Real Weddings: Dia de Pachamama at High Star Ranch

Laura Vernon & Iain Elliott – 8.1.15

Laura and Iain met online when they were both living in San Francisco. Eighteen months later, Iain (a soon-to-be resident physician) proposed to Laura (a retail brand manager) in their new home of Utah. “Three weeks after finding out we were moving to Utah, we met in Salt Lake to explore our future hometown,” Laura says. “Iain led me on a hike to the Living Room on Bonneville Shore Trail and proposed as we overlooked the city where we would build a new life together.”

“We chose High Star Ranch because we loved the views of the valley in the casual and relaxed setting,” Laura says. “And we chose the date [Aug. 1] as it is Dia de Pachamama—Mother Earth Day in traditional Incan culture—and we felt it would be a great intention for our life together.”

Grassy fields and soaring mountains provided the ceremony’s natural décor. Invitations suggested “prairie formal” attire. “We decided to have the ceremony on the hillside to create an intentional connection with nature,” Laura explains. “There was no seating, just all of our loved ones and extended family surrounding us in a half circle for the ceremony.”

“I am a fish-eating vegetarian and Iain is a meat eater,” Laura says. “We offered  a robust buffet menu accommodating both.” Laura and Iain baked the double-dark-chocolate carrot cake that they cut into and served a vegan carrot cake from Whole Foods to guests.

Laura and Iain invited their friends to provide the music for the ceremony. “Our good friends sang and played ‘This Train is Bound for Glory’ as we all walked down to the reception. For the party, Metro Music Club brought the house down. We knew our guests would dance up a storm in the barn,” Laura says of their “killer music.”

“Holding Iain’s hand,” Laura says. “And being surrounded by family and friends, overwhelmed with emotions, laughing, crying and my face being stuck in a constant ear-to-ear grin.”

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The Details

Photography: Erin Kate Photography, Park City
Catering: Done to Your Taste, Park City
Wedding Coordinator: Emmily Jones, Gatherist
Venue: High Star Ranch, Kamas
Flowers: Tinge Floral, SLC
Rentals: Diamond Rentals, SLC
Rentals: Pink Hippo Vintage Rental, Park City
Rings: Brilliant Earth,
Makeup: Versa Artistry, SLC
Alterations: Tissue Fine Fabrics, SLC
Invitations: Makr,
Transportation: Red Star Transportation
Gown and suits: J.Crew at City Creek, SLC
Bridesmaids’ gowns: Zara, Anthropologie, J.Crew
Entertainment: Metro Music Club

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