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 


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)


Laguna Beach Wedding Ideas at the Pacific Edge Hotel

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Looking for some great summer wedding inspiration?  We are obsessed with today’s event – an industry event actually, not a real wedding but a real party!  Hosted by the relaxed yet chic Laguna Beach property, the Pacific Edge Hotel, today’s beach wedding ideas come from the locals down south who know how to produce a swanky oceanside I do in Southern California!

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The Tangled Vine decked out the oceanfront deck  with bright pops of pink and blue glass with a slightly vintage vibe.

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A creative idea for your family photos – a wall and shadowbox of photos of your parents, your courtship, or perhaps those you’ve lost along the way and couldn’t celebrate with you on your big day.

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When you get married overlooking the ocean, consider low or small ceremony decor to avoid taking away from the beautiful setting behind you.

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And of course match your cocktails to your color palette!

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For this dinner reception, one long table was set with a striped pattern linen and bold florals to really scream what a celebration this was!

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Notice the coral-like place card holders to keep the beach theme sprinkled throughout the event.

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And of course the food at the Pacific Edge Hotel is delish – and summertime perfect for a destination wedding in Southern California.

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And for the end of the evening?  Consider cookies that reflect the setting – in this case, surfboards!

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Stay tuned for more beach wedding ideas on the blog tomorrow from this fabulous fete!

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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)


Summer Weddings in Aspen, CO

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It’s our third and final day from Aspen, CO where summer is the perfect time for a mountain destination wedding with all Mother Nature has to offer (including perfect weather to say I do in the outdoors).  Last month with a visit to  The Little Nell, Aspen’s only five star, five diamond and ski-in and ski-out property, we were lucky enough to take some time to explore the region and get our feet wet – literally.

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 The Little Nell has an on-site adventure center to plan excursions and activities for your wedding group – everything from guided hikes to horseback rides and even fly fishing which we partook in!  They treated us like royalty, whisking us from one beautifully tucked away spot to the next.  If you’re hosting a mountain wedding, half the fun is exploring the mountains so be sure to pack an itinerary that shows off your location!  Or at the very least, share all the sites and ideas in your welcome materials for guests to enjoy on their own downtime.

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Surprisingly, learning to fly fish wasn’t as frustrating as I expected – we had great guides and the stocked ponds certainly helped!  A fun team bonding experience for new families coming together if you’re looking to break the ice with a group of all ages!

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Another, more fast-paced adventure that Aspen offers is white water rafting.  Now this is a rush!  Perhaps better suited for your younger wedding guests, this is one of those activities you’ll remember for a lifetime!

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Blazing Adventures took us down the river before finishing our day with lunch.  With the late snow fall this year, the river is especially high and fast for all your thrill seeking groomsmen out there!

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If you need a great off property activity after the great outdoors, check out Woody Creek Distillers – with a bar/restaurant and distillery on-site, you’ll learn about how they make their vodka, while you get to enjoy it!  A fun and casual place for a post-wedding brunch or even welcome reception before the big day for an intimate group.

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From great indoor entertaining to outdoor adventure activities, five star hotel accommodations, fabulous food and entertainment, and of course sun and snow – Aspen really has it all for your destination I do!

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Destination Wedding Photographer: Scott Clark Photo

Wedding Professionals: Special Event Location + Cocktails: Woody Creek Distillery, Lunch Catering: The Little Nell, Fly Fishing Tour: The Little Nell Adventure Center, Rafting Tour Company: Blazing Adventures, Flowers: Aspen Branch



Aspen Rehearsal Dinner Location – Ajax Tavern

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Did you catch our venue report on The Little Nell yesterday?  THE place to say I do in Aspen, CO – be sure to check it out here.  Now, if you’re looking for a more casual rehearsal dinner spot or perhaps a more intimate destination wedding location, then consider staying at the base of the mountain and saying I do to Ajax Tavern at The Little Nell.  A hip and happening gourmet burger restaurant that just underwent a $2.5 million dollar renovation, the spot is perfect for indoor/outdoor entertaining with the gorgeous mountain as your backdrop.

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The food is phenomenal – described as casual fine dinning, you can have a relaxed gathering of all your loved ones once they’ve arrived on property and when you do, be sure to try the truffle fries!

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This special place is actually in the belly of the building, The Nell’s wine cellar.  If you’re a foodie and love fine wines, then you’ll be right at home at this property!

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For more information on booking Ajax Tavern, check them out here.

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Destination Wedding Photographer: Scott Clark Photo

Wedding Professionals: Venue: Ajax Tavern at The Little Nell, Flowers: Aspen Branch, Music + Entertainment: Elan Artists, Paper Goods: Express Yourself