Brigitte and Daniel started their journey as coworkers at an aviation software company based in Houston. Brigitte, who works in human resources, saw Daniel, a software developer, as a friend for two years before the couple embarked on their first date. The two were together for five years before tying the knot during their September celebration at Sundance Mountain Resort.
En route to a dream vacation in San Sebastian, Spain, Daniel treated Brigitte to a stop in London, her favorite city. As a flower lover, Brigitte had Kensington Gardens at the top of her itinerary. While walking the grounds, she heard their song, which is by Kacey Musgraves, and thought it was a happy coincidence created by street performers. It wasn’t until she saw a sign popping the big question that she realized what was truly happening. “It was so sweet to see all of the effort Daniel made to create a complete surprise for me across the pond,” Brigitte says. She responded with the easiest of “yeses” and the couple spent the remainder of their vacation as an “engagement-moon” in Spain.
Brigitte walked down an aisle laden with brilliant white florals, wearing a dreamily romantic Galia Lahav gown with full length off the shoulder sleeves, a flawlessly fit corset bodice and a voluminous floral lace skirt. The ceremony entrances were set to “Landslide,” Daniel’s late mother’s favorite song. Brigitte was wed to Daniel by a mutual friend, Jonathan English, who was the couple’s host for the London proposal surprise. Daniel surprised Brigitte once again and had the theme to The Princess Bride played to accompany his vows, referencing one of their first dates.
“Part of our wedding vibe was a love letter to Utah,” says Brigitte, who was born in Mountain Green. “I am so proud of where I’m from, and I wanted all of our friends from around the globe to experience all of the things I love about my home.” And experience, they did: Utah-local products and people were infused into every part of this celebration. The guests’ welcome bags featured Great Salt Lake taffy, and the welcome party was hosted by High West’s Whiskey Ambassadors while guests basked in the peaceful mountain ambiance of Sundance Resort.
Then came the party of Bridgerton-ball proportions. Cascading white-and-blush roses and wisteria draped the venue from floor-to-ceiling, pairing with sleek black signage to create the perfect London-esque backdrop for an evening of romance. “I’m a neutrals girl at heart. I didn’t want to select a palette that didn’t feel like me just because I was getting married,” Brigette explains. For added sentimentality, the event details featured blue herons, another nod to Daniel’s mother’s favorite things.
Brigitte entered her reception in a second simple and modern gown designed by Alyssa Kristin. The couple and their guests enjoyed a plated dinner including braised short ribs, pan seared chicken, vegetable strudel and fruit galette. Drinks included cocktails with a signature flair: each showcased a favorite liquor selected from two of the pair’s favorite bars. Dessert took the form of a show-stopping, five-tier cake in multiple flavors— strawberry lemonade, samoa and carrot cake.
DJ Joune brought the celebration to life, ushering in the newlyweds with “Kiss to Build a Dream On.” Brigitte made her grand exit as Mrs. in a third head-turning ensemble, a short and party-ready number by Nadine Merabi, with enough sparkle to last through the couple’s three-week Italian honeymoon.
Utah Wedding Vendors:
Wedding Planning & Design: Fuse Weddings & Events, fuseweddingsandevents.com
Photography: Pepper Nix, peppernix.com
Videographer: Jared Wortley Films, jaredwortleyfilms.com
Venue & Catering: Sundance Mountain Resort, sundanceresort.com
Florist: Artisan Bloom, artisanbloom.com
Rings: Zadok Jewelers Houston, zadok.com
Bridesmaid Gowns: BHLDN and Saks Fifth Avenue, bhldn.com, saksfifthavenue.com
Groomsmen Suits: The Black Tux, theblacktux.com
Stationery Suite: Ann Elizabeth Print Studio,
Signage: Twelve30Creative, twelve30.com
Rentals: Diamond Event and Tent, diamondevent.com; Vault Event Rentals, vaulteventrentals.com
Lighting: Moonlight Lighting, moonlightutah.com
Linens: Nuage Design, nuagedesigns.com
Neon Sign: Love at 1st Sign, loveatfirstsign.org
Hair & Makeup: Sly Beauty, slybeautycosmetics.com
Cake: Flour and Flourish, flourandflourishcake.com
Ceremony Music: Michael Lucarelli, michaellucarelli.com
DJ/Band: DJ Joune, djjoune.com