When my good friend told me she was getting married in Park City and asked me to be her maid of honor, I couldn’t have been more excited. I’d been wanting to get out to Utah for a while now (plus I had family friends who moved to Park City a few years ago) so I decided to just go all-in and turn this trip into my first road trip of the year.
Neither me or the other bridesmaid are big skiers, so we decided not to get lift passes. I know I know, I can hear you shouting through the computer screen “you went to one of the greatest ski destinations in the country and you DIDN’T SKI??” I get it. I don’t dislike skiing, I’m just more of a bunny hill kinda girl, and getting a lift pass and renting all the gear for the one or two days I’d be able to use them just wasn’t worth it.
However! That’s the amazing thing about Park City — while skiing is obviously the main attraction, there’s still so much to do. On the first day, the other bridesmaid and I took the free shuttle down to Park City’s main street to explore the town. We both arrived very late the night before, plus we were still adjusting to the altitude, so it was just the right pace for both of us.
After breakfast at The Bridge (located directly next to the Town Lift ski lift), we stumbled upon Little Donuts and couldn’t resist trying a mini doughnut each. The rest of the morning was spent browsing Park City’s shops, and inadvertently walking pretty far to a pharmacy to pick up some things I forgot to pack. The weather was absolutely incredible, at a very comfortable 60 degrees despite being surrounded by snow-covered mountains.
The following day the bride, the other bridesmaid and I were planning on snowshoeing, but since the weather was so warm the snow was a little too soft for it, so we went on a couple of hikes instead.
We stopped first at the trails at Round Valley, which are groomed for cross-country skiing and walking.
After we were done at Round Valley we stopped at Silver King Coffee for some drive-thru beverages, before walking part of the public path that runs alongside Park Ave. These pictures don’t really do the scenery justice — it was incredible to be surrounded by mountains in every direction.
After this we decided to do the Alpine Coaster at Park City Mountain, which was so much fun! We scream-laughed the whole way down.
Now we’ve arrived at wedding day! The bride arranged to have everyone’s hair and makeup done professionally, which was such a wonderful experience. I felt so glamorous. I even got a chance to sneak in some wedding photography practice while the photographer was with the groomsmen.
As we’d be taking the majority of the group shots in the snow, we all had to have a pair of snow boots for the occasion (these are the bride’s). Most comfortable wedding footwear ever!
Now I haven’t been to a ton of them, but this was hands down the most incredible wedding. The venue was on top of the ski mountain, which meant we all took the gondola up the mountain, followed by a snow cat drawn-sleigh to reach it. The ceremony took place outdoors on a deck, just as the sun disappeared and blue hour set in.
As we came down the mountain after the reception, Park City was lit up before us. Such a beautiful setting, for such a wonderful couple. I don’t think they could have asked for a more perfect day!
The day after the wedding was for relaxing, and I was able to meet up and stay the night with my family friends. Then it was time for the second part of my trip to begin. To take full advantage of being out west I planned a 6-day road trip through southern Utah and northern Arizona — that’ll be coming up in the next post!