Real Wedding: Julia Murray & Ryan Bargnes

Real Utah Wedding | July 30, 2011 | Photos by Pepper Nix Photography

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NAMES Julia Murray and Ryan Bargnes LIVE IN Las Vegas OCCUPATIONS She is a criminal defense attorney; he is the senior financial analyst of food and beverage at the Bellagio Resort WHERE THEY MET The University of Michigan  WHEN HE PROPOSED While on a weekend getaway to Palm Springs for her birthday NUMBER OF GUESTS 115 WEDDING THEME No theme, but it was a black-tie affair, and they incorporated their favorite things: live music, wine, and the great outdoors COLORS Navy blue with accents of orange, white, and gold WARDROBE DETAILS The bride wore an elegant Vera Wang gown; the groom wore a Hugo Boss tuxedo Something old, borrowed, and blue The bride’s engagement ring diamond was the groom’s great-grandmother’s; the bride wore her older sister’s aquamarine earrings, also worn by the bride’s younger sister on her own wedding day HOW THEY MADE THE DAY THEIR OWN They included a unity candle and a Blessing of the Hands in the ceremony; they wrote their vows together FLOWERS The bride requested a bouquet made solely of birds of paradise FAVORITE CEREMONY MOMENT Looking up from the Grand Lawn to see the hotel’s balconies full of strangers enjoying the couple’s beautiful day RECEPTION MENU FAVORITE Oysters from the raw bar during cocktail hour CAKE Buttercream vanilla rum cake and a red velvet groom’s cake shaped like the University of Michigan’s “M” logo HOW THE DAY WAS DIFFERENT THAN THEY IMAGINED It wasn’t—it was just as they pictured; everything went off without a hitch, despite being the hotel’s first wedding HONEYMOON Costa Rica

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Local Vendor list

Ceremony, Reception, Catering, Cake, Rehearsal Dinner, and Hotel for guests Montage Deer Valley
Wedding Consultant Lauren Schulman at Montage Deer Valley
Officiant Jill Johnson
Photography Pepper Nix Photography
Invitations Tabula Rasa Social Stationers
Hair and Makeup Paula Dahlberg
Groomsmen’s Formal Wear Jos. A. Bank
Flowers and Rentals Artisan Bloom
Ceremony Music Maywood String Quartet
Reception Music Party Train
Registry Williams-Sonoma