Spectacular Spring for Shannon and Thiago

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It is spring again in the mountains, and what better way to celebrate than to share an awesome wedding from June 2013. Our Canyons team worked with a fantastic couple from Chicago for this destination wedding. And, this was a real destination for many guests especially those one the groom’s side coming all way from Brazil. Those from the windy city and abroad were treated to a spectacular sunny day in Park City. Logan Walker from Pepper Nix Photography was onsite to capture all the spring magic.

 

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We asked Shannon if she had any advice for future Red Pine brides. She said, “It’s so easy to get caught up with all the planning, budgeting, and coordinating…on the day of your wedding, what will happen will happen.  Don’t get upset over things, they’re just things… Just enjoy every minute of it with your new husband.”

If we can help you enjoy every minute of your wedding day, please let us know at canyonsgrandinfo@vailresorts.com

VENDORS:

Venue/Catering: Canyons Resort, Red Pine Lodge

Photographer: Logan Walker, Pepper Nix Photography

Cake: One Sweet Slice

Entertainment: DJ Pauly Entertainment

Design/Flowers: Harvest Moon Events

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Ski Season Wedding Magic

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Winter destination weddings tend to be some of my most memorable over the year. I love when couples are able to combine their personal passion for snowboarding and their passion for each other. What better way to share your love of the mountains with your closest friends and family than invite them to an incredible ski resort like Canyons.  Erin and Pete exchanged vows at Red Pine Lodge this past December.  Kate Benson Photography was on hand to capture this early winter season event.

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We had an interview with Erin afterwards and she had some really fantastic remarks about her experience planning a winter destiantion wedding:

What advice do you have for future brides who are planning a winter wedding?

“Enjoy every second of it – from the engagement, to the planning, to the day of.  Even all the stressful parts.  It is the only time in your life when everyone you know and love will all be in the same room just for you.  It’s over before you know it.”

 What was your most memorable part of the wedding?

“Everything!  But, coming from Chicago, we had quite a few skeptics in the crowd about our choice to get married half way across the country, in the winter, on a mountain.  I think the most memorable part for me was talking with them at the happy hour when they had amazed looks on their faces saying ‘Ok, I get it now.  This is spectacular’.”

What was your favorite detail that you planned? 

“I think my favorite detail was all of the “nerdy” nods to my husband. Inevitably, as soon as he put the engagement ring on my finger all the attention was on me during the wedding planning so I made sure I had a few surprises for him the day of.  Our entrance song was the Indiana Jones theme song.  The grooms cake was a delorean made out of rice krispies and when we were cutting the cake the DJ played “The Power of Love”.  Megaman was/is his favorite video game so I had cuff links made with an image of megaman for him.  But, I also had his 10 favorite boss battles made into cuff links for the men in our bridal party.  They were all so surprised and excited.  A few of them have actually worn them again too!  But my absolute favorite detail had to be when we snowboarded down a run after the ceremony and our friends and family were cheering us on from the bottom.  Snowboarding in a wedding dress with everyone looking on literally was the most terrifying event in my life – but totally worth it.”

Erin told us later that she fell so in love with the mountains, that they have actually relocated to a ski town!

If we can help change your life, please contact us at canyonsgrandinfo@vailresorts.com

VENDORS:

Venue: Canyons Resort, Red Pine Lodge

Photographer: Kate Benson Photography

Cake:   Cakes De Fleur (2-tier cake & groom’s cake)

Entertainment: DJ Paul Helms, DJ Pauly Entertainment 

Florist: Every Blooming Thing

Kim and Pete’s Epic Park City Destination Wedding

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Our team had the pleasure of working with Kim and Pete, a fun and fantastic East Coast couple, over the summer. Like many of our destination couples, Kim and Pete started working with us about a year in advance to plan for their wedding. The two really triumphed with bringing pieces of their personal style, culture and personality to the rustic mountain setting.

