A Rustic Winter Destination Wedding in Sundance, Utah
The Bride and Groom
After 15 years of friendship, an outdoorsy couple finds true love -- and a backdrop for their nuptials that's every bit as magical as their romance.
Jodi and Jon Pritchett, who, after 14 years of friendship and not even a smooch, were hit by Cupid's sneaky little arrow during a ski trip in January 2008. "We were in Whistler with some friends for New Year's Eve, and things were just suddenly completely different between us," recalls Jodi. "We were more affectionate than we'd ever been -- it's hard to explain the moment everything changed." After that life-altering trip, the two friends parted ways for a month -- Jodi to her home in California and Jon to his in Georgia. The next time they saw each other, at an annual ski trip with Jodi's family, everything had changed. They confessed their newfound feelings of love, and in June 2008 they were engaged. They chose Utah's Sundance Resort because it was small and intimate, perfect for a winter wedding and to show off their love of skiing.
Here, Jodi and Jon ride the lift to the top of the mountain at Utah's Sundance Resort for a fun photo op on the slopes.
Ready to Ski
Jodi, bundled in a Jin Wang gown and a friend's faux-fur shrug, strikes a pretty pose on skis.
San Francisco-based Yellow Owl Workshop designed the woodsy save-the-date cards.
The Bride's Bouquet
Jodi's bouquet is a collection of ivory ranunculus, parrot tulips, and anemones, with accents of lamb's ears, blooming cotton sprigs, and tiny tallow-berry branches.
Maid of Honor
The bride and her maid of honor pose for a photo.
The Happy Couple
Jodi and Jon meet for photos before their ceremony.
The couple's rustic-chic invitation suite, designed by Olive-Route in Berkeley, California: a dark-gray and burnt-orange invite with pullouts providing details of events and information on transportation, lodging, and a free lift ticket (compliments of Sundance), as well as an RSVP postcard.
A birch branch makes a simple escort-card holder that echoes the reception's naturally sophisticated vibe.
Fresh snow provides a pristine backdrop for a family snapshot.
Hot chocolate and apple cider were served to guests before the ceremony in these customized cups.
The ceremony is held inside the resort's cozy screening room.
The newlyweds sneak a snowy kiss.
Escort Card Display
Antique skis hang above the escort cards; at the welcome party the night before, guests were asked to write their well-wishes on the skis.
Warm and Toasty
Jodi keeps warm in Ugg boots underneath her dress; each female wedding guest received her own pair of winter boots, purchased at Target.
Manzanita branches -- accented with wrapped vases of ivory garden roses, fringed tulips, ranunculus, tallow-berry branches, and cotton -- bring the simple beauty of the great outdoors into the bucolic yet elegant reception.
Jon and his groomsmen, who were given Sigg flasks as gifts, donned boutonnieres of clustered ivory tallow-berry branches with tiny acorns, rosemary foliage, and gray silk.
Forgoing a traditional wedding cake, Jodi and Jon served cupcakes from Carrie's Cakes: chocolate fudge and white cream-cheese cake with a raspberry filling.
A snowy path lined with white paper bags and tea lights helps guests find their way from the reception to the bathroom.
The building in which the reception was held.
Jodi and Jon selected "The Luckiest" by Ben Folds for their first spin around the dance floor together.
The photo booth, set up by photographer Thayer Allyson Gowdy, inspires a guest to strike an impromptu, airborne pose. "The booth guaranteed that we got pictures of every single person who was there," Jodi says.
Flower Girl and Ring Bearer
The flower girl and ring bearer pose for a picture in the photo booth.
The gorgeous reception space, with its soaring wooden beams, showcases barn lanterns hung from the ceiling and clusters of flickering pillar candles on tables.
It's Ski Time
After the ceremony, the newlyweds can't resist the urge to strap on skis and pose for pics on the mountain.
Looking out at the mountains from the Sundance Resort.
Vintage skis were provided for guests to sign in lieu of a traditional guest book.
Male guests were given flasks and female guests were given winter boots as wedding favors. Each gift was adorned with a custom-made tag.
Location and Catering: Sundance Resort
Event Planning and Design: Alison Events
Lighting: Cornerstone Technologies
Flowers: Artisan Bloom
Linens: La Tavola
Cupcakes: Carrie's Cakes
Stationery: Yellow Owl; Olive-Route
Calligraphy: Nancy Hopkins
Music: Michael Lucarelli (ceremony); DJ Sol (reception)
Rentals: Alpine Event Rentals; Classic Party Rentals
Photography: Thayer Allyson Gowdy
Wedding Gown: Jin Wang
Suit: Hugo Boss
Hair: Platinum Studio
Makeup: Tasha Sorenson