Rustic Park City Wedding at Canyons Resort
January 21, 2014
Classic WeddingsRusticOutdoor Weddings
This, my friends, is my wedding heaven.  A gorgeous day planned by Michelle Leo Events with breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains as far as the eyes can see.  It's basically a rustic meets elegant dream come true, complete with fab paper goods from Freshly Minted, a One Sweet Slice masterpiece and all kinds of awesome moments captured by Chudleigh Weddings.  See them all here.
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From Michelle Leo Events... Chad and Beth were a delightful couple to work with. Residing in Tennessee, they contacted me to help them plan their destination wedding where they originally met and fell in love: Park City, Utah.

Park City is a gorgeous location and its landscape is beyond stunning- especially in the late summer/early fall season. In addition, Look Out Cabin sits appropriately at the top of the lovely Canyon's Resort and provides its visitors with a stunning 360 degree, panoramic view of the Rocky Mountains as far as the eye can see.

Beth and Chad wanted to focus on keeping their wedding intimate, cozy, and elegant. I immediately fell in love with Beth's request to incorporate gold in her wedding design. Her wedding gown had a lovely gold sash that criss-crossed in the back and the dress is what started it all when it came to selecting her sophisticated, jewel-tone color pallet.

The couple selected Labor Day weekend for their wedding festivities and flew all 40 of their guests out for their celebration. Their wedding fell right on the cusp of when the colors of the landscape would begin to change into a bright display of fall foliage. So with this in mind, I decided to incorporate warm colors into their pallet such as eggplant, fig, navy, gold and blush. I wanted to work with a color pallet that would emphasize and compliment the already beautiful landscape, not compete with it.

Before arriving at the wedding location, guests were served a flute of champagne at the bottom of the ski lift (because the resort sits at the top of the mountain, all guests enjoyed a 20-minute scenic view of the resort as their chair lift climbed in elevation before dropping them off at the top).

The ceremony itself was unique and meaningful. The brides' brother officiated the wedding with few words. He expressed to the couple the importance of listening closely to the love they shared and emphasized that listening often requires not talking. Therefore, much of the ceremony was read on large posters that her brother held up for guests to read which allowed the silence of these moments to have a stunning and meaningful impact on all in attendance. As a wedding planner, I see many ceremonies and Chad and Beth's was one I'll never forget. Another unique moment included a brief rain shower just moments before the ceremony was to begin. We held off the ceremony (for about 10 mins) and the storm quickly passed leaving behind a double rainbow right before Beth headed down the aisle. It was gorgeous.

Because this was an intimate wedding with only 40 guests, the plated dinner took place at one large king's table that spanned the length of Look Out Cabin's beautiful, south-facing deck. The view of the Rockies was gorgeous and the table design was equally stunning. With navy satin linens, gold chiavari chairs and eggplant chair sashes (tied in a lovely rosette), the table was the epitome of mountain elegance. Gold chargers cradled menus mounted on eggplant paper, and a mix of gold and amber vessels of various heights, shapes and sizes boasted gorgeous blooms in blush, eggplant, blues, rusts in a variety of splendid textures.

Guests dined on delicious appetizers and then enjoyed a four-course meal followed by dessert: a three-tier wedding cake covered in gold, stenciled fondant, filled with moist white cake and vanilla bean custard. The rest of the night consisted of dancing the night away on the deck under the stars (at this high up on the mountain, there's really no light pollution so guests enjoyed a spectacular view of the Milky Way).

Other little details that made the day special included personalized water bottles, and a "mail station" for the sign in table where guests had the opportunity to send the couple a pre-stamped postcard from Utah that included their best marriage advice. And guests raved about the adirondack chairs and fire pits along the perimeter of the deck where they could soak up the views while enjoying delicious bite-sized appetizers. I'm particularly smitten with the "first look" session that took place prior to the ceremony. Some of my favorite shots of the day are a result of their first look.

Overall, I'm smitten with how simplistic, and yet, elegant and memorable this day was; I am so thrilled I was able to be a part of it.