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louise + hoe -


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bridal shower


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olivia + josh -


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Salt Lake City


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Salt Lake City


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Zion National Park




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paper + petals Prettiest trends for your invitation suite


suit style for him A guys’ guide to wedding fashion


ready, set, action Tips for planning your bridal session


deco-dent dinner Rehearsal dinner style with vintage appeal


high meadow majesty Luxury style in a secluded mountain lodge


autumn’s first kiss Classic romance at a creekside estate


how to kindly elope in moab Suggestions on eloping sustainably

I N E V E RY I S S U E 12.

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It’s time to party! If there is one year to revel in the art of gathering, this is it. And lucky for you, Utah wedding vendors are bursting at the wedding-gown seams to do the same. What I love about Utah—and this issue—is that it’s infused with sensational landscapes and supportive communities. Whether you’re planning a simple, outdoor elopement or a luxury wedding at a five-star resort, there’s a unique locale and vendor team just for you and your partner. Sure, there’s eye candy in here, but the pages also reveal the painstaking detail in creating a holistic experience. These celebrations exude love, promote a kindness to the environment, and opt for quality over quantity. All in all, the gatherings and inspirations on the following pages showcase artful weddings that are truly unforgettable. Enjoy!

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Louise + Hoe / Canyon Point Louise and Hoe met through a mutual friend in New York City, New York. Louise was supposed to have been on a quick trip there for her little sister’s graduation but ended up moving from Thailand, getting an apartment and staying for good. A year later, Hoe planned a secret trip to Utah to propose at Amangiri. Louise remembers, “He said let’s go hiking! I was going to wear a t-shirt and leggings but then he said I can wear a dress and heels as it will be a quick walk and we have a dinner reservation after. I believed him and wore a dress and heels. Turned out I had to hike on the sand dunes to the top carrying my dog, Maddie, in heels! At the top of the hill there was a cute champagne picnic set up with a charcuterie board, snacks and beautiful flowers by Sarah Winward. While walking up the hill, I saw someone run and hide behind the rocks. It was Kate Osborne, our talented photographer, so I kind of knew it was coming. He got down on one knee and popped the question. I wish I had recorded what he said because he was so excited he blacked out.” Photographer: Kate Osborne Photography | Engagement Ring: POH Jewelry | @pohjewelry Venue: Amangiri | Florist: Sarah Winward | Planner & Stylist: Le Petite Privé |

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Annali + Cameron / Utah Valley Annali was on Provo’s Most Eligible, a YouTube dating show, her freshman year of college. Cameron was watching the show with some friends and pointed out that she was cute. Quincy, a mutual friend, mentioned that she knew Annali and decided she would set them up. Annali initally declined as she hated blind dates and recently had her heart broken. A determined Quincy invited Annali to go with a group of friends to Idaho to Cameron’s house for the weekend. Eventually Annali agreed and after four hours of being squished together in the car, the two now have a running joke that it took her four hours to fall in love with him. They spent that weekend snowmobiling, having nerf wars, watching movies and being glued at the hip. They dated for about a year and a half before he proposed to her on August 12th in their new apartment. Photographer: Lauren Rose Photography | Engagement Ring: Shane Co. |

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A RETRO TOAST TO THE FUTURE MRS. If you’re a maid of honor, bridesmaid, close friend or relative to the bride, you might hold the honor of hosting the bridal shower. Traditionally, a bridal shower is a daytime, womens-only event to celebrate the bride (usually two to six months before the wedding) and shower her with gifts. So, how exactly does a shower hostess achieve superstar status? For one, they make it very easy on the bride. Once the guest list is turned into the shower host, the bride’s job is done. She gets to sit back, relax and enjoy the pampering. Lucky for bride Olivia, her bride tribe threw a whimsically-designed soiree to remember. “I knew I wanted my bridal shower to reflect my boho-themed wedding,” she says. “They incorporated the same color palette with all my favorite details, including pampas grass, wicker, and some fun vintage pieces.”

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TIPS FOR THE HOSTESS Expert party hosts keep in mind two things: One, personalization is key. Two, never let the guests go home hungry. Name boards and photos honor the bride and her groom. Almost-too-pretty-to-eat cookies match the party theme, meanwhile a charcuterie board offers sweet, salty, crunchy and creamy bites.

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creative team Venue: Private Residence Photographer: Jennifer Anderson | @jenanderson_photography Decor: Steele Magnolias Design | Cookies: Cookies and Lipstick | @cookies_and_lipstick Balloons: Luna Balloons Utah | @lunaballoons_utah Marquee Letters: Alpha-Lit Salt Lake City |

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paper & petals Ann Elizabeth grew up sweeping the floors of her dad’s printing shop. Naturally, the apprentice grew into the family business and spun-off her namesake invitation and printing company, Ann Elizabeth Print Studio. She is equal-parts graphic designer, stationer, etiquette director, grammar police and local trendsetter. Messaging is more important than you think. This isn’t any ol’ invitation, honey. Not only should it look and feel indulgent, paper goods are logistical blessings answering the who, what, when, where and how. So, what’s hot in paper trends right now? Turn the page.

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M A K E I T M O D E R N . M A K E I T A B S T R A C T.

Curves ahead. Easy, curvilinear shapes and lines reflect a modern mood throughout this paper suite, from save-the-date announcements to thank-you cards. Have fun with vintage stamps, tassels, whimsical fonts and on-trend colors like this funky millennial purple. But don’t stop there. Use voluptuous blooms like these pink Cymbidium orchids and purple Mokara orchids to dress up the tablescape.


