Utah Bride and Groom

Real Wedding: Desert Beauty at Dead Horse Point

Emery and Marc love the outdoors, Jeep rides and adventures, so they knew right off the bat that they wanted a different kind of wedding.

The Couple

The couple met through mutual friends in high school, though they were dating other people at the time. Their first date was over Emery’s first Christmas break home from college nearly 7 years ago, and two have been inseparable ever since. Pennsylvania-native and fun-loving as can be, the two got engaged after a long day of learning how to dirtbike, then met Marc’s family for dinner and drinks.

The Wedding

Before they selected their location, Marc went to Moab on a Jeeping trip, and suggested Utah to Emery as soon as he returned.

“I thought it was perfect,” Emery says. “For destination weddings, everyone goes to the beach or somewhere tropical. I wanted something a little more ‘me.’ Here, we see Pennsylvania beauty every day- down in the desert, it’s a different kind of beautiful.”

The couple didn’t actually see Dead Horse Point in person until the morning of their wedding. They had been researching ceremony spots in Arches and among the red rock elsewhere, but enough people in Land Management suggested the Point that Emery and Marc just went for it.

After a ceremony at the edge of the point, the newlyweds hosted a dinner and reception at Sunset Grill.

The Mood

Emery and Marc were married in the bright sun, red sand and surrounded by loved ones dressed in desert rose hues. This included Emery’s niece, Jenna, in a gorgeous lilac bridesmaid’s gown.
“I tried to coordinate fall colors, because these schemes are my favorite,” Emery says. The entire mood was set to mirror the desert setting of the wedding, from Emery’s Aztec-embroidered gown to the succulents adorning her bridal bouquet.

The Cuisine and The Tunes

To end the night, the wedding party enjoyed a classic filet mignon and chicken (but honey-pecan, which sounds amazing) dinner at the Sunset Grill, complete with cake cutting and dancing. Emery danced with her father to “Just Fishing” by Trace Atkins, while Marc and his mom grooved to a Celine Dion classic. The couple made their debut to the tune of “Yours” by Russell Dickerson.

“I think my favorite part of the day was simply being able to finally call him my husband,” Emery says. “We’ve been together for so long, it felt so good to finally seal the deal. It was the perfect day.” 

VENDORS

Gown: Bridal Beginnings, Pittsburgh, PA
Bridesmaids gowns: David’s Bridal
Suits: Glitter T, Ridgway, PA
Rings: Firth Jewelers, Niagara Falls, NY
Venue/Catering: Sunset Grill
Megan Bartholomew
Megan Hulse Bartholomew is the web editor for Utah Bride & Groom and Utah Style & Design magazines. She recently graduated from the University of Utah with degrees in English and Journalism, and is currently trying to catch up on 5+ years of pleasure reading.

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