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At Hoopes Events we offer a refreshing approach to wedding and event planning: design, service, and extraordinary creativity

without the attitude. It’s a uniquely unpretentious style that begins by listening to, empathizing with, and fully understanding your vision, then bringing your ideas to life.

It’s a style designed to make a special day that much more special. Contact us for a free consultation and estimate. We will travel anywhere in Utah and beyond.

Hoopes Events offers a refreshing approach to wedding planning: design, service, and extraordinary creativity, and an unpretentious approach that immediately puts you at ease. We offer a range of services from simple day-of coordination, to detailed planning and logistics, styling, design, and décor selection and setup that we deliver before, during and even following the occasion


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RENTALS: Diamond Tent & Event HAIR & MAKEUP: Lesley Lind Atelier WEDDING DRESS: Gateway Bridal

CARRIAGE: Summit Wagon & Sleigh CAKE: Flour & Flourish VIDEOGRAPHY: Kale Fitch




97 REAL WEDDINGS Utah’s most stylish celebrations— hosted in the mountaintops, cities and everywhere in between—are personalized, unique and truly special.

129 INSPIRATIONS Fun, flirty and fresh. Local pros weigh in on what’s to come in Utah wedding trends for spring, summer, winter and fall celebrations.

148 MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE RANCH Hats off—or in this case, on—to prairieinspired fashion and unfussy beauty. Photos by Heather Nan


Five classic invitation trends deliver big style to your wedding. By Megan Bartholomew Photos by Adam Finkle

168 ROSÉ FOR THE BIG DAY How to plan an unforgettable gal-pal party. Photos by Elisha Braithwaite










Utah wedding trends, products, talents and tips.


Insider tips, inspiration and tricks of the trade.




Salt Lake’s best venues for an engagement party, rehearsal dinner, bridal brunch or any petite party celebration.


Where to find the issue’s people, places and products


The unofficial guide to being the M-O-B of your dreams—and theirs. By Mary Brown Malouf



What can party hosts learn from a second wedding? Plenty. By Val Rasmussen


Listing of Utah’s party hot spots




Our favorite wedding resources in the state

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VENUES GALORE Looking for a ranch, gallery, resort or hotel to host your wedding? We have hundreds listed on our online Venue Guide.


UTAH BRIDE AND GROOM. COM Party planning continues with more real weddings stories, fashion news, design ideas and expert advice. Whether your style is classic or modern, rustic or city-chic, we have a venue, planner, designer, caterer, photographer, officiant, entertainment and videographer just for you.

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Mary Brown Malouf Christie Marcy art director

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Megan Bartholomew audience development manager

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Amanda Pratt director of advertising

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Utah Bride & Groom magazine is published yearly, arriving on newsstands in January. If you have questions or comments regarding our magazine, please contact us.

TO SUBMIT MATERIAL FOR PRINT story queries We value the ideas and interests of our readers. All story queries can be submitted via mail (address below), email (editor@ utahbrideandgroom.com) and online. Our goal is to respond to all queries; however, due to the large volume we receive, this is not always possible. wedding photo submissions Utah Bride & Groom is proud to feature photos of Utah weddings. Please refer to our Print Submission Summary on our website for instructions on how to submit material for print.

TO SUBMIT MATERIAL FOR ONLINE for couples Our website has all the resources you need to plan your dream wedding. Please refer to our Online Submission Summary on our Contact Us page to submit your wedding, announcement or engagement. for wedding professionals Would you like your business listed in our venue or resource guide? Are you interested in receiving our bi-monthly e-newsletter that includes wedding industry news and events? Would you like to promote a new product, a trunk show or other bridal-related news? Are you looking to partner with UB&G for an event? Send updates and requests to magazine@utahbrideandgroom.com. INTERNSHIPS Interested in joining our team for firsthand knowledge of the magazine world? Parttime, unpaid internships are available. Send a résumé and writing samples to editor@utahbrideandgroom.com. Utah Bride & Groom magazine 515 S. 700 East, Suite 3i Salt Lake City, Utah 84102 Phone: (801) 485-5100 Fax: (801) 485-5133 Website: utahbrideandgroom.com Email: editor@utahbrideandgroom.com

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UP FRONT | Contributors

MEGAN BARTHOLOMEW is the web editor for Utah Bride & Groom and Utah Style & Design magazines, but contributed her print skills in “Get the Glow” (page 54) and as a creative stylist and author of this year’s invitation feature, “Make History” (page 160). Megan recently graduated from the University of Utah with honors in journalism and English literature, and was recently bride herself.

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ELISHA BRAITHWAITE and her husband

PEPPER NIX brought wedding photojournal-

Todd focus on natural wedding photography. A couple’s connection is what fuels their passion for “creative and affectionate” imagery. In this issue, the duo collaborates with Fuse Weddings & Events and Decoration, Inc. in “Rosé for the Big Day” (page 168) to showcase a pink-infused, industrial-glam bridal shower.

ism to Utah in 1999. Now, as one of the mostreferred photojournalists, this energetic force is revered by her couples, Utah’s top venue directors and the state’s best industry professionals. She lends her expertise to this issue in “Rentals Gone Wild” (page 50), “Icing on the Cake” (page 192), “Midwest to Mountain West” (page 118) and “Venue Guide” (page 179). @peppernix


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UP FRONT | Contributors

HEATHER PARKINSON, the creative force behind Heather Nan Photography, explodes with energy and passion for her craft and her clients. As a sought-after photographer for weddings, portraits, birth stories and commercial work, she is no stranger to producing romantic editorials for UB&G magazine. In this issue, Nan’s skills come to life in “Matte(rs) of the Heart” (page 142) and “Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch” (page 148).


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JACQUE ERICKSON, owner of Jacque Lynn

Photography, hit the Little Sahara Desert with Tinge Floral’s Ashley Tinge to produce “Sun-kissed Romance” (page 138). Since 2006, this natural-light photographer has staked her claim as one of the top film and digital shooters in the West. She lends her talents not only to weddings, but to capturing families, babies, maternity and boudoir.


ALLISON BADDLEY is the owner of La Fête, a celebrated event and floral design company. As the stylist for “Matte(rs) of the Heart” (page 142), she honed in on her French-inspired aesthetic to combine a classic combo: black and white. When she’s not planning weddings, she’s styling products for lifestyle products and services.


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UP FRONT | Contributors

KRISTEN PACKARD is a freelance makeup artist who, along with her experienced hair and makeup team, welcomed the opportunity to create trend-setting bridal makeup looks in “Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch” (page 148), “Winter’s Welcome” (page 134) and “Sun-kisssed Romance” (page 138). She also teaches makeup application.


NATALIE SIMPSON is a Salt Lake City-based portrait photographer and videographer of 18 years and a regular contributor to Salt Lake magazine. This issue, Simpson is both guest and photographer in “Oh, Mother!” (page 86). She lives with her two sons, her boyfriend and the best dog, Frankie. In her off-time, you can find her hiking in Millcreek Canyon or at a show at The State Room—often with her camera in hand.


KALI WENGREEN, the creator of Kali Chris

Hair and Makeup, is a licensed cosmetologist, stylist and makeup artist with ten years of experience. She prides herself on being a perfectionist and loves any chance she gets to show women their inner beauty. Wengreen provided all the braids, waves and more in “Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch” (page 148), “Winter’s Welcome” (page 86) and “Country Cool” (page 130).


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UP FRONT | From the Editor

Editors just want to have fun.

Val Rasmussen, editor in chief


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PUT SOME HEART INTO IT WANT TO PUT some tropical heat into classic white bridal florals? Heres what to do: add heart-shaped anthuriums. They’re not just for tiki parties. These shapely, tropical blooms are transforming traditional wedding bouquets from blah to ahhh, as designer Kelly Jackstien of Artisan Bloom proves with this freshly-fashioned arrangement. She chose the sleek waxy bloom for the contrast it provides when paired with the frills and spills of more classic flowers including fluffy hydrangea, fragrant hyacinths and arching tulips. What’s more, anthurium are long-lasting and, for those who crave more color on their wedding day, anthurium also offer more vibrant shades, including pretty pinks and riotous reds.



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RENTALS GONE WILD TABLES, CHAIRS AND LINENS are obvious party rentals. But what about art deco daybeds, bohochic hammocks or oversized moss walls? Oh yeah. Welcome to Eclective Hive. Not only is their inventory stocked with that red velvet Chesterfield sofa or a Kelly Wearstler-esque occasional chair of your dreams, they install lighting, drapery and graphics, too. They are not your average rental joint. They offer in-house event designers to help coordinate layout, delivery, setup and take-down. eclectivehive.com

Rent out a museum? Yes, you can. Reserve the Natural History Museum of Utah’s “Canyon,” the sensational three-story main lobby and outdoor patio overlooking Salt Lake City. nhmu.com

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BLOOM SHOPPING Pros tap the latest looks for today’s parties Artisan Bloom’s Kellie Jackstein admires the four varieties of white roses—all sourced by Esprit Raw Flowers—blanketing a photo backdrop.

SMALL BITES. BIG TASTE. YOU KNOW that reception Insta-image that stopped you dead in your scroll? All the work that goes into that one image goes deep. And we’re talking South American, Holland and Australian deep. While Utah is lucky enough to have a few local cut flower farms that provide summertime blooms, the bulk of your florist’s flower order comes from wholesalers like Esprit Raw Flowers. What started inside a residential garage back in 1989 has grown (pun, intended) into a second-generation-owned warehouse operation, complete with a “Flower Lab” for studio florists—like Kellie Jackstein of Artisan Bloom—to work their wedding magic with easy access to refrigeration, work tables, water, outlets and a photo area. How to get that exact shade of pink you’re dying for? Esprit adheres to a strict (and quite complex) temperature-control supply-chain method to ensure every petal is in tip-top shape for your wedding moment. “We’re on the phones all day with growers from all over the world. We’re watching weather in those regions,” owner Spencer Hansen says of the race to find the right bloom and substitutions, if needed. espritrawflowers.com (to the trade)

Passed hors d’oeuvres used to be a passed-over thought, but not anymore. Culinary Crafts transforms little mouthfuls into an art form like polenta bites, watermelon feta skewers, shrimp dippers and lox sandies. culinarycrafts.com


Need a favor? Cache Toffee Collection handcrafts concoctions in small batches made with several local ingredients. cachetoffeecollection.com




Gin Mixer

Celebrate with an Alpine Distilling Gin Experience during a fabulous four-course dinner at 350 Main in historic Old Town Park City. By MARY BROWN MALOUF

“At the end of the evening, we seal the bottles and label them with the names, date and ingredients for guests to take home,” explains 350 Main’s owner Cortney Johansen.

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OF ALL THE GIN joints in all the world, I’m glad I walked into this one. So too, I believe, would rehearsal dinner guests or members of a bachelor or bachelorette party. After all, very few can say they’ve been walked through the gin-making experience. Alpine Distilling makes this possible at 350 Main in Park City where distillery founder Rob Sergent explains gin and—party favor!—helps you select botanicals to flavor your own take-home bottle of gin. They distill it while you enjoy a four-course dinner by 350 Main’s chef Matt Safranek. The dinner is limited to eight to twelve guests, because that’s all the stovetop distillery equipment Alpine owns. The set-ups are, to put it in girly terms for such gents apparatus—adorable. Each little copper alembic produces a bottle of gin. Kind of like a Mr. Coffee for gin. Meanwhile, guests are given four shot glasses of different gins, taste the differences (if they can) and compare them to ‘aroma sticks,’ each one a different pure smell. It’s like a dinner-party guessing game—you try to identify the pure aromas as you sip each gin. Not surprisingly, this gets harder and harder. Of course, the main flavoring in gin is—and by regulation must be— juniper. But anyone who’s tasted gins as different as Ransom’s Old Tom and Tanqueray knows there’s more to it than one evergreen bush. We chose flavorings from maybe a dozen jars filled with juniper berries, cardamom, anise and other botanicals, mixed it up, stuck our noses in it, adjusted for balance and turned it over with our bottle to the distiller equipped with a nifty countertop still. At different steps during the process, we were served a thimbleful of our gin so we could taste the different stages along the way to the final product. The evening, the experience and the food were unforgettable. Who knew making gin could be as much fun as celebrating with it?

Eat, Drink & Be Married IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN

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SUPERGOOP SPF SETTING MIST, $12 (1 oz.), A light spray for setting and protection that won’t be shiny and can cover your entire body.

WHITE SANDS LIQUID TEXTURE SPRAY, $19, A stylist’s dream, the spray protects from humidity and is not stiff or sticky, allowing for brushing and styling after application.

EMERGENCY STAIN REMOVAL SPRAY, $9, Redwine spill, be gone!

EMINENCE UNDER-EYE CREAM, $96, Prevents dark, puffy under-eye bags for flawless photos.

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BUMBLE & BUMBLE TRANSLUCENT DRY SHAMPOO, $14 (.85 oz.), Day-two hair is best for styling, so dry shampoo can help ensure hair that is shiny and full.

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PREHEELS SILICONE SPRAY, $15, Invisible blister protection for that highheeled, late-night dancing.

HOLLYWOOD EMERGENCY STYLE KIT, $15, Everything you need for a wardrobe malfunction (minus the seamstress) including fashion tape, needle and thread, safety pin and stain remover..

BRIDAL BOTOX AM I TOO YOUNG FOR BOTOX? Some experts say no. Preventative botox trends big for twenty- and thirty-somethings who want to curb wrinkle damage before it begins. Elise Wilcox—physician assistant at Gateway Aesthetic Institute & Laser Center in Salt Lake City— offers a rundown of everything you should know about preventative treatments. WHO? Fiancees of all ages can benefit from botox, whether your wrinkles have developed or not. If you’re past 40, you may need extra treatments to fill out lines that are deeper because you’ve been making them for a while. WHAT? Wilcox’s office offers all injectables and dermal fillers on the market, and a variety of laser treatments—fixing the tiniest sun damage to taking a decade off your face.

Wedding-day beauty prep from local pros EVERY GAL wants to look her best on wedding day. Brides, moms and maids rely on Got Beauty’s Jenni Holmstead to help customize their big-day beauty plan. For a head-to-toe glow, here’s what Holmstead recommends:

DAMSEL IN DISTRESS EMERGENCY KIT, $17, Like the Hollywood Emergency kit, but for beauty: lashes, earring backs, cotton pads, compact mirror and makeup sponges.

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BEFORE THE BIG DAY SUGARBEAR HAIR VITAMINS, $30, Gives you longer, thicker, wedding-ready hair and nails.

WHEN? Plan for treatment two to four weeks before the big day, to see peak results. Wilcox says the neurotoxins work fully for about a month, so a bigger window before an event will both allow the botox to set, and give time for any bruising to fade. WHERE? The most popular areas for preventative botox are between the eyebrows, crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes and horizontal lines on the forehead. WHY? Botox is a nonsurgical treatment that prevents and reverses the signs of aging with just a few needle pricks. Just ten minutes, and you’re ready to go.

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From-the-garden inspiration for the big day lots of it. “It’s refreshing to see couples using bright hues after years of only seeing white, green and blush. I recently had a groom wearing a bright blue suit with a flamingocolored tie. Weddings in 2019 will be brighter.” Don’t overlook fragrance. “Every time I pin on a boutonniere with herbs, they ask, ‘What’s that scent?’” she says. Robinson recommends floral designs incorporating a variety of herbs like rosemary and lavender in the summer or blooming mint and oregano in the fall. “These are perfect for venues like Log Haven, Deer Valley’s Empire Canyon Lodge and Sundance.”

PAPER WITH PETAL POWER Even paper gets into the blooming game. The expert stationers at Tabula Rasa take their craft seriously with lines of fine invitations and thank you cards. Let loose with these petalprinted envelope liners to delight unsuspecting recipients.

TASTE THE BLOOMS Not literally, of course. Floral designer Natalie Robinson’s love of flowers goes even deeper with her wine selections. Both bottles showcase two of Robinson’s favorite untamed blooms: sweet peas and blooming clover.

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HEAD GEAR Looking for a head wreath that’s more glam than gardener? Go for a gilded one, like this headpiece designed by partyplanner Allison Baddley of La Fête. She worked with hair and makeup artist Lesley Lind to create a wildflower look straight off Paris Fashion Week’s runway.


NO ONE KNOWS Utah wildflowers better than La Fleur’s Natalie BernhiselRobinson. Long before brides selected wedding blooms beyond roses, this floral designer and published author of “The Living Wreath” was peddling her signature style focused on fresh-from-themountainside blooms. What’s her secret? “I incorporate blooms and herbs from my own garden,” Robinson says. “Not only do cut native blooms last longer than others, but they also represent Utah’s natural beauty for locals and destination brides alike.” What’s flourishing in her designs this year? Color. And









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1. Arteriors Murphy chandelier, $1,260, Forsey’s Fine Furniture, SLC 2. Benson square end table, $930, Bernhardt Interiors, Murray 3. Gold flatware, $59 for 5 pc. set, Glass House, SLC 4. Small bowls, $10 each, Arte Haus, SLC 5. 6-piece marble serving board, $50, Denton Home, SLC 6. Hermosa lounge chair, starting at $1,436, Ward & Child—The Garden Store, SLC 7. Sublime throw, $113, Alice Lane Home Collection, SLC 8. Yala Mirror, $198, Anthropologie, SLC

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LAST YEAR RECEPTION GOWN THIS YEAR RECEPTION ROMPER LAST YEAR DONUT BAR THIS YEAR RAW BAR Stein Eriksen Lodge loves to lay on the luxury. Go for a display of ice-chilled oysters, lobster and shrimp topped with a grand ice sculpture.

