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Artist Spotlight: Bisco Smith

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Art is all around us – in architecture, home decor, fashion and more. It is a conglomeration of culture, individual expression, and inspiration that can’t be replicated. Urban art, in particular, cultivates a sense of expression in the community, as it reflects the streets and the culture buzzing around it. Vivince loves seeing the colorful conviction that urban street art brings, and that’s why we have loved following New York City’s, Bisco Smith, as he is making waves in Park City through his daring street art and creative workshops. Keep reading to discover just what he’s up to!

Graffiti artist and DJ Bisco Smith has his roots planted in Queens, New York, but has a traveled all across New York, Los Angeles, and even to the Middle East to create magnificent works and support the next generation in artistic exploration. This past spring, he was chosen among the many talented candidates to partner with the Summit County Public Art Advisory Board in conjunction with the PCSC Arts Council and Basin Recreation to lead the Park City young artist community in a two-day creative workshop.

The youth engagement project formerly known as “The Future is Now” is designed to engage a diverse population of the local youth by having them contribute to an interactive street art mural in the tunnel under Highway 224, which serves as a literal and figurative connection point for the Park City community. 

The leaders brought in Bisco to lay the street art groundwork and foster a positive outlet for the diverse group of young people to work together, express themselves, and collectively create a vision and a bridge for the future. Hadley Dynak, Executive Director of the PCSC Arts Council states, “This is a youth engagement project first, with a public art outcome.”

The workshop took place in early May at the Skullcandy HQ in Kimball Junction and allowed the youth of Summit County to work with the internationally-known street artist to express their voices and creativity while collaborating to create a mural that reflects the community vision and personality. 

The results can be seen at the public site in the tunnel under Highway 224. To see a glimpse of the creation, keep scrolling! And a thank you to our friend and fellow artist, Bisco Smith, for investing in the Park City community.

Favorite Four: Florists

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Whether we are hosting a wedding, planning an interactive art exhibition, or throwing an exciting celebration, it is almost a guarantee that flowers will be a part of the day. They might adorn the tables as centerpieces, hang from the ceiling in an artistic collection, or float frozen in blocks of ice, but flowers are ever-present and have a way of bringing pops of color and strains of life into any setting.

Here at Vivince, we have had the joy of connecting and collaborating with some of the best florists in the Parks City area and beyond and we want to brag on our top five favorite florists.
So if you’re in the market for a floral expert in the area, or you’re just looking for local inspiration, keep reading to learn all about our five favorite florists! 

Decoration Inc – Salt Lake City-based, Decoration Inc. is a boutique floral studio that has been servicing style-conscious clients more than 25 years. Environmentally conscious and experts in locally-sourced products, they have provided beautiful blooms for weddings and events big and small, including our very own High West styled shoot, Natural History Museum of Utah styled shoot, and more. Take a look at their seasonal selections and versatile arrangements here! 

Pepper Nix Photography

Honey of a Thousand Flowers – Sarah Winward – As sweet as the name might imply, Honey of a Thousand Flowers is owned and operated by Sarah, a destination wedding florist that creates flower arrangements that evoke feeling rather than just sit idly on a table. Inspired by diverse textures and the changing of the seasons, her arrangements contain blooms that are natural for the environment for which she designs. Sarah makes her floral arrangements speak for themselves by gathering materials and blooms that are indigenous to the area to make them look organic and effortless. Don’t you love this look? 

Ryan Ray Photography

Orchid Dynasty – Have you ever wanted to add a completely original element to your decor? Orchid Dynasty is the florist to carry it out. Specializing in out-of-the-box blooms that will have guests scratching their heads in amazement, Orchid Dynasty delivers unique orchids and oriental flowers big and small. The Salt Lake City company provides a-la-carte pieces, as well as wedding and event florals. You may remember their bouquet beauty in Madison and Igor’s wedding.

Artisan Bloom – A Utah native, Kellie from Artisan Bloom has been providing the state with custom floral design since 2000. A nature lover at her core, Kellie and her team of designers take flair and creativity to another level, bringing Utah’s freshest flowers to her customers and arranging them in creative ways.

Whether we have worked with them in the past or we simply admire how they conduct their business, we are excited to include florals as a part of the Favorite Five series! Don’t forget to follow these flower experts for more inspiration and check back on the blog for more favorite fives!

