After a lot of searching, we finally realized the place we want to get married was right under our noses!  Since we’re both living in Southern California, we’d been visiting venues like crazy down here – from Santa Barbara to San Diego, Orange County to Palm Springs.  Nothing seemed quite right.  We were back in Utah for the Sundance Film Festival in January, and snuck away to ski one afternoon with Becky (Blake’s mom) up at Sundance Resort.  We started talking about the possibility to have our wedding there, and Becky showed me the different places we could have the ceremony and reception.  By the end of the day, I was sold.  Not only is it an unbelievably beautiful place, but it’s a special place for Blake and his family.  They lived and worked on the mountain for 18 years, and that’s where Blake and his brothers were raised.  I love hearing stories about his childhood there, and have loved going there with him to see where he spent time and meet their Sundance friends that have become family.

I know Sundance is far away for many people that are trying to come to our wedding, but for those that make it I am excited to share a new and beautiful place with you.  Here’s some more information on the mountain and the resort:

Nestled at the base of Mount Timpanogos, Sundance is a full-service, year-round community for the arts, recreation, and nature.  It’s situated on 6,000 acres of amazing wilderness, surrounded by national forest.  Needless to say, it’s beautiful any time of the year.  In the winter, Sundance is a great little ski resort.  Blake’s parents used to run the ski school up there, and Blake and his brothers grew up skiing on that mountain from the time they could walk.  (Hence, they are all amazing skiers!) In the summer, Sundance is a beautiful place to hike, mountain bike, explore, and relax.  At the base of the resort, there are awesome restaurants, a deli, a store, a spa, and a great little bar.  They hold fun events in the summer, like the full-moon lift rides, concerts, and outdoor theater.  You get the point – there’s a lot to do and see!

Some little facts about Sundance:
– Was originally called Timphaven, until Robert Redford purchased the resort in 1969.
– The name was inspired by his role in Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid.
– The actual bar inside The Owl Bar is the bar that the Hole in the Wall Gang used to frequent and even bears a bullet hole from their shenanigans!
– Mt. Timpanogos has a Romeo & Juliette-esque legend.  Read about it here.

If you’re wanting anymore info about Sundance and what it has to offer, feel free to visit their site.

And for those that need it, we have more travel and accommodation information for you!  Please don’t hesitate to contact us with further questions.

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