Some people collect magnets, others matchbooks. Me? I collect magazines. The first thing you see when you walk into my home is a tower of glossies stacked ceiling-high. I refer to it as The Leaning Tower of Publications.
There are pretty bridal mags like Martha Stewart Weddings and Town & Country Weddings, natch; ginormous fall editions of Elle and W; copies of Sunset and Condé Nast Traveler for planning road trips and European adventures; cooking-splattered issues of Bon Appétit and Food Network; indie darlings like Anthology and Kinfolk; foreign finds from vacay such as Vogue España and Hola! (think US Weekly in Spanish); and newsstand impulse buys—my two new faves: Foam and Man of the World.
Try as I might to recycle old issues to make room for the new, and though my skyscraper-like stack poses a potential threat—can you say, TIMBER?—I just can’t part with my collection. Before you submit me to an episode of Hoarders, hear me out: When I’m in need of fresh inspiration, I flip through my beloved mags and voila! I come across a page dog-eared some weeks, months, or years ago, featuring a design, dish, or dress that suddenly seems so new and exciting.
When dreaming up ideas for this issue of Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom, our staff poured over some of our favorite fashion, food, and home décor publications and drew inspiration from the glossies. We took a page out of fashion pubs and showcased bridal gowns that reflect popular styles from the runways, such as the silk organza Ivy & Aster dress with a beaded Peter Pan collar pictured here (find it at Alta Moda Bridal). We highlighted golden desserts—metallics are having a major moment—and tried our hand at photographing the cakes and sweets with the dramatic, moody style that’s oh-so popular in food mags. Geodes are all the rage on the home front, showing up as book ends, coasters, votives, and more, so we tasked two local designers with styling reception tables inspired by stones—Elle Decor would surely approve.
Whether you’re a voracious consumer of wedding glossies or picked up this pub on a whim in search of ideas and inspiration for your upcoming nuptials, we’re sure you’ll enjoy the issue. My own copy will be happily placed at the top of my magazine tower.