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10 Resources... Endless Possibilities Thank you for your interest in Distinguished Durango. We are a collective group of Wedding and Event Specialists who decided to come together to assist you in the most affordable and efficient way. This magazine is a result of our work, our suggestions and other advice that we offer you, our clients. Please take a moment to review what we have to offer and contact us if you have any questions. The following pages express our professionalism and our creativity. We hope that you enjoy perusing the pages and that something grabs your attention. In each section our group of vendors is identified. We welcome you to email or call or even better, stop by and visit with us. Please know that we are are all local providers, however we will also travel to assist you with your event or your wedding. Just ask! Whatever your inspirations and dreams, we can make them happen. Embrace the now moments forever. We look forward to meeting you. Yours,

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April’s Garden Occasions Bridal Luda Woodward Cakes April’s florists truly are artists. I The cakes were amazing. Several The gals at Occasions made my would recommend April’s experience extremely memopeople told me it was the best rable. Thanks for helping make Garden to anyone and everyone, cake they ever had. The mayor asked for your phone number so the search for my dress stress free especially you bride-to-be types who need help coming up with that she can order cake from you and most importantly, FUN! some ideas for beautiful later. Thank you so much. ~Kelsey S. arrangements. ~Cordell ~Kinsee M. Red Scarf Shots Just finished a 2 hour reenactment of our wedding! I cried, laughed, giggled and cried again! Thank you so so so so, much! The pictures you captured and created of our day mean the world to me and mcuh more. Sean and I are so blessed! I can’t wait to look at them over and over again! I love you! and cannot thank you enough! XOXOXO ~Natalie M. Durango Mountain Resort “Durango Mountain Resort offers some of the most spectacular ceremony sites in Durango. Tori, was wonderful to work with. She was responsive and took special care in listening to our specific needs and requests. DMR provided exceptional service to our guests on our wedding day and deliv- ered a beautiful, unique wedding experience which we will never forget.” Occasions Event Planning Our centerpieces did not arrive at our reception venue. Not a problem for the event designers at Occasions. When I walked in the room I was overwhelmed at how gorgeous it was. I could not believe what they did with candles and aspen boughs. It was above and beyond my expectations and best of all my guests never knew. Their calm reserve and organization took a lot of stress off of me and my mom. They made my day absolutely PERFECT! ~April R. Sounds in Motion “We wanted to thank you for being such a large part of our wedding day success!! I have received sooo much positive feedback about your performance at our wedding. People totally enjoyed themselves. Most importantly, Tim and I had a blast! The music was perfect and you really know how to keep the dance floor packed. ~ Lisa & Tim Castille Creations I was amazed that the custom earrings were perfect matches to my bridesmaids’ personalities. ~A.M. Verell’s You’ve turned a 1980’s wedding gown into the perfect dress for my daughter. ~J.S. Durangoumet “Thank you so much for making our wedding reception so perfect! Seriously, the food was delicious and beautiful! We have gotten many compliments from our guests. We will definitely call you again!” ~ Christa & Brad T. service

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April’s Garden is Durango’s premier wedding and special event florist. We love flowers and we love weddings, and our goal is to design your wedding flowers to reflect your personal style perfectly! Whether you know exactly what you want, or you would like us to design it all to reflect your vision, rest assured that you’ll have the highest quality flowers available with unmatched design and service. Our team of talented designers is here to provide exceptional service and to create a picture perfect wedding or event. High quality design is a trademark of April’s Garden, our floral artists participate in design training and competitions whenever possible to make sure we’re on top of our game and ahead of the curve with current floral trends. We strive to provide sustainably grown flowers year round from US farms, in addition to sourcing exotic flowers from around the world as they are seasonally available. We feature locally grown flowers from several local farms in the summer months. We thank you for your interest in April’s Garden and look forward to being part of your special event! Call to schedule your complimentary initial consultation today! www.durangoflorist.com 2075 Main Avenue, Durango, CO 970.247.1633 ~ 800.247.1634 All Photos © Red Scarf Shots

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Love Your Look Book your bridal shower, prewedding styling parties, and more at our Rooftop Venue overlooking the Animas River. Signature has everything you, your bridal party, your guests, and your groom need to celebrate the start of your marriage... beautifully!

