07.31.14

Mountainside Engagements {Megan & Ben}

Who doesn’t love a little aspen grove loving mixed with the sweet fragrance of Utah’s own wildflowers followed up with a romantic late evening stroll on the lake shore? This romantic engagement took place in the woodland-esque aspens of the Alpine Loop, then they roamed over to a perfectly placed field of wildflowers and ended up on the refreshingly cool shores of Deer Creek Reservoir. We are just smitten with these images of Megan and Ben captured by Christine Barlow Photography!

“Me and Ben met when we were 16 and 17. I was a sophomore in high school and he was the heart throb, baseball-playing, handsome junior that ALL the girls loved! So naturally I had a huge crush on him. I even wanted to ask him to a girls choice dance, but chickened out because I was WAY too intimidated by him! I remember I would walk into the gym where he would be practicing and just so “happen” to run into him. And flirt. And that was about the extent of our relationship in high school! It was a crush from afar. Apparently, He says that HE had a huge crush on ME but was just way too scared to say anything! I still don’t believe it. Looks like that will be a fight that will never be resolved.

A few years after high school, we reconnected and started dating the beginning of May this year, and it immediately clicked. Both of us were skeptics of the whole theory, ‘When you find the right one, you’ll just know’. However, after a first few dates, it just hit us and we knew! It happens!”

 

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07.30.14

Wedding Wednesday: Ashton & Mitchell, Salt Lake LDS Temple

Today we finish off this weeks series with a look at Ashton & Mitchell’s fall SLC LDS temple wedding! Fall is just a stones throw away, it may not seem that way but its coming as the seasons do! This wedding is a good reminder of the beautiful colors that start to embark in early fall! Thanks to Jimmy at Gideon Photo for sharing beautiful images of this couple with us from their engagements, to their groomals, and onto their big day! We hope you have enjoyed seeing a series once again here on UBB! Here is what Ashton had to say about her wedding day:

Our wedding day truly was perfect. I knew that this day was more about love and family so I opted for my hair up and more natural make up. I didn’t want to be concerned with anything except for the individuals surrounding me. For my bouquet I chose blush, champagne, and ivory roses with gold baby’s breath interspersed throughout. Joseph Smith Memorial Building did all of the corsages and bridesmaid bouquets as well. The florals looked beautiful up against the groomsman’s black tuxes and the bridesmaid’s champagne dresses. I knew that I wanted everyone to look uniform, so I even purchased tuxes and blush dresses for our nieces and nephews as well. We are so pleased with the love we felt on our special day and with the love we continue to feel. We are truly blessed.

  
07.29.14

SLC Court House Groomals {Ashton & Mitchell}

Yesterday we featured this beautiful couples engagement session in the park and today we are sharing Ashton and Mitchell’s gorgeous groomals at the Salt Lake City Court House captured by Jimmy Bishop of Gideon Photography! The way Jimmy captures his clients is absolutely beautiful and we can’t stop swooning over every image!

“Mitch and I decided we wanted the bridal session to include mostly shots of the two of us together, instead of just me. We felt like it was important to have that extra time and space to get some of the photos we knew we wanted but knew would be difficult to get on the wedding day itself. Very often the groom’s suit is overlooked when it comes to wedding preparations. I knew that I wanted Mitch to feel just as wonderful as I did on our wedding day. We ended up purchasing a Vera Wang Black Slim Fit Tuxedo. Additionally, we had a few alterations done on it to ensure the perfect fit. I decided early in the planning process that I wanted to have my gown made. I brought an inspiration photo for my gown with me to the consultation. We were able to draw a sketch based on the aspects of the dress I liked. She used white lace over champagne satin with pearl embellishments to achieve the perfect result!”
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07.28.14

Park Engagements {Mitchell & Ashton}

This week we are doing a little something special that we haven’t done in a long time! We are going to be featuring the same couple 3 days in a row starting with their gorgeous engagement session photographed by Gideon Photo! We were so in love with all the images we couldn’t help but share them all! Here is a little snippet from the bride:

“Mitch and I decided to wear dress clothes for our engagement photos. We wanted to pick outfits and colors that would be timeless yet had a modern twist. We also decided we didn’t want to use props or anything that would be distracting in the images. We just wanted it to be us, him and I, and hoped that our feelings for one another would come through in the photos. Near the end, Jimmy suggested that we take some in our everyday clothes as well. We are really glad we listened because a few of those relaxed, spontaneous photos turned out to be some of our favorites.”

