A snowy landscape becomes a rustic yet elegant stage for Jennifer and Keegan’s winter ranch wedding.
Energy brought them together, and in more than one way. “We met through work,” says Jennifer, who met Keegan while employed in the energy industry. “We kept it strictly professional for some time.” They got to know each other first through witty corporate emails sent between Denver, where Jennifer lived, and Salt Lake City, where Keegan resided.
“It was clear we clicked so we decided to spend a weekend together after a company meeting in San Diego, “ says Jennifer. “We explored the city and kayaked off Coronado Island. After that weekend together, we never looked back, and we’ve been together ever since.” After an eight-month long-distance relationship, Jennifer—and her two shih tzus—moved to Salt Lake. Ten months later, he proposed to her in San Diego, the city where they fell in love.
Located in the snowy Wanship hills, Blue Sky Ranch played host to Jennifer and Keegan’s wedding. The couple exchanged vows inside a clear-sided tent—decorated with whiskey barrels, old-fashioned lanterns and a simple arch—before heading to the venue’s spectacular blue barn for dinner and reception.
The décor unveiled the day’s rustic yet elegant theme. Regal statement-makers included taper candles, gold flatware, table chargers and patio lights. Succulents, barn wood tables, antiqued cross-back chairs and an antler motif fostered an organic flair.
The color palette consisted of shades of fog and navy blue, sage green, ivory and grey with touches of blush pink and rose gold.
Butternut squash soup and baby kale salad kicked off Montage’s “Steam Prairie” surf-and-turf plated dinner. Guests enjoyed oven-roasted Niman Ranch Black Angus New York strip and salmon with Brussels sprouts and wild mushroom risotto topped with Parmesan.
A dessert station offered campfire-inspired treats including High West S’mores, lemon posset, blueberry compote, old-fashioned High West Grillswich (a grilled glazed donut topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream) and mini dark chocolate brownies topped with powdered sugar.
Classical guitarist Soren Charles Green serenaded guests before they danced the night away to the sounds of local Utah band The Strike. The band’s cover of “Gold Digger” was the highlight of the evening’s dancing.
Photography: Gideon Photography
Wedding planner: Michelle Leo Events
Catering: High West Distillery & Saloon
Venue: Blue Sky Ranch
Flowers: Blooms & Blossoms
Rentals: Diamond Rentals
Rings: O.C. Tanner Jewelers
Paper suite: Refine
Gown: Avenia Bridal
Groom’s Suit: Beckett & Robb
Groomsmens’ suits: The Black Tux
Bridesmaids’ gowns: BHLDN
Hair: Kali Wengreen
Makeup: Kristen Packard
Ceremony guitarist: Soren Charles Green
Reception band: The Strike
Videography: Ryan Hinman Films
Transportation: All Resorts Travel