From bridal showers to wedding day beautification, Signature Salon.Spa.Med Spa has what you need for your special event. Our unique roof-top event venue overlooks the calming Animas River and is a wonderful place to hold a shower or just relax in between treatments and updos on your wedding day. Our hair, make-up, nail and spa professionals will come together to create the pre-wedding experience you and your bridal party will remember as a highlight of the whole affair. Durango Colorado’s only full service salon and spa is located in historic downtown Durango on the banks of the beautiful Animas River. Signature Salon. Spa.Med Spa offers a complete line of services from head to toe — massage, body, skin, hair, and nail treatments. Our unique day spa features windows that connect spa guests with the nature surrounding the Animas River. Groomin’ for the Groom All your groom will need to be ready to look handsome for the big day. Send all the guys in the wedding party over... make it a party!

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 9am-6pm and by special appointment for your wedding needs.

Signature Med Spa Plan ahead for the big day. Call or stop by for a free consultation with Durango’s most respected Botox®, Foto Facial and Dermal Filler medical esthetic professionals.

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Mobile DJ / Audio / Lighting / Revelry Serving the Four Corners, we specialize in outdoor events and remote locations.

Sounds In Motion caters exceptional DJ services for the entire Four-Corners region. As a professional DJ service, we take pride in our work and have an excellent reputation throughout the wedding service community. We strive to offer a unique and personal service to make your wedding day smooth and unforgettable.

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All music and audio from guest arrival to the last dance

Professional audio and lighting equipment with complete back-up systems

Ultra quiet Yamaha generators for remote/ outdoor locations

The largest selection of music in the Four Corners, with more than 20,000 titles

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Pre-wedding meetings and consultation Professional and reliable service Absolute revelry—in other words, a fun time for one and all!

www.KennyBsound.com ~ 970.759.5171 All Photos © Red Scarf Shots

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don’t skip a beat The music starts, and the room stands still. All eyes are gazing upon the two of you as you make your entrance onto the dance floor, and begin the synchronized steps that set the tone for this moment and many to come. Your wedding dance not only celebrates your beginning, it also shares the joy of this important day with all who are there to witness the beauty of your union - “your first dance”- as husband and wife. Make this special moment one that you will treasure, with personalized dance choreography and instruction that captures the essence of your life’s dance together to perfection. Dance instruction and consultation for weddings and events which includes: • Music selection. • Site visit and dance floor mapping. • Dance choreography – from simple to elaborate and romantic to humorous. • Individualized instruction for Bride and Groom dance, as well as Father/ Bride and Mother/Groom dances. Leslie Carlson offers more than 20 years of professional dance instruction and expertise, teaching a large variety of diverse dance styles to create the perfect mood, tone and experience for your wedding or event. Private Dance Instruction with

Call 970.799.8832 Studio by appointment only – 26369 Hwy 160 www.facebook.com/groove.udurango All Photos © Red Scarf Shots

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Durango Mountain Resort weddings offer: • Small, intimate weddings to large groups of 300 • Discounted lodging • Food & beverage service catered from within the resort • Space fees include linens, serving/dish and glassware, chairs for the ceremony & more • Locations to host rehearsal dinner and post-wedding brunch

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• Amenities include concierge services, valet parking, transportation, day spa & winter horse drawn sleigh rides

With unparalleled views of the magnificent San Juan Mountains and more than 300 days of sunshine a year, Durango Mountain Resort provides a spectacular natural setting to say I do. From simple to luxurious in any season, our wedding experts will help you create an event that is uniquely yours. We’ll assist you with planning your perfect day, including menu selections, vendor recommendations, rentals, and delivering in-room gifts to your guests. Whatever your needs are for your special day, we’re here to help make it the wedding of your dreams.

durangomountainresort.com 970.385.2164 Durango Mountain Weddings

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Y At The Place He Proposed: After all, what better way to capture an engagement photo session, than the place where it all started! Y Scouting Your Location: When looking for a location to marry, remember your photos will be at their best with light support. Extra flashes may be necessary. Y Reminding Family: When sending all those emails out about details, don’t forget to make a plan on photography. Make a timeline with your photographer and your family to make sure you capture everything. Y Your Style: Make a collection of images that you love. When you see something in a magazine or online, don’t hesitate to start a style file. I encourage all of my clients to do this.

