Utah Bride and Groom

Modern Southwest Elopement

Southwest style never fades. In fact, like fine wine and aged leather, this iconic American statement is getting better with age. Today, rugged is more refined, barren blossoms into vibrant, and windblown fades to perfectly polished.

Southwestern design is synonymous with comfort. That’s why we’re swooning over this cozy-chic inspiration from Jessica White Photography. Just because you’re eloping doesn’t mean you should get shortchanged in the fairytale department. So, how about go at it in style? Take our advice and follow these tips for an elopement to remember.

Think outside the reception box.

This 100-year-old converted railway loft reflects a rustic, yet modern style. Exposed beam ceiling, custom barn doors and shiplap walls? Joanna Gaines would approve.

Make a fashion statement.

Just because you’re eloping, doesn’t mean you can’t don a killer outfit. Sure, we’re thinking Southwest, but a custom suit—blue trousers and a plaid jacket—keeps the scene cool and contemporary.

Layer on the organic details.

Wool rugs, leather ottomans and sheepskin throws pack a luxurious punch to the scene. Add a lush garland filled with florals, succulents and greens for extra romance.

Go for earthy tones.

Muddy chocolates, raw woods and turquoise jewels invoke all our favorite desert sunset tones.

Experiment. Why not?

Play with a different style bouquet or go wild and pick two. Next, choose a custom wedding cake for the two of you.        Live happily ever after.

No explanation needed.

VENDORS:

Photography, creative direction and design:  Jessica White 

Venue: The Loft Studio 

Florals: Potted Pansy 

Gown:  Chantel Lauren 

Suit:  True Gentleman Supply Co 

Jewelry: Southwest Silver Gallery

Hair:  Kali Chris 

Makeup: Makeup & Brows by Cherisa 

Backdrop:  Ballantyne Design 

Rugs/pillows/staging:  Loom & Kiln 

Invitation suite:  Foil & Ink 

Invitation backdrop:  Watercolors by Marlene

Cutting boards:  Salt Marketplace 

Cakes:  Natalie Ward Gray 

Video:  Emily Evans Video

Written by: Val Rasmussen, editor

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Val Rasmussen
Editor-In-Chief
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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