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A Destination Wedding in Telluride

Taylor & Bobby | May 23rd  | Telluride, Colorado

From the bride: I chose Telluride because I had heard from several people that it was the most beautiful place they had ever  seen.  I grew up vacationing in Boulder, Breckenridge, Denver and knew I loved the idea of being married in Colorado; however, I wanted my wedding memories to be associated with a place that I only tied to my wedding. I did some research and talked to people who had been to Telluride and decided it was the perfect place for us. I wanted a relaxed wedding atmosphere in a quaint town with amazing views  – Telluride was an obvious choice.

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 What made our day so special was how small and impromtu the whole affair was. We only had immediate family (12 people).

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It rained pretty heavy during the ceremony creating a romantic mood inside the intimate church. An Intimate Destination Wedding in Telluride Colorado, Telluride weddings

After the vows, we all had a casual and light-hearted dinner at The Rustico.

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My advice: Keep it as simple as possible. Make the day about you and your future spouse. Prioritize those closest to you. Have great food. Expect for some chaos-it’s inevitable.

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Taylor’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: IlluminArts photography   //  Ceremony: The Alpine Chapel  //  Reception Dinner: Rustico Ristorante  //  Lodging: The GeigerHaus  //  Flowers: Old World Flowers and Antiques

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  • Deborah October 26, 2014 7:42 am

    What a lovely wedding!
A Mountain Destination Wedding in Telluride

Jacque & Sean  |  May 26th  |  Telluride, Colorado

From the bride: We both have large families so our wedding turned into a wonderful 4-day crazy event of celebrations. While it was chaotic running around everywhere, it was really special to have quality time with each of our guests who had traveled so far to celebrate with us. This also made the actual wedding day more personal for Sean and I.  Since we had already spent 3 days celebrating and thanking our wonderful guests, we were really able to just focus on each other at the wedding ceremony and reception, as opposed to feeling rushed to quickly hit every table and say a hasty hello to everyone. We were more relaxed and able to enjoy the day.

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The three themes we were going for at our wedding were vintage, travel, and community. 

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Telluride Destination Wedding, Telluride Colorado

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My advice: Try not to get so caught up in the little details to the point that if something goes wrong (which it undoubtedly will), it ruins the day for you. For us, the hardest part was the guest list. Once we finally decided the 2 things we have no control over are 1. how many people we invite actually come and 2. the weather (especially Telluride in May!) and booked a venue that could accommodate all of our guests if every single person we invited showed up, as well as, an indoor back up option in case it was a blizzard outside- the rest was a fun piece of cake.

Telluride Destination Wedding, Telluride ColoradoThe actual wedding day will fly by and things will run behind schedule  (even after all your months of planning:). If certain aspects are important to you (i.e. having that group extended family photo taken during cocktail hour) then do it. Don’t get stressed or feel pressured to forget certain things that are important to you last minute just because it will take an extra 5 minutes or you feel like it might be a pain/inconvenience-people are there to celebrate with you and are happy to participate in whatever shenanigans your heart desires…. you’ll never get this time again so make sure to get out of it what you intended.

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THE VENDOR TEAM
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Floral Designer: Willowcreek Floral  {more info}
Photographer:  Lori Kennedy Photography  // Event Planner: Soiree Telluride  //  Ceremony Location: San Sophia Overlook   //  Reception Venue: The Peaks Resort  //  Linens and Coverings: Viking Rentals  // Dress Store: anna bé bridal boutique  //  Makeup Artist: Makeup by Heather Wilson

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  • Lori Kennedy June 4, 2014 10:29 am

    It's an honor to have our work featured on your blog, and to celebrate Jacque and Sean again. What a beautiful Colorado day it was!
  • Jacquelyn Eisenberg-Nelson June 4, 2014 10:07 pm

    What a beautiful feature-thank you for sharing our special day on your blog!
Destination Telluride: Simplicity, Family & Mother Nature

Jessica  & Tyler   |   August 11th   |   Telluride, Colorado

From the bride, Jessica:
Tyler and I had discussed a destination wedding from the beginning. We decided on Telluride because of our love for the outdoors, active lifestyle, and we couldn’t imagine a more beautiful spot for an outdoor summer wedding. For the majority of our guests it was their first trip to Telluride and we couldn’t think of a more laid back, easy to get around, and beautiful place to show off all that Colorado can offer.
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Our guests truly got to enjoy the charm of an old mining town and the luxury of a mountain ski resort all in one. We wanted this to be an event to spend time with friends and family we don’t always get to see. Telluride was entertaining and easy going enough for us to really spend some quality time with our loved ones. Who wouldn’t love riding the gondola to breakfast in town or sipping on cold drinks overlooking a mountain surrounded golf course? The August weather in Telluride provided a nice break from the sweltering summer heat in many of our hometowns too.

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I wore a green emerald ring on my right hand. This is my dad’s birthstone. I loved thinking that he was right there holding my hand as I walked down the aisle.

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Tyler and I decided to take a few photos before the ceremony for the sake of saving time. Little did I know how emotional and relieving this would actually be. My knees were shaking and I was about to cry as I stood biting my lip and facing the back of him. He was just as emotional as I was. Once he turned around I walked up to him and started crying. I reassured him they were happy tears and I was just SO excited. Seeing each other was special and did help relieve all of my nerves.

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Our rings were tied on top of my great grandmother’s bible and carried down the aisle by our ring bearer. The bible had many birth announcements, pictures, special notes, and funeral programs that my grandmother had tucked into its pages. It was like having a special piece of my family’s history by including her bible into our wedding.

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Placed on an empty chair on the front row of the ceremony was a picture frame that held a picture and a letter I wrote in honor of my dad. My dad passed away about a year before our wedding. The day was filled with lots of memories and thoughts of him.

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My mom had bought us a wine box with special wine glasses and cards for us to write letters to each other on. We used the wine glasses and a local wine from Grand Junction as a unity piece during the ceremony. The glasses, the letters, and another bottle of the same wine are now resting in the box to be opened once again on our fifth anniversary.

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The whole ceremony was simple and short (after dating for eight years I didn’t want a long ceremony!).

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Our favors were bags of salt water taffy tied to tag that told our guests that in honor and appreciation of them we had made a donation to The Tom Goodrich Warm Hearts Project, a project I created in honor of my dad that provides new coats for elementary aged kids in the school districts my sister and I both teach in. Tyler and I had decided that instead of spending money on little trinkets for guest that may or may not be useful and original, we would use the money to support a charity.

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My advice: Don’t lose sight of the purpose of a wedding; being able to begin the next adventure with your beloved best friend. I read a quote prior to our wedding that I took to heart that went something like “Did you spend as much time planning the marriage as you did planning the wedding?” At the end of the day, flowers, cake, and food don’t matter. Enjoying moments, big and small, with your loved ones does.

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Jessica’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Luxe Floral Designer: Willowcreek Floral  {more info}
Photographer: IlluminArts Photography.  Drew and Amy were great to work with. They were professional and very organized. They helped us to think about many details of photography and the organization of our special day.  //  Ceremony Site, Lodging, Hair & Makeup: The Peaks Resort and Spa //  Reception Site & Caterer: The Telluride Conference Center  //  Cake: Sugar Mountain Pastry  //  Wedding Gown: Maggie Sottero (Beridette Dress) from Fantasy Bridal //  Wedding Rings: DeVinny Jewelers //  Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo //  Men’s Wear: Vera Wang //  Photo Booth: Jolley Greene Photography //  DJ: High Altitude Entertainment

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