wedding Planned in Three Months at River Bend Ranch

Maria & Jeff  |  August 25, 2018

 

From the bride… We have both been married before and we recently moved to Durango from Tucson. Once we arrived around May, there was talk of a wedding in the future, maybe in a year or so…but we decided after seeing how beautiful Durango was and how happy and in love we were here that we should get married sooner than later and before the colder weather set in. It was around the first week in June when we picked a date and pulled it all together for a wedding on August 25th. We planned an intimate and simple day that expressed our love of nature and beauty.

 

Wedding Reception at River Bend Ranch, Durango Colorado

 

THE VENUE

We chose River Bend Ranch for the beautiful view and outdoor setting.

 

 

Ceremony | A Simple Durango Wedding Planned in Three Months at River Bend Ranch

 

The most memorable moment was being walked down the aisle by my two sons.

 

Ceremony | A Simple Durango Wedding Planned in Three Months at River Bend Ranch

 

THE CEREMONY

The ceremony was held in front of the lake with the early evening sunset reflecting off of the lake and mountains. My favorite memory was the exchanging of vows that we wrote ourselves and walking out at the end to Stevie Wonders “Signed, Sealed Delivered I’m Yours.”

 

 

Outdoor ceremony | A Simple Durango Wedding Planned in Three Months at River Bend Ranch

The Lake at River Bend Ranch in Durango, Colorado Wedding Reception at River Bend Ranch in Durango, Colorado Wedding Reception at River Bend Ranch in Durango, Colorado

 

THE FAVORS

Each guest was given a goodie bag labeled “Love so Sweet” with local chocolate, Honeyville honey, a candle and a lump of coal in with a card and quote, “A diamond is merely a lump of coal that did well under pressure.”

 

 

Each guest was given a goodie bag labeled “Love so Sweet” with local chocolate, Honeyville honey, a candle and a lump of coal in with a card and quote, “A diamond is merely a lump of coal that did well under pressure”. Wedding Reception at River Bend Ranch in Durango, Colorado

 

My favorite reception memory was our first dance!

 

Bride & Groom first dance | Wedding Reception at River Bend Ranch in Durango, Colorado

 

The most memorable moment was dancing with my father- everyone cried!

 

Bride & Father dance | Wedding Reception at River Bend Ranch in Durango, Colorado

 

ADVICE

Keep it simple and make it fun! Make a list of things that need to take place on each day leading up to the wedding and keep track so as to eliminate some stress.  Keep it simple – sometimes less is more.  Just have fun!

 

Wedding reception at River Bend Ranch, Durango Colorado

 

THE WEDDING TEAM

Venue: River Bend Ranch | Photographer: Ginger Moose Photography | Caterer: Norton’s Catering  | Guest Lodging: Strater Hotel | Favors:  Honeyville honey  |  Officiant: Reverend Chessa Gill | DJ: Aiko Aiko Sound

 


 

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