Real Utah Wedding: Sara Kolettis & Matthew Hansen

Rustic Fall Romance | October 26, 2013 | Alixann Loosle Photography


NAMES Sara Kolettis and Matthew Hansen LIVE IN Tacoma, Washington but they love Utah’s mountains OCCUPATIONS She works in marketing; he is an army intelligence officer WHERE THEY MET Ghana, West Africa; she was interning for a women’s organization and he and a group from West Point went to work with the same organization WHERE HE PROPOSED New york City’s Central Park on a beautiful winter day WEDDING WEATHER Rain and more rain NECESSARY SPLURGE They spent more than they planned for their destination, outdoor wedding because of last-minute arrangements due to the rain NUMBER OF GUESTS 100 WEDDING THEME Fall Elegance, inspired by the rich colors and textures of the season DÉCOR DETAILS They wanted the day to feel formal, romantic, and ethereal. They dressed up the rustic venue with gold and lace accents, calligraphy paper goods, and cascading floral arrangements and chandeliers COLORS Plum, aubergine, gold, wheat, blush, and peach BRIDAL ATTIRE A custom gown by Samuelle Couture made with layers of champagne fabric and a purple underskirt; the dress inspired much of the wedding’s decor NONTRADITIONAL ELEMENT The bride asked her best guy friend to be a “brosmaid” RECEPTION MENU Seasonal, locally sourced dishes including center-cut filets with forest mushroom ragu and thyme over herbed creamy barley and grilled mountain red trout with grilled peach relish with mustard seed pecan crumble DESSERT Glazed cider donuts stuffed with peaches, hot apple cider, and a four-tier pumpkin cake with lavender-hued cream-cheese frosting, gold-foil flowers, and fresh roses UNEXPECTED MOMENTS On paper, the wedding had the potential to be a disaster: torrential rain, inches of mud and water that ruined everyone’s shoes and destroyed the bride’s dress, and a national air-travel incident that caused delayed flights and absent guests. But in the end, they had an amazing time and were thankful to celebrate and laugh with friends and family THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Wet, dreamy, magical

“As my dad said, if how we weathered the challenges of our wedding day was any indication of how we would weather our marriage, Matt and I were in for a long and happy life together.” —Sara

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Vendor List

WEDDING DESIGNER, WELCOME BAGS, AND FAVORS Michelle Cousins of Michelle Leo Events
WEDDING PLANNER Shauna Nemelka of Michelle Leo Events
PHOTOGRAPHER Alixann Loosle Photography
VIDEOGRAPHY Chris McClain Productions
INVITATIONS House of Moira
OFFICIANT Rev. Kamrin Carver
BRIDAL GOWN Samuelle Couture
GROOM’S FORMAL WEAR Made-to-measure suit from Suit Supply
FLOWERS Urban Chateau Floral
CATERER Culinary Crafts
CAKE One Sweet Slice
MUSIC Joe Muscolino Band
PHOTOBOOTH Smile Now Photobooths
RENTALS Diamond Rental
HOTEL FOR GUESTS Marriott Park City on Main Street
REHEARSAL DINNER Grub Steak Restaurant
REGISTRY and Williams- Sonoma


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