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Love On The Mountain
For these Los Angeles-dwellers, a stay at Jess'family's second home in Park City has always been their favorite escape. So when it came time for the couple to plan their wedding, they knew the mountains of Park City would provide a perfect venue. "We wanted our wedding to be an extension of the Park City-home: comfortable, fun, loaded with good food and wine, and with plenty of Bruce Springsteen playing," says Jess. The wedding weekend included a casual outdoor barbecue with all the out-of-town guests the night before the big day. less and John exchanged vows on the grass-covered slopes of Deer Valley, followed by dinner and dancing.
Before the Wedding Occupations: Jess is a high school English teacher and john is an executive recruiter in LA. How THE COUPLE MET: At a joint alumni event at a bar in Santa Monica. (Jess went to Colgate University and John went to Cornell University; both graduated in 2003.) They met up a few weeks later for a long hike in the San Gabriel Mountains. How he proposed: On a hike in Malibu overlooking the ocean. Bridal shower: A kitchen-themed party with the girls. Bachelorette party: Jess had dinner with friends in Los Angeles. Bachelor party: John attended a Rockies game in Denver and went river ratting.
Wedding Place : Empire Canyon Lodge, Deer Valley Date: July 11,2009 The bride wore: A silk satin Morgane Le Fay gown. "My dress was exactly what I wanted: simple, cream-colored and comfortable all night," says Jess. John picked out Jess' wedding shoes: champagne-colored peeptoes with a fabric bow. The groom wore: A charcoal grey Ermenegildo Zegna wool suit, white shirt and purple and gray tie. Bridesmaids: Courtney Skerritt (maid of honor), Jill Buchsbaum, Jordan Buchsbaum and Taylor Chaintreuil. Groomsmen: Craig Rokuson (best man), Joe LaMagna, Mike Sweredoski and Alex Chaintreuil.
Reception Place: Empire Canyon Lodge, Deer Valley Wedding music: The Salamanders; they learned several Bruce Springsteen songs—the couples favorite singer—including "When You Need Me" for the first dance. Wedding song: "Sunrise Over Deer Valley," an original composition by a close friends of the bride. Menu: "We asked Deer Valley Catering to include some family recipes and to alter some existing dishes to fit our tastes," says Jess. Catering included spicy gazpacho with stone crab, roasted red and golden beet salad, mustard-crusted Utah trout and roasted beef tenderloin au jus. Hamburger sliders and French fries served at 11 p.m. kept the party going.
Cake : A lemon cake with lemon crème filling and fresh raspberries, covered in rows of purple polka dots (Jess favorite design). Flowers: Arrangements of white and green hydrangeas, white dahlias, white snapdragons, fiddlehead ferns, other ferns and lavender. Colors: Chocolate brown, shades of green, cream and purple. THEME: Rustic elegance Decor elements: Chocolate-brown tablecloths with chartreuse green runners covered reception tables, topped with candles, river rocks and floral centerpieces, including mason jars full of ferns, grasses and candles. Tables were named for places Jess and John had traveled to, accompanied by a photo of them at the destination. SPECIAI TOUCHES: Most of the guests had never been to Park City, so the couples custom-designed save-the-date card was a folded book of three vintage-looking Park City postcards. Welcome bags—reusable grocery bags printed with the wedding motif—included homemade granola and cookies, and a custom heart-shaped word game created by the officiant, an avid puzzle-maker. To celebrate the couples love of condiments, they gave mini bottles of ketchup and mustard tied with a tag reading "The Perfect Pair" as favors.
Pi ace : Two weeks in Japan and Bali A MEMORABLE MOMENT: "We spent a night at a traditional Japanese inn, called a ryokan. After a day of sightseeing in Kyoto, we relaxed in the ryokans baths, donned traditional Japanese robes, and ate the most beautiful, elaborate meal."