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Let’s get architectural. Arched door frames and garden entrances lure you in and lead you to the excitement that lies beyond them. Here, arch-framed paper adds a nice surprise to an otherwise formal invitation suite that features script fonts, simple paper, velum wraps and a wax seal. The addition of curvy, steel chairs and blooms, like carnations, mums and roses offer old-school refinement to the design.

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TURN UP THE TEXTURE For you binge-watching Bridgerton brides-to-be this suite is for you. Handmade paper, embossed details and calligraphy font screams romance and charm, as does King Louis caned chairs and mix-and-match pillar and votive candles. The classic finishing touch is an all-ivory palette of blooms: Phalaenopsis orchid, freesia and protea.

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creative team Venue: The Wild Oak | Planning: Soirée Productions | Photographer: Pepper Nix | Paper: Ann Elizabeth Print Studio | Invitation Styling: Jenner Lehr | Floral Design: Wish Blossom Flowers | Floral Sourcing: Native | Floral Farm: Wasatch Blooms | Chair & Flatware Rental: Diamond Event & Tent | Linens: Creative Coverings |


We get it, boys. You want to look good and feel good, right? Lucky for you, suit shopping just got a little more interesting. Made with high-tech fabrics, today’s custom suits feel more like athleisure wear than those stiff suits your dad wears. Thanks to inventive clothiers—like Kenneth Boggs, whose grandmother taught him how to sew—these head-to-toe ensembles pair masculine patterns and tight tailoring with stretchy lycra and breathable fabrics.


I T ’ S A L L I N T H E D E TA I L S Personalization is key when building a custom look. Cuffs embroidered with a name and jacket linings threaded with wedding dates and monograms offer a special touch. For extra wow factor, accessorize with leather driving gloves, sunglasses or lapel pins, which are a Kenneth Boggs staple.

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ONE-OF-A-KIND STYLING Comfort isn’t Boggs’ only priority. Every suit—much like the gentleman that dons it—reveals its own narrative. “My goal is to create from their own story,” he says. The tailor asks his clients about their favorite places to eat or favorite sports team to determine who they are outside of wedding day planning.

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SUIT MUST-HAVES FOR THE WEDDING DAY: Cufflinks Traditional buttons can loosen or, even worse, pop off at inopportune times. The right hanger A hanger with a wider width protects the shoulders and the entire structure of the suit. A steamer Often venues will have a steamer on hand. However, it’s important there is one for both the bridal suite and groom’s room. If not, bring your own.

SUIT MUST-DOS ON THE WEDDING DAY: Leave your cell phone in the groom’s suite A bulky pocket misshapes the pant leg and is no good for once-in-a-lifetime photo ops. Coordinate tie width to that of the lapel A skinny tie works best with a narrow lapel. Meanwhile, stick with a traditional tie for a standard lapel width. Ditch the boutonnière Piercing the lapel with a pin can damage the fabric. Boggs’ signature is his lapel pin.

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FIT FOR A KING Take care to choose an experienced tailor like Boggs. “I aim for the lapel to be in harmony with the bone structure of the man from his shoulders to his toes. Literally, I want them to look like a mannequin, but still be able to move.”

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SEASONAL SUIT GUIDE Suit options are plentiful, so enjoy the process. Colors like black, blue, khaki and grey, along with patterns including pinstripe and windowpane, are timeless and can be worn year-round. A sports coat and jeans combo is a versatile option for a rehearsal dinner, engagement party or any function after the big day. Spring and summer hues like this salmon, wool-blend and linen suit add a punch of fun and, according to Boggs, is one of his best sellers. Okay, but how much do I have to spend, you ask? Off-the-rack suits can start at $600, but then be sure to factor in the suit fabric and alterations. Boggs’ suits start at $800. Fabric dictates most of the cost with some custom pieces costing $2,500 to $3,000. If there’s ever a time to splurge and create something unique to you, we think your wedding day is it.

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creative team Venue: Wadley Farms | Photographer: Rebecca Dahl | Stylist: Kenneth Boggs | Shoes: Caffaro Shoes | Watches: Talley & Twine | Models: James, E.J., Johnny, Dane & Kenneth

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Ready, Set, Action

tips to achieving pinterest-worthy bridals! Chelsey Markarian designed this cute bridal session wanting to portray the ending of a romantic comedy brought to life in photos. The playfulness and love shown throughout was inspired by a confetti-filled photo she saw years ago. When planning your bridals, to truly document your love, Chelsey suggests the following: 1. Work with a photographer you are compatable with and who you can communicate with as if you’re talking to a good friend. 2. Find photos that make you truly happy and excited about how they could translate into your bridal shoot. 3. Incorporate who you are individually and as a couple, even if it’s just in small ways. 4. Let your personality show through with your attire and accessory choices. 5. Don’t hesitate to make a fabulous purchase, such as a new outfit or funky prop, to really make your photos stand out. 6. Don’t be afraid to be cheesy. Let your quirks come out. 7. Don’t follow trends. 8. Be creative.

