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Romantic Ranch Wedding

Kate & Damon  |  September 7th  |  Park City, Utah

From the bride: We love the mountains in Park City. Since a majority of our friends and family were going to have to travel to share the day with us, we thought it was a great opportunity to share Park City with everyone.

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Our bouquets were autumn and mountain inspired with wheat and berries. They were just a little unkempt too, almost like the most beautiful bunch of wildflowers.

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We had a 3-tiered vanilla cake with salted caramel dressing. It was decorated with some of our florals and we had a wood grain cake stand and twigs that had our initials connected with a heart for a cake topper.

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I wanted the decor to reflect the beautiful venue at Red Cliff. I wanted it to be reverent of the picturesque surroundings and just add a touch of softness and beauty. We used a lot of burlap and natural colors with floral and lace to soften the look.

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Guests left the ranch with little burlap bags with Utah honey and a caramel flavoured bee candy. Damon’s sister made little tags with a stamp with our names and wedding date and the line “meant to bee”. We also did welcome boxes for our guests that they received when they arrived in town. They had necessities for the weekend from energy bars to custom koozies.

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My favorite moment was our sparkler exit and ride back to Park City in the classic car Damon picked. I was so excited to be married and so happy everyone had a wonderful time celebrating. As much fun as it was, I was happiest in that moment when I had a moment alone with my husband.

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Looking back, I’m glad that we spent the week prior to the wedding in Utah and got to spend some time with friends and family, I’m glad we got to introduce our loved ones to our favorite mountain town, and I’m glad we were able to spend some time together and take a honeymoon after the wedding.

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CREDITS: Photographer: Pepper Nix Photography   //  Flowers & Event Design: Scenemakers  //  Cake: Layers Cake Company  //  Caterer: Culinary Crafts    //  Ceremony Location: St. Mary of the Assumption   //  Reception Venue: Red Cliff Ranch //  Transportation: Something Vintage Something Blue  //  Makeup Artist: Versa Artistry

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A Serene & Romantic Mountain Wedding

Jennifer & Sam | September 21st |  Park City, Utah

From the bride: We got engaged in the mountains, and we couldn’t think of a more perfect place to exchange our vows than the beautiful backdrop of Utah’s scenery. It was just perfect for us. Serene, peaceful and majestic.

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Purple is my favorite color, always has been, after all, it’s the color of royalty!  I wanted something simple and chic, elegant but not overplayed.  A little eccentric but sophisticated.  For example, my dress had unfinished hemlines but the sparkle of the belt gave it the WOW factor.  I wanted the whole wedding to be that way.

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My mom sewed a handwritten note from my grandmother, who passed away in 2002, into the hem of my wedding dress. It was a card she wrote to me in 1988 that says’ “My sweet Jennifer, always remember how much I love you.”

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Having my dad walk me down the aisle was something I had been looking forward to my whole life. My dad is a very special person to me.  He has always been the most important man in my life and it was very sentimental to have him by my side on my big day.

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 The cake was white fondant with edible silver glitter. I love glitter to a fault.

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Looking back, the day went by WAY too quickly. We had a packed itinerary and I wish that we would have had more time to spend with everyone! I also wished we would not have rushed off so quickly the next morning on our honeymoon. We would have preferred to stay a few days with the family at the resort and THEN leave for the honeymoon.

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My advice

1. Have realistic expectations. A wedding is a celebration of love. It is all about marrying the man of your dreams; it is NOT about the show. At the end of the day if you are married to your Prince Charming, then the day was a success. THAT is what matters. Don’t get wrapped up in what other people want or what you see on pinterest. Talk to your fiancé, figure out what you want together and do that. You will be much happier in the end, I promise.

2. Invest in a good photographer and videographer. When all is said and done, it will be the most tangible way you’ll have to remember your day.  Dinner will get eaten, flowers will die, the music will go quiet, memories will fade, but your photos and videos will last forever.

3. Take the time to soak it all in. Take moments, before you put on the dress to breathe.  Put on the dress and give yourself a second to reflect.  Close your eyes, say a prayer and reflect on why you are where you are.  Hug your bridesmaids before you leave for the ceremony. Tell them how much they mean to you.  Stop at the top of the aisle… take a deep breath, look around.  The day will go by so quickly, taking the time to have quiet reflective moments is the best thing I did.  Hold your husband’s hand. Don’t let the true meaning of the day get lost in the chaos.  Take selfies, do the photo booth, put on your dancing shoes and have some fun, you’ve waited your whole life for this.

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Jennifer’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer:  Logan Walker Photography  //  Event Planner: Soiree Productions  Dress Designer: Modern Trousseau  //  Floral Designer: Orchid Dynasty   //  Cake: Carrie’s Cakes  //  Venue: Park City Mountain Resort

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A Winter Wedding at Sundance Mountain Resort

Kwany & James |  January 3rd  |  Sundance, Utah

From the bride: We wanted a winter wedding in Utah because we love skiing in Utah.

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My bouquet was soft and slightly rustic. I had white/ivory roses and peonies with some dusty miller and mini pine cones, finished with a burlap wrap and twine overlay.

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We played Chinese door games. This tradition originated from ancient times in Chinese culture – it implies that the bride’s family and friends do not want to marry the bride away. So as the groom sets out to the bride’s home, he will have to pass a series of tasks as a way to demonstrate that he really loves her. My girlfriends had the boys dress up in ridiculous outfits (tutus, butterfly wings), do yoga poses, push-ups, and eat the flavors of marriage (spicy, sweet, sour, bitter). It was definitely a good time for our friends and family to watch!

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Even though it took a long time to write, I’m really glad that we wrote each guest a personalized note on their name cards. It was a nice way for us to show appreciation to our friends and family who came from all over the world to celebrate our happiness.

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Looking back, I can’t imagine not having a day of wedding planner. On the day of our wedding, I was relatively stress free because I had her taking care of all the details!

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My advice: Don’t drag out your wedding planning. We had a long engagement (1.5 years) which allowed for a lot of time to plan, look at Pinterest, wedding magazines, etc. And while it was initially a lot of fun, I was a little fatigued with the process and choices (there are always more options!). At some point, you just need to know where to cut yourself off. So, I would recommend doing wedding planning in sprints – do a lot of work and then set it aside from a while before you have to pick it up again. Otherwise, it will take over your life!

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 Kwany’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Venue, Caterer & Lodging: Sundance Resort. Sundance was just magical and we couldn’t imagine having our wedding anywhere else. Plus, I loved that everyone stayed in one place so that it was easier for our guests to hangout before/after the wedding.

Photographer:  Pepper Nix Photography  //  Event Planner: Soiree Productions  //  Floral Designer: Blossom Sweet  //  Cake Designer: One Sweet Slice  //  Musicians: Echo Talent Management  //  Video: Lumineux Films

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