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Brides are savvy. They don’t want to party in their beaded ballgowns, so a reception change is a must. So what could be more comfortable—and super chic—than a halter-top pantsuit to get jiggy on the dance floor?


Think out of the box like the pros at Bluebird Events and Decorations Inc. did and make over the traditional ceremony statement piece. This version at Blue Sky Ranch is a circular showstopper made of driftwood and fresh blooms. Mic drop.

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Christy Bishop of Park City-based Lemongrass & Co. masters the art of bridal gift-giving. DO YOURSELF a favor and avoid giftgiving anxiety. Did I spend enough? Will she like it? Will I offend her? How can I ever repay her for all she’s done? Amidst the tornado of wedding planning, it’s easy to be stumped for gift ideas, but Christy Bishop of Lemongrass & Co. shows how to perfect the craft by using careful planning, developing thoughtful themes and executing hands-on details. “My gifts are completely customdesigned for my clients. I craft them based on their personal preferences and color palettes,” says Bishop. She curates boutique products—like trendy jewelry, ring dishes and body oils—and artfully arranges collections inside artisanal boxes or baskets. To finish off the presentation, Bishop can add fresh blooms and calligraphy-embellished tags, “Quality and detail are essential with each gift,” Bishop says.

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Thank the moms with a bundled bubble bath, lotion, candle, eye pillow, lavender pillowcase insert and shortbread cookies. $167

Say, “Enjoy your stay!” Spa essentials come in a crochet basket that folds flat—fitting comfortably into luggage upon their return home. $80

Give her a favorite scent like Joe Malone along with a scarf, ring dish, candle, matches and shortbread cookies. $175

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GALLERIES Throwing a minimally-rustic soirée or need ideas for an industrial-modern fête? Where to shop for Utah’s best men’s fashion? We have ideas, inspiration and a where-to-go guide right here.



GALLERIES | Industrial Style

Taking Flight Jason and Tim transform a cold, commercial air hangar into a fun and fabulous party palace. Photographs by D’ARCY BENINCOSA

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HAT HAPPENS when a pilot-slash-entrepreneur and his architect fiance plan their wedding? Plenty. These two mavericks knew a ballroom wouldn’t fit the bill for their nuptials, so Jason and Tim booked an airplane hangar for a party that defied weddingday gravity. With a little ingenuity, Jason and Tim madeover a cold commercial space into a room filled with fun, love and laughter. Want to know how? Take note with this checklist for creating high-flying, warehouse-wedding style.


FIND A WAREHOUSE SPACE “We wanted to find a unique and not-socommon venue, and because Jason is a pilot, we started discussing the possibility of doing the wedding at a hangar,” Tim says. “It turns out it is quite difficult finding good hangar space to rent, but luckily the staff at Atlantic were very accommodating. This was the absolute perfect venue for us.”

MAKE A BIG STATEMENT A massive hangar needs to be filled with a comparable conversation piece. “We included a vintage warplane that we had flown down from Heber. We displayed it next to our 1965 Shelby Cobra, which really made people gawk when they walked into the space.”






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SET THE STAGE Ditch the traditional ceremony decor and, literally, build a stage with a sensational architectural backdrop. “We used the glass hangar doors as the backdrop to the ceremony.”

MAKE IT A FAMILY AFFAIR Jason’s stepfather performed the ceremony. Meanwhile, the grooms had their mothers and grandmothers walk them down the aisle. “We wanted to honor the women who brought us into this world by putting them on stage with us,” Jason explains. “Sure, we have friends we would have liked to include in our line, but they got to go to the bachelor party, so they took a back seat for the women.”

CUE THE LIGHTS, MUSIC AND PERFORMERS “We had a drag performance by Coko (whose real name is Sean Michael Hariston). Ever seen a drag show at a wedding? The pictures say it all.”

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Weddings & Events, SLC FLORALS: Blooms & Co., SLC CATERING: Magelby’s, SLC RENTALS: Diamond Rental, Murray; Fuse Weddings & Events, SLC ENTERTAINMENT: Rob Bennion aka DJ Robot Dream, SLC; CokoSean Michael Hariston, SLC VENUE: Atlantic Aviation, SLC (not available for rent) LIGHTING AND AV: Clear Lamp Audio Visual, SLC PHOTO BOOTH: Complete Photo, SLC


JASON OLSEN & TIM THORPE Jason’s hometown: Atlanta, Georgia Tim’s hometown: Sandy, Utah Currently reside: Salt Lake City, Wedding date: 05-26-2018 Photography by: D’Arcy Benincosa WHAT DO YOU DO? Jason owns two Prestman Auto dealerships and is also the founder and CEO of Image Studios 360, a salon suite company in nine states with 25 locations. Tim is an architect, and two years ago he ventured out and opened his own architectural firm, J&T Architecture. HOW DID YOU MEET? Mutual friend. “Tim moved into a house that one of Jason’s friends lived in. They introduced us and we hit it off immediately,” Jason says. HOW LONG DID YOU DATE BEFORE GETTING ENGAGED? Six years WHO PROPOSED TO WHOM AND HOW? Jason proposed to Tim. He arranged a trip to Palm Springs with four of their closest friends for Tim’s birthday weekend. Jason had more than his birthday planned out, though. To celebrate, they all stayed in for dinner. For dessert, everyone sang Happy Birthday as Jason presented Tim a cake with a topper that read: “Turn Around.” When Tim opened his eyes and read the sign, he turned around to see Jason on one knee. BACHELOR PARTY? “Vegas, of course!” Jason says. “The weekend was great, and everyone came home with quite the hangover.”

GALLERIES | Minimalism

Minimal to the Max Gatherist’s Emmily Jones and photographer Erin Kate offer five tips for creating uncomplicatedyet-dynamic design. Photographs by ERIN K ATE


AFTER SIX YEARS of hopping cities—from Stanford University in Palo Alto where they met, to Chicago and Pittsburgh where they separated for medical school, then living apart again while she spent time in Nigeria— Liese and Jordan finally couple-matched for residency at the University of Utah. After a complex courtship, the duo opted for an uncomplicated wedding at Sundance Resort. How’d they do it? Here’s the intel.


COMPLEMENT MOTHER NATURE “Once we decided we wanted to get married in Utah, we knew we wanted to do it in the mountains. We wanted an outdoor ceremony, but also wanted a venue that had beautiful rustic indoor spaces so that the reception would be beautiful as well,” Liese says. “We visited several venues near Salt Lake, and as soon as we saw Sundance, we knew this was the right place for us. It was also a fitting choice because, at the end of our first date, we watched ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.’”

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“I lead a very thorough initial consultation with my wedding clients that not only dives into details about their wedding, but also their personal lives. For example, I want to know how they describe each other’s personalities, how they give gifts to each other and what are their family quirks,” Gatherist’s Emmily Jones says. “Not only is this a foundation for the overall event, it gives me the ability to create a meaningful connection with my clients which I believe lends to a more personalized and well-designed wedding (and a blossoming friendship after the big day).

Avoid the “simple” trap. “It’s a big mistake when couples go too simple and the table and setting look empty,” says photographer Erin Kate. “I absolutely love minimal, but the scale and layering with height offer so much to the decor. Emmily and Amber (Amber Reverie) placed stones under the vases and candles to create height on the reception tables. Another great example of using height is the place card table where cards were placed on different levels using lucite boxes.,” Kate explains.

GO ORGANIC “I had always wanted a small backyard wedding, and we wanted to create a classic, intimate and rustic mood that went with the beautiful setting of Sundance and that echoed that smallwedding feel,” Liese says. “Jordan loves candles, and I wanted to include lots of natural textures like farm-wood tables and informal flower arrangements, which came together to form a classy but relaxed feel. “Our floral designer, Amber Reverie, suggested the tree branches suspended above the tables, which we adored and brought the mountains inside to the reception. The custom driftwood coasters we had made as favors were also a great extension of this theme, and our guests keep telling us they love using them even a year later.”



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LIESE PRUITT & JORDAN KNOX Liese’s hometown: Wayland, Massachusetts Jordan’s hometown: San Francisco, California Currently reside: Salt Lake City, Utah Wedding date: August 26 Photography by: Erin Kate

PRACTICALITY IS KEY It’s worth the wait. “We picked the date because it was one of first weekends available that all the parts of the venue we wanted to use would be available,” Liese says. “This meant waiting almost two years from the time we got engaged, but it also meant we could have the wedding exactly where and how we wanted. Having extra time to plan was also a bonus with two residents’ crazy clinical schedules.”

PRACTICE RESTRAINT “One of my biggest design rules is restraint,” Jones says. “It’s a constant battle with myself. When styling or curating a concept, I like to put all the ideas on the table, literally and figuratively, and scale things back from there. A Dieter Rams’ quote I reference during the design process with my clients and in my personal work is ‘Good design is as little design as possible.’”

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WHAT DO YOU DO? I am a general surgery resident at the University of Utah and am planning to become a pediatric surgeon. Jordan just finished family medicine residency at the University of Utah and is now a sports medicine fellow there.


Sundance Resort, Sundance WEDDING PLANNER: The Gatherist, San Francisco, Calif. WEDDING GOWN: Morilee by Madeline Gardner, available locally at The Brides’ Shop, SLC GROOM'S ATTIRE: Tailor Cooperative, SLC BRIDESMAIDS: Azazie, azazie.com GROOMSMEN: The Black Tux, theblacktux.com HAIR AND MAKEUP: Lesley Lind, Pleasant Grove FLORIST: Amber Reverie, American Fork CAKE: Flour & Flourish, Orem FAVORS: Studio Robazzo, robazzo.com INVITATIONS: Minted, minted.com VIDEOGRAPHY: Ryan Hinman Films, Draper DJ: Life of the Party, SLC

HOW DID YOU TWO MEET? We met as freshman at Stanford in a jazz dance class, but Jordan was too busy flirting with another girl to notice. We gradually became friends over the years, but we really hit it off senior year in anatomy class over dissecting a cadaver. We started dating six weeks before graduation from Stanford University. HOW DID HE PROPOSE? As part of our first vacation after moving to Utah, we took a camping trip to Arches National Park. It rained the first night and morning ruining Jordan’s plans to propose at Delicate Arch at sunrise. Luckily by afternoon, the skies cleared and Jordan proposed at the Arch at sunset.

GALLERIES | Men’s Shop

Men About Town Game On! For gents, the hunt for a dapper head-to-toe look is easier than ever, thanks to the number of men’s clothiers in Utah. No matter your style or budget, here’s where to find the best of Utah’s men’s fashion.

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TRUE GENTLEMEN SUPPLY 1270 S. 1100 East #101, SLC truegentlemensupply.com Who they are: True Gentleman is a bespoke suit shop that fashions suits and blazers for the whole wedding party, tailored to your specific style. Their mission: provide the most unique and exclusive one-of-a-kind experiences for wedding parties. Grooms, get on their appointment list as soon as she says, “Yes,” because they book up quickly. 2019 predictions: “The retro-inspired suit offers lots of textures, patterns, color and wider lapels compared to more recent years,” says TGS founder Trapper Roderick.

Groom Sam Stacie (with bride Annika) wears a jacket and pant, $1,699, made with Tessilstrona fabric, which is 90-percent wool and 10-percent silk. The composition of this long-lasting material offers a luxurious look and texture.

BECKETT & ROBB 150 Main St., SLC beckettandrobb.com Who they are: Beckett & Robb is a men’s custom clothing-maker, specializing in tailored suits, shirts and sports coats. Their mission: For 10 years, the clothier has become the preeminent suit maker in Utah. With more than 10,000 cloth options to choose from, and an award-winning measurement and design process, B&R can create the perfect suit or tuxedo for your wedding day. 2019 predictions: “Men’s tailored clothing trends will begin to swing back toward classic styling,” says Beckett & Robb’s cofounder Jason Yeats. “We’re moving away from the skinny suit of the past six or seven years and toward a more timeless fit with classic details and proportions.”

Co-founder Jason Yeats doesn’t shy away from the cold. A Loro Piana wool/ cashmere blend topcoat ($1,995) and a 100% flannel wool Vitale Barberis Canonico three-piece suit ($1,145) top a cotton shirt ($175) and silk tie ($98).



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TAILOR COOPERATIVE 335 Pierpont Ave. #2, SLC tailorcooperative.com Who they are: Tailor Cooperative is a custom clothier that opened in early 2016 on Pierpont Avenue in downtown Salt Lake City. Their mission: crafting no-nonsense, custom-tailored suits for all men who want to dress with a bold and unique purpose in the boardroom, the ballroom or at the altar.

Tailor Cooperative offers fully-custom suits that range from $695 to $1,995, depending on the fabric. Shown here is a classic double-breasted suit.

UTAH WOOLEN MILLS 59 S. Temple, SLC utahwoolenmills.com Who they are: Since 1905 (that’s 114 years, folks), Utah Woolen Mills has been Salt Lake's premium place for making and keeping men dapper. Their mission: to offer renowned luxury brands like Kiton, Brioni, Isaia, Canali Givocci and Eton, paired with phenomenal in-house tailoring.

WATCH OUT! O.C. TANNER JEWELERS 15 S. State St., SLC octannerjewelers.com O.C. Tanner Jewelers carries more than wedding bands. Complete your look with a timepiece like this Tudor Pelagos, titanium and steel case, self-winding mechanical movement, 42mm, $4,885.

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2019 prediction: “Every year it seems like the surge of popularity for menswear continues to grow,” says Taylor Hawkins. “Lately, we've seen a big trend in performance fabrics, like clothing blended with stretch making suits, slacks, jeans and sport coats comfier and more casual. You won't be looking for a way out of your suit, you'll be looking for an excuse to wear one.” “High blue (a brilliant navy) continues to be the dominant color in the suit world and we can’t get enough of it,” says Hawkins. “We love the way it can be elegant and casual all at the same time. It brings life to your entire outfit.”

2019 prediction: “We see the suit taking on daring colors, classicallyinspired silhouettes, gender-fluidity (i.e. women’s suiting) and just as much scene-stealing, center-of-attention attitude as any great wedding gown,” says Tailor Cooperative’s Joe Wise.

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DEPARTMENTS These days, a wedding “day” is so much more than a ceremony and celebration. We’ve got the scoop on venues for an intimate engagement party, a guys night out or a rehearsal dinner. Plus, we offer advice for the moms, mid-lifers and everyone involved in big-day planning.



DEPARTMENT | Small Venues

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Salt Lake’s most chic spots for hosting a small party


FRUSTRATED WITH trying to find an intimate spot for hosting a rehearsal dinner or bridal luncheon? Make like Maklemore and head downtown. Is a hip, industrial space with food options a’plenty your thing? Or do you prefer a funky restaurant with a popular five-star menu? Either way, Mara Marian of Fuse Weddings & Events reveals her top go-to petite party rooms.

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623 State St., SLC emberslc.com “Ember is a cool space that could work for a small group of around 30 people,” Marian says. Ember SLC features exposed brick, raw wood beams, a vaulted ceiling and spiral staircase. The 3,700 square foot space inhabits a 100-year-old building, but its high-gloss white walls provide a clean backdrop wide open for modern-day interpretation.

FAVORITE NO-NONSENSE LOCALE BLENDED TABLE 925 Jefferson Street West, SLC theblendedtable.com What this light-filled concrete space lacks in


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frilly furnishings and overstuffed whatnot, it makes up for in bountiful buffets and artful food concoctions. Here, the focus is on the slow-food and just-like-family service, which makes sense considering it’s run by a long-time catering favorite, Blended Table. “It’s a new, cool event space in the Central Ninth neighborhood that would work for any small group.”

BEST MODERN-FARMHOUSE VIBE TASTING ROOM 357 W. 200 South #100, SLC tastingroomslc.com If you know Culinary Crafts’ recently-retired founder Mary Crafts-Homer, you know that in addition to cherishing quality cuisine and exceptional service, she’s an avid outdoorswoman. Fortunately for the downtown scene, the ranch-gal-at-heart and her team offer the same farm-fresh, hearty menu options at this urban venue that they serve elsewhere, from Park City to Provo. Plus, Tasting Room is set inside a downtown loft flaunting exposed brick and hardwood floors. “Tasting Room also works well for closer to 30 guests,” Marian says.