I always ask our brides what advice they would give to our future Canyons Resort couples. I have to say without question that Kim’s advice was some of the best I have heard. She said, “Know your vision but also know your budget!  There are so many ways to achieve a given look.  It is very important to weigh the importance of every ribbon, gift, food and beverage item, and entertainment idea against each other.  Time spent on achieving or acquiring something for the wedding is also really easy to lose sight of as well.  Your wedding will be special no matter what, so make it work the best you can with the budget you have in place! “

This entirely outdoor event at Red Pine Lodge was able to capture a lot of that advice. Kim definitely focused on some details that were important to her by having custom-made cufflinks for Pete in the shape of peanuts. She also brought in some authenticity of the area and her sense of humor by creating wooden wedding invitations, table cards and bar menus.  The table cards and bar menus had a ski theme – table cards were local Park City ski resorts and the bar menu used the ski trail difficulty signs (green circles, blue squares and black diamonds) to indicate the potential “potency” of each beverage type.

These incredible images provided to us by David Newkirk Photography.

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When we asked Kim what the most memorable part was about her Canyons wedding, she said “The party!  Being with our family and closest friends was something I will never forget.  Everyone that made an effort to be with us in Park City really helped make our day so special!” 

If we can help with your special day, please contact us, grandinfo@canyonsresort.com

Vendors:

Venue and Catering – Red Pine Lodge, Canyons Resort

Flowers – Every Blooming Thing

Hair and Make Up – Paula Dahlberg

Wedding Planner – Soiree Productions

Photographer – David Newkirk

Entertainment – No Limits

Wedding Cake – One Sweet Slice

Custom designed Invitations/Table cards and bar menus – Courtney of Pine and Parcel (CA) http://www.etsy.com/shop/PineandParcel

 Custom Jewelry – Groom’s Cufflinks – Jen Townsend (NY) http://jentownsend.com/

July Romance for Ben & Richelle

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As soon as I saw the proofs from Ben and Richelle’s wedding from this past July, I knew I had to share these on our blog. I absolutely love how soft and romantic their details were. With the help of Harvest Moon, I think that they were really able to pull together something dreamy and rustic at the same time.  The look is very cool and unique, and shows a very tasteful way to  bring both male and female energy to this event design.

I think we can allow the images tell this love story best. Thank you to Jacque Lynn Photography for sharing with us!

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Another very cool aspect to this wedding was the food. Ben and Richelle wanted to meld their two cultures into their wedding menu, which featured a combination of Mexican inspired kosher dishes. As always, our Canyons Team was happy to get creative and design a spectacular menu with the couple.

Vendors:

Venue: Canyons Resort, Red Pine Lodge

Catering: Canyons Resort, Red Pine Lodge

Menu: BBQ Pulled Chicken Sliders, Tuna Tartar and Watermelon with Jicama Skewers to start; Chipotle and Honey Glazed Rib Eye Steak, Ancho Crusted Utah Trout and Eggplant with Manchego Chili Relleno, accompanied with southwest inspired side dishes like roasted sweet corn and hominy succotash and red pepper cilantro puree.

Photographer: Jacque Lynn Photography

Wedding Design/Planning Services: Harvest Moon Events

Florals: Harvest Moon Events

Wedding Cake: One Sweet Slice

Reception Entertainment: Life of the Party; DJ Rob Ferre

Officiant: Rev. Anita Gordon

Rustic Chic at Lookout Cabin

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We had the pleasure of working with Park City locals, Erin and Damon, on their fall wedding at Lookout Cabin. Along with their 80 guests, they were treated to one of the most beautiful fall days all season. This wedding stands out in my mind as truly capturing the rustic chic style of a mountain wedding, with some Park City local flare.

The couple used some great DIY touches like their table numbers that were wood burned onto tree stumps, and then paired them with blue glass mason jars with softer roses and baby’s breath.  In keeping with the rustic theme, both the bride and bridesmaids wore cowboy boots with their dresses. Line dancing and s’mores around the fire pits finished off the evening. The juxtaposition of the rustic mountain touches with the softer more romantic colors and textures really define this trend.