PRO TIP: Create a playlist for your shoot day and include your wedding song!

get cozy, snuggle and be affectionate

creative team Venue: Travis J Studio | @travisj_studio Photographer & Planner: Chelsey Markarian | Bridal Boutique: Raw Golden Rentals | @rawgoldenrentals Bride’s Shoes: Freebird by Steven | Bride’s Earrings: Target | Bride’s Ring Designer: Neil Lane | Makeup Artist: Karla Riffel | @karlariffel Models: Kaiya & Malachi

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Olivia +Josh Z I O N N AT I O N A L P A R K

The duo met during a gathering to watch a UFC fight in high school. Olivia and Josh dated for five years before this sports minded couple was at the NCAA’s Division 1 Wrestling Championships in Cleveland, Ohio, when Josh popped the question! Olivia remembers, “Josh was sitting to my right, he suddenly went to pull the ring box out of his pocket. At this point, I had no suspicion of him proposing but the box had gotten stuck in his pocket and it took him a couple pulls to get it out. As he continued his attempts to get the ring, I started to realize what he was about to pull out of that pocket. My heart started racing and I sort of just watched in anticipation. He got the ring out and opened the box, he looked up at me with tears in his eyes. Our eyes locked and we were both engulfed in the moment. The feeling of love, excitement and nerves filled us both. I remember staring at him and looking at the ring and just feeling so happy. I kept thinking to myself ‘Cry, why am I not crying’ but I was so overcome with joy and excitement that all I could do in that moment was smile. After a few moments had passed, I asked Josh if he had something he wanted to ask me. He then proceeded to ask me to marry him, I said yes, he put the ring on my finger, and we were engaged!”

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THEMES “You may notice a little bit of a theme in our story: wrestling. Josh and I both come from wrestling families. When we met, Josh was a wrestler at the time for his school and he wrestled with my cousin Keith. When we first started dating, I would go and watch his matches. We ended up breaking up for a bit. When we started to talk again, we went to go and watch the State Finals for High School Wrestling in Colorado. It was there that we were evaluating our stance and if we were officially exclusive again. He told me, ‘Since you broke up with me you have to ask me out this time,’ and so I asked him to be my boyfriend again. Josh said, because I asked him out at the State Finals, he wanted to propose to me at the National Finals. So while it might seem odd to some that we got engaged at a national wrestling tournament, it was the perfect proposal for us.”

-VENDORSVenue Under Canvas Moab | Photographer Jessica Cooke Photography | Bridal Boutique The Little White Dress | Gown Designer Galia Lahav Gown | Groom’s Attire Express | Bride’s Ring Jared |

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Heather +Devin S A LT L A K E C I T Y

Heather and Devin met on Bumble. Both had profile pictures that included their birds on their shoulders and the rest is history. Two years into dating, Devin proposed to Heather at the Tracy Aviary with the ring he made himself secretly in their basement.

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PRO TIP: Don't be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone when it comes to choosing your wedding attire! It's no longer a faux pas to wear something other than white to your bridals, rehearsal dinner or wedding day. Opt for something bold like black or chic like pink if you're looking to stand out!

-VENDORSVenue Natural History Museum of Utah | Photographer Elisha Braithwaite Photography | Florist Cactus & Tropicals | Beauty Paula J Dahlberg |

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Alisha +Braden S A LT L A K E C I T Y

Alisha and Braden met in college but didn’t immediately hit it off. After being just friends for six years and both having failed relationships, they reconnected on social media. Alisha recalls, “It was literally love at first sight, after six years and we’ve been inseparable ever since.” One year later, Braden flew Alisha’s sisters out from California to help arrange everything. She remembers, “On the day of our engagement he was ‘working late’ and my sisters called me to go hiking up Ensign Peak. When we got to the top, he was standing there to greet me and asked me to be his wife. My sisters were in the back being the amazing hype women they are, taking pictures and capturing the entire thing. It was truly one of the best days of my life.”

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-VENDORSVenue Thomas S. Monson Center at The University of Utah | Photographer Megan Robinson Photography | Florist Mille Fleur Design | @millefleurdesign Bride’s Ring Designer Modern Goldsmith | Beauty Makeup & Brows by Cherisa |

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Emily Makaafi + MOAB

Emily and Makaafi met on a blind date. They were both a little reluctant with the thought of it but as Emily says, “After spending a little time together, we knew exactly where it was going to lead.” A short ten months later, Emily explains, “I grew up in a really small town in Utah called Eden. When Makaafi and I were dating, I loved to take him back to the home I was raised in and show him my roots. Growing up, my friends and I had our own little ‘getaway’ we found on a hike one day that we would go to after school. There was this beautiful gazebo in the middle of a grove of trees, like a giant treehouse, where we all spent our time. The first time I took Makaafi there was the first time we had expressed our feelings about wanting to get married. Little did I know this was the exact place he would get down on one knee to propose. The day of the proposal we went up night skiing with my cousins while our families were getting everything ready at the gazebo for the proposal. They hung up bistro lights, put up photos of us throughout our relationship and threw rose petals all over. When we got back from skiing, Makaafi took us to the spot where the gazebo was hidden. In my mind all I could think about was how cold it was and I didn’t question what he was doing or what was going on. We were trudging through the snow and as we approached the gazebo it all started to hit me. I could see the lights, hear the music in the background and saw both of our families standing out in the cold. They lined the way up towards the bridge of the gazebo and Makaafi and I walked in, he got down on his knee and said everything I’d been dreaming of hearing since the moment I met him. To have it take place in the same location where it at all started just felt like all the pieces had fallen into place and circled back. It was so beautiful.”

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-VENDORSVenue Moab Photographer Ashton McFarlane Photo | Videographer Katey Rose | @kateyrose.creative Florist Flower Imagination | Bride’s Attire Bridal Image | Bride’s Ring Designer Shane Co. |


DECO-DENT DINNER There’s nothing like a city celebration for your rehearsal dinner. Alive with energy and culture, downtown Salt Lake City has played host to a magnitude of jubilant events—theater, ballet, concerts, Jazz games, business dinners, birthday parties, first dates and anniversaries—since its inception in 1847. Caffé Molise is one such hot spot to raise a glass. And it’s also a one-stop-shop of ambiance and gourmet cuisine.