Y Special Moments: Is it important for your mother to assist you with the dress or for your father to have a special moment with you before you walk down the aisle? Think about these moments and if you want them captured. Y Your Specialty Items: Documenting family heirlooms or your wedding rings is a must. Make sure you have those handy! Y Images With Your Pet: Almost everyone has a pet child. Please think about how to incorporate them in to your photography. Y Photos With a Mouthful: I always keep the camera close by, but don’t worry, I don’t take photos of you eating or of your family and guests enjoying their meal. Who wants to be photographed during this time? NO ONE.

Y Important People: On each questionnaire I give my clients, I always ask who is important; aging grandparents, new babies, etc? Y Setting the Scene: With each photo session, the scene is important. Think about how the room is set up: Is it clean, will your dress and shoes stand out? Clean images make good ones! Y Props vs. Nature: Whatever your style and set up for the day... I can help you capture some stunning artistic images. Prior to your date we will discuss what you would like to create. Y Dance Time: Some of the most fun shots will be taken on the dance floor when everyone starts to let their hair down, but a good photographer also knows when to shoot and when to keep the camera in the bag – no one wants to end up in a “blackmail shot”!

Red Scarf Shots 970.759.8404 www.redscarfshots.com 862 Main Avenue, Suite 219 ~ Durango, CO service design

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Durangourmet, a catering company based in Durango, Colorado, offers exceptional gourmet cuisine. Choose Durangourmet as your caterer for your wedding, party, or event! Chef-owner Jimmy Nicholson started Durangourmet with the goal of applying his more than twenty years experience in restaurants worldwide towards the creation of an exceptional full-service catering company for Durango and surrounding areas.

Jimmy received his formal culinary education in Auckland, New Zealand, where his training focused on classic French cuisine and fresh Pacific seafood. He honed his skills in restaurants, hotels, and resorts in London, Australia, Scotland, and Breckenridge, Colorado.

970-749-1717 www.durangourmet.com 100 Jenkins Ranch Rd., Durango All Photos Š Red Scarf Shots

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Hand-crafted cakes add to the elegance and ambience of your big day and create lasting memories for you and your guests. Artist and custom baker, Luda Woodward, brings a unique baking skill set to the Durango community. With culinary techniques founded in the traditions of her Russian culture, Luda creates gorgeous cakes using only the finest of natural ingredients. While baking and decorating in a busy Dallas cake shop, Luda gained valuable experience and advanced culinary techniques which she utilizes in creating her custom and one-of-a- kind cakes. Delicious gluten-free cupcakes and cake truffles are also available. Take it over the top and accessorize your event with a custom cake by Luda, a recent cowinner of Chocolate Fantasia! Let Luda create a cake that is sure to show off your personal style and great taste! 970-570-9465 路 luda@cosmoquest.com cakes.cosmoquest.com

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Making the perfect dress perfectly Yours.

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Alterations ◊ Custom Garments ◊ Tailoring

Bridal gowns are structured — built as much as sewn — and require special knowledge and skills to be shaped to the individual. We work with the designer’s idea, your desires, and our skills to make you and your dress a perfect match for your wedding day.

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Castille Creations Handmade Jewelry Custom Bridal Accessories Unique Gifts

Located in Verell’s 1021½ Main Avenue, Suite C ~ Durango, CO 81301 970-430-1023 · abhjerm@gmail.com distinguished durango 2013 © Red Scarf Shots


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From finding your perfect wedding gown to planning and coordinating your big celebration, Occasions Bridal and Events Boutique can assist you with all of your event details.

