Real Wedding: Remote Ranch Romance

Taylor & Austin
4U Ranch, Peoa, July 16
Photography by Gideon Photography

Before heading out on a date with someone else, Taylor, who is founder and CEO of the women’s golf clothing brand, Draw & Fade Modern, agreed to stop into a friend’s office party. It was there that she met the company’s senior director of offline sales and operations, Austin. “He was dating someone else at the time, but as cliché as it is, it was love at first meeting for both of us,” Taylor says. A few months later, the two met for a round of golf. Two years after that, Austin proposed. “We were on vacation in Italy and he rented a boat to ‘explore’ Lake Como,” Taylor recalls. “He even hired a photographer to capture his proposal but had her disguised as a deckhand so I wouldn’t suspect anything. It was pretty perfect.”

4U Ranch Wedding

Taylor and Austin anchored their three-day, wedding celebration at Peoa’s 4U Ranch. “We had seen a handful of other venues in Park City, but didn’t think the hotel settings were for us,” Taylor says. “4U is so remote and set against a picturesque mountain and river with no onlookers; it was perfect for us.” The ceremony, attended by 85 guests, was officiated by Taylor’s brother, Garrett, and included vows the couple had written themselves. Seven bridesmaids and six groomsmen stood with the couple during the ceremony. The couple hosted other events during their wedding weekend including a rehearsal dinner/welcome party at Promontory Club’s Outfitter’s Cabin and a send-off brunch the day after the wedding.

4U Ranch Wedding
4U Ranch Wedding

Taylor and Austin’s wedding colors reflected the creamy beige and dusty green palette of the rolling landscape surrounding 4U, with pops of burgundy for contrast. Marianne Seale, with Bushel & A Peck Floral Design, set a dramatic tone at the riverside ceremony site with an asymmetric phantom arch made with multiple rose varieties, larkspur, dahlias, magnolia greens and feathery pampas grass. An Aperol Spritz signature cocktail was served to guests with passed hors d’oeuvres immediately following the ceremony. To acknowledge Taylor and Austin’s engagement locale, the dinner menu had an Italian theme, served to guests at two long, king’s tables. The cake, by Flour & Flourish, was the same sweet potato flavor served at the bride’s brother’s wedding. Among the gifts the couple gave their guests were ballet flats, given to women at the reception, “because we knew it was going to turn into a huge dance party and wanted everyone to be comfortable,” says the bride. Taylor and Austin took their first dance to “Yours to Keep” by Jordan Mackampa. The New York City-based Shag Horns, a band the couple had seen while out on a date before they were engaged, provided the music during the dancing portion of the reception. Guests enjoyed burgers and fries from In-N-Out Burger as late-night snacks.

4U Ranch Wedding

Taylor and Austin made seating place cards from wine corks that they individually inscribed with a date and event specific to each guest. “We based it on a tradition we have as a couple of writing the date, what we were doing, who we were with, etc., on a wine cork after we’ve finished the bottle,” Taylor says. “The place cards took a ton of time to do and lots of looking through calendars and photos, but was well worth it in the end.”

Taylor and Austin had initially planned to tour Australia and Fiji for their honeymoon, but with COVID travel restrictions still in place, decided instead to go back to Italy. There they spent 10 days in Tuscany wine tasting and “eating as much food as possible.”

4U Ranch Wedding

Planner: Michelle Leo Events
Photographer: Gideon Photography
Stationary: Ashley D. Studio
Venue: 4U Ranch
Rentals: Diamond Event & Tent
Bride’s Dress and Shoes: Vera Wang and Loeffler Randall
Bridesmaid gowns: Jenny Yoo
Hair & Makeup: @NatalieClarkStudio
Groom’s Tuxedo: Bonobos
Groomsmen Suits: The Black Tux
Videographer: Ryan Hinman
Florist: Bushel & A Peck
Caterer & Bar Service: The Blended Table
Cake: Flour & Flourish
Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music: Nicholas James
Reception Band: Shag Horns
Photo Booth: Couth Booth
Balloon Installation: Pop! Park City
Transportation: Snow Country Limousine

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Melissa Fields is a wife, mother, freelance writer, editor and—since the moment she migrated to Utah from Michigan more than 25 years ago—a huge fan of the Wasatch Mountains. A few of the outlets Melissa writes and edits for include Salt Lake Magazine, Park City Magazine, Utah Bride & Groom Magazine, and When not wordsmithing at her laptop, Melissa spends her time volunteering, hiking, pedaling, skiing, rock climbing and playing her guitar.