A Destination Wedding at Ridgewood Event Center

From the bride, Paige:  Carl grew up in Durango, I grew up in Tucson, AZ and we both went to school in Seattle. Seattle was very far away for most family and guests, Tucson is WAY too hot in the summer, so we chose Durango for our wedding!

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The ceremony was held on the lawn at Ridgewood Event Center at 4pm. It was a perfect sunny day. Carl and I wrote our own vows and read them to each other and we served each other communion as our first act as a married couple. We then served communion to our wedding party and had a few friends serve it to the rest of our guests. One of our good friends and one of Carl’s cousins read scripture for us. My aunt played the harp during the processional – “Can’t Help Falling In Love” and “Marry Me” by Train.

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Our gift table included wooden pallets containing all kinds of local produce, jams, jellies, succulents, herbs and flower seeds that guests could fill up paper bags with.


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ADVICE: Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Our parents and wedding coordinator did so much work, which was a huge blessing for both of us since we were still students and out-of-state.



Venue & Flowers: Ridgewood Event Center  was the perfect venue for us. The beautiful outdoor location with fantastic views and charming gardens was just what we wanted and represented so much of what we love. Joan Alford’s coordinating services were a great option for us – we couldn’t have planned an out-of-state wedding without her!

Photographer: Shutterfreek.  AMAZING! They had exactly the style we wanted at an incredible price.

Bouquets & boutonnieres: April’s Garden

Honeymoon Location: Red Frog Beach Resort in Panama – a beautiful, relaxing, private location with amazing beaches and plenty of fun activities.








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