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Southwest Wedding Bazaar: Photographs by Durango Photographers

On a cold day in January, I met with Meg Roberts of Southwest Wedding Bazaar. She told me she was holding this event at River Bend Ranch in Durango CO on April 27, 2019. She was recruiting vendors and couples who would participate and after listening to all the details, I wholeheartedly agreed to be a part of this wedding event. This was the first time anything like this had been attempted here in our little town.

The plan was to have 3 “fake weddings” and she needed lots of vendors to help out. She already had 2 other Durango Photographers and needed one more. It actually ended up that there were 5 Durango Photographers and a couple of videographers there so we all had to be strategic.

Meg did such an awesome job decorating all of the wedding sites and the entire ranch. Durango Party Rental provided some of the items, such as the long wooden tables and chairs. The first wedding took place at the farthest end of the property. The flower arrangements and wedding bouquet were provided by Linnaea Farms, and Marje did a fabulous job with everything including the flowers climbing up the tree. She even made the earrings that the bride wore out of real flowers. The Bohemian style dress was provided by Bri’s Bridal and was just beautiful.

Here are some photos from Wedding #1:

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Ceremony site for first wedding

Bride putting on her earring, photographers in durango co, durango co photographers, durango photography

Bride putting on her earring in new getting ready room at River Bend Ranch

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Real flower earrings

Bride and Groom after the ceremony, photographers in durango co, durango photographers, durango photography

Bride and Groom after the ceremony

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Bride showing off wedding dress and bouquet

Bride and Groom sitting at table, photographers in durango co, durango co photographers, durango photography

Bride and Groom sitting at a decorated table Bohemian style

Bride and Groom on vintage couch, photographers in durango co, durango co photographers, durango photography

Bride and Groom relaxing on vintage couch

Bride and Groom kissing in bear hug, durango photographers, durango photography, photographers in durango co

Bride and Groom kissing in Bear Hug

The second wedding was supposed to take place on a site a little ways a way from the first one. Everything was set up – the metal arch decorated with flowers, vases of flowers, a couple of beautiful couches and chairs. Right before it was supposed to start, a sand/wind storm started up. A few of us were at the site when it happened and we just held onto the vases until it slowed down a bit. It was decided to move the wedding into the reception barn so we all carried the decorations into the barn.

It all turned out wonderful – the bride and groom were super happy and we were able to take them out for a few photos after the ceremony even though it was still really windy (the sand wasn’t blowing quite so hard though). The three little girls with them were just adorable and were having a great time. Right after the ceremony, the bride and groom broke out in a spontaneous dance. The bride told me later that they had choreographed it just the night before. I love it when the unexpected happens.

The dress was provided by Occasions Bridal and the Flowers were provided by Adele Floral and Natalie did a great job with these.

Here are some photos from Wedding #2:

Bride looking at her dress in mirror, photographers in durango co, durango photography, durango photographers, durango wedding photographers

Bride in the new getting ready room at River Bend Ranch

Bride entering ceremony site, photographers in durango co, durango photography, durango co photographers, durango wedding photographers

Bride entering ceremony site at River Bend Ranch

Groom bowing to bide, durango co photographers, durango photography, photographers in durango co

Groom bowing to Bride

Couple holding hands during wedding, durango co photographers, durango photography, photographers in durango co

Couple holding hands during ceremony

Couple doing dance after ceremony, photographers in durango co, durango co photographers, durango photography

Bride and Groom doing spontaneous dance after ceremony

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Bridal Portrait

Bride, Groom, and 3 flower girls, durango photography, durango photographers, photographers in durango co

Bride, Groom, and 3 flower girls

Phew, this is getting long, so I’m going to cover the 3rd wedding and some other decoration photos in the next blog post. Stay Tuned!

Thank you, Karen

Durango Photographers

www.karenskellyphoto.com

karen@karenskellyphoto.com

970.884.5292

About Karen Skelly Photography - Photographers in Durango CO

Hello there! I'm a Certified Professional Photographer serving the entire Western Slope of Colorado, including Durango CO, Cortez CO, Silverton CO, Ouray CO, Telluride CO, Pagosa Springs CO, and Farmington NM. I love photographing the emotions during a family session or wedding; the love, hugs, kisses, tears, and laughs. Please view my website at www.karenskellyphoto.com, and read the "About" page for more information. Thanks for looking. Karen

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