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LOVE at Canyon Crest Lodge A WOODSY WEDDING at Ridgewood ENGINEERS UNITE at the Train Museum DESTINATION Foxfire Farms RUSTIC MEETS HIPSTER at Silverpick Lodge SPRING LOVE in Pagosa HOMEGROWN IN MANCOS LOVE & JOY at Powerhouse Science Museum FINALLY WED at Echo Basin Ranch A DARK SNOWY FAIRYTALE UNDER A RAINBOW at DMR BACON & MOSCOW MULES at Ridgewood ON TOP OF THE WORLD at LePlatt’s Pond CASUAL & RELAXED at Ridgewood CLASSIC COUNTRY at Le Platt’s Pond

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From the Publisher From simple to luxe, country to steampunk, this issue features 20 unique weddings that reflect the diversity of southwest Colorado. We’ve gathered helpful planning advice from Durango’s most respected wedding professionals and included lots of great ideas from local brides. We also asked our featured couples to share their advice and most memorable moments. I hope all their advice, ideas and inspiration will help you create your own one-of-a-kind wedding day. Every January, we host the regions annual bridal show: The Durango Wedding Expo. This is a wonderful opportunity to visit with the entire wedding community, view beautiful wedding exhibits, and walk away with tons of creative ideas. We hope to see you there! As you plan your celebration, don’t forget to visit our online image galleries and real wedding features on Plus, you’ll find quick web links to local wedding professionals who can help you plan your dream day. If you are considering a Destination Wedding in Durango, the most beautiful landscape in all of Colorado (I might be a little biased), you will not be disappointed. In addition to breathtaking scenery, Durango is home to a talented group of wedding professionals (p. 89) who can make your destination wedding dreams a reality! After viewing the images throughout the magazine and reading the real wedding features, I hope you’ll be inspired to choose Durango for your celebration. Our wedding community welcomes you with open arms! Always remember it’s YOUR wedding, so make it unique, enjoy the process, have lots of FUN along the way and throw a celebration that truly reflects the two of you! Best Wishes & Happy Planning,

Debbie Devereaux, Publisher Weddings Magazine, Inc. Phone: (970) 882-3049 PO Box 762, Dolores, CO 81323

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I always suggest that couples in the initial stages of planning their special day sit down together and create a priority list. Together, you should decide what the most important elements of the day will be to each of you, and list them in order. Is it the venue? The food? The photography? The fashion and styling? This will help you create a budgetary template. As you begin to seek out vendors, you can assign a monetary value to each of the priorities on the list. This is a great way to help insure that you stay within your wedding budget, and are still able to select the venues and vendors which best suit your personal style. -Jill

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Your venue should be the very next decision after you say YES! Often the venue will help you choose a date based on their availability, and the entire planning process can unfold from here. I think Durango has a LOT to offer when it comes to stunning venues. I always advise couples to make a list of their top 5 aesthetic qualities that they desire in a venue. For example, you may want: mountains, water, green grass, accessibility and lodging. If you can find a location that has at least three of your requirements, then it will probably be good match. Another thing to consider when looking for a venue, is what really comes with or is included in that venue package. A lot of venues are similar in cost, but don’t all offer the same necessities. Many couples will only realize after booking a venue, that they still have to spend a large portion of their budget on rentals or necessities that don’t come with that package. I advise couples to make sure they know what they are getting! Also, I tell every couple to look around and check out what Durango has to offer because the entire experience will run smoother when you find that perfect fit. -Krii

THE REHEARSAL DINNER is the event, as I remember from my own wedding 25 years ago, when I actually had time to really sit and visit with all of my family and friends. Your actual Wedding Day is filled with so much activity and excitement that you may not be able to talk to every guest. With that in mind, you may want to consider having a “Welcome Party” rather than a traditional rehearsal dinner inviting everyone who’s visiting from out of town, as well as immediate family and the wedding party. This is a hot trend for most Durango weddings, and the menu can include heavy hors d’oeuvres and beer and wine. Background music is also recommended rather than a loud live band that will allow your guests have comfortable, intimate conversations. This is an easy event to have a theme as well….consider a Victorian theme, a Country Barbecue, or event Romantic Movies. -Emily


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BUDGET PRIORITIES When working on a budget, think about what is most important to you and your wedding day. You will want to prioritize where you want to spend money. This includes the venue, food, alcohol, decorations, DJ, flowers, and photographer. Also consider how many guests you want to attend and what you want to pay for. While doing this, remember to have fun with your fiancé. Don’t get too stressed about the small stuff, in the end, what matters is you both say “I do.” -Sara Bath, Wedding & Event Manager, Durango Mountain Resort LOCATION COST I think it’s fair to say that a comfortable $3 - $5,000 is the average venue cost for our area. Now this can range greatly based on what is provided and different packages for different venues, but usually the property itself runs around this rate. Sure there are a few less expensive venues in our area, but you will likely rent and outsource the majority of your necessities and therefore end up spending as much as you would at the other venues. It’s wise to allocate a good majority of your budget towards the place where it all happens! Your guests compliments and your photos will last a lifetime, and it all starts with the perfect setting. -Krii Black, LePlatt’s Pond


WEIGH YOUR OPTIONS: Professional vendors can be worth their weight in gold! I think that in this current time of social media and tech advancement, it is very easy for couples to get swept away in the maddening quest for DIY and Pinterest perfection. It can become quite daunting and before you know it, you’re in over your head and it’s 3:00 a.m. the night before your wedding, and you are covered in paint in your garage trying to get the perfect patina on your hand dipped ombre mason jars. I adore the idea of couples taking ownership of their individual style and incorporating their personalities into the big day, but I think it is wise to know when to edit. I suggest seeking out all of the incredible inspiration you can find, and then narrowing your ideas down to several specific things that you can feasibly create to fashion a single, seamless theme which looks and feels both thoughtful and effortless at the same time. It’s almost like creating a patchwork quilt! Remember that when it comes to the “big” things… hiring a professional can make all the difference! -Jill Davis, Durango Party Rental

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Real Wedding From the bride: My wedding at Durango Mountain Resort was an absolute dream, truly. We chose Valentine’s Day for several reasons: it’s my husband’s birthday, it’s the day we got engaged, and it’s been my favorite day of the year since I was two. We met at Durango Mountain Resort and fell in love at first sight. When we decided to get married, we knew we wanted to get married at the exact spot where we met. I was finishing nursing school, so we decided to have a very tiny and special ceremony. LOOKING BACK, my itty-bitty wedding was everything I hoped it would be. Durango is a magical place and I will treasure my romantic Valentine’s Day wedding memories for life.

