Written by: Val Rasmussen
Nathan and Bryan celebrate their union among the copper and crevices of Utah’s iconic Natural History Museum of Utah.
Who They Are
Bryan is a creative director for Command Global and Nathan stays busy as an entrepreneur and business consultant in Salt Lake City. Mutual friends from Salt Lake’s hip salon Lunatic Fringe made the introduction. A decade of memories and adventures later, while sitting at a fountain outside the Plaza Hotel in New York City, Nathan proposed to Bryan with a men’s bracelet from Tiffany engraved with ‘My Dude.’ For the wedding, they picked out rings together from Cartier.
“We drew a lot of inspiration from the venue which took our breath away when we were first shown it by our planner,” Bryan says. “It fit us perfectly: modern, clean, masculine yet organic and earthy.” They married on September 7, the 10-year anniversary of becoming an item. “We were so honored to have 125 guests in attendance who represented our lives together over the past decade.”
Copper shone as a symbol of the day. “The entire building is clad in copper mined from the Rio Tinto mine in Utah,” explains Bryan. “I chose to make copper a focal point of the theme.” Stunning solid copper invitations announced the reception. Wire around the floral arrangements, the table numbers and a giant disk that hung from a topiary wall were made from the malleable, rufous metal. In lieu of gifts, guests made donations totaling $10,000 to the couple’s favorite charities: Shriners Hospital for Children and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
During cocktail hour, passed appetizers included the couple’s favorite snacks, like a grilled cheese and tomato soup combo and a play on 7-11 nachos. The dinner menu featured courses of “great duos” including a roasted beet and goat cheese Napoleon stack and melon with prosciutto.
Conn Curran and the Rob Bennion Band played their groovy tunes live during arrival, cocktail hour and dinner. Sleeping at Last’s I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) was the couple’s wedding song. Then Rob Bennion took musical control again—but this time as DJ for dancing with electronic house music.
“Right after the ceremony as the entire wedding party entered into the elevator for our big exit, everyone burst into cheers with arms in the air, except me. That’s when the tears finally hit,” says Bryan.
Photography: David Newkirk
Wedding planner: Fuse Weddings & Events, formerly Events by LMG
Catering: Culinary Crafts
Ceremony and reception site: Natural History Museum of Utah
Flowers: Orchid Dynasty
Rings: Cartier; Wynn Las Vegas
Invitations: Fuse Weddings & Events, formerly Events by LMG
Champagne bride: Michelle Boucher, La Boucherie Design
Suits: Bespoke, Stitched Las Vegas
Bridesmaids’ shoes: Vera Wang Copper, Saks Fifth Avenue
Entertainment: Rob Bennion Band/Conn Curran
Hair: Jake Thompson
Photo booth: Couth Booth