Canyons Wedding: Park City Wedding Photography

Monday, October 28th, 2013

SHANNON AND MATT


Occupations: Bride: Pediatric Nurse, Groom: Insurance Underwriter, NYC 

How the couple met: At a mutual friends birthday party

How he proposed: On a snowy night in January, after dinner at the St. Regis in Deer Valley, just the two of us standing on the outside patio facing snow covered mountains, a glowing swimming pool with steam rising, and fire pits lit all around us

Bridal shower/Bachelorette party: Bridal Shower: a cuban restaurant with a view of NYC.  Bachelorette party: referred to as a "BEACH-elorette party" - weekend beach house in Long Beach Island, NJ
 
Bachelor party: A night out on the town in New York City, starting with dinner at Keane's Steakhouse

WEDDING
Ceremony Place: The Red Pine Bridge at Canyons Resort, Park City, Utah
The bride wore: Jim Hjelm
The groom wore: Men's Warehouse, Brook's Brothers Tie


RECEPTION
Reception Place: The Red Pine Lodge at Canyons Resort
Wedding music: DJ Jake Russell
Wedding song: "Hold On" Michael Buble'
Menu: Mixed green salad w/pears and walnuts, prime rib carving station,
Cake: Carrie's Cakes, raspberry marble with white fondant and sugar hydrangea flowers
Colors: Periwinkle Blue 
Theme: Romantic & Rustic
Flowers: Hydrangea's and blush roses
Décor elements: Lanterns and candles
Unique details: Each table was named after a ski slope in Park City thatt we have skied together. 
Each table was decorated uniquely, with the only consistency being hydrangea's, lanterns, and candles. 
The centerpieces were low to the table. 
The music played during dinner was a playlist of our guest's wedding songs. 
The place cards for the guests were hung on willow branches stemming from a beautiful vase of hydrangea's.
Our guest book was a compilation of photos of us throughout our relationship.
We had a cigar table set up for our guest to enjoy.
Our guest enjoyed a beautiful gondola ride up to our ceremony and receptions site, with a glass of campaign personalized with a note from us tied to the base of the flute.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT
Bride's answer: The five minutes we shared together immediately after walking down the isle to take in our ceremony and vows.
Groom's answer: The Moose that showed up for the cake cutting!

HONEYMOON
Place: Maui & Kauai, Hawaii
A memorable moment of the honeymoon:  A beautiful restaurant in Maui, table for two on a cliff, enjoying sushi with the ocean to our right and a waterfall to our left

WEDDING ADVICE
Know that you've been planning this event for a LONG time, and it only lasts a few hours, so enjoy every single second.  Take a few moments during the night with just your new spouse and soak it all in.
 
VENDORS
Rings: Blue Nile, brides wedding band: Darcy Hammerman, NYC
Invitations: Designed by Rachel Richards NYC, printed by Village Invites NYC
Rehearsal dinner: Groom's Parent house for a BBQ, Park City Utah
Guest book: Created by the bride & groom on Kodak gallery - personalized book of our pictures 
Photography: Opiefoto
Videography: Doug, Pointedigital, Salt Lake City
Bridal gown: Jim Hjelm, Something Special, Wyckoff NJ
Alterations: Something Special, Wyckoff, NJ
Hair and Makeup: Whitney Lewis, Park City
Bridesmaids' dresses: JCrew
Groom’s Tux/Suit: Men's Warehouse, ties from Brook's Brothers
Flowers: Every Blooming Thing, SLC
Decorations and rentals: Every Blooming Thing, Etsy.com
Catering: The Canyons
Cake: Carrie's Cakes
Venue: Red Pine Lodge, Canyons Resort, Park City
Entertainment/Music: Maywood String Quartet for ceremony, DJ Jake Russell for reception
Wedding favors: Donation to American Cancer Society, box of Hershey kisses: Danielle Grillo, NYC
Wedding planner:
Officiant: Dr. Bob Skloss
Transportation: Flight of the Gondola
Guest lodging: Canyons Resort
Bridesmaids Jewlery: Little Grasshopper Designs - etsy.com
Canyons Director of Romance:
Brooke Hafets

by Opie Janzer


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Choosing Your Utah Park City Photographer

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Your wedding photographer will be an integral part of your big day. No one, not even your soon-to-be spouse, will have as much access or see you for as much time. You want the photos to be beautiful, you want the day to be perfect, and most of all -- you don't want to think about it. Here are 5 tips for choosing the perfect wedding photographer.

