Nuptials That Can Move Any Mountain

Meredith Riddle + Patrick Chastang • December 14, 2013 • Glacier Club, Durango

Kate Stukenberg. Photography Chris Bailey Photography.  |  Photos by The ceremony took place on the tee box overlooking the snow-covered Rocky Mountains. Guests viewed the ceremony from the balcony of the Glacier Club and stayed cozy with the help of hot toddies and hot chocolate., In the spirit of the holiday season, guests went home with engraved wedding-bell ornaments., California-based Yarn Bombed Antlers were customized for each of the 23 bridesmaids and honor attendants in a variety of colors incorporating the wedding hue, green., The bride carried her something old down the aisle: an antique bible purchased by her late mother., Amy Boyter of Papellerie designed the stationery suite, creating a custom wedding emblem of initials and antlers., The historic Strater Hotel, built in 1887, served as home base for the wedding weekend., Dallas-based designer Suzanne Lively made the flower girls’ dresses., A clever #idoindurango social media hashtag generated more than 207 fun Instagram photos to remember the wedding weekend., The bride surprised the groom with a “Chastang Ford” F1-50 truck groom’s cake.
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How to plan a destination wedding in three and a half months? Ask bride Meredith Riddle. Meredith, national accounts director at, has always had a knack for details and party planning, having designed such stylish soirées as a party for Shakira in Las Vegas and fashionable fêtes for Carolina Herrera and Diane von Furstenberg in her past professional lives working for Teen People and this chic sheet, PaperCity. And groom Patrick Chastang was definitely on board for the fast track. After all, he proposed on the one-year anniversary of their courtship, so you know he means business.

Coordinator: Christine Hoffer, Belle of the Ball, Houston.

Flowers: April’s Garden, Durango.

Bride’s Gown: Vera Wang from Casa de Novia, Houston; Johanna Johnson Swarovski crystal embroidered cape for the reception.

Divine Details

• Deutsch & Deutsch designed the wedding rings. The bride, whose birthstone is diamond, had one blue sapphire, the groom’s birthstone, added to the band.

• The bride worked with Glacier Club executive chef Dennis Morrisroe to source local foods for the menu, which included smoked trout bruschetta and bacon-wrapped elk.

• The bride discovered The Blue Moon Ramblers, a six-piece bluegrass band, on a wedding planning trip to Durango and booked them on the spot to play during her reception’s cocktail hour. The Temple, Texas-based Billy Holt Band drove all the way to Durango to light up the dance floor with country and rock music.

• The bride splurged on Hotel Costes Brown candles, her signature scent at home, and burned the candles for hours before the reception to add to the mood.

• Bridesmaids and honor attendant were instructed to wear a long dress in any shade of winter green which
resulted in a stunning array of emerald, olive, hunter and jade by designers ranging from David Peck
to Issa and J.Crew.

• The custom wedding emblem was emblazoned on everything from the wedding cake and napkins to hot toddy sticks and the weekend “hangover kit.”

• Custom silver collar stays with initials and the wedding date engraved were worn by the groom, as well as the bride’s father and stepfather, who both walked the bride down the aisle.

• The groom gifted his groomsmen with monogrammed cashmere scarfs that they wore for the service.

• Honeymoon: The Residences at Kapalua Bay, Maui, Hawaii.

“It was always my dream to get married in the mountains of Colorado.”Meredith Riddle