Cate and Craig live in New York, but they wanted to get married with the gorgeous Wasatch Mountains as their background. So they chose a destination wedding at St. Regis Deer Valley in Park City UT with fabulous Pepper Nix Photography behind the lens.
Cate wanted lots of color to highlight the beauty of the mountains and add a whimsical and fun theme to their day. Another way they chose to pay homage to the mountains was through their escort cards which were lift tickets and a set of vintage skis for their guests to sign. Together with their family and friends this elegant and colorful soiree proved to be love in the mountains indeed!
From the bride:
Where did you get the inspiration for your color palette and design? When I knew I wanted to get married with the Wasatch Mountains as my background, I knew I would want color to compliment the beautiful greenery around us. I actually had a very tough time finding photos of other weddings that incorporated color instead of just whites or one color “scheme,” per say. I wanted all bright fuchsia/yellow/oranges to engage both the end of summer and beginning of fall. I also wanted the scenery to be showcased which was possible with the clear tent and to highlight the mountain ambiance with some of the other details (table numbers/escort cards/aspen trees). I wanted the colors of the day to pop, and I wanted everything classic, elegant, but fun in terms of bridesmaids and my own bridal attire.
Describe your wedding flowers Amazing, purple/blue/orange garden roses with pops of deep purple calla lilies/ different colored hydrangeas Floral Artist: Amanda Hansen, Decoration Inc.
Were there any Do it Yourself (DIY) projects? If so, can you describe them in detail? The escort cards, I decided I wanted “heart” hole punches instead of typical ones. It ended up being taken away from by Kristin (my wedding planner), there was just too much going on so she finished the work. I would be careful not to over commit yourself, especially with a destination wedding. I didn’t have a minute to since down since we arrived.
Favorite reception memory Running out with my new groom to the band rocking Poison’s “Nothin but a good time” with our bridal party & all of our guests dancing around us as we came in
First Dance Song Zac Brown Band, “Whatever It Is” Favors/gifts for guests: what I mentioned above, we didn’t want to spend a lot of money since I feel like the small “chocolates” or whatever favors spend of money usually goes to waste for destination weddings
Why a Mountain Wedding? We are both from the east coast but I grew up going to our Sundance Cabin in the mountains of Utah. I always loved summer and Craig and I had spent a lot of time out there together. We have been to every type of wedding, but the second we got engaged I knew nothing but Utah would work for me. It was so different, rare, and also holds special place in my heart. Everyone had such a great time, and loved all that Utah had to offer. The weather was also less of a concern than on the east coast.
What was the weather like on your wedding day? It was raining when I woke up and unusually cold! It ended up being perfect, it moved between overcast and sunny. There were a few rain drops during the ceremony which I will take as good luck but all in all ended up being perfect J What were some personal details you incorporated?Other wedding party people:
Old, new, borrowed, blue – Did you follow that tradition and if so, what did you use? Yes, Old & Borrowed: My mother’s engagement ring (she had it removed from a charm bracelet she had kept it on, New: My Dress, Blue: One of my bridesmaids ordered (from J Crew!) a piece of fabric that has your name and wedding date on it in blue, your designer than sews that into your dress. It was a great idea!
Moments you loved, hated, cried, laughed or giggled at: I loved them all, if I cried it was happy but the big ones were: first look, walking down the aisle with my Dad, my Dad and sister’s speech, my mom looking so beautiful watching my Dad speak, and of course my favorite was the dance party.
What you would have done differently, if anything: If anything, maybe not stress over some of the small things. In the end, no one notices and you won’t either.
Any advice you have for future brides? Try to pay for as much before the wedding, I find there are so many bills to pay after and the “fun” if you will is no longer in anticipation.
Where did you find your inspiration? My personal taste, Pinterest, other weddings.
Your favorite moment of the day: First Look
Three things you’re glad you did: Pictures before with the groom, Grand Entrance, married my best friend & best man J
Anything you wish you hadn’t done? Nope
What is your very best advice to other brides? Remember to not get lost in the planning, remember that it is your wedding and have fun! Also, involve your groom!
The most unexpected event on our wedding day was: I guess the cooler temperature and the chance of rain. We were getting married in the desert, I thought rain was not possible! How was your wedding different than you imagined it would be (less than 30 words)? Everyone says it, but it went so fast. Everything was perfect, I only wish I had more time with everyone who came to celebrate with us.
If you knew then what you know now I wouldn’t have changed a thing!
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Photographer: Pepper Nix Photography // Equipment Rentals: All out tent and event rental // Invitation Designer: Ann Elizabeth Custom Graphic Design and Printing // Cake Designer: Carrie’s Cakes // Floral Designer: Decoration Inc. // Makeup Artist: Enizio // Hair Stylist: Enizio Inc // Band: Green Light Booking // Cinema and Video: Hobble Creek Media // Dress Store: Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier // Dress Designer: Oscar de la Renta // Officiant: Rev Kamrin // Event Planner: Soiree Productions // Reception Venue: St. Regis Deer Valley in Park City UT // Makeup Artist: Studio Enizio // Bridesmaid Dresses: Vera Wang // Submitted via Two Bright Lights