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Intimately Perfect Winter Wedding

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

12 guests. 1 Chapel. Custom Linens. Imported Flowers. A Spectacular Sunset.

A Bride and Groom made for each other.

Can it get any more perfectly intimate? No way.

Treat yourself with this album of photos from Soirée Productions’ last 2011 wedding.

Design and Planning by Melissa Hagen of Soirée Productions, Hair and Makeup by Paula Dahlberg, Photos by Tracy Turpen Photography, Flowers by Trifecta Floral, Wedding at St. Luke’s Chapel, Reception at Stein Eriksen Lodge.

Spring Weddings | Soirée Productions | Park City

Friday, April 9th, 2010

A Spring Celebration with a Touch of Winter

Some say it can’t be done but the team at Soirée Productions did it!  Although early March in Park City can be winter especially at the beautiful Stein Eriksen Lodge where skiers are in and out, our bride asked us to incorporate the seasons of winter and spring for her wedding day.  It was a gorgeous sunny day but a cool crisp was in the air.  Coats and wraps were definitely a must.  We turned the ballroom at Stein Eriksen Lodge into a scene out of a typical Park City day.  We combined 4 ft tree branches with gorgeous bright floral blooms indicating Spring is right around the corner.  For that touch of Winter, we included hanging icicles from each branch.  The espresso crush silk linens tied it all in.  Our designers also included small leaves on the escort card indicating the trees were beginning to sprout their leaves.  The bridesmaids each wore her favorite black dress and carried gorgeous bouquets of burgundy dahlias prepared by StellaPosy, a favorite flower you’ll find blooming in the Spring.

The ceremony was held at Park City Community Church with amazing views of the mountains.  This ceremony was truly one of my favorites.  The bride recorded a song for the groom which was played during Communion.  The entire congregation participated in the lighting of the Unity Candle.  Starting the light of life in the back of the church, each guest passed the flame to his/her candle then worked it’s way up to the wedding party ending with the maid of honor and best man who then lite the bride and grooms.  Finally, the bride and groom lite the memorial candles on the altar; those were placed to honor family members who had recently passed.  The candle lighting ended with the bride and groom’s unity candle signifying the beginning of one life together.  It was a beautiful touch to this very special day.  Mitch Burt of Zuma Photo captured every moment with his amazing photography and Remember When was there to capture it live allowing them to relive this beautiful day over and over again!  A big thank you to DJ Craig Chambers of Disc Connections for keeping the momentum and fun going strong all night long!  What a great party.

It was a treat to work with our client and provide her with the look she was hoping for.   Spring is a new season where everything has sign of new life.  What better time of year to celebrate wedding nuptials…after all, your wedding day is the beginning of a new life together!

Burgandy Dahlias made up the bride's bouquet thanks to StellaPosy.

Burgandy Dahlias made up the bride's bouquet thanks to StellaPosy.

The bride wore a duchess stain fitted mermaid with embellishments and pick ups on the lower skirt.  Her veil was worn by her mom on her wedding day!

The bride wore a duchess stain fitted mermaid with embellishments and pick ups on the lower skirt. Her veil was worn by her mom on her wedding day!

The bouts were one simple dahlia to complement the bouquets

The bouts were one simple dahlia to complement the bouquets

The bridesmaids bouquets were a smaller version of the brides

The bridesmaids bouquets were a smaller version of the brides

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The bride chose to wear her mom's veil and crown as her "something old"

The bride chose to wear her mom's veil and crown as her "something old"

The "sixpense" in her shoe

The "lucky sixpense" in her shoe

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One last toast and then off to the church

One last toast and then off to the church

Small teak boxes were hung from the pews full of beautiful burgandy and sage flowers.  After the ceremony the ribbons were removed and the boxes highlighted the mantle at Stein Eriksen Lodge

Small teak boxes were hung from the pews full of beautiful burgandy and sage flowers. After the ceremony the ribbons were removed and the boxes highlighted the mantle at Stein Eriksen Lodge

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Park City Community Church is a beautiful church to celebrate your nuptials!

Park City Community Church is a beautiful church to celebrate your nuptials!

The congretion participated in the lighting of the unity candle.  The flame began in the back and worked it's way up to the Altar

The congretion participated in the lighting of the unity candle. The flame began in the back and worked it's way up to the Altar

The bride and groom used the flame from the congregation to light the memorial candles on the Altar representing family members who were here in spirit.  The last candles to be lit were the Unity Candle; joining the bride and groom as one

The bride and groom used the flame from the congregation to light the memorial candles on the Altar representing family members who were here in spirit. The last candles to be lit were the Unity Candle; joining the bride and groom as one

The Kiss!

