Wedding Ideas by Season

How to create an unforgettable celebration, no matter the time of year.

Spring Fling

When the snow melts in Utah ski country, a new crowd takes over the mountainside — lovebirds seeking an ethereal wedding setting. “The mountains and meadows here are just breathtaking—and not just in fall and winter,” says Michelle Leo, of Michelle Leo Events in Salt Lake City. For this bride, a lower meadow with a dramatic weeping willow on the bank of a creek perfectly suited her vision of a French country wedding. Leo took full advantage of the setting. The couple exchanged vows near the giant willow under a birch arbor. After the first kiss, guests left the garden benches, which were dotted with small bunches of lavender, and strolled along the nature path to the reception area. That’s where the French cottage theme came into full play. Guests sipped on fruit-infused water and punch and nibbled on an assortment of bread, cheese and fruit (très French) and other assorted passed appetizers. Leo and her team built several cottage-style tables of different shapes and sizes, then stained them a light grey-blue. “We kept the tabletop details in neutral tones to best show off the pops of color in the flowers.” Because the surrounding meadow was already in bloom, Leo opted for simple centerpieces or garland runners at each table. Dessert was a crowd-pleasing show of several French-inspired cake styles and favors (courtesy of the bride’s sister, a cake maker): honey pear, lemon raspberry, almond, apple spice — who can stop at just one slice? Leo’s top tip for a spring wedding: “Add a touch of seasonal whimsy to your décor — a butterfly tucked into a centerpiece, baskets instead of flower vases, a crystal chandelier hung from a ceremony arch, suspended umbrellas in lieu of paper lanterns.” Reception venue: Johnson Mill.

The bouquet by Branches Event Floral (floral design throughout) befits a spring bride:

spring wedding bouquet

A garland table runner:

spring wedding decor

Antique boxes held a spring-like mix of blooms:

spring wedding centerpieces

A pretty table setting:

spring wedding place setting

A lattice-patterned cake by Cake-a-licious:

spring wedding cake

A dessert table features even more cakes:

spring wedding dessert table

The invitation suite by Polka Dots & Daisies sets the French-country theme:

spring wedding stationery

Photo Credit: Alixann Loosle Photography

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