Utah Bride Blog Feature

How exciting! Will and Lori’s wedding from last summer (and The Villa) got featured on Utah Bride Blog on March 9, 2016. We loved this wedding. My chefs and I love it when we have the opportunity to create unusual, beautiful food from simple fresh ingredients, and of course we hope it will be remembered. We are just so thrilled to be featured.
See the full menu and their wedding story here.



Read the full feature from Utah Bride Blog and see more lovely photos here.


Portia and Michael

This fun couple had a wedding full of brilliant ideas. Lucite front electrified boxes were placed at the gift area marked GIFTS, and at the entrance of the reception with the couples name and a hashtag. The bride crafted a backdrop of soft white cloth blossoms on cords  in varying lengths, that she tied between two orchard trees. Her candy bar take away (jordan almonds, kisses, M&M’s, short candy stix, puffy marshmallow twists, sixlets, & gumballs) mirrored her colors of lavender and silver and was presented in glass apothecaries supplied by The Villa. The chandelier in the gazebo which was adorned with wild willow and roses from The Villa gardens, overlooked the amazing taco bar where guests could serve themselves  throughout the night. Fresh condiments from limes to tomatoes on the vine, as well as meats, and dressings were artfully arranged on painted wooden crates for height and on the tables. Grapes were displayed in small bunches on a trellis for easy choosing. The bride chose glass and candlelight and various fresh green leaves for her table decorations. Her classic form fitting dress, sans adornments was absolutely perfect to show off her beautiful self. The tall groom, in a dark suit, with dark horn rimmed glasses was equally handsome. The 3 tiered white  buttercream cake was placed under a bower of trees to keep it cool, and under a tiered vintage chandelier to mirror the cake and the glass accents of the wedding. Darkness fell early during this August wedding, but the guests and wedding party were illuminated with the candlelight, the twinkling canopy of lights over the tables, the dance floor lights, and each others company, of course !




Will & Lori

This couple had a picture perfect wedding day. Great summer colors of cream, winsome pinks and soft golds were wonderful for her bouquet of garden roses and billowy blossoms. Sheer organza gathered at the waist and a bodice covered with white blossoms  was just what made this slender bride look magical. A double floor length veil created by the grooms mother completed her look. Over 230 guests dined and toasted the couple, under the pear trees with canopy of twinkling lights. The buffet style dinner included portebello&bacon chicken, 11 herb roasted potatoes, citrus green beans, both berry and caesar salads, assorted breads from Kneaders Bakery, an appetizer of green veggies with a curry dip, lemonade with a tropical slush, and dessert by Coldstone Creamery (yum – I sampled some). Garlands of fresh lemon leaves draped over the table edges, and small white flowers (stock etc.) and feathery greens were added to the head table garland to match the floral of garden roses with tiny strawberries and their blossoms, peaking out.  Tables were set with collected china and antique silverplate from The Villa and cloth jacquard napkins, of course. The chocolate buttermilk cake with rustic buttercream, crafted by chef Monica Kate, was cut and served under the trees. As the light faded, dancing for hours  began, the bouquet was thrown, and finally the newly married couple got away to start their life together…..But the guests stayed and enjoyed the perfect June summer night.

Great photographer on all pics was


A Tuscan Editorial

So many great people were involved with this shoot.

Photography: Kristina Curtis Photography
Florals: Calie Rose                                        
Food: Culinary Crafts                                     
Invitations: West End Girl                
Cake: Annie Bee Cakery                    
Dress: Bridal Closet                                      
Hair: Hair Pin Diaries
Makeup: KL Artistry                            
Video: Krissi Cook Films                   
Dinnerware & Table: Diamond Rental
Limo: Antique Limo of Utah