Montage Deer Valley, Park City
Planning & Design by Michelle Leo Events
Photography by Jordan Bree Photography
Courtney, a musical theatre major, met her sweetheart Damien, an electrical engineering student, while out on the town at Penn State University. Fast forward to the 2020s, and the two are all grown up: Damien works as a Solutions Architect at Google, and Courtney is living the dream as an actor in New York City.
Damien proposed to Courtney while on a visit to Paris, where she was performing in a musical. The couple went for a walk in Jardin des Plantes near Damien’s grandmother’s home. They followed a labyrinth-like path to Gloriette de Buffon, a historic iron-and-bronze gazebo overlooking the park. He set up his smartphone to snap a selfie, but to Courtney’s surprise, rather than posing with a smile Damien dropped to one knee. After she accepted his proposal, Damien revealed a packed picnic of champagne and macarons to celebrate.
Park City’s ski country topped the couple’s list of dreamy wedding venues, and for their early fall ceremony the majestic setting of Montage Deer Valley sealed the deal. “The stunning views and inviting fireplaces ticked all of our boxes for a cozy and chic celebration,” Courtney explains. “We wanted an intimate mountain wedding that captured the natural beauty around us.”
To mimic the spectacle of Utah’s fall landscape, Michelle Leo Events helped create a traditional color palette of warm autumnal tones with touches of eye-catching blue. Azure accents can be spotted throughout the day, including thistle and delphinium blooms mingled with aspen leaves in the bridal bouquet, brilliantly capturing the mountainside’s changing colors. There was no basic ivory in sight: candlesticks, table settings and even desserts all showcased the couple’s signature palette.
Courtney arrived on-scene in a trademark full-skirted Hayley Paige silhouette. She floated down the aisle wearing a pair of custom LaDucas, a classic theater performance shoe, with a touch of something blue.
Following an intimate ceremony on Montage’s patio concluding with a flower-toss exit, guests were welcomed to the rustic Vista Lounge by a unique escort display. Each guest was handed a glass of champagne with a custom acrylic seat number garnishing the rim. When everyone found their seats, celebratory toasts began without skipping a beat.
The simple, cozy and elegant decor created an inviting rustic scene with rich wood accents, vividly colored candles, glittering table settings and, of course, a heart-warming fire.
Like most memorable celebrations, the reception kicked off with dinner. Pan-seared Utah trout, Montage’s grilled beef tenderloin, and ratatouille-stuffed peppers topped the menu, followed by a host of pastries for dessert. Most notable were pale-blue macarons in the wedding’s signature hue, as a nod to Damien’s proposal picnic. After dinner the wedding party welcomed an all-out dance fest, including performances from the couple and their families to hits such as “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk and “September.” Later, the party migrated down a level to Montage’s game room for bowling, signature cocktails and one of Courtney and Damien’s favorite NYC traditions—late night pizza.
Wedding Planning & Design: Michelle Leo Events, michelleleoevents.com
Photography: Jordan Bree Photography,
Videography: Nathan Pickett, NP Films, http://npfilms.com
Floral: Artisan Bloom, artisanbloom.comhttp://artisanbloom.com
Venue, Catering and Bar Service: Montage Deer Valley, montagehotels.com/deervalley
Gown: Hayley Paige, jlmcouture.com/hayley-paige
Shoes: Custom LaDuca, laducashoes.com
Bridal Hair Piece: Dareth Colburn, darethcolburn.com
Groom’s Attire: Custom by Bindle and Keep, Brooklyn, bundleandkeep.com
Watch: Daniel Wellington, danielwellington.com
Bridesmaids’ Gowns: Jenny Yoo, jennyyoo.com
Groomsmens’ Suits: J. Crew, jcrew.com
Invitation Suite: Ayla Pena, The AYLA View, aylapena.com
Hair and Makeup: Lesley Lind, lesleylind.com
Transportation: Exclusive Excursions, parkcityactivities.info
Band: The Salamanders, salamandermusic.com
Ceremony Music: Tribeca Ensemble, tribecaensemble.com
Officiant: Anita Gordon, utahweddingminister.com
Photo Booth: Clementine Photo Booth, clementinephotobooth.rentals