Soirée Productions spent almost 18 months designing and coordinating a wonderful wedding celebration for a Salt Lake City couple. This destination wedding took us out of state to Napa Valley, California. Our team of planners coordinated 4 events celebrating the bride and groom’s nuptials throughout the weekend. The festivities began on Friday night with a rehearsal dinner at V.Sattui Winery in the barrel room for 75 guests. The guest list was made up of the wedding party and family members. Immediately following, the bride and groom welcomed all of their guests (approximately 200 guests traveled to Napa for the weekend) at a festive cocktail party complete with a steel drum band we found in San Francisco. On Saturday the day began with hair and makeup for the women in the wedding party. Paula Dahlberg of Kenji Salon in Salt Lake City joined us as a part of our traveling team. Pepper Nix was there to capture great photos throughout the weekend and David Perry also traveled from Salt Lake to create the unbelievable footage for the production of a DVD documenting the entire weekend. The bride and bridesmaids wore some of our favorite designs from White Couture in Park City while the men looked their best in our tuxedos. Dressed in their formal attire, the ceremony was spiritual with readings, prayers and great music by the Cowling Band quartet out of Los Angeles. Immediately following the ceremony, guests walked through the vineyard and enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and an incredible seafood station then had the pleasure of dining on a 4 course meal prepared by Elaine Bell Catering and her team. Perfect Endings created a masterpiece of a wedding cake and the 10 pc Cowling Band continued into the evening with dancing and entertainment. The floral was provided by Pat Friday Flowers and the entire theme and design was carried out by the amazing designers at Soirée Productions who even included a cigar bar near the Bocce Court. We had so much fun planning this wonderful weekend. The celebration ended with a Farewell Brunch at the Villagio Hotel in Yountville. This incredible weekend was a celebration we won’t forget and I am sure the bride and groom will cherish their memories for a lifetime. We were so honored to have been selected as their wedding planners and event designers-this is our second event for our client (we planned big sisters wedding in 2004). Thank you to all of our wonderful vendors who were willing to travel with us and provide their talents–We can’t do it without our wonderful team of professionals!
Archive for March, 2010
The Color of the Gown
The color of a gown was a popular source of luck. Those who rely on their happiness and superstition had to select the right color gown. White, or a variation of white, was a favorite and symbolized a girl’s virginity and innocence in the face of her imminent change of state. But it was not a practical shade for most purposes and it was not always the favorite choice. Blue, with its associations with the Virgin Mary, was another strong symbol of purity, which also traditionally symbolized fidelity and eternal love (hence the popularity of the sapphire in engagement rings). Brides who wore blue believed their husbands would always be true to them, so even if their gown itself was not blue, they would be sure to wear something blue. This is another tradition that has survived to this day.
Pink was another popular color, considered most suitable for a May wedding. It is flattering to most complexions and associated with girlhood, but some superstitions held it to be unlucky – “Marry in pink and your fortunes will sink”! The deeper shade of red was definitely taboo by Victorian times, with its reference to scarlet women and hussies. An unpopular shade was green. This was considered the fairies color, and it was bad luck to call the attention of the little folk to oneself during a time of transition. Also linked with the lushness of foliage, it was held to make rain spoil the big day.
Do you think Vera Wang did her homework prior to introducing so many wedding gowns in various colors. Although the modern bride might be willing to step out of the box, her guests may be left to wonder! We’ll have to wait to see if anyone is daring enough to make Vera’s new collection flourish or will it flop. Let’s face it, tradition is still expected and with so many options we’ll see if tradition is still most important.
Up until the nineteenth century ribbons would be tied into bows or “love knots” and loosely attached to the dress. These “bride laces” would be pulled off by the guests during the post ceremony festivities, and kept as wedding favors, or souvenirs. This custom gradually died out, being replaced by flowers instead. Guests would be given floral button-holes to wear, and the bride might wear flowers in her hair or as a corsage or garland around her skirts, or else carry them in a bouquet. Rosemary and myrtle were early favorites, and orange blossom became popular in the 1830s. The floral tradition lives on and most brides, no matter how simply dressed, will have a flower in her hair or carry a bouquet.