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Fuse Weddings & Events whips up a rehearsal dinner scene that oozes the same ArtDeco vibrancy as the historical building. Flaunting Neo-Renaissance architecture, this restaurant is an easy win for any couple seeking curved silhouettes, massive arched windows and a grand staircase. Designer notes include filling up the expansive space with tall tapered candles, mixed seating options and velvety textiles. Add in acrylic menus and black tableware for a pop of modern.

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Oh, the stories that bar could tell. When Caffé Molise’s chef and owner Fred Moesinger restored the historic building in 2018, he included this salvaged bar from the now closed Dead Goat Saloon, which housed Salt Lake’s beer and blues scene in its basement location during the seventies, eighties and nineties. Toast your honey with a custom cocktail, like this refreshing sip: It’s About Thyme.

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creative team Venue: Caffé Molise | Planning & Design: Fuse Weddings & Events | Photographer: Jacque Lynn Photography | Florist: Decoration Inc. | Paper: Ann Elizabeth Print Studio | Menus: Designs by Couth | @designsbycouth Rentals: Diamond Event & Tent | Linens: Creative Coverings | Gown: Natalie Wynn Design | Suit: Tuxedo Junction | Beauty: Beauty by Reese | Models: Tori & Cameron

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HIGH MEADOW MAJESTY Lodging, lounging and lovin’? Oh, we’re here for it. What this sprawling 3,500-acre ranch does best is provide ample action for a wedding weekend packed with all of the above and a whole lot more. Marae Events teams up with photographer Heather Nan to showcase uncomplicated luxury at one of Utah’s newer venues, The Lodge at Blue Sky.

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“We combine the raw and beautiful elements of the Blue Sky Ranch terrain with the modern textures and structure of The Lodge,” says Sarah Tucker of Marae Events. To ensure consistency, organic features and architectural elements sync in each locale of the venue. Black-tie formalwear balances the rustic late-summer landscape. Canvas signage hangs from leather straps tied to a lucite rack. Sexy ghost chairs don’t impede the mountain views, while dried blooms reflect the wispy shapes and muted tones of the surrounding meadow.

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OPULENT STYLE Go big or go home, some say. There is no shortage of glamour in this fashion scene. Sure, the surroundings are wild and organic, but these head-to-toe looks remain regal, much like The Lodge itself. Sharp tuxedos are a no-brainer, classic choice for the men, while the ladies flaunt silk and chiffon gowns in neutral hues.

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EASY PLANNING Plan a knock out destination wedding by providing guests with an itinerary chock full of adventure and relaxation. “We highlight the versatility of the venue as it can effortlessly span to encompass all weekend wants and needs,” says Tucker. “From lounging by the pool and enjoying a spa day, to hosting a rehearsal dinner at Yuta and then popping over to the bar for champagne and pre-celebratory cocktails.” Check out The Lodge of Blue Sky’s signature cocktail recipe on page 144.

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creative team Venue: The Lodge at Blue Sky | Planning: Marae Events | Photographer: Heather Nan | Sweets: Flour & Flourish | Florist: Amber Reverie | Invitations: Twelve30 Creative | Bridal Boutique: Alta Moda Bridal | Gown Designer: Eva Lendel | Bride’s Shoes: Bottega Veneta | Beauty: Janelle Ingram | Rings: O.C. Tanner Jewelers | Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: The Black Tux | Chair Rentals: Dara Modern | Tabletop Rentals: Wild Event Studio | Modeling Agency: Niya Management | Models: Laura, Carter, Bennett, Jacqueline & Valerie

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Autumn’s First Kiss

As fall begins to unfold in Utah’s Rockies, the earth emits a mystical energy. Shadows grow longer and the air fills with a refreshingly cool haze. What a magical time of year to say, I do, and the team at Michelle Leo Events agrees. With the help of photographer Megan Robinson, they take over Hobble Creek Estate in Utah Country to unleash their own autumnal spell of mountain chic wedding design. Michelle Cousins, owner of Michelle Leo Events says, “We opted for bold colors to compliment the autumnal colors in the environment as it begins to shift from summer to winter. A collision of summer and early fall hues combine to provide a burst of boldness.”

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Fall is all about the layers. Coat your man in a custom wool-blend suit. That hunter green is striking, isn’t it? As for you, select a gown made with peek-a-boo tulle, silk and embroidered lace. But don’t stop there. Keep pilling on the layers using textural blooms like hellebores, delphinium, waxflower, cottage yarrow and garden roses.

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Peaches, plums, apricots and nectarines are a bountiful harvest this time of year. Serve up sweet and savory pairs, like pork belly with a stone fruit and herb salad, or a local peach soup with cucumber and pepper relish. His and hers cocktails include a barrelaged cherry thyme High West Whiskey Old Fashioned and a Culinary Crafts Pink Blaze Rosé Sangria with elderflower liquor and peaches. And for dessert, swap out the traditional cake for a pie and tart bar, where guests can sample a little bit of everything.

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Skip the traditional fall palette for one that infuses soft yellow, blue, coral and lavender. “Neutral linens and simplistic textiles provide the perfect foundation for bold florals and romantic candlelight,” Cousins explains. “Minimal wood elements such as table numbers, napkin-ring place cards and menus help keep this elegant look grounded and organic for a mountain chic style.”

