Whitney and Jordan’s Winter Wedding in Utah
Forget cold feet. On the snowy day when Whitney Kimmel and Jordan Glassberg wed at the Sundance Resort in Utah, the temperature plummeted below freezing—not that it mattered. “I can tell from our first-look photos that my teeth were chattering,” Whitney says, “but at the time, I was so full of adrenaline I didn’t realize it.” Neither did their 99 guests, who witnessed a love so powerful it could melt glaciers. “In all the pictures, we’re grinning ear-to-ear like fools,” says Jordan.
The duo—she’s an entertainment publicist; he’s the head of business development for Toms, the shoe and retail company—are no strangers to chilly climes. They call Los Angeles home these days, but the two grew up as avid skiers in Northern California, near the Tahoe slopes. (Fun fact: Though their hometowns in Marin County are only 10 minutes apart, Whitney and Jordan didn’t connect until a mutual pal set them up once both had moved to L.A.) And after they began dating in 2008, they booked at least one mountain trip a year. Even the proposal in 2012 took place on a brisk night: Jordan dropped to one knee on a bridge over the Seine in Paris, just before midnight on Christmas Eve.
Naturally, the two were set on a winter wedding. “We love hosting parties and bringing people together, and we wanted a destination where everyone could hang out,” says Jordan. “Sundance Mountain Resort is small and almost feels like being at summer camp, even though it’s cold,” adds Whitney, who had briefly lived in the area years earlier.
The Stationery Suite
Grainy photos of nature scenes inspired the stationery, with various pieces of the suite representing different seasons. Cheryl Louise Humphreys designed the flat-printed suite.
A Pendleton blanket, borrowed from a guest room at the resort, kept the bride warm during their prewedding cuddle.
The Bridal Bouquet
Jordan outfitted his groomsmen with navy ties by Apolis—each embroidered with the guys’ initials.
Men’s lapels were colorfully decorated with olive leaves, euphorbia, and kumquats.
A Keepsake Box
For their ring box, the couple chose a vintage souvenir powder case a friend had found at a flea market.
The December 14, 2013, nuptials—outlined in a twine-tied program—reflected the pair’s all-for-one ethos: The bride’s uncle officiated, other family members read poems, there was a recitation of the seven blessings to reflect Jordan’s Jewish heritage, and their parents shared advice from a combined 77 years of marriage. After Whitney walked down the aisle on her dad’s arm, she joined Jordan atop a beloved Persian rug they’d brought from home. “I kept looking down at it and back up at Jordan,” she says. “I felt like we were in our living room surrounded by friends.”
A Movie of Their Own
Following the ceremony, revelers filed into a small theater on the property for hot toddies, hors d’oeuvres, and a 20-minute montage of video clips that the couple had culled from guests when they sent out their invites. (The scenes ranged from words of advice to first-person footage of a roller-coaster ride.) “Friends who couldn’t make it had contributed, so it was as if they were there with us,” says Whitney. “We hadn’t seen any of it, and it played like gangbusters.”
An Enchanting Reception
The newlyweds then led guests into the dining area for a meal of prime rib, pan-seared trout, roasted asparagus and broccolini, and garlic mashed potatoes.
Brass candlesticks, trailing greenery that faded from the silver blue of eucalyptus to the rich green of magnolia leaves, and clusters of pomegranates, persimmons, and kumquats decorated the tables.
Locally foraged stones, gathered on the resort grounds the day before the wedding and painted with gold foil digits, served as table numbers.
A Bespoke Touch
Utah cheeses sat atop cherry-burl boards emblazoned with a custom brand.
A Quick Kiss
The bride, who swapped her veil post-vows for a simple hair flower, shared a kiss with her new husband under the vine-wrapped chandelier.
“Hold on to each other throughout the night—literally, hold hands! It’s easier than you think to get pulled in opposite directions,” Whitney says of one thing she learned. “Make the effort to enjoy the night together.”
A Sweet Treat
The couple gave the resort’s chef a recipe for coconut cake from the Peninsula Grill in Charleston, South Carolina, where Jordan’s parents live.
A Winter Evening
“We had a huge blizzard and got 26 inches of snow,” Whitney says of the hours just before her wedding. “And it stayed cold, so the snow on the trees looked really beautiful.”
After being introduced with the song “Dance Yrself Clean” by LCD Soundsystem, the newlyweds segued into their first dance to the Rolling Stones’ version of “That’s How Strong My Love Is.” Whitney took a twirl with her dad to Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight,” and Jordan and his mom joined in. Soon everyone else hit the floor, and the party lasted until the wee hours.
The next day, more than 40 hardy guests found the energy to rise early and join the newlyweds for brunch and a run on the slopes (with après-ski beer and nachos). “At the end of the weekend, everyone said it felt like they’d just been to a party at our house,” recalls Whitney. Which is to say that despite the wintry weather, the warm atmosphere had them feeling as snug as bugs in a Persian rug.
Location, Catering, and Cake: Sundance Resort
Event Planning: Ginny Au
Flowers: Sarah Winward
Photography: Kate Osborne
Stationery: Cheryl Louise Humphreys
Music: DJ Moredillon
Rentals: Alpine Event Rentals
Videography: Carli Call
Hair and Makeup: Lora Kelley
Cheese Boards: Industry Maine Wood Works (207-491-0628)