Our Wedding

Our adoration of Dunton Hot Springs is obvious (see here, here, here, and here), so it was a no brainer when we selected it as the venue for our beautiful and intimate mountain wedding.

When we documented our time at Dunton, we were riding horses and sitting by the fire sipping wine. But, there was so much more to the weekend. So much love and laughter and joy among family and close friends.

All highlighted by the best moment of our lives.

The groom waited anxiously.

As Pachelbel Canon in D began playing softly, the bride made her first appearance,

Accompanied by the steadying hand of a proud father.

All smiles and no nerves.

It was incredibly important to us to include many of our close friends and family in our ceremony. To begin, Margaret’s brother read an old Irish blessing.

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

And Neal’s mom shared an old Polish blessing.

Lord, we ask you to bless this family
with a warm place by the fire when the world is cold,
a light in the window when the way is dark,
a welcoming smile when the road is long,
a haven of love when the day is done.
For the blessing of this home we give thanks.

Friends shared their wise words and some of our favorite readings.

From one of the most beautifully romantic poems written

[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in)]
i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

E. E. Cummings

To something more lighthearted on behalf of our four-legged companions.

What I Learned about Love, I Learned from my Dog
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride together. Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
When you want treats, practice obedience.
Let others know when they’ve invaded your territory.
Take naps together and stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Be loyal.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
No matter how often you’re scolded, don’t buy into the guilt thing and pout – run right back and make friends.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk together.
Love each other unconditionally.

All done in the hope of sharing a little of our love with those we love most.

We shared our vows, which stay with us and the people we chose to hear them.

And exchanged rings “as a daily reminder of my love for you.”

Before sealing it all with a kiss.

And making our first showing as husband and wife.

One final fatherly hug,

And we were off into the sunset (to celebrate).

But more on that later…

*All photos courtesy Amelia Ann Photography

104 thoughts on “Our Wedding

    1. Thank you and thanks for reading!!!

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  1. Congratulations to both of you as you start married life in 2020!!! I love all the personalized wedding details. It really covers your special day together as your own way of celebrating with a personal stamp on it.

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind words! We really appreciate it! It really was a perfect and special day!

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      1. You are welcome.What matters is that you did it your way . That becomes the backdrop of wonderful memories.

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  2. Beautiful spot – beautiful pictures – beautiful couple – CONGRATS!

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    1. Thank you Tom!! Have a great night!

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  3. So beautiful! God bless!

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  4. Beautiful photos and venue, congratulations guys! 😎

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  5. Very nice, we hope you enjoy each other for many years to come and take a wonderful honeymoon.

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes, we have a honeymoon planned for Italy in May!! Thanks for reading.

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      1. Oh, you will have so much fun!!!!

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      2. We are looking forward to it SO much!!

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  6. Congratulations! Best wishes for the two of you 😃

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    1. Thank you so much! We appreciate it!

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  7. Yernasia Quorelios January 9, 2020 — 3:30 am

    ♡ Don’t Forget The Lady, Goddess, in Favour of The “Lord”, “God” ALL of You; because OtherWise Tempest, Temper and Tsunamis, Earthquakes and Volcanoes ARE Inevitable…it’s Crystal Clear Clarity that 2020 is A Year Of The Goddess; ignore that at Your Peril Boys and Some Girls

    …♡♡♡…

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  8. Amazing setting for your special day!

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    1. Absolutely!! Thanks for the comment!

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  9. Congrats and every happiness each other

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  10. So beautiful-have a great life together.

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    1. Thank you so much! Thanks for reading!!

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  11. Wishing you many blessings…

    gorgeous and soul warming!

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    1. Thank you for the kind words! Have a great day!

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  12. Congratulations. The Pachelbel Canon is my favorite music

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  13. A beautiful wedding in lovely surroundings. I was touched. Thanks for sharing. May you have a wonderful life ahead.

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind words! It is very much appreciated! Have a great day!

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  14. Congratulations, in the first place. Those poetry lines and vows are beautiful. Hope they accompany you both forever and beyond 😊

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    1. Thank you so much! It was a wonderful reminder writing them out for the post! Thanks for reading!

