A Vintage Destination Wedding at The Historic Strater Hotel
Trish & Stefan | 08.05.17 | Durango, Colorado
From the bride: We’d had dinner at The Strater Hotel once and I was amazed by the elegant antique detail it held along with the history. Once I picked my dress and theme I knew The Strater Hotel was the place for our wedding.
I’ve always loved the vintage feel and look! Having our wedding on a mountaintop with a reception at the Historic Strater Hotel was perfect.
We held the ceremony at the Lions Den on a stormy afternoon. An acoustic guitarist played Your Song by Elton John as I walked down the aisle, side by side, with my 8 & 10 year olds. My oldest and I cried the whole way down. I could also hear the crowd crying; happy tears, of course.
The reception was held in the Mirror room at The Strater Hotel. The storm from that afternoon knocked out power throughout Durango and luckily the Mirrored room had a backup generator. It gave the room a Squeakeasy feel with low light from the vintage chandeliers and candles, it was stunning. Our DJ couldn’t play any music during dinner, but no one cared. During the speeches, power kicked on and the entire room cheered and clapped with joy. It sounded like we were at a sporting event. It set the night to party mode!
Don’t be Bridezilla. Take it one day at a time and follow your heart when deciding on what colors, venue, dress, etc. Most importantly, roll with the punches. The power going out could have ruined our wedding, but we made the best of it and now we have a badass story.
I realized we had a successful destination wedding, and all our guests got a vacation. Our wedding party was a mix of ages, and everyone enjoyed themselves. Our younger crowd club hopped while the older crowd explored historic downtown Durango, restaurants, and the many sightseeing options around town. It was the best of both worlds.
THE DURANGO WEDDING TEAM
Caterer, Lodging, Reception Site: The Strater Hotel | Event Planner: Emily Spencer | Photographer: Kelly Miranda Photography | Ceremony Site: Lions Den | DJ: Aiko Aiko Sound | Guitarist: Tim Hillwood
Reprinted from the 2018 issue