RECOMMENDED Vendors VENUE & LODGING Durango Mountain Resort (page inside cover). We stayed right at the base in a beautiful condo where we held our wedding. The staff was amazing. PHOTOGRAPHER IlluminArts Photography (page 19) did a phenomenal job and I would highly recommend them. Drew & Amy were so incredibly helpful. Full vendor list on page 88.



Real Wedding From the bride: For our wedding day, I envisioned a very glamorous wedding with lots of lush flowers, rich colors and great texture in all of the fabric and details. I didn’t want to do anything that I had seen before. I knew that I wanted black and white striped tablecloths, gold flatware, and lots of shades of pinks and blues. I also wanted to pull in the natural and the rustic of Colorado to give a complete contrast to the wedding decor and our attire. WHY PAGOSA SPRINGS I have been visiting Pagosa since I was a little girl! It’s a second home to me. We wanted to have a destination wedding and a fun place for our guests to get away somewhere that related to us! Keyah Grande (page 75) was the perfect fit! THE EVENT PLANNER Our planner, Krii Black went above and beyond. If I got married all over again in another state, I would fly her to me! Her hand was on nearly all areas of the wedding. She didn’t let anything slip past or fall short. She made our day perfect! Even with a beautiful blizzard, she made it all happen and didn’t bat an eye. ADVICE Do EXACTLY what you want. You only get one short period of time to celebrate this amazing event…go big or go home! Vendor list on page 88.



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From the bride: Our wedding was luxurious with a hint of vintage and a lot of romance. We rented the entire town of Dunton hot springs for the weekend. Our wedding day was a black tie affair, so everyone came in tuxes, suits, and gowns.


THE ATTIRE I didn’t want the bridesmaids to all have the same matching color as the rest of the décor so, their dresses were pewter while most of the flowers and décor were whites, pinks, and blushes.


THE CEREMONY was held at the outdoor chapel in Dunton Hot Springs. The location was magical. Everything was covered in snow and the sun was peaking through the trees giving the most beautiful lighting to the ceremony.


Our first dance as husband and wife was like a fairy tale, guests said they cried because they could feel the intimate moment and love between us.

THE RECEPTION Our dÊcor was very elegant, dripping in romance and shimmer. We ate, drank, and danced. It was so amazing! ADVICE This is your big day, this is what your grandchildren will be talking about in years to come. Do it exactly how you please, if you don’t, then you will regret it. Be respectful to others feelings, but never forget what you want. See vendor list on page 88.



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From the bride: Our wedding style was vintage romantic with a rustic flair. I used books as centerpieces, so it had a bit of a literary theme as well (I’m a teacher). The ceremony was simple. We had Tim’s cousin officiate the wedding, we wrote our own vows from the heart and kept the whole thing pretty straightforward. My favorite memory was Tim crying.


Kelly & Tim... HANDMADE TOUCHES I wrapped my own personal books with brown butcher paper and different patterned scratchbook paper and wrote our favorite love and literary quotes. We also used the lanterns that Tim had at our proposal as centerpieces. GUESTBOOK We made a Giant Jenga set to use as a guestbook. We will use it as a lawn game in our back yard. LOOKING BACK I would have delegated more to others to give myself more free time. ADVICE Pick a few things and do them well! You can’t do everything perfectly. Remember that the day is about you and your new spouse. I think people will remember the great time they had rather than the fanciness of the wedding. FAVE VENDOR I would totally recommend Canyon Crest Lodge (page 23) to anyone wanting to get married in a beautiful spot in a small town!



Real Wedding From the bride: We had a strict budget for a large wedding. We had over 200 guests so, we handmade pretty much everything! Between the planning, decorating, and fulfillment, I incorporated my entire family into the wedding. My aunt and grandpa made the arbor, centerpieces, popcorn stand, and signage. Another aunt did all of the stitching on the banners and cloth pieces, my father made the cake stands, and my sister brought it all together. THE STYLE Dustin and I love spending time in the woods so, we incorporated that into our wedding. He loves to hunt so, we used the sheds the elk and deer for dÊcor. THE CEREMONY We included our son Dayton in the nuptials and all three of us exchanged homemade rings made of deer antlers. FAVORITE DETAIL The popcorn stand made from old barn wood from my uncle’s house. The wheels belonged to my grandpa when he was growing up. MOST MEMORIAL MOMENT Our first dance. Vendor list on page 88.



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From the bride: Brian and I are both engineers who love the outdoors. Any engine with moving parts will spark hour-long dinner conversations, while we jump at any opportunity to go exploring nature, and play in the wilderness. Our biggest goal was to incorporate those two aspects of our relationship while maintaining the reason for having a wedding. Brian and I worked together in the production industry and approached planning our wedding the same way that we approached planning a theatrical show. We set the stage with the train museum then made props and decorations representing all aspects of our relationship. We tried to incorporate aspects of our engineer-y selves, as well as our love for nature, my background with ranches and farms and his background with motors and vehicles.


We built our wedding from scratch, incorporating a few traditional aspects, while creating our own meanings and goals representing our partnership.

RECOMMENDED Vendors PHOTOGRAPHER IlluminArts Photography (page 19). The photographers at IlluminArts are talented artists. They captured critical moments, were very easy to work with and flexible when we needed to change our plan during the wedding. CATERER Norton’s Catering (page 93). The food was delicious and they were well organized and helped with our planning process. Chuck also has a great sense of humor. See full vendor list on page 88.


HANDMADE TOUCHES I made my bouquet with springs and gears recovered from an abandoned printer and childhood remote control cars. Brian made boutonnieres for the groomsmen out of gears, springs, spark plugs and leaves. Our programs had instructions for folding them into paper airplanes and we made table centerpieces from old oil lanterns.

ADVICE Have fun. This is about celebrating your relationship and commitment to each other. If you’re not having fun, or enjoying it, then you are setting yourself up to have a rough wedding day.


Real Wedding From the bride: Colin proposed at the annual Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque. After quickly and enthusiastically saying yes, he picked me up and placed me into a beautiful hummingbird balloon from Brazil at which time, I realized we were surrounded by 300+ people who had stopped to watch the proposal. As the balloon started to ascend, the crowd began clapping and cheering. It was such an exhilarating way to start our journey towards forever together. MEMORABLE MOMENT Right before the ceremony started, we took a moment to take a picture together, holding hands, without seeing each other. THE CEREMONY The ceremony was one of the most romantic times of our lives. The connection we felt with each other was indescribable. We couldn’t keep our eyes off each other and couldn’t stop gently caressing each others hands. The electrifying feeling we shared throughout the entire 45 minutes reached its peak with the most romantic, sweep you off your feet kisses that left everyone giggling.



