Juliana Yee & Briggs Matheson
Aspen Meadows wedding at Wolf Creek Ranch, Woodland
San Francisco attorneys Juliana and Briggs met while attending Stanford Law School. After four years of dating, Briggs proposed to Juliana at a ryokan—a traditional Japanese inn or small hotel—during a vacation in Japan.
They set their sights on a wedding held in Briggs’ home state. “Most of our guests had never been to Utah before, and we wanted to show them its best features,” Juliana says. “Aspen Meadows showcased Utah’s natural beauty. We loved the aspen trees, and the yurt at the top of the hill sealed the deal.” The couple rented several houses inside The Village at the Shores near the Jordanelle Reservoir, where most of their guests stayed. Thursday evening they hosted a dinner at Cannella’s in Salt Lake City for family and the wedding party. Friday activities included pontoon boating and jet skiing on the Jordanelle, followed by a pig roast at the Hailstone Event Center.
“We wanted an elegant mountain theme with Japanese touches to reflect our shared Japanese heritage, since we are both half-Japanese,” Juliana says. Her origami-inspired gown and Ikebana-style flower arrangements elevated the celebratory mood. “The focal point of the reception space was 1,000 paper cranes, folded by the bride’s mother and close friends,” says designer Leslie Price of Leslie Dawn Events describing the paper crane chandelier floating above the dance floor.
Japanese elements were reflected in the food, which included a chicken katsu sandwich appetizer and teriyaki-style flank steak. The menu focused on local ingredients, including Utah peaches, corn and trout. “The guests ate a fantastic family-style dinner while listening to the speeches of close friends and family. They concluded the evening dancing under the soft glow of bistro lighting. Java was a staple as the guests were treated to a coffee truck as well as fresh bean favors,” says Price. Flour & Flourish prepared a two-tier cake featuring coconut passionfruit on the top layer and chocolate on bottom.
Photos: Kristina Curtis, SLC
Planner: Leslie Price, SLC
Catering: Savoury Kitchen, Park City
Ceremony and reception site: Aspen Meadows, Woodland
Flowers: Sax Romney Floral and Event Design, SLC
Rentals: Moon Light Utah, Orem
Rings: La Bijouterie, San Francisco, California
Invitations: Refine Studio, Logan
Gown: Carolina Herrera via Jin Wang, San Francisco, California
Bride’s makeup: Brynn Thomas, SLC
Bride’s hair: Natalie Clark, SLC
Suits: Alton Lane, San Francisco, California
Bridesmaids’ dresses: BHLDN
Entertainment: DJ Keith Allen, Utah Live Bands, SLC
Videography: Jared Wortley Films, SLC
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