Cheeky themes and vivid colors can oftentimes interrupt and distract from the most important elements of a wedding day: the wedding itself! With neutral outdoor tones as the décor backbone for this fall wedding, Fuse Weddings & Event and Artisan Bloom created the perfect setting to put focus on the bride. Her larger than life Vera Wang gown brought her personal style and simple elegance to the big day!
Alexandra Moresco & Daniel James McKerr, Jr.
St. Regis Deer Valley, Park City
This Chicago couple met by accident. “I lived near DePaul University’s campus while attending college there and used to frequent a small bakery called Floriole,” Alex recalls. “I kept running into D.J. at Floriole and eventually we started chatting. We had our first official date there a week later.” Four years later, D.J. proposed in Lincoln Park at a spot overlooking the Chicago skyline, where Alex and D.J. had gone on their second date. “He proposed after dinner and drinks at our favorite cocktail bar, The Aviary.”
Alex and D.J. invited sixty guests to a destination wedding in Park City. “People were shocked when we told them Park City, considering D.J. and I are both based in the Midwest,” says Alex. “As a publicist, I worked at Sundance Film Festival for clients. I never got to see anything but the inside of a press tent, so D.J. started taking me back the first week of September, every year. We totally fell in love with it, and Park City has become our special place.”
Alex and D.J. asked guests to come prepared for a relaxed, mountain event. “It was like a big party for all of our closest friends,” Alex says. The four-day celebration incorporated intimate meals, whiskey tours, fly fishing, a bridal brunch and concluded with the ceremony at St. Regis Deer Valley. No cheeky theme or vivid colors interrupted the natural landscape alive with Park City’s aspens, blue sky and mountain vistas. For the patio reception, the duo opted for a single long table so they could dine with everyone, instead of being separate from the guests. “I never wanted our reception to feel overdone,” Alex says of the natural decor elements. “We did not have strict colors, but Fuse (Weddings & Events) and Artisan Bloom brought in neutral outdoor tones like blush pink.”
“We wanted our guests to eat amazing food and drink amazing wine,” Alex explains. “I think we accomplished both of those things.” During cocktail hour, guests snacked on tuna tartare, beef tartare, mini grilled-cheese sandwiches, blue cheese and fig bites, croquettes and bacon-wrapped shrimp. “We had a full bar and served our two favorite drinks as signature cocktails: a gin Eastern Standard and an Old Fashioned.” For dinner, guests chose from steak, roasted chicken and wood-plank grilled salmon paired with a wine selection that the St. Regis sommelier customized with D.J. and Alex. Alex selected a red velvet cake, then surprised D.J. with a University of Michigan “M” lemon cake.
“We had a Tuscan string quartet play current hits varying from Bruno Mars to Taylor Swift,” Alex explains.
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTS
“When we went out to the grand lawn to see how it was set up, we both had this moment that just took our breaths away,” Alex says. “I know it’s non-traditional to spend the 24 hours leading up to a wedding with your significant other, but we couldn’t picture it any other way.”
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Photography: Pepper Nix | @peppernix
Planning, Design, Rentals: Fuse Weddings & Events | @fuseweddingsandevents
Venue, Catering: St. Regis, Deer Valley | @stregisdv
Flowers: Artisan Bloom | @artisanbloom
Rings: Cartier | @cartier
Invitations: All She Wrote | @allshewrotechi
Gown: Vera Wang | @verawang
Entertainment: Tuscan String Quartet | @greenlightbooking
Hair and Makeup: Vivian Hair & Makeup |
Favors: V Chocolates |
Rentals: Tavolo Rentals | @tavolorental
Linens: Creative Coverings, Sparks, Nevada | @creativecoverings
Calligraphy: Karli Noel |