Sunset Elegance in Telluride

April 22, 2011 / 0 Comments

Photography by  Alpine Wedding Photography

From the bride, Katie:
We wanted our wedding to feel very inspired by Colorado while also keeping it chic. There was something special about the juxtaposition of Gorrono Ranch, which is a somewhat rugged venue, and the sophisticated details that we injected throughout the ceremony and reception sites.

We didn’t want to see one another in our wedding attire before the ceremony, but we also didn’t want to go all the way to 4:30 p.m. on our wedding day without seeing each other. So we had breakfast together, and that was the perfect way to calm our butterflies and share our excitement.  The weather cleared just before the ceremony, providing an exquisitely backlit Mount Wilson for the backdrop. 55 of our close family members and friends were on hand to witness the personal and quaint ceremony, which weaved together our love of nature and one another.



Instead of a unity candle, we did a sand ceremony because we’re from San Diego. At the base of the vase, we placed rocks that we had gathered from the Telluride stream the day before the
wedding. We live about 3 miles away from each other in San Diego at two different beaches, so Steve poured sand from his beach, and I poured sand from my beach. We then topped off our vase with sand from our honeymoon in Kauai.

Two days before the wedding, we went hiking on Bear Creek Trail in Telluride with our parents and planted four of our Colorado Blue Spruce favors along the trail. This was our way of contributing to nature in honor of our wedding. We are looking forward to going back to Telluride someday and seeing how tall the trees have grown.

My “something old” was my two grandmother’s wedding rings that I pinned inside of my wedding gown next to my heart.

The corks used to hold the place cards came from the same winery (Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula, California) as the champagne that we drank on the night of our engagement.

Each guest table was named after one of the ten Fourteeners we hiked together.

My bouquet was wrapped in white ribbon intertwined with the my something borrowed – a gold cross pendant that my father had given my mother on their wedding day.

The night before the wedding we asked all our guests to meet us in downtown Telluride for an all-guest cocktail reception.

Our first dance was “Come Away With Me” by Norah Jones.  Especially fitting was the second verse of the song, which reads, “…come away with me and we’ll kiss on a mountain top”.



Venue & Food: Telluride Ski Resort – Gorrono Ranch.  Whoever has their wedding at Gorrono Ranch is so lucky.  Nothing can beat the all-in-one service that you get at Gorrono Ranch. The view is to die for, the bride and groom cabins are perfect, the layout allows for a good flow of events, and it has the secluded mountain feel that is hard to find in wedding venues.  By far, the best part about Gorrono Ranch is the wedding coordinator on staff, Holli Owen. We could not say enough great things about her. She was kind, helpful, accessible, and the reason that our wedding was such a success.

Photographer:  Alpine Wedding Photography //  Party Rentals:  Park Avenue Parties

Eloping With a Sense of Adventure

April 22, 2011 / 0 Comments

From the bride, Clorinda:
We wanted to make our wedding an adventure by combining both our love of the outdoors and our love to hit the road and travel.  We also wanted an intimate experience with just the two of us.  So we planned a fun and adventurous destination elopement.  We decided on a 10-day road trip across the Four Corners region.  At the end of our adventure, we planned to tie-the-knot in Durango, Colorado.

We flew from our hometown of Boston, MA to Albuquerque, NM and embarked on our wedding adventure, exploring the national parks and sites across New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado.   Our last stop was the Abode at Willowtail Springs, a family-owned inn tucked away in the mountains just outside Durango, where we would say “I Do.”


We walked around the Willowtail Springs property, found the perfect spot on the dock, surrounded by water and overlooking the mountains, to say our vows.  After a simple, yet sweet ceremony led by Chessa Gill, we jumped into a canoe, relaxed on the lake and enjoyed each other’s company as we sipped champagne.  It was both invigorating and relaxing!


