Jenne Anne & Robert  /  October 1st  /  Durango, Colorado

From the bride:  It was important to us that the wedding reflected our adventurous laid back spirits. We tried to implement our favorite things and places in Durango as well as: the outdoors, our pups, local beer, and good food.  The day before the wedding we incorporated the hot springs, mountain biking, a SKA brew tour, and dinner at Steamworks. On Sunday, we had everyone join us for breakfast and bacon bloody mary’s. After, we rode crusier bikes along the river trail.

Our ceremony was located in one of our favorite meadows in the mountains. The fall colors were at their peak and most of the leaves fell from the aspens the next day. My husband crafted our incredible arbor and built it earlier that afternoon. We had a short intimate ceremony with our closest friends and family. Our pups (kids) were right beside us wearing floral collars so they didn’t feel left out. We chose to have our unity ceremony with two copper custom engraved mugs and a matte grey growler filled with our favorite craft beer.

Our reception was short and sweet. We ate and did our first dance, which was pretty magical, then we headed downtown. We were out on the town the whole evening in our wedding attire. I laughed and giggled the entire night!

 

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The Wedding Team

Photographer: Salt & Pine  |  Event & Floral Designer: Lilia Floral Design |  Flowers: Linnaea Farm Design and Passion Flower Farm  |  Reception Site & Caterer: James Ranch  |  Linens & Rentals: Heirlooms  |  Wedding Gown Designer: Martina Liana  |  Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell |  Men’s Wear: Men’s Wearhouse

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From the couple, Paul & Jamie: We decided to elope because we lived out of state (Minnesota) and this was our second marriage. We wanted a simple, yet personal wedding. We still wanted to have some traditional elements (dress, photographer, officiant), but more personal in that it was just the two of us saying our vows to each other in a beautiful location without a lot of extra opinions, fan fare and hoopla. It was a great decision!

 

The Dress

Jamie’s dress was made out of a vintage tablecloth from Dame & Maiden.

 

The Location

While in route to Steamboat last year, we were detoured due to an accident and ended up driving by Twin Lakes. We realized it was no accident. We consider ourselves “Twin Flames,” so getting married in “Twin Lakes” seemed perfect. When we came back in October for our actual wedding, we went out to find the perfect spot in Twin Lakes. We drove through Red Rooster campground because we wanted the magical backdrop of both the mountains and the twin lakes. We came upon the perfect “tree” in the “praying angel” overlook parking lot of Twin Lakes. We knew we found our spot.

 

Our Advice

Figure out what’s most important to you and then spend the money on that. Don’t feel like you need to listen to what everyone else says. This is your day…. one day. You’re celebrating the union between the two of you and you alone know what is important on your special day. We wanted to spend the money on pictures and transportation to a beautiful scenic spot that was personal to us with a story behind it.

 

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Photographer: Autumn Twilight Photography |  Officiant: Phil Gallagher

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From the bride, Alexandra: The thing we wanted most was a fun, outdoor wedding with our closest friends and family. That’s why we opted to do a wedding weekend (Friday through Sunday) and why we chose a venue where people could also stay the night. We rented out the entire venue for three days and filled all 50 rooms and cabins with our wedding guests. A Fun Outdoor Destination Wedding A Fun Destination Wedding in CaliforniaTHE STYLE
We have a love for both the outdoors and international travel, so we wanted that to come across in our theme. Our theme was a mix of outdoorsy/rustic, boho, romantic, and travel. We knew right away that we wanted an outdoor, mountain wedding and chose a wonderful venue where the ceremony, reception, and entire wedding weekend could be carried out under the trees and stars.

A Fun Destination Wedding in CaliforniaTHE FLOWERS
I knew I wanted a lot of flowers and greenery to match the outdoor venue. I chose mostly peonies and other flowers that were more boho, and avoided the traditional roses. My bouquet and floral halo were a mix of pink, coral, and cream flowers.

A Fun Destination Wedding in CaliforniaPERSONAL TOUCH
My mother, brother, and I were born in Japan. According to Japanese tradition, anyone who folds 1000 origami cranes will be granted a wish by the Gods. For the wedding, she folded 1000 origami cranes to wish Joel and me a happy marriage. We displayed the cranes at the ceremony and reception.
A Fun Destination Wedding in CaliforniaTHE CEREMONY
The ceremony took place in a rectangular clearing in the middle of the woods. The trees lined the space and were the perfect backdrop. The arch at the front of the ceremony was made of wood and adorned with large floral bouquets. We also strung some of the origami cranes from the archway. We lined the ceremony walkway with flower petals to give a romantic feel to the space. My brother officiated the wedding and told our love story. We both wrote our own vows. Because we aren’t very religious, our vows were the longest part of the ceremony and were the most meaningful for us.