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creative team Venue: Hobble Creek Estate | Planning: Michelle Leo Events | Photographer: Megan Robinson | Videographer: Ryan Hinman | Caterer: Culinary Crafts | Sweets: Grapefruit and Thyme | Florist: Lizy Bowden Floral Design | Invitations: Twelve30 Creative | Bridal Boutique: Chantel Lauren | Bride’s Jewelry: Borcik Jewelry | Groom’s Attire: UWM Men’s Shop | Beauty: Kali Chris Hair & Makeup | Rentals: Alpine Event Rental | Plates, Flatware & Glassware: Wild Event Studio | Linens: BBJ Linen | Vintage Car Rental: Something Vintage Something Blue | Models: George & Alexia

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Courtney +Brad SUNDANCE

Courtney and Brad met at a bar in Chicago, Illinois, called Moe’s Cantina. They were introduced by a mutual friend who was Brad’s roommate and Courtney’s friend from high school but neither were looking for a relationship. Once they started dating they never looked back. Seven years later on a trip to Palm Springs, California, Brad planned to propose in their villa at the Korakia Pensione. Courtney remembers, “Brad had arranged for the hotel staff to set up a trail of rose petals that led to the proposal area where they had set up beautiful vintage rugs, pillows and champagne. Words really can’t do justice to how breathtaking it was. Brad had a photographer hidden to capture the setting and the special moment when he dropped to one knee and proposed. The setting was private and absolutely gorgeous and then we had the whole weekend to celebrate.” They planned a burgundy, forest green and gold-themed winter wedding for January 3rd.

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ADVICE TO FUTURE COUPLES “If you’re getting married in the Rockies let the Rockies inspire and guide your decisions. We made so many decisions with Sundance as our main inspiration, which fostered an authentic experience for us and for our guests.”

-VENDORSVenue, Caterer & Lodging Sundance Mountain Resort | Planner Hoopes Events | Photographer Grey Giraffe | Videographer Jeremy Anderson Films | Sweets Cake by Alessandra | Florist Brya Designs | Bridal Boutique Bella Bianca Bridal Couture | Gown Designer Anne Barge | Bride’s Shoes Jimmy Choo | Bride’s Ring Designer John Buechner | Bridesmaids’ Attire BHLDN | Groom’s and Groomsmens’ Attire Indochino | Groom’s Accessories Tie Bar | Groom’s Shoes Bruno Magli | Hairstylist Cassi Bosch | @beautymarkedby_mel Makeup Artist Marisa Rose | Invitations Cheree Berry Paper | Calligraphy Hannah Merrell Calligraphy | @hannahmerrellcalligraphy Rentals Eclectic Hive | Utah Vintage Rentals | Ceremony Rugs: The Boheme Project | Officiant Utah Wedding Officiants | Minimoon The St. Regis Deer Valley |


Jessica +Travis DRAPER

Jessica and Travis met as college students at Brigham Young University. She remembers, “Apparently he had a huge crush on me but the timing just wasn’t right. Classic. We didn’t really know each other that well until last summer when we started talking. We totally hit it off and quickly became obsessed with each other as we discovered all of our similarities. From how we both grew up living abroad, to our hobbies/interests, and views on life, we felt like we were literally the same person and long lost best friends.” After a short seven months, Jessica won tickets to the Ellen Show and asked Travis to go with her but he said he had “important work meetings” and couldn’t go. So she invited her mom and best friend to go and had plans after the show to go visit the Huntington Library, a botanical garden and art museum. Jessica recalls, “The Ellen show went longer than expected and the Huntington Library was closing. This meant Travis had to cut down on some of his original plans like his custom map of the gardens that would lead me to him. So instead when we arrived I was met by his mom with the sweetest poem directing me to my now sister in law who had the final clue to his exact location. It was a long walk so after awhile I decided to run because the suspense was killing me! When I finally got past the workers telling me the place was closing, I saw him set up in the most beautiful spot on a bridge in the Japanese gardens. He had my favorite flowers and a ring that was more sparkly and perfect than I could have ever imagined. It was truly one of the happiest moments ever.” They planned an industrial boho wedding for August 20th.

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ADVICE TO FUTURE COUPLES “Our motto, ‘everything is always working out for you’ means no need to stress about things when they don’t go according to plan. Life is always working for your ultimate benefit and happiness.”

-VENDORSCeremony Venue Draper Temple | Reception Venue Quiet Meadow Farms | Reception Help & Florist Thanksgiving Point | Photographer Cassandra Farley Photography | Videographer Russell Alboroto | Caterer Culinary Crafts | Sweets The Chocolate | The Penguin Brothers | Invitations Bloom Co. Design | Bridal Boutique, Veil & Jewelry Alta Moda Bridal | Gown Designer Alexandra Grecco | Bride’s Shoes J.Crew | Bride’s Ring Designer J. Brooks | Bridesmaids’ Attire & Groom’s Accessories Show Me Your Mumu | Groom’s and Groomsmens’ Attire Zara | Groom’s Shoes Cole Haan | Groomsmens’ Accessories The Tie Bar | Honeymoon Cancun, Mexico The Grand at Moon Palace |

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Camille +Blaise FA R M I N G T O N

Camille and Blaise met in high school on a double date, while both were dating someone else. Eventually both ended their initial relationships and graduated. On a chance meeting at a restaurant, Blaise asked Camille to hang out, just the two of them, and they’ve been hanging out ever since. To propose, Blaise arranged a photoshoot for them. Camille recalls, “In the middle of the shoot he said he had to run to his car. He came back with a giant bunch of roses and a note placed in the flowers that said ‘Will you marry me?’ He then got on one knee, with the ring and could barely get the words out. We were both already crying so much. It was super intimate and small because of COVID but it made it special that way. We got takeout after because everything was closed. It was so cute and very private.” They planned a modern, forestthemed wedding for August 21st.