Park City High School Jazz Ensemble
This week I coincidentally saw and heard a very impressive group of young people twice. On Wednesday I spent St. Patrick’s Day at O’Shuck’s in the Quarry Village Shopping Center at Jeremy Ranch (next to Soirée Productions) and a group of young musicians were entertaining the guests. Into the evening, I found out these amazing entertainers are recent graduates of Park City High School and they are all on music scholarships at various universities. I was impressed all around as they were incredibly talented and professional. Then last night my son who is in 6th grade, had a homework assignment. His homework requested him to attend a music show and write what he liked and didn’t. Our family decided to join him at the Park City High School Jazz Ensemble Show–What a show it was! An amazing group of young people from 8th grade to 12th performed various jazz pieces on their saxophones, trombones, trumpets, piano and other musical instruments. Piece after piece I was continually impressed. These young musicians were amazing. I decided to write about it because I would hire and recommend them for a wedding. They were as professional and entertaining as any group I have hired in the past and paid top dollar for. They were amazing and incredibly talented. If you are planning a wedding and looking for a great group of musicians to entertain your guests during cocktail hour or to provide wonderful dinner music, I would highly recommend the Park City High School Jazz Ensemble. I don’t know if they hire out but I think this would be a great way for them to earn money for their amazing program or to support the individuals with future endeavors. The group is lead by Mr. Chris Taylor. I am going to call Mr. Taylor and find out if his group is available for hire, but in the meantime if you are planning a party or wedding you might want to contact him too (email@example.com). Congratulations Mr. Taylor to you and your wonderful musicians.
A Brief History of the Wedding Dress
The wedding gown is unique. Throughout history, women have tried to make their wedding dress special by personalizing the look or to go along with a theme. Royal princesses have always tried to be most princess-like on their wedding days. In medieval times, when royal marriages were of great political importance and used to seal alliances between two countries, it was necessary for the young bride to look magnificent and to uphold the prestige of her country. Her jewelry was important and used to symbolize her Dowry. During this time, they used as much material as they possibly could. The most expensive fabrics were velvet, damask silk, satin, fur and fabrics woven with gold and silver thread. In days when all fabrics were hand spun woven and dyed and economical use of it was the norm, the skirts would be gathered and full, the sleeves would sweep the floor and trains would fall behind to a length of several meters. Colors would be rich; only the wealthy could afford expensive red, purple and true black dyes. Additionally, the dress would be sewn with precious gems – diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds and pearls – so the bride would glitter and flash in the sunlight.
It is very common even today that a bride copies the look of a celebrity or royalty. The status of a bride was noted in the style and fabrics she wore. A noblewoman would do her best with gems and fur trimmings. A well-to-do middle class woman would aspire to velvet or silk fabrics, and because she could not usually afford mink or sable, she would wear fox, or rabbit fur to impress her friends. The poor bride’s dress would be of linen, or fine wool, instead of the usual coarse homespun, and she would use as much fabric as she could. For an everyday girl, clothes would normally be as sparingly cut as was decent, so a gown with flowing sleeves or a train was a big status symbol. The long train goes in and out of fashion but like everything in fashion, bridal repeats itself. Currently, Vera Wang has introduced a new collection of black gowns and other jewel tones for the bride who is daring enough to step out of the box. Reem Acra continues to redesign the traditional ballgown–some with heavy embroidery and some without but always keeping the skirt modified for the traditional bride.
On a final note, blue was the symbol of purity in the Middle Ages, expressed at wedding ceremonies by a band of blue ribbon worn by both bride and groom. It inspired the “something blue” rhyme that every bride lives by today!
A religious wedding ceremony can be made up of so many spiritual and personal traditions. Soirée Productions had the honor of assisting this beautiful couple with their wedding ceremony at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Park City. The day was full of friends and family. White flowers filled the church. When the bride walked in with her beautiful smile she was beaming. Her grandmother’s rosary was with her and wrapped around her bouquet. The bride’s shoes were signed by each bridesmaid. White Couture found the perfect bridesmaids dresses from the Vera Wang collection in a stone color that coordinated with the theme of this wonderful day. Bring tradition into your wedding and make it special. Thanks to Pepper Nix Photography for providing us with the images to share with you. Enjoy!