Utah Bride and Groom

Making History

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.

The Wedding

“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.”

The Mood

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.

The Food

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.

The Tunes

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.

Memorable Moment

“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.

Vendor Credits:

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

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Val Rasmussen
Val Rasmussen is Editor at Utah Bride & Groom magazine, Assistant Editor at Utah Style & Design magazine, and Contributor to Salt Lake magazine. She can be reached at val@utahbrideandgroom.com or via Instagram @ValerieFRas.



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