A Modern, Minimalist Wedding at the Natural History Museum of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah

Marie DeFurio (34 and a quality assurance manager) met Chase Idleman (35 and a sales manager for medical robotics) through a common friend in Minneapolis. And even though sparks flew, they spent a year as friends before becoming a couple. “I made him work for it,” Marie says. After relocating to Texas together and getting engaged, Marie and Chase wanted to wed in a central place (for family and friends) that captured their personal styles and interests. “We are active, outdoorsy nerds with an appreciation for minimalism—which best sums up why the Natural History Museum of Utah in Salt Lake City was the perfect choice.” For their intimate wedding and indoor reception, the aesthetic guideline was simple, elegant, naturalistic and understated. “What attracted us to the museum were the clean lines, modern architecture and emphasis on natural beauty. The architecture and angles in the building are stunning,” Marie says. While there was no set palette, dusty green succulents, eucalyptus, ivory blossoms and touches of gold brought natural warmth to the outdoor ceremony and indoor reception. After exchanging vows outside, with the Wasatch Mountains as a backdrop, Marie and Chase served their 86 guests fare sourced from local farms—including Rocky Mountain red trout and cabernet-braised short ribs. “Don’t sweat the small stuff,” Chase says. “If something isn't exactly how you imagined it, no one else will know. Smile, have fun, and focus on the moment.” —Carolyn Meers