  1. Meet them first: Don't ever go into this blind. You need to meet your photographer and get a sense of their personality. After all, you're spending the day with this person and you want them to make you comfortable. 
  2. Know what you want: This goes two ways. Know what you want out of your photos because your photographer will need to know. But also, know what makes you comfortable. If you want a photographer that stays in the shadows, make sure that's what you're getting. If you're more comfortable with someone talking to you and cracking jokes, make sure your photographer can accommodate. 
  3. Specialize: You want a rustic, elegant wedding in a ski resort? Get someone that's done it before and done it well. You don't want to hire a wedding photographer who's never set foot in your venue, never shot your kind of wedding, and has to learn as they go along. Your photos will be better with a specialist and you won't be worried about them missing the shot. 
  4. Make a plan: Know where you'll be at all stages of the day and make sure your photographer knows this. Most of the time your photographer will already have this, but you need to make sure you know it as well. Write it down. It makes it easier to see if there's a critical shot you wanted but forgot about. 
  5. Relax: It's critical on your wedding day. You have enough to worry about, don't let the photographer be one of them. Make sure you feel comfortable with your choice and comfortable with your plan. And then, make sure you're completely comfortable throwing it all out the window, because something will change on your wedding day.

 Contact OpieFoto to book your dream wedding today.

by Opie Janzer

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Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley Wedding Photography

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Nicole and Alex

Stein Eriksen Lodge

Park City, Utah



BEFORE THE WEDDING

Occupations: Him: Sales, Her: Physician Assistant

How the couple met: Highschool! We were always friends in high school, but never dated. 8 years after we graduated, we reconnected and went on our first date.

How he proposed: On Catalina Island in California on my 30th birthday. After a long amazing day of bike riding and laying on the beach, he proposed before we got back on the ferry. It was AMAZING!

 

WEDDING

The day in three words: Perfect, FUN, Unforgettable

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding? The Speeches during the reception: The Father of the Bride's included a "butler" to bring him champagne.  The Maid of Honor's was sweet and heartfelt (and witty!).  And the Best Man's (groom's identicle twin!) was hilarious and included a scenario that he and the groom were switched at birth! There wasn't a dry eye in the house (from laughter!).

What is the best advice you can give to a couple that is planning?  Enjoy the ride. Try not to stress over the small details. Remember...guests will only remember the booze, the food and the music!

What was the biggest surprise about your wedding day? How perfectly everything went and how all the small details came together so amazingly.

How did you tame those wedding day nerves? Yoga in the morning for the gals, and a hike for the guys. And of course...the Champagne helped!

Colors: Navy Blue, Kelly Green and Grey

Theme: Mountain Casual meets East Coast Prep

Favors:Peruvian Cookies called "Alfajores" given to guests as they exited the reception.

Décor elements: Chevron, Stripes, Pops of Color, and natural elements including green and white flowers, succulents, and branches. The guests signed old wooden skis as our "guest book"

First Dance Song: "No one's gonna love you (more than I do)" by Band of Horses

Menu: Soup: Lobster Bisque, Salad: Baby Spinach with apples, blue cheese, and port wine vinagrette, Entree: Tenderloin of Beef and Shallot Roasted Sea Bass with green beans, and wild mushroom barley risotto.

Cake Flavors: Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting for the Cake Topper. And lots of cupcakes: Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese frosting, Red velvet with cream cheese frosting, Vanilla with White chocolate frosting, and Hazelnut chocolate with Hazelnut mousse.

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VENDORS

Rings: Jay Feder Jewelers, Denver CO

Invitations: Ann Elizabeth Designs, Salt Lake City, UT

Rehearsal dinner: Hotel Park City

Photography: Opie Foto :)

Bridal gown: The Bridal Collection, Denver CO, Designer: Kathy Ireland

Shoes, Jewelery: Badgley Mischka, Stella & Dot, Swarovski

Hair and Makeup: Versa Artistry

Bridesmaids' dresses: Donna Morgan

Groom’s Tux/Suit: Banana Republic

Flowers: The Silver Cricket, Park City, UT

Decorations and rentals: The Silver Cricket

Catering: The Stein Eriksen Lodge, Deer Valley

Cake: The Stein Eriksen Lodge, Deer Valley

Venue: The Stein Eriksen Lodge, Deer Valley

Entertainment/Music: Marriott Entertainment

Wedding favors: Jessie's Pastries, Etsy

Officiant: Judge Shauna Kerr

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Wedding Canvas Gallery Wraps and Story Albums: Options for Busy Couples

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Don't let those gorgeous wedding photos get stuck in a drawer. Weddings take a lot of work. Planning, prepping, and packing for the big day, wear us out. The festivities themselves are wonderful and amazing…and also a bit tiring. Honeymoon travels afterward require another big round of energy and focus. Despite our best intentions, sometimes when the planning and celebrating and traveling are all over, we poop out. Sometimes it's easy to procrastinate things like preserving dresses, pressing flowers, writing thank yous, and organizing photos.

