Kate and Damon had a beautiful, albeit rainy September wedding at Red Cliff Ranch in Utah. That is often the way of mountain weather – especially in the fall! But it didn’t bother this sweet couple who had a gorgeous day filled with love, laughter, and pretty rustic details. They said their vows at a church with mountain views in Park City, and then started their celebration at the end of the ceremony with a bagpipe recessional. Bouquets and boutonnières were autumn and mountain inspired with wheat, berries, and shades of gold, red, and orange. Guests left the ranch with little burlap bags with Utah honey and a caramel flavored bee candy. Pepper Nix was there to capture each moment.
From the Bride…
The beginning: We met our freshman year in the dining hall on campus at UF. Damon proposed in Savannah, Georgia on New Year’s Eve 2012
The Dress: I wore a fit and flare lace gown by Jorge Manuel. It had an ivory to champagne colored satin underlay with lace on top of the dress. I wore a belt and veil that matched the cream and ivory tones in the dress. I wore pumps that matched my belt to the ceremony and Luchese cowboy boots to dance at the reception.
Details of the Day: Our bouquets and boutonnières were autumn and mountain inspired picking up on natural coloring with wheat and berries. They were just a little unkempt too, almost like the most beautiful bunch of wildflowers.
I wanted the decor to reflect the beautiful venue at Red Cliff. I wanted it to be reverent of the picturesque surroundings and just add a touch of softness and beauty. We used a lot of burlap and natural colors with floral and lace to soften the look. Most of my inspiration came from the beautiful setting in Park City. I love to decorate and had a lot of fun planning.
Guests left the ranch with little burlap bags with Utah honey and a caramel flavored bee candy. Damon’s sister made little tags with a stamp with our names and wedding date and the line “meant to bee.” We also did welcome boxes for our guests that they received when they arrived in town. They had necessities for the weekend from Kate’s energy bars to custom cozies.
Our cake was a 3-tier vanilla cake with salted caramel dressing. It was decorated with some of our floral and we had a wood grain cake stand and twigs that had our initials connected with a heart for a cake topper. We really loved the groom’s cake that Julie at Layers made for us. We are University of Florida alumni and huge Gator fans and she made a huge gator cake that we served at our rehearsal dinner.
Favorite Moments? My favorite moment was our sparkler exit and ride back to Park City in the classic car Damon picked. I was so excited to be married and so happy everyone had a wonderful time celebrating. As much fun as it was, I was happiest in that moment when I had a moment alone with my husband.
Advice to Couples in the Planning Process: I think the best advice was to allow the wedding to be an example of our love and not to worry too much about the details. I’m BIG on details but I think everyone most enjoyed seeing Damon and I happy and having fun. I wish I would have had a better plan for the rain though! We missed out on some of the things we had planned for our cocktail hour and I really hadn’t wanted to acknowledge the possibility of rain, even while it was raining.
Photographer: Pepper Nix Photography / Shoes: Badgley Mishka / Dress Designer: jorge manuel / Cake Designer: Layers Cake Company / Transportation: Something Vintage Something Blue / Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Vera Wang / Makeup Artist: Versa Artistry / Caterer: Culinary Crafts / Reception Venue: Red Cliff Ranch / Event Designer: Scenemakers / Floral Designer: Scenemakers / Ceremony Location: St. Mary of the Assumption / Submitted via Two Bright Lights