Ranch Destination Wedding in Durango, Colorado

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Erin and Tom were a perfect match right from the start. The day after a mutual friend introduced them, this blushing bride told her mom, “If I don’t marry Tom Sawyer, I’m going to marry someone just like him.” The rest was history! The couple eventually opted for a destination wedding in Colorado at Blue Lake Ranch and Erin shared the details with us. “As a little girl, mom and I bought flowers from the Ranch and she talked about having my wedding there. When I got engaged I wanted a venue in an exotic location and we looked all over the world. After 9 months, my mom reminded me of the Ranch and it was exactly what we were looking for all along.”

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The bridesmaids wore an eclectic mix of blues and purple bridesmaid dresses all their own.  Beautiful!

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At a destination wedding, not everything goes according to plan, especially with the weather. But this mishap made for a special memory! “Rain poured on our outdoor ceremony and we all took cover in a nearby barn. As I hid in the back, everyone gathered on the porch and we had our ceremony surrounded by our loved ones in a thundering rainstorm. It was so beautiful and exciting. Our guests still talk about how special it was.”

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“Our officiant is a close friend so our ceremony felt deeply personal.”

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Erin and Tom used the natural surroundings to help set the tone for their décor. “We were inspired by our magnificent setting! With the Rockies behind and a green, flowering meadow in front, we let the Ranch guide the style and feel of our celebration. We love modern design so we added some contemporary details, such as metallic linens and a modern dinner, other than that we let the venue shine.”

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“The extraordinary people in our lives made our wedding feel like one giant special touch. My mom planted a wedding garden and all our flowers came from that special garden and my sister-in-law created our beautiful arrangements.”

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We asked the newlyweds what advice they have for future brides and grooms. “Be kind to your mom. During the planning our moms are easy targets for our frustrations and stress. Try to remember that she’s excited too, this is her big day too. Don’t make the mistake of being a jerk to your mom, ever- but really watch yourself during the planning.” Great advice!

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And to end the night?  A perfectly themed mountain inspired wedding cake (complete with custom dessert bar)!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Alders Photography

Wedding Vendors: Location: Blue Lake Ranch, Event Planner: Amber Events, Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Brooks Brothers, Shoes: Fendi, Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew, Linens and Coverings: La Tavola Linen, Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero, Caterer: The Yellow Carrot 

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Riviera Maya Destination Wedding

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Alena and Andrew said I do in Riviera Maya, Mexico at the beautiful Banyan Tree Mayakoba, a place the couple and their families had visited many times over the past few years while on vacation so it was a natural fit to call home for their destination wedding.

We chatted with the couple’s wedding planner, Sarah Glick from Brilliant Event Planning about the bright, beautiful color palette and inspiration for the big day. Alena and Andrew really wanted a romantic feel without being too rustic and she absolutely loved a bright, coral color as a touchpoint to her florals. Nothing too stuffy or buttoned-up. From the lanterns on the dinner tables to the more “undone” look of the florals, we designed the day with this in mind.”

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The bright colors infused into the bride’s bouquet were absolutely stunning!

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This exotic property has all kinds of secluded spots for a picture perfect first look.

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 So how did the couple describe their wedding? Romantic, elegant and fun.” Mission accomplished!

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We always look for ways the couple infuses the local culture into their big day and this pair opted to do that through the food. The fare was full of local favorites (including even the bar selections and even escort cards).

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As a fun twist on escort “cards” was serving watermelon + habanero pepper margaritas with drink flags that were handwritten calligraphy instead of the typical/traditional cards.  It was a huge hit!”

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We asked this savvy bride and groom if they had a few words of advice for getting married at this specific property. “Just make sure you have extra transportation if you’re planning events at the main lobby building and at the beach areas. We did but only because our wonderful planners knew we needed it!”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Elizabeth Medina Photography

Wedding Vendors: Location: Banyan Tree Mayakoba – Riviera Maya, Mexico, Wedding Planner: Sarah Glick – Brilliant Event Planning, Florist:  Fernanda Parra - Planner 1 Events, Videographer: Cinematic, DJ: Bandajam Entertainment Agency, Officiant: Rabbi Steve, Beauty: Styling Trio, Transportation: Mayan Hospitality

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Watercolor, Florida Beach Destination Wedding

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Jamie and Justin traveled from Dallas to Santa Rosa Beach, Florida to say I do at the idyllic Watercolor Inn & Resort with 110 friends and family present to celebrate for four straight days!

To announce the fun to come, Southern Fried Paper created the couple’s custom wedding invitations.

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The bride went with a destination wedding dress that wasn’t “fussy” as she had the beach in mind as her backdrop.  And of course she had the shoes to match!

