Real Wedding: Tuscan Charm

Alicia & Sean
Weddings at the Villa, Cedar Hills, Sept. 4
Photography by Grey Giraffe Collective


Alicia and Sean were introduced serendipitously through a mutual friend at a local Starbucks. Alicia was there for a quick caffeine fix, but she ended up leaving with so much more. Unbeknownst to their shared buddy, introducing the two was just the beginning of an extraordinary romance. The pair are still sipping coffee together nine years later.

Weddings at the Villa
Weddings at the Villa
Weddings at the Villa


After nearly a decade together, Sean decided to make things official. He planned a romantic staycation at one of Alicia’s favorite hotels, the trip was spontaneous yet sentimental—perfect for commemorating the big moment. “I walked into the room to find it covered in rose petals,” Alicia recalls. “He popped the question right then and there, and we celebrated with dinner and massages the next morning!”

Weddings at the Villa


The couple was engaged for two years until they landed on the charming tuscan-like venue to host their intimate ceremony. Set in a historic pear orchard in Cedar Hills, The Villa offered stunning alfresco spaces and quaint terracotta cottages. “The cherry on top was when the venue owner told us owls come to nest during the spring,” Alicia says. “Sean is a huge owl lover, enough so to have an owl tattoo on his side. We were sold once we hear that.”

Weddings at the Villa


To complement the venue’s natural beauty and organic theme, Alicia chose a palette of Ivory, butter, peach, blush, french blue and garden green. The outdoor dining area was dressed in simple white cloth and understated tableware to achieve the “whimsical garden villa” atmosphere that the couple desired. For the wedding menu, Alicia and Sean wanted to ensure a variety of options to meet their guest’s dietary preferences. Catering by Fiore Pizza Truck and Sobe Eats provided several pizza options, including vegan slices, two salad options, a full tostada bar, and a mocktail bar serving mojitos and sangria.

Weddings at the Villa
Weddings at the Villa


Venue: Weddings at the Villa
Dress: Willowby by Watters 
Groom’s suit: Bonobos & Express
Florist: Janie’s Flowers
DJ/MC: Powell Wedding & Events 
Photographer: Grey Giraffe Collective – Alyssa Sorenson 
Bartender: Cheers & Swizzles 
Caterer: Sobe Eats & Fiore Pizza
Cupcakes: Passion Flour Patisserie 

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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.