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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.

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


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


LIGHT THEORY The spotlight is on and you’re the crown jewel. Photos by Jacque Lynn Styling by Erica Kopp


ROCK. PAPER. DELIVERS. Utah landscapes—born from sand, stone and salt—inspire noteworthy, minimal suites sure to surprise your guests. Photos by Emily Michelson and Kate Osborne Styling by Allison Baddley


RISE AND SHINE Desert-inspired bouquets for the big day. Photos & Styling by Heather Nan


EAT THIS Farm-fresh, family-style meals for a party of six or 600.


Photos by Jessica White Styling by Blended Table




Utah wedding trends, products, talents and tips






Where to shop for all his hottest party-ready looks

What’s the deal with all those fancy tents? Tips and logistics for sensational shelters


Local visionaries changing the wedding scene, locally and beyond


Listing of Utah’s party hot spots

170 RESOURCE DIRECTORY Our favorite wedding resources in the state



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


Our best send-off. Congrats!


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Winter/Spring cover by Jacque Lynn Photography

Summer/Fall cover by Heather Nan Photography

Cactus & Tropicals

Heather Nan Photography

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UP FRONT | On the Web


UTAH BRIDE AND GROOM. COM Party planning continues with more real wedding 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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Inspired by the moments that make time stand still, The Grand America Hotel is an idyllic destination for timeless ceremonies and honeymoon getaways. GR ANDAMERICA .COM | 801.258.6000

Romance Elevated Experience the Romance of Alta Weddings — Rehearsal Dinners — Lodging Outstanding cuisine and personal service in a spectacular mountain setting. altalodge.com — 801-742-3500

UP FRONT | Submissions 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) or email (editor@ utahbrideandgroom.com). 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.


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UP FRONT | Contributors

KRISTEN PACKARD is the makeup wizard behind Kristen Packard Artistry, our “Light Theory” (page 118) fashion feature and the “Rise and Shine” (page 138) floral story. An expert in beauty and character application, she provides dazzling looks for weddings, editorials, Sundance and the Emmy’s. “I’m passionate about bringing out my client’s natural beauty, and I especially enjoyed pulling artistic inspiration for this issue.”


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STEVEN ROBERTSON is co-owner and full-time stylist at 1 Salon in Millcreek. He’s a colorist by day and a bridal enthusiast on the side. “I love working with Utah’s top wedding vendors to tell the story of what a bride can really be and look like beyond what you typically see as normal bridal hair.” His trend-setting work can be seen in our fashion feature “Light Theory” (page 118).


JESSICA WHITE started her career as a wedding photographer more than a decade ago. Today, she adds food, commercial and brand photography to her resume. “Since my husband’s stage 4 cancer diagnosis, I have a new-found passion for working with holistic culinary artists who source organic, plantbased, clean-eating recipes.” White showcases her love of color, texture and locally sourced food in “Eat This” (page 152).


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UP FRONT | Contributors

ERICA KOPP lends her styling talent to this

ALLISON BADDLEY is the owner of La Fête, a

issue’s fashion feature “Light Theory” (page 118). The fashion stylist draws inspiration from minimal design, all the while, being bold. “This shoot did all those things for me. It was taking a risk by creating a modern style for Utah fashion, but also remaining timeless by showcasing luxe fabrics in classic shapes.”

nationally recognized, all-inclusive wedding planning and floral design company in Salt Lake City. Baddley used the natural world around her as a guide for the editorial, “Rock. Paper. Delivers.” (page 130). “I was inspired by the varying Utah landscapes when dreaming up this stunning yet minimal and modern editorial.”



JACQUE ERICKSON is the creator behind Jacque Lynn Photography. For twelve years, Ericksen has been a core figure in elevating the aesthetic of the Utah wedding scene. This includes being a contributor to previous issues of Utah Bride & Groom. In this issue, Ericksen brings a modern-artgallery-stroll scene to life in “Light Theory” (page 118), where she plays with lighting, shadows and, of course, fashion. “Our brides are so lucky to have access to such incredibly talented vendors and creatives, located right here in Utah,” she says.


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UP FRONT | Contributors

PEPPER NIX brought wedding photojournalism to Utah in 1999. Now, as one of the most-referred wedding photographers, this energetic force is revered by her wedded couples, Utah’s top venue directors and the state’s best industry professionals. She lends her expertise in several stories throughout the issue.


HEATHER NAN travels worldwide to teach aspiring photographers her tricks of natural lighting, film and digital shooting, and model positioning. This year, our long-time editorial contributor unveils bouquets packed with the hues of the desert sunrise in “Rise and Shine” (page 138). “After years of only seeing ivory and champagne, color is back, but these updated hues are muted and dusty.”


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MEGAN BARTHOLOMEW is the digital eyes, ears and words behind Utah Bride & Groom and Utah Style & Design magazines. On a daily basis, she peppers the sites with luxe style from local experts. Bartholomew recently graduated from the University of Utah with Honors degrees in Journalism and English Literature, and is a new bride herself.



UP FRONT | From the Editor

Congratulations on your engagement!


OW, LET’S GET down to

but don’t forget to elevate tactile, auditory, olfactory and palate enjoyment, too. Peruse the following pages, and mark-up or dog-ear your favorites about desserts, tablescapes, venue locales and music ideas. Highlight or circle all the names of wedding pros associated with them. Without further adieu, let me introduce you to your 2020 wedding creators. Best, 

Val Rasmussen, editor in chief @utahbridemag


business. Your assignment during the next few months is to craft a wedding experience that makes guests think, “Oh, that’s so them.” But how does an engaged couple do that? One. Be prepared to meet many personas during this process: the lively deejay, the perfectionist stationer and perhaps, the soulful photographer. The highly knowledgable, expertly trained and passionate pros—many of them in this issue—will be your guides. Sure, the following pages display the latest and greatest in fashion, flowers and cuisine, but party execution is, at its core, about the people that produce them.  Two. Remember, the most memorable parties engage every sense. Visual displays are a given,

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Yo u n g L i v i n g . c o m / LavenderFarmEvents


Wedding Tips, Trends & Talents



THE DEVIL IS in the details, especially for Donna Urban. The planner-turnedvenue-owner leaves no stone unturned when it comes to hosting weddings at the 4U Ranch, a 75-acre riverside property in Peoa that Donna and her husband Gary opened last year. Top to bottom, the luxe ranch offers a riverside ceremony site, a spacious barn for parties and the it-list of vendors to hire, including Fuse Weddings & Events, Pepper Nix Photography, Culinary Crafts and Artisan Bloom. 4uranch.org




Girl Power

Three local, go-getting gals tempt newlyweds with special things to wear, want and need. WANT


Cheryl Nickisch

Every newlywed nest deserves a pop of art. Tap your inner Nordic-minimalist with an original piece for your space from local artist Holly Addi. Sure, Addi has earned celebrityartist status from Heidi Kloss and Serena & Lily, but she’s a Utah gal at heart. Along with partner Heidi Jube, Addi also runs Art Haus Collectif, a gallery and art boutique housed in SLC’s hip Central 9th South District. arthauscollectif.com

Heidi Jube and Holly Addi


Cheryl Nickisch is making a move. A movement in jewelry, that is. The RISD-trained Salt Lake-transplant sculpts metal, concrete and even diamonds into three-dimensional wearable art. These gems are part funky and part feminine, and are 100-percent appropriate for a jeansand-tee combo or with white silk and tulle. You choose. sharpewerks.com



Marsha Holfetz

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Madison McCord Interior’s owner and founder, Marsha Holfetz, proves that there may be something as enjoyable as planning your wedding: accessorizing your first home. Make your first newlywed home purchase memorable and conversational. Seating and lighting are musts, right? Make them extra special with a jewel-toned, velvet-tufted chair or a chic nightstand lamp. madisonmccordinteriors.com



Precious. Not metal. Traditional wedding bands have their place. But today, you’re wearing beautiful, practical silicone. Forget you’re wearing unforgettable.

PROPOSALS | Entertainment

Lights, Camera, Action!

Blow guests away with an all-sensory experience. SHOTSKIS, VIDEO BOOTHS, cornhole games, afterparties? These days, weddings are so much more than dinner and dancing. Three experts weigh in on how to keep your guests on their toes all night long.


MOUNTAIN MAYHEM Wedding planner Kristen Spear of Soirée Productions orchestrates the most luxe events for clients from New York, Texas and California. When there’s Park City wedding action, Spear’s typically behind it. “My favorite indoor activity for wedding guests was a mechanical bull we had at Blue Sky Ranch,” she says. “I also like the new interactive photo booths. They now all connect to the Internet so guests can share on social media immediately.” “My favorite outdoor activity for wedding guests is corn hole or s’more stations. Guests often receive a personalized corn hole game as a shower gift, so we use that for wedding-day lawn games,” Spear says. “S’mores in the winter are so fun. We place Adirondack chairs around a fire pit and style them with fun buffalo check blankets.” Shotskis, live paintings, whiskey tasting stations, margarita bike blenders, horseshoes, caricature artists and astrology readings spice up a party, too. soireeproductions.com

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The days of boxed-in booths are over. Sam Spendlove and Heather Hodge of Couth Booth show us that open-style booths are all the rage, and oh so exciting. “It’s fun to see people’s faces light up when they get their prints so fast,” Spendlove says. “We’ve done everything from faux magazine covers to Western, the ‘80s and comic-book themes.” The dynamic duo offers a choice of 25 backdrops including three-dimensional backdrops like a hedge wall with live florals, glam filters, animation and video. Now, smile! couthbooth.com

MUSIC TO MY EARS DJPauly has been on the radio since he was a teen. “I love music. At the of age 15, I started my first on-air job in radio.” He’s been making music magic ever since, but he says there’s much more to manning weddings than pressing play. What question should couples ask every DJ they interview? “Have you had any formal MC or DJ training?” DJPauly says. “Anybody can buy a laptop and some big speakers and call themselves a wedding DJ, but a true Master of Ceremonies will do so much more than playing your favorite jams. Make sure your DJ has enough training or real event experience to read and truly engage with your guests. Request a meeting or video chat with them before you book to see if they’ll be a good fit personality-wise.” djpaulyweddings.com

PROPOSALS | Newlywed Life

Character Building LARKYN MUNGOVAN knows old homes. She is a city girl at heart—by way of San Francisco and Buffalo, New York—who renovated her own turn-ofthe-century Foursquare in Salt Lake City. Now, other old-home lovers, living in the historic neighborhoods surrounding the University of Utah, call on Mungovan when tackling space redos. “I love the challenge of renovating historic homes,” says Mungovan, the owner and lead designer for Larkyn Interiors. She lets a home dictate its own story. “Uncovering the bones of a house, especially the details with historical significance, is the best kind of project for me. It’s the quirky peach bathtub a client with a 70’s home loves or the original egg and dart crown molding from an 1890s Victorian in the Avenues—

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those features and architectural details deserve to be celebrated, especially if they bring joy to the homeowner.” Historic homes have the same set of challenges as a newlywed’s pocketbook: small and dark. But on both accounts, there’s room for growth and a little fun along the way. A peek into any of Mongovan’s boho-chic redos unveils a penchant for warm woods, colorful tile and lively patterns. “If you’re going to use pattern, I say go big or go home. I love working with young families because they are more adventurous. They might be more willing to take a risk on a wallpaper with pink birds or choose a bright blue tile for their bathroom. Design should be timeless and classic, but why not also add in an unexpected pop of pattern to make it memorable?”


Old-home advice for the newly betrothed




Finishing Touch



Dressed in white, today’s plaster- and gesso-finished pieces deliver a fresh, handmolded look to newlyweds’ nests of all styles.


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1. Alberto small single tier chandelier by Visual Comfort, $1,835, Glass House, SLC; 2. Truro wall mirror, $998, Serena & Lily, serenaandlily.com; 3. Plaster No. 1 small pendant light by Hudson Valley, $550, Elume Distinctive Lighting, Park City; 4. Greta drinks table by Currey & Co., $478, Ward & Child—The Garden Store, SLC; 5. Fresco table lamp by Palacek, $680, Ward & Child—The Garden Store, SLC; 6. Faline bench by Oly, starts at $950, Alice Lane Home Collection, SLC; 7. Bronte wall light by Porta Romana, to the trade, John Brooks Inc., SLC; 8. Faux Bois floor lamp by Global Views, $3,748, San Francisco Design, SLC



CRUDE - OIL CLEANSER + MAKEUP REMOVER + MOISTURIZER While the idea of using an “oil” to cleanse may throw you, this product is completely non-comedogenic, and unlike an ordinary soap-based cleanser, these oils naturally repair and maintain the skin’s barrier. Leaving the skin soft, not greasy. Grapefruit, ylang-ylang and bergamot essential oils work together to reduce inflammation and restore balance. 1 oz. ($20), livecrude.com


ALKIMME SERUM Unbelievably sheer and light, the ALKIMme serum packs a big hydrating punch, featuring hyaluronic acid, your skin’s own natural humectant, along with vitamin B5 and skin-loving essential oils, rose damascene and sandalwood. Lightly tap into moist skin after cleansing to seal in moisture, even those delicate areas around the eyes, lending a refreshed glow. 30ml ($60), alkimme.com

Give it a Glow

Dewy skin solutions combat a high-desert climate. By JEN HILL

LIVING IN A high-desert climate, sunny days and low humidity bring unique skin care challenges. While our skin provides its own moisture through built-in sebaceous glands, our climate, hormonal issues, diet and pollutants can throw your skin off balance. Rough, flaky or patchy is not ideal—our skin is the canvas, and when it lacks moisture, no amount of concealer or foundation can cover up the effects of dry skin. But we got you.

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Keys to dewy skin perfection? Get serious and tenderloving with your daily skin care. Cleansers that get your skin to squeak like a newly washed window is not what we’re going for. With skin care, less is more. Avoid extremes in temperature, harsh ingredients or surfactants which strip the skin’s natural oils. Without the proper conditions, the skin can’t balance itself. Here are smooth-operator solutions to get your glow on.