THE RECEPTION DECOR The tables were decorated with white linens and ivory lace overlays. Our centerpieces were bunches of hydrangeas in large mason jars displayed on top of small wooden pallets. Surrounding the centerpieces were several other small jars filled with soft pink bunches of carnations, baby food jars with votive candles and a chalkboard table number in a cork stand. Each place setting had a white linen napkin with a champagne menu tied to it using a piece of jute. LOOKING BACK We could have danced all night with our family and friends. The energy that evening was so upbeat and exciting. It was the best party/celebration of our lives. The only thing we hated was how quickly it all went by. Before we knew it, the most exciting day of our lives was over, but that only meant the beginning of forever with each other, so it was ok. ADVICE Try to make time for each other before everything gets crazy. Go on a date the week before the wedding and DON’T talk about the wedding. Focus on your love and commitment for each other and don’t let the little stresses of planning get in-between you. 34

The touches of lace, flowers and wood represented the perfect union we were making as man and wife, delicate and soft yet strong and indestructible. RECOMMENDED Vendors VENUE Fox Fire Farms (page 33). Brent and Bronwen were so easy to work with. They made the entire process very stress-free and smooth. It was a pleasure working with them and I would highly recommend this venue. See full vendor list on page 88.


Real Wedding From the bride: The outdoors was our inspiration. We wanted our own style to match the beauty of Durango. Our anniversary was 11/11, John got 11 diamonds on my engagement/wedding ring, and we got married on our 11th year of dating. Needless to say, 11 is my favorite number! THE CEREMONY site was in a foot of fresh snow, but it was fun standing in the snow waiting to walk down the aisle. Our friend was the minister and made everyone laugh the entire ceremony with personalized stories about the both of us. Writing our own vows was really special and made a few people cry. It was also amazing to have everyone hanging out in the snow for our ceremony. The walk to the site was slippery and snowy, but people marched out there and stood in the snow. It was truly touching to see their smiling faces amongst the cold and snow. THE RECEPTION The food was delicious. It seemed everyone overate because it was so good. Several members from Ohio brought homemade cookies with them, which made our sweets table that much better. It also started snowing later that evening and it looked soooo pretty!



RECOMMENDED Vendors CEREMONY The meadow at Silverpick Lodge (page 37). The setting was beautiful and memorable. The staff at the Silverpick Lodge is very easy to work with. Chris is the best! RECEPTION The Sow’s Ear at Silverpick Lodge (page 37). The food was amazing and very reasonably priced. The head chef helped us put together the menu for the evening. I don’t think there’s a more laid back person to work with. The huge windows show off the beautiful scenery. The dance floor is the perfect size and there’s a balcony right outside the dining area which was perfect for celebratory cigars. George is the best! PHOTOGRAPHER IlluminArts Photography (page 19). We knew right away during our initial meeting that we would choose them. The pictures speak for themselves. They were very organized from day one to the actual wedding day. They took so many pictures and we barely even noticed they were there, true photography ninjas, if you will. HAIR & MAKEUP Hair Fusion (page 92). OMG, they were amazing! They brought three people and made everyone look beautiful, especially me, the bride! My makeup and hair were flawless. I wish they could be at my house every morning to make me look that good every day. They worked fast and if anybody wanted something more or fixed or changed, they listened with no problems and helped. They came really prepared. I loved the Hair Fusion team! 38


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From the bride: We literally had the perfect day. We were married in my father-in-law’s pasture overlooking the San Juan Mountains, the place where we spent a lot of time skiing and hiking and eventually fell in love.

I wanted a woodsy outdoor wedding with an explosion of color.


FAVORITE DETAIL My grandpa, who wasn’t able to make it to the wedding due to his age, cut a cake stand from a pecan tree he cut down from his land. It meant a lot to me to have that there. LOOKING BACK, it makes me smile how many people from all different walks of our lives came to our celebration. I loved my aunts and I hanging out at the house the night before steaming my dress. I loved having both of our families work together and seeing how happy my husband was when he saw me the first time. I also loved going to the hot springs the day after the wedding with everyone before going off on our honeymoon. ADVICE Don’t stress, stay on budget and do what would make you and your spouse happy. Vendor list on page 88.


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At look at Durango’s newest and most sought-after wedding venue.

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I just wanted to let you know how much your on site Old Tyme Photo experience added to our wedding reception! Your wonderful costumes and props and pleasant staff provided such fun for our guests, who walked away with special prints to remember the evening by. Definitely a must-have for any wedding in this part of the country.


A fixture in downtown Durango, Thru The Lens is a must-stop for tourists wanting an old tyme photo souvenir and now Thru The Lens can bring their old tyme photo experience to your wedding. A mobile version of their famous Main Street studio can be set up at any location, inside or outside. It includes photographers and posing artists, along with costumes, props and accessories. Depending on the location, they can even bring special backgrounds and studio style lighting. Imagine the hours of creative fun you and your guests will have as you step back in time. Grab a badge, rifle and cowboy hat or slip into a saloon dress and relive the wild west. At the end of the night, your guests will have matted prints to take home with them so they can remember how much fun they had on your special day! If you are having a large number of out-of-town guests who have never been to Durango, they’ll especially love this unique entertainment. The Old Tyme Photo experience is also a fun addition to any get together before the wedding day, (BBQ’s, rehearsal dinners, etc.). Several package options are available to fit your specific needs, call (970) 247-8626 or visit


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LePlatt’s Pond had it all, and we booked the venue sight unseen to us. We loved the pond, tent and Colorado backdrop and knew it would make for beautiful photo’s to capture our memorable day. The staff at LePlatt’s Pond exceeded every expectation. Krii was beyond organized, proactive and brought our vision to life. There wasn’t a single moment through out the day where we worried something might go wrong. All our guests are still talking about how much they loved this venue. I would tell other brides to stop your search, because LePlatt’s Pond is the ideal Colorado wedding venue. I would also tell them if they want a care-free, worry-free wedding, they should utilize Krii Black and her staff. They will not regret these decisions for a minute! -Danielle & Chance, Aurora, CO

This beautiful 100 acre ranch in Bayfield has the Pine River running through it, along with multiple winding streams, mountain views, towering cottonwoods, green meadows, whispering pines, wide open fields and a 9 acre pond. Hold your ceremony next to the pond, then stroll over to your reception, a fully accessorized white tent with twinkle links, liner, tables and chairs. For the couple not wanting to lift a finger on their wedding day, they can choose the Day of Coordination package that includes the services of event planner and owner, Krii Black. With this option, the LePlatt’s staff will take care of everything from set-up to tear down and all the details in between. Couples can have the luxury of being a guest at their own event. The property also has a cozy loft where brides can get ready, relax and watch the entire day unfold before their eyes. This popular venue books quickly with popular dates taken two years out. To schedule a tour call (970) 759-0748 and visit


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From the bride: Our meeting was love at first sight 6 years ago, in the very spot we got married! We wanted to do things ourselves and keep the wedding in tune with who we are. Simple elegance became our catch-phrase when deciding things. We grew all the flowers ourselves and served local food.