We love photos that really show emotion and love between two people and Jimmy with Gideon Photo did a fabulous job!

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07.25.14

Flower Recipe Friday: Centerpiece with Honey of a Thousand Flowers

Flowers are such an important detail for any wedding, be it small or big. They are that detail that makes the celebration romantic and bridal. We are lucky enough to have several amazing floral designers here in Utah and we house 5 of them here on UBB’s preferred vendor list. These amazing designers provide us with the recipes we give you each month! These recipes give you a look at the ingredients of some of their amazing work and some inspiration of course!
Today Sarah windward from Honey of a Thousand Flowers is showing us the ingredients behind a beautiful floral Table-scape! It’s enough to make anyone want to wed again! Sarah is an internationally sought after designer and we are so lucky to have her here! Thanks to Lindsey Orton Photography for the pictures!

To me this tablescape is a great display of mid-summer. Most of the delicate blooms have stop blooming but roses are still sticking around, vines are covering everything, and fruit is hanging from the trees. I have tried to capture that feel in this arrangement. 

I used soft peach and pink tones mixed with some mauve toned roses to sort of muddy up the color palette and make it not quite so sweet. On long tables I like to have more than one floral arrangement so that the flowers continue all the way down the table and make the whole setting feel lush and full. I’ve accented these with some seasonal fruit, both edible and not. I’ve included crab apples and figs coming out of the arrangements, and filled a compote with gooseberries to accent the flowers with. I like running vines between everything to create the wild garden feel that I love so much. 

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07.23.14

Wedding Wednesday: Backyard Kitchen Wedding

Not everyone wants a big wedding, in fact some of us here at UBB prefer the more simple kind personally. We are all different, and this blog is about providing you inspiration that caters to all of you brides, and all your differences! Today Alix Loosle shares with us a beautiful backyard kitchen table wedding that she styled and created, its intimately charming. Not only are the details beautiful the mood and personality coming out of this couple is beautiful. They are simply happy, and they need no more than that! We loved that it feels like breaking bread with friends who cherish you as a couple! Cheers! Here is what Alix had to say:

When coming up with the concept for this shoot, I really wanted it to be very casual and easy going, as if the couple just decided to get married in their backyard, have a few friends over for dinner, and use their kitchen table/chairs. I was very inspired by Kinfolk and really wanted to put an emphasis on the food. So, we decided to use food that looked home-cooked, and used recipes as takeaway gifts. When picking the floral for this shoot, we really struggled because the garden was so colorful already.. so, instead of trying to mute down the flowers, we decided to use colors/flowers that looked like they could have been picked from the garden themselves. We wrapped the bride up in the garland before setting it on the table, which really made her look like she had grown straight from the garden herself. I love the way the entire shoot turned out so wild, yet I feel everything was tied together with the home-grown look/feel. 

  
07.22.14

Simply Gorgeous Groomals {Caitlin & Jason}

Today we have a simply gorgeous groomal session by Jessica White Photography to share with you all! We are loving the dreamy light and the classic style of these images that will for sure stand the test of time! Caitlin is a natural beauty and we are just swooning over her whole look. From the soft wavy hair to her lace gown from Alta Moda Bridal! And lets not forget how dapper Jason looks in his classic black and white suit!

 

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07.21.14

Tandem Bike Engagements {Kevin & Lauren}

They say blind dates don’t work, but for these two a blind date is what it took! He works for a tech company and she is a fashion blogger, he’s used to the sun and she’s used to the snow, it took some persistence on his part but she finally agreed to a set up by mutual friends! The blind date did it’s trick and they’ve been together ever since! We love these tandem bike pictures taken by Lori Romney Photography!loriromneyphotography_3767

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07.18.14

Utah Bride Blog Summer 2014 Editorial: Flowers

Our summer editorial week is coming to an end, and in so many ways that saddens us, it has been a week full of beautiful inspiration and the work of an incredibly talented team with great insight and advice to share with you! We always finish strong here at UBB so today we share floral with you, a wedding element especially loved by brides and our readers! Audrey with Studio Stems joins us to lend her own insight to our summer editorial week. It was a pleasure to have Studio Stems on board this shoot, they are long standing event floral experts and a huge talent here in Utah

White wedding floral is making its way back on the scene in a subtle way, a style that was trendy years ago became less common when color took front and center stage and now the classic timelessness, the simplicity and clean look, is coming back like a dark horse disguised white! Because white is heavily associated with weddings, namely the bridal gown, white floral can so easily be done in such a way that sends it disappearing into the dress, the linens, or other decor rather than creating the accessory it really should be. So when I began conceptualizing floral designs for this shoot I knew two things …… first that I wanted a lot of texture brought into the bloom selection, and that I was going to play up that green in a contrasting way! 

