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Well, let’s admit one thing, this isn’t a wedding blog. However, when planning this beautiful wedding in Park City, UT last year, we read, relied on, perused, stalked (you get the picture) so many wedding blogs (for which we have the utmost respect and love for) that we really wanted to share our final product.
The day of the wedding was perfect! Maybe not in the conventional sense ( the Maid of Honor dress was forgotten and it poured rain) but in the non-conventional sense, perfect. The bride and groom were surrounded by the people that love them, the bluegrass band was rocking, the food was killer, everyone was laughing, and at the end of the night the guests fell asleep with a smile on their faces. For this couple, that was perfection and that’s all that mattered. Here are some photos from the big day – enjoy!
First, everyone got ready at the beautiful Washington School House Hotel. Charming, historic, luxurious…the design, the service, the food…everything was perfect!
After the much anticipated “first look” in the side garden, the couple took private photos together. The backdrop of pure white Birch trees and thunder clouds rolling in the distance set the tone.
Avid snowboarders at their favorite mountain, the bride and groom couldn’t help but take a photo next to this sign. There will be an “after” photo in snowboard clothes to follow…The ceremony was officiated by the groom’s brother. His father rhymed a speech and a close family friend spoke. The bride’s sister opened with a Dr Suess poem. Though the vows were taken seriously, there was laughter, tears, and just enough inside joking to put everyone at ease. Since the bride and groom had decided to forgo wedding parties, immediately following the vows, every person at the wedding (about 85 folks) had their photo taken with the couple. Fun!
Then it was time to party! The guests were loaded (umbrellas were necessary) into buses to be transported down the private back roads of Park City Resort (ceremony location) to the High West Distillery (reception location). Hors d’oeuvres were served, drinks were passed (named after their three dogs), the house band (Lash LaRue) played old mining songs in the background. Once everyone was settled – BINGO! The bride and groom called the game and prizes ranged from a bottle of house whiskey to the naming rights for their next pet.
The sun was setting and it was time to eat. Commence the whiskey themed, locally sourced, veggie and meat-lover friendly feast! (Disclaimer — we know it’s not common to take this many photos of the food…don’t hate! With a menu like this and a bride that was quoted saying, “I’m just here for the food” there was no way this dinner was taking a backseat.)
As the guests filled their plates, they were able to sign their birthday in the “Wedding Guest Calendar” that was created on Mixbook. What a fun way to do a photo collage of every person at the wedding.
The bride and groom also had a chance to take some “candid” photos…
Next up was cake cutting (a close friend made a mini cheesecake which was delivered on a barrel), garder toss (complete with regulation sized football), bouquet toss, oh and one more thing…DANCING!
Photography: Stephanie Sunderland // Ceremony Venue: Park City Mountain // Reception Venue: High West Distillery // Lodging: The Washington School House // Hair & Makeup: Vivian // Photo Booth: Keala Jarvis Photography // Photo Booth Props: Etsy // Dress: The White Dress // Accessories: Anthropologie // Guest Calendar: Mixbook