Utah Bride and Groom

Real Wedding: Hallie + Geoff

After the devastating 2017 fires in California damaged their wedding venue beyond repair, Hallie and Geoff turned to Utah wedding professionals to pull off a last-minute dream wedding.

The Couple

Hallie and Geoff met online in Houston, after Geoff moved to the area for work. The pair dated for about a year before Geoff proposed, and they began preparing for a December wedding. Geoff worked out of town during the week, and pretended that he wouldn’t be back to see Hallie that weekend, to make sure she was surprised when she walked into their condo to see him on one knee!

“He had candles, rose petals, an amazing view, the whole nine yards,” says Hallie. “It was a really intimate and special moment, just for the two of us.”



The Wedding

Originally, Hallie and Geoff wanted to get married in the heart of Napa Valley’s wine country, and had about two months of planning under their belt when the October fires hit the area. Hallie’s parents suggested Stein Ericksen lodge in Park City as an alternative, when the hotel and venue reported significant fire damage. Both Hallie and Geoff grew up going to the mountains, so they decided Park City would be the perfect destination.

“The destruction in California was devastating for us and for the area, but almost selfishly it was meant to be for us,” Hallie says. “It really represented who we are as a couple. So it could not have been more perfect in the end.”

Hallie was extremely worried that a winter wedding in the mountains would be “too Christmas-y,” so they chose bright pink and purple hues as their base colors, to offset some of the holiday vibes. The choice was perfect, and made for a striking wedding against the iconic Utah backdrop.



 

The Mood

The ceremony was romantic and classic, with touches of vintage vibes to go along with Hallie’s dazzling 20’s-style gown. Because the event was a destination for everyone in attendance, they really wanted to make sure their décor fit the surroundings, and brought the great outdoors, indoors. The ceremony and reception were filled with warm light and rich greenery, which kept the “wintery” appeal going all throughout the night.

Their dinner was 3 courses, including lobster bisque (as a nod to Geoff’s northeastern upbringing), salad and traditional beef tenderloin and sea bass.

The Moments

Hallie says that her favorite part of the day (other than being married to the love of her life, of course) was the big reveal of the dining room. Because of the last-minute planning, Hallie and Geoff didn’t get the chance to see the room entirely set up in advance, and got the big reveal at the same time as all of their guests.

“The Stein had big curtains over the windows and did a dramatic reveal after our cocktail reception,” Hallie shared. “I think we all did a collective gasp at how gorgeous it all looked. It was so special to have that moment alongside my guests. It was just as much a surprise for us as it was for them!”

After dinner and cake, Hallie and Geoff had their first dance to “I Put a Spell on You” by Nina Simone, and were off on their happily ever after!

 

More than anything, Hallie says that they couldn’t have pulled off this quick wedding without the help of her amazing vendors. The list below pulled together to give these lovebirds the wedding of their dreams, despite the complications.

1) Gown: BHLDN
2) Tux: J. Hilburn
3) Rings: Dubin’s Fine Jewelry (Houston, TX)
4) Florals/Decor: Artisan Bloom; In the Event
6) Ceremony and Cocktail Reception Music: String Love
7) Reception Music (DJ): Life of the Party Entertainment
8) Makeup: Versa Artistry
9) Photographer: Erin Kate Photography
Megan Bartholomew
Megan Hulse Bartholomew is the web editor for Utah Bride & Groom and Utah Style & Design magazines. She recently graduated from the University of Utah with degrees in English and Journalism, and is currently trying to catch up on 5+ years of pleasure reading.

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