The Kiss!

The view of Deer Valley from the Stein Eriksen Lodge was a goregous one!

The view of Deer Valley from the Stein Eriksen Lodge was a goregous one!

The ballroom was set with espresso crushed silk linens, uplighting, pin spots to highlight the centerpieces and winter trees with blooming flowers at the base

The ballroom was set with espresso crushed silk linens, uplighting, pin spots to highlight the centerpieces and winter trees with blooming flowers at the base

The placecard table was simple with natural river rock a leaf indicating leaves are starting to sprout and lots of candlelight

The placecard table was simple with natural river rock a leaf indicating leaves are starting to sprout and lots of candlelight

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The sommelier at Stein Eriksen Lodge assisted the bride and groom in selecting wines which were paired with their dinner

The sommelier at Stein Eriksen Lodge assisted the bride and groom in selecting wines which were paired with their dinner

Chef Raymond created a 4 tier hazelnut chocolate cake and added a simple chocolate ribbon and coordinating floral

Chef Raymond created a 4 tier hazelnut chocolate cake and added a simple chocolate ribbon and coordinating floral

Soiree designers had a custom cake topper created for the bride and groom who both own their individual Harley Davidson Fatboys

Soiree designers had a custom cake topper created for the bride and groom who both own their individual Harley Davidson Fatboys

The Fathboys were decorated with cans for the getaway

The Fathboys were decorated with cans for the getaway

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Another great event at Stein Eriksen Lodge.  The staff couldn't be more helpful.  A big thank you to the entire team for putting on another successful event

Another great event at Stein Eriksen Lodge. The staff couldn't be more helpful. A big thank you to the entire team for putting on another successful event

Design & Coordination: Soirée Productions

Photography:  Zuma Photo, Mitch Burt

Floral:  StellaPosy

Music:  Disc-Connections; Craig Chambers

Venue:  Stein Eriksen Lodge

Videography:  Remember When Films

Gown, Alterations & Accessories:  White Couture

Tuxedo Rentals:  White Couture

Limousine and Transportation:  All Resort Express

Hindu Cultural Wedding Celebration| Soirée Productions | Park City

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010
The groom wrapped his arms around the bride's arms which have the gorgeous henna work

The groom wrapped his arms around the bride's arms which have the gorgeous henna work

Including family and cultural traditions in your wedding celebration is not only meaningful but it certainly makes every aspect of your wedding personal!  There are so many traditions a bride and groom can incorporate.  We always browse the internet to make sure we understand the customs and traditions too!  Many times couples raised in the United States are not familiar with their own traditions so it is important that we research and understand the meaning behind everything.  The internet is an amazing world of it’s own isn’t it?

Recently our team of Soirèe Productions Wedding Planners coordinated and designed a Hindu Wedding in the mountains.  Our couple is from New York but share a love for skiing and Park City so what better to place to tie the knot then the Stein Eriksen Lodge in Deer Valley on Valentine’s Day.  Our designers worked together with Val Rasmussen at StellaPosy to incorporate so many aspects from the bride’s culture.  In a two-hour long ceremony the bride and groom were married under a Mandap (similar to a Chuppah or Altar).  The ceremony was so beautiful and meaningful the time slipped by.  The guests danced all night to traditional Indian music provided by one of our favorite DJ’s Craig Chambers of Disc-Connection who also included modern American tunes at the brides’ request.  The decor was sensational!  Soirèe Productions’ unique linen inventory and beautiful chargers completed the table decor.  A big thank you to Diamond Rental of Salt Lake City who polished up and painted gold Chavari chairs to make them brand new for our client.  We borrowed pieces of an outdoor iron gazebo available at Diamond Rental and added our own fabric, 2×4’s and Val’s expertise and created what our Hindu Priest referred to as “the most beautiful Mandap he has ever seen.”  Finding an existing Mandap in Utah is no easy task so we built our own!  The lighting around the room provided a glow in the wedding colors and the custom GOBO with the bride and groom’s monogram was a touch that should never be overlooked.  I can’t stress enough how important lighting is to your event!  It was indeed our pleasure to put our creativity to work and bring the bride’s family traditions to Park City!  Thanks to Nick Sokoloff Photography we have beautiful images to share with you.  Our next blog post will include video footage by Remember When Films of this memorable event.

