This black tie Utah destination wedding held at La Caille in Salt Lake City, UT is drenched with style and elegance. The romantic personal touches make this wedding exotic, unique and special. I was lucky to work with this wonderful family that based decisions around tradition and personal sentiments. The bride and groom are based in Chicago. The Bride’s sister who lives in Washington D.C. found me through my website and we all instantly felt a connection over the phone and email. I had the honor of planning, creating and implementing both weddings -- to see the sister's wedding, click HERE. I know I will cherish this family for years to come and they will always hold a special place in my heart. Before the wedding, we created a joint private pinterest board that allowed us to share images and ideas. Even though many miles separated us, there was many a night that we were both up at 2 am pinning and emailing back and forth and it really felt like we were in the same room together swooning over all our decisions and details.
The wedding location, La Caille, couldn’t have been a more lovely setting. The ceremony was held in the vineyard with the gorgeous Salt Lake City mountains as the perfect backdrop. I loved how the couple combined their family heritage and customs to make the ceremony special and unique; from the beautiful and exotic Persian Sofreh Aghad to drinking from the Jewish Kiddush cup. It was an honor to be able to set up the Sofreh table for this amazing couple with all the rich and symbolic elements. I could go on and on with the incredible details of this personalized ceremony that was rich with cultural traditions. This ceremony set the tone for the rest of the beautiful evening.
The cocktail reception was held on the patio where guests mingled with each other and a peacock or two came by to say show off their lovely feathers and say hello. The guests were escorted to their tables with a flute of champagne, not only with a sprig of mint and a blackberry but a swirled paper hanging from the edge of each flute with their name and designated table number. I adored this sparkling display of champagne flutes!
The bridal party made a grand entrance into the gorgeous greenhouse ballroom. The touches of the lovely grey and nude sequin linens, glowing candlelight, greens draping and the rich floral on each table made the whole scene exotic and romantic. The floral consisted mainly of burgundy dahlias, peonies and scabiosa, blushing bride proteas, pale pink dahlias and light pink and blush garden roses. There was also a touch of blackberry and dark ivy and sage green eucalyptus to add that extra richness. An element that I thought added whimsy was the backdrop of trailing twinkle lights we created for the band. The reception went on later into the evening and the tapestry of traditions continued with the dancing. It was fun to see them perform the Jewish Horah and some traditional Persian dances. The bride and groom got a sparkling send off and were whisked away in a vintage white rolls royce – What a dream!
Take a look at the incredible wedding video by Jared Wortley. I seriously can't stop watching it and I cry every time the groom, Josh, looks at his beautiful bride, Maryam, in her dress for the first time "Love has no boundaries and as we witness today love will cross cultures and beliefs and allow us to respect each other as individuals." Thank you for this perfect little view into a beautiful day. Jared Wortley Films
Hayley & Stewart
This destination wedding was pure joy to create from start to finish. Stewart was at the time a pro football player for the Denver Broncos, but at the time he was playing for the Arizona Cardinals, so basically it was a long distance relationship between bride, groom and planner. Stewarts family lives in Utah along with many of the couples friends so naturally Utah would be a great choice for a lovely winter wedding.
This couple had such a great style to say the least! I adored them and it was fun swapping ideas back and forth. Hayley and I had a joint pinterest board together and it made it easier to share ideas over a long distance.
The three thematic elements that were weaved throughout this wedding were; the couples love for France, ivory garden roses, and copper. I am always a little sad to see any event come to a close and this one was no exception.
The Salt Lake Hardware location was a perfect setting for this romantic winter wedding. Creating the 9 ft fresh boxwood topiaries was a challenge, but they turned out gorgeous! The floating white roses and glass orbs from the beams added a soft feminine touch. The guests dined on pomme frites, authentic belgian waffles and real decadent french hot chocolate.
The party went on late into the evening with a snowy sparkler exit that rivaled no other!
Video footage shot by Fielding Films, edited by the bride, Hayley Stewart.
