In Case You Missed It: Italian Inspiration

In our 2021 print issue, we featured a romantic al fresco wedding in River Bottoms Ranch. Sarah Tucker of Marae Events curated each detail to highlight the beauty of Utah’s mountains, and we can’t get enough of the dreamy shots. To spread our love for this feature, we’re offering even more never-before-seen photos that make our hearts flutter.


An off-shoulder gown designed by Lian Rokman features a fitted bodice and flowing skirt to offer a playful yet sophisticated look. Detailed floral embroidery evokes an organic elegance, and compliments River Bottoms’ natural scenery.


Inspired by the refined yet relaxed visions of Tuscany, florist Amanda Hansen of Decoration Inc. created playful arrangements throughout the venue. To emulate the effortless blend of formal and casual, Hansen began with Utah blooms like cosmos, chamomile blooms and scabiosa. To balance the leggy flowers, she included elegant tulips, garden roses and ranunculus. In the bridal bouquet, Hansen opted for an organic palette of off-whites and vibrant greens. Draping ivy adds a sense of carefree whimsy to the arrangement, while complimenting the floral embroidery of the gown. “This arrangement is untamed yet delicate, which is all flowers are really,” says Hansen.


Tucker takes advantage of River Bottoms’ many al fresco entertainment spaces by incorporating welcoming furnishings throughout. The reception area is located on the barn’s patio, where contemporary details elevate the sitting room and timeless lanterns add farmhouse charm. Near a serene water feature, Tucker creates a picturesque scene complete with European details. “When you thoughtfully create each scene, your guests will be able to discern where they should be and when, and they will enjoy the time spent at each individual locale,” says Tucker.

Ann Elizabeth Print Studio pairs an off white linen paper with a metallic wax seal for a memorable yet classic contrast.


The outdoor tablescape is dressed with lace table linens and crystal glassware to create an air of elegance. Hansen thoughtfully places asymmetrical floral arrangements in rustic ceramic vases to provide visual interest and root the scene in tradition. Throughout tableware and floral pieces, unexpected pops of vibrant orange in garden roses and kumquats draw from surrounding autumn vistas.



Venue: River Bottoms Ranch
Photography: Pepper Nix and Logan Walker
Videography: Jared Wortley Films
Planning & Design: Marae Events
Florist: Decoration Inc.
Tabletop: Wild Event Studio
Linens: Marae Events
Lounge Rentals: Vault Event Rentals
Chair Rentals: Modern Display
Cake & Cheeseboard: The Blended Table
Hair & MakeUp: Janelle Ingram
Gown: The Bridal Studio
Gown Designer: Lian Rokman
Jewelry: O.C. Tanner Jewelers
Groom’s Suit: The Ritz Tuxedos
Paper Goods: Ann Elizabeth Print Studio
Detail Styling: Saucy and Kitsch
Models: Shelby H., Miles F., NIYA Models

You can find the full inspiration shoot featured in our 2021 issue here.

Learn more about River Bottoms Ranch on our site.

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Avrey Evans
Avrey is the Associate Editor for Utah Bride & Groom Magazine, and the Digital Editor for our affiliate magazine Utah Style & Design. She enjoys documenting unique love stories, offering fashion inspiration and indulging her affinity for alliteration.