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FUN SURPRISES “Kind of a funny new tradition - I had a cat at home that I loved and had to leave behind. They knew how hard this was for me because she was an emotional support animal. My family hand painted a cat figure to look exactly like my cat Luna. They had me close my eyes and placed her on my cake right before we cut it. It was such a funny and special surprise.”

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ADVICE TO FUTURE COUPLES “The stress and fighting of wedding planning is not worth it. Just enjoy the moment and take the problems as they come. Try to focus on just having fun and celebrating your love.”

-VENDORSVenue Private Residence Photographer Ashlyn French Photography | Videographer Monica Wright Films | Caterer Chick-fil-A | Sweets Cake: Sweetleighcreations | @sweetleighcreations Desserts: Cafe Central & Catering | Florist Willow Berry Floral | @willowberryfloral Ceremony Arch Contrive Design | Bridal Boutique Something Borrowed Bridal | Gown Designer & Veil Maggie Sottero | Bride’s Ring Designer Morgan Jewelers | Groom’s Attire H&M | Groom’s Accessories Tie One On | Hairstylist Hair by Gracie Claire | @hairby.gracieclaire Makeup Artist By bride Neon Sign NeonSignKingdom | Etsy: NeonSignKingdom Honeymoon Panama City Beach, Florida

Erin Mike +

S A LT L A K E C I T Y Erin and Mike met at work while walking to their cars. Mike turned around and asked Erin to dinner and the rest is history. For the proposal, Erin recalls, “Mike took me to dinner to celebrate my graduation from my MBA program. He took me to our favorite restaurant, the one where we went on our first date and for many subsequent anniversaries and special occasions. We were supposed to meet up with friends afterwards so I was in a bit of a hurry at the end of the meal and the restaurant was getting ready to close. I was distracted while putting my coat on and he reached back for his coat and dropped to one knee. It was the most perfect moment, in the place where it all began.” They planned a boho wedding in her parent’s backyard for August 29th.

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ADVICE TO FUTURE COUPLES “Be flexible when it comes to planning the details of your wedding. Every change that we had to make from our original plan ended up making our day so much more special. Also, find yourself an amazing wedding planner or day-of coordinator.”

-VENDORSVenue Private Residence Wedding Planner Emily Aitken Events | Photographer, Videographer & Invitations Faces Photography | Caterer Silver Moon Taqueria | Sweets Kirsten’s Bakes N’ Cakes | @kirst.bakes.n.cakes Florist The Potted Pansy | Rentals All Out Event Rental | Menu & Signage: Joni | @joni_smallhands Music & Entertainment Tribeca Ensemble | Bridal Boutique & Gown Designer Chantel Lauren | Bride’s Veil Sara Gabriel | Bride’s Shoes Soludos | Bride’s Jewelry Borcik | Bride’s Ring Designer O.C. Tanner Jewelers | Bridesmaids’ Attire Azazie | Groom’s and Groomsmens’ Attire Perry Ellis | Groom’s Shoes Cole Haan | Beauty Janelle Ingram | Rehearsal Dinner The Salt Lake Country Club | Honeymoon Sun Valley Lodge |

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Carlee + Jeremy Z I O N N AT I O N A L P A R K

Carlee and Jeremy met at Verizon where he was working and she was an upset customer. She recalls, “It’s funny really, I remember seeing him when I came through the door and thinking I hope this guy with the cute smile helps me today. It was an instant connection. Little did I know I met the man I would marry four years later.” To propose, Jeremy and Carlee were in the United Kingdom celebrating his birthday and decided to add on to their trip and venture to Scotland. Carlee remembers, “To my surprise he got down on one knee, just us two, surrounded by waterfalls and vast rolling hills of green in the most beautiful location.” They planned a boho rustic wedding for September 5th.

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“The highlight of our reception would probably be the speeches and just looking around and feeling so happy to be surrounded by all the amazing family and friends that love and support us.”

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ADVICE TO FUTURE COUPLES “Hire a wedding coordinator. We skipped out on this part and although our wedding day came together beautifully I know that having a day-of coordinator would have been a huge help in making our day flow seamlessly.”

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-VENDORSCeremony Location Zion National Park Reception Venue, Rehearsal Dinner & Lodging Zion Red Rock Chalet | Photographer Nicole Kirshner Photography | Caterer St. George Taco Truck | Sweets Cupcakes! by Julie | Florist M. Floral Co. | @m.floral Bouquet & Boutonniere Florals Blooms by Brooklyn | Paper & Calligraphy Anticipate Invitations | Bridal Boutique Love & Lace Bridal Salon | Gown Designer Alena Leena Bridal | Bride’s Shoes Dr. Martens | Bride’s & Bridesmaids’ Jewelry Good + Gold Studio | Etsy: GoodandGoldStudio Bridesmaids’ Attire Show Me Your Mumu | Groom’s and Groomsmens’ Attire Friar Tux | Groom’s Accessories Wyeth | Groomsmens’ Accessories Oterside | Etsy: Oterside Hairstylist Courtney Simmons | @courtney_hairdesign Makeup Artist Beauty by Luvi | Music & Entertainment Electric Audio |