ALASTIN - HYDRATINT PRO MINERAL SUNSCREEN SPF 36 Get your sun protection, moisture and natural coverage in one fell swoop. The big advantage of a tinted moisturizer is that you won’t have to worry about a foundation that settles into folds or creases, accentuating dryness. A bestseller, the spa staff says they can hardly keep it in stock. ($55) Available at: Spa Trouve, 705 E. 900 South, SLC, 801-997-8199

THE BIG HYDRATING GUN A medical-grade facial uses hydra-based vortex technology to deeply yet gently cleanse and exfoliate, suctioning out the gunk and removing dull surface skin cells while infusing the skin with brightening and

restorative serums. Ideal for those with dry skin—prepare to be amazed by how smooth and soft your skin can feel again. HydraFacial ($149), Spa Trouve, 705 E. 900 South, SLC, 801-997-8199

PROPOSALS | Industry

White Night

Utah Bride & Groom throws its eighth annual White Party on a snowy evening at Alta. Photographs by PEPPER NIX AND LOGAN WALKER

[ENTERTAINMENT] Sarah Woodbury Jazz Trio elevated the party mood with their tunes.

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RubySnap offered their specialty cookies

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A Groom’s Lounge hosted a cocktail station, coasters by CCL Engraving, and suits, ties and socks from Tuxedo Junction and Men’s Wearhouse.

THINK YOUR MOTHER-inlaw is the pickiest partygoer? Think again. This crowd has her beat. Each year, Utah Bride & Groom hosts Utah’s elite wedding vendors—i.e. party experts—to sample the latest in cuisine, decor, entertainment and fashion. Cue a surprising, mid-May snowstorm for this year’s White Party where Alta’s Snowpine Lodge unveiled its luxury lodging, event space and catering options. Hoopes Events produced the affair, while Fleur + Stems provided fresh blooms. Entertainment included gown-painting by Chantel Lauren Designs, live makeup and hair by Versa Artistry, a hot chocolate station inside a vintage trailer by Retro Rentals, music by Sarah Woodbury Jazz Trio and a slow-motion photo booth by Clementine Photo Booth. On behalf of attendees’ donations, Utah Bride & Groom will plant 150 trees via the National Forest Foundation’s Plant-a-Tree program. nationalforests.org/ donate/plant-trees





Granite Bakery provided the cakes

1. Reverend Douglas R. Bethers and Reverend Anita Gordon. 2. Hair and makeup artist Janelle Ingram (second from right)

brought her husband, Michael (far right), and two out-of-town friends. 3. The teams from Snowbird and Harvest Moon Events enjoy Clementine’s photo booth. 4. Dj Juone and Jennie Peterson of Grand America Hotel. 5. The gang of Retro Rentals serves up hot chocolate. 6. Chelsea Sanford of Snowbird, Christena Buonforte of Snowbird, Dj Pauly Helms, Kasey Plourde of Harvest Moon Events, Meredith Parson of Bluebird Events, Ava Miller with Bluebird Events and Ashley Newhall of Harvest Moon Events.



The perfect venue for your MAIN STREET WEDDING

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Wedding Ceremonies Receptions Rehearsal Dinners 435.649.3140 sales@350main.com 350main.com

what’s hot

DEPARTMENTS These days, a wedding “day” is so much more than a ceremony and celebration. We’ve got the scoop on local gamechangers impacting couples, in Utah and beyond. Plus, we offer advice on where-to-shop for him and how-to-plan for renting the fairy-tale tent of your dreams.



DEPARTMENT | Men’s Fashion

Tailor Made Where to shop for the hottest party-ready looks


THERE’S NOTHING SEXIER than a guy in a tailor-made suit. Today’s man-of-the-moment styles are all about custom-fit and personalitydriven flair, expressed with patterns, fabric, weave, weight, cut, color and accessories. Did you know that the Wasatch Front suit scene is hot, offering the latest fashions and highest-quality customer experience? Whatever strikes your fancy from black-tie formal or colorful casual, here’s a groom’s go-to guide to finding a look that’s truly one-of-a-kind. Hey dads, this one is for you, too.

136 E SOUTH TEMPLE #100, SLC HMCOLE.COM Pick your poison: Two-piece, three-piece or tux? South Temple’s newest men’s stockist specializes in suits for the big day. H.M. Cole offers quick turnarounds and groomsmen packages, too. Don’t forget to have your name and wedding date embroidered inside your suit jacket. Their mission: Prestigious brands, detailed measuring and quality construction combine to provide everything you will need to build a proper wardrobe. 

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For all of Alec and Blake’s June wedding at Park City Mountain Resort, head to utahbrideandgroom.com

True Gentlemen


1633 WEST INNOVATION WAY 5TH FLOOR, LEHI TRUEGENTLEMENSUPPLY.COM True Gentleman is a bespoke suit shop that services the Silicon Slopes and tailors suits and blazers for the whole wedding party, designed to your personal style. Their mission: A True Gentleman suit-buying experience is more about learning to embrace a lifestyle; one that starts at the altar.  Beckett & Robb


150 MAIN ST, SLC BECKETTANDROBB.COM Beckett & Robb is a men’s custom clothing maker, specializing in tailored suits, shirts and sports coats. Their mission: For 10 years, this clothier has become the preeminent suit maker in Utah. Offering 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.


333 PIERPONT AVE. #2, SLC TAILORCOOPERATIVE.COM Tailor Cooperative opened in early 2016 on Pierpont Avenue in downtown Salt Lake City. Since then, it has been dutifully serving dapper downtown clients.

Beckett & Robb

Their mission: crafting no-nonsense, customtailored suits for anyone and everyone who wants to dress with a bold and unique purpose for the boardroom, the ballroom or the altar.

H.M. Cole


59 S. TEMPLE, SLC UTAHWOOLENMILLS.COM Since 1905 (that’s 115 years, folks), Utah Woolen Mills has been Salt Lake’s premium place for making men dapper.

H.M. Cole

Their mission: to offer renowned luxury brands like Kiton, Brioni, Isaia, Canali Givocci and Eton, paired with phenomenal in-house tailoring.



DEPARTMENT | Men’s Fashion Tailor Cooperative


15 S. STATE STREET, SLC OCTANNERJEWELERS.COM O.C. Tanner Jewelers carries wedding bands and timepieces—Rolex, Patek Phillippe, Omega, Tudor and more—to complete any wedding head-to-toe look. Their mission: As Utah’s original jeweler since Obert Clark Tanner founded the company in 1927, it’s in the business of celebrating life’s milestones, as well as those just-because occasions.



145 E. 900 SOUTH #5, SLC BESPOKE-CLOTHING.COM Housed in Salt Lake’s hip Maven District (in fact, next door to one of our favorite bridal boutiques, Chantel Lauren), Bespoke is making waves in men’s fashion. Transparency is evidenced by their online pricing. Their mission: To design clothing that is as unique to the owner’s personality as it is to his body. The only goal is to help all individuals become the best versions of themselves.


330 TROLLEY SQUARE, SLC TABULARASASTATIONERS.COM While hitting up this European-inspired boutique for wedding invitations, be sure to peruse the shop for men’s fashion books, grooming guides, shaving kits and groomsmen’s gifts including fine leather wallets and business card holders. Their mission: To offer distinctive gifts and exquisite paper for life’s most important events, as they’ve been doing for more than three decades.  UWM

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O.C. Tanner Jewelers

Northern Utah’s Premiere Venue 2411 Kiesel Ave, 5th Floor, Ogden, UT www.thefifthfloorutah.com thefifthfloorvenue@theogdenclick.com

DEPARTMENT | Tents La Fete Floral & Events’ Allison Baddley rented this Tidewater Sailcloth Tent from Diamond Rental turning this backyard into a fairytale wedding venue.

Getting Pitched What’s up with all those fancy tents? Tips and logistics for including a sensational shelter on your special day.

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UTAH WON THE lottery in landscapes, but our mountain weather is, well, a little challenging. Slush in May, record heat in July, rains in August and surprising snows in September. How does a savvy host brace for bad weather? “Prepare for the worst,” says Meg Griggs, of Modern Expo in Salt Lake City. If any part of your wedding day is outside, this seasoned event pro says renting a tent is the best way to plan for finicky weather. “Order for the worst-case scenario. Act as if it’s a blizzard, even in June or September. Budget for the flooring, doors, walls, heaters. You can always scale back closer to the date when you can get a more accurate weather forecast. Most deposits to hold require 50 percent down with the remaining due two days before your event.” If you think shelter and shade seem simple, think again. While tents are a sensational feature for wedding parties, they require permits, contracts, flooring, draping, chandeliers, setup and delivery—all coming at a cost, oftentimes $10K and up. Griggs gives us the low down on the high price of tenting.





“I’ve worked with brides that get sold on a space, not thinking about the weather. It’s not until after they’ve booked and met with a rental company that they realize how much these structures cost. They eat into their wedding budget well before they even get to catering, lodging and design,” says Griggs, who recommends rental services from Diamond Rental, All Out Events or Olympus Tents.





Party hosts need to meet fire and propane regulations, height permitting and conditional-use permits. “Park City and Summit County have very strict permitting measures for these temporary structures,” Giggs says. Fortunately, venues assist brides and grooms with their permitting to ensure everything is secure two weeks before the wedding day.  

Refer to the venue’s contract to know what time the tents can be delivered, when they need to be removed and what access is available to the locale. “Stein Eriksen requires a crane to load structures in and out of, while St. Regis necessitates parts being hand-carried up the ski hill,” Griggs explains. “A [Utah State] Capitol wedding requires same-day load in and load out for their west terrace. There, you’ll also be charged to have a federal policeman available at all times during the event.”

SET SAIL Diamond Rental’s new Tidewater Sail Cloth Tents (image on left) are what magical wedding dreams are made of. “They’re made out of sailcloth and look best when uplit for illumination,” Modern Expo’s Griggs says. “One drawback is that they have to be staked into the ground, and therefore, cannot be placed over concrete. Also, they’re okay for a little moisture, but they’re not completely waterproof.” Allison Baddley of La Fete Floral & Events has hearteyes for Tidewater tents, too. “They’re made from beautiful sailcloth and have lovely wooden posts. They glow beautifully in the nighttime. Not only do they provide protection, they set the scene and add dimension to your set up. Hanging lanterns, special lighting, chandeliers or oversized floral installations are a must.”









Technically speaking, sub-flooring includes the plywood below a dance floor or carpet. Logistically speaking, it’s key to your tent rental contract. “One bride I worked with refused the extra cost of a sub-flooring, but on the wedding day, rain pooled up from the cobblestone and her gown got soaked. Her aunt— whose daughter’s wedding we were contracted to do the following month—called me the very next day to be sure sub-flooring was included in her costs,” Grigg says.

“Clear-sided tents can act as greenhouses in the summertime. Your guests are like ants in a magnifying glass. They definitely need a cooling component,” says Griggs. Meanwhile, clear-glass walls risk shattering in the winter. “You can’t have clear vinyl without heat. It has to be kept above 52 degrees, otherwise, the chemical makeup of it freezes and shatters. You must pay for heat from the inception in order to be safe.” Now, the good news. All these venues and their rental partners are experts in the intricacies of tent installation. That sail cloth or clear-sided tent you’ve been eyeing can be yours, as long as you factor it in your budget from the get-go.

Meg Griggs, Modern Expo

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Game Changers SHRED TO WED “C’mon now, you can do anything for 30 seconds!” Christopher Olsen shouts into his mobile mic over the sounds of dance-club beats and blasting fans. If you’re looking to crush your big-day fitness goals (and max out calories on your smartwatch), meet Shred415. Olsen and his BFF-turned-business-partner Adria Swindle knew Shred415 was a perfect fit for Salt Lake. “We both love to travel and enjoy trying new fitness studios when we travel. When we took our first Shred415 class in Chicago, we were immediately sold and knew that we needed to bring this concept to the Salt Lake fitness community,” Swindle says. Skull crushers, anyone? Every Shred415 workout

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Local visionaries transforming the wedding scene, locally and beyond incorporates 4 intervals of 15-minute rounds (hence, the “415”) between cardio on Woodway treadmills and strength exercises on “decks” that include burpees, hammer curls, jumping squats, up-downs, mountain climbers, skaters and so on. The Millcreek space is purposely small, but packs a punch as the lights go dim and the music pumps. “Shred415 is more than a workout. We welcome and encourage people of all fitness levels. Lights are dimmed, music is loud and our certified instructors are there to motivate and help clients achieve their individual fitness goals,” Olsen says. “We also offer childcare, towel service and many more amenities to make your workout experience enjoyable.” shred415.com

How to shred—yes, it’s its own verb—for the Big Day Shred to Wed is a program that brides and grooms can experience for the three months leading up to their wedding day. The program is $139 for each of the three months. “This is a great discount from our regular unlimited monthly membership,” Swindle explains. Brides and grooms can “shred” as many times as they want before the big day.

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Say “I do” with a preciousmetal-infused ring or customize a thank you gift for your wedding party that includes stackable rings and bracelets in your wedding hues.