MOST DECADENT DEN FINCA 327 W. 200 South, SLC fincaslc.com Is that velvet? Is that marble? Are those Spanish tapas? If you’re standing on a black-and-white checkered floor being illuminated by antique crystal chandeliers, then the answer is yes. Those peacock blue walls and the all-Spanish wine list are an open invitation to linger and celebrate. Take your pick of three glamorous party spots—one set with farmhouse tables and two others that are adorned with dark, floral walls. “Finca can accommodate 10 to 30 people inside those gorgeous side rooms with the pretty floral wallpaper,” Marian explains.


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BEST BIG-CITY SPACE STANZA 454 E. 300 South, SLC stanzaslc.com If upscale and metropolitan gets you excited, consider Stanza. Walls of windows call out to guests, “Get inside!” And with a reputable menu—think tapas, pasta, duck and veal— this Italian wine bar is all about a fine dining



DEPARTMENT | Small Venues

We Asked. You Answered.


One thing we know for certain: Our readers get around. Naturally, we headed to our Instagram (@utahbridemag) friends and asked: What are your favorite smallparty venues? “Table X and Market Street at Cottonwood’s patio.”

experience. Here’s another Central City gem offering a cozy private room for 30 seated, and it boasts its own built-in bar. For a larger guest list, the upstairs Mezzanine seats 80 diners and has AV and two bigscreen TVs.

—Sarah Lyman

“The Grand America Lobby is fun for an afternoon tea.” —Amanda Hansen, Decorations Inc.

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD JOINT PROVISIONS 3364 S. 2300 East, SLC slcprovisions.com Tucked into Salt Lake’s Millcreek neighborhood, Provisions serves locallysourced, in-season, organic cuisine. ”Provisions has this really fun orange floral wallpaper that makes the restaurant really bright and cheery,” Marian says. “They have a small private room with the same wallpaper and really cute windows that allow a lot of natural light inside. It’s a great private space for smaller gatherings of up to a couple dozen guests.”

BEST URBAN PATIO CURRENT FISH & OYSTER 279 E. 300 South, SLC currentfishandoyster.com What better way to celebrate love and adoration than dining on everyone’s favorite aphrodisiac: oysters. “Current has a very large patio that would be perfect for a larger

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“One of my favorite spots is the grapeshaded patio at Harbor.” —Janette Eriksen, Salt Lake magazine

“I love Veneto’s outdoor patio or dining room.” —Heidi Ingham, Berkshire Hathaway Stanza

group of 50-or-so and also a private space upstairs space inside the restaurant that can also accommodate a large group,” Marian explains. With its downtown locale and subtly-nautical historical renovation, one might think they’re in a hip coastal town like Annapolis, Maryland or Camden, Maine.

“Kimi’s Chop & Oyster House has a private room behind the balcony that is great.” —Juan Guitierrez-Naim, Estilo Salon

“My favorites are Finca, Trio at Cottonwood and Bambara.” —Nora Peterson

AC Hotel’s Los Bandidos Yanquis cocktail—inspired by Robert Redford’s Wild West film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.



Girls aren’t the only ones getting a night out. Guys want in, too. Whether it’s to end your guy’s golf game or kick off a night of clubbing, this lineup of local spots offers hearty meals, local brews, big screens to cheer on your favorite sports team and arcades for the kid at heart.

THE BREAK SPORTS GRILL 3396 Decker Lake Dr., West Valley City thebreakgrill.com South Jordan’s The Break Sports Grill was so successful with its lineup of karaoke, poker nights, bingo and local bands, it opened a second location in West Valley—with a rooftop patio— last year.

AC HOTEL 225 W. 200 South, SLC marriott.com/hotels/travel/slcad-achotel-salt-lake-city-downtown Sure, it’s a big-business hotel chain, but this Marriott brand—founded by Spanish hotelier Antonio Catalan— provides local cuisine, minimal design and walkable access to downtown culture. When making reservations, ask about creating a custom cocktail just for you and your gang.

DAVE & BUSTER’S 140 S. Rio Grande St, SLC daveandbusters.com Big burgers, bigger cocktails and huge fun. The Gateway houses the arcadeslash-sports-bar chain that gamers and sports fans have coveted since it first opened in Dallas in 1982.

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DEPARTMENT | Mother of the Bride

Oh, Mother! The unofficial guide to being the M-O-B of your dreams—and theirs. Photographs by BEEHIVE PHOTOGRAPHY

DEAR MOTHER-of-the-Bride, repeat after me: This is not your day. It is theirs. Salt Lake magazine executive editor Mary Brown Malouf is a consummate entertainer, oenophile, can recite the history of lace and personally knows every top chef in the city. How does a party master “go with the flow” when her daughter gets married? To all the mother of the brides out there, this is for you.

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PREPARE TO BE SURPRISED Anna and Michal had been together for years; we all expected them to get married and yet when Michal proposed, it was a huge surprise to Anna. He went down on one knee at Log Haven on her birthday and presented her with a custommade diamond ring that included some of her great-grandmother’s stones. He even hired a photographer to hide in the bushes and take candid pictures of the whole occasion and made sure my husband and I would be there right after the proposal to join them for champagne toasts and dinner. His meticulous planning for the proposal moment was a hint of how this wedding was going to be planned: I was not going to be the boss of this event—these two had very definite ideas. That was my surprise.

REMEMBER WHO’S BOSS Anna knew where she wanted to get married before she knew who she wanted to marry. Log Haven was always going to be the setting for her fairy tale. I closed my eyes and figured I’d find the money somewhere. And I braced myself for the onslaught of details and decisions ahead—I used to own a catering business so I’d seen the ugly underside of the beautiful occasion. At Log Haven, they had the incomparable and super-experienced Faith Sweeten to advise. So I stepped back and waited to be asked questions instead of making lists. The one thing I could do in preparation for the wedding, I did: Shut up and bought myself a pair of turquoise cowboy boots. Check.

EMBRACE THE FAMILY AFFAIR Anna’s father lives in Dallas and he has a lot of opinions, too. In fact, the whole union spotlighted all the complications of blended families and modern times. My 92-year-old father made the trip heroically from Dallas, nephews—one of them the officiant— drove from New Mexico and Texas, son and stepdaughter drove from L.A. Anna’s dad’s family was in something of a feud, so we had no idea who would show up. My dear first ex-husband came from Lake Tahoe. Michal’s parents came from Missouri and brought Polish relatives. AirBnB solved lodging problems. And the ringbearer was Boris, Michal’s giant LabDane, who could clear a table of wineglasses with one happy swipe of his tail.

SAY YES TO HER SEVEN-LAYER DREAM DRESS For Anna, it was, and always had been, all about The Dress. This was not going to be a simple linen shift. Anna flew to Dallas and went shopping with her father (who owns a fashion store in Texas) and his fashionista friend, thinking she’d come back to Salt Lake and find her real gown shopping with me and her bridesmaids. But, not surprisingly, I got a call. “Um, Mom. I think I’ve found my dress.” She



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sent me phone photos of her top three choices and told me which one she loved. I knew she felt she was disappointing me by finding a dress with her dad, but it was irresistably lovely— seven layers of blushing lace and embroidery and chiffon. And she was so happy. After all, this was her experience, not mine—I’d already had three weddings of my own.

HONORABLY ACCEPT YOUR GIVEN JOB DUTY Because of my job at the magazine and the people I know in the hospitality business, I directed Michal and Anna to all the best in the business. Pamela Olsen of Native Flowers embraced their idea of lining the outdoor aisle with stone cairns leading to the flower-covered arch. Sublime baker, Lauralee Morrison at Cakes de Fleur was surprised but not intimidated when Michal showed up with several detailed sketches of the cake he’d envisioned while hiking with Anna—a fantasy mountain with a waterfall of flowers flowing down the tiers. They wanted the menu to focus on local food and there’s no one better than Log Haven’s chef, Dave Jones, for that. Amber Billingsley made her famous High West gelato to go with the cake. I helped Anna shop for bridesmaids gifts and made Boris’ ring pillow out of sari scraps. My sister and I arranged the rehearsal dinner—a casual Mexican-themed buffet at Rico’s warehouse, made possible by Jorge Fierro. The Most Involved Groom In Nuptial History, Michal had spreadsheets of guests, arrival times, lists of things to be purchased and when, hours for each event and really, what’s left for a mother of the bride to do?

SAVOR THE MOMENT, THAT’S WHAT My son and I walked my father down the aisle. Our friend Travis Peterson from the Utah Symphony played the trumpet as the wedding party processed to Holst’s Jupiter. And as Anna and her father started down, flower cannons hidden in the cairns went off, showering the bride with rose petals. Michal wore a suit

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made by Anna’s father’s store in Dallas. I wore my cowboy boots and pink lace; I cried. My husband Glen had died the previous January—I missed so much him being there and being proud of Anna and Michal with me. His absence lent poignance to the happy, healing evening. Anna and Michal are doing it right—gather your friends and family around and hold them tight and remember to make the moment count. Of course, that’s something a mother of the bride should be teaching all along.

THE DETAILS PHOTOGRAPHY: Natalie Simpson, Beehive Photography, SLC VENUE AND CATERING: Log Haven, SLC FLORALS: Native Flower Company, SLC MAKEUP: Looks by Diana, SLC CAKE: Cakes de Fleur, SLC SUIT: Malouf’s of Dallas REHEARSAL DINNER: Rico’s, SLC

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Rachael Hunt married Dave Stockham in August surrounded by 75 guests on the lawn of a family home in Holladay. The couple’s six children took part in the ceremony.

What can party hosts learn from a second wedding? Plenty. By VAL RASMUSSEN

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CHAPTER ONE OF starting a blended family? Throw a spectacular wedding. This summer, I witnessed two “second” weddings, both very different from each other. One was set inside an enchanting garden with a taco truck and the other was hosted and catered by a country club. One casual, the other formal. Both magical. As different as the celebrations were, they had notable things in common. Dear Millennials, take note. Gen X knows how to celebrate love and party like rock stars. Here’s what all engaged couples can learn from second-time-around nuptials.


I do. Take two.

IT’S OKAY TO BE THE CENTER OF ATTENTION AND THROW YOURSELF A BIG PARTY. As tempting as it may be to play it cool by sneaking off to the courthouse, you’ll disappoint friends and family. Mom, Dad, friends and siblings lifted you as you fell, skinned your knee and ugly-cried until there were no more tears left. They also rejoiced in watching you be resuscitated by meeting a new partner. They are begging to celebrate you, love and happy beginnings. Now’s not the time to be humble or shy. Send out invites. Buy a gown. Buy a new suit. Hire a taco truck. Go.

WRITING LOVE LETTERS NEVER GO OUT OF STYLE. “In sickness and health” takes on new meaning when you’ve pulled someone out of thier darkest dark or have been yanked out of your own. Waxing poetry on love, playfulness and adventure shouldn’t be reserved for the young. Write your own vows, love letters, toasts, intentions and affirmations. Remind yourselves—and the village protecting you— what loving partnerships are all about.


RACHAEL & DAVE’S WEDDING PLAYERS VENUE: Private Residence PHOTOS: Reed Rowe, SLC RENTALS: Diamond Rental, Murray TACO TRUCK: Fácil Taqueria BARTENDER: Maxwell’s, SLC VASE RENTALS: Native Flower Company, SLC DJ: DJPauly, SLC GRAPHIC DESIGN: Sarah Boyle Creative, SLC

No doubt, hiring party professionals to orchestrate a soiree is a must. Asking for recommendations from your trusted tribe is a cinch. It’s even likely that you have friends that either have careers in or have spent years cultivating the skills of graphic design, floral design, guitar playing, bartending, woodworking, salsa making or writing. They aren’t “in training” to be these things; they are legit talent. Ask for the help. Repay later. Or never. They don’t expect it.

DON’T FEEL GUILTY ABOUT LEAVING PEOPLE OUT. Once you hit 40, it’s likely you know a chunk of your hometown. Sure, you have hundreds of contacts via social media, the school association, your gym and kids’ activities, but who is it that counts? One of my bride friends said, “We invited the people who were with




us from the beginning of our relationship together and supported both of us.” Who champions this new partnership? Who supports the kids? Who can your family lean on in a crisis? That’s your village of support. Everyone else should understand.

REMIND YOUR KIDS HOW ESSENTIAL THEY ARE TO THE UNION. Should you include your children in the ceremony? Yes! Parents instill life lessons to their offspring every day, sometimes every hour of the day. Those little eyeballs watch everything under a microscope. What better way to demonstrate commitment—even through tough times—than to involve the kiddos in the ceremonial pledge.



Aly Hill married Matt Wikstrom on a hot September day at the Salt Lake Country Club surrounded by 281 guests, 50 of whom were Aly’s kids’ friends.

The pressure to impress wears off by midlife. Instead of focusing on superficial details, mid-lifers get right to the point: the words, the ceremony and becoming a married unit. (Food and alcohol are a close second, of course.) Anyone who has planned a party— even professionals—will tell you something will go wrong. Couples who have been through divorce, death, financial challenges or identity crises scoff at the party hurdles and hit the dancefloor.

ALY & MATT’S WEDDING PLAYERS VENUE: Salt Lake Country Club, SLC PLANNER: Fuse Weddings & Events, SLC PHOTOS: Pepper Nix, SLC FLOWERS: Blooms & Co., SLC BAND: Millennial Beat WELCOME DINNER: Squatters, SLC

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Natalie Gorman & Steve Bertram MONTAGE DEER VALLEY AUGUST 26 Photographs by HEATHER NAN

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THE COUPLE Los Angelenos Steve and Natalie spent many evenings getting to know each other while watching the sunset over the Pacific Ocean from Steve’s terrace. It was that same location where he proposed to Natalie, all the while gazing over the blue sea. “We went to a nice restaurant after the proposal to celebrate, but quickly got back home to sit on the balcony and soak it all in,” Natalie recalls.

THE WEDDING Steve and Natalie decided on an early autumn wedding in the mountains. “We wanted a location that was upscale, yet laid back, and was central for friends and family to travel,” Natalie says. “I love the mountains in the fall. We wanted a place where Steve’s two sons could explore outside, and we could all have fun as a family.” Without Natalie knowing, Steve called Montage—prior to popping the question—to inquire about open dates. Serendipitously, the Saturday after their first-date anniversary was open. What’s more, the email confirming those dates was sent by a Montage

THE DETAILS PHOTOS: Heather Nan, SLC PLANNER: Fuse Weddings and Events, SLC CATERING AND VENUE: Montage Deer Valley, Park City FLOWERS: Artisan Bloom, Park City TENT AND DANCE FLOOR RENTALS: Diamond Rental, Murray LIGHTING AND DRAPING: Moonlight Utah, SLC LINEN RENTAL: La Tavola, latavolalinen.com PHOTO BOOTH: Couth Booth, SLC RINGS: RockHer Haute Jewels, Beverly Hills INVITATIONS: Ann Elizabeth Print Studio, Murray GOWN: J. Mendel, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills SUITS: Elevee Custom Clothing, Van Nuys, Calif. BRIDESMAIDS’ GOWNS: Joanna August, joannaaugust.com ENTERTAINMENT: Gold Standard Music, SLC VIDEOGRAPHY: The Brother Martens, Dallas, Texas OFFICIANT: Anita Gordon, Utah Wedding Minister, SLC HAIR: Alex Brown Hair, Chicago, Illinois



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employee named Natalie Stevens (a combination of the couple’s first names). All the stars aligned for an August 26th wedding at Montage Deer Valley. A Grand Lawn ceremony opened the big day, where Steve walked down the aisle with this two sons, Matthew and Nicholas. The boys took part in the ring ceremony by offering Natalie a diamond band to wear with her engagement ring. “Steve and I also made vows to the boys during the ceremony.”

THE MOOD “My goal was to achieve a balance of elegance and fun. I kept everything light and airy. We had a speciality cocktail and arranged the seating so it would be easy to socialize. Two large farm tables and our most outgoing friends centered the tent,” Natalie says. Fresh views, gourmet cuisine, a photo booth, a giant Jenga game, s’mores and a popcorn station entertained guests on the big day. For invitees who could not attend, the wedding was live streamed. “It was special to be able to share our day with them in whatever way we could.”

THE TUNES The couple danced to the Dixie Chicks’ “Lullaby” sung by the bride’s cousin, Elizabeth Heller. The live band Gold Standard took the mic for big-band music, before the party switched gears to a DJ as the evening progressed. “My stepson Nick took over the dance floor. He does a mean ‘worm’ and made the stage his own, which was incredibly entertaining for everyone,” Natalie says. The bride and her younger sister were the last two dancers to leave the dance floor that evening.





Anna Isabella Adondakis & Stauss Paulos PRIVATE RESIDENCE, HOLLADAY SEPTEMBER 3 Photographs by SPARKLE PHOTOGRAPHY

THE COUPLE Sparks between Anna and Stauss ignited in high school, but the fire didn’t flare until Anna moved back to Utah from Boston College. Four months later, Stauss treated Anna to a downtown date during which he popped the question. It started with a Fleming’s Steakhouse dinner and ended at Grand America Hotel. “The suite was illuminated by candles and roses covered every inch of the floor. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him in front of the

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outdoor balcony,” Anna recalls. Holiday lights lit up the January snow outside. The next morning, they enjoyed breakfast, followed by a spa date at the Grand Spa.