Vienna Biennale for Change 2019

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The Vienna Biennale is the first event of its kind to combine art, design, and architecture, with the aim of generating creative ideas and artistic projects to help improve the world. It was established with the understanding that we are living in a new modernity in which the digital revolution penetrates all areas of our life and is thus fundamentally changing our civilization. This year’s event, Vienna Biennale for Change: BRAVE NEW VIRTUES. Shaping Our Digital World will take place May 25 to June 6. 

The city of Vienna was chosen as a host in recognition of its impact to the era of Western Modernity in the 1900s and the significant creations that still affect our society up to this day. At The Vienna Biennale, the city becomes a part of the exhibit. 

This year, the most salient exhibitions are:

UNCANNY VALUES: Artificial Intelligence & You

In this new, technologically advanced world, we need to develop new values that include our machines regarding society, politics, economy and ecology; in short, our civilization.


An exhibition of the University of Applied Arts Vienna in collaboration with Time’s Up and Linz. This exhibition presents an “experiential future,” a walk-through story set in an immersive surrounding, a stimulation for all of the senses. Possible futures are explored in a real-life setting, in the here and now with curiosity and playfulness.


The exhibition will put objects from the collection into the context of new, heterogenic perspectives. Here, historical objects from the collection and contemporary productions by local and international designers engage in an intensive dialogue with one another and provide a better understanding of the potential and transformation of design across disciplines and epochs. 

The Vienna Biennale is an initiative of the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art. It is organized by the MAK, the University of Applied Arts Vienna, the Kunsthalle Wien, the Architekturzentrum Wien, and the Vienna Business Agency, and with support from the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology as a non-university research partner.

How to Have a Tasteful Autumn Event

By | Wedding

A crispness fills the air, there’s a brisk breeze, and colors are bursting at every turn – there’s something about Autumn that is so warm and welcoming. Whether it is the bold color palette that nature takes on, or it is the subtle rustic theme that comes through in decor and design in the fall months, we love Autumn and are always striving to bring out the best in our seasonal designs.

As the cool nights draw closer and Autumn gears up, we are excited to share how to have a tasteful Autumn event. Inspired by one of our favorite creative collaborations, our Wolf Creek shoot, we will share how to encapsulate fall through complimentary colors and textures that might not be so obvious. 

Whether you’re planning an outdoor occasion surrounded by Autumnal beauty, or you’re wanting to incorporate touches of fall to your indoor affair, keep reading to find creative ways to pull off a tasteful Autumn event.


Complimentary colors: When we think of decorating for Autumn, our minds often go to the standard color scheme: rusty red, burnt orange, or bright yellow. But to make your event truly pop, consider going beyond the basics to compliment and contrast the colors of the season. In the Wolf Creek Styled Shoot, we explored charcoal grays, crisp whites, and beautiful beige themes to coincide with the wooded yellow venue. Traces of elegance were added in through subtle copper details that were sprinkled throughout the ceremony.

Unique textures We have all seen the burlap and rustic barn doors make an appearance at an Autumn event. And the twine and the tweed shows up without fail. But Vivince likes to explore unique textures that guests may not be expecting.
For example, the feather-covered wall photographed below added a quiet elegance and earthy beauty that contrasted with the foliage behind it. 

Fall-themed food and drinks: Whether you’re taking an elegant twist on Apple cider, or you’re weaving cinnamon spiced goodness into the hors d’oeuvres, fall-themed treats can be a surefire way to incorporate seasonal snacks with a classy take. In this particular event, we chose pie for the warm colors and comforting flavors it brought to the table. How comforting are these stunning pies that dot the photos with color?

Fresh floral: Deep and dramatic or fresh and crisp, either way you lean, your fall-themed floral decor will add something special and sweet. We chose to take a unique twist on florals with bright whites and earthy greens that would contribute to the natural landscape and copper tones that surrounded us. 



Community Comes Together For People’s Health Clinic Gala

By | Corporate

It’s always an honor when we can help a Utah community event come to life, and it’s even more rewarding when it’s for a great cause! Recently, Vivince founder Joe Urankar served as a co-chair for the People’s Health Clinic’s gala, and assisted in bringing the heartfelt 20th Anniversary Celebration to new heights. Learn all about the Park City event and its impact in the article below! 