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KINGS OF RINGS Enso Ring co-founder Brighton Jones almost broke his ring finger during a rock-climbing excursion when a small body shift caused his metal wedding band to catch on a rock. “Fortunately, my ring broke off a piece of rock, instead of my entire finger,” Jones says. He studied various ring materials during global travels. Soon after, Brighton partnered with his childhood buddy Aaron Daly to design and sell comfortable, fashionable and affordable silicone rings, ideal for guys and gals with an

active lifestyle. The concept was so exciting, that even entrepreneurial reality show “Shark Tank” gave the Lehi-based boutique their seal of approval. Aside from being easy on the newlywed pocketbook ($25-$35 each), the rings appeal extends beyond your wedding celebration. Their Ring for a Reason offers a portion of ring proceeds to health and humanitarian programs including Global Citizen and Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC). ensorings.com



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THIS HONEYMOON AIN’T OVER “The heart of Albion has always been a love story. One of a boy and girl who met at work, became best friends and got married,” says Liz Findlay, who opened the Albion Fit’s flagship at City Creek Mall in 2012 with her husband and she hasn’t looked back once. What began inside her family’s Guatemalan factory years ago is now an athleisure-wear giant with four brick-andmortars (in SLC, Dallas, Scottsdale and Dallas), alongside a behemoth online presence that flaunts bubbly—and often, tan—adventure seekers. It’s been quite the adventure for the Findlays, as well. “Over the years, we’ve had the opportunity be a part of our customers’ adventures, and yes, their love stories, too,” Findlay says of Albion’s user-generated honeymoon content appearing on social media. “It’s a privilege to be a part of so many women’s most treasured memories. It’s the best part of what we do.” albiontfit.com

Chantel Lauren & Tyler Galloway

It all began with one blue gown. In a world where white rules the roost, painting—as in hand-painting with acrylic paints—a blue gown may seem outrageous, but Chantel and Tyler Galloway nail it every time. Pink, grey and rainbow work, too. From their flagship location in Salt Lake’s hip 9th South District, the duo sells a perfect package. Creative genius, entrepreneurial gumption, precise craftsmanship and down-to-earth personalities come together to create an artful line of gowns, robes and jewelry.  Not all gowns are painted, but all the dresses are fromscratch silk constructs sold in 13 other cities, including stockists in Canada and the UK. “It’s cool to see what appeals to different cities. Some cities are drawn to one style and price point, while others are drawn to something completely different.” chantellauren.com

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REAL WEDDINGS Utah couples throw amazing weddings. Hosted in the mountaintops to the city valleys and everywhere in between, these stylish celebrations are personalized, unique and truly special.





THE COUPLE A matchmaker introduced the two executives (Catherine is a Chief Product Officer and EVP of Engineering at Domo, and Branden is the CEO for Gear.com). Four months in, Branden and Catherine headed to St. George for Thanksgiving weekend where Branden enlisted the help of his four children—ages 9, 10, 10, and 15—to help with a proposal inside Snow Canyon State Park. One hundred feet below an overlook where Branden and Catherine stood, the pint-sized foursome held a 30-foot sign that read, “We love you, Catherine. Will you marry our dad?”

THE WEDDING Catherine and Branden chose the Provo City Temple because of its historic beauty. “We were privileged to have a friend of the family and General Authority Seventy, Elder Kim B. Clark, perform the ceremony,” Catherine says. A ring ceremony and reception at the Utah State Capitol followed. “A big reason for doing the ring ceremony and reception was to give the children an experience that would help mark the start for us as a blended family.”

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THE MOOD “With the grand backdrop of the historic Rotunda at the Utah State Capitol Building, we wanted a refined yet jubilant mood. We wanted our closest friends and family to feel the emotions and the love that we had experienced in our relationship with each other as we became a blended family with Branden’s children,” Catherine says. “We took our cues from the Rotunda, selecting florals in fuchsias and magentas. These colors contrasted beautifully with navy—navy velvet tablecloths, navy invitations and prints, all with touches of gold.” utahbrideandgroom.com


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THE MENU Catherine and Branden drew menu inspiration from Germany, as both of them had served missions there for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Brats and pretzel bites started the meal, a winter salad followed, and entrees included Cabernet-braised short ribs with creamy polenta or chicken breast Marsala with artichokes and capers.

THE PARTY The newlyweds kicked off festivities at the end of the ring ceremony. A gospel choir surprised guests by following the bridal party and singing “All You Need Is Love” while descending from the rotunda staircases. Later, Catherine offered a musical performance to the children: “Lighthouse,” an original composition written by Catherine and performed by a family friend Natalie Hill Jensen, accompanied by Catherine on the grand piano. “At night, when I would listen to the children’s prayers, they would always pray to not have bad dreams,” Catherine explains. “These children had lost their mother to cancer, and their tender prayers at night touched my heart. Because I have always composed music, I felt one of the most personal gifts I could give them at the wedding would be a lullaby, one they could listen to at night.” “The lullaby was the most memorable moment for me,” Branden adds. “I had seen the incredible effort Catherine put into writing and refining the song, but to hear it in person, sung by Broadway singer Natalie Hill Jensen, brought tears to my eyes. It’s a gift to the family that we will treasure forever.”

THE PLAYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Jacque Lynn Photography, Sandy WEDDING PLANNER: Fuse Weddings & Events, SLC CATERING: Culinary Crafts, SLC CEREMONY SITE: Provo City Center Temple, Provo RECEPTION SITE: Utah State Capitol building, SLC FLOWERS: Decoration Inc., SLC RENTALS: Diamond Rental, SLC; Performance Audio, SLC LINENS: La Tavola, latavola.com BRIDE’S RING: Innovative Custom Jewelry, Heber City GROOM’S RING: Sierra West, Orem INVITATIONS: Fuse Weddings & Events, SLC CEREMONY GOWN: Alyssa Kristin via

Alta Moda Bridal, SLC RECEPTION GOWN: Yolan Cris via Alta Moda, SLC FLOWER GIRL DRESSES: Etsy, etsy.com STRING QUARTET: String Quartet Utah, SLC GOSPEL CHOIR: Unity Gospel Choir, SLC DJ: DJ Elliott, SLC VIDEOGRAPHY: Chris McClain, SLC PHOTO BOOTH: Couth Booth, SLC

THE HONEYMOON Catherine and Branden celebrated their honeymoon with a trip around the world: Hong Kong, Rome, Naples, New York and the Bahamas. utahbrideandgroom.com




THE COUPLE Amy and Nick met at a mutual friend’s wedding in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. “We spent the weekend bonding over our shared love of hiking and the outdoors. When we said goodbye, we knew it wouldn’t be the last time we saw each other,” Amy explains. Three-and-a-half years later—and four days after completing the Chicago marathon together—Nick surprised Amy with a trip to Death Valley National Park in California. There, he proposed to Amy after they hiked 11,000 feet to Telescope Peak. “He had carried the ring, along with a small bottle of champagne, a fresh loaf of bread and fancy cheese to celebrate. There were a few people on top who took our photo, and it felt like we floated the whole way down.”

THE WEDDING “We decided that we would get married in Utah because we went hiking in Utah on our first date,” Amy says. Utah’s mountains and geographical location made it the ideal destination for the big day. Guests—some traveling from around the world—stayed at Sundance Mountain Resort and began the wedding weekend with a mountain top rehearsal dinner at Sundance’s Bearclaw Cabin. “Our guests had to take two chairlifts to reach the cabin, but it was worth it. The weather was perfect, we had summery cocktails, great barbecue and handed out customized blankets for the ride down,” Amy says. The next day, the duo joined in a ceremony they wrote themselves. “We chose to repeat the same vows, rather than write separate ones. In the end, it was wonderful to seal our commitment to each other with words we had crafted together.”

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THE MOOD With the help of Silver Summit Events, Amy and Nic unveiled a funky, playful, forested scene— using lush blooms and elegant decor in hues of forest green, peachy pink, gold, and bright and rusty orange hues. “We had the barn doors open so our guests could enjoy the bistro tables on the boardwalk next to the river,” Amy says. Additional bars, two fire pits and lounge furniture provided gathering spaces for the guests. The most unique part of the wedding was a visit from two llamas—a surprise from Amy to Nick.

THE MENU “We chose menu items inspired by locally available ingredients and wanted to make sure we had a variety of choices for our guests who travelled from near and far to celebrate with



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us,” Amy says. Cocktail hour featured artisan cheeses with local accoutrements, along with hummus and homemade pita. For dinner, guests chose from pepper-crusted beef filet with mango chutney, pan-seared trout filet with brown butter sauce and a vegetarian goat-cheese tart with roasted peppers. “We also added a few delightful desserts to accompany our Funfetti cake: chocolate chip bread pudding and assorted cookies and brownies.”

THE TUNES “Our main goal with music was to make sure our guests had fun and could dance. The band played a variety of oldies and new pop. Everyone ended up on the dance floor at some point during the night,” Amy says. Amy and Nick danced to a favorite Bob Marley tune, “Is this Love“ for their first dance. “This song spoke to us because the refrain says, ‘I want to love you and treat you right.’“

THE HONEYMOON Amy and Nick flew first to Chile and then to Argentina. “We spent two days in Ushuaia, ten days traveling in Patagonia (including five nights in mountain huts), and finished up in Buenos Aires. We saw glaciers, mountains and animals. We visited the famed secret bars of the Palermo Hollywood neighborhood, made friends and met farmers, ate empanadas and steak and drank all of the Argentine wine we could. It was our dream trip. Traveling to Patagonia had always been something we wanted to do and we decided that it was the perfect honeymoon because it combined the outdoors, culture and delicious food.”


Events, Sandy CATERING AND VENUE: Sundance Mountain Resort, Sundance CAKE: Flour & Flourish, SLC FLOWERS: Artisan Bloom, SLC BRIDAL RINGS: Mineralogy Design, Chicago, IL NICK’S RING: Brilliant Earth, Chicago, IL PAPER: Wide Eyes Paper Co, Portland, OR GOWN: Hayley Paige, Alice & Ivory, Chicago, IL ALTERATIONS: Dress Doctor, Chicago, IL GROOM’S SUIT: Ted Baker, Nordstrom, Chicago, IL GROOMSMEN’S TIES: Tie Bar, Boston, MA MAIDS OF HONOR GOWN: BHDLN, bhdln.com ENTERTAINMENT: Groove Merchants, Utah Live Bands, Lehi OFFICIANT: Judge Lynn Davis, SLC





THE COUPLE Katherine and Paul met through mutual friends and dated a year and a half before Paul popped the question while the two were vacationing in Italy. “On the last day of our stay, Paul planned to take me on a private boat ride and tour around the islands of Lake Maggiore,” Katherine says. “We were not five minutes into the ride when he asked to take a photo in front of the gardens of Isola Bella. On the bow of the boat, he got down on one knee and proposed.”

THE WEDDING “Early in our relationship, we ventured up to Park City for a weekend of snowboarding and time together,” Katherine says of the trip that solidified their relationship and later became the locale of their destination winter wedding. During the days leading up to the wedding, their guests played in a variety of ways: snowmobiling, skiing, snowboarding, a spin class at Boom Cycle, spa time at the St. Regis, and trap shooting and whiskey tasting at High West. Their hosted 40-person rehearsal dinner was held at Bill White’s Farm. Blue Sky Ranch hosted the wedding day—a natural fit for the Kentucky-native bride and the groom who spent childhood summers on a family ranch in Northern California.

THE MOOD “For our winter wedding, we wanted the theme to be whimsical, ethereal and magical,” says Katherine, describing the celebration’s elegant and rustic style. “Every little detail equated to a showstopping wedding. The Blue Sky barn, the lighting, floral designs and drapery made it all spectacular.” Katherine’s co-workers provided the artwork and

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paper goods for the couple’s signage. Shotskis and glow-in-the-dark props amped the festivities.

THE CUISINE “Culinary Crafts worked with me and Paul to create an unbelievable menu that really catered to our exact needs and desires,” Katherine says. The menu featured duo-petite entrees of Rocky Mountain red trout with Utah green apple chutney and beef tenderloin with shallot pan sauce, served with carrot bundles, browned butter and sage gnocchi with Utah corn and wild mushrooms. “Paul is a dessert aficionado, and we decided that instead of a cake, we would just have desserts for people to pick and choose and have all the options they wanted.”

THE TUNES “Groove Merchants was an absolutely amazing band. We had the best time and everyone spent the night on the dance floor. Had they continued to play, people would have stayed until 5 a.m. dancing! I still have people telling me today how unbelievable the band was the entire night,” Katherine says. The newlyweds chose Clint Black’s “When I Said I Do” for their first dance.

THE HONEYMOON The couple honeymooned six months after the wedding. “We went to Uganda, Kenya and Mauritius,” Katherine says. “We spent the first four days of our honeymoon in Uganda and Kenya as part of a mission group visiting and helping certain ministries that are tied to our church including Loving Hearts Babies Home and Free Wheelchair Mission.”

THE PLAYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Heather Nan, SLC PLANNING & DESIGN: Michelle Leo Events, Sandy VENUE: Blue Sky Ranch, Wanship CATERING: Culinary Crafts, SLC FLORALS: Urban Chateau Floral, SLC CEREMONY MUSIC: Utah Live Bands Quartet, SLC COCKTAIL HOUR MUSIC: Utah Live Bands Trio, SLC BAND: Groove Merchants, SLC TRANSPORTATION: Snow Country, Park City MAKEUP: Merrie Hansen, SLC HAIR: Kali Chris, American Fork HAIRPIECE: Sweet Caroline Adornments, Brooklyn





THE COUPLE Lauren and Justin met for the first time at a real estate networking event, but it wasn’t until several years later that the couple (who now reside in Chicago) started dating. The locale of the couple’s first vacation together—the Four Seasons Punta Mita in Mexico— set the stage for a magical proposal ten months into Lauren and Justin’s courtship. “Justin recreated that [first] trip, requesting the same table at the restaurant where we first sat and had a heart-to-heart about our relationship,” Lauren describes. “While walking into dinner, he suggested we take a photo, and before I knew it, he was down on one knee.”

THE WEDDING After Justin and Lauren purchased a home in Park City’s Victory Ranch, Utah became their “happy place,” the bride explains. “We were thrilled to invite our friends and family to experience the same magic.” For their wedding, the duo chose St. Regis in Deer Valley because of its city-chic feel. The resort’s outdoor plaza was the setting for their ceremony enriched with personalized vows, in-memoriams, gratitude to parents and blessings to Justin and Lauren’s newly blended family. “Since we were becoming a blended family, it was significant for me to express my own vows and love for my now-stepson and daughter. It was one of the most touching moments of my life,” Lauren says. Justin agrees, “I had no idea what she had planned to say. I will never forget how emotional and memorable our ceremony truly was.”