I worked closely with Amanda from Recycled Design on the table design and concept to ensure it represented both of our crafts well and introduced some new styling inspiration to UBB readers. We used a garden grown heart vine hanging off the table off center, it brought not only texture to the table that was needed to soften it but also some interest. The floral centerpiece was created in a gold metal caged glass cylinder and included a lot of planned texture and fullness but it also was used on the side of the table rather than the middle, it created balance when the whole experience was looked upon, rather than balance solely on the table, a styling contribution to the whole aesthetic ensemble. 

The bouquet was again created with classic white blooms but with texture in mind and some needed contrast of green foliage. This sets the bouquet off the gown and allows it to be the ultimate bridal accessory it was intended to be. We kept the textures soft however, conducive to the style of the gown and the shoot. The little boutonniere on the groom is a charmer, a ruffly scabiosa paired with some foliage this little guy also fits the style of the shoot without being too feminine for a gent to wear! 

Thanks to Studio Stems and our whole team one more time! Especially our talented and incredible photographer Lindsey Shaun! We cant leave you without one more look at the talents of Kale Fitch in way of our summer ’14 editorial film! Check out the links to the entire team in our vendors & sources section below.

 

  
07.17.14

Utah Bride Blog Summer 2014 Editorial: Details

Today we hone in on some of the finite details surrounding our summer editorial shoot! A look at the subtle magic that brings it all together, ties up some of the loose aesthetic ends and inspires you to do something different with some of your big day details! We start today where it all begins for your guests …… a close up look at the organic and simple invites from Pink Piggy Design and then onto something superbly sweet with Rue De Lis Desserts!

details5details4details9details1We have seen a plethora of wedding styles come and go over our careers in the wedding industry and each facet seems to flow in and out of trends including invites! Such an important design element for your big day, it is the very first impression your guests receive and it should speak to the style, mood, and aesthetic of your wedding. Megan with Pink Piggy Design joins us today with some insight into these lovely invite designs from our shoot!

To fit the style of this editorial shoot I went with a simple and organic approach by using different textured stocks paired with white ink and a touch of watercolor. The trends in wedding invitations are moving way from tons of layers, pockets, and accessories and instead moving into a more simple feel that lets the style of printing and the typography tell the story. For this invitation suite we printed white ink on top of a natural kraft stock for an organic look.We also brought in a subtle water color painting to coordinate with the green elements in the table design. When working with your custom invitation designer don’t be afraid to mix and match paper textures, printing styles and even colored envelopes to come up with a truly custom suite that is unique to your style and event. 

details2details3When we are planning concepts, designs, and vendors for our shoots we really do think about ensuring that we offer our readers something new and different with each publication. We have brought in catering and a full menu, we have focused on drinks and even just on cocktails, we often times have had beautiful traditional wedding cakes and so much more! This time around we brought in a fantastic vendor who you could say is trending here in Utah! A talented artist with edibles Hilary at Rue De Lis caters to the sweet tooth. She brought plenty of sugar to the shoot but it all felt extremely natural and was incredibly delish! Here is what Hilary had to say about her craft on this shoot:

Incorporating your event’s color theme into your desserts is always doable and allows you to bring in an amusing and unique variety of flavors for your guests. Green is portrayed in this event with pistachio sandie cookies as well as a fresh key lime tart with toasted meringue swirled on top. Towers of white baked meringue dispersed with fresh mint offer a great way to bring height to your dessert array- an important aspect of planning a display that has balance and the ability to capture the eye. The “naked” vanilla bean cake with a homemade caramel glaze offers a beautiful alternative to the traditional wedding cake and presents a more appetizing glance at this stunning dessert.

details7details6details8We finish strong tomorrow with flowers! So stay tuned …… Thanks again to Lindsey Shaun Photography!