We wrote our own vows on yellow lined paper up in the mountains, and as we read them to each other, our dog came up to the altar and lay down beside us!


RECOMMENDED Vendors PHOTOGRAPHER IlluminArts Photography (page 19). Drew is an incredible photographer, and a seasoned warrior with wedding photography. We appreciated his experience and calm commanding presence within the buzz of our wedding day. He was patient and professional with our changing schedule and ideas. And he took beautiful photos on our wedding day. All our guests have continued to rave about how awesome Drew was, and what pictures he took! I highly recommend IlluminArts. CATERER Durangourmet (page 80). AMAZING. We all loved working with Jimmy. He took our whole experience above and beyond what we expected. From our first meeting, to sampling the meal and appetizers, to negotiations for local food, to the final weekend meal presentation, Durangourmet was fabulous to work with. I would highly recommend Durangourmet to all, for any occasion. TENT & RENTALS Durango Party Rental (page 5). They have an extensive supply of everything celebration! We appreciated the choices and options available to customize our wedding. Full vendor list on page 88.


It rained during the reception, which was beautiful, especially since we were safe in the tent.


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From the bride, I envisioned a sort of “old-fashioned” wedding with snow falling outside that evoked feelings of nostalgia and love. THE CEREMONY We held the ceremony on the patio of the Powerhouse Science Museum. We had a wooden box that we nailed shut during the ceremony that will be opened on our ten year anniversary. In the box, we each put a letter that we wrote to each other, and have not read. We also put in our vows and a bottle of wine. During the ceremony, a guest snapped a Polaroid that we did not see, but also put into the box. We then nailed it shut. LOOKING BACK My best friend passed away the day before our wedding, on Valentine’s Day. She died moments before my rehearsal dinner. Although this wasn’t unexpected, it was an immense loss and pivotal moment in the weekend. She lost her battle to cancer. I had been in Denver with her the week prior to my wedding and many perspectives in my life changed over the final weeks of her life. I, personally, knew what was important, and what was not in a wedding. Once the ceremony started, I knew that whatever was going to happen was going to happen and I was determined to enjoy every moment of my wedding and not let it slip away too quickly.

RECOMMENDED Vendors VENUE Powerhouse Science Center (page 80). VIDEOGRAPHER IlluminArts (page 19). CABARET TABLES Durango Party Rental (page 5). Full vendor list on page 88.


Real Wedding From the bride: My husband and I have been together for over 7 years, we’re high school sweethearts and it seems the whole world has been waiting for us to finally be married. The famous reaction to our engagement was “It’s about time!” THE PLANNING The Durango Weddings Magazine was extremely helpful! My wedding would not have been what it was without the help of the Magazine. I found most of my vendors and loved reading about all the local weddings and the vendors they used. I wanted to get my hands on every issue! THE STYLE I knew I wanted lace and soft neutral colors, but I didn’t want our wedding to be too feminine so I added burlap and twine, and had the guys wear gray suits to give our day a more rustic feel. THE FIRST LOOK It almost didn’t happen, but I’m sure glad it did, that moment we shared seeing each other, getting all our nerves out and remembering what this day was all about was so precious and much needed. I remember the look on his face and sharing the emotions of joy, love and excitement together before we said “I do”. This was my favorite memory from that day.


I loved our outdoor ceremony under the huge wooden gazebo!


I loved our first dance. Dancing and singing to each other as husband and wife to our song, was a great moment.

I’m a very detailed oriented person, so I stressed about all the details and things falling into place. When it comes down to it, things are going to happen regardless of how much you plan and stress and in the end everything all worked out. Those little details will be forgotten but the memories of the love shared between my husband and I will always be remembered. 54

RECEPTION DECOR Our decor was sweet and simple. We had lace and burlap table runners with burlap sashes on the chairs with decorated glass jars filled with baby’s breath and various flowers.

RECOMMENDED Vendors VENUE Echo Basin Ranch (page 53). Beautiful location and Kathi was great to work with and very accommodating. HAIR & MAKEUP Hair Fusion (page 92). PHOTOGRAPHY Illuminated Moments


Real Wedding From the bride: Silverton is a beautiful town that we visit often. We travel there to watch the fireworks every July 4th and spend lots of time off-roading in the mountains. After Casey proposed, we just knew Silverton was the place to get married. THE STYLE Our inspiration came from the movie Snow White & The Huntsman. We wanted a dark snowy fairytale in the mountains theme. We personalized the day by including little details of everything we love from music and movies to video games. THE CEREMONY was held on the deck of the Kendall Mountain Lodge (page 84). Our family and closest friends encircled us creating an intimate setting. We married ourselves, preformed a hand fasting ceremony we wrote, and Jess’s grandmother read a Celtic love blessing. 56


THE DÉCOR was very organic with antlers, bottles, sticks, pinecones, moss and apples. Almost everything was handmade or collected. We painted signs, included antiqued potion bottles inspired by the Skyrim video game and found decrepit bird cages.


COLORADO BAR Everything at the bar was made, brewed, or distilled in Colorado.

PHOTOGRAPHER IlluminArts Photography (page 19). Drew took so much time with us to get to know our story.

Our SEATING CHART was inspired by our favorite TV/book series, The Game of Thrones. Most of our dinner music was instrumental covers of video game themes and songs from our favorite movies. ADVICE Give yourself enough time. When wedding planning starts consuming your life, take a vacation, even if it’s just a drive. 58

VENUE Kendall Mountain Lodge (page 84). Spacious with beautiful mountain views!

TRANSPORTATION: Mountain Side Concierge (page 84). Karen was amazing, she had so much patience PA SYSTEM: Durango Party Rental (page 5). Full vendor list on page 88.