THE WEDDING The wedding locale—Anna’s parents’ home—was a nobrainer. “It’s a place of love and safety, a place that has a beautiful creek and view of Mount Olympus and is a place I felt comfortable sharing with 450 of our family and friends,” Anna says of the Sunday nuptials. “We



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began the festivities Friday night with a welcome dinner and drinks at Tuscany, where we Cretan danced in the outdoor garden and broke plates and glasses to celebrate our union. We hosted our Rehearsal Dinner on Saturday night at Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church. We also held a pre-wedding event in Crete, Greece for the family members that could not make the trip to the United States.”

PHOTOGRAPHY: Sparkle Photography, Park City WEDDING PLANNER: Soiree Productions, Park City CATERING: Culinary Crafts, SLC SITE: Private Residence, Holladay FLOWERS: The Art Floral, SLC RENTALS: Diamond Rental, Murray RINGS: AAA Jewelers, SLC INVITATIONS: Ann Elizabeth Print Studio, SLC GOWN: The Brides’ Shop, SLC SUITS: Beckett and Robb, SLC BRIDESMAIDS’ GOWNS: Off White Bridal, Sandy DJ: Disc Connections, Bountiful VIDEOGRAPHY: Kale Fitch, West Jordan OFFICIANT: Metropolitan Ignat

THE MOOD Anna’s parents’ lush garden hosted 450 guests— from three different countries and over 13 states— for a traditional Greek Orthodox Ceremony. The ceremony began with the blessing of the crowns during which the duo wore, switching them three times over their heads to symbolize their lives of two becoming entwined into one. Next, the union moved to the blessing of the rings, during which rings are swapped three times between the groom and bride’s fingers to that symbolize that, in married life, the weakness of one partner will be compensated by the strength of the other. Apart, the newly betrothed are incomplete, but together they are made perfect. Cretan accents‑including olive branches—adorned the tables. “The white rose petals reminded me of my favorite, soft, romantic times in Crete,” Anna explains.

THE CUISINE With both of their families hailing from Crete, Anna and Strauss celebrated a traditional Cretan meal. Hors d’oeuvres included Greek charcuterie, kalizounia (cheese squares), keftedes (Greek-style meatballs), spanikopita (spinach pie) and spicy feta dip. For the main course, guests enjoyed salata with Snuck Farms arugula roast leg of lamb, Cretan pilaf and a local tomatoes, cucumber and feta salad. Sweet tooths nibbled on a gelato trio—olive oil, red wine and chocolate—as well as a bourbonand-almond wedding cake. Late night partygoers snacked on mini gyros and fries.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT “The dance floor was full, the music was blasting and I was dancing with my wife,” Strauss recalls. “I couldn’t believe that she was finally my wife. In a crowd of over 450 people, it felt like it was just she and I swaying back and forth.”





Mills Davis & Andy Viehman ST. REGIS DEER VALLEY DECEMBER 2


THE COUPLE Texans Mills and Andy first met at Texas Christian University, but they didn’t get together until after graduation when they were both living in Dallas. “Two of our friends—who are now married—were dating each other at the time, so I went to meet up with them at a bar one night and Andy was there,” Mills explains. “He actually didn’t remember hitting on me until we met up again the next night. He walked up saying, ‘Oh my gosh, Mills, I haven’t seen you in three years,’ which made for a great lead for me to make fun of him for not remembering me from the night before.” After two and half years of dating, Andy surprised Mills with a patio proposal at his parents’ home in Uptown Dallas. “When it was nice outside, we would always go up there to have wine and appetizers with them. One Friday, he told me we were going to dinner with his family—but we’d stop by their house first to have wine on the patio, like we normally did. What I didn’t know was his parents weren’t actually there, and he had set up the upstairs patio with flowers, candles and champagne. He ran up the stairs ahead of me. When I got to the top, I could see the candles and flowers. He got down on one knee and proposed.”

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THE WEDDING Mills always dreamt of having a destination wedding, so a Utah winter getaway was the perfect choice. “A destination makes it more of a vacation than just a wedding,” the bride says. Not only did Mills fall for Andy, but she had also fallen in love with Park City. While dating, the couple would often travel to the ski town to stay at Andy’s parents’ home off Main Street. “We wanted our friends and family to enjoy everything we love about Utah.”

THE MOOD “People thought we were crazy to do an outside wedding in December in 20-degree weather,” Mills says of their winter-wonderland party that featured “soft and sweet” hues including pale pink, blue and ivory. Blue and gray blankets awaited guests on chair backs. Hotel staff served hot cider to attendees as they took their seats. Glowing lanterns lined the aisle leading to a blooming arch. “I wore my sister’s wedding veil, which was my something borrowed. I also had a blue handkerchief that belonged to my late Grandmom. It was wrapped around the bouquet and served as my something blue.” Overhead cafe lights and table candles illuminated a clearsided reception tent on the St. Regis patio.

THE CUISINE Hors d’oeuvres included tomato basil shooters and mini grilled cheese sandwiches, along with barbecue bacon-wrapped shrimp. “For dinner, we chose to do stations to give our guests a variety. We did a beef tenderloin station, salad station, pasta station and a mashed potatoes and grit station,” Mills says. Carrie’s Cakes provided a five-layer cake with tiers of chocolate and classic white. “The groom is not a big dessert fan, so we decided to nix the expense of a groom’s cake and do a fun bananas foster dessert station instead. It was a big hit.”

THE TUNES “Mills and I both went crowd surfing during the middle of the reception and it was awesome,” Andy says of his most memorable moment of the evening. The newlyweds danced to “River” by Leon Bridges, who is their favorite artist and with whom they shared an unforgettable concert experience.

THE DETAILS PLANNING AND DESIGN: Michelle Leo Events, Sandy PHOTOGRAPHER: Gideon Photography, St. George HAIR: Kali Chris Hair, American Fork MAKEUP: Kristen Packard Artistry, SLC VIDEOGRAPHER: Summer Satterfield, Addison, Texas BAND: Party Crashers, SLC FLORAL: Artisan Bloom, SLC LINENS: BBJ Linen, bbjlinen.com RENTALS: Diamond Rental, Murray; Michelle Leo

Events, Sandy TENT: All Out Event Rental, Midvale PAPER SUITE: Pearly Gates Designs, pearlygatesdesigns.com SAVE THE DATES: Minted, minted.com CAKE: Carrie’s Cakes, Sandy EXIT CAR: Something Vintage Something Blue, SLC GROOM'S RING: Bachendorf’s, Dallas BRIDE’S RINGS: Dallas Gold & Silver, Dallas GOWN: Anne Barge, Stanley Korchak, Dallas (available locally at Alta Moda Bridal, SLC) TUXEDOS: Jos. A. Bank, available locally SLC BRIDESMAIDS’ GOWNS: Joanna August, Bella Bridesmaid, Dallas





Erica Buie & Erik Adolfsson STEIN ERIKSEN LODGE PARK CITY JULY 21 Photographs by CARL A BOECKLIN

THE COUPLE San Francisco Bay Area couple Erica and Erik met on a blind date. Six years later, Erik proposed to Erica at her favorite winery in Napa Valley.

THE WEDDING “We wanted a wedding away from the Bay Area, in a beautiful outdoor venue with moderate weather,” Erik explains. After considering other mountain or desert locations for their destination wedding, Erica and Erik selected Deer Valley. “Erica’s childhood connection to Deer Valley and our love of skiing made Stein’s the perfect choice,” Erik says. Erica’s parents celebrated their honeymoon at Stein Eriksen Lodge 34 years ago, so it was nice having that shared connection.”

THE MOOD “Since most of our wedding guests traveled from out-of-town and many had never been to Utah, we wanted them to enjoy the natural beauty of Park City. With that being said, we put a lot of emphasis into the floral displays and greenery bringing the outdoors inside for the ceremony and reception,” Erica

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says, “Our theme combined natural greenery with rustic and modern elements. The floral arch was a major centerpiece for the ceremony.” Lush boxwood stems made a creative solution as a stair-railing cover, and an oversized flower trellis hung over the dance floor. Guests enjoyed a donut station, a whiskey bar and cozy sitting areas in the ballroom.

THE CUISINE “Erik’s father is from Sweden and my family is vegan, so we wanted to have food that catered to both sides,” the bride says. “Our favorite food was the lemon, blackberry and poppyseed vegan wedding cake. Most of our guests said it was the best cake they’d ever eaten, and they had no idea it was vegan.”

THE TUNES The band No Limits brought the party to the dance floor after Erik and Erica danced to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons hit “Can’t Take My Eyes off You.”

THE DETAILS VENUE: Stein Eriksen Lodge, Park City PLANNER AND DESIGNER: Bluebird Event Destination

Management, Park City FLORIST: Decoration Inc., SLC PHOTOGRAPHER: Carla Boecklin, Park City VIDEOGRAPHER: Ryan Hinman, Draper OFFICIANT: Reverend Anita Gordon, Millcreek AUDIO VISUAL: Wasatch Audio Visual, SLC EVENT RENTALS: Vault Event Rentals, Park City; Tavolo Rentals, Park City CEREMONY MUSIC: Nylon and Steel, Greenlight Booking, SLC RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: No Limits, Greenlight Booking, SLC REHEARSAL DINNER VENUE: Stein Eriksen Residences, Park City REHEARSAL DINNER ENTERTAINMENT: Hush, Greenlight Booking, SLC TRANSPORTATION: Snow Country Limousine, Park City





Amanda Morrissey & Matthew Clouden BLUE SKY UTAH, WANSHIP DECEMBER 31 Photographs by ALYSSA SORENSON

THE COUPLE Amanda (Mandy) and Matthew (Matt) currently live and practice law in Boston, but met years ago in a study group while attending law school. “After spending weeks in the same study room, we went out on our first date,” Mandy says. “We still have a significant debate over who did the asking.” Four years later and after a grueling work week, Matt insisted the couple go out to dinner despite Mandy’s protest that she wasn’t up for it. “He insisted on taking the long way through the Public Garden. Matt stopped me along the side of the pond at the spot of our first kiss, told me he loved me and dropped to one knee asking me if I’d marry him. I was so shocked I almost knocked us into the water. When he stood up and turned me to the side, I saw both his family and mine walking toward us. That is when I truly lost it.”

THE WEDDING Mandy knew she wanted a winter ski wedding. “I grew up ski racing on the East Coast, and winter has always been my favorite season. Although not a skier when we met, Matthew picked it up quickly due to his hockey roots,” Mandy explains. While dating, they enjoyed ski vacations in Park City and

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quickly fell in love with the ski town. Mandy and Matt kicked off the weekend with ice skating at Park City’s Resort Center followed by dinner with the wedding party at a rental home. Everyone skied the following day, before the couple hosted a welcome dinner at the Wasatch Brew Pub. Mandy and Matt wrote their own vows for their Blue Sky Ranch wedding. “Over the years we had been together, we had been through significant life events, ranging from the Boston Marathon bombing, to graduation from law school, from a cancer diagnosis, to cancer-free and finally starting our married lives together.” In lieu of a guestbook, guests penned New Year’s wishes to the newlyweds onto notecards. “We closed the night with a midnight Champagne toast.”

THE CUISINE “We wanted a hearty, delicious meal with a nod to locally-sourced ingredients so that our guests could fully experience all that this destination had to offer,” Mandy says of the meal, ranging from local bacon-wrapped dates drizzled with honey and microgreens, to the Snuck Farms baby lettuce salad, followed by a choice of hard cider-brined chicken or mesquite-grilled skirt steak. Guests sipped signature cocktails: a Bubbly Ginger to represent Mandy and Mountain Manhattan (a traditional Manhattan made with local ingredients) for Matt. “We ended our night with a late-night snack paying homage to each of our hometowns.” Mandy chose Mini Fenway Franks for her hometown of Boston and Matt selected Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches for his hometown of Buffalo, Massachusetts.

THE TUNES One of Mandy’s most memorable moments came “when Matthew and our very close friend McCauley Braun surprised me by performing ‘Ho Hey’ by The Lumineers.” Matt adds, “My most memorable moment was when I took a step back and actually was able to take in everything that was going on around me about halfway through the reception. The band was playing, Mandy’s grandmother was doing the limbo under two neckties tied together, all of our closest friends and family were crazily dancing about and I saw my now wife with the biggest smile on her face. It was then that it started to sink in that I was married, and we were having the night of our lives.”

THE DETAILS PHOTOS: Alyssa Sorenson Photography, Eagle Mountain PLANNING: Soirèe Productions, Park City HAIR AND MAKEUP: Versa Artistry, Holladay CATERING: Culinary Crafts, Pleasant Grove VENUE: The Lodge at Blue Sky, Wanship FLORALS AND RENTALS: Orchid Dynasty, SLC RINGS: Graber Jewelers, West Seneca, N. Y. INVITATIONS: Basic Invite, basicinvite.com GOWN: Monique Lhuillier, Vows Bridal, Watertown, Mass. SUITS: 9Tailors, Boston, Mass. MAID AND MATRON-OF-HONOR’S GOWNS:

Theia, Flair, Boston, Mass. ENTERTAINMENT: The Gatsbys, thegatsbys.com





Alexandra Moresco & Daniel James McKerr, Jr. ST. REGIS DEER VALLEY, PARK CITY SEPTEMBER 9 Photosgraphs by PEPPER NIX

THE COUPLE This Chicago couple met by accident. “I lived near DePaul University’s campus while attending college there and used to frequent a small bakery called Floriole,” Alex recalls. “I kept running into D.J. at Floriole and eventually we started chatting. We had our first official date there a week later.” Four years later, D.J. proposed in Lincoln Park at a spot overlooking the Chicago skyline, where Alex and D.J. had gone on their second date. “He proposed after dinner and drinks at our favorite cocktail bar, The Aviary.”

THE WEDDING Alex and D.J. invited sixty guests to a destination wedding in Park City. “People were shocked when we told them Park City, considering D.J. and I are both based in the Midwest,” says Alex. “As a publicist, I worked at Sundance Film Festival for clients. I never got to see anything but the inside of a press tent, so D.J. started taking me back the first week of September, every year. We totally fell in love with it, and Park City has become our special place.”

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THE MOOD Alex and D.J. asked guests to come prepared for a relaxed, mountain event. “It was like a big party for all of our closest friends,” Alex says. The four-day celebration incorporated intimate meals, whiskey tours, fly fishing, a bridal brunch and concluded with the ceremony at St. Regis Deer Valley. No cheeky theme or vivid colors interrupted the natural landscape alive with Park City’s aspens, blue sky and mountain vistas. For the patio reception, the duo opted for a single long table so they could dine with everyone, instead of being separate from the guests. “I never wanted our reception to feel overdone,” Alex says of the natural decor elements. “We did not have strict colors, but Fuse (Weddings & Events) and Artisan Bloom brought in neutral outdoor tones like blush pink.”

Weddings and Events, SLC VENUE AND CATERING: St. Regis, Deer Valley FLOWERS: Artisan Bloom, Draper RINGS: Cartier, cartier.com INVITATIONS: All She Wrote, allshewrote.com GOWN: Vera Wang, verawang.com ENTERTAINMENT: Tuscan String Quartet, Green Light Entertainment, SLC HAIR AND MAKEUP: Vivian Hair & Makeup, SLC FAVORS: V Chocolates, SLC RENTALS: Tavolo Rentals, Heber City LINENS: Creative Coverings, Sparks, Nevada CALLIGRAPHY: Karli Noel, SLC

THE MENU “We wanted our guests to eat amazing food and drink amazing wine,” Alex explains. “I think we accomplished both of those things.” During cocktail hour, guests snacked on tuna tartare, beef tartare, mini grilled-cheese sandwiches, blue cheese and fig bites, croquettes and bacon-wrapped shrimp. “We had a full bar and served our two favorite drinks as signature cocktails: a gin Eastern Standard and an Old Fashioned.” For dinner, guests chose from steak, roasted chicken and wood-plank grilled salmon paired with a wine selection that the St. Regis sommelier customized with D.J. and Alex. Alex selected a red velvet cake, then surprised D.J. with a University of Michigan “M” lemon cake.

THE TUNES “We had a Tuscan string quartet play current hits varying from Bruno Mars to Taylor Swift,” Alex explains.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTS “When we went out to the grand lawn to see how it was set up, we both had this moment that just took our breaths away,” Alex says. “I know it’s non-traditional to spend the 24 hours leading up to a wedding with your significant other, but we couldn’t picture it any other way.”






THE COUPLE Brynn and Jason first met in high school during her freshman year and his junior year. “We were good friends throughout high school and started dating in college,” Brynn says. Two years later, Jason proposed. “We went on an early morning hike up by Ensign Peak, which overlooks the Salt Lake Valley, where we went on our first date, to watch the sunrise. It was intimate and perfect since it was just the two of us,” Brynn recalls. Today, the newlyweds reside in Salt Lake City where Jason is in finance for a software company and Brynn is an interior designer at a local firm.

