Paige and Alden

This wedding held a lot of “firsts” for our venue, so it was so exciting to host this wonderful couple. It was our first food truck, first slow-motion video booth, the first time we had all farm style wooden tables throughout the orchard, and the first time we had a swing, hand made by the groom, hanging in the orchard. The bride and groom that day were perfection, as was every detail.

The  garlands of seeded eucalyptus and olive branches, dotted with white garden roses, added that Tuscan warmth to the 100 feet of tables that beckoned guests to sit, enjoy a meal, and each others company. 142weddingday 2016


The slender bride wore white lace, with a garland of laurel and roses in her hair. The groom wore blue with layered white shirt and tie. Her bouquet,  also seeded eucalyptus and exquisite white garden roses, was perfect.231weddingday 201620160820_180553


The  Fiore Pizza Food Truck pulled up at 5pm to begin the wood fire and were ready to serve pizza’s by 6 pm; Bianco (cream, ricotta, fresh mozzarella,basil), New York style, Pepperoni. Even the bride and groom broke away from the line for this treat. The Orzo and Caesar salads & lemonades served by Fiore Pizza were all excellent.20160820_182235

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A constant stream of guests visited the candy bar with all her favorites (apothecary jars  from The Villa), including crates of Mountain Dew (his favorite).  And a slo-mo video booth, provided the guests with entertainment and lasting memories. The swing he made her when they were dating (what a way to win her heart),  hung nearby.20160820_175325


Her bridesmaids looked like Botticelli maidens and the groomsmen looked like trouble.173weddingday 2016

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Guests started filling the dance floor before the DJ was plugged in. Dancing began as the lights went down, leaving the candlelit tables empty. A sparkler send off was the perfect finish to this evening full of memories and fun.470weddingday 2016

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Photography by Jessica Janae Photography


Utah Bride Blog Feature

Weddings at The Villa are usually ‘Wonder”.  Utah Bride Blog seemed to think so, and featured Lori and Will’s wedding  on their online blog. Below is a quote from the article.   I love it when  we have the opportunity to not only host the wedding at The Villa,  but to also cater the food.  To create unusual, beautiful food from simple fresh ingredients, and of course we hope it will be remembered.
See the full menu and their wedding story here.



Portia and Michael

This fun couple was full of brilliant ideas; from lighted signage to handcrafted backdrops, to crates and trellises for a taco bar. They were a dream to work with and a dream to watch working together. 

Lucite front electrified boxes were placed on the steps to mark the GIFT area, also to identify their personal hashtag,  and at the entrance of the reception with the couples name. Pears from the orchard were used as unusual photo props.12240890_10207672933364439_1806705439327961856_o


The bride crafted a backdrop of soft white cloth blossoms on cords  in varying lengths, that she tied between two orchard trees. She weighted her creation with metal rings at the bottom of each strand.12247934_10207672878163059_151920345169955971_o


Her classic form fitting dress, sans adornment,  was absolutely perfect to show off her beautiful self. Her unstructured wild bouquet of white hydrangeas, white and lavender garden roses with hundreds of petals, and willow, was a wonderful contrast to her dress.  The tall groom in a dark suit, with horned rimmed glasses and Italian shoes was equally handsome. Well maintained orchards always add charm to a reception.1101


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 on the tables. And all items were displayed on white or silver, to reflect the brides colors.  Grapes were hung in small bunches on a trellis for easy choosing.12238432_10207672900683622_9125132413156120072_o



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. 12240832_10207672896443516_1877017881043248414_o

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.12238419_10207672934004455_8598911649389669638_o

The bride chose glass, wrapped with jute and herbs, floating candlelight, and lavender from The Villa Gardens (we do allow the brides to pick lavender, roses, or whatever is in bloom as a courtesy) for her table decorations. Guests were seated on round tables and a long traditional Italian table was where the family gathered.



The Villa balcony is always a charming place to throw the bouquet from. That first dance is always magical, and finally a vintage car is wonderful for a romantic getaway.12240379_10207672940284612_6919214444429089500_o



Photography by Kristina Curtis Photography


Kirsten and Tyler

This bride and groom brought a huge collection of elements, from crochet to chandeliers, that worked perfectly together, to create elegance and charm in the orchard. They were a joy to work with because they were organized and always kind. 

A perfectly matched couple with beautiful smiles and tangible electricity between them. A full length veil, lace and chiffon adorn the bride. The groom rocked a modern gray suit and tie with dark chocolate colored shoes. IMG_0073 copy-X2

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The bride, a gifted graphic artist made an original sign complete with their monogram to greet guests as they entered the Villa Venue. Her graphics were also a part of the sign-in table, where guests could leave personal advice.IMG_2006+copy-2639375986-O.jpg


Reception decor included; chandeliers hanging in the orchard, mirrors, tussie mussie like bouquets as centerpieces in vintage vases, candles, crocheted runners and ironwork on wooden farm tables, silk,  pearls and shepherds hooks with babies breath and roses……. all perfectly brought together to create ‘elegance and charm’.IMG_0775+copy-2639240233-O.jpg



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Delicious salads, artisan breads, refreshing drinks, and original family desserts were all finely labeled with the brides perfect graphics.IMG_1264+copy-2639293710-O.jpg


Handsome groomsmen along with lovely bridesmaids dressed in peaches and cream & lace and silk, and luscious bouquets of pink peonies and peach garden roses, were the order of the day. And how convenient that the peach poppies at    The Villa decided to bloom for this wedding !IMG_1088+copy-2639275727-O.jpg



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When you have a full length veil, its fun to switch to a flower crown for some of the activities. Throwing the bouquet and lots of dancing was the perfect finish to this perfect day.IMG_1972+copy-2639371847-O

Photography by Alixann Loosle Photography

Graphic Designs by West End Girl – Kirsten Kizerian



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.

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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