More than just an event, the People’s Health Clinic’s 20th Anniversary Celebration was also a year-long awareness campaign seeking to bring the city together around a mutual care for the community’s most vulnerable. The clinic offers free whole-health care for individuals and families who don’t have access to affordable health insurance; people who often work multiple seasonal jobs to make ends meet, without receiving any benefits. While continuing to draw attention to the fantastic work of the organization, the party itself served as their first ever major fundraiser, rallying excitement and support to the tune of almost $600,000.

From the reason for celebrating, down to the smallest details such as the flowers and food, the event was a hub for all things Park City. Amicably themed “Denim and Diamonds,” the dress code beckoned guests to play into the ambiance of the party and match the venue, which took place in the beautiful Equestrian Center at Promontory. 

The flowers adorning each table were grown sustainably in the heart of Park City and provided by Petal and Clay. The trees which lined at the entrance we’re from a local landscape company, and the cocktail hour was organized as a dine-around of five local restaurants competing for guests’ attention.  Entertainment was provided by a local singer-songwriter, rounding out an evening that was something truly special.

The collective neighborhood energy and community care that drove every aspect of the event created an unforgettable night, but it didn’t stop right there. Thousands of dollars were raised for the campaign and countless lives will be transformed because of what this night began. 

Thank you to Park City and to People’s Health Clinic for letting us be a part of such a special event! 

The Big Fake Wedding: A Look into The Unique Bridal Show

By | Wedding

When it comes to events, the more unique it is, the more it stands out, the better. From decorations to smells, to the way you set up your event, to what your guests are feeling throughout the day, every single detail is important when it comes to event planning. Today, we want to present you with a very unique event that will surely capture your attention. 


The Big Fake Wedding was created in 2008 and it’s the first bridal show of its kind: at The Big Fake Wedding, vendors get to showcase their products and services to shopping brides and grooms just like they would on the day of the wedding. Today, 11 years later, The Big Fake Wedding is still the most uniquely-curated and far-reaching bridal show in the United States, bringing over 6,000 attendees and 1,000 vendors annually across more than 30 events in 25 cities.

The Big Fake Wedding was founded by Callie Murray. Then an aspiring wedding photographer, Murray was looking for a way to build her new business effectively. She had in mind the goals of promoting small businesses, inspiring brides and grooms, and encouraging solid marriages. She took these ideas and rallied her wedding industry friends together to create the ultimate wedding shop experience: a fake wedding where the shopping brides and grooms could see the vendors in action. The inaugural event in 2008 was a hit, and The Big Fake Wedding quickly became an annual event in Atlanta. Through the years, Murray has assembled an incredible team of professionals that have been able to bring The Big Fake Wedding to cities across the country. 

And it’s because of its unique factor that The Big Fake Wedding became such a success: this is the only bridal show where the couples get to experience what each vendor will make their wedding feel like. With all types of events, it’s important to keep in mind what your guests will feel when they arrive–with weddings, it’s indispensable. Unlike an average showcase, The Big Fake Wedding allows you to immerse into the feeling and atmosphere while you celebrate love and commitment. Here, guests get to see what their wedding might look like, feel like, and even smell like. They get to put themselves in their guests’ shoes. 

So what should you expect as a guest of The Big Fake Wedding? There is no assigned seating, so you should make sure you arrive early to have the best possible view of everything you are interested in seeing. Remember to shoot for cocktail attire and bring a print copy of your ticket that you can cash in for a “real” ticket, a wedding invitation! Once inside, you can expect to see a ceremony (a real-life married couple renewing their vows), food, and a party-wedding reception. 

Are you tying the knot this year? Make your wedding memorable by putting yourself in your guests’ shoes and making sure you are hiring the vendors that adapt the best to the experience you are looking for. 

Glass Art: Mastering Materials

By | Favorite Five

Colored or clear, textured or shattered, there is something intangible about glass art and the many forms it can take. Artists have long used the material to create small detailed designs in jewelry or windows, and in modern years it has become a medium and a backdrop for grand-scale sculptures and perplexing installations. The team at Vivince has seen glass manipulated, mirrored and molded-in countless ways and we have collected some of our favorites pieces that have left us inspired. Whether they are glass-like icy sculptures like the ones seen in our Snow Bird styled shoot, intentionally crafted sculptures, or even a simple array of mirrors and lenses that require light to be understood, we are excited to share those favorites with you:


Chihuly Garden and Glass Art


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Brightly colored and uniquely branded, Dale Chihuly’s all-glass artwork has become a patented piece for homes and gardens everywhere. The reaching shapes that swirl upwards and the rich colors that make them stand out in their organic home of greenery and pale sky have made the Chihuly pieces a garden staple, and have inspired other artists to take a similar approach. But nothing is quite like taking a visit to Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle, Washington to walk through the garden gallery and glass house for yourself.