Photographer: IlluminArts Photography  //  Ceremony & Lodging: Abode at Willowtail Springs  //  Bouquet: April’s Garden







Saying "I Do" at Andrews Lake

April 21, 2011 / 0 Comments

Photography by Kyla Jackson Photography

From the bride, Melanie:
We held a small and intimate wedding ceremony at Andrews Lake on Molas Pass surrounded by the beauty of the mountains overlooking the lake. Our wedding party was our dog Brewster as the ring bearer and his sister Dallas as the flower girl. The intimacy and personalization of the ceremony itself was very important to us. There were so many moments when I had to close my eyes to focus on the moment and the tremendous feelings that were overwhelming me. Something else very special to us was all the wildlife we were greeted by during and after our wedding ceremony. In the middle of our vows, an osprey flew overhead squawking for attention. It was a precious moment. Also, as were walking down a path to take more photos, a chipmunk came out to greet us. Finally, on the way back to the car, we turned to find three ducks in tow. How perfect!

when Chris read me his vows that he had written, I cried and wanted to kiss him right then and there; everyone laughed when I almost did and had to back away.


All of our vendors were so amazing that I could never give them a high enough rating or say enough positive things about them. They made everything perfect and we were so lucky to meet such wonderful people. The people and vendors of Durango made our dream wedding come true and there is no amount of planning you could ever do to make this happen. Thank you Durango!!

Photographer:  Kyla Jackson Photography. Kyla and Wesly are true gems and they felt like guests at our wedding.

Fuchsia Fantasy in Telluride

April 21, 2011 / 0 Comments

Photography by IlluminArts Photography

From the bride, Chelsea:
Telluride is our favorite place; it’s where we spent our first weekend as a couple and where Trevor proposed on our three year anniversary. We knew we wanted to have a fall wedding in the mountains, so Telluride was the natural choice. Our goal was to create a clean and contemporary wedding with a touch of the outdoors. Our palette was a fun spin on rich fall colors: tangerine, chocolate brown and fuchsia.

Just as I was about to see Trevor for the first time (at the location where he proposed) it began to hail! Trevor was outside waiting under an umbrella and had to seek cover under a tree while I waited in the car. It quickly passed over and we were able to make it work thanks to the help of our photographer (Drew Semel), who kept us calm and found a way to get the photography done!The arbor was handmade by our friends, and was basically four small aspen trees bent over, meeting in the middle to form an arch. It was so beautiful because the leaves were bright orange!
Immediately following the ceremony, we offered each guest a champagne pomegranate beverage and we did an entire group toast on the terrace to thank our guests for coming.The guest tables were named after places we had traveled to. We made a 7-foot-long timeline that showed photographs of our traveling destinations over the years (from SE Asia to local mountain bike trails). The timeline served as a seating chart and was displayed outside of the reception area, so guests could determine which table they were seated at.

The cake was three flavors: German chocolate, carrot and lemon.   It was covered with an ivory-colored butter cream frosting with pink and orange sugar flowers across the outside that mimicked the flowers we used on our printed materials and in our centerpieces.Our first dance was a choreographed samba.

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-We wrote our vows on decorative note cards that the maid of honor made. We read the vows from these cards and kept them in a scrapbook.

-We had three signature cocktails, one in each of our wedding colors. We gave each cocktail a creative name and made our own cocktail menus that we displayed on table tents.

-We ordered custom gift bags that said “Welcome to Telluride” and had goodies like Rocky Mountain chocolate, bottled water, trail mix and a letter about things to do in town as well as a schedule for the weekend. All of our guests received a welcome bag.

-Our guestbook was an interactive scrapbook. Guests photographed themselves with a Polaroid camera and stuck their picture on a scrapbook page. We also provided stickers and pens so guests could write their message and create their own page for our album.

-For our favors, we worked with a local coffee roaster and gave each guest a small bag of organic, fair trade coffee. We created our own customized labels for the bag.


During the evening there was an amazing electrical storm off in the horizon over the mountains. It wasn’t raining where we were, but it was like mother nature gave us our own fireworks display.

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