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Guests Wore White for this Glam Winter Wedding!

Donovan and Santini wanted their wedding “to be a type of event guests had never attended before.” And man did they deliver. Thanks to industry legend, Colin Cowie they designed a black-tie affair with the women in white gowns to complement the snowy mountains of Utah surrounding them. Annie McElwain photographed this perfectly nontraditional day and you can find even more right here!

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From Annie McElwain Photography… When I met with Donovan and Santini at their offices at CAA, they told me they wanted their wedding to be a type of event guests had never attended before. They wanted things to be a little different than at an average wedding. The first thing they told me was that they wanted the ceremony to be AFTER dinner, when guests were relaxed and already seated. The two long dinner tables created an aisle that each groom walked down with his mother, meeting in the middle on a stage for everyone to see.

As a photographer who has shot weddings for over 10 years, I had never seen a couple have such freedom from a traditional timeline. Starting immediately with cocktail hour allowed for a relaxed flow to the evening that everyone enjoyed. Donovan and Santini said the most important thing to them was that their guests, who came such a long way to celebrate with them, have a great time.

Next, for their black-tie affair, they asked the women to wear white gowns, which created an incredibly chic look against the backdrop of snow-covered mountains of Utah. Then, once the ceremony was finished, the guests were lead through a sparkler arch to the reception area, where everyone danced through the night. The whole event was classy and incredibly stylish and Colin Cowie helped them design and plan the wedding of their dreams.

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Photography: Annie McElwain Photography | Event Planning: Colin Cowie | Rings: Cartier | DJ: DJ Neza | Tuxedos: Tom Ford | Wedding Venue: Montage Kapalua Bay | Tent: All Out Event Rental | Lighting and Audio : Alliant Event Services | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photo Booth: Tap Snap | Props and Decor : Bluebird Event Destination Management | Rentals: Diamond Rental | Singer: V Bozeman

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Modern Mountain Wedding Set at a Distillery

With a ceremony set in the Utah mountains followed by a reception in a chic new distillery, it’s safe to say Traci and Michael’s wedding day was not your average “I do.” Instead, it’s a celebration designed one part modern and one part vintage as an ode to Traci’s love of heirloom treasures – including her mom’s lace veil. More from D’Arcy Benincosa Photography waiting in The Vault.

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From the Bride…When we started talking about what we wanted for our wedding we both kept coming back to the same words, “Simple, understated, classy and timeless”. I guess you could say our wedding theme was restoration hardware meets vintage chic.

We were having a really tough time finding an outdoor venue in Orange County, CA so when Mike’s good friend, Eric Leblang who is also the F and B Operations Director at High West suggested we come look at the new HW Distillery, we did. It was love at first sight! We knew after being there for almost 4 hours and not wanting to leave, we had found the perfect place to get married!

Mike’s family has a home in Park City, which has always held a special place in his heart. The stars aligned and everything felt meant to be. We had our first look there in the backyard next to the old log cabin. Even our dog Duke came running out to be part of the pictures and celebration. It was perfection!

I grew up going to antique swap meets with my mom and sisters and just love vintage treasures. I wanted to find a way to incorporate some of these timeless pieces into our special day. My mom and I had so much fun collecting over 200 brass candlesticks for the tables, old windows to write the seat assignments on, vintage crystal for our wedding glasses and fun old linens to cover the hay bales for the ceremony.

My mom surprised me and let me wear her veil made of French lace that she had made and wore for her/my parent’s wedding over 40 years prior! We also were fortunate enough to use their cake cutter and server from their wedding day too.

Our wedding was all about incorporating little things that are important to both of us in subtle ways. On our first date we challenged each other to an artichoke cook off so we had our table numbers sitting in raw whole artichokes. Traci’s favorite color is yellow so her bouquet had hints of yellow. We literally tied the knot during the ceremony, which is symbolic to both Traci’s many years of sailing in Southern CA and also Mike’s Irish heritage. Mike loves fly fishing so all the guys had fly boutonnieres instead of flower boutonnieres.

The other thing that was really important to us was to make sure our wedding party was as comfortable and had as much fun as possible! We all know being a bridesmaid or a groomsman is an honor, however it can come with some eye rolling requests. We didn’t want that. Our groomsmen wore mismatched gray suits that they already owned and our bridesmaids got to pick out and/or buy a dress of their choice that they would love to own and wear again. This way we knew everyone would feel as beautiful and handsome as possible! When you feel good it shows and our wedding party was on point!

We feel extraordinarily lucky to have D’Arcy as our wedding photographer, Amber as our florist, Megan Zeitner as our videographer, DJ Pauly and the staff at High West to bring our vision to life! It was the Best. Day. Ever and we loved every minute!

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Photography: D'Arcy Benincosa Photography | Floral Design: Amber Reverie | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Invitations: Minted | Hair + Makeup: Bella Cosa Beauty | Venue: High West Distillery | Signage: The Heart and Hand

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Mountain Luxury Wedding Inspiration That Scales New Heights

Can we please discuss how incredibly beautiful this inspiration from Lexia Frank Photography is? Combining the talented planning of Tracie Domino Events with the undeniably breathtaking scenery of Park City, it’s a gallery so beyond beautiful that words simply won’t do it justice. Add in some pretty stationery from A&P Designs and we’re pretty much speechless. See it all in The Vault!

From Tracie Domino EventsSince my first visit to Park City a little over 13 years ago – and MANY trips since, I’ve been inspired by the gorgeous setting of this fabulous mountain town. Home of the Sundance Film Festival and one of America’s favorite ski towns, Park City and The St. Regis Deer Valley offer the perfect blend of small town hospitality paired with big city luxury.

The St. Regis Deer Valley provided a spectacular backdrop for this styled shoot. Shot entirely on film by Lexia Frank Photography, we wanted to incorporate the natural elements with a bit of glam. A style that is the perfect match for the fashionable city couples who chose Park City for their destination weddings. We assembled a dream team of creative partners from as far away as Florida and Oregon to make sure every detail was flawless.

MMD Events designed the most beautiful table with luxurious ruffle linens, rose gold silverware and decorative accents, a romantic mountain-inspired centerpiece of florals and drift wood, antique details, candles, wooden chargers, satin napkins and sequin napkin bands.

A and P Designs created the most beautiful letter pressed invitations and menus to compliment the design.

The gorgeous Reem Acra gown by Blush Bridal Sarasota added to the elegance and was a perfect compliment to the destination.

We wanted to create a piece of work that demonstrates how you can utilize the natural beauty of the surroundings and this spectacular venue to bring a soft, romantic glamour to the mountains.

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Photography: Lexia Frank Photography | Event Planning: Tracie Domino Events | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Stationery: A&P Designs | Hair + Makeup: Versa Artistry | Venue: The St. Regis Deer Valley | Bridal Boutique: Blush Bridal Sarasota | Chargers: Set Event Rentals | Decor: MMD Events | Flatware: Panache Party Rental | Linen Rentals: Nuage Designs | Rentals: Diamond Rental

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