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 bride, Tori:
We wanted to have our wedding in Colorado to really be able to show our family and friends why we moved to such a gorgeous state. I also wanted to get married outside in autumn because of the vibrant tree colors.
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We were married on the lawn with a view of the Collegiate mountain peaks.

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Instead of a sign-in guest book, we took three of our favorite Chicago sports teams jerseys to have people sign.  We have them framed and hanging in our house. 

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I am an avid handwritten card lover, so at each table we had people write us letters that corresponded to the table they were sitting at. “Write a note to Tony and Tori to open on their 8th wedding anniversary”.

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Our reception ended up being 7 hours long, so we got to celebrate with everyone!

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My advice: It is your wedding and it should represent the two of you, do not get lost in the planning or in family/friend expectations. Also, ALWAYS number the back of the invitation return cards because there will definitely be people who do not return them and who forget to write their names on them!

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Tori’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS

Venue, Caterer & Lodging: Mt. Princeton Hot Springs. All our guests stayed in cabins on the property. It was a three day party for everyone. The food was fantastic and locally grown.

Photographer: Trystan Photography.   I like Trig’s style because it reminded me of a photojournalist. I wanted the wedding pictures to tell a story and capture us. He was easy to talk to and he understood what I was looking for. He’s a really amazing guy and photographer.  

Wedding Gown Designer: Mikaella from Bea’s Bridal NookThey were wonderful. I felt like they made sure that I had the whole store to myself every time I came in since it is an intimate event and very awkward at times!

Invitations: The Watermark. The owner is very helpful and sweet.

Florist: Sweet Pea Flowers // Hair & Makeup: Salon Rua  //  Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew  //  Men’s Wear: Men’s Wearhouse //  Favors: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory  //  Transportation: Ramblin Express  // Musician: Tipton Stick  // DJ: Progressive Sound Entertainment

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