Natalie Gorman & Steve Bertram
Los Angelenos Steve and Natalie spent many evenings getting to know each other while watching the sunset over the Pacific Ocean from Steve’s terrace. It was that same location where he proposed to Natalie, all the while gazing over the blue sea. “We went to a nice restaurant after the proposal to celebrate, but quickly got back home to sit on the balcony and soak it all in,” Natalie recalls.
Steve and Natalie decided on an early autumn wedding in the mountains. “We wanted a location that was upscale, yet laid back, and was central for friends and family to travel,” Natalie says. “I love the mountains in the fall. We wanted a place where Steve’s two sons could explore outside, and we could all have fun as a family.” Without Natalie knowing, Steve called Montage—prior to popping the question—to inquire about open dates. Serendipitously, the Saturday after their first-date anniversary was open. What’s more, the email confirming those dates was sent by a Montage employee named Natalie Stevens (a combination of the couple’s first names). All the stars aligned for an August 26th wedding at Montage Deer Valley.
A Grand Lawn ceremony opened the big day, where Steve walked down the aisle with this two sons, Matthew and Nicholas. The boys took part in the ring ceremony by offering Natalie a diamond band to wear with her engagement ring. “Steve and I also made vows to the boys during the ceremony.”
“My goal was to achieve a balance of elegance and fun. I kept everything light and airy. We had a speciality cocktail and arranged the seating so it would be easy to socialize. Two large farm tables and our most outgoing friends centered the tent,” Natalie says.
Fresh views, gourmet cuisine, a photo booth, a giant Jenga game, s’mores and a popcorn station entertained guests on the big day. For invitees who could not attend, the wedding was live streamed. “It was special to be able to share our day with them in whatever way we could.”
The couple danced to the Dixie Chicks’ “Lullaby” sung by the bride’s cousin, Elizabeth Heller. The live band Gold Standard took the mic for big-band music, before the party switched gears to a DJ as the evening progressed. “My stepson Nick took over the dance floor. He does a mean ‘worm’ and made the stage his own, which was incredibly entertaining for everyone,” Natalie says. The bride and her younger sister were the last two dancers to leave the dance floor that evening.