I have two time and energy saving ideas for you for organizing your wedding photos.

First, consider having your favorite (or favorites) printed as a wedding canvas gallery wrap. A canvas gallery wrap showcases your photo on a stretched artist's canvas. It's a fantastic way to create fine art from what will be one of the most memorable days of your life. Your heirloom canvas print is contemporary, attractive, and keeps the focus on the moment (not on the hardware). Plus it's easy. No frames, no fuss: It comes ready to hang.

A second option is a Photo Journalistic Story Album. I still offer prints; but I really love putting these treasures together for you. Organizing and displaying a lot of prints takes time and energy. When you're short on that after a big wedding event, those prints can collect dust. The album is a great option. It's totally customizable. You'll have a variety of shapes and sizes, materials, colors and styles to choose from. I love the elegance and personality of a quality album and know you'll enjoy displaying it on your coffee table.

These are all things you'll want to discuss in an initial consultation. A few simple selections beforehand will ensure you receive gorgeous new art that arrives ready and complete. No fuss! That leaves you to the business of building a new life together.

I'd love to photograph your beautiful wedding. Contact me to set up a consultation.

by Opie Janzer


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Park City Engagement Photography

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Check out Kara and Nathaniel's stunning engagement pictures shot in Park City Utah on Main Street and a super awesome spot I just found.  These two live in Salt Lake City but are getting married out of state.  Congrats guys!

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Park City Ski Resort Wedding Photography

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

You're standing in Park City, Utah, the perfect dress, the perfect tux, the perfect spouse...and the perfect setting. Nestled in the mountains with a breathtaking view of the Park City ski resort all around you. What could be better? Park City has many options for your perfect day.

  • Legacy Terrace: Ideal for early spring or late fall. This terrace is just off the second floor of Legacy Lodge, overlooking the chairlicft and mountain. As a backdrop: beautiful views of the mountains...an unforgettable day!
  • Legacy Lodge: An outdoor wedding can be amazing, but an indoor wedding in a beautiful lodge leaves nothing to chance and gives you everything to look forward to. Legacy Lodge is a long, narrow space ideal for your grand entrance. the lodge features floor to ceiling windows for lots of natural light and gorgeous views.
  • Alpine Meadow: For the perfect summer wedding, look no further than Alpine Meadow. Steps away from the chairlift, this site uses the lift to ferry your guests to the meadow. After a short walk they come across a private space for your ceremony. And when the ceremony's over, the party starts with your guests riding the Alpine Slide to the reception at the base of the mountain!
  • Mid-Mountain Lodge: Available only during the summer, Mid-Mountain offers upscale decor for your reception. The lodge offers a cocktail reception on the main deck before moving inside for the reception. Decorated in a rustic refined style, the lodge also offers a venue for a small private ceremony if you prefer. 

Park City Resort knows wedding planning is not easy. That's why they offer planning help. The resort offers a variety of menue options for your reception including hors d'oeuvres, buffets and chef's stations. Any menu can be customized and the resort's wedding specialist can help with referring vendors for everything you may need. They can take the stress and worry about of selecting florists, entertainers and bakeries for your perfect wedding cake.

And to take the worry out of your photos on your big day, choose a wedding photographer who knows the resort in and out. Contact us today for a consultation for your amazing Park City wedding!

 by Opie Janzer

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Fall Family Pictures - Utah Family Photography

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Now booking Fall Family Sessions! 5 dates available between Oct 16th to 24th. Shoot location is Millcreek Canyon during peak fall colors. $150 session fee + in person viewing and ordering at my studio

Book your shoot online here: BOOK NOW!

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Your Perfect Deer Valley Ski Resort Wedding

Friday, September 27th, 2013

There's something about a mountain wedding, with tall trees, beautiful views and a rustic lodge filled with friends and family. You'll find that at Deer Valley Ski Resort, and it fits any size and style of wedding.