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THE MOOD “We wanted the overall day to feel like a modern romantic summer dream. It was equally important that the day evoke emotional significance,” Lauren says. For example, custom cookies were created in each of their three dogs’ likenesses. A dachshund-shaped topiary and custom signage directed guests to “fetch a treat” as a thank you for making their day “pawfect.” In lieu of a guest book, guests signed two Skender Construction (Justin’s company) hardhats that flanked a custom caution sign reading, “Happiness Ahead.” 3




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THE CUISINE “We wanted our guests to enjoy some of our favorite dishes. Chef Chip made it difficult to choose, but we landed on a his-and-hers choice of entrée selection,” Lauren says. Guests selected either a chicken-and-salmon combo or a beef-and-sea-bass pairing. “The band performed a surprise gospel song as part of our amplified dinner prayer. It meant so much to us to have a moment dedicated to express our gratitude to God.” To top off the evening, the venue offered a late-night donut bar and passed cones of chicken fingers and fries.

THE PARTY The couple’s three dogs escorted the newlyweds during their grand entrance. The music was also memorable. “Our guests are still talking about the 11-piece band from our hometown of Chicago. The Chicago Catz kept the party going with endless Motown, funk and party favorites,” Lauren recalls. She and Justin chose Billy Joel’s “Just the Way You Are” for their first dance.

THE HONEYMOON Justin and Lauren honeymooned at the Mandarin Oriental in Canouan, an island surrounded by white sand beaches and the Caribbean’s largest living coral reef.


Michelle Leo Events, Sandy CATERING AND VENUE: St. Regis Deer Valley, Park City FLOWERS: Decoration Inc., SLC RINGS: Steve Quick Jeweler, Chicago, IL INVITATIONS: Twelve30 Creative, SLC GOWN: Ines Di Santo, inesdisanto.com SUITS: Fredrick Lynn Haberdasshere, Chicago, IL BRIDESMAIDS’ GOWNS: Jenny Yoo Collection, jennyyoo.com ENTERTAINMENT: Ryan Ines (rehearsal dinner), Provo; Jenny Oaks Baker (ceremony and cocktail hour), SLC; Chicago Catz, Chicago, IL (reception) VIDEOGRAPHY: Ryan Hinman Films, SLC OFFICIANT: Pastor Matt Blair, Chicago, IL






THE COUPLE What happens when an interior designer meets a venture capitalist? A fashion-forward love investment, that’s for sure. On the three-year anniversary of their first date (they met via Christy’s sister and brother-inlaw), Chris proposed to Christy in her kitchen. “It’s our tradition to go to Finca and sit at the same table where we had our first date,” Christy says about their anniversary celebration. “He was too excited to wait until after dinner, so within minutes of picking me up, he was on bended knee.”

THE WEDDING While managing details are a part of their careers, Christy and Chris chose to focus on a small guest list and let their chosen downtown venue take care of the minutiae. “We met in the city, live in the city and work in the city,” Christy says of choosing the Grand America Hotel for their November nuptials. “The courtyard perfectly held our 60 guests. It was surrounded with beautiful trees that were lit with white lights, the aisle was candlelit and a beautiful draping canopy lined with flowers

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created the perfect backdrop for our intimate ceremony.” Flower girls passed out pashminas and hot chocolate to keep guests warm while waiting for the ceremony led by Christy’s uncle.

THE MOOD “I’ve also always wanted a fall wedding. The idea of a flickering fireplace and an intimate candlelit evening has always tugged at my heart. Lucky for us, the Grand Salon has two stunning pink marble fireplaces that mirrored one another. Once I saw this detail, it was an immediate yes,” Christy says. There was one challenge: How to make the space intimate for 60 guests inside a ballroom meant for hundreds? Christy designed a fabric tent to create a room within a room, all the while, incorporating the Salon’s ornate crystal chandeliers. “This element, combined with hundreds of candles and tables dripping with roses, created such a magical moment that really set the mood for our romantic and intimate wedding.”

THE MENU Chris orchestrated the menu selection. “The food was the most important part of the evening to Chris. He is an amazing chef,” Christy says of the hearty autumnal lineup that included butternut squash bisque, pear salad, salmon, Coq au Vin and ravioli.

THE PARTY Christy and Chris agree that their first dance to Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love” (played by a Crooner-style live band) was one of the most memorable moments of the night. “The song perfectly captured how I felt falling in love with Christy,” Chris explains. “Dancing together with her in a room full of our family and closest friends was a memory I’ll cherish forever.”

THE HONEYMOON Christy and Chris honeymooned at the Sugar Beach Resort in St. Lucia.

THE PLAYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Alixann Loosle, SLC PLANNING AND DESIGN: Fuse Weddings, SLC  RECEPTION VENUE AND CATERING: Grand America Hotel, SLC  FLORAL: Blooms & Co, Millcreek RENTALS: Diamond Events, Murray  LINENS: Creative Coverings, creativecoverings.com  PAPER: Ann Elizabeth Print Studio, Murray  MAKEUP: Jill Marie Makeup, SLC  HAIR: Lindsay Benitez, Woods Cross  GOWN: Berta, Alta Moda Bridal, SLC FAVORS: Flour & Flourish, Orem CALLIGRAPHY: Ron Tate, Draper  DRAPING: Moonlight Lighting, Orem  TALENT: Paul Cave & The Platinums, Greenlight Booking, SLC  VIDEOGRAPHER: Jared Wortley Films, South Jordan





THE COUPLE Michael asked Angelique to dance at a mutual friend’s engagement party at the Peninsula Hotel in Chicago. Angelique was living in New York City at the time, and Michael was residing in Chicago. They bonded over their mutual love for cooking, hiking, traveling and the beauty of their home state—Utah! On the third anniversary of their first meeting, Michael asked Angelique to dance in an empty ballroom at the Peninsula Hotel to their favorite song “Misty” by Mark Maxwell. He got down on one knee and asked Angelique to be his wife.

THE WEDDING “We knew we wanted to get married in Salt Lake. Although neither of us had lived in Utah for years, we both consider it our home,” Angelique says. “Holy Trinity is very special to Michael, as his Greek immigrant grandparents were heavily involved in building the church which was completed in 1923.”

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THE MOOD Ghost chairs, dramatic uplighting, all-white flowers and acrylic signage delivered a sleek sophisticated mood and complemented NHMU’s vaulted ceiling, cement walls and bold architecture. Angelique’s gown—a strapless corseted bodice gown made of Mikado silk with an architecturally draped skirt—complemented the wedding aesthetic.

THE CUISINE “Over half of our guests were from out of town, and we really wanted to showcase fresh and local ingredients and of course, lamb, because we are Greek,” Angelique says. For the main entree, guests chose from Idaho steelhead trout fillet, red wine braised lamb shanks, or quinoa and stuffedsquash medallions with roasted vegetables and baby potatoes. “We also served local spirits including Three Wives Vodka, Beehive Gin, High West Whiskey and Squatters Beers. Our signature cocktail was a classic greyhound cocktail with grapefruit juice and vodka garnished with a sprig of rosemary.”

THE PARTY “Ultimately, we just wanted to show our loved ones a good time. To us, that meant cocktails on the museum balcony overlooking Salt Lake City, heartfelt speeches, Greek flavors and late-night dancing. We are both Greek Orthodox, and it was important for us to include elements of the Greek culture into our wedding day.”

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THE PLAYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Jacque Lynn, Sandy GOWN: Anne Barge, Mira Couture, Chicago SUIT: Hugo Boss, hugoboss.com PLANNER: Silver Summit Event Design, SLC CATERER: Blended Table, SLC FLOWERS: Artisan Bloom, Draper BAND: Metro Music Club, SLC WEDDING JEWELRY: AAA Jewelers, SLC STATIONARY: Ann Elizabeth Print Studio, Murray LATE NIGHT GREEK FOOD: GR Kitchen, Midvale CAKE: Flour & Flourish, Orem VIDEOGRAPHER: Jared Wortley, South Jordan





THE COUPLE Jillian and Jacob met in 11th grade at Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida. Years later, their journey took them to Utah where Jacob proposed to Jillian while fly fishing on the Provo River—she was actually standing in the river—over Labor Day weekend. “It was a huge surprise,” Jillian says.


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After a ten-year courtship, the Florida couple chose Park City for their destination wedding. Jillian’s family had traveled to Deer Valley to ski every winter since 2002, so once Jacob and Jillian began dating, Jacob naturally joined in. “We felt it was only perfect to share our favorite destination with all of our friends and family from Florida,” Jillian says. Jillian’s

dad hosted a golf day at Promontory Ranch Club for the gents on the Friday before the wedding. Later that night, Jacob’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner and welcome party at High West Distillery’s Nelson Cottage. The couple married on Jillian’s parent’s wedding anniversary, which fell smack dab in the middle of Park City’s wildflower season and July 4th celebrations.

THE MOOD “Empire Lodge typically looks like a skilunch spot, but Hoopes Events and Deer Valley transformed it into an elegant, rustically chic environment,” Jillian says. “Most of the color came from the beautiful flowers including eucalyptus and the blues in the hydrangea, delphinium and thistle flowers.”

THE MENU Deer Valley offered up: charcuterie, shrimp skewers, bison empanadas and wild mushroom flatbread as appetizers; a first-course butter crunch salad with strawberries, pistachios and feta cheese; Niman Ranch tenderloin and crab-crusted Utah trout as an entree; a stacked vegetable Ratatouille as a vegetarian option; a selection of mini pastries; and grilled cheese and fries for a late-night snack.

THE PARTY Heartfelt toasts, a traditional Hava Nagila and a vintage VW van photobooth entertained the guests, as did the music. “We spent a lot of time discussing our music ideas with DJ Pauly. Everyone danced the night away, so I know it was enjoyable for all of our guests.”

THE HONEYMOON Following the wedding, the newlyweds traveled to Jackson, Wyoming for a mini-moon, where they enjoyed the Grand Tetons for the first time. Later that year, they spent two weeks in New Zealand, where they road tripped, hiked, ate local cuisine, flew in a small tour plane, went offshore and enjoyed fly fishing. “We cannot wait to return to New Zealand for a future anniversary and complete our tour.”


South Jordan PLANNING AND DESIGN: Hoopes Events, SLC VENUE: Empire Canyon Lodge, Deer Valley FLOWERS: Artisan Bloom, Draper VIDEOGRAPHER: Kale Fitch Films, West Jordan PHOTOBOOTH: Photobooth Bus, SLC GETTING-READY LOCATION:

Montage, Deer Valley MUSIC: DJ Pauly, SLC RENTALS: Rent Event Utah, Murray; Diamond Rental, Murray





THE COUPLE After eight years of dating, Ireland’s fairy-tale landscape set the tone for Will’s sensational proposal to Liz. The Salt Lakers—who had met in high school— joined friends in Dublin for a three-day road trip. The first day, they drove to Ashford Castle, where Will snuck Emily away from their friends to propose inside the Queen’s Carpet Garden. “Although I knew the proposal was coming, Will managed to still surprise me by popping the question somewhere I wasn’t expecting,” Liz says. “Later that day, we visited the iconic Cliffs of Moher and celebrated our engagement in a small town, Miltown Malbay, at an Irish pub with live music. All in all, he nailed it.”

THE WEDDING Liz and Will—an avid Park City snowboarder—set their sights on Park City’s Main Street for their wedding. “It has the perfect mix of mountainside and city vibes. We also love the weather and changing colors of the trees in September,” Liz says. Pine trees became a symbol for the day. “Pine trees remind me of my dad, and since he is no longer with us, it was important for me to have a piece of him there with us. I had pine sprigs in my bouquet, in all floral arrangements and even had our officiant incorporate a message about what trees can teach us, during our ceremony.”

THE MOOD The duo chose a classic mountain vibe with a palette that included white, grey, green, navy and rose gold. Wood-patterned marble tiles served as plate chargers, lush greenery decorated the scene and woodsy floral arrangements stood on tables. “Ambiance was very important, and we lit up our dance floor with bistro lights and our tables with taper and tealight candles,” Liz says.

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THE MENU A mountain-greens-and-organic-grain salad kicked off the meal. Vegetarian guests enjoyed a chef’s selection of local grilled vegetables and quinoa topped with a sun-dried tomato vinaigrette. Other guests chose between a roasted chicken breast (with mashed sweet potatoes and fresh herbs, broccolini and a rosemary glaze) or a grilled sirloin steak (mashed sweet potatoes, asparagus and a mushroom demi-glaze). Flour & Flourish provided sea-salt and chocolate chip cookies paired with the crème brûlée wedding cake.


THE PLAYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Heather Nan, SLC WEDDING PLANNER: Michelle Leo Events, Sandy VENUE AND CATERING: The Bridge Café & Grill,

Park City FLOWERS: Amber Reverie Design, American Fork RENTALS: Diamond Rental Events, Murray BRIDE’S RINGS: Shane Co, SLC GROOM’S RING: Staghead Designs,

stagheaddesigns.com INVITATIONS: Amy Ann Bespoke, Helsinki, Finland GOWN: Sarah Seven, The Dress Theory, Seattle SUITS: Menguin, menguin.com BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Show Me Your Mumu, showmeyourmumu.com ENTERTAINMENT: Metro Music Club, SLC

The bar was a favorite feature of the reception. “We have two dogs and while they weren’t able to join us for the wedding, we named our signature cocktails after each of them. Our whiskey-and-lemonade cocktail was named ‘The Remy’ while our mint-mojito cocktail was ‘The Aspen.’” Custom signs and cocktail napkins included watercolor illustrations of the dogs too. Liz and Will will always remember their first dance. “Will and I choreographed a dance to “Call Me” by one of our favorite bands, St. Paul and the Broken Bones. The band played the song a little different than the version we were used to, so we got a little mixed up and confused. At one point, I accidentally backed into one of our poles that were supporting the bistro lights! After regaining my balance, I couldn’t stop laughing for the rest of the dance.”





