Real Wedding: Cabin Chic

Amelia and Alex
Sundance Resort, July 10
Photography by Jordan Bree


Amelia, a chemical engineer, and Alex, a civil engineer, met at a fundraiser for the University of Louisville’s engineering school. The STEM couple were seemingly made for one another, and after 8 years of dating they decided to make it official. Alex, who also goes by the nickname ‘Fro’ popped the question in September of 2020 during a family trip to Arizona.

Sundance Resort Wedding
Sundance Resort Wedding
Sundance Resort Wedding


After an 11 month engagement, Alex and Amelia tied the knot on July 10th, 2021. Despite the increase in pandemic-paused weddings, the couple were able to secure their dream venue on their preferred date. “We selected Sundance because we’d been going for years and absolutely love the area in the summer,” Amelia recalls. “It’s a very calming retreat type of place.” The resort’s lush forested surroundings and charming wood cabins set the perfect scene for a nature-inspired ceremony.

Sundance Resort Wedding
Sundance Resort Wedding
Sundance Resort Wedding


As much as it was a celebration of their commitment, Alex and Amelia’s wedding was also an opportunity to gather friends and family that hadn’t seen one another in years. “This was the first big trip for many of our guests since COVID,” Amelia says. “We wanted folks to feel safe and comfortable, and Sundance felt very spacious and magical.” To compliment the scenery and add ambiance to plein air spaces, the couple incorporated mixed art mediums throughout. “We had artist themed tables, dancers from SALT Contemporary Dance Studio, a poem commissioned by Elisa Gonzalez, and a special artist flown in from Phoenix, Cassidy Hilgers.”


For their menu, the couple took advantage of Sundance Resort’s in house catering. Amelia insisted on a smoky short rib instead of a traditional steak option, along with tasty summertime hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Their cake was similarly inspired by southern tastes, with a base layer of decadent bourbon vanilla to pay homage to Alex’s Kentucky roots. Designed by Cakes by Alessandra, the three layered cake was left semi-naked, “to reflect the birch tree around us,” Amelia notes.

Sundance Resort Wedding
Sundance Resort Wedding


To take full advantage of their alpine wedding, Alex and Amelia planned several events for them and their guests to enjoy. Sundance Resort’s private lodges and mountaintop cabins provided the perfect spaces for a welcome party and rehearsal dinner. The wedding group even took a ski lift to a Sundance’s Bearclaw Cabin, a remote lodge with stunning views of the Wasatch back and several dining options. “We fell in love with the Foundry Grill, especially their breakfast which we made sure to have the morning ahead of the wedding festivities,” says Amelia. “Don’t skip breakfast on your wedding day!”

Sundance Resort Wedding
Sundance Resort Wedding


Photographer: Jordan Bree Photography
Planner: Hoopes Events
Venue: Sundance Resort
Florist: Fleur and Stems
Cake: Cakes by Alessandra
Dress: Nicole Milano; Luxe Redux Bridal
Suit: Hugo Boss
Makeup: Kailie Artistry
Hair: Beauty by Brooklyng
DJ: One Sound Events
Couple: @Ameliagandara @Frofreaux

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Avrey Evans
Avrey is the Associate Editor for Utah Bride & Groom Magazine, and the Digital Editor for our affiliate magazine Utah Style & Design. She enjoys documenting unique love stories, offering fashion inspiration and indulging her affinity for alliteration.