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Southern Charm in the Mountains of Utah

I hope and trust that most of you are having a lovely, peaceful holiday, be it those of you in the States observing Memorial Day, or those of you in Europe and in my part of the world- the Caribbean, celebrating Whit Monday.  Typically, many couples take advantage of these types of long holiday weekends to tie the knot, as this sweet couple did.

Their garden-inspired wedding, photographed by the wonderful Pepper Nix, was filled with soft, romantic, spring hues and classic elegance. Whimsical touches were also included, such as the Southern tradition of burying, then later digging up, a bottle of bourbon for good weather and the display of a second wedding cake made by TV’s Cake Boss which actually resembled a box of wine!

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From the bride: The morning of the wedding was cold and foggy. At certain points, you couldn’t even see the mountain at all. As part of a wedding tradition, we buried a bottle of bourbon a month before the wedding for good weather. Around the time Chase and his groomsmen dug it up to drink before the wedding, the clouds parted and it became a beautiful sunny day. The bourbon works!

We did not do a first look. Both of us felt very strongly about it. Our favorite part of other people’s weddings is the moment when the bride and groom see each other, and the best part of our wedding was getting to experience that surrounded by people we love. So happy we stuck to our guns!

Our approach was for a garden vibe with a lot of greenery and loose arrangements mixed with peonies and garden roses.  Lilac and lavender touches were added to tie in the color of the bridesmaids’ dresses.

We knew that we wanted an outdoor ceremony, and you can’t beat the backdrop from that deck. Chase had taken me there the first summer we were dating and I fell in love with it. We knew that we wanted a smaller wedding, and agreed that we pictured it outdoors. Chase’s father and stepmom have a home in Park City, so that helped with the planning process tremendously.

It was everything I imagined it would be but ten times better.


  1. The wedding was one of my favorites not because of the venue or scenery, but the people!! So gracious and kind and it always makes my job easier when people are this way!!
    Check out the video highlights of the wedding!!
    http://cmcclainproductions.com/project/chase-elizabeth/

    May 25, 2015

    • Brent

      Chris, I enjoyed that video so much- thanks for sharing it!! They do seem like very nice people, how wonderful to have experienced that!

      May 25, 2015

  2. Pepper Nix

    This wedding was SO gorgeous! Thank you for sharing the story of this day so beautifully!! XOXO!

    May 26, 2015

    • Brent

      My absolute pleasure Pepper, love your work as always!

      May 27, 2015

  3. Artisan Bloom

    I had so much fun with the florals for this wedding! The touch of color with the Lilac and lavender was simply stunning! Thank you for sharing this whole gorgeous day!!

    May 26, 2015

    • Brent

      The florals are so exquisite, thank you for sharing your gorgeous work with us!

      May 27, 2015

  4. Loving the dustier shade of purple for the bridesmaids’ gowns.

    May 28, 2015

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