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Durango Wedding School

the ultimate wedding workshop

A uniquely intimate, boutique wedding planning workshop taught by the top local industry experts. We have taken the guesswork out of wedding prep and planning and created an in-depth wedding workshop full of the info you want and need to create your dream wedding! Information will include floral design and budgeting, timeline planning, photography, finding the right vendors for you, wedding budget, venue styling, travel, dress fitting and altering, hair and makeup -what to expect, and much more! We are only offering a limited number of tickets so that each attendee can have one-on-one interaction with leading wedding experts.


Upcoming Workshops:

Saturday, February 16th, 2019

11 am - 4:00 pm

Cascade Village, Durango, Colorado

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Who is this workshop for?

Any future brides and grooms that want to dive deep into their wedding planning without feeling overwhelmed. We highly encourage everyone to come including, individuals, family members that are helping with the wedding, maids of honor, besties, and couples.

What is included in this workshop?

  • One-on-one interaction with top industry experts

  • Complete Wedding Planning Workbook

  • Unique courses covering a wide range of wedding topics

  • Demos and how-to instructions

  • Aerial Bartending

  • Light fare and samples

  • Vision board workshop

  • Champagne and wine

  • Door Prizes

  • AND eBike rides!

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11:00 am - Coffee/Tea & Introduction

11:20 am - Do you need a wedding planner or day-of coordinator? - Speaker: Aruna Pietrack

11:50 am - Break/ Trivia Fun Time

12:00 pm - Floral Planning - Speaker: Natalie McClain

12:25 pm - Break/ Trivia Fun Time

12:30 pm - Hair and Makeup Demo and presentation on what to expect and more - Speaker: Tegan Corlies

12:50 pm - Types of gowns, finding the right style, when to buy - Speaker: Jillian with Occasions

1:05 pm - Break & eBike rides - with Claire of ROLL eBikes

1:25 pm - 15 min Demo: Aerial Bartending - with Vanessa Sirois

1:45 pm - Wedding photography tips: finding the right photographer, timelines, exits, groups - Speaker: Alexi Hubbell

2:20 pm - Break/ Trivia Fun Time

2:25 pm - Planning Your Dream Honeymoon - Speaker: Christa McMahon

2:40 pm - Vision Boarding Activity w/ wine & champagne

3:15 pm - Recap, group share

3:30 pm - End of Workshop with option to stay and chat with the speakers.

Workshop Instructors

(more photos and bios to come!)

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Alexi Hubbell - Photographer

Alexi loves weddings! From the first wedding she shot she knew this was the genre for her. Alexi takes pride in educating brides and grooms about all things wedding photography related - from picking the best photographer for YOU to posing pretty for portraits, timeline and much, much more!

Alexi is a native to durango, Colorado and has been featured in many national news media and print publications.

Awards include People’s choice for best photo by the do more photographers


Natalie McClain - Florist

Natalie is an award winning floral designer and has been creating floral arrangements for over 12 years. She believes each client is as unique as the floral combinations they are inspired by. Natalie's passion lies from each clients vision and using her expert knowledge and skills gained in the floral industry to create their dream. She can bring her passion for creation to any event.

Natalie's work has been featured in many national blogs and publications including:

Style me Pretty, Wedding Chicks, Green Wedding Shoes,Brides.com, Magnolia Rouge, Rocky Mountain Bride, and Buzzfeed.com (#13 is her work!)

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Aruna Pietrack - Event Planning and Design

Aruna attended Fort Lewis College where she studied Business and Marketing and has lived in Durango since 2005. In 2013 she married the man of her dreams and during the wedding planning she fell in love with the process and being able to make her day special. After this she realized this is a passion that she wanted peruse, that she truly loves helping brides make their visions come true on the most important day of their lives. She began her training as a professional wedding coordinator spending several years at two different regional wedding venues and is now excited to share her expertise and coordinate weddings for Celebrations.


Tegan Corlies - Wedding Hair Stylist

Tegan has been doing hair for 18 years, 7 of those with Hair Fusion. One of her favorite things to do is formal hair styles for weddings and special occasions. She also specializes in color and fine textured hair in the salon. She is the Wedding Coordinator for Hair Fusion and her best advice for brides is to “do a trial, it takes the stress and guesswork out of the day of vision for your perfect look. It also allows us to make sure all accessories work well with your chosen style and let’s the bride rest easy knowing her dream look can become a reality. Also bring pictures of several looks you like, it greatly improves communication, and we can create your perfect version for your special day”


Harley Carney - Wedding Makeup Stylist

I have done makeup for five years, since I was in college, and hair for three years. In the salon I specialize in blonde and color corrections.

I started doing wedding makeup when I was still in cosmetology school, and have sort of specialized myself in wedding beauty ever since then. I’ve been involved with the ‘behind the scenes’ of weddings since I was in high school, taking photos and helping with catering, but finding my niche in the industry has been life changing!


Christa McMahon- Destination Honeymoon Designer

There’s a study that says that some people are predisposed to love traveling; they call it the Wanderlust Gene. The kind of person who can’t help but travel all the time, finding unique adventures and posting glamorous photos. Well, I have that gene and I want to help others exercise theirs.

Serving and making people happy is as wrapped up in my DNA as much as is wanderlust. I will go above and beyond to ensure that your travels are everything that you could expect and more, because I know it’s so much more than just a vacation.


Vanessa Sirois

aerial bartending and PERFORMANCE

Vanessa Sirois is an aerialist and performer best known for her love of spinning on any apparatus, mainly aerial hoop. She discovered aerial arts in Durango, CO 4 years ago, and has been in the air ever since co-producing and performing in cirque style shows several times a year. Her other love affair is creating unique costuming and aerial entertainment, from fluid aerial dancing to suspended champagne pouring, for special events.


Melissa Coria - Seamstress and Designer

I’ve been sewing for 40 years, I’m from LA where right after high school, I started working for the theatre making and altering costumes, that opened doors for me to get invited into the film industry, again as a costume designer. I started my own business designing and making high end gowns, including bridal gowns, in 2009 we moved to Durango, I decided to support my husband in his career so I started doing alterations, which I was quite hesitant about doing just alterations and not designing,then I discovered Durango Brides, which are just lovely to work for, I am currently doing my passion, although not designing I am able to make a brides gown fit like a glove in the most beautiful way possible, out of my bridal studio in Durango Colorado.


Debra Chee- Venue Coordination

Debra has been working in the Hospitality industry for almost a decade. She moved to Durango from her home town Gallup, NM in 2011 to attend Fort Lewis College. In 2016 she graduated with a BA degree focusing on Tourism and Hospitality Management.

Debra is a new face at Cascade Village and in the Durango Wedding scene but she has taken to the job fast and is loving every minute of it. She has a passion for coordination, organization and a great eye for design.

She enjoys the mountain life, living at Purgatory Resort with her boyfriend, cat and dog. She knows the all the best hiking trails and hangout spots in North County and is committed to making sure your wedding day is the best day of your life!


This workshop will be held at Cascade Village in Durango, Colorado.



Tickets must be purchased in advance. Couple’s tickets can also mean mother and daughter, etc. They are no refunds on tickets unless the event is canceled and cannot be rescheduled.

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