THE WEDDING After the engagement, the duo had no problem pinpointing the location and date. “We have always wanted to get married in this temple and we knew we wanted to get married at the beginning of September,” Brynn explains. Brynn and Jason married inside the Salt Lake LDS Temple surrounded by 30 of their family members and closest friends on September 7th. After the ceremony, the couple hosted a grand reception at Riversong Ranch, Brynn’s grandparents second home in Peoa. “It is a home nestled in the mountains with a big lawn and the Weber River running right through the backyard,” Brynn says. “I grew up having the best of memories there and dreamt of having my wedding reception there one day. Once Jason and I started dating, we spent quite a bit of time up there with my family and he fell in love with it, too. Somehow, I got lucky and those childhood dreams came true.”

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THE MOOD With the assistance of Rachael Ellen Events, the duo unveiled minimal, yet classic decor—utilizing a color palette of lavender, rose and ivory—to compliment the natural landscape of the riverside ranch. “Everything about their design was rooted in being natural, romantic, organic and a little boho, which fit absolutely perfectly with the riverside outdoor space,” says Rachael Affleck Mayo, owner of Rachael Ellen Events. “We accented this outdoor feel by bringing greenery into the tent, keeping the garlands on the tables lush and full and using wood sonoma chairs to enhance the woodland feel.”

THE CUISINE Brynn and Jason share a love of pizza, gelato and charcuterie boards. With that in mind, plus knowing their Salt Lake City guests would be hungry after their long drive to Peoa, the newlyweds made a point of filling their guests with savory and sweet cuisine options. Pizzeria Limone served up four choices of pizza—the Pera, the Viola, the Margarita and the Ferrari—straight out of their mobile wood-burning pizza oven, plus two signature salads, the Tre Sorelle and the Caesar Limone. Guests enjoyed freshlysqueezed sweet-pear lemonade and classic lemonade. For dessert (aside from cake) Harmon’s gelato was a hit—chocolate, vanilla, peach and pistachio.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT “Our ceremony and the dancing, by far,” Jason says. The newlyweds danced to two wedding songs—Phil Collins’ “You’ll Be in My Heart” and Earth, Wind and Fire’s “September”—for their first dance.

THE DETAILS PHOTOS: Heather Nan Photography, SLC PLANNER, DESIGN, FLOWERS: Rachael Ellen Events, SLC CATERING: Pizzeria Limone, SLC CAKE: Flour & Flourish, Orem CEREMONY SITE: Salt Lake LDS Temple, SLC RECEPTION SITE: Private Residence, Peoa RENTALS: Diamond Rental, Murray RINGS: O.C. Tanner Jewelers, SLC INVITATION DESIGN: The Louise Press, New York City INVITATION PRINTING: The Wedding Smith, Provo GOWN: Alta Moda Bridal, SLC GROOMS SUIT: Bespoke Custom Clothing, SLC GROOMSMENS’ SUITS: Nordstrom, SLC BRIDESMAIDS’ GOWNS: Nordstrom, SLC ENTERTAINMENT: Changing Lanes Band, SLC VIDEOGRAPHY: David Perry Films, SLC





Mikki Ekfelt & Zach Clayton


THE COUPLE They met at the University of New Hampshire, where She played lacrosse and he competitively skied. After eight years of dating— including a move to Park City— Zach proposed to Mikki during her first backcountry ski run in Jackson Hole’s Teton Pass. “After I got used to skinning (climbing uphill on skis with adhesive grippy skins attached to ski bottoms), we toured around Mount Elly, and our dog Angus romped in the snow around us,” Mikki says. “When we got there, I plopped down because I was tired, but Zach kept forcing me up to look at the views of Jackson in the distance. He snuck around behind me, and all of the sudden I heard, ‘Mikki?’ When I turned around, Zach was down on one knee and proposing.”

THE WEDDING Mikki and Zach knew from the start that a fall wedding was in the cards. “We thought we wanted to get married in Jackson Hole after getting engaged there, but after site visits, nothing really struck a chord for us. Sundance had so many elements we wanted: activities for our guests, everyone staying in one location, an intimate, mountain setting and it is stunningly beautiful. Sundance checked all of our boxes.”

THE MOOD Mikki and Zach included elements from their favorite

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places. Maple candies from New Hampshire, Virginia peanuts, Polar Seltzer (a New England cult favorite) and Salt Lake saltwater taffy all filled goodie bags. Place cards and floral arrangements featured copper and gold magnolia leaves that the bride’s mother spray-painted, “I grew up in Virginia with a beautiful and huge magnolia tree in my front yard,” Mikki explains the symbolism.

THE CUISINE The couple chose a buffet filled with local dishes including steak and trout served with autumnal side dishes. “All the food at Sundance is to die for,” Mikki says. Flour & Flourish baked a sweet potato caramel cake with whiskey caramel buttercream filling and toasted candied pecans. “The cake!” she exclaims, “It was literally the best cake I’ve ever tasted.”

THE TUNES Mikki and Zach served up an “epic dance party” filled with music from their college days. Their wedding weekend coincided with University of New Hampshire’s homecoming weekend, “so we told everyone to party like we were at UNH,” Mikki says. The newlyweds chose Sam Cooke’s “Nothing Can Change this Love” for their first dance.

THE DETAILS PHOTOGRAPHY: Nhiya Kaye, Orem PLANNER: Leslie Dawn Events, SLC FLORALS: Sax Romney, SLC VENUE AND CATERING: Sundance Mountain

Resort, Sundance ENTERTAINMENT: Life of the Party, SLC GOWN: Ramona Keveza, Carine’s Bridal,

Washington, DC SUIT: Urban Custom Clothier, SLC CAKE: Flour & Flourish, Orem HAIR AND MAKEUP: Brynn Thomas Makeup, SLC RENTALS: Diamond Rental, Murray INVITATIONS: Minted.com SIGNS AND CALLIGRAPHY: Meg Snyder, Santa Rosa, California VIDEOGRAPHY: David Perry Films, Provo WELCOME DINNER: Owl Bar, Sundance






THE COUPLE “We met tandem skydiving. No, just kidding,” jokes bride Linnea, who actually met her hubby Chas at Lincoln Tavern in South Boston. “I was doing a goofy dance at the bar with some friends. Chas walked over and said ‘Hi,’ mostly making fun of me. We talked for a few minutes, mostly about food, which I love.” Three years later, Chas proposed to Linnea at her family’s lake house in Wilson, New York on Memorial Day weekend surrounded by 20 family members. Linnea’s father, whom Chas asked to help with the proposal, secretly prepped the Champagne while Linnea’s mother, also in-the-know, gathered everyone on the beach for a group photo. Or tried. “I initially declined the picture invitation. After some coaxing and nearly giving Chas a heart attack, I agreed to the picture. As he revealed the ring, my response was ‘what are you doing?’ He popped the question, tears of joy followed and to this day, it’s still unclear if I actually ever said yes.”

THE WEDDING Hiking and golf outings in Park City kicked off the weekend, followed by a Friday-night rehearsal dinner on The Bridge Cafe & Grill’s outdoor patio. “We followed this by walking to our favorite Park City bar, The Cabin, to hang with our two favorite bartenders, Sasquatch

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Resort, Park City OFFICIANT: Reverend Anita Gordon, SLC ENTERTAINMENT: Changing Lanes, SLC VIDEOGRAPHER: Jones Lane Studios, Ogden FLORALS: Fleur and Stems, Murray ACCOMMODATIONS: Grand Summit Hotel, Park City REHEARSAL DINNER: The Bridge Cafe & Grill, Park City AFTER PARTY: Red Tail at Canyons Resort, Park City

and Yeti,” Linnea says. Throughout the weekend, guests enjoyed pool time, massages and downtime at The Grand Summit Hotel at Canyons Resort. “Chas and I, along with my mom, the second in-command, made sure our guests’ commute was easy, the food was good for everyone and the party would go as long as it could.”

THE MOOD The Red Pine Gondola carried guests at high-speed up to Red Pine Lodge (elevation: 8,000 feet) from Park City’s Canyons Resort Village. For decor, the couple chose a vibrant, late summer palette, including gold, bronze and copper details. “There were certain things I knew I wanted: tons of colorful flowers and an aisle made up of vibrant rugs,” Linnea says. “I wanted people to come to the wedding, and not only get the vibe and majesty of Park City in September, but also to feel like, ‘Damn, this is so Linnea and Chas!’ And people did.”

THE CUISINE “Dinner was unique in that we did family style with a twist,” Linnea explains. “We wanted dinner to move quickly and still offer lots of options.” Chefs plated three entrees separately on large platters—for example, salmon, risotto, tomatoes together—for guests to enjoy a little from each entrée. “I love trying a little of everything, and I love eating. Chas’ family used to never order appetizers, but today they look at me every time we sit at a restaurant and say, ‘Okay, Linnea, order the apps.’ Chas and I loved everything we tried during our tasting and thought, why not do a little of everything?”

THE TUNES Chas and Linnea couldn’t wait to get on the dance floor. “Dancing was the focal point of the night,” Linnea says. “Our band Changing Lanes crushed it.” The band kept guests on the outside dance floor below the September stars. “The cool air was refreshing as people danced the night away. And those who didn’t want to dance hung around the fire pits and made s’mores or smoked cigars.”



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from the experts

INSPIRATIONS Fun, flirty and fresh. Teams of Utah’s best pros—from photographers to stationers—weigh in on what’s trending spring, summer, winter and fall in décor, food, venues and, of course, fashion.




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Country Cool Cuckoo for country chic?


Photographs by JESSICA WHITE

PHOTOGRAPHER JESSICA White solidified her place in the “modern farmhouse” movement when she converted a 100-year-old Lehi railroad mill into a photography studio and event space. Today, White showcases a new kind of rustic charm using punches of color, feminine botanicals and opulent gems. Here’s how to get the look.

FACTOR IN THE FARMHOUSE Thanks to Joanna Gaines of “Fixer Upper” fame, shiplap is now a term with which most laypersons are familiar. Farmhouse style broke free from hidden, countryside barns years ago. Now, the cozy and charming look has infiltrated city lofts,

suburban ranch homes, mountain lodges and beach bungalows all over the country. White’s loft captures all of these, creating the perfect backdrop with sliding barnwood doors, painted exposed beams, worn wood floors, and—you guessed it—shiplap walls.

HIGHLIGHT A GLAM COLLECTION Superstar design is all about the perfect balance. “With so many feminine weddings dressed in pink, we suggest alternative colors like aubergine and lilac,” White explains. Here, the team pairs barnwoods with luxe accents including geodes, raw silk ribbon and polished flatware. “By bringing in gemstones like amethyst on the table



or in the bride’s jewelry, you can introduce surprise luxury to an otherwise rustic scheme.”

GET BACK TO BASICS Move over gray. As with many design trends emerging from fashion, beige tones—think Caramel, Fawn, Mushroom, Sand and Cafe Au Lait—step in again as fan favorites. “It sets the perfect earthy foundation to our color scheme,” White says. “We recommend silver accents because gold is getting tired. Silver naturally flows with the cool tones of the bride’s gown and the stones.”

DON FLASHY FASHION From her hand-dyed gown to his custom suit, formal farmhouse fashion steps it up. “Often the groom gets overlooked and doesn’t get a chance to play up his personality with his suit on the wedding day. This aubergine sports coat was just the ticket to a high-fashion statement without going overboard or overshadowing the bride,” White says. “Fashion is a sure-fire way of expressing who you are.”

GO WILD WITH BOTANICALS Goodbye mason-jar centerpieces. These days, wedding flowers are everywhere. So much so that florists have become architects using teams to construct chandeliers, table runners, entryway vignettes, photo backdrops and more, all from fresh-cut blooms. If you can dream it, they will build it. “It’s all about bringing the outdoors in,” says florist Mandy Ogaz of The Potted Pansy.

PLAY UP THE PASTRIES Today’s desserts must look as delicious as they taste. For proof, check out this spotlight pastry. “I worked with Cassidy of Flour & Flourish to create a cake that mimics the watercolor pattern of the gown. She artfully constructed a unique jagged edge to complement all the gemstones and their angular properties,” White says.

VENDORS PHOTOGRAPHY AND STYLING: Jessica White, Lehi VENUE: The Loft Studio, Lehi GOWN: Chantell Lauren, SLC SUIT: True Gentlemen Supply, SLC FLOWERS: The Potted Pansy, Pleasant Grove PLATES, VASES, FLATWARE: Pottery Barn at Trolley Square, SLC CAKE: Flour & Flourish, Orem JEWELRY: Borcik Jewelry, Provo HAIR AND MAKEUP: Kali Chris, American Fork PAPER: Katie Blakeley Photo and Design, Logan MODELS: Mellamoya Haira and Copper Hansen VIDEO: EE Video, Orem GEMSTONES: Vintaushop, Lehi CONTRIBUTOR: Pictureline, SLC

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Winter’s Welcome

The Knot reports that only 10% of couples marry in December, January and February. Think winter isn’t ideal for a wedding? Think again. Photographs by REBEK AH WESTOVER


WINTER DESTINATION weddings are on the rise and industry leaders—Michelle Leo Events and photographer Rebekah Westover—know why. Think hearty cuisine, show-stopping florals, velvety color palettes and soothing candlelight. These in-the-know dynamos showcase the keys to winter-wedding success.

PICK A SOFT PALETTE One way to escape the kitschy holiday

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stereotype is to coat your party design with alternative tones. “For this design, I wanted to create a romantic, winter setting that felt both cozy and sophisticated for the beautiful mountains of Utah,” planner and designer Michelle Leo explains. “Muted tones in burgundy and cranberry replaced the traditional holiday reds while blue-hued greens took the place of a more traditional evergreen color palette.”



GO WILD WITH BIG BLOOMS “Mood” oftentimes gets overused in wedding design, but the fact of the matter is come mid-winter, everyone needs a mood boost. Big blooms and evergreens are just what the doctor ordered. “It might be winter here, but on the other side of the world, it’s spring and we can source flowers from around the globe,” florist Erin Keller of Urban Chateau explains. “Despite popular belief, winter brides have plentiful options like peonies, tulips, hydrangea and garden roses.” Here, ranunculas, hellabores, dahlias, anemones, pine and cedar decorate the table tops and ceiling—even chair backs.

CREATE GOOD FLOW Have you ever felt stuck at a party? It’s the worst. Avoid the bottleneck and lines by adding variety to the room’s layout. “My rule of thumb is ‘different table, different design,’” says Leo. Round tables break up the long farmhouse tables, meanwhile each table flaunts a different design. Lounge seating—by Eclective Hive—adds one more element. “I am a huge fan of mixing up table styles for a design in order to break up the monotony of a room filled with only rounds or only banquet tables—a common mistake made by most designers. This alternate arrangement provides a visually-stylish ambiance while offering varied levels of height for the eyes to enjoy.”

REINVENT AN OVERUSED THEME Every year, destination couples are lured to Utah for its casual-yet-refined outdoor lifestyle. “We are repeatedly asked to design a ‘rustic chic’ reception with a ‘mountain elegance’ vibe for our destination weddings,” says Leo. One way to shake up the theme is to vary the

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VENDORS decor. “I designed the tabletop pieces to complement one another while not looking exactly alike. Both table styles mirror the overall theme of the event design, while each table captures individuality at the same time.” Using this method, partygoers never tire of one scene.

CREATE SENSORY OVERLOAD Cue the music and let the feast begin. Luxe Catering begins this fine dining experience with a blood orange and roasted beet salad topped with yogurt, tarragon and hazelnuts. A Snake River Farms braised wagyu Zabuton beef—topped with pistachio and pine nut crust—pairs with seasonal winter harvest veggies and a butternut squash puree. A rose and pomegranate pot de creme finishes off the meal.

PLANNING AND DESIGN: Michelle Leo Events, SLC PHOTOS: Rebekah Westover, Provo VENUE: Ember, SLC FLORAL: Urban Chateau Floral, SLC CHINA, GLASSWARE, FLATWARE, TABLES AND CHAIRS: Diamond Rental,


Events, SLC LOUNGE SEATING RENTALS: Eclectic Hive, SLC LINENS: BBJ Linen, bbjlinen.com CAKE: Flour & Flourish, Orem MAKEUP: Kristen Packard Artistry, SLC HAIR: Reese Stockman GOWNS: Bitsy Bridal, SLC PAPER SUITE: Lynn & Lou Paper Co., lynnandloupaperco.com JEWELRY: Diamonds Direct, Murray FOOD: Lux Catering, SLC MODEL: Kara Jones




Sun-kissed Romance Bring on the heat and sun-drenched beauty Photographs by JACQUE LYNN


WITH RECREATION options aplenty, friends in vacation mode and outdoor party spaces readily available, summer is the hottest time to get married. But, desert heat comes with a downside. There are a few ways to beat the heat, and photographer Jacque Lynn and Tinge Floral’s Ashley Beyer join forces to show us how.

