Real Utah Wedding: Shanna Stuhmer & Chase Birky
NAMES Shanna Stuhmer and Chase Birky LIVE IN San Diego, but the bride’s parents live in Park City OCCUPATIONS She works for Classy.org, an online fundraising platform for nonprofits; he is a CPA and has his own firm, Blackslate. WHERE THEY MET At her friend’s birthday party, which he crashed to get out of a failed blind date; they danced, they kissed, and they never looked back HOW HE PROPOSED Under the guise of an important business meeting, he popped the question while waiting for a “client” to arrive; the “client” ended up being both of their families. NUMBER OF GUESTS 200 WEDDING TIME 5 p.m. THE NIGHT BEFORE They hosted a pub crawl down Main Street. WARM WELCOME An artist wrote all their guests’ names in chalk down the driveway towards the ceremony. COLORS White, blush, green, and cream PUPPY LOVE The bride’s dog, India, acted as ring bearer. FAVORITE CEREMONY MOMENT Being pronounced husband and wife by two very important people in their lives: the groom’s father, Tim, and the bride’s longtime family friend, Supreme Court Justice Ron Parraguire FAMILY ELEMENTS The bride’s father, Chris, helped design the wedding along with the bride’s mother, Michelle, and their planner; he grew many of the flowers used in the bridal bouquet. Their caterer recreated the bride’s favorite salad recipe from her mother: the Stuhmer Family Special Top Ramen Cabbage Salad. Before the FOB speech, the groom sabered a bottle of champagne with a sword that’s been in the bride’s family for generations. DINNER MENU Summer greens; mesquite grilled rocky mountain trout with sweet tomato jam; Utah flank steak with roasted potato hash; housemade gnocchi with charred corn, chanterelles, and browned sage butter; grilled vegetables DESSERT A gelato stand and champagne cake with cascading sugar flowers FIRST DANCE “Angels” by the XX AFTER PARTY An Alice in Wonderland–themed bash; they served mini burgers and milk and cookies THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Love, excitement, fun HONEYMOON A trip is in the works.
“I was extremely anxious on the wedding day. When we had our first look and Chase turned around to see me, all my fears and anxiety went away. I had this crazy calming moment looking at him.” —Shanna
VENUE The bride’s parents’ home in Park City
WEDDING PLANNER AND DESIGNER Soirée Productions
PHOTOGRAPHER Chudleigh Weddings
VIDEOGRAPHER Nathan Pickett Films
INVITATIONS Stacey Uy
RINGS AND JEWELRY Michael E. Minden
BRIDAL GOWN Matthew Christopher from Mon Amie Bridal Salon
GROOM’S FORMAL WEAR Hugo Boss from Nordstrom
GROOMSMEN’S FORMAL WEAR Indochino
FLOWERS Decoration Inc.
BRIDAL PARTY FLOWERS Lindsey Roberts
CATERER Culinary Crafts
CAKE Carrie’s Cakes
TENT, TABLE, FLATWARE, STEMWARE, AND CHINA Diamond Rental
LOUNGE FURNITURE, CHAIRS, and CHANDELIER Decoration Inc.
LINENS La Tavola
TENT UP-LIGHTING Wasatch AV
MUSIC Michael Lucarelli, Dave Hahn, Craig Chambers, and DJ Wellman
CHALK ARTIST Tonya Youngberg
TRANSPORTATION All Resort
HOTEL FOR GUESTS Hyatt Escala Lodge at Park City