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The bride enters the ceremony with her parents

The bride enters the ceremony with her parents

The bride's makeup was provided by The Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge

The bride's makeup was provided by The Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge

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The bride's hands after the henna party

The bride's hands after the henna party

The groom wore a traditional Indian wardrobe

The groom wore a traditional Indian wardrobe

The 2 hour traditional Hindu ceremony was beautiful and relaxing

The 2 hour traditional Hindu ceremony was beautiful and relaxing

The bride and groom touch each other for the first time as husband and wife with a gentle tap

The bride and groom touch each other for the first time as husband and wife with a gentle tap

The bride and groom both sit on each side of the ceremonial curtain and do not see each other until they are "officially" married

The bride and groom both sit on each side of the ceremonial curtain and do not see each other until they are "officially" married

Fruit is distributed during the ceremony as a ritual

Fruit is distributed during the ceremony as a ritual

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The bride and groom re-enter the ballroom after making a wish on a falling star during the ceremony

The bride and groom re-enter the ballroom after making a wish on a falling star during the ceremony

The bridesmaids each carried a candle instead of a bouquet and placed it under the Mandap

The bridesmaids each carried a candle instead of a bouquet and placed it under the Mandap
We lite the ceremony pieces from below for a glowing effect

We lite the ceremony pieces from below for a glowing effect

Our Pandit performed a beautiful ceremony

Our Pandit performed a beautiful ceremony

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Indian lanterns were used to highlight the escort card table

Indian lanterns were used to highlight the escort card table

The placecards illuminated the area

The placecards illuminated the area

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The cocktail tables were simple and chic

The cocktail tables were simple and chic

The custom menu was tucked into each napkin

The custom menu was tucked into each napkin

Each placecard was marked with an elephant

Each placecard was marked with an elephant

Our beautiful inventory of linens and chargers completed the look

Our beautiful inventory of linens and chargers completed the look

The ballroom at Stein Eriksen Lodge was glowing

The ballroom at Stein Eriksen Lodge was glowing

The ceterpieces were a WOW factor!

The centerpieces were a WOW factor!

We designed a GOBO with the bride and grooms monogram which was used above the Mandap for the ceremony and later on the wall

We designed a GOBO with the bride and grooms monogram which was used above the Mandap for the ceremony and later on the wall

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After the ceremony, the bride changed into her reception gown

After the ceremony, the bride changed into her reception gown

The bride and groom in their "Reception Attire" danced all night with their guests

The bride and groom in their "Reception Attire" danced all night with their guests

The Wedding Party performed a choreographed dance for the guests

The Wedding Party performed a choreographed dance for the guests

Dancing all night long!

Dancing all night long!

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The sweetheart table was decorated with florals throughout

The sweetheart table was decorated with florals throughout

The bride and groom had a sweetheart table with a view of all of their guests

The bride and groom had a sweetheart table with a view of all of their guests

The bride surprised the groom with a "groom's cake" of a Deer Valley ski run

The bride surprised the groom with a "groom's cake" of a Deer Valley ski run

The wedding party at the Mandap.  Each bridesmaid wore a different color in her Sari

The wedding party at the Mandap. Each bridesmaid wore a different color in her Sari

Tip Tuesday | Jazz Up Your First Dance

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

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A first dance is what we traditionally use to kick off the party.  I want to show you how much fun you can have with your first dance if you invest in a few dance lessons and choreograph a dance to make your first a special one.  You don’t have to be a pro to look like a pro.  Our clients shown in these photos took the time to learn some fancy foot work and choreograph a dance to Bye Bye Birdie, a song that was the bride’s grandmother’s favorite.  Grandma sang this song to the bride growing up.  In her grandmother’s absense (she passed away last year) she decided to dedicate her First Dance to her memory and was introduced to the dance floor with her groom to this special tune and a few facts about her grandmother.  Apparently her grandmother was a fun, vivacious woman who could make everyone feel great about themselves.

The Joe Muscolino Band learned this special tune and played it perfectly at the reception.  The bride and groom brought smiles to the guests faces as they entered the room.  They filled the dance floor with every step they took.  Guests cheered them on as this was an unexpected treat.  When we asked the bride and groom how it felt to make this a special dance, they both agreed it was time well spent to learn the dance!  They looked like pros and according to the groom this was very out of character for him.  You would have never known they weren’t pros.  If you think you might like to choreograph your first dance, consider calling Marjene Anderson in Salt Lake City (801) 530-1335.  She is one of the best and has assisted many of our clients in making their dance a special one!  There are many song titles that work well for a first dance, father-daughter, and mother-son dance.  Make sure you select one that is right for you or has a special meaning.  You’ll look back one day and remember the moment, I guarantee it!

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If you choreograph a first dance, be sure to use your showmanship.

If you choreograph a first dance, be sure to use your showmanship.

