The Simple Life

Michelle Bingham & Daniel Madsen
Quiet Meadow Farm, Mapleton 


Photo by Benjamin Patch

Two years after Daniel and Michelle met through mutual friends, Daniel dropped to his knee on Michelle’s birthday during a hike on Squaw Peak, overlooking Provo. The newlyweds live in Vineyard in Utah County, where he’s a mechanical engineer and she’s a Vivint Solar executive assistant.


Photo by Benjamin Patch

“I wanted a venue with an ultimate backyard-wedding feel,” Michelle says of Quiet Meadow Farms in Mapleton. “This place is tucked up against the most beautiful mountains, and the weather could not have been more perfect. My oldest brother Branden married us, which made the ceremony personal and special. We had our darling nieces as flower girls and my nephew as the ring bearer.” The evening before the wedding, the couple hosted dinner following a family temple session.


Photo by Benjamin Patch

“It’s tough to beat Mother Nature,” Michelle says of the farm nestled into the mountainside. Goats and chickens grazed freely through orchards of apple and peach trees. Lush greenery, farmhouse tables and twinkling lights added party flair to the barn-side meadow. Baskets held blankets tagged with handmade notes that read “to have and to hold in case you get cold.” The duo opted for neutral colors for the flowers, decorations and bridesmaids’ gowns.


Photo by Benjamin Patch
Photo by Benjamin Patch

A sit-down plated dinner added formality to the farm fête. After enjoying a mixed green salad with roasted butternut squash, maple-pecan and lemon tahini dressing, guests dined on entrees of either peppercorn fillet of beef with mango chutney or seared salmon with lemon caper sauce.


Photo by Benjamin Patch

“I made our playlists, one for the ceremony and one for the reception. They had a soft, easy, acoustic, singer/songwriter-type feel,” Michelle says. Favorite slow songs included “You Are Mine” by Spencer Coombs featuring Holley Maher and “I’m Yours” by Secret Nation.


Photography: Benjamin Patch, SLC

Catering: Mountain Vista, Provo

Ceremony and Reception Site: Quiet Meadow Farms, Mapleton

Flowers: Prows House Floral, Pleasant Grove

Rentals: Alpine Rental, Alpine

Bride’s ring: Wilson Diamonds, Provo

Invitations: Westend Girl Studio, Provo

Groom’s suit: J.Crew, City Creek Center, SLC

Groomsmens’ ties: Nordstrom, City Creek Center, SLC

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