Utah Bride Blog 2014 Spring Editorial {Food & Cake}

The food and cake details are probably among one of our favorites to see at weddings because they really make your event! Let’s face it… we all like to eat yummy things! Today we are diving into our Spring Editorial cake and food feature and sharing the juicy details along with gorgeous images by Jessie Alexis Photography!

This three tier cake designed by Fondant Extraordinar, Julie Hill of Layers Cake, is perfect for a spring wedding! The light lemon cake and black raspberry buttercream are the perfect complement to the outside décor of 23K edible gold leaf and fresh flowers. The sweet polka dots on the extra deep bottom tier are also made with edible gold leaf and add a touch of fun to this otherwise glamorous cake.





La Caille is known for their beautiful atmosphere and their amazing food! We asked them to prepare a few food details that are perfect for a Spring soiree! Think lighter foods incorporating fresh seasonal items like pea shoots, zucchini, fresh cheeses. For the appetizer La Caille made Ricotta, Zucchini and Chicken Tartlets. And for the desserts they served Milk Chocolate Panna Cotta with Chocolate Pearls and their traditional Creme Brulee with Pulled Sugar Baskets… a perfectly fresh and rich balance!








Another amazing treat detail perfect for a sophisticated wedding is macarons! We know these delicate french cookies have been around for a while, but we will never stop loving them! Dolce Bella by Erin made these lovely muted radiant orchid macarons for us that also double as sweet favor for the guests. Add a customized thank you tag to a box that compliments your other stationery details.







Utah Bride Blog 2014 Spring Editorial {Beauty & Fashion}

It’s day two of sharing our 2014 Spring Editorial with you and we can’t wait to show you more images by Jessie Alexis Photography! Today we are focusing on beauty and fashion. We are so privileged to be able to work and rub shoulders with so many talented vendors in our industry and the vendors that helped us style our bride and groom are some of the best!
Let’s get started with quite possibly the most important decision a bride has to make when planning her wedding; the DRESS!
Alta Moda Bridal provided a gorgeous low back dress by designer Hayley Paige. We love the gorgeous beading and the soft feminine feel of the dress. We had Hilary Anderson, owner of Alta Moda, give us a brief description of the dress.dress1 dress2
We love this gown for a Spring wedding because it has a soft romance about it. The silky, sheer flounces are easy to wear, light-weight and soft, whereas the beaded shoulder and key-hole back detail add a delicate touch of glamour. It has the just-right amount of sophistication, while still being fresh, warm, and feminine.dress3 dress4 dress5To go with the gorgeous dress, our bride is wearing cute flats provided by Yosi Samra. We are smitten with these flats, not only are they super comfortable but they are also stylish! The metallic colors are right on trend for weddings!ubbspring-199 ubbspring-203Now let’s not forget the groom! Grooms often get out-shined, but there is no way he will be forgotten in a custom suit! We loved having our groom wear a custom navy suit made by H.M. Cole. Custom suits can make all the difference for a groom, not to mention he will have a chance to feel special too! We asked H.M. Cole to tell us a little more about their company and the awesome suit worn by our groom.ubbspring-223

H.M.Cole provides the opportunity for all men to enjoy the experience of being fitted for custom made clothing. We send a style consultant to you to accurately measure your body using over 20 different measurements to create the perfect fitting suit.  The customizations are nearly endless as you build your perfect suit.
Featured here is a custom electric blue two-button suit. This color is becoming the new navy and is perfect for a spring or summer wedding. It also looks great in a suit or a tuxedo. The peanut brown shoes are also a great way to make the suit stand out and give the groom a little more attention then they are used to getting, and deservedly so when dressed so well.ubbspring-224To finish off our day of beauty and fashion we will have the lovely Gabby Gabbitas tell us about the beautiful hair and make-up adorned by our bride!ubbspring-179To compliment the open back dress and Kenzie’s neck line, I began with a romantic thought in mind to casually lift her hair while showing off her neck line. Lifting her hair into a structured chignon formalized the up-style, while the casual lower drape in the back eludes to the romance of the look.beautyFor Kenzie’s makeup, I wanted to extract deep, rich and romantic colors from the spring palette while staying true to the pantones present. By utilizing deeper rich spring colors such as plum tones to soften smoky eyes, we further accentuate the romance of the hair piece. Darker royal colors such as plums always takes us back to the romantic era’s of the past. Matching the plum tones I lighten the pallet for her cheeks and lips by blending softer pinks and berry tones together.beauty2
A casually structured chignon, paired with light plum tones, and you’ve created a classic romantic look, that can remain timeless.ubbspring-217