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Jamie also made the groomsmen’s boutonnieres! She used a basket of shells that she found at a garage sale for $.99.

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Each bridesmaid was given the choice to select their own dress based on their personal styles. A great idea and it came together perfectly in pictures!

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The ceremony was officiated by the groom’s best friend from college while the bride’s grandfather’s school bell from 1940 was rung at the end of the ceremony to pronounce them husband and wife!

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Lots of personal touches were found throughout this special day. Jamie selected tulips in her bridal bouquet because it was her late grandmother’s and mom’s favorite flower.   The bride’s grandmother’s wedding band was tied to her bouquet with a blue ribbon – something borrowed and something blue!

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Great idea for outdoor weddings – pashmina’s to keep warm with a sign that read “to have and to hold in case you get cold.”

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The couple wanted a “beach chic” look to the reception. Mission accomplished!

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“I Think I Want to Marry You” by Bruno Mars was the bride and groom’s first dance song of choice (complete with a choreographed dance routine)!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Goode Green Photography

Wedding Vendors: Location: Watercolor Inn & Resort, Floral: Bella Flora, Inc., Planner: Joseph Lanzy, Watercolor Inn & Resort, Band: Big Night Dynamite, Ceremony Musician: Chris Alvarado, Hair/Makeup: Rolland’s Beauty Bar, Cake: Bake My Day, Videographer: Fletcher Isaacs, Invitations: Southern Fried Paper

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Destination Wedding at Summerhill Pyramid Winery – BC, Canada

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Jason and Goldie wed in an intimate destination wedding at the Summerhill Pyramid Winery in Kelowna BC, Canada. The location was certainly a spectacular backdrop for this sweet couple to share their special day with loved ones. We picked Kelowna as a destination because it’s close enough to home that our close family and friends would be able to attend.  Summerhill Pyramid Winery was our first choice of venue, so we definitely lucked out when it was available.  The winery has a rustic feel which tied nicely into our wedding theme.”  

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“Its so hard to pick one favourite moment, because the whole day was so amazing, but if we had to choose, it would probably be the first look and where it was.  The view was breathtaking.  Great find Mathias :)”   

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Clearly this big day was a whole family affair!  Including the four-legged family member…

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“We wanted to keep decor simple, playful and reflection of our personalities, so we incorporated objects that represented us on our centerpieces.”  

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“The New Years theme (which was when we first met), with the hats and noise makers, surprisingly, worked out awesome!    Definitely one of the favourite parts of the wedding.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

 Destination Wedding Photographer: Mathias Fast Photography

 Wedding Vendors: Venue: Summerhill Pyramid Winery, Florist: Mission Park Flowers, Hair/Makeup: Beyond Wrapture Day Spa

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Maui, Hawaii Intimate Destination Wedding

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Beth and Matt traveled from Chicago to Maui with fifteen of their closest loved ones for an intimate destination wedding on the island overlooking the gorgeous waters of Hawaii.  The couple spent a few weeks in the beautiful locale for not just their wedding but their honeymoon too!

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We asked the couple how they came to land on such a special place for their big day.  We wanted to honeymoon on Maui, so then we just decided to have a small wedding there. We spent two weeks there in all, and we wouldn’t change a thing. It was absolutely perfect for us.”

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We love the idea of leis for all the guests!  A great way to welcome everyone and include all in the ceremony.

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We asked both Beth and Matt about their most memorable moments throughout the day.  Matt said: “Watching my bride walking down the aisle.”

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Beth said: “When we said our vows to each other, and the lei exchange. I loved having a mix of a Hawaii and Traditional ceremony.” 

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When asked what advice they would give our readers planning a destination wedding they said, “trust the coordinator, let them handle all the details!”

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To put some personal touches in the reception, the couple looked to Etsy.  “We ordered a map of Hawaii with a heart located on Maui, with our names and our wedding date written on it. It was what our guests signed, and is now framed and hanging in our home.” 

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And when the day was all said and done, the newlyweds went to the water!

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Other words of wisdom included “book a photographer you are comfortable with. Don’t just hire one at the destination location, sometimes bringing one with you from home works out better!” 

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Thomas Slack – Slack Photography

Bride Dress: Nicole Miller sold by Jenny Yoo Collection in Chicago, Groom Suit & Groomsmen Vest and slacks:  JCrew, Maid of Honor dress: Davids Bridal, Wedding & Reception (provided all food, drinks, decorations, wedding coordinator-Laura Creider): Gannon’s Restaurant, Guest Book: Shape of Love, Officiant: Rev.Valentine Tino Rosete Rev. Tino Rosete, Hair & Makeup: MiRa Carman Maui MiRa

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