Top Planners Share Their Favorite Weddings of 2017

What leads one wedding to become a planner's favorite? Start with good friends, great food and a dreamy setting. Here, three top design pros give us a peek at their most memorable celebrations.

Snowy Bliss

People flock to Utah in the winter to ski. What they don’t typically want to do there this time of year is get married. So when designer Michelle Cousins, founder of Michelle Leo Events, got a call from a couple saying they wanted a black-tie wedding at the Blue Sky Ranch near Park City in January, “I was stoked!” she says. “I knew that a blanket of white snow would be our backdrop, so I let that be the inspiration for all of the décor." The focal point of the destination resort is a smoky blue barn, off of which is a grand patio that provides sweeping views of the mountains and canyon below. Cousins chose that spot to set up a heated tent for the ceremony and cocktail hour. The nearly 200 guests arrived by chartered buses and were greeted with mugs of hot cider. After the vows and cocktails, everyone moved inside the barn for dinner and dancing. Here, Cousins used a mix of table shapes and sizes for visual interest. Long farm tables were left bare, while the round tables were dressed in navy and cream — and the cake table stood out on a white sequined overlay. Rose gold flatware, copper chargers, flickering candles and soft bistro lighting cast a warm glow throughout. At one end of the barn, a wall dotted with unique mason jar lights was the perfect backdrop for the live band. “The couple wanted to show their guests the best of Utah,” says Cousins. “I think this wedding did that — and more.” 

 A light snow fell as the couples said "I Do":

winter wedding ceremony

Bridal beauty:

winter wedding bride

A hint of dark blue in the bouquet’s anemones picks up the wedding’s accent color:

winter wedding flowers

The wedding party’s blue-hued attire gave a nod to the surroundings:

winter wedding bridal party

A wintery welcome to Utah for guests:

snowy winter wedding

Handwritten escort cards and menus were both elegant and rustic:

winter wedding

winter wedding place setting

Long, blue-glazed farm tables were left uncovered:

winter wedding table decor

Fresh roses atop tiers of buttercream perfection:

winter wedding cake

Photo Credit: Gideon Photography

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