Real Wedding From the bride: I had trouble choosing a few colors so I ended up incorporated all the colors of the rainbow. We did all tropical flowers that just popped against all the green of the mountains. THE VENUE We chose Durango Mountain Resort (see inside cover) because we’ve always loved the mountains and we wanted to get married outdoors. Durango Mountain Resort has multiple ceremony sites and I’d recommend all of them! THE CEREMONY Unfortunately, rain drove us inside, but the magic still happened and it was still a dream. Nothing else matters when you see the love of your life at the end of the aisle. THE RECEPTION We had the reception on top of the mountain at Dante’s. We chose Dante’s because it was just out of the way enough that it felt like we were getting away from everything to have our big day. I loved that we had the beautiful view to soak in all night through the big glass windows as we danced the night away. Vendor list on page 88.



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From the bride: Our wedding style priority was to reflect us as a couple. We wanted to go for an inviting home-style organic atmosphere with everything that we love about Colorado. And we wanted to throw a great party to celebration our union.

Getting to see each other all dressed up before we were about to take our vows was a moment I will always cherish.


THE CEREMONY was held at the river location at Ridgewood. The river was flowing and all the aspen tree leaves were changing color. We had a beautiful branch arbor and log benches. During the processional, each bridesmaid walked into the ceremony carrying a one-word post it note in her hand, shown on the notes was a full message for Kyle. It was a surprise to him and no one in the audience could see the message, his expression was priceless and it had everyone asking what the message was. We all had a lot of fun with it. The whole ceremony was full of love, humor, and support from family and friends. UNPLUGGED We loved having an unplugged (no camera, no phone) ceremony so all our guests were attentive during our vow exchange. THE COCKTAIL HOUR We had a full blown bacon bar during cocktail hour, everything was bacon for my husband, who is a fanatic. THE RECEPTION DECOR We wanted an earthy, organic, inviting atmosphere. Each table had burlap runners, tree rounds, candles, growlers, moss, and succulents in glass terrariums with flowers. We also had big hanging installations with greenery and candles dangling from the ceiling. Growlers from breweries we had visited all over Alaska and Colorado were showcased as centerpieces. ADVICE Don’t sweat the small stuff no one will notice and remember it’s about the two of you. 64

LOOKING BACK, we had a great time and wouldn’t have changed a thing. But, if we had to do it all over again, we might have eloped.

RECOMMENDED Vendors VENUE Ridgewood Event Center (page 3). The river site is absolutely beautiful. You have the sound of the river and all the green and yellow trees as a backdrop along with rustic wooden benches, what more could a couple want at a ceremony site. PHOTOGRAPHER IlluminArts Photography (page 19). They gave us every shot that we had requested. We had them running to the Rochester for our first look, back to the Strater for group shots, stopping traffic for photos walking across the street, bus shots, group shots at the reception site, sparkler shots, and everything in between. They were very easy to work with and did a great job! DJ Ken Brott, Durango DJ & Audio (page 84). Ken was amazing. He met with us on several occasions to make sure he gave us the most memorable music experience possible. I would recommend Durango DJ! TABLE RENTALS Durango Party Rental (page 5). Full vendor list on page 88.


Real Wedding From the bride: Our style was modern with some vintage touches and a Jewish twist. I like unique decorations so most of the style was inspired off of mercury glass. We didn’t feel the need to stay traditional because someone decided one day that’s what you should do at a wedding. THE VENUE We chose LePlatt’s Pond (page 9) because the site is gorgeous and the big trees makes you feel secluded. Plus, Krii will help you make all your dreams come true. THE CEREMONY Max’s dad married us, the song I walked into was On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons – I wanted something fun not slow, boring and sad. We wrote our own marriage contract that was a mixture of our vows and what we desire for our marriage. We signed it during the ceremony and now it hangs on our living room wall as a reminder of what we promised to each other. MEMORABLE MOMENT Reading our vows to each other, I was so nervous my hands were shaking and I couldn’t read what I wrote so, Max held my hands still so I could read.



THE FIRST DANCE We started our reception with our first dance with the purpose of setting the mood of the night, which was to have fun and live it up. We started with a slow dance to a traditional Jewish song then halfway through the song we jumped on chairs as the groomsmen tossed us up and down. I was holding on so tight so I wouldn’t fall off. Max was being tossed so high he was catching air. All of us were laughing so hard. And so started the celebration! RECEPTION FUN Instead of the bouquet and garter toss, we did musical chairs. Everyone was fighting, falling, laughing, tripping, and all the guests surrounded the dance floor so enthralled with what was happening. Guests were cheering, laughing, and screaming. It was hilarious! ADVICE Plan well, consult with people in the industry, they know about the things you don’t think of that will make your whole day perfect. Vendor list on page 88.



Real Wedding From the bride: We fell in love with Blue Lake Ranch. When we walked in, the dÊcor and the smells that were coming from the kitchen reminded us of home in New Mexico where we both grew up. We pretty much knew right then that we found the right place for our wedding. THE STYLE We are very laid back and didn’t want to stress about every detail. I like peach roses so those were used in my bouquet and on the cake. Aaron wore a navy suit, which complimented the peach nicely. FAVORITE DETAILS I wore a pearl necklace that my great-grandmother wore at her wedding, a pearl bracelet that belonged to my grandmother and a pair of earrings from my mom. THE FIRST LOOK My most memorable moment was seeing Aaron for the first time when we did our first look. It was really nice to have that time all to ourselves before the start of the festivities.



THE CEREMONY Colorado is one of the few states where the couple can perform the ceremony themselves so, we found vows online that were written by a relationship psychologist and based on what research says makes for a healthy and satisfying relationship. Aaron said a short introduction then we said our vows. It was very emotional, I cried the whole time! We passed out champagne flutes before the start of the ceremony and said a toast to everyone at the end. THE RECEPTION The entire reception was so much fun. We rented a popcorn and a cotton candy machine and had a lot of lawn games (giant jenga, giant dominos, ladder ball) to keep the guests entertained throughout the evening. I think all of the games made for a relaxed atmosphere and really reflected our personalities. ADVICE Don’t let the idea of tradition get in the way of having the wedding you want, and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it, plenty of people will offer so, take them up on it if you are feeling overwhelmed. 72

RECOMMENDED Vendors VENUE Ridgewood Event Center (page 3). With the mountains, flowers, and lawn, this venue is absolutely gorgeous. They made our wedding day so perfect and took care of setting up all the tables, linens, place settings and chairs. Housekeeping, groundskeepers, and the entire staff is to be commended! It is obvious they have hosted many weddings because everything ran so smoothly! PHOTOGRAPHER Illuminarts Photography (page 19). Drew and Erin did a fantastic job of capturing our wedding day! They are true professionals and we couldn’t be happier with the results! It is obvious IlluminArts is passionate about what they do. CATERER Durangourmet (page 80). From the appetizers to the dinner, everything was delicious! RENTALS (popcorn machine, cotton candy machine, arbor) Durango Party Rental (page 5). They were great and very nice to deal with. Full vendor list on page 88.


