The countless amazing weddings we see on SMP truly never lose their affect… in fact each day we get a little more obsessed. And if you think we gush about the weddings that we feature on the site, you should see just how excited we get when we’re actually at one. After all, it’s not every day that we get to witness two people pledge their love to one another, share an incredible weekend with the people you love, and watch some ridiculously talented vendors work their wedding magic on a breathtaking celebration. So when my friends Hadley and Brian tied the knot in Park City this past February… I was in all sorts of heaven. Weekend with my nearest and dearest friends-beautiful mountains of Utah-romantic winter wedding filled to the brim with stunning details-kind of heaven. With photography by the amazing Leo Patrone, planning and design by Meredith Parsons of Bluebird Events, and the reigning king of the dance party, Michael Antonia of The Flashdance on board for the affair, this wedding was as heartwarming as it was beautiful… and a fabulous party I won’t soon forget. Oh… and did I mention it was really, really, really pretty? As always, there’s lots more for you to feast your eyes on in the gallery. Congratulations Hadley & Brian!
From the beautiful bride Hadley… I have always been passionate about my family, friends and the mountains where I grew up. When the love of my life asked me to be his wife, it didn’t take us long to decide to tie the knot in my hometown of Park City, UT. Since we share a love of skiing and snowboarding, we thought a winter wedding would be a perfect setting to bring our closest friends and family together to celebrate. Our vision was to have a romantic affair that captured the history of the town and allowed our guests to enjoy every moment of the weekend.
Finding a talented photographer was top priority. Thank goodness we were directed to Leo Patrone who captured every moment and detail authentically and yet uniquely. Since we live over 2,000 miles away in New York City, we knew we needed help bringing our Park City vision to life. Luckily, we found the fabulous Meredith Parsons of Bluebird Events who designed a wedding that was perfectly us and took over the logistics so we could enjoy every second of the weekend with our families. I got most of my inspiration from wedding blogs (especially SMP!) and knew I wanted décor that had a warm, organic wintery feel. Meredith and her team made this feeling a reality for Brian and me, and we couldn’t have been happier.
The festivities kicked off with an intimate Thursday night rehearsal dinner party with our parents and wedding party at my parents’ home, catered by the talented Joe Saladyga of Savory Kitchens. Friday night after a raucous day on the ski slopes (with many of us wearing retro 80’s ski garb,) we held an incredible welcome party at the High West Whiskey Distillery with the most delicious bites and specialty cocktails – one named after our dog Huxley and the other called The Amos, a reference to the Tuck graduate school where Brian and I met.
Our wedding day was, in a word, perfect. Brian and I chose to do photos before the ceremony so we could enjoy the evening and also catch some day light. Thank goodness! Seeing each other for the first time was more emotional than we ever imagined and I’m grateful we had that special time together. We were married in the St. Mary’s Old Town Chapel, the oldest Catholic church in Utah, with our closest friends and family squeezed into the beautiful old building. I walked down the aisle to Bittersweet Symphony by the Verve and couldn’t take my eyes of my almost husband. One of my favorite moments of the entire day was looking out at everyone’s faces during the ceremony – I had the biggest grin on my face. The chapel was decorated with lots of candles and lanterns to keep in line with the romantic and historical feel of the building.
Our reception was right down the street at the Riverhorse Café, one of our favorite restaurants. I loved the hanging glass tea lights and mismatched vases on the tables. After a delicious meal, we rocked out on the dance floor with the fabulous DJ Michael Antonia of The Flashdance (he is a genius!). Our wedding weekend was more significant and more filled with love than Brian and I ever imagined possible and we feel so blessed.
Wedding Photography: Leo Patrone Photography / Wedding Planner: Meredith Parsons of Bluebird Events / Wedding Ceremony Location: St. Mary’s Old Town Chapel / Wedding Reception Location: The Riverhorse Café / DJ: Michael Antonia of The Flashdance / Wedding Dress: Watters via Lovely Bridal Shop / Wedding Invitations: Bella Figura / Florist: Amanda Hansen Decoration, Inc. / Calligraphy: Melinda Mraz / Bride’s Head Piece: Feathers & Frills / Makeup: Delilah Gervais of Splendor Beauty Emporium / Groom’s Suit: Custom / Welcome Party Location: High West Distillery & Saloon / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Bride’s Stole: Vintage / Rehearsal Dinner Location: Private Residence / Rehearsal Dinner Catering: Savoury Kitchen