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A Gorgeous Cake to Make at Home

Want to up your cake making game? Whether a birthday party, dinner with friends or a last minute celebration, this dessert is just the thing to make. It comes packed with layers of rosemary infused vanilla cake and blackberry compote plus gobs of buttercream all crafted by Le Loup and Bella Cosa Photography. Click here for even more and find the step by step below!

From stylist and photographer, D’Arcy Benincosa… The inspiration from this shoot was to bring together pieces I’ve collected from all over the world and use them in a natural light kitchen. From blue laced fine bone china plates from Gien, France, to silver forks picked up from a trunk sale in England. The spoons have been picked up along my travels and work in Spain, Ireland, New York City, and little shops here in Park City, Utah. All this paired with white dishes from Crate & Barrel. It’s a dream kitchen and a dream cake! Baking should be about good food, good memories, and pretty things.

 

Rosemary + Fresh Blackberry Cake

Pull out your favorite, go-to vanilla cake recipe. Before filling up your pans, fold in 2 tablespoons of finely minced fresh rosemary! After baking let your cake cool completely and get ready to assemble.

Things you’ll need:

  • Rosemary Simple Syrup
  • Fresh Blackberry Compote
  • Cream Cheese Buttercream

Simple Syrup:

  • 1 c. water
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 sprigs rosemary

Throw these all into a pot and let boil—leave the sprigs of rosemary whole. As it heats the rosemary will infuse the simple syrup.

Blackberry Compote:

  • 2 c. fresh blackberries
  • ½ c. sugar

Cut the blackberries into small pieces., but don’t emulsify, and add the sugar and letsit.

Cream Cheese Buttercream:

  • 1 c. cream chesse
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 3 c. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. Mexican Vanilla
  • 1/3 c. heavy cream

Whip together cream cheese and unsalted butter. Slowly add in the powdered sugar. Once it’s all incorporated, add in the vanilla. Finally, slowly drizzle in the heavy cream, and vigorously whip the buttercream until light and airy – about one minute.

To Assemble:

  1. Halved Cake Layer
  2. Rosemary Simple Syrup
  3. Buttercream
  4. Blackberry Compote
  5.  Repeat

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From the baker, Tess Comrie I have always had a love for food, especially when it comes to unique flavor combinations. I believe that a cake should taste as good as it looks–maybe even better.

My design aesthetic is rustic and simple. Growing up in a design-based family, I have always had a passion for beauty. I believe that the most beautiful things are organic and never overworked. All of my cakes are custom made with only the freshest ingredients, just like the flowers that top them.

Photography: Bella Cosa Photography | Styling: Bella Cosa Weddings | Cake: Le Loup | White Dishes: Crate And Barrel

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Tented Utah Mountain Wedding

This Montage Deer Valley Resort affair takes country chic to an entirely new level. Beginning with their warm welcome BBQ reception and ending with the Bride’s boots, every mystic moment Leo Patrone Photography captured is worthy of praise. From the pretty little details a la Bluebird Events to the feminine Honey Of A Thousand Flowers, this picturesque affair is certain to be new favorite.

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From Honey Of A Thousand FlowersAndrew and Lindsay live back East, but visit Utah often. They love the beautiful mountains in Deer Valley, Utah wanted a classic, romantic wedding in the beautiful setting there. They had a muted and feminine color palette that softened the rustic beauty at the Montage Resort in Deer Valley. Guests came from all over to enjoy a beautiful mountain weekend to celebrate Andrew and Lindsay.

Lindsay and her mother own a clothing boutique and so choosing the attire for their bridal party was very important. The bridesmaids had two sets of shoes for the day, one was a Frye boot that was studded with little hearts.

Photography: Leo Patrone Photography | Floral Design: Honey Of A Thousand Flowers | Ceremony Venue: St. Mary's Cathedral | Reception Venue: Montage Deer Valley Resort | Planning + Event Design: Bluebird Events

Rustic Ranch Welcome Dinner BBQ

Wide open spaces and delectable BBQ dinners are just a few of my favorite things, so it’s no surprise that this warm welcome has lassoed my heart. Guests gathered mountainside for a reception filled with sweet treats and wildflower Honey Of A Thousand Flowers to kick off one special weekend, and with Leo Patrone behind the lens every detail is country chic. Stay tuned for their wedding, up next!

