Utah Bride Blog Winter Editorial Shoot

Happy Monday! We are so delighted to share our Winter Editorial Shoot which is our last one for the year! We hope everyone has enjoyed them as much as we do and have found them to be inspiring and educational! For our winter shoot we enlisted the help of the amazingly talented Mara Harwood with Events by LMG. We love Mara’s style and find it perfectly fitting for the refined glamors look we were after! And a gorgeous display of details wouldn’t be anything without equally amazing and gorgeous photography! We were so lucky to work with the incredibly talented and sweet Rebekah Westover on this project. We have been huge fans of her work for years and it’s easy to tell why! We love her clean and classic style and her approach to naturally beautiful shots. A big thank you to all of the amazing vendors involved in our Winter Editorial Shoot!

Mara shares a little bit about her design concept for this shoot and some great advice for planning your own glamors mountain wedding:

“The St. Regis boasts spectacular views outside and phenomenal environments inside. We centered our design around producing ideas for brides that compliment the neutral toned ‘mountain-glam’ St. Regis interior and it’s stunning natural outdoor mountain setting. We aimed to create an elegant event appropriate for a mountain resort. In every event that we have the opportunity to plan and/or design, I place a major focus on both the aesthetic elements but also on guest experience and like to ensure we’re keeping guests excited and interested through out the duration of the event. Guests should be comfortable and entertained all night.

Current trend in the event design world is moving away from drastic color palettes (think color 1 + color 2 all over everything). The aesthetic is moving toward one color in multiple tones or a platte of one specific color paired with neutrals. For our palette I chose to keep in line with the St. Regis’ neutral palette and incorporated mixed metals (tones of metallic gold, silver and champagne) along with an ivory base. Often times clients feel obligated to select gold or silver and don’t consider using both. I am a big fan of mixing metals, especially in range of hues. I like to see silver move toward champagne and land on gold and even bronze.

A detail that I love to incorporate in my reception design for plated meals is a printed menu, even if guests do not have a selection or have selected in advance. Chances are, your guests selected their meals weeks or even months ago and have forgotten. The menu is a great design element that allows you to incorporate your monogram, colors and design elements in one more discreet area. I always make sure to work with the same stationer who designed and printed the invitations to ensure that our papers and fonts are the same. Same rule goes for any other printed items at the event: table signage, programs, etc.

Our floral arrangements from Branches were so spot on for the scale and formality of centerpieces I prefer to see at a formal wedding reception at the St. Regis. We stuck to neutral florals and feminine and elegant blooms. Anytime you have floral arrangements that are tall they should be positioned between guests sitting across from one another at a rectangular table. Essentially, the vase is centered between two guests so no one is staring right at the vase, even if it’s clear. Nothing kills conversation and guest experience like a huge obstacle on the table blocking the ability to socialize.

One of my favorite linens that I use often when producing mountain events is the Tuscany linen from La Tavola Linen’s Tuscano collection. This natural linen fabric table linen is rustic enough to feel appropriate in the mountains and elegant enough to compliment a luxurious hotel like the St. Regis. This is the perfect linen for a bride who wants a beautiful fabric with great texture but isn’t interested in a satin or silk finish like a Dupioni or Moire. We chose the Tuscany linen in Eggshell for both our table linen as well as our Chivari chair pads. Another plus to this great fabric is that chair pads, napkins, pillows, bean bags and a number of other coordinating options are available to pair with your table linens to really create a well-styled and polished event.

Along with the linens from La Tavola, we also used a few linens and napkins from RSVP Party Rentals available locally. The charcoal pintuck napkins we wrapped around RSVP’s gold charger are the same fabric and color as the linen on our cake table. I think it’s fun to have little unexpected details, like an unusual napkin fold or unique placement. I also like all of our different elements to compliment one another. When you don’t incorporate too many different items and you use the same elements (fonts, papers, fabrics, colors) consistently, the result is a very polished design. 

Our glassware, utensils and china are all from the St. Regis and they’re the standard selection for weddings and events held within their function spaces. The china has a beautiful texture that really makes it feel special and out of the ordinary although it’s still a very neutral option that would compliment any palette.


Make sure to check back all week because we will be sharing more details and great advice from this shoot!


Concept: Utah Bride Blog
Venue: St. Regis Deer Valley
Photography: Rebekah Westover Photography
Design & Styling: Events by LMG
Dress: Alta Moda Bridal
Hair & Makeup: Hair & Makeup by Steph
Cake: Layers Cake
Menus & Paper Goods: Pink Piggy Design
Flowers: Branches Floral Design
Rentals: RSVP Party Rentals
Linens: La Tavola Linen
Bride Model: Weslie Christensen
Groom Model: Phillip Istomin

3 comments

  1. Beautiful! Great example of how to appropriately design and decorate while keeping your venue/surrounding/environment in mind. Awesome job everyone!

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