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  15. Stunning blog. The story, the photos, the warmth flowing out of the experience. Congratulations to you both.
    Really uplifting and inspiring – thanks for sharing. 😎

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    1. Thank you very much for the kind words! It is very much appreciated! Thank you for reading…it means a lot to us!

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  16. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing! And congratulations and may you both be happy forever and always.

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    1. Thank you so much! We appreciate that! Have a great one!

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      1. You’re welcome!

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  17. It was a beautiful and special ceremony. So lucky to have been a part of it!

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    1. Thank you Natalie! It was so great to share it with you!

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  18. What a beautiful wedding!! It was in such a beautiful spot, too. Congratulations!

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    1. Thank you so much! We appreciate you reading!!

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  19. Congrats darling you look beautiful

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    1. Thank you so much! It was a wonderful day!

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  20. Wish you all the best. May Always be Love in your way!

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    1. Thank you very much! Have a great day!

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  21. Congratulations! Great start to 2020.

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    1. Thank you so much!! Much appreciated!

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  22. Beautiful post and wedding. Congratulations!!!

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    1. Thank you for the kind words! We appreciate it!

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  23. Congratulations! It looks like such a lovely wedding ❤

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  24. It’s wonderful to have such lovely memories and blessings to accompany you through your life together.
    All the best,
    Tanja

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    1. Thank you very much for the kind words!! It is much appreciated!

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  25. What a beautiful setting for your wonderful day. And you got lovely weather, it seems, too. An auspicious start to your married lives together…

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    1. Thank you!! Yes, the actual temperature wasn’t that warm but the sun made it perfect!

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  26. Thanks for sharing your special day with us. congratulations.

    Teresa

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      1. My pleasure. And all the best. ❤️

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  27. Inspiring post. My wife and I have been married 38 years. All the best to you!

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    1. Thank you!! 38 years…now that is inspiring! Thanks for reading.

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  28. Congratulations! 🥂🍾 I have always wanted to go to the Dunton Hot Springs. I’ve driven past so many times on my way down to Cortez from Ames. What a beautiful spot to start your life together!

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    1. Thank you so much!! Yes, a visit is always worth it! Thank you for reading. Have a great day!

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  29. Beautiful photos and story. Congratulations to you both !!!👌

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  30. Congratulations, Blessings always.💕💕

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  31. Congratulations…
    Awesome pics – a visual delight.
    Wish you a happy beginning that last forever!

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    1. Thank you very much! We appreciate it! Thanks for reading.

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  32. Congratulations, Margaret and Neal! I wish you both a wonderful married life and the years ahead filled with love, togetherness and happiness!

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    1. Thank you very much for the kind words! We appreciate it!!

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  33. This is so beautiful you guys!! Your photographer did an amazing job!!

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    1. Thank you!! Yes, she is amazing! She captured a lot of great memories that weekend!

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  34. Congratulations 🎉 beautiful story

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  35. Wonderful ! Congratulations ! Awesome !

    Thank you for sharing your unique and precious moments with the rest of us ! Best wishes !

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    1. Thank you so much and thank you for reading! Have a great day!

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  36. Congratulations. The photos are absolutely beautiful. Best wishes to you both on your new journey.

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    1. Thank you so much! Have a great day!

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  37. Many blessings. Enjoy a beautiful life

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  38. Congratulations! What a beautiful setting for a wedding and you both looked amazing, but best of all so very happy. There was nothing but joy on the faces of your well wishes, too. Wishing you many years of great adventures together, cherishing each other more and more with time.

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    1. That should be “wishers”….my auto-correct “helps” me a bit too much.

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    2. Thank you so much for the very nice words! It is appreciated!

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  39. Beautiful setting, congrats!

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  40. jasonlikestotravel February 12, 2020 — 12:00 am

    Lovely photos. I liked the dog comparison too, definitely a great attitude towards life 🙂

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    1. Haha! Dogs have it figured out! Thanks for reading.

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  41. Oh Beautiful wedding day! Beautiful Photos! Congratulations!

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    1. Thank you so much!! Thanks for reading!

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