Photography by Kyla Jackson Photography
From the bride, Paige:
I saw a beautiful pink & orange themed wedding showcased on television and at that moment, I knew those were the colors I would someday use in my wedding. Five years later, my dream was realized!
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My dad passed away a few years ago, so when it was time for me to walk down the aisle, my mom took my arm. It was so special it brought tears to both our eyes.
Photography by IlluminArts Photography
From the bride, Victoria:
Our wedding was mountain rustic with a home-grown feel. We wanted to showcase Colorado’s fall landscape. Our color palette was inspired by nature; oatmeal and browns with accents of lime green, teal and blue. Our goal was to have a really laid-back, casual, family reunion feel to our day. It started off with 2 hours of games-and-cocktails featuring our family favorites: bocce and cornhole. Signature drinks were served and the photo booth opened. Later in the evening, we had a large bonfire, served s’mores and sang songs around the firepit.
We wanted a ceremony that was picturesque, intimate and non-denominational. We chose an open meadow in Chris Park with aspens in the background as the sun was setting over the mountains. The weather was perfect!
Photography by Kyla Jackson Photography
From the bride, Jessica:
The weather could not have been more perfect. Trees, flowers, and white dusted mountains were enough to make anyone smile. Our guests were overwhelmed by the beauty of the area and Colorado itself. We definitely tried to make the entire wedding our own, something very personal and meaningful. We are pretty laid back people and were not hung up on details, and it is hard to mess up nature.
-We had a friend officiate the wedding. He did a great job and so many of our guests commented on the intimacy and meaningfulness of that decision.
-I had both my parents walk me down the aisle.
-We had so many children attending that we decided to hire someone who did face painting and balloon animals. There was plenty of room for all the children to run around and we provided bubbles and hula hoops. The kids were happy, the parents were happy, and quite honestly it was adorable and made for some unique wedding photos. The parents really enjoyed having activities planned for their children and the contention and freedom that came along with it.
-Instead of the traditional champagne toast, we served local honey meade. It supported a local business and felt much more Colorado to us.
-Our guest book was a large coffee table book featuring outdoor landscape pictures of Colorado. We asked people to sign the pages. We love it and it is much more fun to look at than a traditional guest log!
We were very lucky to have found some amazing vendors. I must mention that the cost of the wedding, for the quality of services received, was at least half of what it would have been had I been married in my home state of Connecticut. My two best friends, one who is a wedding planner in CT, planned most of my wedding here in CO. We used all local vendors and my friend in the industry said she would have priced things 2 to 3 times higher back east (in CT). The venue alone was about 1/8 of what a similar location in CT goes for according to her. And again, the natural beauty of Colorado can not be beaten.
Photographer: Kyla Jackson Photography. Kyla and Wesley were amazing. We decided early on to prioritize the photography of our wedding. They did a great job and were not even noticeable. We ended up with over 700 fantastic shots. So many guests were shocked to see all the photos, especially photos of themselves, because they had not even noticed the photographer. When I mentioned there were actually two, people were astonished. They are so non intrusive and natural, capturing both traditional shots and candid documentation of the event. Above all, the quality of their work is difficult to rival. We loved the photos and so pleased we chose them and made it such an important part of our budget.
Accommodations and Venue: Blue Lake Ranch (lodging and rehearsal dinner) and Ridgewood Events Center (ceremony and reception) Most of our out of town guests stayed at Blue Lake Ranch for 3 nights. The rooms were unique, comfortable and very nicely done. Breakfasts were very enjoyable, the food well prepared and choices plentiful. The grounds are amazing and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their stay there. Ridgewood Event Center was just a charming, aesthetically beautiful place for a wedding. Everything from the grounds to the wood reception hall is quintessentially Colorado. The services were just right and the price is incredibly reasonable. We maxed out the number of guests that the indoor part of the venue can accommodate at 125 people, but it was still comfortable and very manageable with more than enough room outside. Did I mention the amazing view of the snow capped La Plata Mountains!
About Durango: Colorado is an amazing place to live and have a wedding, and for those not residing here, it is certainly as worthwhile destination for such a monumental event. The surroundings and activities in and around Durango were perfect. All of our guests enjoyed the area and activities ranging from riding the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, to visiting Mesa Verde National Park, rafting the Animas River and hiking on several scenic trails. The food in town was also enjoyed by our visitors’, as they explored many local dining options during their stay.
Photography by Carol Cardwell Photography
From the bride, Katie:
It started pouring down rain about two hours before the ceremony, but the minute I walked out to see my dad, the clouds broke and it turned out to be a gorgeous evening. As bagpipes played, we walked down the grass aisle full of family and friends. We stood along the San Juan River under an arbor my Aunt made. My cousin sang a beautiful song and my brother read a family prayer that was one of my grandmother’s favorites. We had a small and quaint reception. People danced from the minute we walked in until 12:30 in the morning. Bill and I couldn’t have felt more loved with all of the wonderful friends and family we had around us! We had the best day of our lives!
There was something magical about the sound of bagpipes playing Highland Cathedral; it literally hit me in the soul.
My cousin brought pashminas (in our wedding colors) from Cambodia for all the women to wear at the wedding. They were a welcome gift on the chilly evening.