People & Places

A self-described “biased historian,” wedding photographer Pepper Nix captures memories in their most ideal form. Between adjusting cakes to find just the right lighting to orchestrating intimate first looks, Nix is a perfectionist in the way you’d hope your wedding photographer would be. During her 20 years in the industry she has risen to the top of the industry...
Mara Mazdzer, owner of FUSE Weddings & Events and winner of 2020’s Equally Wed Award, on allyship and advocacy.   Mara Mazdzer’s success can be attributed to years of hard work and an uncompromising sense of dedication to her community. Her strong character and commitment to inclusivity and helping others–from clients to local non-profits to community organizations–is one of the many...
Against all odds, Artisan Bloom's new brick-and-mortar opened during COVID-19.  Luckily, Kellie Jackstein is no stranger to running a successful floral business. For 20 years, she's been making a splash at luxury venues with her signature lush blossoms, dramatic ceiling treatments, romantic tablescapes and petal-carpeted aisles. It's no wonder that two years ago, Jackstien was outgrowing her workshop and began...
As the wedding players in Utah's 2020 Best of State Winners are celebrating their wins in quarantine, they also await word on whether or not their annual Best of State Gala will proceed as planned for July 2020. Congratulations, all! We can't wait until we get to celebrate you in person. So, without further ado here are Utah's 2020 Best of...
Shotskis, video booths, cornhole games, afterparties? These days, weddings are so much more than dinner and dancing. Three experts weigh in on how to keep your guests on their toes all night long. DJPauly has been on the radio since he was a teen. “I love music. At the of age 15, I started my first on-air job in radio.”...
Coloring outside state lines.  It all began with one blue gown. In a world where white rules the roost, painting—as in hand-painting with acrylic paints—a blue gown may seem outrageous, but Chantel and Tyler Galloway nail it every time. Pink, grey and rainbow work, too. From their flagship location in Salt Lake’s hip 9th South District, the duo sells a perfect...
Who To Hire for Your Utah wedding? WIPA raises the standard for Utah's wedding industry.
Local visionaries transforming the wedding scene, locally and beyond.  SHRED TO WED “C’mon now, you can do anything for 30 seconds!” Christopher Olsen shouts into his mobile mic over the sounds of dance-club beats and blasting fans. If you’re looking to crush your big-day fitness goals (and max out calories on your smartwatch), meet Shred415. Olsen and his BFF-turned-business-partner Adria Swindle...
Our friends at Snowbasin Resort released an exciting announcement earlier this month: Their venue was selected as one of The Knot's Best of Weddings for 2020! All their brides left such rave reviews on The Knot and Wedding Wire that they launched up to the top of the rankings, as part of only five percent of national venues to...
When it comes to scoring a wedding gift that will last for anniversaries to come, think outside the electronic box and opt for a more personal, local option.