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A Winter Wedding With Warm Wishes

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.

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Too Cute for Words

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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