Rustic Western Wedding for Third Grade Sweethearts

This California couple from Santa Ynez Valley met in third grade, were each other's dates to dances in fifth grade, began their relationship in college, and were engaged 8 months later. J proposed in 2019 in the Mojave Desert on a trip to Joshua Tree. They knew they wanted their wedding to be at a destination that felt calm and far from our busy world. K+J chose Dunton Hot Springs in the lush San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado because 'it was so us.' They live a Western lifestyle with horses and knife-making so this restored and elegantly updated 1800's mining town turned luxury Relais + Chateaux resort was the perfect fit. 

Their wedding decor was an ode to the sense of place at Dunton Hot Springs and the American West with handmade leather place cards, Native symbols representing each guest's personality, and vintage Navajo rugs that influenced the color scheme. K+J thoughtfully and intentionally incorporated their love for nature into their wedding day with subtle, warm, organic elements to make for a beautiful design that made their guests feel at home. 

"The scenery at Dunton was unreal, having all of our closest loved ones there plus our dogs watching us say our vows was magic." - K

about the project

“Andrea is talented, inspiring and           

on it!”

Venue | Dunton Hot Springs
Event Planner | Bride
Venue Coordinator | Rare Bird Collective
Photography | Carlie Statsky
Videography | Josh King Photography
Floral Design | Adela Flora
Cake | Something Cute Co.
Invitations | Little Salt Wagon
Rentals | BBJ La Tavola
Music | Desert Child
Dress | Claire La Faye from Wild Bride
Shoes | Vintage Dan Post Boots
Jewelry | Vintage Native American Turquoise from Devine Supply
Bride's Ring Designer | Baxter Moerman
Groom's Attire | Kimes Ranch
Groom's Accessories | KJ Murphy's
Groom's Knife | Sasquatch Survival Gear


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