Real Wedding: Mountain Memories

Jenny and Ian
The Lodge at Blue Sky, Utah. June 18th.
Photography by Grey Giraffe Photography


Ian and Jenny attended the same college in Indiana during their freshmen year, they shared several mutual friends but didn’t connect until the end of the year. Fate finally brought the pair together in a friendly neighborhood convenience store. Sitting on opposite ends of the table, Jenny was animatedly telling a story that involved an old dog and a mysterious deli meat when Ian’s interest grew. After that intriguing conversation, it seems the connection finally clicked and the rest is history.


After eight years together, Jenny was more than ready for an engagement. “I was a ‘little’ neurotic about when the proposal would be, and was constantly trying to ruin my own surprise,” she says. Ian knew how important it was for her family to be present during the big moment, and found it a challenge to coordinate her Chicago relatives a trip to Philadelphia without Jenny catching wind of the plan. “I thought it would happen on a Friday, and every weekend that passed I thought to myself it would be the next one,” says Jenny. To throw her off, Ian ended up popping the question on a Saturday during a nonchalant stroll through a charming Philly neighborhood.

“Neither Ian or I really wanted a city wedding, and we both loved the idea of being in the mountains,” says Jenny.


After a 16 month engagement, Jenny and Ian tied the knot on June 19th at Blue Sky. The Philly residents chose the Beehive state for their ceremony based on their love of the outdoors. The serene mountains set the ideal backdrop for their elegant microwedding, and Jenny wanted to celebrate the natural beauty in her wedding details. “We wanted to let the outdoor location speak for itself and go with an ethereal nature theme.” The pair curated their wedding palette to match the al fresco location with organic green hues and subtle pops of blue.

We are big Reese’s fans, so our cake flavors contained two layers of creme brûlée and one peanut butter chocolate.


To make the most of their destination wedding, Jenny and Ian wanted to incorporate their inner circle whenever possible. To officiate their joining, the pair chose one of their best friends from Philadelphia. “We have an amazing and loving friendship with him, and he has a stage presences that we just knew would make him perfect for the job,” Jenny recalls. The couple also asked their wedding party to join during their first dance. After Jenny and Ian danced to “You and I” by Ingrid Michaelson, their friends and family jumped in on the last verse to celebrate the newlyweds.


Photographer: Grey Giraffe Photography
Planner: Bluebird Events
Venue and Catering: The Lodge at Blue Sky
Floral: Artisan Bloom
Gown: Ultimate Bride
Suit: Suit Supply
Cake: Flour and Flourish
Hair and Makeup: Lesley Lind

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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.