MoMa’s “Take Your Time”

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When looking at glass as a medium of expression, mirrors can often be overlooked. An everyday object can possess a profound meaning and potential by creating a reflective space (literally and figuratively) and manifesting an environment without being guided or prescribed. Take, for example, the “Take Your Time” exhibit as seen at the MoMa in the gallery linked above. Artist Olafur Eliasson “has experimented with installations based on mechanisms of motion, projection, shadow, and reflection, creating complex optical phenomena using simple, makeshift technical devices.”

In one of Eliasson’s crowning pieces, a giant rotating circular mirror which spans 40 feet in diameter and weighs 1,000 pounds, is mounted to the ceiling at an angle, gently turning at one revolution per minute. This minute movement and seemingly simple piece was enough, however, to transform the room, as guests perception of space was altered as they laid beneath it. Strangers would sit together and gawk at the ceiling, and friends would sprawl out or lay down on the art gallery floor to take in this transformative piece. 


glass art

As with many of the glass pieces we love, the beauty isn’t necessarily in the material, but the shadows and light it casts. For example, the MINAMO, created by Torafu Architects for Tokyo Design Werk, allows you to feel the elusive beauty of being underwater while still standing above ground. The “water” keeps moving in an ever-changing form as guests step in and out of the flexible light receiving reflector, seeing the effect of their interaction shimmering on the walls, ceiling, and floor around them.

Arcades by Troika 

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It is amazing what the clever combination of light and glass can curate, and this work in London Design studio Troika shows just how impactful it can be. 14 steep columns of light beam upwards in powerful bars, refracting in angles that create the illusion of curving light. The streams of light are positioned to bend as gothic arches above to create an “illusory passageway” within the studio – a sense of physical space and form where neither exist.

Milan Design Week

Milan Design Week 2019 Favorite Four

By | Favorite Five

One of our favorite weeks of the year, Milan Design Week, did not disappoint. Cited as the creative world’s most hectic and vibrant moments of the year, hundreds flock from all over the world to the historic Italian city to be the first to see the ground-breaking artistry displayed amongst the courtyards and historical buildings. Between the latest product releases brought by the world’s top brands (think SONY, etc.) to the interactive art exhibits planned and buzzing branded after parties, event professionals and artists alike were met with the new wave of innovation. 

From new creativity brought to the table by familiar brands such as SONY, to Diakin to the dawning of new social change initiatives, the Vivince team brings you our favorite picks and expert insights from Milan Design Week 2019.

The Accursed Hour by Carlos Amorales

Milan Design Week

Set in fondazione adolfo pini in Milan, a swarm of 15,000 butterflies invaded the estate as part of Carlos Amorales’ exhibition, the accursed hour. The all-encompassing exhibit consisted of thousands of black paper creatures, as well as haunting silhouettes and a slow but steady shift between images and signs. Derived from Amorales’ life-size installations black cloud and life in the folds, this year’s piece carried the same somber theme and was made possible by additions from other artists, such as Gabi Scardi. Read more about it on designboom here.


Affinity in Autonomy by SONY

Milan Design Week

The familiar namesake took an unexpected turn when SONY curated an evolving sensory experience that required guests to step inside and play along. Five distinct spaces moved through a spectrum of constantly changing colors and sounds and invited attendees to share in the scene that was unfolding in front of them. The aim of this exhibition was to explore how technology can not only enrich our lives, but how it can also create an emotional connection with humans. Read more on this project here.


Adjacent Field by Linda Tegg

Milan Design WeekLiving, growing, and constantly evolving, adjacent field by Linda Tegg was the inaugural piece of the new series, Jil Sander + Collections. Focused on increasing the wellbeing of others, the initiative creates durable products for men and women living outside city limits. The concept was unveiled through Tegg’s urban garden, which was brimming with mosses and succulents, blackberries, blue pimpernels, common chickweeds, geraniums, high mallows, ivy, and more, all sourced from the fields in and around Milan.


