by Val Rasmussen
Minimal of color can be magical, especially when a site is dark and moody. Leslie Price of Leslie Dawn Events and photographer Alixann Loosle enter La Caille’s deep forest at dusk to create a quiet design that caresses and calms. This enchanting retreat captures the charm of a captivating storybook romance.
Head into the Woods
Lucky for Utah couples, the mountains boast sensory delights like the smell of pine, the sounds of bubbling creeks and the caress of gentle breezes. Take La Caille, for example.
“La Caille is such a sensational venue,” Leslie Price of Leslie Dawn Events says. “The grounds are truly breathtaking with the lush greenery as a backdrop. It really brought out the shades of gray in the design palette.”
Master Moody Hues
Price harnesses wedding-day fantasy with a grown-up, fairy-tale flair. Enhanced by neutral-hued florals, moody lighting and organic materials, a forest nook channels a magical moment of delight with textural shades of gray—concrete, linen and ceramic. “Additionally, I pulled in matte gray candles to bring in softness and create a dim and mysterious aesthetic.”
The cool hues of texture-rich and organic materials—concrete table, marble place cards and artisanal plates—create the intrigue of a mysterious and, of course, romantic setting.
“The stone swan seats are unique and added such an unexpected element to the table design,” says Price who capitalized on the garden’s existing table and benches.
Polish the Details
Avoid a breeze sweeping away programs and place cards by opting for stone instead.
“I love the idea of incorporating marble into the place cards instead of using classic paper goods,” Price explains. “I found lovely marble coasters and Karli Noel Calligraphy expertly wrote the names on them. I felt it finished off the design with a polished feel.”
Design Toward Dusk
Waiting to party past sunset has its benefits. Evenings provide cooler temperatures, while sunset shadows deepen the textures of bark, leaves and pods. “I love florals with texture,” Price says of dahlias, eryngium, andromeda and fern. “The Potted Pansy shows off textural blooms that don’t lose the soft romance we were striving to create.”
Design and planning: Leslie Dawn Events, SLC ( a #ubgvendor!)
Photographer: Alixann Loosle, SLC
Venue: La Caille, Sandy (a #ubgvendor!)
Gown: Natalie Wynn Design, SLC
Suit: H&M at City Creek, SLC
Florist: Potted Pansy, Pleasant Grove
Calligraphy: Karli Noel Calligraphy, Midvale
Paper goods: Jeneze Designs, Spanish Fork
Hair and makeup: Brynn Thomas, SLC
Cake: Flour and Flourish, SLC