Stein Eriksen Lodge Spa | Grand Opening Celebration | Park City, Utah

Friday, December 11th, 2009
Wait and enjoy flavored water and light snacks in this beautiful waiting area

Wait and enjoy flavored water and light snacks in this beautiful waiting area

Well it was worth the wait!  Many of you were disappointed to hear the Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge would close in April to begin it’s face lift and many of us were looking forward to the renovation.  Nine months just seemed a bit to long to wait for something that really didn’t seem to need updating.  Well the wait is over and things just got better.  I spent the evening  attending the wonderful grand opening celebration for the Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge.  It was a night offering many reasons to celebrate.  We toasted with champagne and cocktails and savored in Chef Zane’s culinary sensations.  Everyone was there to welcome us and show off what we have been waiting for.  The service as always was impeccable and I left with my curiosity satisfied as well as my appetite.

Let me tell you what you have to look forward to…Sixteen new treatment rooms, four pedicure bowls, four manicure stations, on-site make-up specialists, hair stylists, hot tub, cold tubs, relaxation rooms the list goes on and on.  Stein Eriksen Lodge is already one of my favorite places but this just tops everything.  Brides are able to enjoy a wonderful getting ready area after having their hair and make up done by one of their talented stylists.  I have a word of advice, If you’re smart you’ll stay one extra day and after your wedding weekend has come to a close treat yourself before you take off on your honeymoon with a couples massage in the amazing couples treatment room.  Then spend the rest of the day lounging at their outdoor swimming pool because it now offers 2000 square feet of additional deck space and an outdoor fireplace to cozy up to at night.  On a summer day, relax by the pool, enjoy the sun, and plan to stay all day.  Chef Zane’s fabulous menu is available poolside.   A culinary experience while you relax; what could be better?  The pool area also has a hot tub.  Tonight everything was steaming up with excitement.  For you die hards the fitness center has expanded too.  There are plenty of exercise equipment for everyone to get their work out.  Day passes are also available for locals so you might want to think about booking a spa day even if you don’t have plans to stay the night.  But you might want to pack an overnight bag just in case…you may never want to leave.  Take a look at the renovation for yourself!  Congratulations Stein Eriksen Lodge and thank you for a great party.  Cheers!

Stein Eriksen himself along with his beautiful wife were there to celebrate the grand opening.

Stein Eriksen himself along with his beautiful wife were there to celebrate the grand opening.

Stein's Sommelier, Cara Schwindt selected the finest wines for guests to enjoy while we toured

Stein's Sommelier, Cara Schwindt selected the finest wines for guests to enjoy while we toured

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The fitness center has every machine you need and plenty of them!

The treatment rooms are decorated just as beautiful as the lodge itself

The treatment rooms are decorated just as beautiful as the lodge itself

Couples treatment rooms are spacious and romantic

Couples treatment rooms are spacious and romantic

The spa features a hot tub and cold tub with aromatherapy

The spa features a hot tub and cold tub with aromatherapy

Make-up artist are on site

Make-up artist are on site

Five pedicure stations

Four fabulous pedicure stations

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Enjoy peace and quiet in the relaxation room

Enjoy peace and quiet in the relaxation room

If you sit in front of the fire in this relaxation room you may never want to leave

If you sit in front of the fire in this relaxation room you may never want to leave

Of course men are from mars and women are from venus...and men have a plasma screen television in their "relaxation" room.  A great hang out for the guys on the wedding day!

Of course men are from mars and women are from venus...and men have a plasma screen television in their "relaxation" room. A great hang out for the guys on the wedding day!

The women's locker room has plenty of showers and great lighting

The women's locker room has plenty of showers and great lighting

Look at the size of the swimming pool and deck space

Look at the size of the swimming pool and deck space
Cozy up to the outdoor fireplace

Cozy up to the outdoor fireplace

I could have stayed here all night in this outdoor hot tub

I could have stayed here all night in this outdoor hot tub

Vonya gave the Girls from Soiree a tour of the great facilities

Vonya gave the Girls from Soiree a tour of the great facilities

Antonio was there to make sure nobody left hungry

Antonio was there to make sure nobody left hungryRaul was there too!

Dan Flick, General Manager and Nancy Liepmann, Director of Catering were there to greet everyone upon arrival

Dan Flick, General Manager and Nancy Liepmann, Director of Catering were there to greet everyone upon arrival

Jill, Spa Director-Jan, Director of Sales-Kristin, Soiree Event Designer

Jill, Spa Director-Jan, Director of Sales-Kristin, Soiree Event Designer

The ever so talented Michael Lucarelli was there to delight us with his music

The ever so talented Michael Lucarelli was there to delight us with his music

Raul was there too!

Raul was there too!

I had a great massage from Brian last year and I can't wait to go back

I had a great massage from Brian last year and I can't wait to go back


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