Snow Basin Fall Engagements

There’s nothing that says fall quite like flannel shirts and beanies! We love these cute and fun-loving stylized engagements photographed by Ashleigh Brown Photography! Lots of couples really dress it up for their engagement sessions, we love how these two are dressed super casual! Looking at these pictures makes us want to put on our hiking boots and go out for a camp fire!


Fashion Friday: Winter Bridal Trends With The Brides Shop

Today for fashion Friday Alex at The Brides Shop is joining us with a darling look at why they love the colder seasons at their shop and some very bridal winter looks & trends!


Can we, here at The Brides’ Shop, let you in on a little secret of ours?
Fall and Winter are our favorite Seasons for Weddings.
If you are one of those Brides who are getting Married during this time of year and are wondering what’s Trending in the world of Bridal Fashion, here are a two tips.
1.  A hot Trend that has been on all of the Runways for 2015 are long sleeves. Whether you need sleeves or not, this style is a sure fire way to have that High Fashion look this season.
Every Designer that we have met with recently has at least one gown in their 2015 Collection that has longs sleeves.
It will give you that perfect Fall/Winter look and keep you warm in the process.
What’s not to love?
2. Still wanting that strapless gown, but don’t want to look out of place or freeze to death?
Well beautiful Brides, this is when it’s time to accessorize.
Nothing says glamour like a “fur” stole and it will keep you nice and toasty.
If you’re not loving the fur look, another beautiful way to stay warm is a caplet, especially when
it’s made out of a beautiful vintage lace pattern.
We love accessories because you can wear them for the Ceremony and remove them for the Reception for two completely different looks without having to buy two completely different gowns.
Do you want to know what’s really great about the Bridal Fashion Industry?
Really anything goes, so to be true to you and your style and you will look stunning no matter what you wear.
 Just make sure to stay warm by cozying up to your special someone.

Diamond in the Rough Inspiration Shoot

What do you get when you mix a mediteranean style, a desert location, and a stunning bride and groom? Well you get this beautiful shoot photographed by Emilie Ann Photography! We love the rich colors that were used for this shoot. We also adore the bride’s Jenny Packham dress from Alta Moda Bridal! Overall, we love the exotic feel of this shoot while still bringing in a touch of fall color!


Kelley & Ryan: Wedding At Tuscany

Not many restaurants can truthfully put on an elegant wedding, we have a few beautiful locations here that serve up both a dining experience and a wedding experience, Tuscany falls into that category. We love it’s almost hidden and secret location and garden atmosphere! It was a perfect choice for Kelley & Ryan’s intimate summer wedding. Our favorite details ….. Kelley walking down the aisle with both her parents at her side, how she wore her grandmothers jewelry and shoes, and the sheer look of happiness on her face at her reception! Congrats Kelley & Ryan! Thanks to Tiffany Anderson Photography for sharing this darling Tuscany garden wedding with us!


Bohemian Bridals {Evelyn}

We love seeing bride’s personalities really shine through in their formal shoots; whether that be through the dress, the location, the hair, the flowers, or hairpieces, we love the way a bride defines themselves through different personal touches. The dreamiest bridal session came our way so we just had to share! Thanks to Alixann, from A Fresh Range, Evelyn’s boho bride vibe was beautifully captured. We are swooning over her amazing hairpiece by the lovely Lacielle Rosell and flowers from Lafete. We definitely get a taste of Evelyn’s personality in this shoot… and we love it!



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Mountain Engagements {Nick & Jenn}

Sometimes relationships are just meant to be! When you meet in the mountains doing something you love, it can’t be anything but fate! That’s exactly how this cute couple met. We absolutely adore their engagement session photographed by Jalene Taylor of J. Taylor Photography. We love how they mixed it up from formal to casual. Jalene did a great job of helping their personalities shine through in the images. Here is Jenn’s version of their love story!
The mountains brought Nick and me together, literally. We met skiing with friends, said hello, and enjoyed an amazing powder day together. I blame the fact that I was wearing goggles for the reason he didn’t get my number right then and there! Later that year, he tagged along with friends on my boat. We once again shared another awesome day boating up in the mountains! We haven’t spent one day apart since that boating trip. Nick quickly became the happiest and best part of my life. Our love for the mountains turned into love for each other. We grew close sharing the many activities we love to do together; ski, bike, boat, and spend time in the outdoors. We wanted our photos to reflect our personalities and our love of the outdoors. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have found someone who loves me, life, and love so much.



Flower Recipe Friday: Garden Style

Today we have the most adorable garden picked bouquet from Blossom Sweet! We are so happy that Melissa is sharing her love of gardening and the fruits of it with us! What a treat! She joins us today with her home grown recipe! Thanks to Lindsey Orton for images!

4F8A2462Happy Flower Friday, everyone!  I am so excited about today’s bouquet recipe post.  Over the past six months or so I have found a new obsession: gardening.  As a professional event florist I naturally love flowers, but I have happily discovered a new corner of my floral heart when it comes to caring for blooms and watching them thrive and grow over time.  It may take hours and hours, a bit of an investment and loads of hard work, but at the end of the day it is therapy in the most lovely of ways and I love it.


