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Amazing Musicians | Soirée Productions | Park City

Friday, March 19th, 2010


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 (  Congratulations Mr. Taylor to you and your wonderful musicians.


DIY| Soirée Productions | White Couture | Park City

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

A rubber stamp and a shipping tag can create a great DIY placecard or gift tag. Add a little chalk along the edge and you have a custom look.

Part of being good at your job is loving it!  At Soiree Productions our planners and event designers are dedicated to keeping your wedding or event unique.  We get bored when we see the same thing over and over again.  We love to clean our our closet at the end of each season and begin with fresh new inventory.  We design with a sincere look at your event and your budget.  We love reading about all of the new DIY ideas and love expanding on them, but as we too DIY we know how much time and labor goes into the design.  We encourage our clients to look through magazines and the internet and find ideas they both love and hate.  We get inspired to create a “look” that is right for our clients when we understand what interest them.  We encourage you to keep in mind that sometimes the DIY ideas are more costly because of the labor involved.  Talk with your planner about bringing your idea to life or ways to create the look that is right for you without breaking the bank.  In today’s times, it is important to stay on budget.  Our planners are dedicated to our clients 100% and that includes keeping you on budget with fun and creative ideas.  We pride ourselves at Soiree by keeping our designs unique.  We often see our designs recreated by other planners and so we come up with new ideas and designs.  Our clients rely on us to keep their wedding unique and special-no cookie cutter weddings at Soiree!  We love what we do and we have a passion for design.  We love to shop ETSY.COM.  So many DIY ideas are already done for you and we have found many items we can expand on making them extra special and personal!

We recently found honey jars that are perfect for wedding favors in our beehive state!  These are affordable and ready to go.  We have customized these by adding a ribbon in your wedding colors or a custom wedding label.  Have fun and get creative but keep in mind, DIY however popular it may be, takes your time and sometimes a chunk of your budget.  For more ideas visit our inspiration studio at Soiree.  The studio is open to the public and is complimentary.  Stop by and design your look!

2oz Honey Jars
A 2oz honey jar can be a wonderful favor at your Utah wedding in our “beehive state”. Customize it with a DIY look and add a wedding label or ribbon in your wedding colors.
A white birch flowergirl basket will add a rustic feel to your mountain wedding.
These beautiful paper spiral flowers in your wedding colors will allow you to make your DIY placecards by adding your guest name and table assignment.  Pin each flower to aspen logs creating your custom look.

These beautiful paper spiral flowers in your wedding colors will allow you to make your DIY placecards by adding your guest name and table assignment. Pin each flower to aspen logs creating your custom look.

Lori Gottlieb | Marry Him | Soirée Productions | White Couture

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010


In honor of Valentine’s Week and all of us who have found Mr. Right

I don’t claim to be an expert in love and marriage but I am lucky enough to work with many couples in planning their wedding and hearing about their love stories.  I have to admit I am a sucker for tradition and love and want all of the facts.  A lot of wedding planners read design magazines but whenever I see or read something that talks about love, marriage and weddings I am immediately drawn to it.  I think everyone deserves to live happily ever after.

Marry Him reminds us what’s important.  I know many young women who are single and I too shared many of  the same opinions.  I encourage single women to read Lori’s book and find “Mr. Good Enough”.  I found my Mr. Right  at the age of 30 and am so glad I waited for him to come along.  I often hope for my single friends to find love.  Marry Him will give you a new prospective on dating.  We don’t want our friends to get caught on the top floor alone.  We all deserve to find love.  If you are lucky enough to have found love, I encourage you to pass Lori’s book along to a friend.

