Kendall and Brian
Sundance Resort. January 7.
Photography by Erin Kate Photography

What began as a strong friendship between Kendall and Brian naturally evolved into love after spending a winter skiing together. Those that play together stay together, right? Breathe in the scent of pine and let the snowfall tickle your cheeks in this warm-your-soul wedding at Sundance Resort.

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After the reception, luminaries led guests to the Redford Center for an after party where late night desserts were served and the dancing continued into the wee hours. 

OCCUPATIONS 

Kendall is an employment specialist at Montage Deer Valley, and Brian is a sales engineer at Technoform Glass Insulation. They currently reside in Park City.

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HOW THEY MET

Brian and Kendall met their freshman year at the University of Colorado at Brian’s fraternity party. They noticed each other from across the room, and Brian asked Kendall to dance. Following an evening of dancing and foosball, Brian walked her back to her dorm and asked for her number. After several weeks of hanging out as friends, he asked her out for a real date on her birthday. “He showed up with flowers and a wonderfully written card,” Kendall recalls. “I knew there was something there.” They fell in love the following winter in 2003 while skiing and spending time in the mountains together.

THE MOMENT THEY KNEW THEY FOUND “THE ONE”  

Brian knew when living in Beaver Creek and “life together seemed so perfect and easy,” he says. Kendall says she knew, “When we were living in different states, and all I wanted was for us to be together. At that time I realized I could never imagine being with anyone else.” 

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In lieu of a guestbook, friends and familysigned these antique skis after the photographer captures them in the newly fallen snow. 
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No need for blooms in this fragrant boutonnière tied with hemp. 

THE PROPOSAL

On a Thanksgiving trip to Pennsylvania with Kendall’s family, the couple made plans to attend a Penn State football game. Kendall’s dad was a quarterback for Penn State, and the campus was where her parents met, making it a special place for the entire family. Early that morning, Brian and Kendall met her family on the field for what she thought was a Christmas photo of the family. 

A fresh blanket of Utah snow falls for the lucky couple.

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After a few photos, Brian asked Kendall to walk with him down the field to the end zone. “I began to shake when he started talking about how I was the love of his life and that this was an amazing trip he would never forget,” she says. “He said he never wanted to live without me, and before I knew it, he was pulling a little box out of his pocket and bending down on one knee. ”

Ecstatic and surprised, Kendall said yes. Despite the cold weather, Kendall eagerly threw off her glove and put the ring on.They celebrated after the game with Kendall’s entire family, including grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. 

MENU

Caesar salad, blackened salmon and pork, roasted potatoes and vegetables.

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Chartreuse—a unique winter choice of color-—was repeated throughout the ski-centric wedding, from the groomsmen’s ties to the candlelit tables. 

WEDDING SONG

“Someone Like You” by Van Morrison.

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Ski pass escort cards led guests to tables named after ski resorts Kendall and Brian have visited together.

UNIQUE ELEMENT OF THE DAY

Instead of a traditional father-daughter and mother-son dance, “We organized a dance medley with a number of family members that made the biggest impact in our lives in the order they came into our lives,” Kendall says. First, the couple danced together. Next, Kendall danced with her mom and Brian with his mom. Then Kendall danced with her brother and Brian danced with his grandmother, and after that, Kendall danced with her stepfather and Brian danced with his stepmother. Finally, Kendall and Brian came back together to dance to Kendall’s favorite country song “Crazy” by Pat Green.

Their monogrammed logo was used throughout the wedding day. 

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT

Bride’s: 
“Listening to my husband say his vows and knowing the love we felt for each other. Then, of course, the music and the dancing that followed.”

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Birch-wrapped candles line the aisle. 

Groom’s: 
“Dancing with my friends, family and my lovely bride to the amazing music played by the band.”

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Tiny details like a mossy flower girl basket, the couple’s flower-clad dog, Izzy, and cowboy boots help define the rustic yet elegant mood.

VENDORS

Planner: Soirée Productions
Catering: Sundance Resort
Ceremony and Reception Site: Sundance Resort
Flowers: Artisan Bloom
Rentals: Alpine Event Rentals
Rings: Bova Diamonds, Texas
Stationary: Pink Piggy
Gown: Vera Wang
Bridesmaid’s Gowns: Bella Bridesmaids
Suites: Soirée Productions
Cake: Layers
Dessert: Sundance Resort
Entertainment: Groove Merchants
Videography: Remember When Films
Makeup: Anna K Style


You can find more inspiration for your winter wedding here.