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“He told me two things that morning: 1) He wasn’t sure marriage was in the near future as we were both so young and busy with our careers, and 2) We were going to his family’s ranch that weekend.” Michael’s usual truck was in the shop, so they needed to take a much older one, which meant no air-conditioning for a four-hour drive in the Texas heat.
They started dating officially on Valentine’s Day, and a proposal came in June two years later.“In typical Michael fashion, I had no idea it was coming,” Whitney admits.“Michael admitted he didn’t know how to ski, and being from Utah and having grown up skiing, I was perplexed as to why someone who couldn’t ski would be on a ski vacation.” He quickly suggested she teach him how.“I was up for the challenge and excited to slyly show off my skills,” Whitney says. I spent every minute of that long ride boasting about my expertise.He said that he was nervous and suggested that I go slow so he could keep up.“He had festivities all lined up,” remembers Whitney.“From the day after we got engaged, I went into full wedding mode—as one does—and he started making a funny Chewbacca ‘bridezilla’ noise every time I mentioned the wedding.They used as many local artisans as possible and wanted each evening to have a different feel, starting with the first night, which was meant to convey Capri with lemons, bougainvillea, vintage cars, and dinner in a field of lemon trees, followed by dancing at Anema e Core.
The extensive itinerary gave Cynthia and Whitney the opportunity to showcase an all-star lineup of looks.
She suggested that the amazing Diana Sorensen of Sugokuii Events do the actual wedding, which was crucial.
It’s important to have an event designer and planning team who speak the language and know all of the vendors and processes like the back of their hand.”After the couple confirmed their event designer, Whitney and Michael did what many might call crazy and proceeded to plan an entire wedding at a venue neither of them had ever been to before.
“From the moment I saw Cynthia’s work and spoke with her on the phone, I just adored her and her taste,” says Whitney.
“She was instrumental—she helped me kick off the direction of not just the looks I would wear but the wedding itself, all the way up to the end.
“We wanted the weekend to be as much of a surprise to us as to our guests,” Whitney explains.