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From the bride: Ever since I knew a wedding was in my future, I have been collecting the Durango Weddings Magazine! The Magazine was so helpful. I got numerous ideas from all the beautiful weddings featured in the Magazine. I pretty much had everything set in my head the day after we got engaged, all I had to do was coordinate dates! THE CEREMONY The whole ceremony is something that I will never forget. I was standing there with Dan holding hands as we looked at one another feeling a happy that cannot be described. TABLE DECOR I made a unique centerpiece for each table using recycled glass bottles decorated with jute, lace, pearl beads, and ribbon. LOOKING BACK, we had a ball the entire night! There was nothing that I would have changed. Everyone was having a good time and that was exactly what we wanted! ADVICE DO NOT stress over anything! Planning a wedding is the most fun thing you will ever do and it is all about love so why should it be stressful?

RECOMMENDED Vendors VENUE, EVENT DESIGN & PLANNING LePlatt’s Pond (page 9). This place is so beautiful and can accommodate a large crowd. I was so pleased with my decision to have Krii be the mastermind behind our wedding. She is truly amazing at what she does and everything went off without a hitch because of her! TENT & LINENS Durango Party Rental (page 5) Full vendor list on page 88.





ideas from the pros

Images by IlluminArts Photography

I know it might sound crazy, but I wish there were more evening weddings! The average couple chooses a ceremony time of 3:00PM. People rush all day to squeeze in getting ready, photo’s & other pre wedding prep to make it to such an early ceremony time. The ceremony itself is usually super short, anywhere from 10-30 minutes. This means your guests are ready to celebrate at 3:30PM! Yes, there is an hour of photography and your guests can enjoy a cocktail hour, but your still being welcomed into your reception around 4:30PM and starting dinner. I don’t know about you, but I rarely eat dinner at 4:30PM! After toasts, first dances, cutting the cake, tossing the bouquet & garter people are ready to leave at 8:00PM! I have had countless couples say they were disappointed their guests went home so early. But, I remind them that most guests have already been celebrating with them for 6 or more hours, and are ready to leave! I think the PERFECT time for a ceremony, (depending on the time of year), would be 5:00PM! The bridal party can lounge all day, and enjoy getting ready. The guests are having dinner at a normal hour, and so forth with the remaining events. There is more nightlife and energy through out the entire event. Not to mention, the LIGHTING is SO much prettier for evening weddings! –Krii Black, LePlatt’s Pond


Pictures are such a personalized, fun and affordable way to decorate! I’ve seen a couple use pictures from each trip they’ve taken together as table numbers and reserved signs. I’ve also seen a couple use photos as icebreakers for the reception….they had pictures scattered on each table encouraging guests to find one another based on the image, like a picture of skis and the note “Find our friend who was on the Cross County Olympic Team” and so forth. Of course, having your guests sign a matted frame is now much preferred over the traditional guest book. -Emily Spencer, The Historic Strater Hotel 78

Brinton Studios

Kristin Mae Photography

I am in love with the idea of creating a patchwork quilt for your guestbook! You can either buy one that is already stitched together and have guests sign the individual panels, or if you are a confident seamstress, you can create it yourself! What a wonderful way to preserve the well wishes of your friends and family and commemorate your wedding day! -Jill Davis, Durango Party Rental

Images by Erin Johnson Photography

I am currently in love with the developing trend of an “Industrial Glam� style to events. Edison bulbs, concrete, raw metals, weathered wood, and exposed brick walls, juxtaposed with sheet moss, textural florals, and succulents with an assortment of candles, I love the versatility of this new trend. It is so accessible and there is so much room for personalization! It can be interpreted as more urban or given a steampunk twist, which is so well suited for this area, given our regional history. I love that the look can be softened by incorporating natural elements or made more edgy to suit the style of the couple. -Jill Davis, Durango Party Rental

Photo booths are hilarious at weddings. It lets guests loosen up and smile naturally. Put all these photos in your registration book so you remember the night forever. -Sara Bath, Durango Mountain Resort

Mollie Tobias Photography


I love the weddings that have done a Mother/ Daughter dance after the traditional Father/Daughter dance. It is so sweet to see the mom included. -Sara Bath, Durango Mountain Resort



ideas from Colorado brides From left: IlluminArts Photography, IN Photography, Brinton Studios

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

We are avid mountain bikers. Mountain biking together was actually our very first date! So, we really wanted to incorporate bikes into our wedding. Together we own seven bikes, two of them are cruiser bikes -mine of course, being the pretty red one we used for the place card display. -Sara

Our table numbers were old pictures of Peter and I from when we were kids. We matched the table numbers with pics of us at that age. -Sarah

From left: Jesse LaPlante Photography, Rene Tate Photography, IlluminArts Photography

We asked our guests to bring a small stone from their home. During the ceremony, each guest placed the stone on the soil of a bonsai tree as a symbol of their blessing of the union and to help support us in our marriage. -Lorena


I wrapped my grandmother’s pocket watch around my bouquet. She passed away when I was 14, so it was nice to have something that represented her. -Gretchen

Our guests placed handwritten notes filled with well wishes and advice into five empty wine bottles. We’ll open the bottles on our 1st, 5th, 10th, 25th and 50th anniversaries. -Sylvia

From left: IlluminArts Photography, Jesse LaPlante Photography, Moosehead Design From left: Frances Photography, Brinton Studios Brooke Trexler Photography.

