Liz & Will
The Bridge Cafe & Grill, Park City
Photos by Heather Nan
After eight years of dating, Ireland’s fairy-tale landscape set the tone for Will’s sensational proposal to Liz. The Salt Lakers—who had met in high school—joined friends in Dublin for a three-day road trip. The first day, they drove to Ashford Castle, where Will snuck Emily away from their friends to propose inside the Queen’s Carpet Garden. “Although I knew the proposal was coming, Will managed to still surprise me by popping the question somewhere I wasn’t expecting,” Liz says. “Later that day, we visited the iconic Cliffs of Moher and celebrated our engagement in a small town, Miltown Malbay, at an Irish pub with live music. All in all, he nailed it.”
Liz and Will—an avid Park City snowboarder—set their sights on Park City’s Main Street (and The Bridge Cafe & Grill) for their wedding. “It has the perfect mix of mountainside and city vibes. We also love the weather and changing colors of the trees in September,” Liz says. Pine trees became a symbol for the day. “Pine trees remind me of my dad, and since he is no longer with us, it was important for me to have a piece of him there with us. I had pine sprigs in my bouquet, in all floral arrangements and even had our officiant incorporate a message about what trees can teach us, during our ceremony.”
The duo chose a classic mountain vibe with a palette that included white, grey, green, navy and rose gold. Wood-patterned marble tiles served as plate chargers, lush greenery decorated the scene and woodsy floral arrangements stood on tables. “Ambiance was very important, and we lit up our dance floor with bistro lights and our tables with taper and tea-light candles,” Liz says.
A mountain-greens-and-organic-grain salad kicked off the meal. Vegetarian guests enjoyed a chef’s selection of local grilled vegetables and quinoa topped with a sun-dried tomato vinaigrette. Other guests chose between a roasted chicken breast (with mashed sweet potatoes and fresh herbs, broccolini and a rosemary glaze) or a grilled sirloin steak (mashed sweet potatoes, asparagus and a mushroom demi-glaze). Flour & Flourish provided sea-salt and chocolate chip cookies paired with the crème brûlée wedding cake.
The bar was a favorite feature of the reception. “We have two dogs and while they weren’t able to join us for the wedding, we named our signature cocktails after each of them. Our whiskey-and-lemonade cocktail was named ‘The Remy’ while our mint-mojito cocktail was ‘The Aspen.’” Custom signs and cocktail napkins included watercolor illustrations of the dogs too. Liz and Will will always remember their first dance. “Will and I choreographed a dance to “Call Me” by one of our favorite bands, St. Paul and the Broken Bones. The band played the song a little different than the version we were used to, so we got a little mixed up and confused. At one point, I accidentally backed into one of our poles that were supporting the bistro lights! After regaining my balance, I couldn’t stop laughing for the rest of the dance.”