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.

A Winter Wedding With Warm Wishes

January 20, 2011 / 0 Comments

Photography by  Carol Cardwell Photography

From the bride, Kristi:
We had a small, intimate ceremony with close friends and family.  We opted for an abbreviated reception with appetizers and wine over the traditional reception dinner.  Just enough time to thank everyone for coming, give and get hugs, and get warm wishes. Honestly this was WONDERFUL – we didn’t have the stress of hundreds of people and we got to spend time with the important people from each others lives.

I loved the winter setting. So many brides get married in the summer and have gorgeous lush green settings for the photos, but we had a winter wonderland to play with, and as a dedicated snow bunny, having that as part of our memories is pretty neat.

Too Cute for Words

January 2, 2011 / 0 Comments

Photography by IlluminArts Photography

From the bride, Mary:
Our ceremony was held outdoors with the river serving as the backdrop. The site was adorned with three large twiggy grape vine arbors draped in roses and wild flowers. After walking me down the aisle, my father presided over the ceremony and it was an extremely touching memory for both of us.  The reception was held under a beautiful cathedral tent on an absolutely perfect Colorado day.  We did not want to restrict where anyone sat, so we had open seating for our 50 guests.  The tables were draped in ivory and shimmery coral tablecloths accented with lily and rose floral centerpieces. I loved my four princess fairy flower girls!  Too cute for words!
My 90-year-old Nana shared a story from my childhood describing why I was one of the reasons they never sold the ranch. Even though Grandpa has since passed on, his memory lived on at the wedding.  His presence was felt everywhere and we all knew that he would be so proud to see his Granddaughter get married at his beloved ranch.

For many of the guests, this was their first time visiting Colorado, so for them it was not only a wedding, but from the feedback we have received, one of their best vacations ever!  Many of our guests extended their stay to enjoy all that Durango had to offer including  fly fishing, rafting and riding the train.


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