THE COUPLE Holladay native Nadia and Keenan (hailing from Adams, Tennessee) met at The Westerner Club—a popular Salt Lake City bar known for country line dancing and a mechanical bull. Four and half years later, Keenan proposed at their home on a cozy, Sunday evening.

THE WEDDING Nadia and Keenan’s wedding weekend began with a rehearsal dinner at Grub Steak in Park City. The big day started with a traditional Mass and ceremony at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, also in Park City. “A beautiful Catholic Church in the mountains was the perfect fit to blend together our Catholic faith and our love of the great outdoors,” Nadia explains of the service that included a dove release. Nadia’s favorite moment? “During the blessing and exchange of rings, Keenan placed the ring on my finger and looked into my eyes. I knew this is what true love felt like and how meant to be we were.” Nadia’s ring belonged to Keenan’s grandmother.

THE MOOD Without pause, Nadia and Keenan chose cowboy-chic for their wedding day vibe. “We met in a honky-tonk setting and both share a love of country music,” Nadia says. “We wanted our guests to feel transformed to another time and place with good food, good music and good company.” During the reception inside Blue Sky’s Arena, activities included a mechanical bull ride, roasting s’mores, sipping on High West Whiskey signature cocktails, playing corn hole and having photos taken in a photo booth. At the end of the evening, the newlyweds rode off in a 1964 Austin Princess Vanden Plas limousine.

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THE MENU “We love down-home barbecue-style food and wanted to include wild game in our menu because we hunt together,” Nadia explains. “The venison was provided by Keenan’s own harvest from a deer two months prior.” Appetizers included maple-glazed elk sausage with sweet potato skewers, honey-smoked Utah trout on corn crisp, and Chile Verde Wasatch County venison meatballs. A buffet offered Southwestern Caesar salad, braised beef brisket with a bourbon-apricot glaze, High West barbecue pulled pork, rustic mashed potatoes with root vegetable confetti, roasted seasonal vegetables and green chili cornbread muffins with Utah honey butter. Vanilla bean ice cream accompanied mini mason jars of apple cobbler for dessert. For the after party, guests enjoyed Summit County grass-fed sliders alongside Yukon Gold and sweet potato fries.

THE TUNES The Mountain Country band provided live music. Nadia and Keenan danced their first dance to a song by Dustin Lynch, “Cowboys and Angels.”

THE HONEYMOON The outdoor-loving newlyweds traveled to south Texas for a Whitetail Deer Hunt with TC Outfitters.

THE PLAYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Sparkle Photography, Park City WEDDING PLANNER: Soirée Productions, Park City CATERING: Done to Your Taste, Kamas CEREMONY SITE: St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Park City RECEPTION SITE: Blue Sky Ranch, Wanship FLOWERS: Artisan Bloom, Draper RENTALS: Diamond Event Rentals, Murray GROOM’S RING: Staghead Designs, Ogden INVITATIONS: Weddings by Eccentricity, Orem GOWN: Anne Barge, Alta Moda Bridal, SLC BRIDESMAIDS’ GOWNS: Azazie, azazie.com ENTERTAINMENT: Mountain Country Band, SLC VIDEOGRAPHY: Chris McClain Productions, West Jordan OFFICIANT: Rev. John E. Norman, Saint Vincent DePaul

Parish, Holladay HAIR AND MAKEUP: Lesley Lind, Pleasant Grove MECHANICAL BULL: Buck Wild Bull Riding, Bountiful DOVE KEEPERS: White Dove Release Utah, SLC PHOTO BOOTH: Complete Weddings + Events, SLC RESTROOM TRAILER: Simply Privy, SLC CAKE: Flour & Flourish, Orem ICE SCULPTURE: Amazing Ice Creations, SLC





THE COUPLE In college, Marie-Therese played volleyball, and Christopher Grant played football. Naturally, the ex-college athletes met at a sports event years after graduation. “It’s fitting that we met setting up, hanging flags to be exact, for a soccer tournament in El Paso, Texas,” Marie-Therese says. Today, the duo lives in San Francisco with their lovable mini Goldendoodle Bash.

THE WEDDING One hundred guests traveled to Park City from 18 states. “We love to travel, and Park City is one of our favorite destinations that we wanted to share with our friends and family,” the bride says. “Additionally, my family went on a trip to Utah right before my mother passed away, so Utah is a very special place as it holds our last memories with my mom.” The destination wedding kicked off with Thursday-evening drinks at No Name Saloon. The couple hosted a welcome party on Friday at a private residence in White Pine Canyon, which was hit with some snowy weather. “The goal of the wedding weekend was to give our guests a true Park City experience. Only a handful of guests had ever been to Utah, let alone Park City.”

THE MOOD “We picked the Town Lift Bridge cause it doesn’t get more iconic Park City than it,” Marie-Therise says. The couple’s dog Bash joined the wedding ceremony, which included a special tribute to family members who had passed away. After the ceremony, the photographer shot the entire wedding party walking up Main Street. Then, guests participated in a second-line march—led by David Halliday Music—from the ceremony site at

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The Bridge, up Main Street, to the reception site at Riverhorse on Main. “Christopher attended graduate school in Louisiana and wanted to bring a little New Orleans flavor to Park City.” To get everyone out on the dance floor, the first song played was Earth, Wind and Fire’s ‘September.’

THE CUISINE “Riverhorse was an easy choice. It’s Park City’s top-rated restaurant. It’s not just the best food, but also the perfect location and modern vibe with the most accommodating staff,” MarieTherise says. The upstairs deck overlooked Main Street. The restaurant’s interior—with exposed brick, birch trees, open atrium and glass lights—suited the couple’s modern, elegant taste. Appetizers included Wagyu beef bites, Maryland crab cakes and tomato bruschetta. An open bar served custom his-and-her’s cocktails: a “Park City Old Fashioned” and a “Marry-Me, Margarita.” Late-night guests enjoyed chicken and waffles.

THE TUNES The newlyweds danced to John Legend’s “You & I.” Once dinner and dancing concluded at Riverhorse, guests continued the celebration down the street at nightclub Downstairs.



Riverhorse on Main, Park City PHOTOBOOTH: Grey Giraffe, SLC ENTERTAINMENT: David Halliday Music, SLC; Life of the Party DJ, SLC FLORAL: Artisan Bloom, Draper HAIR: Magan Limburg, Image Studios 360, Holladay MAKEUP: J&L Makeup, SLC CAKE: Carisa’s Cake Company, Payson




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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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The Full Effect

A swanky downtown locale sets the scene for a city-chic celebration. Photos by MEGAN ROBINSON


There’s something magical about cocktail hour. Bubbly pouring, music floating through the air, everything—and everyone— glowing in anticipation of what’s next. What seems mystical is, in fact, a strategically-planned schedule executed by the talented team at Michelle Leo Events. Their leader, Michelle Cousins, shares her secrets for creating a wedding celebration that boasts cocktailparty festivity.

HEAD DOWNTOWN Our little town of SLC is all grown up. With party options aplenty, downtown is a sure bet for the hottest cuisine, craft cocktails and ambient atmosphere. “Salt Lake City has a lot to offer brides and grooms, and Lake Effect offers a great central location within the heart of the city. In addition to its ideal locale, Lake Effect offers a striking backdrop with many opportunities for great dining and celebratory experiences,” Cousins says. Lake Effect accommodates parties of up to 500 people (over the age of 21) or can host smaller parties of 40 inside its main lounge. “Additionally, Lake Effect features the largest liquor selection in the state alongside gourmet catering and bar packages that can accommodate a wide range of budgets.”




The term ‘something blue’ first appeared in weddings in the late 1800s. The Knot explains, “It derives from the Old English rhyme, ‘Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your Shoe’—which names the good-luck objects (plus a sixpence to bring prosperity) a bride should include somewhere in her wedding outfit or carry with her on her wedding day.” “The fashion here is classic and timeless,” Cousins explains. “The blue hues of the bridesmaids’ dresses highlight the softer tones within the overall color palette and design providing a unique juxtaposition of light and dark for dramatic emphasis.” For the guys? Custom-tailored suits are a must. “The men wore gray suits paired with brown shoes which worked naturally with the hues of the venue, tying in with the concrete floors and natural wooden accents.” 

MANAGE GUESTS WITH EASE The key to flawless party execution? Crowd flow. Any good planner worth her clipboard knows that moving guests from scene to new scene deserves some thought. “Lake Effect is a versatile location in the heart of the city offering different aspects that can be used for different tiers of the overall celebration,” Cousins says. “The wine room provides a natural backdrop for the ceremony and reception. The outdoor patio is the perfect location for an intimate cocktail hour while the basement lounge provides an ideal setting for the reception and after-party.”

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TABLE YOUR NEEDS Dress your table, as you would yourself: In layers. “Our overall goal here was to design something both masculine and feminine for an urban setting within the city,” Cousins says. “The table decor highlights this balanced mix. We pair bold and ethereal tones seen in the dark, wood table and mixed with the soft, light florals.” The team adds a pop of geometric pattern in the copper chargers that mimics the wine room’s shelving. The cake contributes as well. “Additional geometric details repeat in the cake design in the form of triangles.”

GO BIG WITH BLOOMS Today’s ceremony stage boasts arches with massive height, round shapes and asymmetrically placed florals. “This gorgeous floral installation serves to highlight the backdrop rather than distract,” says Cousin, describing the placement of the arch in front of an impressive wine rack. Textural blooms and greens—including furry bunny tails, bleached ferns, dried leaves, baby roses and ruffled parrot tulips—spill from the altar to the tabletops.

THE DETAILS PLANNER: Michelle Leo Events, Sandy PHOTOGRAPHY: Megan Robinson, Park City VENUE, CATERING, BAR SERVICE: Lake Effect, SLC SUITS: Beckett & Robb, SLC RENTALS: All Out Event Rental, Midvale FLORAL DESIGN: Decoration Inc., SLC CAKE: Carrie’s Cakes, Lehi HAIR AND MAKEUP: Kali Chris and Kristen Packard, SLC PAPER GOODS: Wells Makery, Durango, Colorado JEWELRY: Diamonds Direct, SLC




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Rock Star Diaries Where we’re going, there are no rules.


Photos by PEPPER NIX

ROCK OUT, Rihanna-style. “Don’t be afraid of color” is the number one thing Chris Lavoie wants to tell couples. The Silver Summit Events founder teams up with his favorite cast of creatives to show off the power of rich color, edgy textiles and vibrant blooms. He shares tips and tricks creating an avant-garde Utah party style.

DEFINE YOUR STYLE You know all those wedding images you just pinned? Delete now. “When we start working with a bride, we have them send us images they love that are NOT weddings. I want to understand what they are drawn to aesthetically. Architecture, art, fashion and interior design

help us to understand them more than seeing their Pinterest wedding boards.”

PUSH THE PARTY PALETTE “The biggest mistake brides make is thinking that in order for their wedding to look bridal, it needs to be white, ivory or blush,” Lavoie says. “Don’t be afraid of fuschia, purple or even black.” Enter Orchid Dynasty’s Shelly Huynh, who is a frequent guest of honor at floral shows in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Bali. Floral art is her game, so naturally Huynh infuses head wreaths, table centerpieces and bouquets with her signature lush carpet of velvety orchids—phalaenopsis, mokaras and cymbidiums.



MAKE A BUCKET LIST Lavoie creates two metaphorical buckets with his clients: one a Need-to-Have and the other Nice-to-Have. If breaking the rules is desired, what traditional elements need to happen in order for this to be a wedding? “There are things that still make it wedding-like, such as a white or ivory gown with lace. The outfits need to be special in some way,” Lavoie explains. Seating is a must, too, but also has room for interpretation. “My clients aren’t doing sweetheart tables anymore. Couples want to mingle, so head tables are a great option. I recently did a wedding with a head table of 40 people.”

PACK LIGHT Dancing, hugging and toasting all require one thing: easy movement. Comfortable elegance can result from a cotton lace pantsuit or a welltailored halter-top gown. While ball gowns and big bouquets are synonymous with weddings, those things can be cumbersome when it comes to party time. “No one talks about how heavy gowns are during the day. Last weekend, I had a bride who needed two people to help get in and out of her chair because her gown was so big,” Lavoie says. Photographer Pepper Nix has experienced similar situations. “If a bride wants that big ball gown moment, she can use it for a bridal session—like Carrie Bradshaw did for a photoshoot in the Sex and the City movie—then wear it for the ceremony and change into a sleeker gown for the reception.”

WRITE A ONE-OF-A-KIND SCRIPT Be smart about your Hollywood moment. “I don’t edit in a linear way. There’s a lot of timeshifting,” says film artist Jared Wortley, whose sensational movies require some preparation before the big day. “I base my story-driven films on two things, both captured by the microphone: the ceremony and the toasts. That’s where I get my storyline. If someone gives a roast, albeit funny, it doesn’t feed into the couple’s storyline. I also tell my couples to write their own vows. For the film, it’s so much better than watching them repeat after the officiant.” The same applies IRL. Mic drop.

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THE DETAILS PHOTOGRAPHY: Pepper Nix, South Jordan PLANNER: Silver Summit Events, SLC VENUE AND FLORALS: Orchid Dynasty, SLC VIDEO: Jared Wortley, South Jordan HAIR AND MAKEUP: Looks by Diana, Park City RENTALS: In the Event, SLC LINENS: BBJ, bbjlinen.com GOWN: LatterDayBride, SLC




La Vie en Rose

French elegance in Utah? Oui. Photos by ALEXIA NILSEN


EST-CE QUE TU parles français? You don’t have to speak French to understand the enchanting style. No other country masters the art of understated sophistication like France. How exactly do the French do it? Up-and-comer photographer Alexia Nilsen instructs us how to achieve this art for the big day.

