Real Weddings: Katelin Goings & Tony Newman The Cliffrose Lodge & Gardens, Springdale (1/16)

Photographs by Green Apple Photography

Salt Lakers Katelin (an event planner) and Tony (a physical therapist) dated for two-and-a-half years before Tony proposed during their Thailand vacation. “Tony asked a beach goer to take our photo as the sun was setting over the ocean,” Katelin recalls.

After the surprise proposal, Katelin and Tony set their sights on a Southern Utah wedding. “We are both infatuated with the desert,” Katelin says. “Tony worked as a river guide in Moab and in the Grand Canyon. I vacationed regularly in Palm Desert growing up, and more recently I discovered my love for Southern Utah. We chose Zion because it was a place that could be ours.”

A giant cottonwood tree canopied the couple and guests while Zion’s magnificent canyons reflected sunset hues. On a lush lawn, friend Jentry Miskin officiated the ceremony beside the Virgin River. The décor included rocks, geodes and crystals from several Zion rock shops. Hints of sky blue, sandstone pink, sage green and ivory mirrored the desert landscape.

Springdale’s Wildcat Willies Ranch Grill and Saloon served Southwestern fare with menu items including Prickly Pear margaritas and Dutch-oven cobbler. Sweet Tooth Fairy offered guests chocolate cake and cake bites.

The couple’s friends Tim Meyers, Nick Foster and Neil Olsen provided the musical entertainment. Sam Cooke’s “Cupid” ushered the newlyweds to center stage for their first dance. “Our wedding day just happened to fall on the night of the Super Moon,” Katelin recalls. “We danced under the gigantic moon and after the party was over, 20 of us sat on the riverbank basking in the moonlight, wading in the river and watching the moon set against the towering red rock cliffs.”

“Walking down the aisle with my dad, towards my fiancé, surrounded by family and friends, the Virgin River and the Watchman Tower,” Katelin says. “The positivity, excitement and love was palpable.”

the details

Photography: Green Apple Photography
Wedding planner and rentals: Zion Party Rentals, Springdale
Catering: Wildcat Willies Ranch Grill and Saloon, Springdale
Venue: Cliffrose Lodge & Gardens, Springdale
Flowers: Bloomers, St. George
Ring: 9th and 9th Jewelers, SLC
Gown: Love and Lace Bridal, Irvine, California
Videography: Maggie Glendenning, SLC

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