Now just why am I talking about my obsession with gardening in today’s post?  Well, that would be because EVERY. SINGLE. ELEMENT. in this bouquet recipe is something I grew myself!  And I’m just beaming with pride over it.  I knew that this was my month for a recipe post, and I wanted to do something really special, something that would challenge me on both creative and technical levels.  As I thought about what I wanted to do, the thought came knocking: hello, use what you’ve grown!  And I did just that–I did not buy or order a single thing for this bouquet.  I dare say the result of my personal design challenge turned out pretty fab!


Now, how can a bride achieve this look for her wedding day?  Plant a garden, care for it months on end, and pray that the blooms last ’til the big day, of course!  Just kidding, kids.  Fortunately for you brides out there almost every element in this design–from the garden roses, dahlias, clematis, foliage and more–can be ordered through your florist from his or her supplier (subject to seasonal availability).  The only exceptions are the bonfire begonia and lantana, as well as the specific varieties of grasses which may be hard to come by from an ordering standpoint.  That being said, your florist can recommend suitable substitutions for the blooms if needed such as sandersonia or allium, or perhaps bunny tail or wheat for the grasses. 


I’ll end by saying that “garden-style” concepts are so hot right now, and I sure hope they’re here to stay for years to come!  I do love them so, and I very much adored creating this bouquet using elements 100% from my very own beautiful garden.   




Fall Groomals {Brady & Sarah}

Fall is such a pretty season in Utah and we love when couples take advantage of the beautiful scenery for their wedding photos. Brady & Sarah are such a cute couple who are actually getting married today! We were so excited to feature their breathtaking groomal session by Lindsey Orton Photography on the actual day of their wedding!


Hilary & Joel: Distillery Wedding

Autumn has begun ….. a season too short but ever so embraced by many as Utah boasts some of the most beautiful fall mountain scenes anywhere in the world! So when David Newkirk sent us this darling fall mountain wedding we knew we wanted to share it with our readers on one of these first fall days! We loved all the personal details that this couple intertwined into their big day with the help of their planner and designer Lauren Brady with Saucy & Kitsch, from the bikes to the field notes this big day was perfectly personalized. We also fell in love with their use of venue …. a distillery wedding!

Lauren Brady joins us with an in depth look at the big day and the design!

Guests then walked over to High West where they were greeted by the couples tandem bicycle and an escort board full of vintage bottle cap magnets to help them find their seats. Tables were topped with US grown flowers in vintage tins and thermos’, Country Fair Field Notes {the states represented where the couple is from and l has lived together}, golf pencils and red striped napkins. Overhead hung two custom chandeliers made of old rusted farm grates and mason jars. Guests enjoyed passed apps, custom cocktails and a whiskey tasting for the cocktail hour. Following their meal, were some of the best toasts that you have ever heard and dessert around the fire. The Souvenirs then took the stage and created an evening of dancing to remember. Complete with one of their guests leading an epic square dance. 

Our approach to designing a wedding starts with the couple. We get to know them, what they do in their daily lives. Perhaps visit their home to see what they surround themselves with, what their adventures are like and how they enjoy the simple things together. All of that becomes personally integrated into their wedding. A particular theme just elevates it! 

For Hilary and Joel it was about the location; being in a unique venue in the mountains. Hilary’s yellow dress was the starting point for the color palette, we added the use of primary colors and pops of other brights. Hilary and Joel love to cycle, and we were so excited to learn that they had a vintage tandem bike! At every key point of the wedding, we used a vintage bicycle as a part of the sign element. The ceremony arch was a lot of fun to come up with. We wanted to find something that felt like an extension to The Town Lift Bridge and the surrounding historical buildings. Josh at Urban Vintage simply said “I can do that!” and fabricated the perfect rusted industrial metal arch. We accented it with handmade paper and burlap flowers.

We were using different metals in every corner, from the arch to the bikes, galvanized buckets and vintage tins that vintage bottle cap escort cards were the perfect tie in! We made them into magnets for an additional takeaway for their guests. The tables were decorated with bright flower in mixed vintage tins and thermos’, red stripped napkins and each table had its own personal guest book, County Fair Field Notes, all carefully selected to match the states that the couple is from and where they have lived together.  WE LOVE hanging installations and wanted to bring another rusted element into the reception area and created mason jar chandeliers out of old rusted farm grates. Because of Hilary’s dress, we wanted all the lettering of the signs and escort cards to have a fun 1960′s feel. 

When selecting a venue, you should consider all its elements. The color of the floors and walls. If your venue comes with tables and chairs, how does that affect your decor? You want to work with your venue, not against it. Most venues come with their own personal quirks and delights. Use them to your advantage. High West has chalkboards all around their venue and we used them for additional signage.

When choosing your decor, don’t over theme or over use any particular one item. Find elements and textures that carry over and accent each other. We used a touch of burlap in the ceremony and kraft paper at the reception. A very subtle choice can make the difference of being over “bulaped” to blending perfectly together. 


Lakeside Bridals

What’s better than a bride on the beach? Well, a bride on the beach with a puppy! And not just any puppy, but a puppy with a flower collar! Callie Hobbs Photography sent us this gorgeous inspiration shoot she did with some other talented Utah vendors! Flowers are being used for much more than bouquets lately for bridal sessions and we love it! We love the gorgeous back of the dress from Urban Outfitters and the gorgeous soft braid by Tiffany Dalling!