FOCUS ON QUALITY   “You don’t have to travel to Europe to achieve a stunning European wedding,” photographer Alexia Nilsen says. If there’s anything we can learn from the French, it’s to forget the fuss. Repeat after me, quality over quantity. Get to know a good tailor for all your weddingday fashion and choose natural fabrics over manufactured versions for the best fit. And while we’re on the topic of fashion, remember to allow several months to order and fit those gowns and suits.

BOOK A CHATEAU In a state abounding with rustic farmhouses and mountain resorts, castles are a bit tough to find in Utah. Enter Wadley Farms. “Wadley Farms has so many stunning backdrops to choose from, like vineyards, stone walls, pathways, beautiful doorways and ivystrewn gates,” Nilsen says. This Lindon property boasts a castle, a barn, and a turn-of-the-century Railway Building.

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And if that weren’t enough, Wadley is a working farm that grows peaches, apples, cherries, apricots, pears, grapes, pumpkins, peppers, tomatoes and corn, in addition to raising honey bees and free-range Angus cows.

STAY WITH A SUBTLE PALETTE Just like black-and-white is classically French, blush is the tried-and-true hue of weddings. “Choosing subtle, elegant colors doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, sometimes going with softer tones with a modern twist really elevates your whole wedding,” Nilsen says. Here, the pink and blue make a perfect pairing when teamed with champagnes, whites, peaches and even browns. Can you spot the dark chocolate cosmos and blue tweedia in the bouquets? 

TURN UP THE ROMANCE Evoking emotion is your number one goal for the big day. How do you do that? “It’s true what they say. It’s all in the details. Pick a few key sentimental details worth splurging on, like florals and invitations,” Nilsen says. Seasonal blooms tied with silk ribbons, handmade paper finished with raw edges, and lace runners topped with garden urns conjure romance at every turn.  

SET UP THE AMBIANCE Sure, the big day is about commitment and love, but what about the dining experience? The French never rush a meal, so boost conversation with long farmhouse tables, low centerpieces and tapered candles. Save the buffet for casual parties and opt for the formality of a full-service instead. French flair encourages guests to linger over their cuisine, wine, conversations and music without ever leaving the comfort of their Louis cane back chairs.

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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.


THE DETAILS PHOTOGRAPHY: Alexia Nilson, Vineyard VENUE: Wadley Farms, Lindon PAPER: Sugared Fig Paperie, College Station, Texas GOWN: Mary’s Bridal, SLC FLORALS: Ivie Floral Co., Provo CAKE: Sweet Cravings, Moab HAIR: Elyssa Anderson, Taylorsville MAKEUP: Savanah Norman, Sandy




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Easy Living

Grassy landscapes, warm hues and countryside fashions inspire this take on Amish-modern wedding style.



Decision fatigue, anyone? Oh boy, we hear you. When you peel back all the calculated to-dos that consume your Google Cal—vendor hiring, venue tours, taste tests and fashion fittings—all that truly matters on your big day is simple: a commitment to love. Photographer Lindsey Shaun showcases that less is more, even when it comes to weddings. “This Amish-inspired scene is minimal, but still warm and ladylike and fashion-forward,” says Shaun. She offers five tips for transforming subdued into sensational.

here in Utah to create something with a modern Amish vibe,” Shaun says of local designer Audrey Bea. Bea designs feminine ensembles from scratch, a skill she learned while attending the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles.  “This gown takes the high neck, adds a button front and ends with loose, long sleeves that taper off to create a sleek finish,” Bea says. “This is for the bride that wants to recreate the look of effortless simplicity and still have flair that makes her stand out.”  



Long sleeves and ankle-length skirts? Check. “I’ve had my eye on this new young dress designer

No one makes cake selection easier than Flour & Flourish’s Cassidy Budge Harrison. She’s an ace



THE DETAILS PHOTO: Lindsey Shaun Photography, Mapleton FLORIST: The Potted Pansy, Pleasant Grove DRESS: Audrey Bea, Orem HAIR AND MAKEUP: Marisa Rose, SLC RING: Diamonds Direct, Murray CAKE: Flour & Flourish, Orem

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when it comes to flavors, sizes, budgets, timelines and cutting-edge cake designs. “This little cake shows you that small, two-tier cakes can still pack a big punch. The asymmetrical design gives a super modern vibe as does the little flower arrangement on the side,” Budge Harrison says. Her handmade true-to-life sugar blooms play a role, too. “Flowers can really change the look of a cake all together. Some placements are more classic, some more whimsical and others super modern. I like to mix different styles to contradict each other. This cake was simple because it was smooth, but modern because of the asymmetry. The dried bunny tails added a surprise of whimsy and movement.”

OPT FOR WARMTH Goodbye, gray. Brown is back. This warm, nutty neutral—think pecan, caramel, almond, chestnut and coffee—is popping up in graphic design, textiles, interiors and on the runways. And boy do we love it for weddings. Yeah, but brown flowers? Challenge accepted, says The Potted Pansy’s Mandy Ogas. Grasses are the best new fronds in floral fashion. Ornamental reeds including pampas grass, feather reed grass, ravena grass, Northern sea oats and hair grass not only provide color, but they’re also the perfect pairing for this country-inspired party vibe. Other brown-bloom options include chocolate cosmos, toffee roses, golden sword fern, copper celosia, scabiosa pods, dyed asparagus fern, antique hydrangea and amaryllis tips.

CHOOSE QUALITY OVER QUANTITY Make every guest count. Before Budge Harrison can design her fabulous pastries, she first needs to know the guest count. And for simple weddings, the smaller the better. “For the cake ordering process, I like to find out how many guests are going to be eating cake and decide the size of cake accordingly. Sometimes you want a four-tier cake, but only need 50 slices of cake, so we can always make some faux tiers to get the desired size. Every single cake can be adjusted in size to cater to a variety of guest counts.”

DITCH THE FLASHY TRENDS Classic is key for gown designer Bea. “For brides purchasing gowns in 2020, I would encourage them to find or create a dress that their future self would pick out all over again. A design that transcends time stays relevant long after the trend has gone.”



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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.



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theory The spotlight is on and you’re the crown jewel. Photographs by: JACQUE LYNN St yling : ERICA KOPP, STAY CO


It’s opening night at the museum. Contemporary art comes alive in the form of chic sheaths, bleached-out blooms and high-low pairings of jewels. In a Fashion Week replay, photographer Jacque Lynn and stylist Erica Kopp highlight wedding looks that are sleek, sophisticated and aisle-ready. The latest big-day fashions? We’ve got ‘em right here.  



TAKE A SUPERMODEL MOMENT This Bitsy Bridal gown ($2,500) by Watters is powered by a corset-inspired body and pleated ballgown with soft, dotted netting. Faux pearlescent petals, $12, Borcik Jewelry, SLC; Floral crown made of bleached and dried ruscus, starting at $80, Urban Chateau, Sandy; Jade Trau Selma Ring with pear shape center diamond set in platinum and 18kt yellow gold, $25,730 O.C. Tanner Jewelers, SLC

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BE THE BELLE Voluminous dry silk radiates from this Harlow Brides gown ($1,400) by Jenny Yoo. Illusion mesh tulle provide peek-a-boo panels on the bodice. Fresh Phalaenopsis orchid floral crown, starting at $175, Urban Chateau, SLC; Roberto Coin Diamond Symphony bangle in 18kt rose gold, $4,600, O.C. Tanner Jewelers, SLC; Messika Move diamond Bangle, .56 ctw in 18K rose gold, $5,140, O.C. Tanner Jewelers, SLC



FLAUNT YOUR CURVES This high-neck crepe fit-and-flare gown ($2,500) is reserved for the ultra-modern bride. The chic ensemble by Justin Alexander Signature at Pritchett Bridal flaunts a chapel-length train and low, open back.Â

Stiff Straw Pork Pie Hat, $78, Gigipip, SLC

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UNVEIL A SOFT SIDE Delicate trim tailors soft lace that’s tucked into a sheer waistband enriched with fine pearl detailing, ideal for the refined boho bride. This Bodhi by Jane Hill gown ($4,000) from The Bridal Studio makes a statement when topped with a simple tulle veil. JL Johnson cathedral-length veil, $110, Harlow Brides, SLC; Calla lily, anthirium and rose bouquet, $200 and up, Urban Chateau, Sandy.



JAM WITH THE RIGHT BAND Sure, single diamonds are sensational, but a band of multiple stones are out of this world. This rose gold ring pairs perfectly with a ladylike, beaded-lace Vicki by Truvelle gown ($2,100) from The Bridal Studio.  Pearl cluster hoops, $32, Borcik Jewelry, SLC; Rahaminov baguette diamond band in 18kt rose gold, $16,800, O.C. Tanner Jewelers, SLC 

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GET MOVING This flowy frock and overskirt ($2,500) from Bitsy Bridal boasts an a easy-to-dance-in cut. Bonus points for an overskirt that can change your look from ceremony to reception. Geometric metal earrings, $75, Stil Works Studio, Draper



EMBRACE THE FLUTTER Big sleeves are hot, and this fitand-flare crepe number adds allseason demure. Plunging neckline and back add interest to this Lilian West gown ($1,200) offered by Pritchett Bridal, Orem. Dropping by pearl dangle earrings, $34, Borcik Jewelry, SLC

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BRING THE DRAMA Lazaro’s proprietary sparkle illuminates the A-line skirt of this Bitsy Bridal gown ($3,600). Delicate, jeweled straps fasten the drop-waist, bias-cut bodice made of tulle. Embroidered lace rosettes embellished with clear sequins adorn this Chantel Lauren tulle sheath ($3,000). An open back gives way to a curve-hugging, fitand-flare skirt with asymmetrical hemline and godet train. Serene organic pearl statement bridal earrings, $145, Borcik Jewelry, SLC



TAP INTO YOUR INNER GODDESS This mermaid-fit gown ($1,505,) by Beautiful by Enzoani and available at The Bridal Studio, is seductive and alluring. A one-shoulder bow neckline accentuates the soft, stretch georgette.  Geometric metal earrings, $75, Stil Works Studio, Draper; Bree straw hat, $72, Gigipip, SLC: Roberto Coin Obelisco bracelet with diamonds in 18kt yellow gold, $16,500, O.C. Tanner Jewelers, SLC

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TO THE AFTERPARTY, WE GO One-shoulder, ruffles AND a pantsuit? You bet. Get more bang for your buck with three trends in one. For the dance party, jump into this most comfortable—and affordable—trend ($127) from ASOS online shop.  Roberto Coin Primavera Bracelet in 18kt yellow gold, $2,750, O.C. Tanner Jewelers, SLC 




ROCK. PAPER. DELIVERS. Utah landscapes—born from sand, stone and salt—inspire noteworthy, minimal suites sure to delight your guests. ST Y LING BY: ALLISON BADDLEY, L A FÊTE FLORAL & EVENTS PHOTOS BY: EMILY MICHELSON & K ATE OSBORNE

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Life truly is elevated in Utah. No other state can brag about its slot canyons, arches, salt flats and mountains like we can. Utahns are surrounded by an abundance of natural beauty that inspires party scenes big and small. But with so much inspiration, how can a party host cut through all that inspirational clutter? Allison Baddley of La Fête Floral & Events says to keep it minimal. “Abundance is out,” Baddley says. “It is easy to go overboard and weave too many thematic elements into the big day. Don’t try to cram everything onto your stationery because it will detract from the important information. Timeless and simple always wins.” So, let’s tidy-up like Marie Kondo does and focus on only things that spark passion.



EMBRACE ORGANIC HUES “This invitation marries blush, burnt sienna, black and natural white to create an earthy palette,” says Ann Jager with Ann Elizabeth Print Studio, a one-of-its-kind boutique in Murray that houses both digital and traditional printing presses. “We chose modern typefaces to reflect the contemporary mood of the color palette and to reflect the style of this lovely couple.” Jager recommends ordering five to ten percent more invitations than you think you will need to avoid the expense of printing a second batch. Additionally, to conserve budget, not all pieces require expensive printing methods. “For instance, use offset or digital printing for your RSVP card and splurge for letterpress on the invitations.”

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Q: In addition to the invitation and RSVP card, what else do I need to complete the suite? A: “Creating a customizedpostage stamp can add a lot of personality and style,” Jager says. “If you have the budget for it, a map of the area or illustration of the venue is a memorable design element.”



LAYER FOR MINIMALIST LUXURY “Inspired by the crunch of the salt beneath your feet and the mountains on the horizon, this invitation suite captures the beauty of Utah’s salt flats through layers of texture and a soft color palette,” says Kacey Lauchnor of Twelve 30 Creative. “The modern laser cut monogram on the invitation allows the flowing lines of the Thai-marbled paper liner to show through, providing a shifting cameo as it is removed from the envelope. The cards layer over the invitation, mimicking the way the mountains rise over the salt.”

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Q: How can we control the guest list? A: Be specific when addressing the envelope. “Don’t address the invitation to ‘The Howells’ if you only wish for ‘Mr. and Mrs. Howell’ to attend,” says Lauchnor, who also recommends creating a spreadsheet. “It allows you to track how many invitations you will need so you can order appropriately.”



GIVE THEM A GEOGRAPHY LESSON “This invitation suite was inspired by Utah’s diverse landscape, specifically the red rocks of southern Utah,” says Mikyla Marie Manu of Ink and Press Co. of her textural paper play. “This suite features a minimal design with a highlight on typography. The minimalist design emphasizes the mix of texture used with the invitation suite cards and envelopes.”

Q: Where do we put our registry info? A: “There are really only two places that are acceptable: your bridal shower invitation and your wedding website,” Marie Manu says. She also recommends paying a few extra dollars for a self-hosted domain. “That way you don’t have to include squarespace.com or theknot.com.”

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Send sentiments that matter using these helpful tips from local pros.


