A Winter Wonderland Wedding in Park City, Utah

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Chelsey and David had a wonderful winter wonderland wedding at the swanky St. Regis Deer Valley (we’ve been – it’s fantastic!).  The bride shared with us how they selected this special location to celebrate with close friends and family.  “It is close to my family’s winter home. It also has breathtaking views from where we said our vows.  I love the winter season and my favorite childhood memories are in deer valley with my family. Plus the pictures were breathtaking with the snow.”

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 Like many couples these days, these two lovebirds opted for a first look with wedding photographer, Pepper Nix“We thought that it would ease the nerves a bit to see each other before the wedding. It also gave us time together without anyone else. The pictures of this moment are amazing. They tell a story and I look at them constantly — reliving the moment by looking at the pictures makes me smile every time.”

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Even in the snow, they held their ceremony outside by the fire (which made for some amazing photos)!

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The bride’s father had passed so she asked her nearest and dearest to walk her down the aisle. “My uncle Jeff escorted me to the beginning of the aisle where my mom and brother took over to take me down the rest of the way towards my groom.  My dad passed away a couple years before my wedding and my uncle seemed to be the next best thing to my dad because they were so close. I also wanted to have my brother and my mom be a part of giving me away so I had all three escort me down the aisle.”

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We often ask couples about their favorite moments from the day.  For this bride during the ceremony?  “I would have to say that my favorite memory of the ceremony was when we told each other our vows. It was the first time where my groom actually had to write down his feelings and I loved every word of his vows to me.  I loved every moment of the wedding but one thing that made me laugh was the hard time we had lighting the unity candle due to the light wind. We took forever while everyone was freezing out in the cold and had to have our officiant help block the wind with his folder.”

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For the design of the day and flowers, they opted for product that reflected the snowy winter season.  “When I first thought of my dream wedding I thought of my favorite season which is winter and so I decided to have a winter wedding. When thinking of colors I was inspired by the colors of the peacock feather. I thought that navy blue, deep purple, and teal would be a perfect color combination. I also wanted to have crystals incorporated because fancy anything that sparkles.”  And the flowers?  “They were beautiful. White dahlias and roses for me and my girls had purple/red dahlias and other flowers to accompany them.”

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Chelsey’s favorite moment from the reception?  “Our first dance. We hadn’t been able to practice and we were a bit nervous but we did it and it was to our song God Gave Me You by Blake Shelton.”

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What’s a winter wedding without an amazing white wedding cake?! “It was everything that I wanted and more. It was beautiful! It was white with bling — I had brought Carrie a picture of a cake that I saw in a magazine and she made it even better — the flavors were champagne and red velvet.”

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They even selected a favor fitting of what matters most to them – “a tin of homemade cookies from opportunity village — a local charity that we are passionate about.”

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We often ask couples for advice for you and here’s what Chelsey had to say.  “Don’t sweat the small stuff and take in every moment because it will be over in a heartbeat.  Take in the moment and let yourself go.”  If she could change anything?  “I would have worn my dress the entire time. I did a wardrobe change into a shorter dress for the reception and I wish I would’ve worn my wedding dress the entire time.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Pepper Nix Photography

Wedding Vendors: Location + Catering: St. Regis Deer Valley Resort, Event Planner: Soiree Productions LLC, Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai, Bridal Salon: Kleinfeld, Floral Designer: Sean Oviatt Designs, Invitations: Shop Annabelle’s, Cake: Carrie’s Cakes, Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Makeup: Paula Dahlberg, Her Rings: A. Jaffe, Jewelry: Borrowed from mom, Bridesmaids: Nordstrom, His Ring: Carlex, Favors + Gifts: Opportunity Village, Officiant: Kamrin Carver, DJ: Craig Chambers, Linens: Wildflower Linen 


Unique Destination Wedding Guest Books

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To continue our topic of destination wedding guest books, I thought we would share a few more ideas, beyond the postcard guest book.  Themed ideas really are endless when it comes to matching your location with your wedding guest book, but here are a few of my favorites.  Pictured above, I love the concept of a check-in staff member, almost like you’re on a cruise (and you might be).  Someone there to assist all parties signing in the guest book so no one goes forgotten.  And what should that book look like?  Perhaps an actually photography coffee table book about the city, island, or locale you’ve landed on.  Guests can sign in and all around the pages of the book, much like a yearbook (yet they’ll be learning about the location too).  And this of course makes for a great art piece back in the living room at home!

But if a book isn’t really your style, what about a map?  Or a framed photo mounted in a map of your location that guests can sign right on?  And for any getaway, balloons always make for a festive entrance sign that doubles as a guestbook.  Whether you get each friend and family member’s fingerprint to act as a balloon or they simply sign on the artwork, it gives a sweet sense of celebration and flight.

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If you’re hosting a winter wedding perhaps somewhere where guests will be skiing, I love the idea of sourcing an old pair of skis and asking guests to sign one.  Perfect decor for that log cabin you intend to buy one day.

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For a beach wedding, what could be more fitting than shells?  Rocks and stones, surfboards, or even a beach chair if you dare, all make fun and festive guest book alternatives for that destination wedding in the sand.

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If you’re off to wine country for your destination wedding, then pop a few extra corks to take with you for guests to sign!  Or get a magnum or 3L of your favorite wine for all to autograph (and drink it at your next anniversary party).  Thinking bigger?  Then a barrel can be your new guest book if you so desire!  So many fun ideas, why not take a little extra time and start your cocktail hour off with something guests will talk about and will transform your home when you return.

wine theme wedding guest book{Photos: Top Left Bottle: Joshua Bobrove Photography, Top Corks: RockPaperScissors Events, Bottom Corks w/Sign: WeddingBee, Barrel: Meg Perotti via GreyLikesWeddings}


Winter Weddings

When we think of destination weddings, so often our minds wander to white sands and clear blue waters.  But the unsung hero of the destination wedding, in my book is the winter and snowy wedding!  I love the luxe look of lush fabrics, fancy (faux) furs, snow falling and a bride and groom strolling through the streets as if they are the only two people on earth.  Winter weddings can take on several design variations – from Christmas red to silver bling, white hot, or one of my personal faves, this almost grayish tone of pale blue that we find in floral and winter decor.  So grab a cup of hot cocoa and cuddle up with today’s destination winter wonderland.

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Beyond that almost steel gray blue color that is so piercingly pretty and icy (in a good way), stark whites and a little crystal goes a long way.  There’s something about such a simple palette when paired with the depth photos capture in the snow that just makes me stop and stare.  Whether in a city or out in the countryside, a snowy destination “I do” is truly divine.  And bonus – skiing activities galore for you and your guests after the big day is done (I might suggest holding off on the slopes until after the ceremony, just to avoid any potential mishaps on the way down).  Now only if it snowed here on the coast of sunny Southern California!

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