Mondi & Cory
This destination black tie wedding embodies glam, sophistication and unique cultural elements. The ST. Regis located in Deer Valley, Utah is one of the most beautiful settings for an event. The location is stunning any time of year but especially in early September when you can just feel a little tinge of fall in the air and the view of mountains surrounding the resort are breathtaking. This wedding was a dream to plan, create and implement. I had the chance to also plan their unique and fun rehearsal dinner at the Olympic Park Venue in Park City, ( see details HERE.)
Not only are the bride and groom beautiful outside they were just as beautiful inside, right down to the core. The Bride and groom are both currently working as attorneys in Washington D.C. so to say they are busy is an understatement. We had many odd hour calls, emails and Pinterest pinning sessions. The bride found me on the internet and actually her lovely sister got married 3 months before her and lucky me -- I had the incredible opportunity to do both weddings (see her sister's wedding here.) I adore them both. Even though many of their cultural traditions were the same, I still feel like I put a lot of thought into making each wedding unique and special but also honoring their Persian cultural traditions.
The evening began as the guests rode the glass funicular up the mountain to the majestic resort and were greeted with a flute of champagne. They were escorted to the grand lawn where the ceremony took place. One of the details that stood out in the ceremony was the beautiful Sofreh, which is the traditional table that is customary at the wedding ceremony in the Persian culture. It is a tradition full of rich and beautiful symbolism. For example, I love how the bride and groom look at each other reflected as one in a mirror and how they feed one another honey to "sweeten the marriage."
After the ceremony guests were escorted to a cocktail hr where a string quartet serenaded them as the visited. The reception entrance wowed guests with a unique and jaw dropping seating chart display -- It was one of my favorite features of the evening. It was a wonderful challenge to conceive and create a huge moss wall to display the escort mirrors that reminded us of the ceremony. The guests names were written on the mirrors by the bride herself. As the evening went on, the glimmering lights and happy faces were reflected in the mirrors.
I love the deep burgundy and luxe metalics we chose as the color palette and the subtle use of mirrors interwoven through the nights details, reminiscent of the mirror used in the ceremony. The florals were rich and exotic and had luxurious texture. Included in this mix were pomegranates, dahlias, garden roses, hellebores, pepper berry and my favorite, the burgundy orchids -- they added chic sophistication in the mixed level brass trumpet vases. We thought it was important to bring in the mountains and meadows that surrounded us into the reception so we created what I call, the meadow runner along the center of the main tables.
Half way through the wedding there was a huge wind storm and luckily the band, Metro Music kept on playing as wind swirled around the guests as they literally flew and danced the night away. The reception ended with a grand sparkler exit. The bride and groom drove away old hollywood style in a vintage car to an after party at the High West Distillery where their guests joined them and they celebrated into the morning hours. What a dazzling and incredible night to remember!
VENDOR LIST ~ PhotographerHeather Nan PhotographyPaper Invitations:William Arthur Ceremony location St. Regis Deer Valley Videographer Jared Wortley, Jared Wortley Films Reception Site St. Regis Deer Valley Cake Deer Valley (Groom’s cake: One Sweet Slice) Music/Entertainment: Ceremony and Cocktail Hour: Rosco String Quartet Reception: Metro Music Club Caterer St. Regis Deer Valley Make-up Bridal Makeup Artist: Jill Marie Peterson, Bridal Hair Stylist: Magdalena Langdon, Bridesmaids Hair and Makeup: Getaway Car Classic Cars International Rentals Linens: La Tavola, Bistro lights: Diamond Rental After Party High West Distillery
Jane & Alex
This wedding embodied modern artistic elegance. The Salt Lake Hardware Building made the perfect canvas for this stunning reception. The wedding's main elements that were painted throughout the reception were; white orchids, terrariums, and a pop of pink and orange from the bridal party.
This bride was was excited about so many different ideas. It was such a blast working with such an artistic family. Jane's Mother and Father welded the unique terrariums for the tables just off of a picture I found.
There were so many details that I loved about this wedding ... from the 9 ft orchid arrangements that almost looked as if they were floating against the rustic brick wall ... to the glass orb chandelier in the cool lounge area. I really enjoyed mixing the modern clean elements with the romantic white flowers. The white orchids were definitely a stand out feature at this wedding. I loved mixing the live potted orchids with the moss runner down the center tables. It was an incredible event for an equally incredible couple.