An Air of Elegance

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One thing is for sure, elegance will never die! We got a little phone call from Elizabeth Cooper Design a bit ago to do a shoot with them for a few of their new dresses, and boy was it dreamy! Our lead designer Tressa styled this shoot and I mean… come on!! She KILLED it! We asked Tressa her thoughts and feelings on this stunning shoot and this is what she said!

“When Arin from Elizabeth Cooper Design contacted us about styling an ‘Ethereal’ shoot for her, the first words that came to mind were light, delicate and airy, and I got really excited! This was a new style for me. As I started looking around for inspiration I decided I wanted to create a fine balance between light and dark.”


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“Elizabeth Cooper Design was getting ready to launch their new line of gowns, Saphia Blue, and wanted to showcase a few of the lovelies. We decided to do two set ups, and have a different gown for each. For the ‘Emerald’ gown we did a ceremony backdrop with a delicate greenery arch suspended from the ceiling so it appeared to be floating. The florals were light and airy, and pure perfection. We added a surround of lots of glistening glass and lit it all up beautifully with fairy lights and candles.”


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“The “Pearl” gown is so exquisite I wanted the design elements to be elegant and dramatic. We decided to do a sweetheart table set up for this one and this is where I played with the light and dark balance. Matte black flatware, black glassware and black candles were juxtaposed with white, crisp linen, light florals and dinnerware, and a sweeping organza backdrop.”

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“I learned that going out of my design comfort zone can result in absolutely perfection, especially when I have the most talented team to collaborate with. Don’t be afraid to play and incorporate design elements that you normally wouldn’t think of using. Think out of the box and create something new and inspiring!”

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Seriously though Tress, amazing job! While she sleeps from all of her hard work, we’ll be drooling over the photos and wishing we were slow dancing the night away like these love birds!

And we can’t forget the lovely vendors!

Styling & Design: Sage and Thistle Events
Photography: Elisha Braithwaite Photography
Florals: Peaches and Peonies Floral
Gowns: Saphie Blue by ECD
Suit: True Gentleman
Model: Morgan Galbraith  Instagram: @morgsgalbraith
HMUA: Kali Chris Hair & Makeup

Katie & Julian // A Breathtaking Backyard Avenues Wedding // Salt Lake City, Utah



Meet Katie and Julian. They are in love. They wanted to get married. They came to Sage and Thistle Events to help them pull off their big day. Julian and Katie are smart.





To say we were excited about this wedding would be an understatement! Katie requested a backyard wedding in the Avenues of Salt Lake City, Utah. Um, yes, please! She has a very natural and organic style (totally our kind of girl!) which she wanted reflected in the every design element. She requested herbs, succulents and natural plants in her florals. Her color palette was slate blue, navy, greens, and gold…she had to throw in a little bling!


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Katie was pretty easy going and trusted us to design most of the decor, but she insisted on having lots and lots of twinkling lights…and we totally delivered on that one.  *fist bump*








And they had 23 cakes…did we mention they were smart?!









And more pretty….



















The Dream Team

Venue: Private Residence in Salt Lake City, Utah

Wedding Planning and Design: Sage and Thistle Events

Photography: Emma Vidmar Photography

Florals: The Potted Pansy Design Studio

Gown: Gown – Anne Barge / Shop – Alta Moda Bridal

Ring: Cat Bird NYC

Bridesmaids Gowns: Anthropologie, Asos, Boden Clothing

Veil: Tony Federici

Hair: Lunatic Fringe Salon Sugarhouse

Invitation Suite: David Bowman Design

Lighting: Moon Light Utah

Rentals: All Out Event Rental

Slate Dupioni Linens: Susan’s Party Rentals

Caterer: Marvellous Catering

Bakers: Granite Bakery, Bubble and Brown Bakery, Cake by CourtneyCity Cakes Cafe

Billboard and Canvases: CG Pro Prints

Billboard Frame: In the Event



Bohemian Styled Shoot – or – Summer of Love 101

Maybe it’s because I’m a child of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Maybe it’s because – wedding planner that I am – I’ve reimagined my own wedding day so many times (with the same groom, mind you, but with bare feet instead of four-inch heels). Or maybe it’s because my long-haired son (our model for this shoot) takes me back just a tad. Whatever the reason, I just had to do a Bohemian shoot. There was no way around it.

So for the benefit of the millennials in the room, may I present – ahem – Summer of Love 101, Exhibit A: macramé. When I was your age (I swore I’d never say that) it was a huge trend. We’d knot string and rope into intricate patterns and turn them into things like curtains, hanging chairs, shawls, (several decades) before you were born. Well, guess what? I’m not the only one in town who knows what macramé is. We found a local artist who creates these stellar table runners and chair backings with it. The second I saw them I knew they had to be the soul of what we were putting together.

