Hilary & Joel: Distillery Wedding

Autumn has begun ….. a season too short but ever so embraced by many as Utah boasts some of the most beautiful fall mountain scenes anywhere in the world! So when David Newkirk sent us this darling fall mountain wedding we knew we wanted to share it with our readers on one of these first fall days! We loved all the personal details that this couple intertwined into their big day with the help of their planner and designer Lauren Brady with Saucy & Kitsch, from the bikes to the field notes this big day was perfectly personalized. We also fell in love with their use of venue …. a distillery wedding!

Lauren Brady joins us with an in depth look at the big day and the design!

Guests then walked over to High West where they were greeted by the couples tandem bicycle and an escort board full of vintage bottle cap magnets to help them find their seats. Tables were topped with US grown flowers in vintage tins and thermos’, Country Fair Field Notes {the states represented where the couple is from and l has lived together}, golf pencils and red striped napkins. Overhead hung two custom chandeliers made of old rusted farm grates and mason jars. Guests enjoyed passed apps, custom cocktails and a whiskey tasting for the cocktail hour. Following their meal, were some of the best toasts that you have ever heard and dessert around the fire. The Souvenirs then took the stage and created an evening of dancing to remember. Complete with one of their guests leading an epic square dance. 

Our approach to designing a wedding starts with the couple. We get to know them, what they do in their daily lives. Perhaps visit their home to see what they surround themselves with, what their adventures are like and how they enjoy the simple things together. All of that becomes personally integrated into their wedding. A particular theme just elevates it! 

For Hilary and Joel it was about the location; being in a unique venue in the mountains. Hilary’s yellow dress was the starting point for the color palette, we added the use of primary colors and pops of other brights. Hilary and Joel love to cycle, and we were so excited to learn that they had a vintage tandem bike! At every key point of the wedding, we used a vintage bicycle as a part of the sign element. The ceremony arch was a lot of fun to come up with. We wanted to find something that felt like an extension to The Town Lift Bridge and the surrounding historical buildings. Josh at Urban Vintage simply said “I can do that!” and fabricated the perfect rusted industrial metal arch. We accented it with handmade paper and burlap flowers.

We were using different metals in every corner, from the arch to the bikes, galvanized buckets and vintage tins that vintage bottle cap escort cards were the perfect tie in! We made them into magnets for an additional takeaway for their guests. The tables were decorated with bright flower in mixed vintage tins and thermos’, red stripped napkins and each table had its own personal guest book, County Fair Field Notes, all carefully selected to match the states that the couple is from and where they have lived together.  WE LOVE hanging installations and wanted to bring another rusted element into the reception area and created mason jar chandeliers out of old rusted farm grates. Because of Hilary’s dress, we wanted all the lettering of the signs and escort cards to have a fun 1960’s feel. 

When selecting a venue, you should consider all its elements. The color of the floors and walls. If your venue comes with tables and chairs, how does that affect your decor? You want to work with your venue, not against it. Most venues come with their own personal quirks and delights. Use them to your advantage. High West has chalkboards all around their venue and we used them for additional signage.

When choosing your decor, don’t over theme or over use any particular one item. Find elements and textures that carry over and accent each other. We used a touch of burlap in the ceremony and kraft paper at the reception. A very subtle choice can make the difference of being over “bulaped” to blending perfectly together. 

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  1. This wedding location is BOMB! The ceremony site is just… it’s so interesting. SO interesting. And they didn’t just set up camp in some rando spot on a bridge- they made it special and unique and beautiful and put effort in. I love that you can see the ski lifts in the back. Also, the reception space- super cool. The vibe is just GOOD. You’ve got me thinking about my fictional wedding again….!

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