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50 Shades of Winter Gray Wedding Inspiration

There may be a certain movie hitting the big screens as we speak, but this photo shoot, inspired by this scandalous movie’s title, is decidedly more tame. But tame doesn’t mean boring, as D’Arcy Benincosa captured every stunning shade of gray and silver and the very real love between one newly married couple. This is one seductive shoot we can promise you’ll enjoy without any risk of blushing involved.

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Winter
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Hotel
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Elegant

From D’Arcy Benincosa This shoot was inspired by the real wedding between this beautiful couple! We loved the colors and details and decided to use their true love story as a background for our “50 Shades of Winter Gray” shoot!

From The Bride… Mike and I were destined for each other. Our mom’s were friends during high school in Cleveland, Ohio. My mom met my father while he was going to school there and moved to Utah to be with him. Mike’s parents moved here a few years later and our parents would get together from time to time. We have pictures of he and I on his first birthday. As time went on our parents lost touch. Years later, at a New Year’s Eve party, we met and started dating. By our third date we figured out that we had played together as children!

Living in Utah we love the mountains and love Park City! Our wedding (and this shoot) was simple and elegant with shades of greys, white florals, and jewelry from where I work at O. C. Tanner (where our rings were designed).

Photography: D'Arcy Benincosa Photography | Floral Design: Jolleys Gift & Floral | Wedding Gown: Augusta Jones (redesigned By) Mary Rino | Cake: Le Loup | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Jewelry: O.C. Tanner Jewelers | Groom's Shoes: Sperry | Groom's Suit: Kenneth Cole | Belt: Anthropologie | Makeup & Hair: April at Bella Cosa MUAH | Stylist & Invitations: Tiffany Fox | Washington School House Hotel : Washington School House Hotel

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Let’s talk about bridesmaid dress shopping for a moment, shall we?  That weekend when you and your besties bop around trying to find that perfect gown that totally fits your vision AND looks great on every.single.girl in your bridal party.  It starts out as fun, but after the third salon, well, you know how it goes.  Enter Brideside, the online boutique that makes shopping for bridesmaids seriously easy and fun.

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Rustic Chic Ranch Wedding

If a room full of romantic lighting, lush Urban Chateau Florals, and the softest of color palettes sounds ideal to you, then look no further than this Red Cliff Ranch affair. For this LA couple, their Big Day proved to be the perfect ode to their proposal, and with Heather Nan Photography behind the lens every image is original and organic. See the entire day bloom right here!

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Summer
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Ranch
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Rustic

From Michelle Leo EventsKatie and Brian were such a fun, sweet, and appreciative couple to work with. I loved their desire to infuse their personal story into their wedding. One of the reasons they chose the beautiful back drop of Red Cliff Ranch in Utah as their destination location is because Brian proposed to Katie at a dude ranch in Wyoming.

This LA couple brought class and sophistication to every design element I assisted them in executing. Katie envisioned a room full of romantic lighting, lush florals and the softest of color palettes. Her love for beautiful florals excited me, too and it was such a joy to help her bring this pretty vision to life.

The ceremony was designed to be a comfortable, organic setting nestled in front of the beautiful Red Cliffs as a backdrop for the simple birch alter. Guests sat upon hay bales covered in burlap coffee sacks while the grassy aisle was lined with galvanized buckets overflowing with big white hydrangeas. The pop of color was provided in the way of fashion as the wedding party attendants dazzled in a variety of pretty purple hues and sophisticated grey suites.

Cocktail hour was as glamorous as it was rustic with high boys decked out in sparkling gold sequin linens that shimmered in the afternoon sunlight. Gold vessels atop the tables hosted a variety of beautiful blush blooms, soft in texture and lush in petal count.

Inside the ranch, farmhouse tables were positioned end-to-end to form one long dining table presented under a sea of romantic bistro lighting. Ambrose chandeliers complete with flickering candles and greenery. On the tables, textured linens lined the center of the table scape and the space was filled with glass candlestick holders, taper candles, lush garden-style centerpieces, and the loveliest of paper suites- a letterpress menu highlighting the simple backdrop of the Heber Red Cliffs.

Under a pavilion overlooking a 360 degree view of Utah’s beautiful Rocky Mountains, guests danced away the night to the sounds of a live band while munching on tasty treats such as wedding cake and home-made s’mores. Hay bales and wood furniture vignettes surrounded fire pits as guests enjoyed conversation and the tastes of Utah.

Overall, this was such a delightful wedding to plan and design. I loved every second of working with Katie and Brian and I think the beauty of their relationship is very evident in the gorgeous photos of their big day.

Photography: Heather Nan Photography | Videography: Kale Fitch Films | Floral Design: Urban Chateau Floral | Cake: Cake-a-licious | Catering: Culinary Crafts | Makeup: Kristen Packard | Hair: Kali Chris | Calligraphy: Curlicue Designs | Ceremony Music: HeartStrings Productions | Event Design & Planning: Michelle Leo Events | Event Rentals: Diamond Rental | Paper Suite: Aerialist Press | Photo Booth: Smile Now PhotoBooths | Ranch: Red Cliff Ranch | Reception Entertainment: Utah Live Bands- Salamanders | Save The Dates: The Pink Orange

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