A Simple Wedding With Refined Rustic Details

­Katie & Alex | September 15, 2018

From the bride… We wanted an intimate outdoor setting with beautiful views and the rustic charm of a mountain town. We wanted simple, lots of neutral colors and natural textures, mixed with contrasting elements and subtle accents of color.  Durango’s rustic charm and “mountain town” vibe was the idyllic setting for us. With many of our friends and my husband’s family traveling from out of state, we wanted a destination that was meaningful to us but also offered guests an experience worth traveling across the country to be there for.

Durango wedding ceremony with mountain views


I wanted the ceremony setting to capture the views and beautiful landscape, so we kept the décor simple – two wooden barrels topped with oversized arrangements that coordinated with our bouquets, rows of white wooden chairs, and an arch decorated in beautiful greenery with floral accents.

wedding party florals

I loved every single moment of our ceremony. From the look on my husband’s face when he saw me for the first time, to the overwhelming amount of love and support I felt in those moments being surrounded by our family and friends, and finally saying “I Do” to my best friend.

Durango wedding ceremony with mountain views An outdoor tent reception in Durango, Colorado


The setting in the tent was rustic, warm and inviting. It was the perfect Fall day, so the tent walls were up, and you had panoramic views of the landscape all evening – it was perfect.

An outdoor tent reception in Durango, Colorado Rustic tent reception in Durango, Colorado


We had long wooden dining tables, which were perfect for our family-style dinner and gave a warm, welcoming feel. Tables were topped with eucalyptus and floral garland table runners and gold pillar candles in different heights. Chandeliers and hanging floral trellises hung from the ceiling, while string lights ran the outline of the tent. Everything came together and perfectly captured the intimate, rustic mountain vibe.

Rustic tent tablescape in Durango, Colorado



The Food. My husband and I are big foodies and we wanted our wedding to reflect that. The Yellow Carrot did an absolutely amazing job capturing our vision with a family-style dinner and menu that was distinctive and unique to us.

Wedding reception food display, Durango, Colorado Wedding reception food display, Durango, Colorado


I made the displays for our escort cards with these big frames, metal grid wire and succulents. They sat on big metal easels and the escort cards were hung with little clothes pins.

ig frames, metal grid wire and succulents. They sat on big metal easels and the escort cards were hung with little clothes pins. Outdoor tent reception in Durango, Colorado


Loved our first dance as husband and wife to the song ‘Walking in Memphis’, which isn’t a love song but it’s our song.

First dance under a tent


I would have hired a day-of coordinator sooner. We weren’t planning on having one but when it came down to finalizing the ceremony plans, specific timelines (wedding party entrance, first dance, cake cutting, etc.), and all the other little logistical things, we realized we didn’t have a clue what we were doing!

Bride dancing with dad


1) My pre-wedding advice is to remember what it’s all about – it’s so easy to get wrapped up in the stress of planning a wedding so try and spend one day/night a month together where you don’t talk about anything wedding.

2) If you can, hire a day-of coordinator and let someone else worry about everything, this day is for you.

3) It sounds cliché but the whole day really does go by so fast so try to slow down and really take it all in.

Bride dancing with dad


Photographer: Allison Ragsdale Photography | Caterer, Cake, Floral Designer, Planner, Tent, Linens: The Yellow Carrot | Guest Lodging: DoubleTree | Hair Stylist: Carmen Tafoya, The Chair | Makeup Artist: Marybeth Livermore, Hair Fusion  | Venue: Willowbrook Estate


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1 Comment

  1. Al Chioffe on December 20, 2018 at 12:26 am

    Wonderful time, just a perfect wedding.

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