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The Dress Occasions is a special place where you will have a memorable and unforgettable experience finding the dress of your dreams. The experienced staff at Occasions will pamper you while you find the perfect gown sure to show your individuality and personal style. Donna Lynas, owner of Occasions, works directly with designers to fill her shop with her own stunning collection of unique, exclusive, and affordable bridal, bridesmaid and evening attire. As an Occasions Bride, you are entitled to over $300 in savings including $25 off bridesmaid dresses. For The Guys Occasions has outfitted thousands of weddings and black tie affairs. Select the look you want from the more than sixty styles in their formal wear collection with hundreds of accessory color combinations to match your event colors. Are you from out of town? Don’t travel with that tux! Submit your measurements online and pick your tuxedo up at Occasions. You’ll find a $40 coupon and information on a Free Groom’s tuxedo at OccasionsDurango.com. Get the Word Out Let your personal style shine with a custom invitation from Occasions. Invitations are the first impression and set the tone for your event. Let your guests know your event will be something special by adding personal touches to your invitations such as custom colors, motifs, monograms and more. Your invitation from Occasions is sure to become a treasured keepsake for you, your guests and your family.

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Make Your Dream Come True The event professionals at Occasions will help you accomplish your dream event radiating with innovation and undeniable style. Occasions will save you time, money and worry allowing time for you, your family and friends to relax and enjoy your BIG day. Whether a wedding, corporate event, or private fete, the experienced team at Occasions will help execute your vision and make sure your function is fine-tuned, stress-free and enjoyable. OccasionsDurango.com 1021 Main Avenue ~ Durango, CO (970) 764-4939 service

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Helpful hints for your special day... Flowers Come to your wedding consultation with lots of photos of flowers and bouquets that you like as well as color swatches of your bridesmaids dresses. Share your inspiration with us and we’ll make your vision a reality!

Hair & Makeup Be sure to have a hair and makeup trial at least two weeks before your wedding. This will give you peace of mind to know exactly how you will look and give you the opportunity to change things in advance if necessary. Make sure to bring your veil, headpieces and jewelry.

Dance Your first dance is a symbol of starting your life together, adds elegance to your reception and creates a beautiful memory. Start well in advance and be patient while learning. Give yourselves plenty of time to feel confident and comfortable when you take that first turn around the dance floor as husband and wife.

Cake Minimize fondant when possible for taste. An expert cake baker can achieve the smooth, finished look you want for your cake using butter cream rather than fondant resulting in a delicate and tasty result your guests will appreciate. Be sure the cake will not be in direct sunlight. The cooler the better for presentation and taste.

Reasons to Hire a Wedding Planner Who will light the hundreds of tea-light candles on all your tables OR round up your crazy wedding party for your grand entrance and photos OR bustle your dress when your maid of honor is MIA OR tie your chair bows in perfect fashion while your family and friends are relaxing? It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all of the details. A wedding planner can alleviate the stress and allow you to truly enjoy your big day!

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and for planning for the unexpected! Hiring a DJ Choosing the right DJ is crucial to the success of your wedding ceremony and reception. The DJ will acting as master of ceremonies and provide all of your favorites songs so you and your guests have a wonderful, fun wedding and reception. Create a “play list”, a “must play” list and …make sure you avoid embarrassment by making a “do not play” list.

Gifts & Accessories Bridesmaids are the most important women in your life and the people you have chosen to stand next to you on your wedding day. Show your appreciation for your bridesmaids by giving them a well-chosen bridesmaid gift. Make your bridesmaids’ hearts melt with a custom necklace set instead of something generic you found online.

Nourishment Have food delivered to your getting ready location. It may be hectic, but take the time to have a bite before the wedding since it will be a while before you have the opportunity to nourish yourself during the reception. Make sure your caterer saves a plate of appetizers for you and your groom to enjoy after your grand entrance at the reception.

Alterations Schedule a fitting appointment for gown alterations at least 6 weeks before your wedding date. Don’t forget to bring the shoes and foundation garments you will wear with the dress to your appointment.

Photographer Outside events are fabulous, and as you plan your celebration, give thought to the light that you will have as the sun goes down. Your photographer will be so grateful for ambient light and or enough light to where they don’t have to use their flash for all your images. All Photos © Red Scarf Shots

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a collective of Wedding & Event Specialists who have come together to offer our clients creativity, convenience and the highest level of service for your special event or gathering.

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