PICK A DATE Thrive on desert heat? Fortunately for you, Utah has plenty of it. If you desire a July or August wedding, Northern Utah offers desert-inspired venues like Red Butte Garden and the sand-saturated shorelines at Conestoga Ranch in Bear Lake. Here, photographer Jacque Lynn and her team hit up Little Sahara Sand Dunes for a sunset bridal session. If a June or September wedding is more your thing, head to Southern Utah

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where The Ledges in Saint George, Desert Pearl in Springdale or Sorrel River Ranch in Moab offer cool hot spots.

PICK DROUGHT-TOLERANT FLOWERS Few blooms survive out of water in 90-degree dry weather. Maybe you pinned hundreds of wedding blooms, but experienced florists like Tinge Floral’s Ashley Beyer urge brides to consider blooms that won’t droop in these desert temps. Pick blooms like strawflower, cottage yarrow, sumac, blushing bride protea, brown lisianthus and foraged Utah grasses. Distant Drum and Honey Dijon roses add softness to the desert blooms.

GET IN TOUCH When it comes to summertime wedding fashion, cool textiles—plus a steady stream of sunlight—are a must. Create a tactile experience by choosing sheaths made with embroidered lace, breathable fabrics (hello, chiffon and silk) and flowy silhouettes for chic comfort. Orem’s Pritchett Bridal suggests fit-and-flare shapes with cap sleeves, lace netting or deep V-necks enhanced with delicate floral appliques.

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THINK WITH YOUR HEAD Steven Robertson—owner of 1 Salon (Millcreek’s newest beauty go-to) and creator of the funniest hair Instagram feed @stevenrobertsonhair—likes to think out of the proverbial wedding box when it comes to hair. His desert-hair recipe? Beach waves, warm highlights and desert breeze tolerance. A lacy head cap adds a little Southwest flair.

PACK LIGHT Go easy on accessories and keep beauty pure. Bare feet (or simple sandals, if you must) and fine-layered jewelry from Katie Waltman don’t distract. Meanwhile, Kristen Packard’s makeup palette keeps desert brides clean and slightly sun-kissed. And because we’re in nature, sunscreen and water should also be on the checklist.

VENDORS PHOTOGRAPHY: Jacque Lynn Photography, SLC HAIR: Steven Robertson, SLC MAKEUP: Kristen Packard, SLC FLORAL: Tinge, SLC GOWNS: Pritchett Bridal, Orem; BHLDN, bhldn.com JEWELRY: Katie Waltman, Millcreek MODEL: Kennedy Shaver




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Matte(rs) of the Heart There are few color combinations as classic as black and white. Photographs by HEATHER NAN St yling by ALLISON BADDLEY, L A FETE


EVERY DECADE has its own interpretation of black and white—so what are the keys to designing with the dazzling duo right now? Stylist and event planner Allison Baddley of La Fete knows. For proof, Baddley marries black and white, mixing matte finishes with elegant accents inside Park City’s historic-meetshaute Washington School House. Meanwhile, photographer Heather Nan balances sexy and sweet fashion. Here’s how they pulled it off.

PAIR ROUGH WITH REFINED Want to keep matte finishes exciting? Partner them with shimmering metallics and sultry

shapes. “I’d call this look: Blanc Noir,” describes Baddley, a Francophile-at-heart whose signature style weds feminine and masculine details. “My creative side is definitely French.” Velvety linens set a backdrop for hand-thrown dinnerware. Modern menus, printed on translucent paper, sit atop nubby, linen napkins.

PEDDLE NEW BLOOMS Sure, when it comes to white wedding flowers, roses rule. But Baddley showcases atypical beauties like luminaria, astilbe, fuzzy grasses and skeleton fern to steal the show. “This is a very seasonless look,” she explains. “You can use most




of these flowers any time of the year. Spring, winter or fall. They even work in the midsummer when you’re wanting to cool off.”

EDIT. THEN, EDIT AGAIN Coco Chanel is claimed to have once said, “Before you leave the house, take off one accessory.” Well, the same can be said about floral design. “I added a few stems of black foliage to the centerpieces and mantelpieces, then removed them,” Baddley explains of her composition process. “Black can overwhelm quickly.” She limits the charcoal to simply shaped items like plates and candle holders, along with subtle accents in the paper suite.

ADD FEMININE MYSTIQUE Leave it to Heather Nan—who adds boudoir to her photography repertoire—to pull out the stops by adding dark lace and inky gems to a bride’s wardrobe. Onyx and black diamonds go above and beyond to foster the luxe look. Feeling shy about signing up for a boudoir photo-shoot? Nan encourages all brides to do it. “Not only is it an empowering experience, but the images also make a great gift for your groom,” Nan says. “Brides put a lot of work into their health and body during wedding prep. It’s as great as a gift for the bride as it is for the groom.”

PUSH THE ENVELOPE If a strict, two-tone palette is too stiff for you, loosen up with paper options. A paper suite by Refine’s Nikkol Christiansen showcases various papery, including handmade, cotton-pressed and vellum. “In keeping with my less-is-more aesthetic,

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Heather Nan, SLC STYLING, FLORALS, RENTALS: La Fete Floral, SLC VENUE: Washington School House, Park City CAKE: Flour & Flourish, Orem HAIR: Cassandra Dunn, Lindon MAKEUP: Lesley Lind, Orem JEWELRY: O.C. Tanner Jewelers, SLC GOWN: Leanne Marshall, leannemarshall.com LINGERIE: Asos, asos.com MODEL: Jacqueline Varela, Naya, SLC

VENDORS PHOTOGRAPHY: Sparkle Photography, Park City WEDDING PLANNER: Lillie Garrido for Soiree

Productions, Park City, CATERING: High West Distillery, Park City CEREMONY AND RECEPTION SITE: Blue Sky Ranch, Wanship, FLOWERS: Silver Cricket Floral Atelier, Park City TABLE AND CHAIR RENTALS: Alpine Event Rentals, Provo LINEN AND CHINA RENTALS: Diamond Rentals, SLC RINGS: O.C. Tanner Jewelers, Park City INVITATIONS: Nine Grain Design, Park City GOWN: Mira Zwillinger, Tel Aviv, Israel; Mark Ingram Atelier, New York SUITS: Beckett & Robb, SLC BRIDESMAIDS’ GOWN: Jenny Yoo, New York, New York ENTERTAINMENT: Aaron Ashton Band, SLC; The Cowling Band, Los Angeles, CA.

I intentionally created white space on each piece so there was plenty of breathing room, allowing the important details to be the focal point,” Christiansen says.

EAT THE CAKE. ALL OF IT For ten years, Cassidy Hansen of Flour & Flourish has made an art form out of wedding pastries. “Some brides want something totally out of the ordinary, so here, we’re doing a modern white cake,” she says. One of our most popular flavors is Samoa, which works in this design. It’s made of two layers of vanilla cake, two layers of chocolate cake, two layers of coconut caramel and a layer of chocolate buttercream.” Baddley recommends Flour & Flourish’s vanilla crème brûlée. Bon appetit!














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fashion, food, flowers

FEATURES An unforgettable wedding arouses every sense: sight, taste, smell, touch and sound. Take a deep breath and revel in the art of bridal beauty, fine paper, showstopping flowers and adventurous cuisine.



HOLD ON TO YOUR HAT Sun protection never looked so good, especially when paired with a couture gown handmade in Israel by celebrity designer Danny Mizrachi, sold exclusively by Park City Bridal (prices range from $4,500 to $9,000). The deep-V is sheer genius and deepens the connection between a gal and her groom. Gwen wide brim sun hat, $64, Gigi Pip, SLC

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M E A N W H I L E , B A C K AT

It’s no wonder explorers have a love affair with the mountain west. Utah seduces outdoor romantics with its easy breezes, mountain sunshine and majestic wildlife. But it takes a strong-willed adventurer to really conquer the rough habitat. Need tips on how to win over the West? We say, hats off—or in this case on—to prairie-inspired fashion and unfussy beauty. Photos by HEATHER NAN

TAKE IN AN AFTERNOON STROLL Tiered tulle skirt? Check. Beaded bodice? Check. Embroidery and lace-up tasseled front? Oh yes. This sensuous number from Latter Day Bride ($1,100) is perfect for prairie patrol. Gwen wide brim sun hat, $64, Gigi Pip, SLC; Gossamer tulle drape veil, $160, Danani Handmade, SLC; Oversized tassel earrings, $45, StilWorksStudio, Provo; Rahaminov ring in 18K white gold with oval center diamond and diamond halo, $13,300, O.C. Tanner Jewelers, SLC



FORAGE FRESHIES Amber Reverie has all the right flower picks. “Yellow is up-andcoming,” Amber Dickson says of the muddy-toned blooms she aptly coordinates with Emily Riggs’ two-piece ensemble ($8,000). A French-colored v-neck bodice fashioned with a fully covered back, gathered waistline and a long train tops dark champagne Italian crepe and satin. Bre stiff straw pork pie hat, $64, Gigi Pip, SLC

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GIDDY UP Runaway bride or runway beauty? LeeAnn Marshall’s Georgine ($3,588) is all about comfort and decadence, an ideal combo for a galloping entrance on a horse. Long sleeves accompany a v-neck bodice and open back. Silk and cotton-dotted chiffon construct the entire gown. The skirt flaunts a silk waistline band, silk lining and pockets. Bre natural hat, Gigi Pip, SLC, $64; Giant tassel earrings, $15, StilWorksStudio, Provo



EMBRACE YOUR INNER BELLE Not all ranch hands appreciate a ballgown, but here’s one that will turn heads in an “Oh heck ya, that’s stunning” kind of way. An A-line taffeta ball gown is a little more introverted than your average showy frock, as is Carpe Diem’s gathered posy of dahlias and roses. The sweetheart neckline, spaghetti straps and twisted detailing make this Nouvelle Amsale from Bitsy Bridal gown ($2,700) sing and dance. Memoire Margarita diamond necklace in 18K rose gold, $1,430 and Suna Brothers diamond huggie hoop earrings in 20K rose gold, $4,200; O.C. Tanner Jewelers, SLC

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TAKE IT EASY Mountain gals are known to be unfussy, outdoorsy types, so for them, this Tadashi Shoji gown ($800) by Harlow Brides is spot-on. The dress boasts an allover-embroidered-dot pattern that’s as easy to wear as it is to love. A sheer overlay covers the plunging neckline and ruffled sleeves expose sunkissed shoulders. Hair by Kali Wengreen is casually tousled and the makeup by Kristen Packard is warm and effortless. Hand-dyed silk ribbon, $36, Frou Frou Chic, froufrouchic.com; bouquet by Amber Reverie



STAND TALL, Y’ALL At River Bottoms Ranch, you'll never be mistaken for a country bumpkin. To boot, the heavy crepe of this Kelly Faetanini spaghetti-strap gown ($2,275) by Bitsy Bridal drapes in all the right places for a fit that’s statuesque and alluring.

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KEEP IT FRESH Show some skin without revealing too much. This illusion neckline plummets down the decolletage to a handmade Israeli lace sheath. Muse by Berta gown (price range $8,000$10,000) from Park City Bridal comes with a detachable tulle train. Talk about a two-for-one. Fred Leighton leaf motif earrings in 18K rose gold with rose cut diamonds, $38,500; Rahaminov ring in 18K white gold with oval center diamond and diamond halo, $13,300, O.C. Tanner Jewelers, SLC



LAYER UP Layering up—long sleeves, high neckline and a veil, for example—is a prairie gal’s best strategy. She never knows what the weather will bring. Park City Bridal thinks outside of the typical weddingdress box with this Berta chiffon and embroideredlace gown (prices range from $4,500 to $9,000). And a dramatic red lip by Kristen Packard never hurt anyone, either. Point d’esprit polka dot drop veil, $160, Danani Handmade, SLC

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HEAD WEST Adventure awaits, so be ready. Set yourself up in this deep-V sheath ($1,650) from Latter Day Bride with a unique full-lace pattern. Messy hair? No problem, according to hairstylist Kali Wengreen who offers a new take on braids. This braided halo, courtesy of added hair extensions, would make Laura Ingalls Wilder jealous. Fringe and wooden earrings, $35, StilWorksStudio, Provo



PACK A BLANKET ...or several. Gathre crafts and sells soft, bonded leather goods including play mats, tablecloths and multi-purpose mats that are rollable for picnicking on the go. For extra comfort— and glam—choose a chic sheath like Latter Day Bride’s Cardinal gown ($900). This frock flaunts a high neck, an open back with lace over English netting and a stretch lining. Maxi square mats, $120 each, Gathre, Provo; The Armando Hat, $75, Clay LA, clay.la; Woven earrings, $15, StilWorksStudio, Provo

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EMBRACE THE MOMENT The devil is in the details. Intricately hand-beaded mums offer dimension to a sheer nude top, and elbow-length sleeves keep it classy. This Rebecca Shoneveld gown ($2,200) from Bitsy Bridal pairs well with its rose gold and diamond ring counterpart. O.C. Tanner Collection Isadora light ring in 18K rose gold with .40 carat center diamond and pavé diamonds in double halo and shank, $5,500, O.C. Tanner Jewelers, SLC

PHOTOGR APHY: Heather Nan ST YLING: Erica Kopp, Stay Co. WRIT TEN BY: Val Rasmussen LOCALE: River Bottom Ranch, Midway MAKEUP: Kristen Packard HAIR: Kali Wengreen MODELS: Kennedy Shaver, Hailey Beth, McCar ty’s Talent Agency




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Make History 5

classic invitation trends will deliver big style to your wedding



EVERY BRIDE craves a classic feel for her big day. If you're a discerning bride looking to dive headfirst into traditional styles, get ready to kick off your oldschool and sentimental wedding with historically-stylish stationery suites from every era.

Calligraphy Taking the usual wedding-day mantra “old, new, borrowed and blue” to heart, Mikyla Marie Manu of Ink & Press, Co. crafts a coordinating suite that is one-of-a-kind. Delicate calligraphy and antique stamps, featuring landmark buildings and renowned historical figures from Victorian times and beyond. The old styles paired with new trends —set by Manu herself—present a blend of modern and traditional design elements sure to wow every recipient on your guest list. Ultramodern etched invitation pieces on transparent acrylic slabs make the message crystal clear: Your big day is not a party anyone wants to miss.



Botanicals Whether it's Utah's snow-capped slopes or red rock canyons, the state boasts a long-held reputation as the ultimate outdoors destination for adventure-folk from all corners of the globe. If your wedding is at one of Utah’s many epic destination venues, why not celebrate Utah’s beauty with gorgeous naturepacked stationary? Thick cards with colorful borders by Smitten by Design at The Write Image deliver a mountain lodge vacation right to your guests’ mailbox. They can ski or ride right into a retro resort postcard from majestic snowy peaks of your ceremony location. Not a winter wedding? No problem. Lush botanical spreads have local flora of all shapes, sizes and heights sprouting right there on the page, showcasing Utah splendor before guests even arrive.

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Hand-Painted Take a walk on the modern side with artsy hand-painted designs by Ann Elizabeth Print Studio. Today's artsy brides are about all things locally-sourced and locally-made. Creativity runs wild with layers of whimsical elements. Watercolor paint pairs with solid metallic gold foil, cursive handwriting meets strong, solid type and bold sweeps of acrylic play with thin, smart fonts. All wrapped up in brightly-colored envelopes with transparent bands. Dainty, hand-painted watercolor ferns on small invites means no two cards you mail will be the same— each will be unique. Just like your wedding.

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Monogram Two names merging as one, a type-set representation of love. Not only does the letter-inspired motif capture the classiness of paper elements, but its subtle addition completes the task that every wedding invite should: It makes the day all about you! Â Tabula Rasa paper suites take all of the swoonworthy trends of the Golden Age, but with a modern and minimalistic twist. Varied shapes and sizes add just the right amount of dapper, keeping simple suites looking elegant. A healthy pop of color and sparkle spices things up, adding flair while avoiding the busy appearance of an overkill design. Less is more in this era of wedding style, and these cards prove that simple can be as elegant as ever with the right snazzy design.


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Sealed When it’s your time to shine, there is no reason you shouldn’t pull out all the stops. Make your greetings stand out from the rest with iridescent wax seals and exquisite packaging that exude extravagance and status in the most traditional of displays. Ink + Press Co. goes above and beyond with Old English casings as the memorable and sophisticated trend of customized seals steps back into the modern limelight. And what better way to glam up age-old methods for the modern bride than with a little sparkle? For the romantic and luxurious at heart, glimmering wax, ink and foil take antiqued looks to the next level.




How to plan an unforgettable gal-pal party Photos by ELISHA BRAITHWAITE

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Tessa Woolf arrives at her bridal shower.

