Congratulating Utah’s Wedding Best of State Winners

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 State Wedding Winners:

Pepper Nix Photography : Winner, Wedding Photographers

Pepper is one of our favorite photographers, with her crisp, bright style gracing the pages of Utah Bride & Groom over several seasons.

About Pepper, as told by Logan Walker, second shooter: “Pepper founded her company as a hungry college student hoping to earn enough to pay for film, paper and ramen noodles. Fast forward now to almost 800 weddings later, a dozen Utah, National, and international awards, and loving every minute of it! She is a brilliant business woman, a massively talented photographer, a mover and shaker in the wedding industry community and THE BEST BOSS EVER!”

Contact Pepper for booking here! 

Grand America Hotel: Winner; Day Spas, Hotels, convention & Meeting Facilities, Buffet Brunch

The Grand houses so many of our favorite things in Salt Lake City: treats, relaxation and gorgeous spaces! We are so thrilled that they were given accolades in not one – but FOUR – categories this year!

“As you would expect, The Grand America’s wedding professionals are on hand to help oversee every detail of this memorable day, and we are more than ready to assist with floral decor, romantic lighting, entertainment and photo and video services. From planning a day of pampering for the bridal party in our Grand Spa to orchestrating a dazzling reception in the Grand Salon, our wedding professionals are dedicated to making your dream a reality of elegance, imagination and style.”

Talk to the team at The Grand about hosting your perfect wedding!

Culinary Crafts: Winner, Caterers

From industry galas to real weddings, local markets and our very own White Party, the menus from Culinary Crafts never fail to take an event to the next level. Their Best of State titles now number in the 20s: We love seeing them winning their well deserved accolades yet again!

“A 20+ time Best of State winner, Culinary Crafts is a food driven, full service, custom event catering company, striving to make Utah an outstanding place to celebrate. With our planner and catering team by your side, you can relax, indulge, and truly enjoy your wedding. Check out our website, peruse our online reviews, and please give us a call. We’d love to talk with you!”

Contact Culinary Crafts to schedule your event.

Carrie’s Cakes: Winner, Event Cakes/Confections

Many a real wedding feature includes a breathtaking pastry by Ale at Carrie’s Cakes! Always the towering floral masterpiece, no wedding is complete without a Carrie’s Cakes finish, if you ask us!

“Ale grew up in Brazil. She has fond memories of baking and cooking with her mom. She has kept the desire of learning by taking many baking courses throughout the years both nationally and internationally. She started cake decorating in 2007 as a hobby. Since then, she has joined her love for baking with decorating which brought her to work with Carrie (the founder) in a profession she loves. Together they’ve worked on a wide array of cake projects. Ale’s passion is shown through her work by having her cakes taste as good as they look.”

Take a look at Carrie’s Cakes pricing here. 

River Bottoms Ranch: Winner, Wedding Venues

Have you ever seen a prettier barn property? As one of the newest venues in the state, River Bottoms Ranch has certainly made its mark as a must-have party location. We are in love!

“The barn at River Bottoms Ranch is nestled along the Provo River corridor surrounded by incredible mountain views in every direction.  Our newly built white gambrel barn offers a one of a kind combination of luxury and timeless style creating the perfect backdrop for your wedding celebration.  RBR has a long list of amenities to heighten your wedding experience including our gorgeous bridal suite, grand staircase, rustic grooms room and lodging. Enjoy an unforgettable day or live the RBR experience for an entire weekend with friends and family gathered round.”

Book a tour of River Bottoms Ranch here!

Utah Live Bands: Winner, Convention & Meeting Services, Artistic Talent Representation & Talent Agency

If you need a get-on-your-feet or a classy soiree wedding, look no further than Utah Live Bands! Representing over 30 wedding musicians, they are sure to have a mood that is just right for you. We are so excited for their three Best of State 2020 titles.