A Fun Destination Wedding in CaliforniaTHE RECEPTION
Our reception was outdoors in a clearing right near the ceremony. Each table had lace doilies handmade by my great-grandmother and flowers matching the ones in the archways and bouquets. We also had a lot of green foliage on the tables. The tables themselves were dark wood.

A Fun Destination Wedding in California A Fun Destination Wedding in California A Fun Destination Wedding in California A Fun Destination Wedding in CaliforniaTHE TABLE NAMES & FAVORS
Joel and I have traveled to 18 countries together so far. For the names of the tables at the reception, we chose the names of some of our favorite international cities, like Paris where Joel and I got engaged. To find their table assignments, guests had to go to a table where we laid out golden compasses with the names of each guest on them. Once they found their compass, they had to open the compass to see what city they were “traveling” to. The compasses were also functional compasses and doubled as party favors.

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Photographer: Clane Gessel Photography  //  Event & Floral Design: Quality Event Design  //  Caterer: Great Thyme Catering  //  Invitations:  The Stylish Scribe  //  Venue: Chalet View Lodge   //  Video: Ben Ridpath Films

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Traveling from Canada, Brittney & Forrest planned a destination wedding at the beautiful Lodge at Whitefish Lake. They have known each other for 13 years, but not until 3 years ago did their friendship turn into more. Their wedding date was the last date open at the lodge when they called to book it early on in the year, and it was the same day of Forrest’s proposal to Brittney the year before. They decided October 25th must just be meant to be. A few years earlier, they had tickets to the Brad Paisley concert in Calgary, on October 25th, and during his song “I Thought I Loved you then” Forrest got down on his knee and popped the question.
A Boho Destination Wedding in Whitefish, Montana

From the bride: I am a hippie at heart and tried to incorporate outdoorsy boho elements. I chose a mint and navy blue color palette.

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We got married in a tent looking out onto the lake.

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My advice: Don’t stress too much about wedding planning! Because once it’s over you realize how fun it actually was and kind of miss it.

A Boho Destination Wedding in Whitefish, Montana

Brittney’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: Jennifer Mooney Photography  //  Venue & Caterer: Lodge at Whitefish Lake  //  Event Design, DJ & Officaint: B & T Sound Productions  //  Hair Stylist: Christina Stevens  //   Flowers: Mum’s Florist

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Set amongst the trees in a wildflower field at the foot of the mountains, Maura Jane Photography and Events by Emily Kay came together to create a breathtaking bohemian inspired photo shoot. Their inspiration came from the earthiness of the location and the desire to showcase bright colors.
A Bohemian Wedding in New Mexico

Vibrant greens, yellows and shades of cranberry created the perfect color palette for this lighthearted romance.

A Bohemian Wedding in New Mexico

Passion Floral Design Studio matched the decor perfectly bringing in unique blooms and sunflowers that complimented the wildflowers that scattered the forest floor.

A Bohemian Wedding in New Mexico

A Bohemian Wedding in New Mexico A Bohemian Wedding in New Mexico A Bohemian Wedding in New Mexico A Bohemian Wedding in New Mexico A Bohemian Wedding in New Mexico A Bohemian Wedding in New Mexico A Bohemian Wedding in New Mexico Just through the edge of the woods was a large field on a cliff overlooking the Grand New Mexico sky. New Mexico, also known as the Land of Enchantment, created a picturesque backdrop with rain falling off in the distance. A Bohemian Wedding in New Mexico A Bohemian Wedding in New Mexico A Bohemian Wedding in New Mexico A Bohemian Wedding in New Mexico A Bohemian Wedding in New Mexico A Bohemian Wedding in New Mexico Just through the edge of the woods was a large field on a cliff overlooking the Grand New Mexico sky. New Mexico, also known as the Land of Enchantment, created a picturesque backdrop with rain falling off in the distance. A Bohemian Wedding in New Mexico A Bohemian Wedding in New Mexico A Bohemian Wedding in New Mexico A Bohemian Wedding in New Mexico A Bohemian Wedding in New Mexico A Bohemian Wedding in New Mexico A Bohemian Wedding in New Mexico A Bohemian Wedding in New Mexico

 Just through the edge of the woods was a large field on a cliff overlooking the New Mexico sky.  New Mexico, also known as the Land of Enchantment, created a picturesque backdrop with rain falling off in the distance.

