Jordanelle State Park Wedding

September 2, 2023

A love of Utah’s scenery inspired Shawna and Ryan’s Jordanelle State Park Wedding. This breathtaking backdrop set the stage for a celebration with a Mountain West Boho theme that resonated through every detail of their day.  Starting with an intimate ceremony at the Church of Dirt the couple then held a larger celebration with family and friends filled with personal details like specialized catering and antique glassware and linens.  It was truly and event to remember set against the views they love so much. 


Ceremony Location: Hailstone Event Center
Reception Location: Hailstone Event Center
Flower Designer: Shawna (Bride)
Hair Stylist: Alyson Watkin
Makeup Artist: HTG Make Up Artist (@htgmua)
Officiant: Jeff Van Wyngarden
Music/Entertainment Rob Bennion
Caterer: Element Chef Services
Cake/Desserts: Auntie Em’s
Paper/Calligraphy: Prints of Love
Groom’s Suit: Indochino
Additional Attire (ex: rings, veil, shoes, jewelry, etc.) : Everything was from family or handed down actually (wore my sister’s shoes, mother’s earrings, grandmother’s ring).


We asked the couple to share some of their memories from their beautiful wedding day. 


Why did you decide to get married at Jordanlle State Park?

We love the mountains, wanted to be able to bring in our own catering staff and liked supporting Utah state parks!


What was your favorite moment?

Too many to count, but we truly loved our ceremony in front of our friends and family, with the reservoir and mountains as our backdrop!


Describe the overall mood or theme (ex: classic, color palette, modern, boho)

Mountain West Boho.


What were the highlights of your ceremony?

Being able to be ourselves and Jeff forgetting he was miked up.


What were the highlights of your reception?

Definitely the speeches. Ryan’s best friend Mark, and my sister, Erin as well as my Dad 🙂


Were any ethnic, religious, cultural, or family traditions included in your day?

Closest we have is pie as our dessert. And Ryan’s parents table cloth from their wedding that was on our table.


Any planning or wedding-day advice for future couples?

Don’t sweat the small stuff. No one remembers what font you used or what something was supposed to look like.


How was the overall experience of your planning? Also, the highs and lows?

We did a lot of it ourselves and summit county is not inexpensive, so stress centered around expenses mostly – making smart choices to make our dollar go the farthest. I picked and dried all the florals which I loved doing. Ryan picked the DJ who played the saxophone during the whole event. We also sourced all vintage glassware for our guests to use for appetizers and dinner (don’t know if I totally recommend doing that but it sure was pretty).



Shawna and Ryan’s Jordanelle State Park Wedding was a celebration of love, nature, and personal touches that made their day unforgettable. Their story is a beautiful reminder of the importance of choosing a venue and wedding elements that reflect your personalities and values to make the day perfect.


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