Summer of Love Exhibit B: an obsession with nature. Think John Denver’s “Country Road” or Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind.” A connection with nature was a huge part of sticking it to the suits and imagining a different future. I wanted to bring that sense of the organic into this shoot, and our florist took one for the team to pull it off. We hung bottles from the ceiling and filled them with flowers. She hand-picked each branch and painstakingly hot glued every one of those flowers – and a few fingertips – to make the perfect backdrop.


Summer of Love Exhibit C: match-matchiness is strictly forbidden. Mismatching your clothes was a statement, a middle finger to the fashion industry, and an assertion of your independence. Eclecticism became the name of the game.


I wanted the dishes to bring in a bit more of that spirit of gorgeous rebellion, so we went with non-matching plates in jewel tones. We found the green and purple goblets pretty quickly, but it took weeks to find the right plates. I finally ordered them online and made sure they’d arrive before the big day. Well, guess what? The day before the shoot I get a phone call from the merchant apologizing profusely because the plates would not be delivered on time. Aaaaaaaah! Needless to say, I found just the right words for the merchant who shall remain nameless. I’ll let you guess whether I said them before of after hanging up. 😉

I then spent the entire day shopping at every store within a 60-mile radius and – at the end of the day and only out of desperation – managed to find some ‘these will just have to do’ dishes. I bought them, loaded them in my car feeling more than a bit deflated, and got a phone call saying the plates of my dreams had just arrived in the mail! Woohoo! Ten points for Team Missy! Just-rebellious-enough dishes? Check!

Summer of Love Exhibit D: flowers. They don’t call us flower children for nothing, folks. One of my favorite parts of event planning and design is watching the florist arrive.


The plates are set, the lights are hung, the macramé is on full display, and things are coming together nicely. You think to yourself, “yeah, this thing is gonna happen.” And then the flowers flood in and just light the place up. The before and after is dramatic. I’ve seen it so many times, and it just doesn’t get old. It always floors me!

So there you have it, folks: a Bohemian styled shoot for the books and an excuse for me to make all of you twenty and thirty-somethings feel fabulously young. You’re welcome!

Pipe Dreams: A Copper, Blush, and Green Wedding

Pipe Dreams: Couple Kissing at Table

I don’t remember when it was I realized copper was becoming a thing for weddings. I knew right away that I wanted to, you know, totally obsess over it for a week straight planning and scheming this elaborate styled shoot where everything you see is (secretly) a copper pipe. Because yes!

The vision for the shoot was simple: we wanted a bright, romantic look that felt elegant, warm, and natural.

Of course I began by designing and mounting this crazy copper pipe chandelier thingie. ‘Cause sometimes you have seven hours to kill and hey, why not? But see here, in this photo of our happy couple. Oh! What’s that gorgeousness hanging above their heads? Seven hours of my life! But man, it was worth it. You should’ve seen the light dancing off of them as they dangled up there. It was magical.

Pipe Dreams: Couple Kissing in Hall

And who would have thought to use copper refrigerator tubing in a centerpiece?! This girl. I cut lengths of tubing and created the fun hoop that the florist used in the centerpieces. Yes!

Pipe Dreams: Table Detail

Next let’s look at my personal favorite: the itty-bitty copper planters for each place setting. I don’t wanna brag or anything, but I’m pretty sure – and by pretty sure I mean I have no clue, but I’m gonna pretend anyway – that I’m the first person EVER to use copper pipe potted plants in wedding place sets. Yup. Feeling good about that. 😉

To me, they added a subtle, tiny, natural element that softened everything, made it feel less rigid. But now I’m just showing off.

Take a look for yourself. See? You can’t look away.

Pipe Dreams: Planters for Place Settings

The piece de resistance was most definitely the cake stand, folks. Look at that beauty!

Again, the combination of that warm metallic surface with greens and florals! *Sigh*

Pipe Dreams: Cake + Stand

Of course behind the scenes things did get a little sketchy with that stand. That’s designer talk for ‘I was this close to being institutionalized while I put this thing together!’

Here’s what the party guests never saw:

Pipe Dreams: Behind The Scenes Cake Stand
Now, the growth opportunity for me with this little shoot was one word: trust. I decided early on that I was going to partner with folks who I thought could pull off the look I wanted, give them some general direction, and then let them do their thing without freaking out. And you know what? It turned out to be way easier than I thought!

All in all, we pulled off a pretty happening little styled shoot together. A big thanks to everyone involved! They’re all listed below!

Oh, and a quick tip for the trenches: if you’re going to go cut copper piping to your little heart’s content, wear gloves! Aaaaaaaarrrgh!