Actor Gregory Smith (who starred on TV shows Everwood and Rookie Blue) and model Taylor McKay wanted to plan their wedding in a location meaningful to their romance. “Greg used to work on a show in Park City, Utah, and kept his house there, so over the course of our relationship it has been a place we go for solitude and relaxation,” Taylor explains. “It has also been the one constant in all our years together, so we decided to share our special day with close friends and family surrounded by the mountains.”
The pair got engaged in Toronto, where they first met. “We went there for a show he was directing, and after it wrapped, we had a relaxing day to unwind,” Taylor recalls. “At dinner all these memories of the relationship started rushing back to me, and we were reminiscing about our journey.” As the couple walked home, Gregory took Taylor to a special spot. “He asked, ‘Do you recognize where we are?’ I looked around and noticed we were on the exact corner where we had our first kiss,” Taylor says. “He started whispering the sweetest things and all of a sudden I could feel his heart pounding. Before I could even figure out what was happening, he was down on one knee. I was so shocked—I just started laughing and crying, until he eventually said, ‘You have to give me an answer!’ I said, ‘Yes!’”
The couple, with a shared a love of skiing, joked that their wedding was the perfect compromise. “It was Greg’s dream to get married in ski boots, but I wanted a more elegant evening,” Taylor says with a laugh. “The compromise was a formal wedding at a ski resort that requires a chairlift, sans the ski boots!”
The Lookout Cabin, a quaint log cabin perched on top of a mountain, was the perfect venue for their magic-hour nuptials. The picturesque mountaintop views made for an enchanted evening. To get to the ceremony, guests took a ski lift up the mountain and were greeted with a glass of champagne. They then followed a rocky, candlelit path to a sign that said, “Love at 8,300 feet.”
“The actual ceremony was my favourite part of the wedding,” Taylor shares. “I was shaking with nerves right up until the moment my dad took my arm and walked me down the aisle. Then a gentle wave of calm washed over me, and when Greg’s eyes met mine we just locked into each other.” The couple shared the vows they wrote in front of 70 of their closest family and friends from Vancouver, Toronto, Los Angeles and New York.
After the ceremony, the newlyweds dined with their guests al fresco underneath bistro lights as the sun set. “One of my bridesmaids, Sara, is CEO of the essential oils company Vitruvi. She scented the cabin with diffusers and their Grove oil blend, which filled the atmosphere with the soothing scent of the forest,” Taylor says.
To continue the evening, everyone descended the mountain via the chairlifts to make their way to The Farm restaurant for the after-party. “It was so dark it felt like we were floating through the mountains and the night sky was glittering with stars,” Taylor describes. “Our chairlift had a lit-up ‘Just Married’ sign on the back, and friends cheered each time our chair passed theirs.”
Taylor McKay and Gregory Smith, August 18, 2018, Park City, Utah.
Photography courtesy of Bliss Katherine.
Ceremony and reception venue: The Lookout Cabin
Bridal gown: Grace Loves Lace
Groom’s tux: Robert Lim
Groomsmen attire: Hugo Boss
Day-of coordinator: Emily Wilson of Wildflower Weddings & Events
Flowers: Ashley Beyer of Tinge Florals
Stationery: DIY by the bride
Cake: Windy Ridge Bakery