Real Weddings

Fanciful Forest Party: Jessica Kranski & Dan Sluder

By Tessa Woolf February 1, 2013 Published in the January 2013 issue of Park City Magazine


NAMES Jessica Kranski and Dan Sluder LIVE IN Brooklyn; they grew up in SLC but moved to New York for work OCCUPATIONS She’s an interior architect for Davis Brody Bond; he’s a mechanical engineer for PepsiCo HOW THEY MET They had mutual friends in high school but never connected; during college, they ran into each other at the University of Utah, exchanged numbers, and have been together ever since WHERE HE PROPOSED In a rowboat on the Lake at Central Park in NYC—he almost tipped the boat as he got down on one knee NUMBER OF GUESTS 185 WEDDING BUDGET They tried to keep things under $35,000, but the final tab was closer to $45,000 WEDDING THEME Mountain Chic meets Woodland Animal; they wanted to create the feel of an elegant dinner party deep in the forest PERSONAL TOUCH The bride designed and laser-cut the invitation suite, including a field guide–style booklet Colors Black, cream, taupe, mushroom DÉCOR DETAILS Wood farmhouse-style tables, wildflower-like arrangements, twinkling lights draped in the trees, animal figurine place cards, and animal masquerade masks, which guests wore for photos and dancing at the end of the night WARDROBE DETAILS The bride wore a Vera Wang gown and a simple black grosgrain sash—the sash set the tone for the event’s black décor accents CULTURAL ELEMENT The bride’s family is Polish, so they had a traditional Polish wedding toast with vodka RECEPTION MENU FAVORITES Skirt steak and smoked Utah trout grilled fresh on-site CAKE Four tiers of almond cake with white vanilla buttercream FAVORS FOR GUESTS Homemade rosemary jam sandwich cookies wrapped in animal tissue paper THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Dreamlike, blissful, unforgettable HONEYMOON Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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Local Vendor List

Ceremony St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church in Park City

Officiant Fr. Stanislaw Herba of St. Mary’s

Reception Private ranch in Oakley

Wedding Planner Fuse Weddings & Events

Photography Jesse Erasmus Photography

Gown Alterations Jen Jackson

Hair and Makeup The Beauty Lush Hair and Makeup Artistry by Mary Ann

Flowers Honey of a Thousand Flowers

Catering Culinary Crafts

Cake Layers

Entertainment Puddle Mountain Ramblers

Rentals and Lighting Alpine Event Rentals

Linens La Tavola

Rehearsal Dinner Canyons Resort

Registry Crate & Barrel, REI