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Kelsey + Cody PEOA

Sorry Bumble, they’re not giving you credit for this one. Though Kelsey and Cody originally “matched” on Bumble, Kelsey proceeded to block Cody shortly thereafter. She had tried the dating app for a solid week, but had a lot going on and decided she didn’t have time for that nonsense. Cody, forever the optimist, assumed that the app had malfunctioned and reached out via another social media avenue, Instagram. Thinking he was clever, Kelsey decided to put this guy to the test. She unloaded a rant for the ages of everything that was stressing her out. She thought, “If he didn’t run before, this’ll do the trick.” Nope. Cody listened, gave beneficial advice and made her laugh when she wanted to cry. As timing would have it, Kelsey had a previously scheduled solo trip to Europe and left immediatly after their initial DM. The two continued to talk and the day after she got back, they had their first date. Three years later, on a trip to Kelsey’s hometown, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Cody planned his proposal. With her family in tow, Cody planned a trip to the beach and even though it was pouring rain, he perservered. On the way, Kelsey’s sister and mom suggested they stop and do a quick hike (at a spot Cody had already scoped out prior). The hike was up in the dunes surrounded by trees with an amazing lake view that ended at a scenic overlook. As Kelsey’s sister was taking their photo, Cody pointed towards the fresh water cove and nervously yelled, “Kelsey look! A ship!” Confused, Kelsey humored him and as she glanced back to explain to Cody how the lake is different from the ocean, realized that Cody was down on one knee. Kelsey recalls, “The rest is a blur of heartfelt words, tears and excited squeaks. We then continued to the beach where my family was waiting with champagne. All the pre-planning and stress paid off and I was over the moon that my family was able to be so involved in this special moment even though they live so far away.” The two planned a minimalist boho wedding for September 19th.

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-VENDORSVenue 4U Ranch | Wedding Planner Canvas Weddings & Events | Photographer Sarah McClure Photo | Caterer Silver Moon Taqueria | Fiore Pizza | Sweets The Penguin Brothers | Bar Cheers & Swizzles | Florist Wild Flora | Invitations Zola |

ADVICE TO FUTURE COUPLES “Get a videographer, the speeches and the vows will be such a blur and we wish we could relive those moments in more detail. Be flexible. Your wedding does not have to fit into any one genre or vibe. Your wedding is exactly that, yours. If it’s a reflection of what you like, regardless of whether it classically ‘goes together’ or not, it will be perfectly you. Surround yourself with a solid support team for the day-of so you can be as worry-free as possible and focus on enjoying your big day.”

Rentals Alpine Event Co. | Music & Entertainment Life of The Party Entertainment | Bridal Boutique The Perfect Dress | Bride’s Jewelry Rusted Pearl | Etsy: RustedPearl Morgan Jewelers | Bridesmaids’ Attire David’s Bridal | Bride’s Ring Designer Jewelry by You | Groom’s Attire Menguin | The Dessy Group | Groom’s Accessories Dazi | Hairstylist Alyse Peterson | @hairbyalyse Makeup Artist Makeup by Kumiko | Lodging Sheraton Park City | Transportation Exclusive Excursions | Rehearsal Dinner The Bridge Café and Grill | Lighting Moonlight Wedding & Event Lighting | Minimoon “Road trip to Wine Country with a relaxing endcap in Tahoe. Lots of hiking and picnics.”

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Lindsey Austin + A R C H E S N AT I O N A L P A R K Lindsey and Austin met through a mutual friend and quickly became high school sweethearts. Eleven years later in Roan Mountain on the Appalachian Trail Lindsey recalls, “He took me to the very top of the mountain and got down on one knee and popped the question.” They planned a boho elopement for September 28th.

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ADVICE TO FUTURE COUPLES “Marry your best friend.”

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-VENDORSVenue Arches National Park Photographer Angela Hays Photography | Florist Manna Floral Design | Bridal Boutique USA Bridal | Gown Designer The Wilderly Bride | Bride’s Shoes Teva | Bride’s Jewelery Handmade Native American jewelry Bride’s Ring Designer Genesis Diamond | Groom’s Suit Jos. A. Bank | Groom’s Shoes Joseph Abboud | Beauty By bride Officiant Beth Logan | Honeymoon “We did The Mighty Five in Utah and our last destination was Arches National Park, where we got married. We wanted to combine both the honeymoon and ceremony.”

Lauren + Justin ALSTROM POINT

Lauren and Justin met through mutual friends on Twitter when she was a junior in high school and he was a senior. A few messages back and forth on Twitter led to texting which eventually turned to meeting in person. Justin met Lauren outside of her parents house and walked around the neighborhood in the rain, since her mom wouldn’t let strangers in the house which has become a running joke in the family. Two years later, Justin proposed at sunrise on the beach during their vacation to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Lauren recalls, “Waking up at sunrise was our favorite thing to do in the Outer Banks since it is so beautiful to watch down there. Little did I know, Justin began planning the proposal with my sister for the following year soon after that vacation.” They planned a boho elopement for October 24th.

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ADVICE TO FUTURE COUPLES “At the end of the day, it does not matter how many people were there, what food you ate, what the decor looked like, or even what favors you had. What matters is becoming one with your absolute best friend. Expect the unexpected during planning and remember what your marriage is truly about. When all else fails, elope.”

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MEANINGFUL TRADITIONS “My mom gifted me a handkerchief for my ‘something new’ since she knows I’m a big baby and would totally cry. My sister gifted me a blue garter as my ‘something blue.’ I also borrowed my mom’s bracelet to wear on my special day as ‘something borrowed’ since family was unable to attend.”

-VENDORSVenue Alstrom Point at Lake Powell Photographer & Florist Chrissy Marie Photography | Second Shooter Allison Lucille Photography | @allisonlucille_photography Bridal Boutique Everthine Bridal | Gown Designer & Veil Rue de Seine | Bride’s Ring Designer Neil Lane | Kay Jewelers | Groom’s Attire Express | Groom’s Ring Rustic & Main | Beauty L. Mikhel | Officiant Nomadic Love Nuptials |

“Tellurian means 'Inhabitant of The Earth' and as earth dwellers, it is our responsibility to make choices that impact this beloved land as little as possible in our daily lives and when we decide to party down!” - Valen Hunter of Tellurian Events

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MOAB Moab is the gateway to endless Southwest adventures. From checking out the quaint shops and eateries in town to exploring the infamous Arches National Park and Canyonlands, a visit to Moab will be one for the books. The iconic red rock scenery is often why couples choose this destination for their elopement. If you’re considering exchanging your vows in this stunning natural wonder, we encourage you to keep the west wild and support the community by selecting local vendors, lodging, and restaurants when possible.