Utah Bride Blog 2014 Spring Editorial

Happy Monday and happy Spring! We are so delighted to share with you our Spring 2014 Editorial that we, along with a fabulous team of vendors have been working so hard on! With all of our Spring shoots we like to incorporate the Pantone Color of the Year and show our planning brides unique ways to use this color in their wedding. This year the color is Radiant Orchid and we have grown completely smitten with this glamorous shade of pinkish purple! This color is such a bold color that we wanted to show how to use it subtly so that it doesn’t over power the entire look of the design details.

We decided to go with a simple yet gorgeous white palette and there was no better place to shoot at then The Chateau at La Caille! The white ballroom with crown molding details set the tone for a sophisticated, feminine and romantic settings. We chose to go with white linens and a classic table set-up. We wanted the flowers to really stand out and be the main source of color on the table. We also used accents of gold…white china with gold edging, gold chargers and flatware, and gold chiavari  chairs from Diamond Rental, to create a gorgeous table display fit for a princess!

It was such a pleasure to work with Jessie Alexis Photography on this shoot and we are blown away with how perfectly she captured the essence of this shoot! And make sure you scroll all the way to the end of this post and watch the AMAZING video by one of our favorites, Nathan Pickett Films! We will be sharing more details from our editorial shoot all week  long and sharing great advice from the incredible vendors involved! See you back here tomorrow!

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Pink and Purple Barbie Blooms {Flower Friday}

We are so excited to show off today’s Flower Friday Feature brought to you by Melissa Nickle of Blossom Sweet! We are talking gorgeous and feminine pink and purple blooms that are perfect for a spring or summer wedding! Let’s dive right in!

I am excited to have Blossom Sweet’s work featured today. Early last year, my lovely friend and colleague, Mikki Platt, approached me about an idea she had to do a shoot based on the iconic ‘Barbie and Ken.’ We decided to plan the project as a team, and together we came up with a great concept! We were so happy to have such an incredibly talented team come on board, and we couldn’t no have done it without every one of them. For a project like this we definitely wanted to steer clear of anything too literal or cheesy, and rather go for an aesthetic that would lend more toward a look of sophistication. And thus, in May of last year ‘Barbara and Kenneth’ were born.

The most obvious choice for colors included various shades of pink (Barbie wouldn’t have it any other way, right?), so we moved forward with a palette of blush and bright pinks, ivory, and glitzy metallic accents. Fast-forward to the day before the shoot when I was putting together the designs, and I found myself underwhelmed by so much pink. I felt like it was a little boring! So I made my way over to my local supplier just before closing time to see if I could find anything in particular that caught my eye and would take the designs to the next level. I didn’t know what I was looking for per se, but when I saw the miniature lavender clematis in the cooler (the sort of star-shaped bloom) I fell fast and I fell hard–I’m talking head-over-barbie-in-pink-stillettos hard. I knew I had found the game changer! So we moved forward with more of a “pink and purple” scheme (which coincidentally were my favorite colors throughout most of my childhood), and I’m so glad we made that adjustment!

Finally, here’s the bloom breakdown by color:

pink: garden roses, standard roses, spray roses, kiss me over the garden gate (I swear, I love it just for the name alone!), sweet peas, lisianthus, peonies (several varieties), and dahlias

purple: clematis (1 locally grown variety, 2 others), and stock (2 varieties)

ivory/green: hydrangea, jasmine vine, dusty miller, ranunculus, and locally grown viburnum

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Mountain Rowboat Groomals {Erin + Jon}

Even though we are moving into Spring and Summer features this one was just too good not to share! We are obsessed with this gorgeous mountain rowboat groomal session shot by the talented Jacque Lynn Photography! Everything is just stunning from the location, to the rowboat to the gorgeous Erin and Jon! To be honest we are usually just gushing over the bride and her gown but we couldn’t help but gush over Jon and his perfect attire! We love seeing a well dressed groom! Thank you so much for sharing these images with us Jacque!
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Kelley + Ryan {In Love}

Kelly and Ryan are in love and we adore these beautiful spring engagements shot by Tiffany Anderson Photography! And for all of you dog lovers out there they even included their babies in their images. If you have been thinking about including your dogs in your engagement or groomal session we say go for it! Get a couple of shots with them and then some without so you have both! We are loving how Kelley’s bright pink dress stands out against the beautiful greens!