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THE STYLE TEAM
Photographer:  Maura Jane Photography  //  Planner & Stylist: Events By Emily Kay  //  Dress Store: Bridal Elegance by Darlene   //  Floral Designer: Passion Floral Design Studio  //  Invitation Designer: Julie Haider Photography Design  //  Location: Star Fire Tree Farm  //  Equipment Rentals: The Prop House

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From the bride, Maura: Our wedding day flowed with cosmic energy: intense lightning, growls of thunder beings, and delicious sunny blue skies kissing peoples faces as we played outside and sang kirtan. We were blessed with fabulous song and divine sufi circle dancing, by the words of Hafiz, and by the voices of so many elders in our Naropa and Hakomi communities. David and Lila Tressmer facilitated our wedding as a recreation of A Midsummer Night’s dream and our friends sang and danced in the full regalia of the fairies and elven ones of the forest. We received so many blessings and felt truly at one with the great oneness as all 111 of us chanted Sita Ram while the great galvanic forces raged outside the great temple. As soon as our guests pronounced us “husband and wife, consorts for life” and we shared our delectable kiss, the clouds parted to reveal the most beautiful blue sky day. After a round of intimacy games, sacred sufi circle dancing,and being lifted over heads in our hand painted sparkle peacock chairs we celebrated with an epic dance party at Shine with DJs Cualli and Jesse Chesnutt and transporting visuals by Andrew Brislin and a show of visual magic by Eric Batliner. The most fantastic day of my life thus far. So much LOVE! And this is just the first of many, many epic creations that we two beloveds shall create together!

A Bohemian Mountain Wedding in Boulder

A Bohemian Mountain Wedding in Boulder

From the photographer, James Moro Photography:
Andrew and Maura’s Boulder wedding was, in one word, Magical. I have never seen such an enchanted couple–so absolutely taken by each other–that they light up the hearts of everyone around them. Their energy is undeniable; there’s something cosmic about these two that has to be seen to be believed. I don’t understand it, but the weather was perfectly timed to the day’s events: boisterous thunder and lighting while indoors, giving way to rich, blue skies while outdoors. I think everyone at their ceremony was aware that as the energy of the crowd grew to it’s climax, so too did the sun grow to outshine the thunderous skies–only being outshone by Maura’s glowing smile as she couldn’t help but be overwhelmed by the emotion of it all. A Bohemian Mountain Wedding in Boulder A Bohemian Mountain Wedding in Boulder A Bohemian Mountain Wedding in Boulder A Bohemian Mountain Wedding in Boulder A Bohemian Mountain Wedding in Boulder A Bohemian Mountain Wedding in Boulder A Bohemian Mountain Wedding in Boulder A Bohemian Mountain Wedding in Boulder A Bohemian Mountain Wedding in Boulder A Bohemian Mountain Wedding in Boulder A Bohemian Mountain Wedding in Boulder A Bohemian Mountain Wedding in Boulder A Bohemian Mountain Wedding in Boulder A Bohemian Mountain Wedding in Boulder A Bohemian Mountain Wedding in Boulder

View Maura & Andrew’s gorgeous engagement photos HERE!

Maura’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer:  James Moro Photography  //  Wedding Venue: The Starhouse  //  Reception Venue: Shine Boulder  //  Floral Designer: The Perfect Petal  //   Wedding Planning: Kathy Vaughn  //  Cake: Village Patisserie  //  Bakery: Kim & Jakes Cakes  // Wedding dress: YSA Makino Couture Collection  //  Reception dress: Cymbeline //  Veil: Monique L’Huillier  //  Head dresses: ArtsMyths  //  Hair: Erin Ferris  //  Men’s pants and Bridesmaids dresses: Phoenix Rising Designs  //  Tailcoat and groomsman vests: Kelsey’s Creations  //  Celebrants: David and Lila Tresemer  //  Butterflies: The Blooming Butterfly  //  Intimacy Games: Ryan Brown  //  Reception Music: Cualli  //  Reception visuals: NeedMore Productions  //  Magic Ball Performance: Eric Batliner

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