Rustic Western Wedding for Third Grade Sweethearts

The story of this wedding and this beautiful couple pulls at every heartstring as I sit down to share every detail with you! Katarina and Jordan's extraordinary destination wedding in the lush San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado at the magnificent Dunton Hot Springs is straight out of a storybook. This California couple, whose love story dates back to a grade school crush, crafted a celebration that reflected their deep connection, their love for nature, and their Western lifestyle. Let’s delve into the captivating details of their wedding, featured in Rocky Mountain Bride Magazine, and explore the breathtaking beauty of their chosen destination.

about the project

Katarina and Jordan's love story is one that blossomed over decades, starting from their days as childhood friends in Santa Ynez Valley, California. From being each other's dance dates in fifth grade to building a solid foundation in college, their journey led them to a momentous engagement in the otherworldly Mojave Desert in Joshua Tree. Their shared love for adventure and a desire for a destination wedding that embodied peace and tranquility set the stage for their idyllic celebration.

In their quest for a wedding destination that truly resonated with their Western lifestyle and appreciation for history, Katarina and Jordan discovered Dunton Hot Springs. Nestled in the picturesque San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado, this meticulously restored 1800s mining town turned luxury Relais + Chateaux resort captivated their hearts. Its seamless blend of old-world charm and modern elegance created the perfect backdrop for their special day.

The couple's deep-rooted connection to the American West served as inspiration for their wedding decor. Drawing from their passion for horses and knife-making, Katarina and Jordan paid homage to their Western lifestyle with thoughtful details. Handmade leather place cards, each crafted with care, welcomed guests to their seats, while indigenous symbols, carefully chosen to represent each guest's unique personality, added a touch of personalized elegance. Vintage Navajo rugs, with their vibrant colors and intricate patterns, influenced the color scheme, infusing the celebration with the spirit of the American West.

Childhood Sweethearts to Forever Love

Dunton Hot Springs - The Perfect Union of Past and Present

A Decorative Ode to the American West

Katarina and Jordan's love for nature and their desire to create a welcoming ambiance guided the overall design of their wedding day. With subtle, warm, and organic elements, the celebration exuded an understated beauty that made guests feel cozy and at home even from 1,000 miles away. The natural surroundings of Dunton Hot Springs became an integral part of the design, harmoniously blending with the couple's vision and creating an atmosphere of tranquility and joy.

Katarina and Jordan's destination wedding at Dunton Hot Springs was a celebration of love, heritage, and the majestic beauty of Telluride. Rare Bird Collective, with our unwavering commitment to perfection, transformed the bride's vision into an unforgettable reality. From the childhood connection that evolved into a lifelong love and commitment to one another and the beautiful life they’ve created together.

Nature's Warm Embrace: The Organic Elegance of the Wedding Design

“The scenery at Dunton was
                , having all of our closest loved ones there plus our dogs watching us say our vows



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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