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 


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


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


A Rustic Destination Wedding in Austin, TX

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Bobbie and Davie hosted a destination wedding in Austin, Texas at a unique wedding location – Stubbs BBQ!  But this wedding, like most, didn’t go exactly as planned and this venue was actually a last minute surprise for all involved!  We were supposed to get married in my sister’s backyard which is like a botanical garden, but Austin had massive historic flooding the week prior to the wedding.  So, we had to find a last minute option that was available.  My sister has connections at Stubbs BBQ and Live Music Venue and knew that they had just finished building a special events room at the back of the concert space, so we jumped on it site unseen.  It didn’t even have windows installed until the day before the wedding.  Haha. We weren’t concerned…we had the people we loved most coming into town, we had amazing food and drinks lined up, and we had hired an amazing duo to sing for our guests (Dawn & Hawkes).  We knew it would be wonderful no matter where we were.”

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“As fate would have it, David and I had been to many shows together a Stubbs and the very first concert we attended together happened to be to see the band that was actually scheduled to perform later on our wedding night at Stubbs.  It was personal because we had shared so many happy memories there listening to great live music.”

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What was one of this blushing bride’s most cherished moments from the day?  “Walking down the aisle to Dawn & Hawkes beautiful music and being able to treat our guests to an amazing concert that was taking place there at Stubbs during our reception.”

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Another highlight?  “Our amazing photographers…I didn’t know it was possible to capture the absolute essence of a point in time the way they did at our wedding.  Unbelievable!”

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“Our vision was to host a small, intimate, casually elegant gathering that was comfortable for all guests to thoroughly enjoy themselves while still honoring the sweetness of our wedding day.  We wanted it to feel like a fantastic dinner party at our home in honor of our relationship with each other.  We served food, and cocktails that we would serve guest at our home and enjoyed great music which is such an enjoyment for both of us.”

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Long tables and family-style dinner service really infused that intimate personal vibe the couple wanted to create – without all the fuss!

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This couple also opted to skip some of those traditional wedding rituals of a reception so we had to ask!  We really wanted to enjoy the day with each other and our closest friends and family.  We felt that running around to perform “wedding rituals” would have taken away from that for us.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Shaun Menary Photography

Wedding Vendors: Location: Stubbs BBQ, Wedding Planner: Your Wedding, Your Way, Caterer: Austin’s Catering, Cake: Blue Note Bakery, Floral: Westbank Floral, Vintage Rentals: Vintique Rentals, Entertainment: Dawn & Hawkes


Modern Beach Wedding Ideas at the Pacific Edge Hotel

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We’re back with more beach wedding inspiration from a recent event at the Pacific Edge Hotel in Laguna Beach, CA.  Today we’re taking a look at what an indoor beachfront wedding could look like if you want to bring the ocean inside for a little event inspiration.

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This shabby chic yet oh-so modern white table by The Tangled Vine makes for not only a great reception table but post-wedding brunch look too.  The casual and relaxed vibe works well for just about any of the events surrounding your destination I do!

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Table runners and minimalistic yet natural napkin treatments go a long way in creating decor that feels fresh and finished.

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If you’re on the hunt for more of an evening look, consider darker linens and even pops of metallic like what these gold vases bring into the space.

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But these centerpieces didn’t stop at the base of the vase – they even peppered live product throughout the tables!

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For more modern beach wedding ideas, check out the Pacific Edge Hotel for your big day!

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Destination Wedding Photographer: Snapmotive

Event Vendors: Location: Pacific Edge Hotel, Staging + Paper Goods: Pacific Edge Hotel’s on-site events concierge, Melinda Parker, Rentals: Signature Party Rentals, Florals: The Tangled Vine, Desserts: Plumeria Cake Studio, Too Sweet (candy apple station)