Enchanted Afternoon at the Country Club

Clean lines, a classic color palette and a touch of European flair set the stage for a beautiful modern-meets-traditional celebration at the venerable Salt Lake Country Club.

Emma & Elijah Wedding at the Salt Lake City Country Club
Emma & Elijah Wedding at the Salt Lake City Country Club

Planning & design by La Fête Floral & Events
Photography by Heather Nan

“I’m a control freak,” admits Allison Baddley of La Fête Floral & Events. As such, Baddley limits her client roster to just 10 events per year, ensuring she has the bandwidth to imbue each with an inimitable sense of style, from beginning to end. Case in point: this lovely wedding and reception at the 122-year-old Salt Lake Country Club. By combining clean lines, a classic color palette, and subtle and sophisticated European-influences, Baddley staged an event that highlighted the venue’s Spanish Mission-style architecture in a way that felt unmistakably modern and youthful. 


While many couples with traditional style are drawn to the lasting simplicity of all-white floral and décor for their wedding and reception, Baddley encourages using accent colors for character and depth. While white certainly played a starring role at this Salt Lake Country Club wedding, soft robin’s egg blue gave the scene a classic and more youthful panache. Deep-green potted boxwood centerpieces and bay leaf, ruscus and myrtle garlands not only contributed contrast but imparted the setting with stylish English-garden appeal.  


Baddley filled clear glass vessels of varying heights with single-species flowers to create a clean, contemporary impact on the bridal party’s long king’s table. She used tall, cylindrical vases of white delphiniums to create dramatic height while clusters of white roses and ranunculus added abundance closer to the tabletop. Finally, bunches of hydrangeas and grape hyacinth provided pops of the event’s signature blue. Classic gold bamboo dining chairs balanced the clean tablescape while also nodding to the country club’s gold-hued exterior and traditional ambience.   


“I love hanging things from overhead to bring the eye up,” Baddley says. For this event, she created table-to-ceiling drama over the bridal party’s king’s table with a trio of banners displaying the newlyweds’ monogram. Strips of blue silk taffeta, greenery garlands and white twinkle lights heightened the ceiling décor’s celebratory air.


Along with wedding cake, this event’s dessert course included gelato, which Baddley explains served multiple purposes. “It played into the décor’s subtle European vibe,” and, she says, “since this wedding was held in mid-August, it gave guests something cool to eat. I also like to include something interactive with every event I plan. It helps draw guests through a space and encourages them to mingle with others that are not seated with them at their table.” 


PLANNER & FLORIST: La Fête Floral & Events
VENUE: Salt Lake Country Club
BRIDAL GOWN: Leanne Marshall , Alta Moda Bridal
GROOM’S SUIT: Ralph Lauren 
HAIR & MAKEUP Lesley Lind Makeup Atelier
WEDDING CAKE: Flour & Flourish
DINING CHAIRS: All Out Event Rental
LINENS: Diamond Event & Tent
FLORAL SPECIES USED: bay leaves, ruscus and myrtle garlands; white and blue Agapanthus; tuberose; silver allium; white, black center anemone; button white chamomile; white cosmos; light blue and hybrid white delphinium; white Gomphrena; white and grape hyacinth; light blue hydrangea; white lily of the valley; white Lisianthus; ranunculus; White Cloud and Playa Blanca roses; white snapdragons; double white and frilly edge tulips; and white Astilbe. 

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Melissa Fields
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, visitutah.com and downtownslc.org. When not wordsmithing at her laptop, Melissa spends her time volunteering, hiking, pedaling, skiing, rock climbing and playing her guitar.