Rustic Elegance on the Animas River

Kolby & Travis  |  June 24th



I am from Durango and it has always been a dream to get married there. Our reception was actually held at a home my family built. When selling the home my mom had mentioned to the buyers that I dreamed of being married there and they said call us when you need it!! Sure enough we did!



We have so many friends who had never been to Durango before and all of them have talked about returning to spend more time. Not only was it so nice for all of us to get out of the Texas heat, but it’s such a special community that offers something for everyone!




We really wanted a rustic chic farm to table wedding that was simple yet elegant and not too casual.





We held the ceremony at St. Marks Church as it was really important to us to have an extremely traditional ceremony. I LOVED our ceremony, it was VERY meaningful, very spiritual and I think the guests appreciated a how traditional it was.




We had a palette wall backdrop in the tent, which made the tent feel very warm.





We wanted to spend as much time with our guests as possible. So many people had traveled HUNDREDS of miles…California, Arizona, the East Coast and even CANADA! So…after the reception we decided to take the party back to town. Travis and I left earlier to check into the Strater and when we went back downstairs we walked into a HUGE group of our friends and family at The Office. The bar staff was incredible and the other customers were friendly and seemed happy to be a part of the celebration! It was a great way to end the weekend!




Take it all in! Slow down! The wedding is very exciting and you want it to GET HERE, but once it does all you will want to do is slow down time…and on the big day really be present! Stop and look around…take moments to breath and really enjoy the people around you! It could be the only day ever when that specific group of people is together, so really appreciate!



Photographer & Videographer: Illuminarts
Event Design, Tent Rental & Linens: Durango Party Rental
Caterer: Durangourmet
Ceremony Site: St. Marks Church  |   Reception Site: Private property  |  Event Planner: Heirlooms  |  Hair & Makeup: Hair Fusion  |  DJ: Aiko Aiko Sound  |  Band: True to Life  |  Officiant: Reverend Debbie Shaw |  Transportation: Buck Horn Limousine