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Utah Bride and Groom

My Kind of Adventure

Cameron Beckham & Michael Frantz
St. Regis Deer Valley

THE COUPLE

Photo by Jacque Lynn Photography

“We met on Hinge, a dating app that connects users based on our mutual Facebook friends,” explains Cameron of the Seattle-based connection. Michael (a portfolio manager with UBS Financial Services) led Cameron (a senior financial manager for Microsoft) on an adventurous first date that included skydiving and a spontaneous road trip to Portland. “The date continued with drinks at a Peruvian restaurant, Champagne and pizza, and ended with our first kiss in the middle of the street in downtown Portland,” Cameron says. After nine months of dating, Michael proposed on a Tuesday night, then surprised Cameron with a Portland getaway.

THE WEDDING

Photo by Jacque Lynn Photography

“Although we’re from Texas, my family has been skiing in Utah since the late ‘80s and bought their first condo in Deer Valley in 2005. I spent a summer living in Deer Valley after graduating from college in 2008 and fell in love with it in the summer time,” Cameron says. “I love the way St. Regis is tucked into the side of the mountain. Mike and I are really into skiing and hiking, so getting married at the base of a ski run surrounded by nature was a no-brainer.” The couple’s pastor flew from Christ-St. Paul’s in South Carolina to officiate.

THE MOOD

Photo by Jacque Lynn Photography

“Love is an adventure” became an underlying theme. “The décor was garden-inspired—a bit wild and ethereal. It turned out very magical,” Cameron says. Blooms, tableware and linens featured soft colors like blush, sage and rose gold. Tables showcased wooden block table numbers signifying shared activities including skydiving, scuba diving and spelunking. “We hired an artist to paint a live painting of the reception from the edge of the dance floor. Now, we have something to hang in our home to remember the night forever.” Guests threw paper airplanes for the couple’s farewell before Cameron and Mike rode away in a 1930’s limousine.

THE CUISINE

Photo by Jacque Lynn Photography

“I don’t eat red meat, so we wanted to provide a choice between steak and fish. We chose the trout to support local fishing and to give our guests a taste of Utah’s delicious trout, sourced from Ogden. The steak was another taste of home as it came from a ranch in Washington where we both live,” Cameron says. “The late night snacks were chosen as a nod to our personal late-night cravings. For him, it’s Dick’s, a local drive-in burger joint in Seattle. My choice was true to my southern roots and was inspired by Whataburger’s late-night breakfast menu, a fast-food chain my friends and I spent a lot of time at growing up.” Wine was an important part of the menu. “It was very important to my father, who is somewhat of a collector.”

THE TUNES

Photo by Jacque Lynn Photography

“Groove Merchants” turned up the party scene. “They were so fun,” Cameron says. Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” ushered in the newlyweds during their first dance as husband and wife.

Vendors:

Photos: Jacque Lynn Photography, SLC

Design and planning: Michelle Leo Events, Sandy

Venue and catering: St. Regis, Deer Valley

Flowers: Urban Chateau, SLC

Rentals: Diamond Rental, Murray; Michelle Leo Events, Sandy

Rings: T. Anthony Jewelers, Seattle

Gown: Cicada, Seattle

Suits: Joseph Abboud, Men’s Wearhouse, SLC

Bridesmaids’ gowns: Sorella Vita, Bellevue Bridal, Bellevue

Band: Groove Merchants

Videography: Chris McClain, SLC

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Val Rasmussen
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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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