Reception Style: In Good Spirits

Two Utah event stylists serve up distinct celebrations in High West Distillery’s inviting new venue at Blue Sky Ranch.

Photographs by Megan Robinson

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RUSTIC ROMANCE

The small town of Wanship, situated just north of Park City, may seem an unlikely location for a wedding, but thanks to High West Distillery’s incredible new digs and event space at Blue Sky Ranch, that’s all about to change. “I’m in love with this new venue,” says Leslie Price of Leslie Dawn Events. “It’s sophisticated and rustic without feeling cliché. It’s really versatile and the scenery is breathtaking.”

Inspired by that stunning mountain backdrop and the aesthetic of the building, Price designed this romantic tablescape for an outdoor-loving couple with a taste for the finer things in life. “I love working within a rustic space, but so many times the décor can take a sharp turn towards a purely masculine vibe. I wanted to bring some delicate elements into the design to soften it up with the use of beautiful organic florals, muted tones, and candlelight,” she explains.

She chose a palette of light amethyst and Serenity Blue, but paired the ethereal tones with whiskey-inspired hues, including rust, brown, and a touch of yellow, a nod to High West’s signature libation.

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WARM HEARTS
“The venue has such a fabulous fireplace,” says Price. “We added flowers and candles to the stone mantel to make it the perfect backdrop.” She called upon Madisson Owens of Plume Floral to bring her vision to life. The budding florist decorated the fireplace and designed a colorful centerpiece and bouquet to coordinate with the tablescape. “I really love how the centerpiece turned out,” says Price. “It makes a statement without being overpowering.” Along with the blooms, she dressed the wood table with a linen runner, glowing votives, and taper candles.

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EARTHY ELEGANCE
Price set the table with white plates, champagne chargers, and gold flatware. For a naturally glamorous accent, she incorporated polished geodes that match the cool hues of her palette throughout—she says the rocks could double as escort or place cards. A custom three-tier confection by Bake Me a Kake adds to the geode allure. The neutral, subtly patterned invitations and menus by Peter Loves Jane are sweet and simple, as is the bridesmaids’ attire: an amethyst-hued Jenny Yoo dress from Gateway Bridal and a gold and stone necklace by The Land of Salt.

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CHEERS!
High West Distillery serves up top-notch whiskeys and vodkas, plus western-inspired cuisine, like this gourmet cheese board.

RESOURCES
Overall Design: Leslie Dawn Events
Venue, Table, Chairs, Drinks, and Cheese Board: High West Distillery at Blue Sky Ranch
Paper Goods: Peter Loves Jane
Flowers: Plume Floral
Cake: Bake Me a Kake
Dress: Gateway Bridal
Necklace: The Land of Salt
Hair & Makeup: Brynn Thomas
Model: Alexis Ramos / NIYA Model Management


 

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MOUNTAIN MINIMALISM

When dreaming up this graceful and beautifully simple aesthetic for the mountain venue, Karley Parker of Scenemakers drew inspiration not from wildflowers but from “living flowers,” or the Japanese art form of Ikebana. “I wanted to create a minimal tablescape that gave attention to shape, line, and form,” she explains. “In Ikebana, the floral arrangement has three main points with varying heights that to some represent heaven, earth, and man. I loved the idea of bringing symbolism into my design to give it more meaning.” She designed and arranged the floral centerpieces using hellebore, nandina, lysimachia, chocolate cosmos, and heuchera. “I find the art form of Ikebana provides a meditative quality,” she says of her process.

The peaceful power of her décor only enhances the natural wonder of the setting. “The drive up to the venue feels intimate, and as you wind your way up the hill, the building comes into full view against a backdrop of nature that is nothing short of jaw-dropping. The venue and surrounding scenery are already so stunning; my design just adds another level of beauty that blends in naturally and doesn’t compete with what is already there.”

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STYLE MAKER
Parker chose an earthy yet feminine color palette of white, dusty rose, charcoal gray, and copper for her minimal, Ikebana-inspired setting. “I started my design by using bowls instead of plates to do something different,” she explains of her nontraditional dinnerware. She continued the natural vibe of the tablescape with charcoal pottery cups, dark cement bowls, bronze flatware, a copper platter and bud vase, and a runner that adds movement and color. She envisioned simple, handmade menus; she created the watercolor Solomon’s Seal floral design, and Carol Snyder Studio hand-drew the calligraphy.

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BUDDING ROMANCE
A full, overgrown bouquet wouldn’t feel right for this minimal design; instead, Parker arranged this petite bouquet of hellebore and chocolate cosmos. The subtle hues lend a fresh spring vibe to a blush pink Jenny Yoo bridesmaid dress from Gateway Bridal and a gold organic-shaped bracelet from Magpie & Rye. For the finishing touch, Parker worked with Cassidy Budge of Flour & Flourish to create this coordinating small square cake, featuring a coconut interior with passion fruit buttercream. “I sent her two photos of the floral I wanted on it, hellebore and Solomon’s Seal, and she worked her magic to make them out of sugar,” Parker says. “She is a true artist.”

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FULL BLOOMS
Budge made the sugar hellebores a petal at a time. She sculpted the shape, added texture to mimic veins, created a center, and then once dry she wired them together and finished them with blush-pink petal dust around the edges.

RESOURCES
Overall Design, Flowers, and Menu Watercolor Art: Karley Parker for Scenemakers
Menu Calligraphy: Carol Snyder Studio
Venue, Tables, and Chairs: High West Distillery at Blue Sky Ranch
Table Linens: Silk & Willow
Flatware: Diamond Rental
Bowls, Dishes, Cake Stand, and Floral Containers: Modern Display
Glasses and JewelryMagpie & Rye
Cake: Flour & Flourish
Dress: Gateway Bridal
Bouquet Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic
Hair & Makeup: Brynn Thomas
Model: Alexis Ramos / NIYA Model Management