Real Weddings

Real Utah Wedding: Erica Navarro & Phillip Evans Cushing at Montage Deer Valley

With twoolf July 22, 2016 Published in the Summer/Fall 2016 issue of Park City Magazine

NAMES Erica Navarro and Phillip Evans Cushing LIVE IN New York, New York OCCUPATIONS They’re both corporate lawyers. WHERE THEY MET At Boston College at a party hosted by the groom and his roommates (many of whom were in the wedding party). After college, the bride and groom attended Columbia Law School together. WHERE HE PROPOSED On Lighthouse Beach in Chatham, Cape Cod, while vacationing over Columbus Day weekend (the groom’s family tradition); it was the same spot where they had taken an early morning walk on their first visit to the area together five years earlier. He surprised her by asking her mom, dad, and sister to join their weekend engagement celebration. THEIR APPROACH TO WEDDING PLANNING They wanted the day to focus on the significance of the sacrament and the natural beauty surrounding them in Utah. NUMBER OF GUESTS 107 WEDDING STYLE Simple and timeless; they’ve always been drawn to the beauty of the understated. COLORS White, dove gray, charcoal, and light opal-pink SPLURGE/SAVE By keeping their guest list near the 100 mark, they were able to have the wedding of their dreams, from the venue to the flowers to the menu. DESTINATION DETAILS They were adamant about making each guest feel appreciated and excited to be in Utah; they included special touches such as by-guest personalized itineraries, meal-specific place cards, and carefully appointed welcome bags. RELIGIOUS ELEMENT They wed in a traditional Roman Catholic Mass. FAVORITE CEREMONY MOMENT When they finally joined hands after the bride walked down the aisle FLOWERS Hydrangeas, ranunculus, eucalyptus, and simple greens RECEPTION MENU FAVORITE The Montage Short Ribs—they were incredible and not your typical wedding food. DRINKS A twist on his and hers cocktails incorporating their joint alma maters: the Boston College “Eagle” made with whiskey, bitters, club soda, and a citrus rind (the groom’s choice), and the Columbia Law School “Lion” featuring vodka, lemonade, club soda, and cucumber. DESSERT Soft lemon cake with fresh raspberries FIRST DANCE A cover of Empire of the Sun’s “Walking on a Dream” FAVORITE RECEPTION MOMENT Dancing with friends and family to “Sweet Caroline” and “New York, New York,” two songs that reflect (and have defined) much of their relationship together. FAVORS Custom luggage tags embossed with the wedding date and a pine tree THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Sacred, idyllic, unforgettable HONEYMOON Greece, Athens, and the islands of Milos, Folegandros, and Santorini

We were told the day would be exhausting, stressful, and full of obligations. None of that was the case. It was all incredibly fun.—Erica & Phillip


Ceremony: St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Park City

Officiants: Father Lawrence Ford and Father Kevin Mullen

Reception, Catering, Cake, and Rentals: Montage Deer Valley

Wedding Coordinator: Sarah Aures at Montage Deer Valley

Photography: Rebekah Westover Photography

Videography: Ryan Hinman Films

Invitations: Where’s the Party in Costa Mesa, California

Bridal Gown: Martina Liana from Blush Bridal Couture in Tustin, California

Alterations: Saks Fifth Avenue

Bridal Veil: Blush Bridal Couture in Tustin, California

Bridal Shoes: Manolo Blahnik

Bridal Accessories: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon

Makeup: Spa Montage Deer Valley

Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale from Nordstrom

Groom’s Formal Wear: Mr. Ned Custom Men’s Suiting in NYC, New York

Groom’s Tie: Sam Hober

Groom’s Shoes: Allen Edmonds

Flowers: Decoration, Inc.

Cocktail Hour Music: Hot Club of Zion

Reception Music: Metro Music Club

Favors: Love Travels Favors on Etsy

Transportation: Deer Valley Transport, Montage Deer Valley Car Service

Rehearsal Dinner: Cushing’s Cabin at the top of Empire Mountain at Deer Valley Resort

Hotel for Guests: Montage Deer Valley, Deer Valley Lodging

Registry: Bloomingdales, Crate & Barrel, Williams Sonoma