Jessica and Andrew (Drew), chose to have a simple and rustic, winter mountain wedding filled with elegance and love at the Canyons Resort in Utah.
There is something so natural and pure about the mountains in winter and that is what they wanted to start off their marriage. Plus, given the location is their favorite place on earth, they were thrilled to be able to share it with all of their friends and family. And with Logan Walker Photography behind the lens, looking back on their perfect day will be just as delightful as the day itself!
How did you and your spouse meet?
At a friend’s wedding in Chicago a few months after I had moved back there from San Diego. One of my close male friend’s from college got married in Chicago, and Drew was very close friends with him since they were in grade school. Drew was a reader at the wedding (that is when I first spotted him), and after asking around and finding out he was single, a few people offered to introduce us, but I confidently told them, “I got this.” and I did.
Who proposed marriage and how did that proposal happen?
Drew proposed in March of 2014 when we were on our annual ski trip with my mom at the Canyons. After a rough day (for him) on the mountain, he asked me casually, would you marry me, knowing that it will probably take me a few years to be as good of a skier as you? I mistakenly focused in on his assumption that he could EVER be as good of a skier as me, and was indignant, but then realized what he was asking, and the rest is a blur.
Old, new, borrowed, blue – Did you follow that tradition?
Yes, old, – the fur stole was very old, new – dress, shoes, veil, borrowed – pearl earrings from stepmom, diamond necklace from mom, blue – white and blue garter.
Favorite reception memory:
Dancing! We had fun doing our first dance (choreographed by one of my mom’s dance students) to Dave Matthews, You and Me. It was also funny when the snow cat plowed through the background of our wedding ceremony and parked right behind Drew and me for about 5 minutes before someone made him move. The gondola ride was also a big crowd pleaser, and a number of fun stories came from the ride.
Moments you loved, hated, cried, laughed or giggled at:
During the photos at Tigh Shebeen, a golden retriever I was trying to pet started rolling around on top of my wedding gown before one of the groomsmen pulled him off of it. Also fun, dancing in my robe and Uggs at the house while we were all getting our hair and makeup done. I also loved our first dance, and my dance with my dad to Hushabye (Beach Boys), because he used to play that on his guitar for me when I was a little kid to put me back to bed after I had a nightmare. We had so much fun dancing and seeing people of every age getting down on the dancefloor to our awesome band, The Dance Doctors.
What you would have done differently if anything:
I would have gotten a videographer. We were bummed no one got our first dance on camera, since everyone said it was really good, and we put a decent amount of time into learning it with our choreographer.
Any advice you have for future brides?
I was very relaxed, and it was fun. Part of that might be because we had all the bridesmaids come to the house, and the hair and makeup people came to us. Just letting go and enjoying the day isn’t as hard as you’d think.Where did you find your inspiration? Haha, maybe from my days as a little girl, when I was a ballerina in the Nutcracker and always wanted to play the role of the Snow Queen, lol. Your favorite moment of the day. The ten minutes in between the ceremony and reception, where Drew and I had a few moments alone in the reception space before the guests headed up. We had never actually rehearsed our choreographed first dance but had a video of it on drew’s phone, which we watched and tried to learn last minute. That was a great bonding moment.
Three things you’re glad you did.
Married my best friend, got married in Park City, and got a live band (thanks, dad)Anything you wish you hadn’t done? Nope, it was the best day of my life!What was the best piece of wedding advice you got? Just have fun.
Anything you wish you had known about sooner rather than later?
Be careful about the venue you choose. If they change ownership in the middle of executing your contract, you may end up with a few surprises or disappointments.
Thanks for stopping by!
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Photographer: Logan Walker Photography // Reception Venue: Canyons Resort // Dress Designer: Dimitrios // Band: Utah Live Bands // Band: Utah Live Bands LLC // Makeup Artist: Versa Artistry // Submitted via Two Bright Lights