DITOR-TURNED-STYLIST Tessa Woolf has been a long-time fixture of the Utah wedding scene since 2006 when she started as an editorial intern for Utah Bride & Groom magazine. Woolf harnesses a zeal for style, travel, writing and rosé. After years of scribing other people’s wedding stories, she is now penning her own love story. But before she said “I do,” her tribe of creative friends threw her a bridal brunch that was purely Tessa. While it may seem daunting to impress an expert stylist and editor, Woolf’s gal pals know the recipe for high-fashion fun. Fuse Weddings & Events’ Mara Marian—along with Decoration Inc.’s Amanda Hansen and Blended Table’s Emery Lortscher and Colour Maisch—rewrite the rules for the bridal brunch.

MAKE HER JAW DROP HOW DO YOU CREATE MAGICAL MOMENTS FROM THE GET-GO? Marian: When I design, I try to focus on what we call “unexpected design opportunities”—areas that don’t need a design element. Things like bars, tables, linens and seating are obvious, but they’re not going to blow your mind. Working with Amanda of Decoration Inc. is always fun because she also loves to play with space and design “off” the tables. Adding color to the garage door panels was her idea, and it was such a fun welcome. Plus, they ended up being a steady photo backdrop for guests throughout the party.

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SEPTEMBER 30 •M  ini Stacked Pancakes Topped with Blueberries & Maple • Mini Breakfast Sandwiches • Trifle Fruit Cups • Hash Brown Nests •M  ini Biscuit with Clotted Cream and Jam •M  ini Lemon Tart, Chocolate Petite Decadence, Mini Olive Oil Cupcake with Mascarpone frosting • Rosé Bar and Mimosas

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RETHINK BRUNCH WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR THE BRUNCH MENU? With an all-woman guest list in mind, Blended Table kept the menu heavy enough to be brunchappropriate, then added easy, small bites that were also cute, including little pancake stacks, adorable round mini breakfast sandwiches, tiny hash-brown nests and small biscuits.

SERVE ROSÉ ALL DAY (or at least after 10 a.m. legally in Utah) ARE MIMOSAS NOT ENOUGH FOR BRUNCH? Tessa loves rosé wines. When we go out, it seems like she’s tried nearly all of them. As Amanda and I began planning the shower, having a single rosé option wasn’t enough for us. Rosé slowly evolved into a theme and ultimately became the central focus of this festive design. Because the Blended Table space is really a blank canvas, we brought in all shades of pink—from the linens and balloons to lounge furniture and florals. This personal detail was not lost on Tessa nor her friends.

BAKING UP PERFECTION Blended Table actively sources and serves dessert options from local artisan bakers and pastry chefs, including Carlucci’s who provided an assortment of mini desserts.



MOVE GUESTS AROUND HOW DO YOU KEEP THE CONVERSATION GOING? I always love interactive elements. Having something “to do” helps take pressure off introductions, small talk and forced socializing between guests who don’t know others and might find these situations a bit uncomfortable (more people than you might think!).

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At a shower or cocktail party, I always plan some seating—but never enough seats for every guest. You don’t want to create an environment where everyone just sits and chats with the people they know well. Ideally, the party has a lot of energy and guests feel compelled to move around. In this case, guests could head to the bar to grab some rosé, chat with some folks, play rosé pong, grab a bite, take some pics or make a bouquet.



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OFFER THEM A FAVOR... OR TWO WHAT INSPIRED THIS BOUQUET BAR? Hansen: We tried to strike a balance of girly, glamour and edge. I knew Tessa had seen hundreds of arrangements in her day and thought an edgier way to add floral was to have a large bouquet bar. We kept the shades soft and girly, but displayed them against black for a more current look. We used seasonal blooms, including dahlias, fragrant garden roses, hydrangea and added some bleached and dyed fern for texture. Marian: The reed diffusers were prosecco-scented and were from Katie Waltman Boutique. The boutique's owner and namesake Katie Waltman, who attended the shower, is a good friend of Tessa.

Amanda Hansen, Tessa Woolf and Mara Marian



weddings ~ celebrations ~ gatherings A YEAR-ROUND, HISTORIC VENUE IN THE HEART OF MEMORY GROVE PARK, JUST MINUTES FROM DOWNTOWN. 801.521.7969 | MEMORIALHOUSE-UTAH.COM 375 N. Canyon Road, Salt Lake City, UT 84103 Operated by Preservation Utah, preservationutah.org


4U Ranch in Peoa, Utah offers riverside property and a timber-frame barn. Flowers by Artisan Bloom.


LEGEND Guest capacity: Max quantity of guests. On-site: The venue provides catering and bar services. Off-site: For catering and bar services, the venue allows food and beverage to be brought in. If the bride and groom provide bar services, they may be subject to fees and required to supply a UDABC–certified bartender. On-site coordinator: The venue has a coordinator to assist with your planning and day-of logistics.



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Salt Lake Region 15th Street Gallery 1519 S. 1500 East, SLC

(801) 468-1515 15thstreetgallery.com


Alta Lodge 10230 E. State Highway 210 Little Cottonwood Canyon, Alta

(801) 742-3500 altalodge.com


Alta Peruvian Lodge 10000 E. Little Cottonwood Canyon Rd., Alta

(801) 453-8488 altaperuvian.com




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Atrium 9201 S. 1300 East, Sandy

(801) 664-9369 atriumweddings.com


Bambara Restaurant/ Hotel Monaco 202 S. Main Street, SLC

(801) 363-5454 monaco-saltlakecity.com


Cactus and Tropicals 2735 S. 2000 East, SLC 12252 Draper Gate Dr, Draper

SLC (801) 485-2542 Draper (801) 676-0935 cactusandtropicals.com


The Depot at The Gateway 13 N. 400 West, SLC

(801) 355-5522 depotslc.com


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Ember 623 S. State Street, SLC

(385) 468-1030 artsaltlake.org/ rent-eccles-theater/ (385) 355-4211 emberslc.com

The Falls 600 S. 700 East, SLC

(801) 727-7232 thefallseventcenter.com

The Gallivan Center 239 S. Main Street, SLC

Eccles Theater 131 Main St, SLC

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(801) 521-4300 peeryhotel.com


Pierpont Place 163 Pierpont Ave., SLC

(801) 598-4444 pierpontplace.com

Publik 975 S. West Temple, SLC


(801) 355-3161 publikcoffee.com


Radisson Downtown 215 W. South Temple, SLC

(801) 531-7500 radisson.com


Red Butte Garden 300 Wakara Way, SLC

(801) 585-0556 redbuttegarden.org


Salt Lake City Public Library 210 E. 400 S., SLC

(801) 524-8200 slcpl.org


The Salt Lake Country Club 2400 Country Club Drive, SLC

(801) 466-8751 saltlakecountryclub.com


Salt Lake Hardware Building 155 N. 400 West, SLC

(801) 512-2075 slchardware.com


Sheraton City Center 150 W. 500 South, SLC

(801) 401-2000 sheratonsaltlake cityhotel.com


Silverfork Lodge 11332 E. Big Cottonwood Canyon, Brighton

(888) 533-9977 silverforklodge.com


Snowbird Little Cottonwood Canyon

(801) 882-4766 snowbird.com


Snowpine Lodge (801) 742-2000 10420 Little Cottonwood Road, snowpine.com Alta


The Grand America Hotel 555 S. Main Street, SLC

(801) 258-6770 grandamerica.com


Heritage Gardens 2050 E. Creek Road, Sandy

(801) 944-4575 heritagegardens.com




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Peery Hotel 110 W. Broadway, SLC



The Grand Hall at The Gateway (801) 456-2000 400 W. South Temple, SLC shopthegateway.com



(385) 468-1431 oldmillclubhouse.com


Joseph Smith Memorial Building (801) 539-3130 15 E. South Temple, SLC templesquare.com

Old Mill Clubhouse at Golf Course 6080 S. Wasatch Blvd., SLC

(801) 535-6110 thegallivancenter.com



The Jewish Community Center (801) 581-0098 2 N. Medical Drive, SLC slcjcc.org

Natural History Museum of UT (801) 585-9538 301 Wakara Way, SLC nhmu.utah.edu


(801) 792-3161 ivyhouseweddings.com

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The Ivy House 550 S. 600 East, SLC



The Hilton, Salt Lake City Center (801) 328-2000 255 S. West Temple, SLC hilton.com


La Caille 9565 Wasatch Blvd., Sandy

(801) 942-1751 lacaille.com

Le Jardin 1910 Dimple Dell Rd., Sandy

(801) 326-2511 lejardinweddings.com

The Leonardo 209 E. 500 South, SLC

(801) 531-9800 theleonardo.org


The Lion House 63 E. South Temple, SLC

(801) 363-5466 templesquare.com


Little America 500 S. Main Street, SLC

(801) 258-6700 saltlake.littleamerica.com


Log Haven 6451 E. Millcreek Canyon, SLC

(801) 272-8255 log-haven.com


Louland Falls Parley’s Canyon Exit 131 on I-80W

(801) 455-4989 loulandfalls.com


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Magnolia Grove (801) 254-8794 1117 W. South Jordan Parkway, magnoliagroveweddings.com South Jordan


Solitude Mountain Resort (801) 536-5708 12000 Big Cottonwood Canyon skisolitude.com


Market Street Grill Cottonwood (801) 947-0542 2985 E. Cottonwood Pkwy, SLC marketstreetgrill.com


Squatters Pub Brewery 147 W. Broadway, SLC

(801) 363-2739 squatters.com


Studio Elevn 435 W. 400 South, Suite 304, SLC




Marriott Downtown 75 S. West Temple, SLC

(801) 531-0800 marriott.com


Marriott City Center 220 S. State Street, SLC

(801) 961-8700 marriott.com


Marriott University Park 480 Wakara Way, SLC

(801) 581-1000 marriott.com


McCune Mansion 200 N. Main Street, SLC

(801) 531-8866 mccunemansion.com


Memorial House 375 N. Canyon Road, SLC

(801) 521-7969 memorialhouse-utah.com


The Tower at Rice Eccles Stadium (801) 581-5445 451 S. 1400 East, SLC stadium.utah.edu

Millcreek Inn 5802 E. Millcreek Canyon Rd. SLC

(801) 278-7927 millcreekinn.com


Thomas S. Monson Center 411 E. South Temple, SLC

(801) 213-8770 monsoncenter.utah.edu


Millennial Falls 12375 S. 1300 East, Draper

(801) 495-3737 millennialfalls.com


Tuscany 2832 E. 6200 South, SLC

(801) 274-0448 tuscanyslc.com


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This Is The Place Heritage Park (801) 924-7507 2601 E. Sunnyside Ave., SLC thisistheplace.org


The Tasting Room 357 W. 200 South, SLC


(801) 906-8294 thetastingroomslc.com





University Guest House & Conference Center at Fort Douglas 110 S. Fort Douglas Blvd., SLC

(801) 587-1000 universityguesthouse.com

(801) 410-0011 Utah State Capitol 450 N. State Office Building, SLC utahstatecapitol.utah.gov Utah Museum of Fine Arts (801) 581-5643 410 Campus Center Drive, SLC umfa.utah.edu

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Veneto 370 E. 900 South, SLC

(801) 359-0708 venetoslc.com


Wheeler Farm 6351 S. 900 East, SLC

(385) 468-1755 wheelerfarm.com


Willow Creek Country Club (801) 942-1954 8505 Willow Creek Drive, Sandy willowcreekcc.com


The Woods on Ninth 6775 S. 900 East, Midvale


(801) 566-1100 thewoodsonninth.com

Utah Valley Region Academy Square Provo City Library 550 N. University Ave., Provo

(801) 852-6657 provolibrary.com


Brick Room 78 W. Center Street, Provo

(385) 309-1653 brickroomprovo.com


A chic downtown Salt Lake venue perfect for intimate wedding events



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Bungalow (801) 785-2111 235 S. 100 West, Pleasant Grove bungalowwedding.com


Elevé 439 S. Pleasant Grove Blvd., Pleasant Gove


(801) 207-9717 eleveeventcenter.com

(801) 225-6575 LDW Ranch Hobble Creek Canyon, Springville culinarycrafts.com Noah’s 1976 W. 700 North, Lindon

(801) 310-0853 noahseventvenue.com



(801) 492-1100 Northampton House 198 W. 300 North, American Fork northamptonhouse.com


Provo Marriott 101 W. 100 North, Provo

(801) 370-3529 marriott.com


Sequoias 1886 S. Geneva Road, Orem

(801) 520-9576 sequoias.com


Sleepy Ridge Event Center (801) 899-8000 730 S. Sleepy Ridge Drive, Orem sleepyridgeweddings.com


Springville Museum of Art 126 E. 400 South, Springville

(801) 489-2727 smofa.org


Stone Gate Weddings 886 West 2600 North Pleasant Grove

(801) 995-9996 stonegateweddings.com


Featuring menus by Culinary Crafts, Utah’s most awarded caterer

357 West 200 South, Salt Lake City TheTastingRoomSLC.com 801.225.6575

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venue Sundance Resort 8841 N. Alpine Loop Road, Sundance

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contact 1-(877) 533-1929 sundanceresort.com


Thanksgiving Point (801) 768-2300 3003 N. Thanksgiving Way, Lehi thanksgivingpoint.org


Wadley Farms 35 E. 400 North, Lindon

(801) 404-9996 wadleyfarms.com

White Shanty 502 S. 300 West, Provo

(801) 674-6070 whiteshantyvenue.com

Young Living Lavender Farm 3700 North Highway 91, Mona

(801) 899-4671 youngliving.com


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Canyons Grand Summit Hotel 4000 Canyons Resort Drive, Park City

(435) 615-8099 thecanyons.com


(435) 645-6650 deervalley.com


Deer Valley Resort 2250 Deer Valley Drive South, Park City


(435) 649-7770 Goldener Hirsch Inn 7570 Royal Street East, Park City goldenerhirschinn.com



High Star Ranch 976 N. State Road 32, Kamas



Park City Region 4U Ranch 3158 W. 5000 North, Peoa



350 Main 350 Main Street, Park City

(435) 649-3140 350main.com


The Blue Boar Inn 1235 Warm Springs Road, Midway

(435) 654-1400 theblueboarinn.com



(435) 252-0662 Blue Sky Ranch bluesky.aubergeresorts. 2071 S. State Road 32, Wanship com


(435) 783-3528 highstarranch.com

(435) 654-1102 Homestead Resort & Spa 700 N. Homestead Drive, Midway homesteadresort.com


Hotel Park City 2001 Park Avenue, Park City

(888) 999-0098 hotelparkcity.com


Kimball Art Center 1401 Kearns Blvd., Park City

(435) 649-8882 kimballartcenter.org


The Montage (435) 604-1300 9100 Marsac Avenue, Park City montagehotels.com


(435) 649-2900 Park City Marriott 1895 Sidewinder Drive, Park City parkcitymarriott.com


Park City Mountain Resort 1345 Lowell Ave., Park City


(435) 615-8099 weddings.pcmr.com

Classic Weddings Historic Settings Post Chapel

Officers’ Club

Commander’s House

Guest House Ballroom

Historic Fort Douglas 110 South Fort Douglas Blvd. Salt Lake City, UT 84113 801-587-2925 | universityguesthouse.com

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Waldorf Astoria 2100 Frostwood Dr, Park City

(435) 647-5504 parkcitywaldorf astoria.com


Washington School House Hotel 543 Park Ave., Park City

(435) 649-3800 washingtonschool house.com


The Yarrow 1800 Park Ave., Park City

(435) 649-7000 yarrowhotelparkcity.com


Zermatt Resort & Spa 784 W. Resort Drive, Midway

(866) 937-6288 zermattresort.com


Southern Utah Region

Bloomington Country Club (435) 673-4687 3174 S. Bloomington Drive East, bloomingtoncountry St. George club.com


Entrada at Snow Canyon (435) 986-2206 Country Club golfentrada.com 2537 W. Entrada Trail, St. George


(435) 986-7171 The Falls 170 South Mall Drive, St. George thefallseventcenter.com


Moab Under Canvas 13784 US-191, Moab


(801) 244-9023 Red Cliff Ranch Lake Creek Canyon, Heber Valley redcliffranch.net


River Bottoms Ranch 1374 North River Road, Midway

(435) 503-4379 riverbottomsranch.com


Sky Lodge 201 Heber Ave., Park City

(435) 658-2500 skyparkcity.com


The Spur Bar and Grill 352 Main Street, Park City

(435) 615-1618 thespurbarandgrill.com


The St. Regis Deer Crest Resort (435) 940-5700 2300 Deer Valley Drive East, stregisdeercrest.com/ Park City weddings


Stein Eriksen Lodge 7700 Stein Way, Park City


Swaner Preserve & EcoCenter (435) 649-1767 1258 Center Drive, Park City swanerecocenter.org


Tag Ranch 1738 SW Hoytsville Road, Wanship


(801) 414-5131 tagranchweddings.com

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(435) 645-6493 steinlodge.com/weddings


Park Meadows Country Club (435) 649-2460 2000 Meadows Drive, Park City parkmeadowscc.com


