Every wedding has those moments or details that are the most memorable, and I can only imagine how much fun it must have been for Caitlin and Peter’s guests to ride a chairlift to the wedding site! Definitely memorable! Looking out over the mountains, their celebration was breathtaking from start to finish…
“We moved to Utah from Minneapolis four years ago for our love of the mountains. As avid skiers and mountain bikers, we are constantly exploring the mountain ranges around our home in Park City. When it was time to look for places to have our wedding, we thought there was no better place to do it than in the mountains we’ve grown to love so much. We contacted Canyons Resort, where we often ski, and were excited to find out they use Lookout Cabin as a wedding venue. Located on top of the mountain, with some of the best views and food in Park City, we knew it would be the perfect venue.”
Your ceremony in three words. Intimate, personal, unforgettable.
Who officiated your ceremony? We wanted it to be someone who knew us well, so we asked my younger brother, Frank, to officiate the wedding. Having him marry us was very special and something we will always cherish. His witty sense of humor definitely brought value to the ceremony.
How did you go about planning your ceremony? We had Frank put together the ceremony. We gave him a few ideas and gave him a time frame to work with. We asked for it to be short and sweet. He did a great job.
What was your ceremony music? My older brother, Rusty, played the acoustic guitar. I walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” and Cold Play’s “Paradise” for the recessional.
What were your ceremony readings? My brother read a poem titled, “Why Marriage” by Mari Nichols-Haining.
What were your vows like? We spent several hours researching vows on the internet, and pieced together our vows with words we thought embodied our relationship and commitment to each other.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Getting married on top of the mountain with all of our closest family and friends – we couldn’t have pictured a better backdrop and group of people to share our day.
Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony? Our guests were greeted with a glass of champagne as they took the chairlift up to our wedding location. Having most of our guests come from the Midwest, it was a real neat and unique experience for them. Months later, our family and friends are still talking about it.
“We wanted our wedding to be rustic yet elegant, with a casual vibe. To say we are casual is an understatement. We wanted our guests to be comfortable, wear whatever they want and just have a good time. One of our friends even wore a piano tie…that has got to be a first! After an amazing cocktail hour on the deck and a fabulous meal, we spent the night dancing and mingling with our closest family and friends under the stars. It was quite the party!”
First dance song: “This Years Love” by David Gray
Father/daughter and mother/son dance: “You’ll Be In My Heart” by Phil Collins
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? I wore my mom’s diamond watch that was given to her by my grandparents to wear on her wedding day. Peter wore his late grandfather’s silver cufflinks.
Please tell us about any special details or moments from your reception. We had our dog, Sam, walk down the aisle with Peter (in a matching tie, of course!) and the venue allowed us to have him there the whole night. He even sat on the floor next to us at dinner. I think he was more tired than we were the next day! Our favorite details was our coasters, which had a picture of him printed on them. Also, in lieu of wedding favors, we made a donation to the animal shelter where we found Sam, in our guests’ names.
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? We highly recommend getting a day-of wedding coordinator. It was so nice not having to worry about anything. We were able to enjoy the day with our family and closest friends. It was definitely one of the best decisions we made. Also, if you are doing a destination wedding, we suggest doing a welcome get-together before the wedding. Although we weren’t traveling, most of our guests were traveling to us. We hosted a barbecue at our house the night before the wedding – it was great to be able to catch up with all of our family and friends before the big day. It was very important to us to spend time with every guest so having the BBQ definitely made it less stressful during the wedding itself.
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Where do we begin?! After dinner, we were able to see one of the most beautiful sunsets. The pictures of us with the sunset in the background are definitely some of our favorites. Another highlight was taking the chairlift down together at the end of the night. It was our first time alone as husband and wife, and it was so nice to recap the day together and take it all in. I remember Peter saying to me, “Can you believe we’re married?” After 7 years of dating, we were so happy to officially become family.
If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? We actually asked ourselves this very question after the wedding was over and we honestly couldn’t think of one thing.