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Summer
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From Honey Of A Thousand FlowersAndrew and Lindsay had a destination wedding in the mountains of Utah, and had each of their wedding’s events held at different mountain locations throughout Deer Valley so their guests really had a chance to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Their welcome dinner was held mountainside and was complete with BBQ, a ski lift ride to the top of the mountain for see the views, a country western band, and tables filled with wild flowers. It was a wonderful way to kick off their special weekend!

Photography: Leo Patrone | Floral Design: Honey Of A Thousand Flowers | Chalkboard Design: Debra Smith For Bluebird Events | Dinner Venue: Emipre Lodge At Deer Valley Resort | Event Planning And Design: Bluebird Events

Rustic Park City Wedding

Imagine a sweet woodland affair filled with orange and yellow blooms from PlanIt PC, moment after moment with a stunning bride and groom and gourmet goodies from Culinary Crafts and you’ll land squarely on this Park City wedding; an elegant meets laid-back affair that is sooo breathtaking, it’s giving a whole new meaning to “rustic beauty.”  See it all captured by Carla Boecklin in the full gallery.    

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From The Bride… Robbie and I spent the majority of our time dating traveling to cool places, exploring new trails, and overall experiencing new things together. The outdoors has always been our playground, and the mountains have always felt like home. I was adamant that a traditional wedding wasn’t my style, and I needed to be outside with open spaces and nature. We wanted to give people a little taste of what we love as well as share an experience that would truly create memories. A full weekend with friends and family seemed perfect, especially since everyone is so dispersed around the country. “One big party in the mountains” was how I kept referring to our special day.

The planning process was overwhelming at first. We debated just including our parents and sisters, but we knew that this day was as much a celebration for family and friends as it was for us. Ultimately, we wanted our wedding to be greater than just us and, in hindsight, we are really glad we invited as many people as we did.

We didn’t start off with a master plan. I didn’t have a binder – I didn’t even have a folder. We literally took it one decision at a time. We found flowers we loved, and we picked them. We found a cake we loved, and we picked that. I bought my Anthropologie dress (my dress for the reception) three days before we flew into SLC. We didn’t look at everything from a bird’s eye view. I didn’t try to find things that fit a theme — I just found things I loved and the theme evolved. If you make decisions on a smaller scale based on what you truly love, you’ll be surprised how everything falls into place and it all goes together in the end. My biggest realization in planning my wedding is that I didn’t have to follow all the rules!

In the end, it was the most meaningful, memorable trip of my life not only because I got to marry Rob, but also because I got to spend 72 hours with the best friends and family, in a place I loved, and share my love for the outdoors, nature and adventure with them. We had so many guests say that they never would have seen this or done this in their lives if not for the invitation…and it was music to my ears! So don’t be scared of destination weddings. Give people an excuse to travel, and make it as easy as possible on them.

From Carla Boecklin… So many personalized details reflect the way in which the bride and groom crafted the day into their own unique celebration.

Lauren and Robbie wanted the wedding to feel like a big party, so they hosted the entire day (ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, post-reception games) at a private home on the outskirts of Park City, Utah. Also important to them was not having to engage in conventional wedding activities. For example, the bride and grown were relaxed and informal the morning of the wedding, not concerned about running into one another on the property as they prepped. Also, at the reception, there was no formal entrance, no bouquet toss, no cake cutting, no first dance (in fact, no dancing at all). Instead, the couple treated their guests to a gorgeous gourmet dinner while an iPod played their favorite songs; and, afterward, people played games on the lawn. They enjoyed the day exactly as they wanted: nothing contrived, everything genuine.

