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Nicole & Tyler: A Destination Wedding in Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

  • Leo Patrone Photography, Provo
    Debbie Geller/Geller Events, Los Angeles, CA
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Nicole & Tyler in Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT
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The maid of honor took good care of the bride, setting her up with a bridal kit that she put together. “There was everything a girl could need on her wedding day, from deodorant to nail polish,” says Nicole. “It also included my favorite things, like lotion and treats.”
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Nicole’s bouquet was made up of green and white blooms like kale, tulips, dahlias, ranunculus, hypericum berries, and brown fern curl wrapped in brown grosgrain.
Amanda Mizell/Decoration Inc., Salt Lake City
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Nicole and Tyler’s outdoor ceremony had a laidback, natural vibe. The decor was simple -- gorgeous mountains provided the view and guests sat on wooden chairs. A classical guitarist enhanced the natural ambience by playing songs like “Over the Hills and Far Away,” “Here Comes the Sun,” and “With a Little Help from My Friends.”
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The natural beauty of Nicole and Tyler’s site called for minimal decor. Galvanized steel tins stuffed with kale were tied to the aisle chairs with chocolate-brown grosgrain ribbon.
Amanda Mizell/Decoration Inc., Salt Lake City
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The couple was very involved in the music choices, giving the DJ an extensive list of music. “Tyler is a huge music guy,” says Nicole. And clearly they knew what they were doing -- guests were on the dance floor all night!
Chase Loter, Salt Lake City
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Like the bride’s bouquet, Nicole and Tyler’s centerpieces combined vegetables and flowers, like hydrangeas, kale, artichokes, dahlias, poppy pods, scabiosa pods, fern curl, and begonia leaves.
Amanda Mizell/Decoration Inc., Salt Lake City
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At the reception, guests sat at round tables dressed in chocolate-brown satin linens. Each place setting had a nice personal touch -- a menu that also included facts about Nicole and Tyler and quotes from their parents.
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“You Go to My Head,” by Louis Armstrong, was Nicole and Tyler’s first dance pick.
Chase Loter, Salt Lake City
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At the end of the wedding, Tyler and all of the men went outside to enjoy cigars, a gift from the best man.
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Nicole and Tyler treated their guests to personalized bags. Each one included the couple’s moose motif, their names, and the wedding date. The couple also added a little competition. For each of the events a guest participated in over the course of the wedding week, they were given a pin. The guest with the most pins at the end of the festivities w ...
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Nicole and Tyler opted for a cupcake tower in lieu of a cake. The best part: The tower was made up of all kinds of different flavored cupcakes -- from carrot cake to blueberry to Oreo, pistachio, and even red velvet.
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Nicole & Tyler in Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

Every time Nicole Condrick and Tyler West went out with their group of friends, they’d end up spending the whole time chatting only with each other. There was just one problem -- Nicole was dating one of Tyler’s friends at the time. Eventually, Nicole broke up with the friend and asked Tyler on a date. The Bride Nicole Condrick, 27, operations manager for a video game company The Groom Tyler West, 27, concept artist The Date July 12 Five years later, when he’d decided to propose, Tyler cleverly disguised a trip to Hawaii as a visit to Nicole’s great aunt and uncle. The plan worked -- Nicole was completely shocked when he proposed to her there. After she said yes, the pair planned a destination wedding in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah, where some of the bride’s relatives live and where she has many happy childhood memories.
- Cait Rohan
Their Ingredients
  • Leo Patrone Photography, Provo
  • Debbie Geller/Geller Events, Los Angeles, CA
  • Amanda Mizell/Decoration Inc., Salt Lake City
  • Chase Loter, Salt Lake City
  • Natalie Jensen/So Cupcake, Salt Lake City

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