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Suggestions Choose local vendors - Why? Working with local vendors supports the community you’re visiting! - The local vendors will know how and where to source sustainable materials from your florals to the farm-fresh food for your celebration. - Local vendors are like tour guides. They will be able to suggest everything you and your partner need to bring both your values and vision to life. - Lastly, local vendors will help ensure you and your guests celebrate responsibly without sacrificing the beautiful views. This is vital in public lands that need all of us to protect and preserve its natural beauty. Venue Selection - Permits are required to elope in Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse State Park, and any land managed by the Bureau of Land Management. - A local photographer can be a great resource for what locations are accessible and breathtaking. - Private venues, like The Red Earth Venue, are another option to consider. By opting for a private venue, you will keep your environmental impact to one area. Additionally, most locations in Moab do not allow floral to be brought on-site so if this is important to you, a private venue may be for you. Select your Season - Moab is a popular tourist destination. Avoid busy travel weeks such as spring break and national holidays. - Moab has four distinct seasons meaning the weather differs drastically throughout the year. It is extremely hot in the summer and often cold and snowy in the winter. Spring and fall months offer the most moderate temperatures, however, tend to experience rain more frequently. No matter the season you choose, a backup plan is never a bad idea. Look into Lodging - Moab offers a ton of great unique and boutique options for accommodation. A few of our favorites include Red Cliffs Lodge, Under Canvas Moab, Sorrel River Ranch, Hoodoo Moab, Red Stone Inn, and Wander Camp. Source Local Gifts - Moab is chock full of the cutest shops. If you’re looking for gifts for your wedding party, family or significant other hit the town to find the perfect item for everyone. Be sure to check out Moab Made, everything carried in their store is made locally. Indulge in Local Eats & Drinks - Whether you’re celebrating before your vows or staying in town for a mini-moon, Moab has divine options to satisfy your taste buds. Treat yourself to ice cream at the Moab Garage after a hike, snag fuel for your elopement with a pick-me-up at Snake Oil Coffee, or get a growler of root beer or beer from the Moab Brewery. A few other favorites include the Quesadilla Mobilla, The Spoke on Center and Food Truck Park. Enjoy the Area - Moab has adventures and activities for everyone. Be sure to include a few fun experiences in your weekend itinerary. Go horseback riding at Red Cliff’s Lodge, book a canyoneering tour, or rent mountain bikes to explore a trail. There are also numerous notable hikes to choose from including Double Arch in Arches National Park, Corona Arch, and Grandstaff Canyon. The possibilities are endless! Preserve, Protect & Respect - Moab is a national treasure and those visiting must do their part to keep it the way they found it. Remember no matter how appealing a view may appear, stay on trails at all times, pack out what you pack in and respect the community and visitors around you.

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“My ability to live out my dream, to photograph and experience nature with couples, means I owe it to the land and the people that have come before me and will come after me to treat the land I work on with love and respect. For me that looks like educating my couples about how to be responsible in the particular landscape we are shooting in.” - Haley Nord Photography

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Let your elopement not only be inspired by the destination of choice, but also by your personal style. Tellurian Events styled this edgy bride in a sexy silk slip gown designed by Nordeen Bridal. This delicate gown is a subtle nod to the desert elements surrounding the couple and shows off just the right amount of skin. Accessorize simply with touches of vintage jewelry and bold red florals that pop perfectly against a groom decked out in black leather. An elopement is the perfect depiction of you and your partner, so be sure to let that shine through.

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BEHIND THE DESIGNS Inspired by the earth’s landscapes and its elements, Nordeen is a bridal collection that reimagines classic wedding attire for the outdoors. With a commitment to nature and a desire to preserve its beauty - the brand seeks to develop a range of effortlessly luxurious pieces, distinguished by natural materials and subtle yet unexpected details.

“The birth of The Red Earth Venue came about after years of being a wedding and portrait photographer in Moab. I saw first hand how difficult it was for my couples to find a location for their intimate wedding reception. They wanted to dine outdoors and let nature do the decorating. Many of them were excited to share this incredible place with family and friends and the last thing they wanted was to be in a hotel ballroom.” - Angela Hays, Owner of The Red Earth Venue

creative team Venue: The Red Earth Venue | Photographer & Production: Haley Nord Photography | Floral & Tablescape: Tellurian Events | Bride’s Attire: Nordeen Bridal | Vow Books: Casey Wade Made | Table & Lights: Moab Event Services | Tableware: Wild Event Studio | Models: Lex & Chris

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For your next at home date night, shake up a Horse Thief, named for Barbara Phillips. In 2013, she stole a mistreated horse from a very neglectful ranch. Since then, she has rescued 24 horses, and 30 cows through the ‘Saving Gracie Equine Healing Foundation’. INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz. | Reposado Tequila .5 oz. | High West Campfire Whiskey .5 oz. | Green Chartreuse .5 oz. | Ginger Syrup .5 oz. | Lime Juice 3 to 5 Blackberries DIRECTIONS

In a shaker, muddle blackberries with ginger and syrup. Add remaining ingredients and ice. Shake to chill. Half rim a rocks glass with Tajin spice (or similar spicy lime seasoning) and pour over a big ice cube.

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