A Sweet & Simple Ceremony

February 8, 2011 / 0 Comments

Photography by  IlluminArts Photography

From the bride, Molly:
We held our ceremony outdoors on a grassy lawn surrounded by the mountains.  Our 125 guests enjoyed a beautiful day as we recited our vows in a sweet and simple ceremony.  We served cocktails and food under a large white tent then danced the night away to an amazing band.


Under the Pines With Personal Touches

February 2, 2011 / 0 Comments

Photography by IlluminArts Photography

From the bride, Reagan:
Our ceremony was held at my family’s cabin, just south of Vallecito lake.  My late grandfather and father built the log cabin in 1960 and it’s been a beloved family getaway ever since. We were married under the tall pine trees on the river, next to the cabin on a beautiful warm June day. It was magical. Our guests all signed a log post that will we use to build a gate on our ranch. PERSONAL TOUCHES
I was very involved in the process of planning our wedding and tried to make it as personal as possible. We only had family members in our wedding—our siblings were readers in the ceremony and my brother was my attendant, while my husband’s dad was his. Our wedding was small enough that we could visit with each of our guests, and also meant that we were able to include everyone in the rehearsal dinner (also held at our cabin), as well as a “farewell brunch” held the morning after the wedding. I used family names from our ancestors to name our tables at the reception, and displayed old family wedding photos that I searched for and found in both of our parents’ houses—it was fun looking through old books and trunks to find them, and the display turned out wonderfully at the reception.

Making Memories at Durango Mountain Resort

February 2, 2011 / 0 Comments

Photography by IlluminArts Photography

From the bride, Jolynn:
We had a very small, intimate wedding with only 36 of our closest family and friends. There was an 80% chance of rain on our wedding day, so I was naturally stressed out about the weather. We were making plans to get married indoors, but the rain held off until we kissed at the very end of the ceremony! It was so special!

I had always imagined what it would be like to dance with my dad on my wedding day, and I can honestly say that dancing with my father was one of the most special things ever!

Photographer:  IlluminArts Photography  // Venue/Food/Lodging : Durango Mountain Resort

Fun For All in Durango

January 30, 2011 / 0 Comments

Photography by  IlluminArts Photography

From the bride, Britta:
Jarod and I had one main goal for our wedding weekend (besides tying-the-knot that is), which was to make sure everyone had a great time.  We rented out a mountain Lodge for our family and friends, and everyone got a little mini vacation as well as a great party.

My dress.  I have NEVER been a dress up girly girl, but I loved my dress!  Before I got married, I could never understand how girls spend so much money on dresses, but after I tried my dress on for the first time, I didn’t care how much it cost.  It made me feel so special and beautiful.  I can now say that finding “the” dress is the most fun and exciting part of planning your wedding.

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