Nubivagant Part 1

This week we’ll be sharing some of the most stunning work we’ve ever seen- all produced at the Erich McVey workshop just a few short weeks ago. We have words from Ginny Au on her inspiration from these shoots.

When designing the vignettes for Erich Mcvey’s workshop in Elk, California I combined the natural beauty of the  environment with ancient words for inspiration. For today’s double feature I used the word Nubivagant, (adj.) moving among clouds. I was inspired by the colors of the ocean at Covey’s Cove using grey and dusty blues in the details paired with simple calligraphy and texture by MK Sadler. Our table scape was understated and peaceful with draped linen for movement and hand crafted porcelain objects. The wild beauty of the florals by Sarah Winward were such an exquisite extension of the untamed beauty of Covey’s Cove.

*The dress used in this shoot is now for sale on OnceWed! Click here for more details on the dress.

Photography: Erich McVeyDesign & Styling: Ginny Au | Hair & Makeup: Mimi and Taylor | Floral Design: Sarah Winward | Paper and calligraphy: Meghan Kay Sadler | Photo lab: PhotoVision | Table linens & rentals: 12th Table | Venue: Cuffeys Cove Ranch | Dress: Net a Porter | Mens Attire: Billy Reid | Brides Shoes: Billy Reid | Sculptures: Colour Maisch

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07.07.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas Blog

Private Wedding Venues in Park City, Utah

No matter the time of year, the landscapes in Park City, Utah are absolutely breathtaking, and the scenic backdrop that Park City has to offer is perfect for any type of wedding. Whether you’re a Utah resident, or you’re looking for a cozy place for your destination wedding, Park City may just be your place. And if you’ve decided Park City is the destination for you and your family, renting a private home may be the perfect option for your dream wedding!

Renting a private home from Park City Rental Properties is a wonderful alternative to renting a traditional wedding venue for so many reasons. For one, you can take your pick from one of hundreds of stunning homes nestled in the heart of the mountains, and your entire wedding weekend can take place in one area. That means only booking one venue rather than two or three! Imagine your entire family huddled up next to a fire after your rehearsal dinner, waking up early in a home filled with loved ones and getting ready in one of the many bedrooms of the house, and then marrying your best friend with rolling hills and blooming foliage surrounding you.

Another great perk of renting a private home rather than a wedding venue is that you save money! Because you’re only booking one venue as opposed to multiple, you automatically save hundreds or thousands! And your friends and family will save as well because they’ll all have a place to stay nearby. Weddings can get expensive really quickly, so this may be the perfect alternative.

And don’t worry about catering, Park City Rental Properties has will help you find a private chef to prepare all of the delicious food for your wedding. It all sounds wonderful, right? Save a little money, spend extra time with friends and family, and spend more time enjoying your wedding weekend because your’e not forced to travel from venue to venue.

Start looking for the perfect private home for your wedding with Park City Rental Properties today!

Photos from Joey and Kendyl Yorba’s wedding in Park City, Utah. Photography courtesy of Lindsey Shaun Photography, Salt Lake City, Utah

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07.05.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Elegant White Utah Wedding

We never get tired of a classic, traditional, white wedding, and this team of creatives hit this lovely affair out of the park. Don’t you just love all of the delicate details and romantic flowers that Sarah Winward designed and Rylee Hitchner beautifully captured? They achieved a truly organic style by mixing different natural textures like wood, Campo de’ Fiori pottery, moss, and delicate blooms like spirea, helleborus, and ranunculus. And we just love all of the small details of this sweet wedding like the vintage-style runners cascading off of those dark farm tables.  The combination of the natural textures and delightful touches resulted in a lovely white wedding that will always be in style.

We’d love to hear your ideas about how to make a traditional white wedding truly unique.

Photographer: Rylee Hitchner | Ceremony Venue: Provo LDS Temple | Reception Venue: The Loggia at Thanksgiving Point | Flowers: Honey of a Thousand Flowers | Calligraphy: Allie Randall ( | Cake: Pippa Cakery | Catering: Fiore Pizza | Bride’s Dress: Nancy Barrus | Bride’s Shoes: Nancy Barrus | Mother of the Bride’s Dress: Adrianna Papell | Groom’s Suit: Dress Code Custom | Hair & Makeup:  Joanna Ballentine

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07.03.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

How to Write the Perfect Wedding Program

As a planner, I always stress to my clients that creating an inviting and warm environment for your guests should be a main focus throughout the planning process. And one of the easiest ways to help make your guests feel welcome and involved with your wedding, is through the use of wedding program. These little jewels are a great way to help your friends and family understand any special or customary traditions within your wedding ceremony, introduce guests to whose who in the wedding party, and provide direction for the remaining events of the day.

Creating a great wedding program doesn’t have to be complicated or require a lot of time. If anything, I stress keeping things simple, practical and to the point. And a little creativity here or there never hurts either.

What should you include in your program?

Step one: Start with your names (simple, right?). You should first list the name of the bride and groom followed by the wedding date and location. 

Step two: Your program should then include the order of your wedding ceremony. This section can include detailed information such as special readings (poems, scriptures and passages, quotes, etc…), musical selections and any other inclusions presented throughout the ceremony. Be sure to include the names of any and all authors, composers, speakers and performers. Some couples also choose to include actual poems or song lyrics if they are especially meaningful to them. 

Step three: Identify your wedding party attendants and their relationship to you. You might also want to include a few sentences with regards to your relationship with this person. I also encourage clients to mention the name of the officiant and his or her relationship to the couple.

Step four: If you are including any religious traditions or customs throughout the ceremony, a brief explanation within the program can certainly help your guests understand the components of your ceremony, the meanings behind them, and their importance to you as a couple. 

Step five: If you wish to honor loved ones who have passed, the wedding program is a great place to pay tribute by including a poem, quote, photo or by sharing a loving memory. 

Don’t forget to get Creative!

Your wedding program can help set the tone for the rest of your event so take advantage! The wedding program is a great way to share with your guests more personalized and creative details about you as a couple. From song lyrics to favorite poems, your wedding program can tell more of your story and help all in attendance really get to know both of you.

In conclusion, when it comes to creating a wedding program that’s right for you, stick to the basics by including a run down of ceremony, acknowledge who is who in the wedding party, and personalize details to make your program stand out in order to set the tone for a wonderful wedding.

Article: Michelle Cousins for Michelle Leo Events | Graphic: Hannah Lee | Image: Tec Petaja | Calligraphy: Megan Tidwell

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07.03.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas Blog