“As Utah musicians ourselves, we know the ins and outs of the entertainment industry.  Utah Live Bands serves Utah and the surrounding states in your entertainment needs including corporate events and Utah Weddings.  We have produced huge multi-million dollar events all over the world as then turned right around and provided a small wedding band in Utah.  Large or small, Utah Live Bands means experience and reliability.  By hiring us, you can rest assured that the entertainment, audio-visual and production portion of the evening will be executed just the way you intended.”

Find your wedding band here.

Rob Ferre, Life of the Party DJs: Winner, Event DJs

Get your guests up and ready to party with the best DJ in the state this year! We always look forward to events hosted by Rob- they are sure to be a hoot (exhibit A: Kali Chris and Allison Baddley’s dance-party enthusiasm above.)

“We give you the personalized service you deserve for your wedding celebration event, including providing free consultations prior to signing any contracts. Every couple is unique, which is why we meet with you in person to review your wedding event vision. Our trained MC DJs help keep the evening flowing smoothly and keep you concentrating on the most important detail – having the time of your life!”

Find your perfect mix with Life of the Party’s Playlist Planner tool!

Chris McClain: Winner, Wedding Videographer

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Chris has captured countless real weddings and industry events during our runs, and we always love the perfect moments he puts to film. Congratulations!

“I specialize in documenting once in a lifetime events. Your wedding day is something that will be one of the days in your life that you remember for a long time to come. We can all look back and pick out certain days, when something happened, and we remember it like it was yesterday. Your wedding day is one of those days.”

Browse Chris McClain’s portfolio.

La Caille: Winner, Best Classical French Restaurant

La Caille is undeniably one of the most stunning restaurants in the state- which makes it perfect for a luxury wedding! The grounds, the property, the greenhouse; we love every inch, and every item on their classic menu.

“Located on 20 elegant acres at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon, La Caille offers an unmatched experience and atmosphere. The restaurant, Grand Pavilion, and gardens all provide spectacular settings for your dinner or private party. Stroll through the three-acre vineyard, enjoy a canyon breeze on the patio, host an unforgettable event – La Caille is your perfect place.”

Book your La Caille event here!

Four Seasons Transportation: Winner, Ground Transportation

Get your guests home safe and sound with these pros! We are so proud of them for all they do to provide for the industry and our state’s wedding community!

“Four Seasons Concierge isn’t just another Park City transportation company — we are so much more! The transportation industry has been saturated with an abundance of third-party businesses that claim to be first-class and reliable. Stick to the fact and ride with Four Seasons Concierge, Park City’s “Highest Rated” and “Most Reviewed” transport service. Our elite drivers take getting from point “A” to point “B” to a whole different level of service. Let us help you experience Utah and most importantly — make your visit stress free.”

Pick your wedding transportation!

Michelle Leo Events: Winners Event Planner, Bridal and Wedding Services

One of Utah’s event masters. We have worked with Michelle Cousins on real weddings and styled shoots alike for years, and we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Utah Bride & Groom’s pages wouldn’t be the same without her creativity, detail-driven design and show-stopping ideas. We love you, Michelle!

“Michelle Leo Events is an award-winning event design and planning firm specializing in local and destination events, providing services for a myriad of events including but not limited to:
-social soirees
-corporate events
-private parties
-editorial styling

Whether you live in Utah, are planning a destination event here, or plan to celebrate in another great location, MLE is dedicated to providing a custom, personalized experience that delivers unforgettable and memorable results.”

Contact Michelle and start planning your dream wedding!

Thanksgiving Point: Winner, Event/Performance Venue

We are head over heels for Thanksgiving Point’s lush garden backdrops. We couldn’t agree with this award more!

“Whether you’ve dreamt of a grand affair or an intimate gathering, your special day at Thanksgiving Point will be enchanting, unforgettable, and one-of-a-kind. Choose from a variety of beautifully appointed rooms with sweeping garden views or create the garden party of your dreams.”

Take a look at all their venue spaces today!


Congratulations to all these wonderful winners. Looking for more wedding pros for your big day? Check out some of our favorites here.

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