Breeze of Light by Nendo

Milan Design Week

Another familiar household product company elevated their vision to the abstract through this crisp and airy exhibition. Nendo united with Daikin to create “Breeze of Light,” based on the concept of invisible air. As visitors wound their way through a field of 17,000 “flowers,” the team hoped that they would enjoy an out-of-body spatial experience and ‘experience insight what we can only feel in real life.’



Milan Design Week

Preciosa, a Czech luxury lighting firm, created an interactive installation that reacted to the “effortless act” of breathing. Comprised of 1,000 crystal bubbles, the room-sized ‘Breath of Light’ installation married mysterious artistry with innovative technology by inserting four sensors at various ends of the installation and encouraging visitors to breathe in in order to activate the lighting. 

From the familiar faces to the rising reputations of new initiatives, Milan Design Week 2019 did not disappoint. 

Best of Light

Best of Light: Artists and Festivals Who Capture and Bend Lighting

By | Favorite Five

At Vivince, we are dedicated to seeking out industry innovators, out-of-box artists, and designers all across the globe. Our search has led us to find some of the most brilliant minds who manipulate and mold fascinating textures and textiles, so we wanted to explore the most innovative and eccentric throughout each medium. Take a look below to see our favorite pieces and interpretations of lighting!

Our first artist spotlight led us to Choe U-Ram, who is known for combining beauty and technology in a profound and compelling way. Whether it is through manipulating robotics or morphing glass into something nearly unrecognizable, Choe bends the limits of what we know about structure to generate a new concept of lighting. See his work here in Una Lumino, a kinetic sculpture comprised of metallic buds made of acrylic and stainless steel. Not only is the computerized structure alluring and bright, it also bears an enchanting tale that delves into the sculptures origins “brand new species of mechanized sentient creatures.” What’s more, Una Lumino is a creation straight out a science-fiction novel.

Best of Light

DGT Architects captivated us with Tsuyoshi Tane’s Ligh’s Time art installation which featured over 80,000 suspended main plates. The plates capture time both physically and metaphorically – as they are what composes a literal watch and reflect light in a time-stopping glimmer. The Parisian designers debuted the exhibit at the Triennale di Milano exhibition hall where it stood complimentary to a display of 1920’s pocket watches which carried on the theme of time.

Best of Light

Artist James Turrell, an American artist and proud Quaker has made it his mission to nurture “the light within” by giving internal light a concrete reality. “My work is very literal and in that sense very American, It’s not about light — it is light,” he explains. “I think most of us recognise that light filling a void can be a very powerful experience — a reminder that segregating the literal and what we call the ‘spiritual’ can sometimes be a meaningless distinction.”
Here we see part of his exhibition, A Retrospective.

Best of Light
Lastly, we would like to introduce you to Vivid Sydney, a multi-day festival in Sydney, Australia that invites in electric art and compelling approaches to sound. The urban festival specifically showcases innovators who use light as their primary medium. Hundreds of artists light up the Sydney night sky with neon shades of color in installments big and small. Here is one of our favorite pieces from last year’s Vivid Sydney Festival!

Best of Light


Vivince Launches New Website

By | Corporate

After much anticipation and development, Vivince is excited to unveil the redesign of our website. From the new portfolios of our work, to our ongoing insights and inspiration on the blog; the site offers a glimpse into who we are as event planners and designers.  We’ll explore the crossroads between the local and global arts communities, share behind the scenes looks into the experiences we create, and demonstrate how the creative sector can be leveraged for captivating and unique event experiences. We pride ourselves on being more than just an event planning company, and have worked hard to ensure that our website tells that story.

“We are excited to bring Vivince to life in a digital space. We hope that you will be able to dive into what it means to capture moments in time in the spirit of celebration through the examples and insights you will find on” Says Vivince founder and owner, Joseph Urankar.

As you navigate through each page, we hope that you will learn what it means to live a life of celebration. You will have the chance to dig deep into the “why” behind Vivince, see our favorite collaborative works and memorable events, see the joy and experience we bring to clients, and so much more. Whether you are in the market for an event planner, or you’re searching for information and inspiration, you have come to the right place. Welcome to the Vivince website.