Winters in Utah can be harsh. But in this inspiration shoot, we are reminded that, in our mountains, the season is also synonymous with cozy fires, plush fabrics and romantic candlelit dinners. Wrap yourself in a luxurious blanket of faux fur and nestle in under a canopy of glowing globes. Sip warming drinks at a table set for 40 of your closest friends and family members. An intimate affair donning a neutral color palette is embracing, not boring, when cocooned inside a rustic, wooden barn. Lastly, go for a quick stroll through an illuminated, outdoor ice lounge and breathe in the crisp mountain air. Anything but harsh, this Utah winter weddings are warm and hospitable. 

Photography by Bruce Gardner

Utah Winter weddings
Bouquet of champagne and cream roses, lamb’s ear and privet berries.

This winter princess dons delicate lace, a fur stole and leather gloves to endure the frosty evening. “This rough-hewn log cabin is the original Heber Valley milk depot from 1880,” says Red Cliff Ranch owner Virginia Whitby. 

Utah Winter weddings
View of the Heber Valley from Red Cliff Ranch.
Log cabin warmth and filtered lighting illuminate the intricate lace of the gown.
Utah Winter weddings
A horse stable plays host to this candlelit dinner. 
Utah Winter weddings
Simple centerpieces of champagne roses and lamb’s ear decorate the long table. I
Gypsophila (yes, baby’s breath) en masse creates wow factor for the guests at this entrance. 
Glass orbs, hanging fabric and a manzanita chandelier make this ceiling treatment a serious statement-maker.
Utah Winter weddings
Ice sculptures lead guests into a tented—and heated—outdoor pavilion.
An illuminated “chill lounge” and firepit create a festive after-dinner lounge area. 
Utah Winter weddings
Utah Winter weddings
Lobster tail and a hearty soup is served. 
Utah Winter weddings
Utah Winter weddings


Design, Rentals & Coordination: Bluebird Event Destination Management
Florals: Decoration Inc.
Ice Sculptures: Iceworks Inc.
Hair & Makeup: Virginia Whitby and Lindsay Jensen
Dress: Pronovias; The Brides’ Shop, SLC
Coat: Jolt from Dillards, SLC
Gloves: Vintage
Model: Lindsay Jensen
Catering: The Blended Table
Venue: Red Cliff Ranch, Heber City

Find more winter wedding inspiration here!