Claire Marika Photography was onsite to capture this spectacular event.

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We asked Erin after her wedding what her favorite part was. She told us, “To be honest the entire wedding was my favorite! From the ceremony to the dancing, the venue is so breath taking  everyone had such a good time. If I HAD to pick something I would say my most favorite part was the ride down in the bubble chair. Damon was holding little Daniel who was asleep. It was nice to finally get some time alone with my new husband and talk about the entire night!  The view at night is amazing especially with the full moon. It was a perfect time to decompress.

Vendors:

Venue: Lookout Cabin, Canyons Resort

Photographer: Claire Marika Photography

Catering: Canyons Resort

Menu: The dinner menu featured a mixed green salad with candied walnuts, poached pear and utah goat cheese; a duet entree of tenderloin of grilled beef with cognac butter poached shrimp.

Personal Flowers/Design: Harvest Moon Events

Entertainment: Disc Connection, DJ Matt Carlson

Wedding Cake: Cupcakes from One Sweet Slice

“Savor’s” Great Design Inspiration

For the past few years Park City Restuarant Association has coordinated an evening in June called Savor the Summit. The City will close Main St. to traffic, and each restaurant that participates can set one giant long table down the center of Main St. — the longest dining room table ever! This past summer our dear friends at Talisker on Main allowed us to participate in the design of their space. We invited Harvest Moon Events to help with the design as well, and the concept we came up with was an en blanc dinner. The tables were dressed in white, and guests were asked to wear white that evening. Each course served for the meal featured only one color, so that it would really pop against the white setting. Florals were done in an “urban rooftop garden” theme. Menus were printed with a custom wax stamp.

While this is not technically a wedding, I do think that this design concept lends itself perfectly to the summer wedding season.

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For more on Savor the Summit, please check out http://www.parkcityrestaurants.com/specials-events/savor-the-summit

Vendors:

Venue: Talisker on Main

Catering: Talisker on Main

Rentals: Diamond Rental

Floral Design: Harvest Moon Events

Photobooth: Shutterbooth

Event Planning: Canyons Resort

Lydia & Tim Leave the Package Behind

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Our Canyons Wedding Team works very hard to make the wedding planning process a simple and enjoyable experience. In doing so, we have designed several different levels of wedding packages for our couples to select from. But, we also strive to make every wedding feel unique and special for those bride and grooms. Many couples have ideas when it comes to food, wine, special touches to a timeline or setup.  Our Team is more than happy to offer creative suggestions to help put a couples’ personal spin on one of our packages or to totally customize.

Lydia and Tim definitely made Red Pine Lodge their own by walking away from our package plan and custom designing their event with our Event Managers. Their approach inlcuded a different ceremony and cocktail hour location than we would typically use, as well as a black and white checkered dance floor rental. They had a great idea to use different bottles of wine for their guestbook that would be opened for future anniversaries. In addition, they added a southern inspired twist on our menu for the evening, and created a “tunnel of love” send off to the gondola to cap off the event.

Thank you to Logan Walker with Pepper Nix Photography for sharing this awesome June 2013 wedding with us.

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We asked Lydia what her favorite detail from the wedding was, she she said, “My favorite detail was the groom (and groomsmen) flowers. We saved the succulents and replanted them — the groom’s survived and is growing! It’s something special to have beyond the wedding and to watch it grow… etc.” Great advice for any couples out there with a green thumb!

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Venue: Red Pine Lodge, Canyons Resort

Catering/Menu: Canyons Resort helped to customize a menu that featured a live action seafood station with Shrimp and Grits, as well as clams, mussels and scallops, as well as Crisp Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast with Dried Apricot Brandy Glaze and a Garlic Seared Swiss Chard and Truffled Asparagus Risotto.

Photography: Logan Walker, Pepper Nix Photography

Wedding Planner: Eileen Dunn, Done to your Taste

Floral Design & Decor: Silver Cricket

Wedding Cake: Carries Cakes

Entertainment: The Soulistics



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