Our gift to our guests was a cookbook with recipes sent in from all of the guests (a recipe card was included in the invitation). It was one of my favorite parts of the wedding – so personal since there were a lot of recipes from both our families as well as all of our closest friends. -Megan

For our ski themed wedding, we made these fun escort cards with wine corks, vintage postcards and popsicle sticks. Everyone loved them. -Caroline

We took a welding class together and made this metal cake topper of us on a tandem bike with a sign post containing our names and wedding date. - Lorena

We wanted to bring in the wintery mountain theme with our table names and escort cards. So, our tables were named for Colorado ski mountains and we found small snowshoes to use for the escort cards. My mother and I spent 6 hours tying the snowshoes together. It was definitely worth the effort, since this was one of my favorite wedding details. -Erin

We collected skis from thrift stores around Durango to create the ski arbor we were married under. One of the pairs of skis in the arbor had my dads name on them, a gift from my mom back in the day! -Robyn

Tanner and I exchanged our personal vows by ourselves in a beautiful meadow in between our ceremony and reception. Our photographer took photos of us from a distance, and we had a very special moment that was sincere and genuine. This was by far the best part of our day – to finally be alone in the vast beauty of our surroundings, and make our promises to each other with only nature and God as our witness. It was a beautiful experience to have this spiritual connection with each other. -Rachel



Styled Shoot

Love Blooms on a Flower Farm

Photography by Photo Divine

On a crisp fall afternoon, Kyla Jenkinson and Wesley Sebern of Photo Divine photographed this floral inspired styled shoot at the Linnaea Flower Farm in Durango. As their sweet couple strolled through meadows of flowers, they posed with loosely flowing bouquets, baskets filled with blooms and colorful pomanders hanging from trees. The adorable flower girl wore a freshly picked floral crown that probably smelled heavenly as she tossed flower petals in the air. We love the idea of incorporating locally grown organic flowers into your wedding day. Purchase armfuls of flowers from the Farmers’ Market then get the girls together for an afternoon of laughter as you make your own floral crowns/bouquets/centerpieces - a wonderful way to create personalized florals with a memorable story.


Bouquet with dahlia, trachelium, stock, sage, and scabiosa.

Photography by Photo Divine at Linnaea Flower Farm, Durango CO 84

Woodland bouquet with dahlia, scabiosa, eryngium, willow, succulents, lisianthus, bupleurum, stock, ammi and pyracanthas.

A basket filled with ammi, dahlia and trachelium.

Bouquet with dahlia and bupleurum.

Bouquet with lisianthus, dianthus, ammi, mountain mint, fern, and polygonum.

An adorable floral crown with dahlia, eryngium, pyracanthus, mountain mint, willow, gaillardia, bupleurum and lisianthus.

Pomanders with zinnia, dahlia and ammi.



Real Wedding From the bride: We planned a Steampunk wedding mixed with Irish details and metal tones. THE VENUE We chose the Powerhouse Science Center (page 80) because the industrial feel was perfect. The boiler room was just the right setting. And from our first contact, the staff was wonderful. THE CEREMONY Instead of flowers, my daughter carried a hot air balloon. My husband wrote the entire ceremony with my younger brother officiating. Before Kevin started the ceremony, he had the crowd stand to indicate how long they had been married. It was a very heartfelt moment as everyone applauded each couple. THE RECEPTION It was a very relaxed family reception (no seating arrangements). We incorporated an Irish well wishes pebble toss where guests toss a pebble into the water and makes wishes for the couples happiness and future. It was originally done seaside, but since we were right there on the river, we thought it would be fun. All our guests lined up on the bridge outside of the museum and tossed a pebble into the Animas River. Full vendor list on page 88.


Two days after we got engaged, I found my dress, pretty much the first one I saw on Pinterest.


Kevin built the airship for our cake table.






IlluminArts Photography

Romance in the Snow / Sylvia & Jake PHOTOGRAPHER Illuminarts Photography LINENS Durango Party Rental VENUE, CATERER, LODGING Dunton Hot Springs FLOWERS Aprils Flowers & Flower Cottage CAKE A Cake Odyssey BRIDE’S GOWN Anna Maier Colorado Glam at Keyah Grande / Cassidi & William VENUE Keyah Grande EVENT COORDINATOR Krii Black PHOTOGRAPHER Kristen Soileau Portraits FLOWERS Blossoms CATERING, CAKE Alley House Grille BRIDE’S DRESS Ines Di Santo BRIDESMAID DRESSES Amsale HAIR Heather Chapman MAKEUP Makeup Santa Fe GROOM’S ATIRE Angel Bespoke LINENS Party Pro Bacon & Moscow Mules / Lindsey & Kyle VENUE Ridewood Event Center PHOTOGRAPHER IlluminArts Photography DJ Durango DJ & Audio TABLE RENTAL Durango Party Rental EVENT PLANNER Celebrations CATERER, CAKE, FLOWERS The Yellow Carrot BRIDES GOWN Robert Bullock Love at Canyon Crest Lodge / Kelly & Tim VENUE Canyon Crest Lodge PHOTOGRAPHER David Newkirk Photography BRIDE’S GOWN San Patrick BRIDESMAID DRESSES David’s Bridal GROOM’S ATTIRE Jos A Banks Valentine’s Day at DMR / Bonnie & Brad VENUE, LODGING Durango Mountain Resort PHOTOGRAPHER IlluminArts Photography CATERER, CAKE Yellow Carrot FLOWERS Blossom Destination Foxfire Farms / Karen & Colin VENUE Foxfire Farms PHOTOGRAPHER Megan Singleton Photography EVENT PLANNER Events by Emily Kay DJ Aiko Aiko Sound CATERER Hot Tomatoes FLOWERS April’s Garden VIDEOGRAPHER Shutterfreek BRIDE’S GOWN Demetrios, James Elias Engineers Unite / Gabrielle & Brian PHOTOGRAPHER IlluminArts Photography CATERER Norton’s Catering LINENS Durango Party Rental VENUE Durango Train Museum DJ Aiko Aiko Sound BRIDE’S GOWN David’s Bridal A Woodsy Wedding / Deidra & Dustin VENUE & LODGING Ridgewood Event Center PHOTOGRAPHER ShutterFreek FLOWERS April’s Garden CAKE Yellow Carrot PHOTO BOOTH FreekBox