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April Showers Bring May Flowers Bridal

Here in Utah we for sure know that April showers {and sometimes snow} brings May flowers! Today we are sharing a beautiful spring shower inspired bridal session captured by Ashlee Brooke Photography! Filled with flowers and a little rain we love this fun play on the spring season!
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Utah Engagement Session (Tommy & Amber)

Spring is in full force here in Utah and we are loving it! Today we are sharing a stunning engagement session photographed by Lindsey Shaun Photography! We love the emotion Lindsey is able to capture in her photographs. How COOL is that butterfly shot?!


Flower Friday: Emily & Derek’s Thanksgiving Point Wedding

It’s flower Friday and to finish off this early week in spring season we are bringing you some beautiful blooms from a summer garden wedding at Thanksgiving Point by Studio Stems. These blooms are real summer beauties with bright colors, big layered blooms, and contrasting whites, all created to fit the garden environment and one lovely bride! Whom happens to be joining us with the behind the scenes on her florals from her perspective and then Audrey with Studio Stems will offer us her design insight. Thanks to Jalene Taylor Photography for capturing a beautiful wedding with her own beautiful craft creating beautiful images!

I’ve long had an affinity for fresh flowers, which I acquired from my cute mom. My mother can name the best local florist in each of the cities we’ve lived in, and every special occasion at our home includes beautiful blooms. Her love of greenery inspired me to make the floral décor a key component of my wedding.

I began compiling bouquet concepts long before I could legally marry, and I developed a love for English garden roses and ranunculus the moment I began populating my “Tying the Knot” Pinterest board.

When I finally found my special someone, I knew I needed the best florist in Utah County to bring my décor dreams to life. Audrey O’Brien with Studio Stems was the perfect person. She involved me in every step of the process. I got to select everything from the peach poppies to the accent foliage, and Audrey ensured it all came together effortlessly.

Seven months after our wedding, my husband I continue to reflect on the highlights of that day, and the flowers never fail to come up in those conversations. All our floral dreams came true that day. 

Audrey: The real reward in working in a creative discipline is clients like Emily and their appreciation for your craft. It is so easy and fluid to work with a client who has confidence in your ability and your work and lets you take the lead creatively, it really allows for the artist to create some of their best works. All of our most popular weddings stem from confident clients that were open to letting us do our thing for them. This can be difficult to do for many brides, after all it is your wedding so it is understandable, but when you give the creative reigns over to capable hands its really bound to come out in such a way that will be far more pleasing then when you keep them and hold them tight. 

When we were designing and producing Emily’s flowers we kept in mind important things to her, like the use of the blooms she had long been pinning for, the venue and area in which her wedding was held, and the style and structure of what was appealing to her along with desired tones, color, and contrast. And this was the outcome! 

We created a beautiful bouquet out of a lot of ranunculus, garden roses, veronica, spray roses, stock, ladies mantle, and a vine foliage. The bridesmaids bouquets were similar to the brides bouquet just smaller versions. Bouts were simple ranuc singles and duos and centerpieces were garden style arrangements in classic glass cylinder vases. We especially loved the outcome of the cake floral which was just a very simple and strategically placed garden rose surrounded by a few spray roses and ranucs. The buffet arrangement was a floral focal piece at this wedding and our favorite decor piece, sitting ‘center stage’ in the garden and large enough to make a statement this urn held garden arrangement of hydrangea and the like of other wedding flowers fit the venue, the bride, and the color scheme really well. Thank you Emily & Derek for being the best kind of clients! 



Spring Groomals {Valentine & Avalon}

We’ve got a whole lot of prettiness coming at you today so get ready! We are just smitten with these stunning images by Stephanie Sunderland that are sure to brighten your day as well! They sing spring, warmth and romance! We also are obsessed with the gorgeous floral work by Blooms and Blossoms! The touches of feminine purples are perfection and really made this session beautiful! Valentine and Avalon couldn’t be more stunning together!


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