Tips For Planning a Destination Wedding in Park City, Utah

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Heís proposed, you accepted, together youíve decided a destination wedding in Park City, Utah is perfect, and now itís time to get all the details figured out. Youíve got to decide on the exact location, food, pictures, and many other things. This might feel a little overwhelming if you attempt to take in all the details at once.

Because some places have rules about what food and other items you can bring, picking the exact location is a good first step. Ski resorts including Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley, and the Canyons Resort are popular wedding locations in Park City. Each of these places has locations both indoors and outdoors available for weddings. When picking the exact location, it is important to know what services are and are not provided. Do they provide the food for the reception, and can you have someone else cater it? What sort of services do they provide to allow you and your wedding party to relax a little?

Park Meadows Country Club is another location you may want to consider for your wedding. It is the only in-town country club. They provide the food although you are welcome to bring a wedding cake. Other services you can get include rental of electronic equipment and dance floor rental. A wedding outside overlooking the golf course, or one hosted in the Clubhouse are two options for a Park Meadows Country Club Wedding. Of course, there are many other locations in Park City you might pick for your wedding.

If your chosen location does not already provide it, you will want to get a catering service. There are a wide range of caterers in the area. If you want sushi, check out Chef Otto Blume. For simple, healthier catering options, you may want to consider Ellieís Personal Cooking and Catering. No matter your food taste, there is a catering service in Park City to meet your needs.

Of course, obtaining your marriage license is another important part of your wedding plans. This can be done at the Summit County Clerk's Office in Coalville. No blood test is required, but both the bride and groom must come personally. Each must have a government issued ID. Your marriage license is good for 30 days anywhere in Utah.

Of course, itís also important to take care of other wedding details including pictures. Contact us, and get natural, beautiful pictures to remember your wedding day.

by Opie Janzer

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Packing Tips for your Destination Wedding in Park City, Utah

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Every wedding takes some organized juggling no matter where it is. When the distance between home and ceremony is big, that juggling act gets a little trickier. Here are a few ideas for how to pack for your destination wedding in Park City, Utah. You don't have to lose your mind!

Don't check your wedding dress or groom's tuxedo at the airport gate! Have your seamstress, tailor, bridal boutique, or dry cleaner specially pack your dress, veil, and tux for travel. When checking in at the gate, let an attendant know you are traveling with your wedding dress. They will be able to help you safely store your attire in flight. 

Keep it light (Decorations). One way you can save yourself some headache is to minimize what you need to pack. Consider choosing a venue that offers inclusive ceremony and reception packages. A well-thought out wedding package at a trusted venue will include decorations, centerpieces, and experienced planners. Many venues with a long history of catering to wedding parties also have close ties with other area vendors--like florists, bakeries, and photographers. Entrust these duties to your venue and you'll not only take them off your worry-list, but you'll also take them out of your suitcase.

Keep it light (Favors and Party Gifts). When you're brainstorming wedding favors and gifts for your bridal party, think small and lightweight. Guests might enjoy scented candles in small, easy-to-pack travel tins. Embroidered heirloom handkerchiefs are classy and also make for easy storage. If you're coming to Park City during the cold months, guests and/or the bridal party might enjoy scarves or shawls. These roll nicely in a suitcase. A playful bunch of skiers could have fun with personalized beanies or cozy socks. If you'd prefer to pack even lighter, consider shipping favors and gifts to the venue in care of the on-site planner a few weeks ahead of time.

Plan for the weather. The Weather Channel will give you the 10-day forecast. A few weeks before you leave, map out your time in Park City each day, including recreational activities, downtime, errands, reception, and ceremony. With the forecast as your guide, plan your (and your fiance's) wardrobe for each activity. Don't be afraid to repeat an outfit. Consider mix and match pieces to minimize the number of accessories you need. 

Use a checklist. Make a checklist and check it twice. There are several online tools that will help you think through everything you'll need. Here is a good one from The Knot

Finally, did I mention: Don't check your wedding dress at the airport gate!

I know you're going to cherish your time in Park City, and I'd love to photograph your special day! Contact me for more information.

by Opie Janzer

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Your Dream Wedding at Stein Eriksen Lodge in Deer Valley

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

A dream wedding at Stein Eriksen Lodge in Deer Valley sounds great to me! I love this Park City venue, and I think you will, too. 

The Stein Eriksen Lodge is five-star all the way. Cozied into the middle of a mountain in Deer Valley Resort, you'll find gorgeous scenery for your wedding day. In fact, the ballroom boasts a complete panoramic view of Deer Valley. 

Stein Erikson offers you 26,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. It's versatile enough to create an intimate wedding or a grand shin-dig for up to 500 guests. So many possibilities! You might arrange for cocktails and hors díoeuvres on the terrace beforehand. If you'd like to exchange your vows with nothing but the sky as your roof, you could have the entire ceremony on one of the decks and then venture into the new ballroom for dining and dancing. 

A few things to look forward to at Stein Erikson:

  • Talented and renowned chefs to design your menu and your wedding cake;
  • Beautiful guestrooms with large suites, stone fireplaces, private decks, hot tubs, and views of the mountains;
  • Salon and spa services for guests, the wedding party, and most;
  • Lots of recreational opportunities (e.g. ski-in/ski-out access to Deer Valley Resort, mountain biking, indoor and outdoor swimming);
  • A free five-minute shuttle to clubs, restaurants, galleries, and shops on Park City's Main Street.

This is a great option for brides planning a destination wedding. So much of the planning can be delegated to a reliable and creative on-site team. The event staff has been very thoughtful in their partnerships with area wedding vendors. No matter what your tastes are, you can trust that the on-site planners will know how to make it happen.

