Ranch Hand In Hand

Chelsea MacNealy
& Timothy Foley

Blue Sky Ranch wedding, Wanship UT

October 15

Photos by Sparkle Photography


blue sky ranch weddingChelsea (a strategy consultant originally from Ohio) and Tim (an IT director hailing from Massachusetts) met shortly after they moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. “We were introduced by mutual friends at a rooftop party on a beautiful September day,” Chelsea recalls. Two years later, Tim proposed one “magical” October day. “He got down on one knee during a walk on Russian Hill at the spot of our first kiss,” she says. “He had arrived just an hour earlier on a cross-country flight from Boston, which included a secret Ohio layover to ask my parents for my hand in marriage.” Currently, Chelsea and Tim are planning to move to Park City. 


The skiers and mountain adventurers set their sights on Utah. “Living in California and having families and friends spread across the country, we wanted someplace unique that our guests could get to easily by plane.” Park City offered a centrally-located town for guests to explore, enjoy and savor. “Many of our guests had never been to Utah before and now many of them can’t wait to come back,” Chelsea says. “When we saw Blue Sky, we knew it was exactly the mountain wedding venue we were looking for.” Autumn was the season of choice. “We chose October because we both love the fall. The foliage is beautiful, and the temperature is perfect.”


The weekend reflected the couple’s love for mountain-chic elegance and good ol’ fashioned fun. “We wanted all of our wedding elements to complement the beauty of the mountains, yet add a flare of elegance and sophistication,” says Chelsea of the décor boasting shades of navy, copper and magenta with accents of yellow and mixed metals. “We viewed our wedding as two distinct parts: ceremony and reception. We wanted guests to leave the ceremony with love in their hearts and tears in their eyes. And we wanted them to leave the reception saying, ‘That was the best party ever!’”


“We picked a menu that showcased the season and mountain cuisine that we love so much for our family and friends who were coming from out of town,” Chelsea says. Jalapeño corn bread and a winter green salad kicked off the meal. Next up, guests enjoyed “Stream and Prairie” entrees of pan-fried Utah trout and Niman Ranch New York Strip steak, both served with smoked root vegetables. Sweet treats finished the mountain-chic menu. “We both love chocolate chip cookies and found a great local bakery, Midway Country Kitchen, to supply them. We also had a dessert bar with s’mores and apple fritters provided by High West.”


Dinner music ranged from Frank Sinatra to the Fugees. To satisfy Chelsea and Tim’s desire to have “the best party ever,” the DJ blasted popular tunes from their high school and college days through today, ending with an “epic” rendition of Journey’s famous “Don’t Stop Believing.” Bruce Springsteen’s “Happy” serenaded the newlyweds during their first dance. “We both fell in love with it the moment we heard it together and knew it was right for our first song,” Chelsea says. 


“The walk down the aisle,” says Chelsea. “Walking with my dad, Pachelbel’s ‘Canon in D’ playing, all my family and friends before me, the mountains in the background and all of the details from months of planning seen out of the corner of my eye. But as I rounded the corner, everything else faded away, and it was just Tim and me together in the world.” 


Photography: Sparkle Photography, Park City

Wedding coordination: Harvest Moon, Park City

Catering: High West, Wanship

Ceremony and reception site: Blue Sky, Wanship

Flowers: Artisan Bloom, Draper

Lighting and drapery: Moon Light Utah, Orem

Invitations: Frost Street Studio

Gown: Pnina Tornai, Kleinfeld Bridal, NYC

Suits: Indochino

Bridesmaids’ dresses: Amsale, Bella Bridesmaids

Bridal party hair and makeup: Versa Artistry, Sandy

Ceremony music: String Love, Park City

Reception music: DJ Pauly, Park City

Videography: Chris McCainn, Salt Lake City

Transportation: Snow Country Limo, Park City

Rehearsal Dinner: Tupelo, Park City

Previous articleThe Perfect Pre-Wedding Destination: The Grand America Hotel
Next articleUp, Up and Away!