Author: Lisa Kennedy

Ready to Wear

When it comes to The Dress,  every bride finds her own way to “yes.” On a bitterly cold night in late December, Encore Bridal Loft is especially twinkly—and not just because of the teensy evergreen festooned with ornaments and crinoline hoop in the display window. A young woman is pensively making her way through a row of gowns—lace or satin, sparkly or shimmering—when a small group of friends enters, bundled up against the cold. Warm greetings are exchanged. The woman behind the counter calls out a welcome. With its festive camaraderie and dusting of great expectation, the moment perfectly captures the spirit of the season. Wedding dress season, that is. To hit the mark when the “I do’s” start cascading in late spring and summer, Northern Colorado brides must start making decisions about their wedding gowns before the last-minute Christmas rush ends. Dresses typically take four to five months to arrive, and then there’s more time required for alterations. By the new year, when most merchants are drifting into the post-holiday lull, Northern Colorado bridal shops are shifting into overdrive. And so is the tension. The bridal dress is a singular purchase. Having found the one in romance, the betrothed is immediately tasked with finding the one again: the perfect dress. “You’re supposed to look the best you’ve ever looked in your life,” says Timiry McCaskell, owner of Dora Grace...

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Park City, On Location

Sundance brings the star power, but don’t overlook the supporting cast. During the Sundance Film Festival each January, Park City resembles a martini. That most cinematic of beverages—shaken, not stirred—can seem to pack more alcohol into a stemmed cocktail glass than should be possible. Sundance brings a similar high-yield buzz to Park City. When the former mining town, 30 miles from Salt Lake City, swells from its usual population of 8,000 to 135,000 strong—as it did during last year’s festival—it can feel more L.A. than, well, L.A. On opening weekend, the slope of Main Street can be a snowy,...

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