Real Wedding: Jessica & Samuel

Overlooking a verdant Park City, Jessica and Samuel’s Southern-inspired wedding captured timeless elegance with jazzy tunes, lawn games, classic fashion and stately décor.

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Jessica and Sam met at the University of Virginia, but it wasn’t until Jessica (a Florida native) was midway through medical school and Sam (from Virginia) was finished with graduate school that the two made a connection.

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“Sam called me one day, out of the blue, to ask if I was in Tampa—which I was—and asked if he could spend a night on my couch while driving through from graduate school in Texas to his first job in Miami,” Jessica recalls.

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“He ended up staying a few days and came back to Tampa at his next opportunity. We knew right away, this was it.” Six months later, they rescued a puppy they named Jefferson, who, two and one-half years later, helped Sam propose by presenting the engagement ring on his collar.


To kick off their wedding weekend, the bride and groom threw a welcome party at Jessica’s parent’s home in Deer Valley.

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“We had friends and family flying in from around the country,” Jessica says. The couple held a rehearsal dinner at High West Distillery the night prior, while Montage’s manicured Grand Lawn hosted the big celebration overlooking a vibrantly green mountainside.

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Utah Summer Wedding


No question, the couples’ Southern roots influenced every debonair detail from classic fashion to flowers displaying a fresh summertime palette of poppy, pink, peaches and cream.

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The wedding aisle showcased men in tailored tuxes and bridesmaids in mint-colored, floor-length gowns. Even the couple’s dog, Jefferson, wore a “tuxedo.”

Utah Summer Wedding

Stately urns displayed cascading hydrangeas, peonies, garden roses, vines and pomegranates—reminiscent of a Southern garden.


Cocktail hour served up Jessica and Sam’s specialty cocktail, a French 77 made with St. Germaine Elderflower liquor, lemon juice and Champagne.

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A plated dinner in the Craftsman-style Vista Lounge included field green salads with a choice of sumac-roasted rack of lamb, steamed Chilean sea bass or 48-hour Wagyu short ribs.

Utah Summer Wedding

Utah Summer Wedding

And for the late night party, Burgers & Bourbon served up favorite American classics including gourmet burgers and fresh-cut fries.


Live music from the Party Crashers kicked off the reception with jazz-style acoustics and later, rocked the dance floor with their signature electric performance.

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“With all the food, music and dancing, everyone just truly had incredible fun,” Jessica says.

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Photography: Sparkle Photography

Wedding planner: Sarah Aures, Montage Deer Valley

Catering, venue and rentals: Montage Deer Valley

Flowers: Artisan Bloom

Rings: Mavilo’s

Invitations: Minted

Gown: Augusta Jones, Malindy Elene Bridal Boutique (available locally at Alta Moda Bridal)

Bridal belt: Amanda Judge

Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin, available locally at City Creek Nordstrom

Bride’s Earrings: Roberto Coin, Montage Deer Valley

Suits: Hugo Boss, available locally at City Creek Nordstrom

Bridesmaids’ dresses: Bill Levkoff

Entertainment: Party Crashers, Green Light Booking

Officiant: Roxanne Hunt

Rehearsal dinner: High West Distillery

Bridal luncheon: J&G Grill, St. Regis Deer Valley

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