Real Weddings: Romantic Ranch Life Sundance Mountain Resort

Cailley Chakeen & Andrew Tonn –  10.3.15

Long before Cailley and Drew settled into a newlywed life operating their own farm, Harris Buttes Ranch in Montana, mutual friends introduced the two Salt Lake City dwellers. Three years later, Drew proposed after a skinny dip—yes, a skinny dip—in an isolated Montana pool in Swan Valley. “Before climbing out of the water, Drew politely turned his back so that I could dash to my pile of clothes waiting behind a large boulder,” Cailley recalls. “After I emerged and got dressed, Drew was waiting on one knee. There I was, soaking wet with no makeup and wearing Tevas. I wouldn’t have had it any other way.”

Early in their courtship, Cailley and Drew attended the annual Sundance Harvest Market. “At one point, Drew turned to me and said, ‘I could see myself getting married here.’” Not surprisingly, autumn set the stage for their October wedding years later. “Drew’s roots are in the West and ranching, while my background is more urban and formal,” says Cailley, explaining the event’s Southwestern elegant vibe. “We wanted to capture the rustic, western feel authentic to Sundance, but maintain the traditional elegance imperative to such an important event.”

To add Southwestern flair to the formality of tuxedos and gowns, Cailley and her bridesmaids wrapped themselves in patterned camp shawls and Cailley danced the night away in turquoise cowboy boots. Cailley’s favorite Pendleton blanket inspired the event’s color palette. “We featured authentic elements from Drew’s heritage including cattle brands, spurs, rope and deer antlers from the ranch,” Cailley describes. “The overall look and feel was warm, unique and authentic.”

The menu featured beef short ribs catered by Sundance Resort. “We chose this entrée because Drew is a cattle rancher,” Cailley says. “Beef was a must.” Sundance served crème brulee after dinner and cupcakes along with late-night, post-dancing pizza.

Rosco String Quartet and Metro Music Club provided the entertainment. The couple danced to Rascal Flatts’ “My Wish.”

“Watching Cailley walk down the aisle as the sun shined down for the first time that day,” Drew says, describing the sun’s welcome arrival after a full day of rain. “She looked up toward the heavens and smiled the biggest smile.”

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Photography: Jessica White Photography, SLC
Wedding planner: Petal Pixie, SLC
Catering and venue: Sundance Mountain Resort, Sundance
Flowers: Petal Pixie, SLC
Rentals: Alpine Event Rentals, Provo
Rings: Tresor Jewelers, SLC
Paper: Ashley’s Custom Stationery, Hinsdale, Illinois
Gown: Vera Wang, Chicago, Illinois
Suits: The Black Tux, Santa Monica, California
Entertainment: Metro Music Club, SLC; Rosco String Quartet, SLC
Videography: Nathan Pickett Films, SLC
Officiant: Rev. Anita J. Gordon, SLC

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