Simple & Sassy at Ridgewood Event Center

From the bride, Ashley:  Our wedding was simple yet elegant, sassy yet classy, with a sky blue and ivory color palette.

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Cory and I had decided not to see each other before the wedding, so having to wait in the little back room at Blue Lake was really nerve racking.  I had no idea who was there or what anything looked like.  After putting so much work into planning not being able to see the finished product before walking down the aisle was incredibly hard.  When it was finally time, all the bridesmaids had gone out and my dad came to get me.  It was just us in the room and he could tell I was nervous.  I was able to peek around the door and finally see everything.  I heard the song Cory had written for me being played, saw all the people that I loved waiting, and got to see Cory at the end of the aisle.  My dad asked me if I was nervous and I was able to look at him and say not anymore.  All the nerves disappeared and I was able to love every second of the rest of the day!


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The ceremony was performed by a very close friend.  Cory and I met on a mission trip to Guatemala that was led by him, so it meant so much to us to have him perform the ceremony.  Cory’s brother Tim played the procession, which was a song Cory composed on the piano.  His brother Loren played “Marry Me” by Train on the guitar while we took communion.  For our unity ceremony, we wanted to do something unique and special to us.  We decided on a rose ceremony that pulled in both of our families and represented our relationship with Christ.  It was really important to us to honor our parents and our relationship with God throughout the entire day so this was special for us.


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So many things went wrong!  The day started with me being late for everything!  Then as soon as we got to Blue Lake my sister dropped blush in the room we were waiting in and it got all over the bottom of my dress – of course we didn’t see it until we were lining up to walk down the aisle!  Cory was missing a page of his vows when he went to say them.  And last but not least Cory dropped a piece of cake down my dress in front of everyone when he was trying to feed it to me!


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My Advice:  I know it seems like all the details are so important, but they aren’t!  The best times we had were getting engagement pictures taken or anything that we were able to just have fun and enjoy the process together.  After the wedding none of the details matter and at the end of the day you’re married no matter what!



Photographer: IlluminArts Photography
Venue:  Ridgewood Event Center
Hair & Makeup: Hair Fusion.  I loved working with them and felt beautiful all day!
Caterer:  Zia Taqueria. Zia’s is my favorite place to eat in Durango. Cory and I met in Guatemala and we went to Mexico on our honeymoon so Mexican food was very fitting.


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