Spring Love in Pagosa / Lisbeth & Hollis CEREMONY Parent’s home RECEPTION Alley House Grille PHOTOGRAPHER Eppich Photography FLOWERS April’s Garden CAKE, FAVORS Pagosa Bakery HAIR & MAKEUP Krystle Antonelli Homegrown in Mancos / Emily & John PHOTOGRAPHER IlluminArts Photography CATERER Durangourmet TENT & RENTALS Durango Party Rental BRIDE’S GOWN Hayley Paige HAIR Solutions Hair Design VENUE Deer Hill Expeditions DJ Aiko Aiko Sound VIDEOGRAPHER Lost Cabin Productions A Dark Snowy Fairytale / Jessica & Casey VENUE Kendall Mountain Lodge PHOTOGRAPHER IlluminArts Photography TRANSPORTATION Mountain Side Concierge PA SYSTEM Durango Party Rental LINENS, CATERER, CAKE The Yellow Carrot BRDIE’S GOWN Vera Wang HAIR & MAKEUP Salon Envy Love & Joy at Powerhouse Science Museum / Emily & Chris VENUE Powerhouse Science Center VIDEOGRAPHER IlluminArts CABARET TABLES Durango Party Rental PHOTOGRAPHER Eppich Photography CATERER Zia CAKE Serious Delights LIQUOR Star Liquors Under a Rainbow at DMR / Karli & Mark VENUE, CATERER Durango Mountain Resort PHOTOGRAPHER Shutterfreek EVENT PLANNER Celebrations FLOWERS April’s Garden DJ Aiko Aiko Sound CAKE Luda Woodward On Top of the World at LePlatt’s Pond / Eleah & Max VENUE LePlatt’s Pond PHOTOGRAPHER Carol Cardwell Photography DJ Aiko Aiko Sound CATERER Smoke Ring BBQ CAKE Cakes by Kim HAIR & MAKEUP Tiffany Aukerman, Studio U Casual & Relaxed at Ridgewood / Ashley & Aaron VENUE Ridgewood Event Center PHOTOGRAPHER Illuminarts Photography CATERER Durangourmet RENTALS Durango Party Rental DJ Aiko Aiko Sound LIQUOR Star Liquors BRIDE’S GOWN David’s Bridal Classic Country at LePlatt’s Pond / Jessica & Dan VENUE, EVENT DESIGN, PLANNING LePlatt’s Pond TENT & LINENS Durango Party Rental PHOTOGRAPHY Allison Ragsdale Photography FLOWERS April’s Garden Love & Electro-science / Amanda & Kevin VENUE Powerhouse Science Museum EVENT PLANNER Celebrations PHOTOGRAPHER Sweet William Photography CATERER, CAKE The Yellow Carrot

RESOURCE directory Our vetted collection of A-list venues & vendors across the region. If you seek top-notch service, creativity and a stress free wedding day, this is the group you’ll want by your side!.

Image by IlluminArts Photography



Canyon Crest Lodge

Cascade Village

580 Yeoman Drive • Pagosa Springs, CO (970) 731-3773 •

50827 N US Hwy 550 • Durango, CO (970) 259-3500 •


Durango Central Reservations

Jimmy Nicholson • Durango, CO (970) 749-1717 •

(970) 385-4711 • 800-828-4228

{See ad on page 23, featured on page 20}

{See ad on page 74}

Image by IlluminArts Photography

{See ad on page 80, recommended on pages 46,71}

{See ad on page 84}

Durango Couture

Bridal Alterations by Melissa Coria (310) 480-7049 •


Durango DJ & Audio

{See ad on page 84, recommended on page 63} Ken Brott • Durango, CO (970) 759-5171 •

Durango Mountain Resort

{See ad on inside cover, featured on pages 8, 10, 58} #1 Skier Place • Durango, CO (970) 385-2164 •

Echo Basin Ranch

{See ad on page 53, featured on page 50} 43747 County Road M • Mancos, CO (970) 533-7000 •

Faith Photography

Bree & Mitchell Gonzales Farmington, NM (505) 947-2697 •

Durango Party Rental

{See ad on page 5, recommended on pages 46,56,63,71,73}

67 Suttle Street, Durango, CO (970) 259-6009 •

Eureka Lodge

{See ad on page 80}

6350 County Road 2 • Silverton, CO (970) 618-3913 •

Fox Fire Farms

{See ad on page 33, featured on page 30} 5733 County Road 321 • Ignacio, CO (970) 759-1540 •


IlluminArts Photography


Hair Fusion Salon

{Recommended on page 52} 150 W 10th Street • Durango, CO (970) 259-0188 •


IlluminArts Photography

{See ad on page 19, featured on pages 10,14,26,34,44,54,60,68}

1140 Main Avenue, Suite C • Durango, CO (970) 759-2040 •

IlluminArts Photography

{See ad on inside back cover} 33633 Hwy 550 • Durango, CO (970) 247-1474 •

Hello Dollface

Ashley Edwards & Jesse Ogle Durango, CO • (970) 799-7450 •

Keyah Grande

{See ad on page 75, featured on page 12} 13211 West Highway 160 • Pagosa Springs, CO (970) 731-2158 • 94

LePlatt’s Pond

{See ad on page 9, featured on pages 6,8,12,43,64,72} 311 County Road 501 • Bayfield, CO (970) 759-0748 •

Mr Soul Entertainment

Mirabal Photography

Steve & Cody Kahler • (970) 533-9898 •

Image by IlluminArts Photography

Brittany & Stephen Mirabal • Aztec, NM (505) 608-5136 •

Norton’s Catering

Paint the DoG Productions

Photo Divine

Pine Valley Rental {See ad on page 67}

107 W. 19 St. Ste. 2 • Durango, CO (970) 903-9929 •

IlluminArts Photography

{Recommended on page 28} 955 State Highway 3 • Durango, CO (970) 247-4702 •

{See ad on page 75, featured on page 81} 842 1/2 Main Avenue, Suite 200 • Durango, CO (970) 375-1212 •

305 Bastille Drive • Pagosa Springs • (970) 731-4410 1508 County Road 501 • Bayfield • (970) 884-0338



IlluminArts Photography

Powerhouse Science Center

{See ad on page 80, featured on page 48, 85} 1333 Camino Del Rio • Durango, CO (970) 259-9234 •

Ridgewood Event Center

{See ad on page 3, featured on pages 24, 60, 68}

Reverend Chessa Gill (970) 749-6850 • (970) 259-7133

Silverpick Lodge & Sow’s Ear

{See ad on page 37, featured on page 34}

48475 US 550 • Durango, CO (970) 259-6600 • 800-295-4820 •

Sky Ute Casino

Sleeping Beauty Ranch

14324 US Hwy 172 N • Ignacio, CO (970) 563-1759 •

27846 Hwy 550 • Durango, CO (970) 403-5877 •

IlluminArts Photography

IlluminArts Photography

16000 Highway 140 • Hesperus, CO (970) 385-4537 •

{See ad on page 57}


{See ad on page 84}

The Smiley Building {See ad on page 67}

Sophia Retreat and Event Center

Southwest Party Rental

Strater Hotel

1309 E 3rd Avenue • Durango, CO (970) 749-3262 • (970) 759-4278

{See ad on page 74}

Durango, CO (719) 200-2108 •

Thru the Lens {See page 42}

643 A Main Avenue • Durango, CO (970) 247-8626 •

19581 CR 31 • Dolores, CO (970) 882-4920 •

{See ad on page 7, featured on page 6}

699 Main Avenue • Durango, CO (970) 375-7124 •

Town of Silverton

{See ad on page 84, featured on page 54}

PO Box 683 • Silverton, CO (970) 759-5557 •


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