DECODE THE DRESS CODE It’s okay to tell guests what to wear. In fact, they need the help. “In the final line of the main invitation, couples can opt to add a small line indicating the formality of the event,” says Mara Marian of Fuse Weddings & Events. “A wedding website is an ideal place to list the dress, too, or to elaborate on it if it’s mentioned on the final line of your invite.” Marian encourages her brides to let the guests know what the venue is so they can prepare for proper footwear (heels on grass? no thanks.) or additional layers (for sudden drops in mountain temperatures).


RSVP, ALREADY Répondez s’il vous plaît is French for, “Please respond.” From the logistics side of party planning, the power of the RSVP carries enormous responsibility. “RSVPs are important so that you can plan the amount of food needed, organize your chart for assigned seats, get people the right entrée selection and execute favor planning,” says Kristen Spear with Soirée Productions. “A self-addressed stamped envelope with a little card is the best way to get people to RSVP. If they don’t, it warrants a phone call to get one directly from them. You know who are the biggest offenders of not sending in their cards? The bridal party.”


SEND A THANK YOU. NO REALLY, DO IT The minute your honeymoon bags are unpacked, it’s time to handwrite those thank you cards. Sean Bradley and his Tabula Rasa Social Stationers team in Trolley Square are the correspondence masters of etiquette, grammar, scheduling, design and calligraphy. (To boot, their boutique is filled floorto-ceiling with gifts and stationery, reminiscent of a European paper shop.) “Couples should order thank you notes early, then send a handwritten note of thanks as soon as possible after the honeymoon,” Bradley advises. So, get out those fountain pens (Tabula Rasa sells those, too) and get writing.


IT’S OKAY TO SAY NO “Don’t be shocked when guests ask for an exception,” says Michelle Cousins, owner of Michelle Leo Events. “In fact, have a response ready in the event a guest doesn’t fully understand who on their invitation is invited.” Here’s how she guides her clients: “If a guest isn’t married or doesn’t have a significant other, it’s perfectly acceptable to only invite that person and not include ‘and guest’ on their invitation. Traditionally, only single people in a serious relationship or marriage are entitled to a plus-one, but clearly, times are changing.” And what about the kids? “Adding a polite, but blunt ‘adult-only celebration’ line to your invitation is perfectly acceptable.”

ART DIRECTION AND FLORALS: La Fête Floral & Events, SLC PHOTOGRAPHY: Emily Michelson, Banff, Alberta, Canada; Kate Osborne, SLC MAKEUP AND HAIR: Lesley Lind, Pleasant Grove

DRESSES: ASOS, Urban Outfitters, SLC CAKE: Annie Bee Cakery, SLC PAPER: Ann Elizabeth Print Studio, Murray; Twelve 30 Creative, West Jordan: Ink & Press Co., SLC

VENUE: The Six69, SLC




Lively green makes for a fresh and fragrant bunch of gunni eucalyptus, spirea, veronica, garden roses, jasmine. All thanks to Lizy Bowden. Spaghetti strap, deep-back silk organza gown by Allure Bridal, $1,100, The Perfect Dress, Holladay; Roberto Coin Oro Classic Cuff in 18kt rose gold, $6,900; Roberto Coin Oro Classic Link Ring with diamonds, $4,900; Roberto Coin Concentric Earrings in 18kt rose gold, by Pomellato, $3,540, O.C. Tanner Jewelers, SLC

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Rise and Shine Desert-inspired bouquets for the big day Good morning from the desert. A gentle light creeps over the dry earth. Pinks, blues, oranges and greens blur the skyline. Stop, breathe. This is it. These are the hues your wedding bouquet is waiting for. Photographer Heather Nan gathers her favorite florists for a day of floral fun at the Natural History Museum of Utah. “Finally, color is coming back into weddings, but they’re more muted and warm, much like a desert sunrise,” Nan says. Carpe Diem Floral, La Fête Floral & Events, Lizy Bowden Floral Design, Amber Reverie and Tinge Floral unveil fabulous forages—tied with hand-dyed silk ribbon from Frou Frou Chic. The result? Happy hues, all reflecting the beauty of Utah’s desert sunrise. Photography & St yling by HEATHER NAN Hair by RANDI HIEB Makeup by KRISTEN PACK ARD



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Full-blown dahlia and garden roses take center stage in this bouquet designed by Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral. Celosia, hops and eucalyptus provide a harmonious backup. Peplum gown with off-shoulder neckline I.O.P gown, NeWhite, $2,725, thenewhite.com; Roberto Coin Anello Golden Gate Ring in 18kt yellow gold, $2,400; Roberto Coin “Y” Earrings in 18kt yellow gold, $1,700, O.C. Tanner Jewelers, SLC




Amber Reverie agrees that dried flowers are all the rage right now. Echinops is a standout pod in the dried-bloom revolution. Here, limonium, feather grasses and begonia offer lightweight volume for a petite posy. Hudson gown by Laudae features a sweetheart neckline, rose chantilly lace and a slit skirt, $2,330, The Bridal Studio, SLC; Sashi floral earrings, zappos.com

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Finally, orange makes an appearance at the altar. Allison Baddley of La FĂŞte Floral & Design combines all her favorite citrusy sun-up hues, including dahlias, garden roses, gomphrena, ranunculus, bittersweet and ornithogalum. Long sleeve illusion lace gown by Justin Alexander, $2000, The Perfect Dress, Holladay; Kwiat Fidelity Hoops with diamonds in 18kt white gold, $7,900; Kwiat Starry Night Ring with diamonds in 18kt white gold, $3,750, both from O.C. Tanner Jewelers, SLC




Warm and fuzzy feelings all over. Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral breaks out all the textural options— from velvety to smooth—with bunny tails, peppergrass, garden roses and celosia. Bow-tie top gown, NeWhite, $2,975, thenewhite.com; Roberto Coin Classica Parisienne Earrings with diamonds in 18kt yellow gold, $2,500; Sethi Couture Baguette Ring with diamonds in 18kt yellow gold, $8,800, O.C. Tanner Jewelers, SLC

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Lexie Sandberg of Carpe Diem Floral captures yellow’s spicy break-of-day hues using football mums, coxcomb, huechera, scabiosa, echinacea, ranunculus, zinnia and date palm berries. Modern, backless stretch crepe sheath Inis gown by Kate Mcdonald, $2,800, The Bridal Studio, SLC; Kate Spade New York Raise the Bar drop earrings, $78, Nordstrom at Fashion Place Mall, Murray




What’s a glorious dawn without puffy, white clouds to greet it? Florist Lizy Bowden pulls together anemones, cosmos, astilbes, and parrot tulips, along with bleached bunny tails, Italian Ruscus and thistle. Ivory silk chiffon overlay dress by Leanne Marshall gown, $1,600, Alta Moda Bridal, SLC; Roberto Coin 8-row, cross-over ring with diamonds in 18kt rose and white gold, $21,000, O.C. Tanner Jewelers, SLC Models: Apio B. & Ame H., NIYA Models

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et moving! Family-style eating—be it from an action station or as a table centerpiece—lets guests choose their own culinary adventure. Flaming skewers? Oh boy. Local ingredients? Delightful. A passed-down family recipe? Heartwarming. Food trends come and go, but certainly some favorites stand the test of time. On the other hand, some crazes are too piping hot to pass up. Whether you choose a tried-and-true dish or one that’s all-the-rage, the gang from Blended Table teaches us that all parties must offer one thing for certain: the freshest ingredients from multiple local farms passed around the table with familial love.




SERVE UP A FAMILY RECIPE “Growing up in Mexico, it's all about cooking and culture,” says Blended Table chef Alberto Aguilera. He grew up in Alesso, Guadalajara where his family served up savory stews for most celebrations. “I learned how to make this dish as a child,” he explains. “I use ancho chiles, guajillo chiles, garlic, roasted tomatoes, onions and seasoning. I put a paste on the meat, sear it, then slow cook for four to five hours.” Chorizos and beans round out the traditional stew. “I like refried beans, but you can do whatever you like,” he says. Aguilera sprinkles queso fresco and cilantro on top, then serves Mexican rice and corn tortillas on the side. “Toppings can be pickled red onions, cabbage, radish, cilantro and avocado. Whatever you want really.”

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What's the best time of year to serve up beef stew? It can be served year-round.



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BRING A BASIC BACK TO LIFE “Nicoise salad ingredients have changed dramatically since the 1950s,” explains Blended Table co-owner Emery Lortsher, referencing her well-used edition of the Joy of Cooking cookbook. “It used to be only four or five ingredients, but today, there are over 15 ingredients. The salad has actually been around since the early 1900s. You don’t see it a ton, but we’re getting more and more requests for it because it is so pretty.” “Today, we added salmon instead of tuna. We didn’t do egg or creamy dressing here, but you can do whatever you like. It can be any flavor for anybody. You can even go vegetarian with just the potatoes and the egg,” she says. Here, the salmon is poached, so it can be easily served at room temperature for picnics or outdoor parties on a hot day.

When to serve a Nicoise salad?

The spring and summer seasons are best. For a fall version, incorporate hearty root veggies.




MODERNIZE A TRADITIONAL SALAD Reinvent the cheese wheel. “A few years ago, Caputo’s started making burrata inhouse, and we all fell in love with it. We started making a tomato and burrata salad, then later, we added grilled peaches,” Lortsher says. How does Caprese differ from a burrata cheese? “Burrata has a milder flavor and a softer texture. The flavor profile is a little bit sweeter. Caprese's mozzarella is almost a flavorless cheese, whereas the burrata has its own little sweetness,” she explains. Lortsher favors a traditional dressing. “We change it up, but a classic balsamic is ideal. A lemon vinaigrette or a lemon shallot is good too, but I lean toward the classic balsamic.” Toss right before serving, Lortsher recommends. “Often we’ll toss the greens first, then lay the components on top. Sometimes hosts like the dressing and toppings served on the side.”

What about a cold-weather option?

Add stone fruit—like apricots, nectarines and peaches—in the fall. For winter, a Caesar salad—with grilled potatoes and polenta—makes a great alternative to the fresh, seasonal salad.

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SUPER-SIZED CHARCUTERIE BOARD Served as an appetizer or as a finale like the Europeans do, charcuterie offers an entertaining dish. The platter conveniently works as a table centerpiece, too. “It’s all very interactive. Guests like something to do and talk about while they're sitting. It’s fun for everyone to play around and mix and match. I like this and this, but I don’t like that and that,” says Blended Table’s Rachel Astin, who likes to add local goodies including Creminelli meats, Beehive cheeses, dried fruits, figs and nuts. utahbrideandgroom.com




Go Greek and gather ‘round the finest feta you can find. Lemon, rosemary and parsley flavor dolmades, hummus, roasted red peppers, artichokes, mini cucumbers and white beans. “For formal events, plated service is great, but I think it’s on its way out. People love the more casual communal feel of a grazing board,” Astin says. Lortsher agrees. “It also gives guests an opportunity to try things that you might not try on a big plate.” 160 u t a h b r i d e a n d g r o o m . c o m


GRAZING ASIAN-STYLE Fire up the tabletop and turn takeout into a culinary treat. “These yakitori skewers are meant for four to six people to share and grill together. You can incorporate shrimp, chicken or beef with different sauces,” Lortsher explains. Grilled shishito peppers, seaweed salad, black sesame mochi, pork dumplings, grilled baby bok choy, black radish, enoki mushrooms, pickled plums, chicken yakitori skewers, veggie spring rolls and peanut sauce offer assorted options for all taste buds. Can Utah’s most rustic venues handle an Asian style? “Absolutely,” Lortsher says. “We’d alter a few items and the way they're presented, but it definitely works.”



Decorating Ideas and Inspiration for your Newlywed Nest utahstyleanddesign.com

The Cliff Spa at Snowbird

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

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

(800) 707-2582 altalodge.com


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

(801) 453-8488 altaperuvian.com


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


Ember 623 S. State Street, SLC

(801) 456-2803 depotslc.com (385) 468-1030 artsaltlake.org/ rent-eccles-theater/ (385) 355-4211 emberslc.com

The Falls 580 S. 600 East, SLC

(385) 955-6803 thefallseventcenter.com

The Gallivan Center 239 S. Main Street, SLC

Eccles Theater 131 Main St, SLC •


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(801) 535-6110 thegallivancenter.com


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


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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The Hilton, Salt Lake City Center (801) 328-2000 255 S. West Temple, SLC hilton.com The Ivy House 550 S. 600 East, SLC

(801) 792-3161 ivyhouseweddings.com

The Jewish Community Center (801) 581-0098 2 N. Medical Drive, SLC slcjcc.org Joseph Smith Memorial Building (801) 539-3130 15 E. South Temple, SLC templesquare.com


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(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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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


Millcreek Inn 5802 E. Millcreek Canyon Rd. SLC

(801) 278-7927 millcreekinn.com


Millennial Falls 12375 S. 1300 East, Draper

(801) 495-3737 millennialfalls.com


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


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

(385) 468-1431 oldmillclubhouse.com


Peery Hotel 110 W. Broadway, SLC

(801) 521-4300 peeryhotel.com


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


Market Street Grill Cottonwood (801) 947-0542 2985 E. Cottonwood Pkwy, SLC marketstreetgrill.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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La Caille 9565 Wasatch Blvd., Sandy



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Pierpont Place 163 Pierpont Ave., SLC

(801) 200-3113 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


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

Sheraton City Center 150 W. 500 South, SLC

(801) 401-2000 sheratonsaltlake cityhotel.com


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

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


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


Squatters Pub Brewery 147 W. Broadway, SLC

(801) 363-2739 squatters.com


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



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) 213-8770 monsoncenter.utah.edu


Tuscany 2832 E. 6200 South, SLC

(801) 274-0448 tuscanyslc.com


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

(801) 587-1000 universityguesthouse.com



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(801) 225-6575 thetastingroomslc.com

(801) 410-0011 Utah State Capitol 450 N. State Office Building, SLC utahstatecapitol.utah.gov