Here’s the background from the author herself:LoriGottlieb

You have a fulfilling job, a great group of friends, the perfect apartment, and no shortage of dates. So what if you haven’t found The One just yet. Surely he’ll come along, right?  But what if he doesn’t? Or even worse, what if he already has, but you just didn’t realize it?  Suddenly finding herself forty and single, Lori Gottlieb said the unthinkable in her March 2008 article in The Atlantic: Maybe she, and single women everywhere, needed to stop chasing the elusive Prince Charming and instead go for Mr. Good Enough.  Looking at her friends’ happy marriages to good enough guys who happen to be excellent husbands and fathers, Gottlieb declared it time to reevaluate what we really need in a partner. Her ideas created a firestorm of controversy from outlets like the Today show to The Washington Post, which wrote, “Given the perennial shortage of perfect men, Gottlieb’s probably got a point,” to Newsweek and NPR, which declared, “Lori Gottlieb didn’t want to take her mother’s advice to be less picky, but now that she’s turned forty, she wonders if her mother is right.” Women all over the world were talking. But while many people agreed that they should have more realistic expectations, what did that actually mean out in the real world, where Gottlieb and women like her were inexorably drawn to their “type”?

That’s where Marry Him comes in.

By looking at everything from culture to biology, in Marry Him Gottlieb frankly explores the dilemma that so many women today seem to face—how to reconcile the strong desire for a husband and family with a list of must-haves so long and complicated that many great guys get rejected out of the gate. Here Gottlieb shares her own journey in the quest for romantic fulfillment, and in the process gets wise guidance and surprising insights from marital researchers, matchmakers, dating coaches, behavioral economists, neuropsychologists, sociologists, couples therapists, divorce lawyers, and clergy—as well as single and married men and women, ranging in age from their twenties to their sixties.

Marry Him is an eye-opening, often funny, sometimes painful, and always truthful in-depth examination of the modern dating landscape, and ultimately, a provocative wake-up call about getting real about Mr. Right.

Marry Him has been optioned for film by Tobey Maguire for Warner Brothers.

Click here for an interview with Lori

Click here for Lori’s interview on the Today Show


Lori Gottlieb is the national bestselling author of STICK FIGURE: A DIARY OF MY FORMER SELF. She has also co-written I LOVE YOU, NICE TO MEET YOU and INSIDE THE CULT OF KIBU. Her radio commentaries can be heard on National Public Radio and her journalism has been published in The New York Times, the Atlantic, Time, People, Elle, Self, Slate and Glamour. Her newest book, MARRY HIM: THE CASE FOR SETTLING FOR MR. GOOD ENOUGH, takes an in-depth look at modern dating, marriage, and what really makes for a happy long-term romantic partnership. Visit her website at

Zermatt Resort | Ice Tunnels | Soirée Productions | White Couture

Sunday, February 7th, 2010
Ice Castles at Zermatt Resort

Ice Castles at Zermatt Resort

Ice Castles Glow at Night

Ice Castles Glow at Night

Have you been to the Zermatt Resort lately?  Stop by and see what Brent Christiansen has designed.  An incredible work of art.  The amazing ice sculptures stand up to 30 ft high and the icicles glow in the dark.  I stopped by with my family this weekend and the walk through the ice tunnels was so incredible all I kept thinking was these ice tunnels would be a wonderful backdrop for bridals or wedding day photos.  I have to admit even when the designers at Soiree Productions are off duty we’re always thinking of ways to make your wedding day special.  Brent Christensen from Alpine, Utah has made it possible to feel like you are in a winter wonderland.  Admission is $2 per person.  Ask your photographer to take you to Zermatt for these amazing photographs and while you’re there, be sure to stop by the most incredible bakery in Utah.  The chefs at Zermatt bake up treasures daily!

Ice Sculpture Brent Christiansen with a few fans (my kids)

Ice Sculpture Brent Christiansen with a few fans (my kids)

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Ice Castles reach 30 ft and Deep Tunnels

Ice Castles reach 30 ft and Deep Tunnels

My husband and I stopped to pose through the tunnels.

My husband and I stopped to pose through the tunnels.

My boys loved going through the tunnels.  What a great back drop for bridals!

My boys loved going through the tunnels. What a great back drop for bridals!

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