Lura and Ryan were wed in a gorgeous intimate mountain wedding at Lee Valley in Virgin, Utah. The wedding party wore shades of gray and beige with beautiful pops of red. The couple celebrated their nuptials with close friends and family at a Western themed restaurant in Springdale, Utah.
Bride’s Name: Lura
Groom’s Name: Ryan
Venue: Ceremony at Lee Valley, Kolob Terrace, Virgin, Utah; Reception at Bit and Spur Restaurant, Springdale, Utah
Wedding Date: December 21, 2016
Bridal Gown Designer: David’s Bridal
Shoes: Tony Lama Boots
Florist: DIY from saveoncrafts.com
Photographer: Red Desert Studios and Rori Glover
Catering: Bit and Spur Restaurant
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Azazie
Honeymoon: Monterrey and Matacanes, Mexico
We chose the Winter Solstice for our wedding date because we love the Solstice and the opportunities for new beginnings as the sun begins its return to the sky. We wanted to bring some light to the darkest night of the year.
We chose to incorporate a hand fasting into our ceremony because we liked the concept of actually “tying the knot” and as a nod to Ryan’s Celtic heritage. We had fires burning on either side of us during our ceremony to celebrate bringing the light back to the sky on the night of the Solstice. And we incorporated the Blessings of the Four Directions into our ceremony as well because of what a big role Nature plays in our lives.
All our boutonnieres/bouquets were DIY with items we had collected over several months in the areas around our house: native grasses, winter wheat, pine cones, pine boughs, and juniper boughs. We also purchased Sola flowers from saveoncrafts.com.
DH spilled a whole cup of coffee down my dress moments before we were supposed to walk over and begin our ceremony! Luckily it was just on the bottom half of the dress and the side facing AWAY from the audience.
What were your favorite or most memorable aspects of your wedding day?
The view! This is our favorite view of Zion National Park, and we were thrilled to be given the opportunity to show this place to our friends and family.
Is there anything you would have done differently?
Nothing! It was absolutely perfect for us, cozy, low-key, and intimate.
Do you have any advice for future brides?
Your wedding will not make or break your whole life. Plan a fun day, but make sure you are planning your marriage as well. We knew we wanted to celebrate with our friends and family, but we didn’t want to make it into a huge stressful production.
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