The opportunites for stunning and unique photography are endless. If your tastes are elegant but a little rustic, you'll love portraits among the aspen trees. For a little fun, you might also consider some shots from the ski lift. It's a nice change of pace, and you can't help but capture the amazing scenery.

In addition to their website, you'll also find photos and videos on the Stein Erikson Lodge facebook page. I particularly like the Amber and Michael winter wedding video!  

I'd love to photograph your beautiful Park City wedding. Contact me today!

by Opie Janzer

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Planning the Perfect Rustic Barn Wedding in Utah

Monday, August 12th, 2013

I love the elegant simplicity of a rustic barn wedding. By using natural elements and structures that have weathered time, we're reminded to find beauty in the basics. Some might say that's a nice philosophy for marriage!

You'll find a lot of fantastic resources online and in your bookstore for creating the perfect countryside ceremony. Here are three:

  1. Rustic Wedding Chic, led by founding editor, Maggie Lord, is a popular blog for couples planning a rustic themed wedding. You'll find ideas for fashion, decoration, photography, flowers, invitations, etc. You'll even find tutorials for do-it-yourself projects. Lord has just released her second book, Barn Weddings
  2. Emmaline Bride offers a special list of 15 ideas especially for planning barn weddings. Check out the mason jar lanterns and horseshoe escort cards!
  3. i love farm weddings is another charming blog. You'll find inspiring details from featured weddings as well as do-it-yourself project ideas for anything from outdoor seating to hand-crafted centerpieces. 

If you're considering a rustic barn wedding in Utah, you have wonderful options. Here are a few:

Red Cliff Ranch is a gorgeous location just 30 miles outside of Park City. An on-site wedding planner will help you navigate choices for catering, entertainment, and decor. A spacious barn seats over 200 guests.

High Star Ranch sits just 18 miles outside of Park City and boasts an open-sided hay barn. Another on-site option is the Country Store, a converted milking barn and grain silo that now comfortably hosts up to 100 guests for an intimate ceremony. The newly restored Historic House can accommodate up to 10 overnight guests.

Blue Sky Ranch is a newer venue located 10 miles from Park City. They offer several recreational activities that will keep out of town guests entertained--horseback riding, kayaking, fly fishing, ski tours, and snowshoe excursions, to name a few. The 8,000 square foot Blue Sky Arena can be arranged and reconfigured to your desires. For something more intimate and especially rustic, you might enjoy the off-the-beaten path Tavern Blue Sky.

No matter what you choose, I'd love to photograph your special day. Contact me for more information.

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Stunning Destination Weddings at The Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Park City is the perfect setting for a gorgeous (and fun!) destination wedding. Taste of Park City called The Canyon Resort one of the area's "most beautiful and hippest wedding venues." I must say, I agree.

Nestled in the Wasatch Mountain Range, Weddings at The Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah, are stunning and are put together with great attention to the character of the couple. Spend a few minutes on the resort's wedding blog and you learn there is something to fit every style. If you want to wear colored bow-ties and ski down the aisle, you can do that. If you want creme brule and smores instead of cake, you can do that. Inside, outside, huge party, cozy can do that.

The resort offers four different venues on the grounds, plus a host of other options (e.g., restaurants and smaller lodges), each catering to unique preferences for landscape, setting, and party size. If you're looking for rustic but elegant, you might prefer the Red Pine Lodge or the Lookout Cabin. (Check out the view from the Lookout Cabin!) For a more formal setting, consider a ballroom at the Grand Summit Hotel. Depending on the venue you choose, your guests may be treated to a gondola ride or amazing views from the Orange Bubble Express Lift.

If you're planning a destination wedding, spearheading a planning team from a long distance can be daunting. The Canyons Resort understands this, however. They know what they're doing and aim to take burden away from the couple. The resort offers several in-house packages--decor, menu, lighting and sound. They even offer spa packages as special treats for the couple and the wedding party. The Red Pine Lodge offers an all inclusive package that covers all of the above.

The Canyons Resort is the largest ski resort in Utah. As such, there is plenty to keep your guests entertained for your entire wedding weekend.

I'd love to photograph your one-of-a-kind Park City destination wedding. Contact us today for more information.

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Park City Wedding Photography - Deer Valley Wedding

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Check out Beck and Curry's casual and colorful wedding!  I shot these in May at a lodge in Deer Valley ski resort in Park City, Utah.  Flowers were created by Every Blooming Thing and catering by the yummy Red Ingunna.

by Opie Janzer

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Salt Lake Maternity Photography - Great Salt Lake

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Yesterday, I shot a pin up style maternity session at the great salt lake.  Utah has a ton of great location for photos and the lake is beautiful if you can get over the smell and bugs.

by Opie Janzer

Utah Wedding Photographers - Rustic Backyard Wedding

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Meagan and Lance had their vintage themed wedding reception in a family friends backyard.  They had a beautiful ring ceremony for those wedding guests that couldn't make it to the temple sealing inside the Mount Timpanogos Temple.  The decor was rustic with a white farm fence, cows, and an Indian tepee.  For their centerpieces they had some great vintage decor!  The tables has white and light pink linens along with small vases with roses and candles.  They had an open house style reception and served meat pies and fresh fruit.

by Opie Janzer

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Salt Lake Wedding Photography - Mount Timpanogos Temple

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Meagan and Lance had their wedding in July at the Mount Timpanogos Temple located in American Fork Utah.  It was a warm and windy summer day!  Meagan wore a stunning vintage wedding gown she found online.  Their wedding colors were shades of pink with cream and light grey.

 by Opie Janzer

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Utah Bridal Photography - Stephanie + Levi

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Stepanie & Levi

Stunning groomal session shot in American Fork canyon!  For this shoot I used an off camera flash and it added so much drama to the photos. 

Hair and Makeup: Versa Artistry
Dress: Lily Bride Designs

by Opie Janzer