Real Weddings

Real Utah Wedding: Malissa Glines & Chad Sarno at Snowbasin Resort

This boho-chic destination wedding, inspired by the couple's love for the outdoors and the mountains, featured a vegan menu, organic decor, and a tipi.

With twoolf April 14, 2017 Published in the Summer/Fall 2016 issue of Park City Magazine

NAMES Malissa Glines and Chad Sarno LIVE IN Austin, Texas; the bride grew up in Roosevelt, Utah OCCUPATIONS She’s a health coach and retreat planner; he’s a plant-based chef and educator. HOW THEY MET Through a health-immersion program they coordinated for Whole Foods HOW HE PROPOSED First, while camping in the redwoods with her grandma’s turquoise necklace and family heirloom. Second, while hiking in Austin with his daughter, Amaya, and a diamond ring. NUMBER OF GUESTS 80 THEIR APPROACH TO PLANNING Most of their guests were from out of state (and country!) and had never been to Utah, so they planned a full weekend of food and fun for them to enjoy. WEDDING THEME Nature, inspired by their common love for the outdoors and mountains HOW THEY MADE THE DAY THEIR OWN They started the day with a lake-side yoga class, they surprised their guests with a gondola ride up 9,000 feet to the ceremony, and they wrote their own vows. CULTURAL & FAMILY ELEMENTS She wove in her Native American heritage by getting married on the new moon and having her 90-year-old grandma perform a Native American blanket wrapping ceremony with a blessing; her parents built her an amazing tipi as part of the décor. He paid homage to his Italian roots by bringing everyone together through food; he created an all-vegan menu and Italian feast for the reception. SOMETHING OLD, NEW, BORROWED & BLUE She wore an ivory lace gown, matching custom-made lace jacket, and turquoise jewelry (her grandmother’s necklace and her mother’s bracelets). DÉCOR DETAILS Purple wildflowers (her favorite), lavender, sage, roses, foliage garlands, succulents, fresh herbs, birch-tree poles, and other natural elements RECEPTION MENU FAVORITES Truffled edamame dumplings, stuffed zucchini blossoms, and create-your-own pasta stations including fresh manicotti with the groom’s Italian Nana’s red sauce Dessert Gluten-free vanilla and chocolate cake with layers of lemon curd, strawberry, and raspberry jam with vanilla buttercream frosting FIRST DANCE “Better Together” by Jack Johnson FAVORS Organic San Marzano tomato and basil seed packets with the groom’s family red-sauce recipe, plus bars of dark chocolate and bags of herbal popcorn FAVORITE RECEPTION MOMENT When she surprised him by playing the drum with a pop-up rock band performance of Cheap Trick’s “I Want You To Want Me” THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Magical, romantic, abundant HONEYMOON A road trip through Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, Lake Powell, the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, Sedona, and Santa Fe.

Having people that you love from all different phases in your life come together in one area and meet each other was a pretty special and incredible feeling. It was a very cool reflection for the both of us. —Malissa & Chad


Venue and Transportation: Snowbasin Resort in Huntsville

Wedding Coordinator, Flowers, and Flower Crowns: Karley Parker of Scenemakers

Photography: Megan Robinson Photography

Videography: Ashley Scott Davison

Officiant: Dr. Scott Stoll

Invitation Design: Joyce Yu

Invitation Printing: Botanical Paper Works

Bride’s Custom

Groom’s Ring: Stone’s Throw Jewelry in Austin, Texas

Custom Jewelry Gifts: Silver feather necklaces by Elizabeth Crandall

Bridal Gown: Yolan Cris from Alta Moda Bridal Boutique

Alterations: Alta Moda Bridal Boutique

Custom Bridal Veil and Jacket: Alterations and Veils by Beatrice

Makeup: Hair & Makeup by Steph

Groom’s Custom Suit: Knot Standard in Austin, Texas

Caterer: Menu designed by Chef Chad Sarno and prepared by Chef Tal Ronen of Crossroads Kitchen in Los Angeles, California, with assistance from Snowbasin Resort

Cake: City Cakes Bakery & Café

Ceremony Music: David Rice, Mark Chaney Trio

DJ: Darin Murphy

Photobooth: Photobooth Bus

Rentals: Scenemakers

Custom Tipi: Pam and Larry Glines of Chantilly Place Weddings

Favors: High Mowing Seeds, Coco Polo chocolate bars, Little Lad’s Herbal Corn

Rehearsal Dinner: Vegan BBQ prepared by Chef Chad Sarno at a private residence

Hotel for Guests: Lakeside Resort Properties

Honeymoon: Hotel Santa Fe, Enchantment Resort and Spa Sedona, Zion Mountain Ranch