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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Utah Museum of Fine Arts (801) 581-5643 410 Campus Center Drive, SLC umfa.utah.edu


Veneto 370 E. 900 South, SLC

(801) 359-0708 venetoslc.com


Wheeler Farm 6351 S. 900 East, SLC

(385) 468-1755 wheelerfarm.com




(801) 225-6575 LDW Ranch Hobble Creek Canyon, Springville culinarycrafts.com

Noah’s 1976 W. 700 North, Lindon

(801) 310-0853 noahseventvenue.com

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


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


Provo Marriott 101 W. 100 North, Provo

(801) 370-3529 marriott.com


The Woods on Ninth 6775 S. 900 East, Midvale


Sequoias 1709 S. Geneva Road, Orem

(801) 520-9576 sequoias.com


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


(801) 566-1100 thewoodsonninth.com

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

(801) 852-6657 provolibrary.com


Springville Museum of Art 126 E. 400 South, Springville

(801) 489-2727 smofa.org


Brick Room 78 W. Center Street, Provo

(385) 309-1653 brickroomprovo.com


Stone Gate Weddings 886 West 2600 North Pleasant Grove

(801) 995-9996 stonegateweddings.com


Sundance Resort 8841 N. Alpine Loop Road, Sundance

1-(877) 533-1929 sundanceresort.com


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


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

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Wadley Farms 35 E. 400 North, Lindon

(801) 404-9996 wadleyfarms.com


(435) 645-6507 Goldener Hirsch Inn 7570 Royal Street East, Park City goldenerhirschinn.com


White Shanty 502 S. 300 West, Provo

(801) 674-6070 whiteshantyvenue.com


High Star Ranch 976 N. State Road 32, Kamas


Young Living Lavender Farm 3700 North Highway 91, Mona

(801) 899-4671 youngliving.com


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. 27649 Old Lincoln Hwy, Wanship com Canyons Grand Summit Hotel 4000 Canyons Resort Drive, Park City Deer Valley Resort 2250 Deer Valley Drive South, Park City

(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 thecanyons.com


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


(435) 645-6650 deervalley.com


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


(435) 615-8099 weddings.pcmr.com

Storybook Wedding, Meet Majestic Setting It would truly be our honor to host you and yours as you celebrate the beginning of your life together. Whether you want to say “I do” on the slopes or dine and dance the night away in one of our three stunning lodges, we offer wedding packages that are a perfect fit for the perfect couple. Call us today to see how we can make your big day even more magical. deervalley.com/weddings | 800-424-3337





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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


(435) 645-6493 steinlodge.com/weddings


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The Yarrow 1800 Park Ave., Park City

(435) 615-8099 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

(605) 202-8930 moabundercanvas.com


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

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


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


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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

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

(800) 544-5474 maddoxfinefood.com

Ogden Eccles Conference Center 2415 Washington Blvd., Ogden

(801) 689-8600 oeccutah.com

The Ogden Union Station 2501 Wall Ave., Ogden


Chantilly Mansion 170 N. Main Street, Layton

(801) 593-9838 chantillymansion.com


Conestoga Ranch 427 N. Paradise Parkway, Garden City

(844) 464-5267 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


Northern Utah Region Bullen Center 43 S. Main Street, Logan


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(801) 629-8000 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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Jillian and Jacob marry below the aspens outside Empire Canyon Lodge at Deer Valley Resort. For more of this wedding by Hoopes Events, read their story in our Real Wedding features.

Bridal Consultants & Event Planners Evergreen & Ivy Events By appointment only amy@evergreenandivy.com evergreenandivy.com

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

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

Every Blooming Thing 1344 S. 2100 East, SLC 801-521-4773 new.everybloomingthing.cc

Fleur & Stems 5001 Commerce Dr., Murray 801-889-9089 fleurandstems.com

Lilly & Iris lillyandirisco@gmail.com 801-810-9157 lillyandiris.co

Invitations Ann Elizabeth

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

The Baking Hive

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

3362 S. 2300 East, Millcreek 801-419-0187 bakinghive.com

Jewelry & Accessories

Top Shelf Professional Bar Services

Diamonds Direct

6436 N. Business Park Loop, Unit C, Park City 435-940-9131 topshelfutah.com

196 E. Winchester St., Murray 385-388-4353 diamondsdirect.com

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

Enso Rings See website for a location near you support@ensorings.com ensorings.com

Fred Meyer Jewelers

Entertainment Diamond Empire Band 415-724-4341 info@diamondempireband.com diamondempireband.com

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

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

O.C. Tanner Jewelers 15 S. State St., SLC 801-532-3222 416 Main St., Park City 435-940-9470 octannerjewelers.com

Photographers & Videographers Blue Prints Photo Booth 1828 795 S, Orem 385-312-4243 blueprintsphotobooth.com

Clementine Photo Booths 385-202-4606 clementinephotobooth.rentals

Grey Giraffe Photography 801-907-1177 greygiraffe.com

Kristi Alyse Photography By appointment only 435-764-5524 kristialysephoto.com

Reception Centers & Ceremony Sites Alaskan Inn 435 Ogden Canyon, Ogden 801-621-8600 alaskainn.com

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

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

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

Deer Valley Resort 2250 Deer Valley Drive South, Park City 435-645-6528 deervalley.com

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



Memorial House in Memory Grove Park

Thomas S. Monson Center


411 E. South Temple, SLC 801-213-8770 monsoncenter.utah.edu

147 West Broadway (300 South), SLC 801-363-2739 squatters.com

Natural History Museum of Utah

University Guest House & Conference Center

The Spur

301 Wakara Way, SLC 801-585-9538 nhmu.utah.edu/weddings

110 S. Fort Douglas Blvd., SLC 801-587-1000 universityguesthouse.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 801-899-4671 youngliving.com

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

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

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

Snowbird Resort 9385 S. Snowbird Center Dr., Snowbird 800-882-4766 snowbird.com

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

Rental Diamond Event & Tent 4518 S. 500 West, SLC 801-262-2080 1639 S. 1900 West, Ogden 801-393-5353

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

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

Osmond Designs 151 E. State Street, Lehi 801-766-6448 1660 North State Street, Orem 801-225-2555 osmonddesigns.com

1350 Sandhill Rd., Orem 801-222-9311 Toll-free: 888-844-4001 diamondevent.com

Vault Event Rentals By appointment only 435-631-9905 vaulteventrentals.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

The 5th Floor 2411 Keisel Ave, Ogden 801-814-2062 thefifthfloorutah.com

The Grand America Hotel 555 S. Main St., SLC 801-258-6000 grandamerica.com

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

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


La Caille


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

Rodizio Grill 600 S. 700 East, SLC 801-220-0500 749 W. 100 North, American Fork 801-763-4946 4801 N. University Ave, Ste 710, Provo 801-374-0100 rodiziogrill.com

BRIDES OF 1941 It’s a race to the altar before the boys are shipped off to war. Park City author Bonnie Bedford Park retells her mother’s stories of young love and angst in this Greatest Generation memoir that is built on the actual letters Park found in her mother’s closet. Author Bonnie Bedford Park moved to Utah to ski in the 1970s and never left. In fact, she was so ingrained in mountain mentality that she became what some call the Mother of the Park City Trail System. During her 20-year-tenure as the Director of Basin Recreation, she helped put Utah on the map as a destination for outdoor recreation.












Friday, Jan. 3 ............................... 3pm-8pm Saturday, Jan. 4 ......................... 11am-7pm

Friday, Jan. 3 .................................. 5:30 pm Saturday, Jan. 4 ...................... 1 pm & 4 pm


Adults ................................................ $ 7.00 Children (12 & Under) ........................ FREE


Bridal gifts will be given away after each fashion show by participating vendors including three Grand Prizes. Sponsors: MY 99.5 & KZHT

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SOURCES UP FRONT Frontmatter Allison Baddley, La Fête Floral & Events, lafetefloral.com; Erica Kopp, Stay & Co, juststay.co; Heather Nan Photography, heathernanphoto.com; Jacque Lynn Photography, jacquelynnphoto.com; Jessica White Photography, jessicawhitephoto.com; Kristen Packard Artistry, kristinpackard.com; Pepper Nix Photography, peppernix.com; Steven Roberston Hair, 1-studio.com PROPOSALS Proposals Opener (page 35) 4U Ranch, 4uranch.org Girl Power (page 36) Arte Haus Collectif, artehauscollectif.com; Sharpewerks, sharpewerks.com; Madison McCord, madisonmccordinteriors.com Lights, Camera, Action! (page 38) Couth Booth, couthbooth.com; DJ Pauly, djpaulyweddings.com; Soirée Productions, soireeproductions.com Character Building (page 40) Logan Walker Photography, loganwalkerphoto.com; Sigsbee Interiors, sigsbeeinteriors.com Finishing Touch (page 42) Alice Lane Home Collection, alicelanehome.com; Elume Distinctive Lighting, elumepc.com; John Brooks, San Francisco Design, to the trade; Glass House, glasshouseslc.com; Serena & Lily, serenaandlily. com; Ward & Child—the Garden Store, instagram.com/wardandchild Give it a Glow (page 44) Alkimme, alkimme.com; Live Crude, livecrude.com; Spa Trouve, spatrouve.com White Night (pages 46-47) CCL Engraving, cclengraving.com; Chantel Lauren, chantellauren.com; Clementine Photo Booth, clementinephotobooth.rentals; Coconu, coconu.com; Dented Brick Distillery, dentedbrick.com; Fleur + Stems, fleurandstems.com; Got Beauty, gotbeauty.

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com; Granite Bakery, granitebakery.com; National Forest Foundation’s Plant a Tree program. nationalforests.org/donate/ plant-trees; Men’s Wearhouse, menswearhouse.com; O.C. Tanner Jewelers, octannerjewelers.com; Pepper Nix, peppernix.com; Hoopes Weddings & Events, hoopesevents. com; Retro Rentals, retrorentalsusa.com; Ruby Snap, rubysnap.com; Sarah Ann Woodbury Jazz Trio, sarahjazz.com; Snowpine Lodge, snowpine.com; Tuxedo Junction, tuxedojunctionslc.com; Versa Artistry, versaartistry.com DEPARTMENTS Tailor-Made (Page 50) Beckett & Robb, beckettandrobb.com; Bespoke Clothing, bespoke-clothing.com; Heather Nan Photography, heathernanphoto.com; H.M. Cole, hmcole.com; Tailor Cooperative, tailorcooperative.com; True Gentlemen Supply, truegentlemensupply. com; O.C. Tanner Jewelers, octannerjewelers.com; Tabula Rasa Stationers, tabularasastationers.com; Utah Woolen Mills, utahwoolenmills.com Getting Pitched (page 54) All Out Events, eventrentalutah.com; Diamond Rentals, diamondevent.com; Heather Nan, heathernanphoto.com; La Fête Floral & Events, lafetefloral.com; Modern Expo, modernexpo.com Olympus Tents, olympustentsandevents.com; Pepper Nix, peppernix.com Gamechangers (page 58) Adam Finkle, ajfphoto.com; Albion Fit, albionfit.com; Chantel Lauren, chantellauren.com; Shred415, shred415.com; Enso Rings, ensorings.com All Real Wedding and Inspiration sources are available via utahbrideandgroom.com FEATURES Light Theory (page 118) Annie Pugmire, instagram.com/ annies.c.a.k.e.s; Bitsy Bridal, bitsybridal. com; Borcik Jewelry, borcikjewelry.com; The Bridal Studio, thebridalstudioutah.

com; Chantel Lauren, chantellauren.com; Erica Kopp, Stay Co, juststay.co; GigiPip, gigipip.com; Harlow Brides, harlowbrides. com; Jacque Lynn, jacquelynnphoto.com; Kristen Packard Artistry, kristenpackardartistry.com; O.C. Tanner Jewelers, octannerjewelers.com; Pritchett Bridal, pritchettbridal.com; Niya Models, niyamodels.com; Steven Robertson, 1-studio.com; Studio Elevn, studioelevn.com; Urban Chateau, urbanchateaufloral.com Rock. Paper. Delivers. (page 130) Allison Baddley, La Fête Floral & Events, lafetefloral.com; Ann Elizabeth Print Studio, annelizabeth.com; Emily Michelson Photography, emilymichelson.com; Ink and Press Co., inkandpressco.com; Kate Osborne Photography, kateosbornephotography.com; McCarty Talent Agency, mccartytalentagency.com; Twelve 30 Creative, twelve30creative.com Florals (page 138) Alta Moda Bridal, altamodabridal.com; Amber Reverie, amberreverie.com; The Bridal Studio, thebridalstudioutah.com; Carpe Diem Floral, carpediemfloraldesign. com; Frou Frou Chic, froufrouchic.com; Heather Nan, heathernanphoto.com; Kristen Packard Artistry, kristenpackard.com; La Fête Floral & Events, lafetefloral.com; Lizy Bowden, lizybowden.com; NeWhite, thenewhite.com; Niya Models, niyamodels. com; O.C. Tanner Jewelers, octannerjewelers.com; The Perfect Dress, theperfectdress. com; Randi Hieb, dexteritysalon.com/ randi; Tinge Floral, tingefloral.com Eat This (page 152) The Blended Table, theblendedtable.com; Jessica White Photography, jessicawhitephoto.com Nailed It (page 176) Artisan Bloom, artisanbloom.com; Deer Valley Resort, deervalley.com; Looks by Diana, instagram.com/looksbydiana; Pepper Nix Photography, peppernix.com; Soirée Productions, soireeproductions.com

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NO SKI RESORT nuptial is complete without a chairlift moment. An airlift to 9,000 feet or higher not only makes the perfect photo opp, but a sky-high, slow-moving hover also offers quiet time to take in the day’s events. Deer Valley Resort’s Ruby Express carries Alison and Adrian up to 9,100 feet and back down for their Empire Canyon Lodge wedding. Don’t forget a change of footwear plus an extra layer of clothes for time at the peak.

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