Certain intimate parts of the day were extraordinary to capture. The groom’s mother putting on his boutonniere resulted in a forehead-to-forehead emotional moment between them. The first of the bride’s two wedding dresses had been custom-altered to include lace from her mom’s wedding gown (a surprise — and her mother’s reaction was priceless!). Lauren also wore jewelry from grandmothers on both sides of her family, and her sister did her hair and makeup. The First Look, held in the aspens away from the venue, was filled with so much glee and cuteness that I could barely keep up with my clicking.

Other thoughtful additions, like the rustic ‘naked cake’ and the citrus-mint palette, were a perfect fit for the day and magic for my lens. Because travel, exploration, and destination are important to the bride and groom, their wedding bands were engraved with the latitude & longitude coordinates of the wedding location. Additionally, as the wedding was a destination event, compasses were used as parts of the invitation and as gifts for the guests.

Mostly, it was the sincerity of the day that touched my heart. Lauren and Robbie are such a wonderful pair — so adorable, so loving, so perfect for one another — and it was obvious that every single person at that wedding was as smitten with them as I was.

Photography: Carla Boecklin | Event Planner: PlanIt PC | Floral Design: PlanIt PC | Wedding Gown: The White Flower Bridal Boutique/Pronovias | Cake: One Sweet Slice | Invitations: Wide Eyes Paper Co. | Ceremony: The Aspen Meadows Estate | Reception: The Aspen Meadows Estate | Rings: Reis Nichols | Catering: Culinary Crafts | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Bracelets: Alex And Ani | Bride's Hair & Makeup: Joan Fisher | Bridesmaids' Dresses (some): Ann Taylor | Compasses In Invitation: WeddingStar | Custom Alterations: Roxie Couture | Groomsmen's Attire (Ties): Brooks Brothers | Guest Gifts (compasses & Muslin Bags): WeddingStar | Invitation Envelope Liners: Chuck&Welly | Officiate: Reverend Anita Gordon | Other Hair & Makeup: Kasey Sorensen From Hair Day Salon | Wedding Dress (#2): Anthropologie

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To usher in the weekend, we’ve got a whole lot of pretty up our sleeves thanks to Stevee Danielle Hair and Makeup. For the past five years, these hair + make up gurus have been bringing the salon directly to brides and their ladies. With an incredible staff that trains weekly on bridal specific styles + makeup looks, you can rest assured that you’ll be looking your best on your big day!

Available 24/7,  Stevee Danielle Hair and Makeup with do their magic in their studio or on location (with no traveling fees!). They use the best brands (MAC + Dinair for airbrush) and make sure you and your ladies are looking gorgeous! Head over here for more info and to book your big day.

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Dreamy Spring Inspiration

Dare I say that this is my favorite shoot ever?  Yes, I totally do.  Because this, loves, is the definition of pretty in every sense of the word. An ethereal take on a nature-inspired affair, its dreamy blooms from Calie Rose meets fab paper goods from West End Girl meets the yummy of Culinary Crafts (brunch, y’all).  See it captured by Kristina Curtis here and in the sweet film from Krissi Cook below. 

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From Kristina Curtis… A collage of wreaths hung above a classic sofa which set the sweetest backdrop for our bride. The wreaths immediately transformed this space into a lovely statement piece. Our bride held a soft and subdued bouquet which was paired with a champagne gown, tied with a silk apricot sash. English garden roses, andromeda, hydrangea, and lisianthus provided a romantic feel to the florals. A juniper berry chandelier suspended above the table. Blue and gray floral china embellished with folded bow napkins and warm tea completed our simple and charming table for two. A vintage dresser held our delcious brunch where we served mini french toast with homemade syurp topped with berries and whipped cream, egg benedict, lobster and braised short ribs. Refreshing orange juice shooters for our drink. Darling white rabbits playfully jumping in fresh pedals concluded our dreamy spring tale.

Photography: Kristina Curtis | Videography: Krissi Cook Films | Floral Design: Calie Rose | Wedding Dress: Bree Lena Designs | Invitations: West End Girl | Food: Culinary Crafts | Venue: Private Residence | HMUA: KL Artistry | Linens & Dresser: Susan's Party Rentals

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