Real Wedding: Mountain Micro Wedding

Elizabeth and Mike
The Lodge at Blue Sky, Wanship, Sept. 26
Photography by
Heather Nan


In Elizabeth’s own words, the pair met “how all the kids are meeting these days:” on the dating app Hinge. The duo matched in 2018, but didn’t make it official for a full year after they made the connection. Elizabeth and Mike’s first date was in their home state of Illinois at a cozy speakeasy-style bar in Chicago. 

micro destination wedding


On a ski trip to Park City, during breakfast the morning of a spa day Mike had planned at the St. Regis, Elizabeth mentioned, not so subtly, that “Park City would be the best place to get engaged.” They’d already been on the vacation for a couple of days, and she figured if he’d been planning to pop the question, he would have done so already. Little did she know he’d saved the best for last. The pair got massages and then headed to the Mountain Terrace to grab a drink. There, to Elizabeth’s surprise, Mike got down on one knee and asked her to be his wife. She, of course, said yes.

micro destination wedding
micro destination wedding


As all 2020 brides know, the year was a period of planning and re-planning weddings, and Elizabeth and Mike’s nuptials were no exception. “We had planned a November wedding in Detroit with 350 people and clearly that wasn’t going to happen,” Elizabeth says. With the help of Rachael Mayo, owner of Rachael Ellen Events, the duo regrouped and opted to scrap it all and invite only their nearest and dearest to the Utah Mountains for a micro destination wedding. According to Mayo, “They swapped their plans and traded them in for an unforgettable mountain experience. Their guests enjoyed a weekend of horseback riding, fly fishing and hiking followed by a cowboy Yurt rehearsal dinner and a romantic mountain wedding celebration.” Elizabeth was over-the-moon with the results. “This ended up feeling like Plan A, even though it was our COVID Plan B,” she says. 

micro destination wedding
micro destination wedding
micro destination wedding


The pair’s micro destination wedding took place at the Blue Sky Tavern, a beautiful secluded ranch offering the mountains’ changing fall foliage as an unforgettable backdrop. “We created a romantic floral aisle and birch arch for their religious ceremony, complete with a live string quartet,” says Mayo. “Then, the guests moved down to the Arena Stable for signature cocktails, axe throwing and hors d’oeuvres. Elizabeth and Mike were welcomed to cocktail hour, when they danced for the first time as husband and wife before celebrating with their guests. A multicourse meal followed, during which their friends and family toasted the newlywed couple.” 

micro destination wedding


For the table design, Elizabeth and Mike kept everything romantic with only a hint of rustic notes. They chose modern glassware and flatware, a romantic lace design charger plate, blue napkins and a beautiful classic crest menu card in a monochrome blue shade. These modern yet classic elements balanced an organic, romantic floral garland runner and taper candles.  

micro destination wedding


Wedding Planning and Design: Rachael Mayo, Rachael Ellen Events

Ceremony and Reception: Blue Sky Ranch

Catering: Blue Sky Ranch

Photography: Heather Nan Photography

Videography: Killer Creations

Makeup: Janelle Ingram

Floral: Rachael Ellen Events

Jazz Trio: Jacob Khalil

Ceremony Music: Maywood String Quartet

Cake: Lustr Creative

Lighting: Moonlight Utah

Lounge: Vault Rentals

Paper Goods: Samantha Meyer Studio

Rentals: Wild Event Studios and Diamond Event & Tent

Shuttles: Snow Country Limousine

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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.