Snowpine Lodge Wedding in Fall

September 18, 2021

For Kristen and Hayes, their Snowpine Lodge wedding in Alta, Utah, was more than just a celebration of their love for one another. It was also a tribute to the places and people that have shaped their lives. As military members, they rarely get to see their loved ones in one place, but on their wedding day, friends and family traveled from all over the world to witness their union. 



Ceremony/Reception Location: Snowpine Lodge
Planner: Cultivated Events Co 
Videographer: Scarlet Oak Studio
Flower Designer: The Potted Pansy 
HMUA: NC Studio Utah 
Officiant: Hailey Laub
Music/Entertainment: Echo Talent
Caterer: Snowpine Lodge 
Cake/Desserts: Sweet Cravings
Paper/Calligraphy/Invitations: Ann Elizabeth Print Studio
Bride’s Dress Shop: Little White Dress Bridal Shop (Colorado)
Groom’s Suit: Indochino
Engagement Ring: Revolution Jewelry Works


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


Why did you decide to get married at Snowpine Lodge?

I (Kristen) was born and raised in Draper, Utah, and always knew I would get married close to home. Hayes and I are both military members and we had just found out that we were going to be stationed at Hill Air Force Base and moving to Utah so it seems right. We had met and gone to school together in Colorado so we wanted a mountain wedding to connect us to Colorado too!


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

The overall mood was a celebration, we wanted it to be a big party. We wanted a mountain theme!


What were the highlights of your ceremony?

The highlight of the ceremony for me was walking down the aisle with my dad, who means so much to me and had planned the entire wedding. My Dad is a former Army Ranger and everyone calls him Ranger Dave… my favorite picture is of him fogging up his glasses in the front row. 

Of course, seeing Hayes cry like a baby when he saw me was a highlight but that is no surprise since he is a softy. 

It was also extremely special to have our former roommate, Hailey Laub marry us. We weren’t actually sure that she would make it in time until the day of. She is a helicopter pilot for the Air Force and is going through intense survival training. She had to miss the rehearsal and made it that afternoon, just in time. 


What were the highlights of your reception?

Money being thrown in the air! We didn’t want too much of the formal part of the reception and wanted a lot of dancing. Our first dance was special but everyone knew that Hayes and I both are competitive so the cake smashing in the face was an intense race as can be expected. 


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



Any planning or wedding-day advice for future couples?

Have fun and soak up every second. The details really don’t matter, it’s all about the people and your love. 


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

My dad planned (with the help of a wedding planner) the whole wedding so we are very lucky. Neither of us was picky.


Read their 5-star Wedding Photography Review:

“Austen did an amazing job photographing our wedding. He captured everything perfectly and even helped us with printing the photos afterward. He was amazing to work with.” –Kristen 

“AD is an absolute legend! Epitome of a professional and is guaranteed to capture your big day perfectly, just like he did ours!” -Hayes



Kristen and Hayes’ Snowpine Lodge wedding in Alta, Utah, was a heartfelt celebration that honored their love, family, and friends. The couple added a personal touch to their special day by incorporating a mountain theme, paying tribute to their affection for Utah and Colorado. Their wedding was a beautiful reflection of their personalities and the love they share, filled with laughter, affection, and treasured memories.




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