Real Weddings

Real Wedding: Marie DeFurio & Chase Idleman at The Natural History Museum of Utah

A modern, minimal destination wedding by Fuse Weddings & Events, featuring a dinosaur theme, succulent decor, custom temporary tattoos, and more!

With twoolf July 31, 2017 Published in the Summer/Fall 2017 issue of Park City Magazine

LIVE IN Austin, Texas OCCUPATIONS She works in quality assurance; he works in robotic medical sales. HOW THEY MET At a mutual friend’s party in Minneapolis. He had sent her a message on a month prior, but she hadn’t responded to it. Thanks to plenty of wine, they brushed off any embarrassment. They became friends and started dating a year later. Shortly after, he moved toAustin for a job, and six months later she joined him. WHERE THEY GOT ENGAGED While hiking in a field of blue bonnets and climbing the huge rock dome at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area WHY THEY WED IN UTAH She’s from the Midwest and he’s from the South, so they wanted to find somewhere in the middle to bring their families and friends together. The Natural History Museum of Utah offered everything they wanted: modern design; located near the mountains; reasonable travel distance; had a unique attribute—in this case a dinosaur collection (the groom and groomsmen wore dinosaur socks as a special touch). WEDDING STYLE Modern meets nature NUMBER OF GUESTS 86 CULTURAL ELEMENTS During her father’s toast, guests received small glasses of  ouzo and/or sambuca as a nod to her Greek and Italian heritage. MENU A family-style feast of locally sourced dishes, including charcuterie, Snuck Farms salad, heirloom carrot sourdough, Rocky Mountain red trout, roasted vegetable napoleon, cabernet-braised short ribs, brown-butter and sage gnocchi with chanterelles and corn DESSERT Almond wedding cake, sweet potato and pecan cake, and a local chocolate tasting paired with tawny port FAVORS Custom temporary tattoos of the couple’s faces, mugs, and welcome bags filled with local goodies THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Modern, natural, joyful HONEYMOON Greece

We are active, outdoorsy nerds with an appreciation for minimalism—which sums up why the NHMU was the perfect venue for us. —Marie


Ceremony: Land Terrace at the Natural History Museum of Utah

Reception: Canyon Room at the Natural History Museum of Utah

Wedding Planner & Designer: Mara Marian of Fuse Weddings & Events

Photographer: Elisha Braithwaite Photography

Officiant: Rev. Anita Gordon

Invitations: Minted

Rings: Benold’s Jewelry in Austin, Texas

Bridal Gown: Rue De Seine from Unbridaled in Austin, Texas

Bridal Accessories: Badgley Mischka shoes, Tiffany & Co bracelet

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Adrianna Papell, BHLDN

Makeup: Lesley Lind Makeup & Hair

Groom’s Formal Wear: Custom tuxedo from Prince of B. Bogies

Groomsmen’s Formal Wear: The Black Tux

Flowers: Orchid Dynasty

Caterer: Culinary Crafts

Cake: Tulie Bakery

Tables, Chairs & Table Settings: Diamond Rental

Linens: Specialty Linens

Napkins: La Tavola Linens

Music: Gold Standard

Custom Temporary Tattoos:

Custom Tote Bags: Wedding Chicks

Favors: The Chocolate Covered WagonThe Rose Establishment, V Chocolates, Western Nut Company

Hotel for Guests: Marriott at University Park

Rehearsal Dinner: Stanza Restaurant & Wine Bar

Registry: Crate & Barrel, Honeyfund