Deer Valley has four choices of venues that can accommodate your wedding:

  • Snow Park Lodge: The Snow Park Lodge lies at the base of Deer Valley Ski Resort. It has 15,000 square feet of banquet rooms, ranging from 800 to 3,500 square feet. There's also an outdoor amphitheater that hosts concerts in the summer.
  • Silver Lake Day Lodge: This lodge sits midway up Bald Mountain at 8,100 feet with all the views you would expect from a secluded Deer Valley lodge. Silver Lake is decorated with wood beam ceilings, beautiful rock slab fireplace mantles, brass accents and antique furnishings. Banquet rooms range from 490 to 3,500 square feet. 
  • Empire Canyon Lodge: Empire Canyon is remote and secluded, yet only two miles from the base of the mountain by road. It sits at an elevation of 8,300 feet at Daly Chutes. It features dramatic mountain views and is an outstanding choice for weddings. The lodge is appointed with granite and slate, cedar walls and vaulted ceilings with five fireplaces.
  • Cushing's Cabin: The smallest venue at the resort accommodates 80 people for a more intimate wedding ceremony. It's accessible by shuttle or chairlift and features panoramic views of the Wasatch Mountains. 

Catering is done by the on-site staff, who can also make your wedding cake from the Snow Park Bakery. The pastry chefs make everything from scratch and can decorate your cake with any ornament you choose. Or, leave it up to them to create the perfect wedding cake for your unforgettable day. 

Plan your Deer Valley Ski Resort Wedding today and contact us for the perfect photos of your big day.


by Opie Janzer


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Planning Your Destination Wedding in Park City, Utah

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

If you’re like many women, you want your wedding to be a beautiful, memorial event. You want your pictures to be perfect. If you love the outdoors, particularly the beautiful Utah mountains, a destination wedding in Park City, Utah will be perfect for you. With an array of activities no matter the season, guests who arrive early or stay late will not be bored in Park City. For brides interested in getting married in Park City, there are several wonderful locations for the ceremony.

Utah Olympic Park

Built for the Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Utah Olympic Park now provides visitors with the opportunity to participate in activities such as skiing, bobsledding, and other sports. For the sports enthusiast, getting married here could be a dream come true. The Legacy Center with its views of the Aerials Pool and Nordic ski jumps or the Summer Pavilion where guests can enjoy views of the mountains provide two possible Utah Olympic Park options for a wedding. Other great locations are also available at the Utah Olympic Park with full-service weddings and even help planning the wedding.

Deer Valley Resort

Should you decide to have your wedding at Deer Valley Resort, you will know you are going to be treated well. You will have the opportunity to get married at one of the best alpine ski resorts in the world. Wedding packages include an on-site wedding planner, up to five hours of bartender service, exclusive use of the reserved lodge, and many optional services including private one hour lift rides. For those staying in Park City, Deer Valley Resorts also provides lodging discounts for the wedding party. Whether you choose to have an outdoor wedding or get married in one of the lodges, you can know it will be a day to treasure forever.  

Of course, there are many other options for places to get married in Park City including the ever popular Canyons Resort or Park City Resort. Getting married in a church, near a stream, or out in a grove of trees are also great options. You will need a quality photographer to capture the excitement and beauty of your wedding, so contact me, and we can share this wonderful day.

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A Utah Red Cliff Ranch Wedding

Friday, September 20th, 2013

If you are looking to have a wedding with a breathtaking mountain landscape that is also exclusive, elegant with a western rustic touch consider a Red Cliff Ranch Wedding located in the spectacular Lake Creek Canyon in Heber Valley, Utah. 

The ranch is spread over 200 acres of gorgeous grounds completely bordered by the amazing Utah mountain red cliffs, wilderness, aspen groves, and wild birds. The ranch features many amenites such as a classic barn that will greet you and your guests as you enter the ranch.  A very popular place to have a reception or a cocktail hour. You may choose to have your wedding ceremony outside in the grove or inside the open-air covered pavillion.  

No matter what season you choose to get married the ranch is perfect for wedding photography. Just imagine how your photos would look with beautiful fall leaves or a snow covered mountain. There are many spots that would provide a gorgeous backdrop to your photos including: the barn, pond, mountains, or perhaps in a stable with a horse. How cool would that be? You simply do not have to add beauty to this ranch to perfect your photography. Nature provides everything you need. 

You can choose an elegant traditional-style wedding or you can go a different approach with a western-style theme. The Red Cliff Ranch provides a unique environment that all your guests will enjoy. All you have to do is arrange the caterer, entertainment, and provide decorations.The Red Cliff Ranch will cover the breathtaking landscape.

OpieFoto will love to take part of your special day and capture every moment for you. Contact us for information on Red Cliff Ranch Wedding Photography.

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