(801) 895-3213 moabundercanvas.com

Modern Weddings Classic Setting

Thomas S. Monson Center 411 East South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 801-213-8770 monsoncenter.utah.edu




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Quiet Meadow Farm 1800 E. 1200 North, Mapleton

(801) 438-9394 quietmeadowfarms.com


(435) 259-2002 Red Cliffs Lodge Milepost 14, Highway 128, Moab redcliffslodge.com


Tuacahn 1100 Tuacahn Drive, Ivins

(435) 652-3285 tuacahn.org


Sorrel River Ranch Resort & Spa Mile 17 Hwy 128, Moab

(435) 259-4642 sorrelriver.com


(435) 753-6518 centerforthearts.us

Chantilly Mansion 170 N. Main Street, Layton

(801) 593-9838 chantillymansion.com


Conestoga Ranch 427 N. Paradise Parkway, Garden City

(385) 626-7395 conestogaranch.com


Davis 19th Hole Banquet Center (801) 546-4154 1074 E. Nichols Road, davisparkutah.com Fruit Heights


Fountain View Events 164 N West Promontory, Suite 200, Farmington

(801) 580-0150 fountainviewevents.com


(801) 409-1076 hub801.com


Maddox at the Goble Lodge 1900 S. Highway 89, Perry

(435) 723-5935 maddoxfinefood.com


Ogden Eccles Conference Center 2415 Washington Blvd., Ogden

(801) 689-8600 oeccutah.com


The Ogden Union Station 2501 Wall Ave., Ogden

(801) 629-8680 theunionstation.org


(435) 750-5151 The Riverwoods 615 Riverwoods Parkway, Logan theriverwoods.com


Snowbasin 3925 E. Snowbasin Road, Huntsville

(801) 620-1072 snowbasin.com


Talia Event Center 22 E. 200 South, Clearfield

(801) 510-6509 taliaeventcenter.com


Tuscany Gardens 1856 W. 4500 South, Roy

(801) 837-6756 tuscanygardenroy.com




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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Bridal Consultants & Event Planners FUSE Weddings and Events 335 West Pierpont Ave., SLC 801-512-9555 fuseweddingsandevents.com

Hoopes Weddings and Events 5001 Commerce Dr., Murray 801-900-6093 or 435-414-0090 hoopesevents.com

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Leslie Dawn Events By appointment only 801-803-1350 lesliedawnevents.com

Michelle Leo Events By appointment, SLC 801-455-1121 michelleleoevents.com

Innovative Design Concepts 925 W. 100 North, Ste. B, North Salt Lake 801-936-1306 idcutah.com

Bridal Gowns Latter Day Bride 360 West Broadway, Suite 101, SLC 801-363-2574 latterdaybride.com

Harlow Brides 988 E. 3300 South, SLC 385-355-4436 harlowbrides.com


Newlyweds Francis and Tyler Sebahar enjoy a post-ceremony walk at Tag Ranch in Coalville, Utah. For more of this wedding by Over the Top Events, search “Tag Ranch” at utahbridandgroom.com.

Mary’s Bridal 6267 S. Highland Dr., Holladay 801-278-7106 marysbridalutah.com

Cakes & Caterers Cuisine Unlimited 4641 S. Cherry St., SLC 801-268-2332 cuisineunlimited.com

Culinary Crafts Catering Headquarters 357 W. 200 South, SLC 801-225-6575 culinarycrafts.com

Have Party Will Travel 466 Lawndale Dr. Suite D, SLC 801-269-8400 havepartywilltravel.com

Ruby Snap 770 S. 300 West, SLC 801-834-6111 rubysnap.com

The Tasting Room 357 W. 200 South, SLC 801-906-8294 culinarycrafts.com

Utah Catering by Magleby’s 198 S. Main St., Springville 801-610-4110 utahcatering.com

Entertainment Laughing Gravy Entertainment

801-907-1177 greygiraffe.com

By appointment, serving SLC & surrounding areas 801-566-5614 laughinggravy.com

Reception Centers & Ceremony Sites

Changing Lanes Band

4U Ranch

Text 801-654-7349 changinglanesband.com

3158 W. 5000 North, Peoa info@4uranch.org 4uranch.org


Alta Lodge

Ann Elizabeth

10230 E. Little Cottonwood Rd., Alta 800-707-2582 altalodge.com

4970 S. 900 East, Bldg. F, Suite 105, SLC 801-262-3605 annelizabeth.com

Tabula Rasa Social Stationers 330 Trolley Square, SLC 801-575-5043 tabularasastationers.com

XOWYO Paper + Press 335 S. Milward, Jackson, WY 307-413-6320 xowyo.com

Jewelry & Accessories Diamonds Direct 196 E. Winchester St., Murray 385-388-4353 diamondsdirect.com

Fred Meyer Jewelers

Florists Blooms and Co. 1586 E. 3900 South, SLC 801-272-3431 bloomsandco.com

Native Flower Company

Grey Giraffe Photography

455 S. 500 East, SLC 801-328-6015 fredmeyerjewelers.com for more locations

Atrium Weddings 9201 S. 1300 East, Sandy 801-664-9369 atriumweddings.com

Blue Sky Ranch 2071 S. State Rd. 32, Wanship 435-252-0662 blueskyutah.com

Cactus & Tropicals 2735 S. 2000 East, SLC 801-485-2542 12252 S. Draper Gate Dr., Draper 801-676-0935 cactusandtropicals.com

Fountain View Events 164 W. Promontory #200, Farmington 801-580-0150 fountainviewevents.com

Grand America Hotel

O.C. Tanner Jewelers

555 S. Main St., SLC 801-258-6000 grandamerica.com

15 S. State St., SLC 801-532-3222

Ivy House Weddings 550 S. 600 East, SLC 801-792-3161 ivyhouseweddings.com

1448 E. 2700 South, SLC 801-364-4606 nativeflowercompany.com

416 Main St., Park City 435-940-9470 octannerjewelers.com

Sax Romney Floral

Photographers & Videographers

8770 Jeremy Rd. Park City 435-649-2700 thejeremy.com

White Haute Photography

La Caille

1545 S. 1100 East #3, SLC 801-487-2179 sax-romney.com

Jeremy Golf & Country Club

By appointment, serving SLC & surrounding areas 949-354-2883 whitehautephotography.com

9565 Wasatch Blvd., Sandy 801-942-1751 lacaille.com



Little America Hotel 500 Main St., SLC 801-596-5700 saltlake.littleamerica.com

Memorial House in Memory Grove Park

University Guest House & Conference Center 110 S. Fort Douglas Blvd., SLC 801-587-1000 universityguesthouse.com

Waldorf Astoria Park City

375 N. Canyon Rd., SLC 801-521-7969 memorialhouse-utah.com

2100 Frostwood Dr., Park City 435-647-5500 waldorfastoriaparkcity.com

Red Butte Garden

Young Living Lavender Farm

300 Wakara Way, SLC 801-585-0556 Private rental line: 801-585-9563 redbuttegarden.org

3700 N. Highway 91, Mona 801-418-8974 or 801-822-8648 youngliving.com

River Bottoms Ranch


1374 N. River Rd., Midway 435-503-4379 riverbottomsranch.com

Diamond Event & Tent

Sequoias 1886 S. Geneva Rd., Orem Events@sequoias.com sequoias.com

Silver Fork Lodge 11332 E. Big Cottonwood Canyon, Brighton 801-533-9977 silverforklodge.com

Snowbird Resort 9385 S. Snowbird Center Dr., Snowbird 800-947-7900 snowbird.com

Snowpine Lodge 10420 Little Cottonwood Rd., Alta 801-742-2000 snowpine.com

Tag Ranch 1738 W. Hoytsville Rd., Wanship 801-414-5131 tagranchweddings.com

Thanksgiving Point 3003 N. Thanksgiving Way, Lehi 801-768-4947 thanksgivingpoint.org

This Is The Place Heritage Park 2601 E. Sunnyside Ave., SLC 801-924-7507 thisistheplace.org

Thomas S. Monson Center 411 E. South Temple, SLC 801-213-8770 monsoncenter.utah.edu

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4518 S. 500 West, SLC 801-262-2080 1639 S. 1900 West, Ogden 801-393-5353 1350 Sandhill Rd., Orem 801-222-9311

Riverhorse On Main 540 Main St., Park City 435-649-3536 riverhorseparkcity.com

The Spur 352 Main St, Park City 435-615-1618 thespurbarandgrill.com

Squatters 147 W. Broadway, SLC 801-363-2739 1900 Park Ave., Park City 435-649-9868 ssquatters.com

Top Shelf Professional Bar Services 6436 N. Business Park Loop, Unit C, Park City 435-940-9131 topshelfutah.com

Wasatch Brew Pub Sugar House 2110 S. Highland Dr., SLC 801-783-1127 wasatchbeers.com

Toll-free: 888-844-4001 diamondrental.com


Eclectic Hive

SLC Med Spa

Monday - Friday, by appointment only 303-295-0519 eclectichive.com

2138 S. Highland Drive, SLC 801-419-0551 slcmedspa.com

Retro Rentals

STYLD’ Blow Dry Bar

801-972-1333 retrorentalsusa.com

Restaurants & Bars 350 Main 350 Main Street, Park City 435-649-3140 350main.com

Market St. Grill 48 W. Market St., SLC 801-322-4668 2985 E. Cottonwood Pkwy., SLC 801-942-8860 10702 S. River Front Pkwy. South Jordan 801-302-2262 marketstreetgrill.com

Trolley Square, 602 E. 500 South, SLC 801-609-7718 styldblowdrybar.com

Wedding Extras Cache Toffee 863-333-5453 cachetoffee.com

The Children’s Hour 898 S. 900 East, SLC 801-359-4150 childrenshourbookstore.com

Celebrity Cruises 898 S. 900 East, SLC 1-888-751-7804 celebritycruises.com


Gift, page 62

Sun-kissed Romance, page 138

Frontmatter, page 29

Lemongrass & Co., lemongrassandco.com

BHLDN, bhldn.com; Jacque Lynn Photography, jacquelynnphoto.com; Katie Waltman, katiewaltman.com;

Allison Baddley, lefetefloral.com; Elisha Braithwaite, elishabraithwaite.com; Heather Nan, heathernanphoto.


Kristen Packard, kristenpackard.com; McCarty Talent

com; Jacque Erickson, jacquelynnphoto.com; Kali Wen-

In Private, page 82

Agency, mccartytalentagency.com; Steven Robertson,

green, kalichris.com; Megan Bartholomew, instagram.

Blended Table, theblendedtable.com; Current, current-

stevenrobertsonhair.com; Tinge, tingefloral.com;

com/megs.hulse; Natalie Simpson, beehivephoto.com;

fishandoyster.com; Ember SLC, emberslc.com; Finca,

Pritchett Bridal, pritchettbridal.com s

Pepper Nix, peppernix.com

fincaslc.com; Provisions, slcprovisions.com; Tasting Room, thetastingroomslc.com; Stanza, stanzaslc.com


Matte(rs) of the Heart, page 142 Asos, asos.com; Cassandra Dunn, instagram.com/

Put Some Heart into It, page 49

Oh, Mother! Page 86

cassandradunnhairm; dananibridal.com; Flour &

Artisan Bloom, artisanbloom.com; Pepper Nix, pep-

Beehive Photo, beehivephoto.com; Log Haven, loghav-

Flourish, flourandflourishcake.com; Heather Nan,


en.com; Looks by Diana, instagram.com/looksbydiana;

heathernanphoto.com; La Fete Floral, lafetefloral.com;

Native Flower Company, nativeflowercompany.com

Leanne Marshall, leannemarshall.com; Lesley Lind,

Bloom Shopping, page 51

lesleylind.com; Naya, niyamodels.com; O.C. Tanner

Artisan Bloom, artisanbloom.com; Culinary Crafts, cu-

I do. Take Two. page, 90

Jewelers, octannerjewelers.com; Washington School

linarycrafts.com; Cache Toffee Collection, cachetoffee.

Blooms & Co., bloomsandco.com; Diamond Rental,

House, washingtonschoolhouse.com

com; Eclective Hive, eclectichive.com; Esprit Raw Flow-

diamondrental.com; DJ Pauly, djpaulyweddings.

ers, espritrawflowers.com; Pepper Nix, peppernix.com

com; Fácil Taqueria, faciltaqueria.squarespace.com;


Fuse Weddings & Events, fuseweddingsandevents.

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch, page 148

Gin Mixer, page 52

com; maxwellsece.com; Millennial Beat, Green Light

Bitsy Bridal, bitsybridal.com; Clay LA, clay.la; Danani

350 Main, 350main.com; Alpine Distilling, alpinedis-

Booking, greenlightbooking.com; Native Flower

Handmade, dananibridal.com; Emily Riggs, emily-


Company, nativeflowercompany.com; Pepper Nix,

riggsbridal.com; Frou Frou Chic, froufrouchic.com;

peppernix.com; Reed Rowe, reedrowe.com; Salt Lake

Gathre, gathre.com; Gigi Pip, gigipip.com; Harlow

Get the Glow, page 54

Country Club, saltlakecountryclub.com; Squatters,

Brides, harlowbrides.com; Heather Nan, heathernan-

Got Beauty, gotbeauty.com; Gateway Aesthetic Institute


photo.com; Kali Wengreen, kalichris.com; Kristen Packard, kristenpackard.com; Latter Day Bride, latterday-

and Laser Center, gatewaylasercenter.com INSPIRATIONS

bride.com; Leeanne Marshall, leaeannemarshall.com;

Get Wild, page 56

Country Cool, page 130

McCarty Talent Agency, mccartytalentagency.com; O.C.

Adam Finkle, ajfphoto.com; La Fleur, lafleurdesign-

Borcik Jewelry, borcikjewelry.com; Chantell Lauren,

Tanner Jewelers, octannerjewelers.com; River Bottoms

floral.com; lafleurdesign.com; La Fete Floral & Events,

chantelllaurenphotography.com; EE Video, emilyevans-

Ranch, riverbottomsranch.com; Stay Co., juststay.co;

lafetefloral.com; Drake Hackney, drakehackney.com;

video.com; Flour & Flourish, flourandflourishcake.

StilWorks, etsy.com/shop/StilWorksStudio

Lesley Lind, lesleylind.com; Tabula Rasa, tabularasas-

com; Jessica White, jessicawhitephoto.com; Kali Chris,


kalichris.com; Katie Blakeley Photo and Design, katie-

Make History, page 160

blakeley.com; The Loft Studio, theloftstudiolehi.com;

Ann Elizabeth, annelizabeth.com; Adam Finkle,

Au Naturel, page 58

True Gentlemen Supply, truegentlemansupply.com; The

ajfphoto.com; Ink & Press, inkandpressco.com; Tabula

Alice Lane, alicelanehome.com; Art Haus, artehauscol-

Potted Pansy, thepottedpansy.com; Pottery Barn at Trol-

Rasa Stationers, tabularasastationers.com; The Write

lectif.com; Anthropologie, anthropologie.com; Bern-

ley Square, trolleysquare.com; Vintaushop, vintau.com

Image, twio.com

Studio, dentonhouse.com; Forsey’s, forseys.com; Glass

Winter’s Welcome, page 134

Rosé for the Big Day, page 168

House, glasshouseslc.com; Humble Dwellings, hum-

BBJ Linen, bbjlinen.com; Bitsy Bridal, bitsybridal.

Blended Table, theblendedtable.com; Decoration Inc.,

bledwellingsliving.com; John Brooks, johnbrooksinc.

com; Diamond Rental, diamondrental.com; Dia-

decorationinc.com; Elisha Braithwaite, elishabrait-

com; Ward & Child, instagram.com/wardandchild

monds Direct, diamondsdirect.com; Eclectic Hive,

waite.com; Fuse Weddings & Events, fusewedding-

eclectichive.com; Ember, emberslc.com; Flour &

sandevents.com; Katie Waltman, katiewaltman.com

hardt Interiors, bernhardt.com; Denton House Design

What’s Hot Right Now, page 60

Flourish, flourandflourishcake.com; Kristen Packard

Bluebird Events, bluebirdparkcity.com; Blue Sky Ranch,

Artistry, kristenpackard.com; Reese Stockman

Icing on the Cake, page 192

blueskyranch.com; Decoration Inc., decorationinc.

@bbrbeautybyreese; Lynn & Lou Paper Co., lynnand-

Flour & Flourish, flourandflourishcake.com; Pepper

com; Grey Giraffe, greygiraffe.com; Leo Patrone, leopa-

loupaperco.com; Lux Catering, luxcateringandevents.

Nix, peppernix.com

tronephotography.com; Stein Eriksen, steinlodge.com;

com; Michelle Leo Events, michelleleoevents.com; Re-

Sparkle Photography, sparklephoto.com

bekah Westover, rebekahwestover.com; Urban Chateau

Galleries and Real Wedding Sources available online

Floral, urbanchateaufloral.com



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